Discussion:IP address at top of screen when logged out

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Lhhesscpa (talk|edits) said:

27 December 2006

After I log out there's an IP address at the top of my screen where my username was. This is the IP address of my router. Why?


-- Larry Hess, CPA | Albuquerque, NM - Talk to me

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

December 27, 2006

TaxAlmanac is based upon the MediaWiki framework, which was written to run the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia. That site allows people to make edits whether they are logged in or not. If they are logged in, their edits will be attributed to whatever name they are logged in under. When they are not logged in, their edits will be attributed to the only piece of information that is known about them - their IP address. We only allow logged in users to edit on TaxAlmanac, but the software will display who "you" are when you are logged out, and that's your IP address.

Hope this answers your question!

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 16:51, 27 December 2006 (CST)

Lhhesscpa (talk|edits) said:

28 December 2006
Interesting. So does this info. allow the moderator to identify people who don't otherwise identify themselves? I wouldn't think reliably so inasmuchas, at least in my case, my IP address is dynamic.

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

December 28, 2006
It basically allows those 'in charge' on Wikipedia to block or ban users who cause trouble and who are not logged in. It doesn't really provide any useful information here as you can't edit without first logging in. No one else sees your IP address on your screen except you.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 18:21, 27 December 2006 (CST)

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