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a learning pattern i for: outreach, event

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Six account limit


Problem:
You are going to give a workshop on how to edit Wikimedia projects or going to get students in a school or university to edit for the first time. No more than 6 people will be able to create their own accounts from the same IP.

Solution: The solution avoids people being unable to create accounts - and hence frustrated! - and saves a large amount of time spent in trying to solve the problem during the activity.

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created on: 10 October, 2013

What problem does this solve?[edit]

During outreach workshops or even during class assignments activities that happen in the education program, we often face the frustration of participants not being able to create their accounts, since creating more than 6 new accounts from the same IP is not allowed. Not only the participants, but also the tutor gets upset and usually people just find this out during the event and take a lot of time trying to solve it. Also, if people don't get to create accounts in the Portuguese Wikipedia, they have to go through CAPTCHA for every edit! It also creates obstacles for those who are teaching to get users' accounts list and track their work later, to make sure the workshop was useful and people continued editing.

During the workshop at the Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), not all participants were able to create an account because ADNU had one IP address and Wikipedia allows only six accounts to be created by the same IP per day.
Wikimedia Philippines, Open Web Day 2012.

What is the solution?[edit]

Five options:

  1. Ask at meta to unblock the IP of the place where the workshop is going to take place (good to do anyway)
  2. Send out invitations and have a subscription link for the workshop, and instruct people to create their own account before the workshop.
  3. Asking the "account creator" status on your home wiki allows you to create more than 6 accounts during a course
  4. Create more accounts in other wikimedia projects like wiktionary, wikibooks or wikinews or even another wikipedia.
  5. In case none of those work, get into the IRC #CHANNEL of the project you are working with and ask for an admin to create accounts using Account creator tool. In this case it's necessary the editor gives an e-mail account to receive a password to login.

General considerations[edit]

Many times, not only people get frustrated but also they can’t share with you, during the workshop, which their accounts are. Therefore, you leave the workshop without their accounts and are not able to track whether they continued editing later, unless they send you by email after the activity, which is very unlikely to happen.

Examples[edit]

  • Any outreach activity to teach people how to edit Wikimedia projects
  • Class assignments related to the Education program

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