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This RFC is intended to clarify the introduction of the IP Info extension into global work.


The WMF plans to mask IP addresses of people who are not logged in. This has advantages, but also disadvantages. Some users need IP addresses to check if they are vandals, or to combat vandalism. Understanding logbook entries of abuse filters is also only possible to a limited extent without IP addresses, as many abuse filters contain IPs/IP ranges and this information is no longer visible. This can lead to false positives not being detected. (old talk) --𝐖𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐁𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 👤💬 16:13, 26 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Abuse filter helpers / maintainers maintain abuse filters or help with this. Some also have this for working with global abuse filters. Seeing the IP addresses is important for this group to evaluate entries in the logbook and detect false positives or improve filters using the data masked in the future.


Add IP-Info to Global Rollbacker[edit]

Global rollbackers are usually members of the SWMT and revert vandalism and report this to stewards or administrators. Up to now, GR evaluate the IPs themselves with external tools, e.g., Proxy Checker, Bullseye etc. This will no longer work in future and the work from SWMT members without GS or steward rights will restrict.