Types of Information We Receive From You & How We Get It
Your Public Contributions Whatever you post on WikiAnimal can be seen and used by everyone.
When you make a contribution to any WikiAnimal Site, including on user or discussion pages, you are creating a permanent, public record of every piece of content added, removed, or altered by you. The page history will show when your contribution or deletion was made, as well as your username (if you are signed in) or your IP address (if you are not signed in).
Account Information & Registration
Want to create an account? Great! Don't want to create an account? No problem!
You are not required to create an account to read or contribute to a WikiAnimal Site, except under rare circumstances. However, if you contribute without signing in, your contribution will be publicly attributed to the IP address associated with your device.
If you want to create a standard account, in most cases we require only a username and a password. However, if you choose not to provide an email address, we can't help you recover your password.
Metadata Sometimes, we automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you want to upload a photo on the WikiAnimal Commons mobile app, we may receive metadata, such as the place and time you took the photo, automatically from your device. Please be aware that, unlike location information collected using GPS signals described above, the default setting on your mobile device typically includes the metadata in your photo or video upload to the WikiAnimal Sites. If you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.
IP Addresses Finally, when you visit any WikiAnimal Site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location.