Contents 1 Exact definition 2 Why would an account become a sleeper? 3 Treatment of a sleeper account 4 Revival of a sleeper account

Exact definition[edit] No specific period without editing makes an account a sleeper. "Sleeper" is an informal term for an account that currently appears to be dormant. Many editors take long, unannounced breaks from editing or edit rarely, but they may return to Wikipedia after a long absence of weeks, months or even years. Provided the account is in good standing and that the same person is not deceptively operating another account, which may violate sock puppetry guidelines, there is no objection to resuming editing after a long absence. A large majority of auto-confirmed accounts on Wikipedia are inactive (sleeper) accounts.

Why would an account become a sleeper?[edit] An account would become a sleeper if the owner does not use it to edit. The reasons may be personal and individual in each case. It could mean loss of interest in editing Wikipedia, a lack of time, or simply not feeling a desire to edit for a long time. One may edit seasonally. Others take long wikibreaks. An account may permanently cease to edit if the user has died or has decided to never edit Wikipedia again. There may be no way of knowing this, since Wikipedia is anonymous. It is also possible the user abandoned the account to start a new one. This can occur if the user wishes to have a clean start, has forgotten his or her password, or has forgotten the name of the account. An account can be created for the sole purpose of sock puppetry—the disallowed use of multiple accounts at the same time. A sock puppet may perform a number of "good" edits to suggest it is a normal user, become dormant for some time, then awaken later.

Treatment of a sleeper account[edit] As long as a sleeper account is in good standing, and all account usage guidelines are followed, the user has the right to the account to resume using the account any day, even after years of absence. The user retains the right to the user name indefinitely. Communicating with the owner of a sleeper account may be impossible or difficult if the owner leaves no other contact information behind. It is possible that the owner of a sleeper account is active, frequently checking that account's watchlist and/or talk page for activity, but never logs on, or never edits while logged on. That account has no visible activity. Logging on but not editing (though uncommon), is identifiable activity.

Revival of a sleeper account[edit] If you are the owner of a sleeper account, you are welcome to revive it at any time, provided you follow Wikipedia guidelines pertaining to multiple accounts. Once you do so, you may resume using the account like normal. You may find that some articles you created or edited have been deleted when you weren't looking. If you want to know why, see Why was the page I created deleted? You may find quite a lot has changed. A watchlist can only show the most recent 30 days of edits. But you can examine the individual edits of a page if you wish. Be aware that various policies and guidelines may have changed significantly in your absence. You may find some messages that one or more editors have left for you, and they may pertain to deletion or something else. If the message is about an article that was proposed for deletion, you may need to ask an administrator to retrieve the article and put it into the Draft namespace, where it can be improved with an effort to put it back in the encyclopedia. There is always the possibility that a sleeper account could be taken over by a malevolent person, who might then use the account for unacceptable purposes such as sock puppetry or vandalism. v t e Wikipedia accounts and governance Unregistered (IP) users Why create an account? Create an account Request an account IPs are human too IP addresses are not people IP hopper Registered users New account Logging in Reset passwords Username policy Changing username Usernames for administrator attention Unified login or SUL Alternate account Account security Password strength requirements User account security Personal security practices Two-factor authentication Simple 2FA 2FA for AWB Committed identity On privacy, confidentiality and discretion Compromised accounts Blocks, global locks, bans, sanctions Blocking policy FAQ Admins guide Tools Autoblock Appealing a block Guide to appealing blocks UTRS Unblock Ticket Request System Blocking IP addresses Range blocks IPv6 Open proxies Global locks Banning policy ArbCom appeals Sanctions Personal sanctions General sanctions Discretionary sanctions and Log Essay Long-term abuse Standard offer Related to accounts Sock puppetry Single-purpose account Sleeper account Vandalism-only account Wikibreak Enforcer Retiring Courtesy vanishing Clean start Quiet return User groups and global user groups Requests for permissions Admin instructions Admin guide Account creator PERM Autopatrolled PERM AutoWikiBrowser PERM Confirmed PERM Extended confirmed PERM Edit filter helper File mover PERM Mass message sender PERM New page reviewer PERM Page mover PERM Pending changes reviewer PERM Rollback PERM Template editor PERM IP-block-exempt Requests Courses access Requests Bot accounts Requests Global rights policy OTRS Volunteer Response Team Advanced user groups Administrators RfA Bureaucrats RfB Edit filter manager Requests CheckUser and Oversight Requests Founder Committees and related Arbitration Committee Mediation Committee Bot approvals group Functionaries Clerks Governance Administration FAQ Formal organization Editorial oversight and control Quality control Wikimedia Foundation Board Founder's seat Meta-Wiki Leadership opportunities WikiProjects Elections Policies and guidelines Unbundling administrators' powers Petitions Noticeboards Consensus Dispute resolution Reforms Retrieved from "" Categories: Wikipedia essays

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