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• CommentRowNumber1.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeMay 26th 2011

I have removed this sentence from AnonymousCoward:

(Well, usually. Urs Schreiber —or for all we know, possibly somebody impersonating him (^_^)— has managed to keep his IP address out sometimes.)

This makes it sound as if I did something intentionally to hide my IP, which is not the case. Rather there must be a problem with the software, if something that should not have happened did happen.

I have also removed the following old discussion, which is better had here on the forum:

Eric: Can we change this? I am not anonymous, but I also do not want my IP listed (since it resolves to my employer, which I think should be private.) I guess I can always just not post from work, but small distractions now and then are nice.

Toby: IP addresses are almost always logged by web software, even for readers; in the past, these logs were usually deleted after a while, but now storage space is so cheap that this may no longer be true. People like to have the IP address available in case of problems —spam, DoS attacks, etc—. I like having that sort of information publicly available, rather than tucked into logs that are hidden behind passwords, to prevent the devlopment of hierarchies.

But if you want to be anonymous on the web, try searching for ’web proxy’ or the like. However, Jacques's software makes a fair attempt to defeat these, since they are often used to spam. (Even in general, I don't know how well they work, and ultimately they become the people with the secret information.)

Toby: I see that Urs managed to post from ’from bogus address’ today (June 27). Maybe we should ask him what he did differently!

Eric: I don’t mind if administrators can see my IP for security reasons, but it is not clear what purpose it serves to actually display it publicly for all to see. For example, I can see the IP addresses of people who comment on my blog, but it is not displayed for everyone to see.

Toby: That creates a hierarchy (of information if not power, but one leads to the other) where administrators are above everybody else. The wiki way gives the same information to everybody.

• CommentRowNumber2.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeMay 26th 2011

However, people who really want to be anonymous should know that every editor's IP address is listed in the entry’s history (found by clicking history at the bottom of any page).

Because as far as I am informed, the $n$Lab server is still suffereing from every call to “Recently Revised”.

• CommentRowNumber3.
• CommentAuthorTobyBartels
• CommentTimeMay 27th 2011

Good catch in #2. But I put back a little from #1. The fact is that the IP address is not always listed, for reasons that I don’t understand.