Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dynamic IP Addresses and Wikipedia

Had kind of an interesting thing happen to me when I was visiting Wikipedia earlier today.

I actually have an account there (used it once to correct the glaring, horrible error that the Lizard first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #6, *not* #7!).

Despite the fact that I have an account there, when I visit the site I am never logged in.

So, imagine my surprise when I see that there is a message waiting for me.

I click on the message. The message was intended for the IP address I am currently using.

Now, realize that most Internet users don't have "static" IP addresses. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) usually has a bunch of IP addresses reserved for their use. When you connect to the Internet, your ISP will just assign you an IP address at random. This is often referred to as a "dynamic" IP.

From time to time (I'm not exactly sure what prompts this), your IP address will switch.

Wikipedia allows editing by members of their site, but it also allows edits anonymously. Instead of logging your ID when you edit a page, it logs your IP address.

Apparently the miscreant who last had my dynamic IP address had a little fun with the Lincoln-Way East High School page.

I just want to go on record that I would have spelled it "douchebag" not "doochbag".


lulu said...

Hmm. I checked to see if I could edit my high school's listing, but the whole Chiacgo Public School system has been blocked. Lord only knows what one of these goofballs did.

Splotchy said...

Oh no, don't tell me *your* school's mascot is also a giant doochbag!

lulu said...

Actually, our school mascot is played by one of my favorite students. Our principal is a giant doochbag though.