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This page is an official policy on WikiFur. This policy serves as a place to record previous consensus actions, and should be followed except when consensus dictates otherwise. Significant changes to this policy should first be proposed on the discussion page.

The use of anonymizing proxies and more sophisticated onion routing such as the Tor proxy network to edit WikiFur is not permitted. Identified proxies and nodes of proxy networks will be preemptively blocked from editing by WikiFur curators, even if a particular proxy has not yet been used on WikiFur, and even if is not acting as an "exit node" at that particular time. A variety of DNSBLs are also used for dynamic blocking.

Note: This policy does not prevent reading WikiFur through an anonymous proxy; it merely prevents user creation and editing.

[edit] Rationale

WikiFur does not require the ability to link a person's real-life identity to their contributions. However, it does need to be able to block individuals who are here to cause trouble for other contributors, or just here to waste their time. Anonymous proxies make it impossible to distinguish between one user and another - therefore they are often used by such individuals to avoid retribution.

In the case of onion routing, it is tempting to suggest that we should just block exit nodes - those at "outside" of the onion that access external websites. However, we have no assurance that a machine that is not currently an exit node will not become one at a later date. Indeed, many of those blocked for spamming prior to the initial Tor ban were found to be Tor non-exit nodes. We have better things to do than check Tor's lists for changes every week.

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