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[1] 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.

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.