Talk:No open proxies

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Welcome to 2020[edit]

I think there is a long-overdue need to revisit the question of a 2006 policy, fourteen years later in a world where the majority of internet users are advised to use safety-tips like VPNs to ensure their freedom online.

Using a VPN myself to make over a thousand edits and 250 uploads, I am constantly befuddled by the fact the template still tries to block me while claiming it is a proxy-ban...indeed as proof of how antiquated this policy is, it doesn't even address the existence of VPNs.

At this point the policy would just as easily ban private servers, custom domains and other bastions of online freedom...there is no more point to banning proxies, muchless VPNs and private servers, than there is to banning IRC cloaks...which most Wikimedia staff use themselves.

The world has evolved, why hasn't Wikimedia? FaNoFtHeAiRiCeLaNd (talk) 22:23, 14 January 2020 (UTC)

This page is about open proxies, and still stands. Other proxies, that are not covered by this page, like VPNs, depend on the amount of abuse that comes from the range. They only come to our attention when abused, so that will be when they are likely to be blocked, so they are blocked for the abuse and the lack of controls. Solutions exist like IPBE for numbers of these.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:29, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
Yes, it only comes to my attention though because this is the page that non-proxied users get sent to when Wikimedia detects they don't like their IP...and it offers no guidance on VPN/VPS-usage at all. Just thinking there should be some discussion about actual policy on the issue of why this page is used to cover VPNs, private servers and everything in between...and that it might be time for WMF to consider loosening its restrictions (somebody abused this IP address in 2016 and therefore I cannot use it? surely that troll gave up a month after his vandalism was noticed?) FaNoFtHeAiRiCeLaNd (talk) 09:51, 15 January 2020 (UTC)