Learning patterns/Six-account limit
What problem does this solve?
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 six 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?
- Ask at meta to unblock the IP of the place where the workshop is going to take place (good to do anyway)
- Send out invitations and have a subscription link for the workshop, and instruct people to create their own account before the workshop.
- Asking the "account creator" status on your home wiki allows you to create more than six accounts during a course
- 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.
- Since many people have smartphones with data connections these days, you may be able to ask for a volunteer who doesn't mind using their data connection to create a new account or two, since this will have a different IP address from the wifi. (Make sure the phone is not connected to the wifi network that the workshop participants are on with their computers.) You can't necessarily count on this in advance, but it can work in a pinch. Ideally, volunteers create their own accounts on their own phones, but if not then they'll need to make sure to log out for security reasons.
Many times, people not only get frustrated, but they can’t share with you, during the workshop, which account they have. Therefore, you leave the workshop without their accounts and are unable to track whether they continued editing later, unless they connect with them by email after the activity, which is very unlikely to happen.
- Any outreach activity to teach people how to edit Wikimedia projects (e.g. Dalit History Month 2017 edit-a-thons)
- Class assignments related to the Education program
- HAndrade (WMF)
- Rodrigo Padula (WMF)
- Frank Schulenburg
- Anasuya Sengupta
- Jaime Anstee
- Axel Pettersson
- Kevin Rutherford
- Netha Hussain
- This has helped us a lot during our January 2016 events. Both the times we created more than 25 new accounts and I had to create the accounts after we reached the limit. Satdeep Gill (talk) 18:39, 1 February 2016 (UTC)
- We especially liked the suggestion to create accounts on several Wikis - they work just as good on your home wiki. A good idea is to use languages which your participants know, or non-Wikipedia Wikimedia projects in your language, if there are any. Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 09:45, 28 February 2016 (UTC)
- I had this problem and asked participants to create an account on their phones. Grants:PEG/UG TH/Wiki Loves X in Thailand 2015/Report Taweethaも (talk) 15:10, 23 April 2016 (UTC)
- Sec 29 (a)(5) commonwealth act 613 amended 2014 plz help Nowab hossain (talk) 12:00, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
- It's a clever and helpful work around for the problem of the 6 account limit. And scales to different contexts which may or may not have good internet access. Thank you! Anasuyas (talk) 18:52, 15 May 2017 (UTC)
- We used option 5 as a work-around at a recent edit-a-thon and it was super useful. This pattern has stood the test of time - thanks, Ocastro! Siko (talk) 18:53, 15 May 2017 (UTC)