Les utilisateurs qui ne sont pas connectés sont appelés utilisateurs invités, ou utilisateurs IP. Ces utilisateurs peuvent éditer les pages non protégées et semi-protégées ; leurs modifications apparaissent dans l'historique de la page à côté de l'IP depuis laquelle ils ont effectué leurs modifications.
On Wikimedia wikis, unregistered users were originally only at a minor disadvantage to registered users, but as time passed, more features have become unavailable to them. Unregistered editors cannot move pages, upload media, or maintain a watchlist. On the English and Persian Wikipedias, they cannot create pages outside of the "talk" namespace. Because IP addresses are sometimes dynamic, an IP-based user page can be impractical, and in fact it is disallowed on some wikis. Unregistered users are sometimes prohibited from participation in processes such as deletion and permissions debates, or can only participate on a restricted basis (e.g. can leave comments, but cannot vote).
Unregistered users also are not able to select the option of minor edit as this could allow a bad-natured user to make undesirable changes and not be spotted for some time.
Unregistered users are also sometimes referred to as anonymous users, or anons, as opposed to pseudonymous users (usernames on Wikimedia wikis are mostly pen names, not real names). However, this is ambiguous and, strictly speaking, incorrect. The public visibility of an unregistered user's IP address means that their geographical location and/or the organization from which they are posting can be looked up. Also, in extreme legal cases, the computer from which the user contributes could be identified through a subpoena to the ISP, which can eventually lead to identification of the user. In this sense, unregistered users are in fact less anonymous than registered users who do not reveal any personal information.
- Politique de confidentialité
- Anonymous users should not be allowed to edit articles (poll)
- Anonymous users should not be allowed to post external links (an essay)
- Association of Good Faith Wikipedians Who Remain Unregistered on Principle
- Posting by newcomers should be limited, but not banned
- Discrimination against unregistered contributors (an essay)