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Latest comment: 9 years ago by Keegan (WMF) in topic An important message about renaming users


Resolutions, such as http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Chief_Research_Coordinator, should be listed at resolutions, so we can find them back later on. Incidently, if you have time, there are several resolutions to report :-) (kinda the job of the secretary). Usually, we publish them, unless it contains information which is confidential. What we usually do is either remove the part being confidential (and mention that part of the resolution has been made non visible to public view), or we put the title of the resolution, but replace the page by a redirection to the board wiki resolution (which people can not read). This way, people still know a resolution has been passed on the subject, but is not public.

If you copy here resolutions without listing them on the resolutions page, people can not find the resolution, and it is likely the page will end up existing twice (if I do not see the page listed, I will copy it a second time).

I would really appreciate it if you could update the resolution page from time to time.

Thanks :-)



Would you mind coming onto Gtalk for a quick chat? Cbrown1023 talk 01:26, 14 August 2008 (UTC)Reply

RSS feed and Template:Blogbox

I've had the same thought as you regarding Template:Blogbox, however the blog posts are often made by a different individual than the content author. For example, "Dutch National Archive joins Wikipedia" was written by Lodewijk Gelauff, but was posted by Moka.

I don't think there's any (easy) programmatic to resolve this currently. Though, you could just remove the authors from Template:Blogbox.... --MZMcBride 02:16, 8 October 2010 (UTC)Reply

I've asked Danese for some engineering time to review a suitable RSS extension. I think "Posted by" would be fine and technically accurate. WordPress doesn't seem to support setting arbitrary authors -- if it bothers us, we might just get into the habit of making user accounts for guest authors and assigning those.--Eloquence 02:23, 8 October 2010 (UTC)Reply
I made http://toolserver.org/~mzmcbride/cgi-bin/feeder.py to make the update process a bit less tedious in the meantime. It should load the feed dynamically. I also added a small dictionary for mapping single names to full names (e.g., "Zack" → "Zack Exley"). --MZMcBride 07:47, 18 October 2010 (UTC)Reply
Ah, the beauty of simple hacks. Awesome, thank you. :-) --Eloquence 20:44, 18 October 2010 (UTC)Reply

WikiLeaks note

I made this edit. Thought you might be interested. --MZMcBride 07:05, 17 December 2010 (UTC)Reply

Your user page

Hi. I updated your user page to use {{user info}}. Some of the conversion was a bit awkward, so you may want to poke at it a bit at some point. --MZMcBride (talk) 15:25, 16 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Proposed deletions

Hi. I'm working on cleaning up this wiki a bit. I've proposed the following pages for deletion. I'm notifying you as you're listed in the page history. Without objection, the pages listed below will be deleted in about a month. Thanks for all of your work here. --MZMcBride (talk) 22:19, 18 March 2013 (UTC)Reply


Hi. Can you please take a look at Template talk:Staff and contractors#Michael Dale + Kaltura?

I'm asking you because of your previous involvement (this edit and this blog post). --MZMcBride (talk) 17:58, 14 October 2013 (UTC)Reply

An important message about renaming users

Dear Eloquence,

I am cross-posting this message to many places to make sure everyone who is a Wikimedia Foundation project bureaucrat receives a copy. If you are a bureaucrat on more than one wiki, you will receive this message on each wiki where you are a bureaucrat.

As you may have seen, work to perform the Wikimedia cluster-wide single-user login finalisation (SUL finalisation) is taking place. This may potentially effect your work as a local bureaucrat, so please read this message carefully.

Why is this happening? As currently stated at the global rename policy, a global account is a name linked to a single user across all Wikimedia wikis, with local accounts unified into a global collection. Previously, the only way to rename a unified user was to individually rename every local account. This was an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, both for stewards and for the users who had to initiate discussions with local bureaucrats (who perform local renames to date) on every wiki with available bureaucrats. The process took a very long time, since it's difficult to coordinate crosswiki renames among the projects and bureaucrats involved in individual projects.

The SUL finalisation will be taking place in stages, and one of the first stages will be to turn off Special:RenameUser locally. This needs to be done as soon as possible, on advice and input from Stewards and engineers for the project, so that no more accounts that are unified globally are broken by a local rename to usurp the global account name. Once this is done, the process of global name unification can begin. The date that has been chosen to turn off local renaming and shift over to entirely global renaming is 15 September 2014, or three weeks time from now. In place of local renames is a new tool, hosted on Meta, that allows for global renames on all wikis where the name is not registered will be deployed.

Your help is greatly needed during this process and going forward in the future if, as a bureaucrat, renaming users is something that you do or have an interest in participating in. The Wikimedia Stewards have set up, and are in charge of, a new community usergroup on Meta in order to share knowledge and work together on renaming accounts globally, called Global renamers. Stewards are in the process of creating documentation to help global renamers to get used to and learn more about global accounts and tools and Meta in general as well as the application format. As transparency is a valuable thing in our movement, the Stewards would like to have at least a brief public application period. If you are an experienced renamer as a local bureaucrat, the process of becoming a part of this group could take as little as 24 hours to complete. You, as a bureaucrat, should be able to apply for the global renamer right on Meta by the requests for global permissions page on 1 September, a week from now.

In the meantime please update your local page where users request renames to reflect this move to global renaming, and if there is a rename request and the user has edited more than one wiki with the name, please send them to the request page for a global rename.

Stewards greatly appreciate the trust local communities have in you and want to make this transition as easy as possible so that the two groups can start working together to ensure everyone has a unique login identity across Wikimedia projects. Completing this project will allow for long-desired universal tools like a global watchlist, global notifications and many, many more features to make work easier.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the SUL finalisation, read over the Help:Unified login page on Meta and leave a note on the talk page there, or on the talk page for global renamers. You can also contact me on my talk page on meta if you would like. I'm working as a bridge between Wikimedia Foundation Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Stewards, and you to assure that SUL finalisation goes as smoothly as possible; this is a community-driven process and I encourage you to work with the Stewards for our communities.

Thank you for your time. -- Keegan (WMF) talk 18:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

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