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Policy talk:User-Agent policy/Archive 3

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User-Agent restriction or lack thereof

According to the article, the various MediaWiki sites are supposed to generate errors given an empty/missing/blacklisted User-Agent string. Is this supposed to be only on editing or all the time? Skimming the old discussion, it sounds like all requests should fail, but I just tried sending various read-only requests to multiple MW sites with no/empty/"lwp bla" User-Agents via both index.php and api.php and they all came back fine. What gives? RobinHood70 (talk) 07:42, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

MediaWiki? This is described as a Wikimedia policy. Also, it says "may"; there is probably a soft enforcement. --Nemo 10:18, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Oops, forgot to monitor this page and only noticed your reply now. I had meant Wikimedia, not MediaWiki. My bad. I hadn't thought of a soft enforcement scenario. Thanks for that. RobinHood70 (talk) 15:28, 3 December 2014 (UTC)