Wikipedia:On privacy, confidentiality and discretion
As Wikipedia has grown from a tiny website visited mainly by its editors to one of the most popular websites on the internet accessed daily by millions, numerous attempts have been made to develop a consistent way of protecting the private personal information of those who create and develop its content, while at the same time protecting the encyclopedia from abusive editing practices. The processes that have been developed over time are, in part, contradictory, because of the inherent tension between protecting the individual and protecting the institution. External pressures have resulted in paradoxical reactions within the English Wikipedia community.
This is an essay.
It contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. This page is not an encyclopedia article, nor is it one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community. Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints.
|This page in a nutshell: Be careful about revealing and handling personal and/or private information, as your rights to privacy may not extend as far as you believe.|
The Wikimedia Foundation (owner of Wikipedia) is largely uninvolved in internal community decisions, and has therefore remained largely silent on project-specific privacy and confidentiality issues beyond its own privacy policies that are mandatory on all hosted projects.