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Latest comment: 1 year ago by BryanDavis in topic Exemption from the block on WMF accounts?

Please add...

.*DerHexer.* <newaccountonly|antispoof>

Thanks, --MarcoAurelio (talk) 10:47, 11 April 2017 (UTC)Reply

BryanDavis ^^ --MarcoAurelio (talk) 17:52, 29 June 2017 (UTC)Reply
Yes Done --BryanDavis (talk) 18:48, 29 June 2017 (UTC)Reply

Should this be publicly visible?

It seems to me that this page shouldn't be viewable by the public - gives a little too much information for people trying to circumvent the protection. DSquirrelGM (talk) 21:10, 29 December 2019 (UTC)Reply

I understand the w:en:WP:BEANS nature of this page, but it is how MediaWiki works. See mw:Manual:Preventing access#Restrict viewing of certain specific pages for more details. --BryanDavis (talk) 04:02, 1 January 2020 (UTC)Reply


Subpages of Help:SSH Fingerprints (needs to be fully protected, so it should be protected via the blacklist) Nhatminh01 (talk) 13:52, 13 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Exemption from the block on WMF accounts?

Hi! I need to create a new developer account since I changed my name to Neil Shah-Quinn several years ago and I'm tired of having my old name on my developer account.

However, I really like having separate work and personal accounts. Theoretically, it could help provide clarity for management and for myself about which things I am doing during my work time. My manager does sometimes question whether something is a good use of my time (which is reasonable), and although it hasn't happened yet, I can imagine wanting to answer that it's not logically a good use of my paid time, but I'm doing it "off the clock" out of personal desire 😊

Also, I would like to be able to work on such volunteer projects without having to engage with all the "on the clock" things waiting for my attention. This isn't theoretical; I recently tried out contributing to MediaWiki core (T335082, gerrit:912402) on a day off, and as I did it, I was actively wishing I had set it up so I didn't have to open my work browser to do it and so I could get notifications to my personal email.

These are the reasons I have already set up work and non-work Phab accounts.

I realize that ≥95% of WMF staff won't have these issues, so I'm not objecting to the block itself. I would just like an exemption so I can create a "Neil Shah-Quinn-WMF" account. I could just use some other term ("Neil Shah-Quinn-work?") but that would be more confusing since people are already used to seeing WMF and my other work accounts all have the WMF tags, so using WMF reduces the chance that people mention the wrong account. And, also, I thought people might see that as equally problematic, so I should start the discussion first.

@BryanDavis since I think you're the most passionate about this policy. Neil P. Quinn-WMF (talk) 22:55, 24 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

The account naming block is enforced at meta:Title blacklist globally so that random people cannot create something-WMF usernames to impersonate Foundation staff. Users with the tboverride permission can bypass the naming restriction when creating new accounts. Today that user right is only available to sysops here on Wikitech.
There are currently 11 locally attached accounts on Wikitech including @Neil P. Quinn-WMF with a "WMF" username suffix out of 36,360 total accounts. If you very strongly desire a *-WMF , you will need to enlist the help of a Wikitech sysop and also trust them to share the new account's password with you via means other than a MediaWiki managed account creation email.
The account creation method used by ITS to create *-WMF SUL accounts is slightly broken here on Wikitech. Visiting Special:CreateAccount while logged in shows a "Do not use it for Developer Account Creation on Wikitech." warning from a local override of MediaWiki:Createaccountmail. The underlying issue there is that mw:Extension:LDAP Authentication has never been fully updated to work with AuthManager and as a result the temporary password generation and email do not work as expected. -- BryanDavis (talk) 23:36, 24 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
@BryanDavis thank you for the info. For the reasons I described above, I do strongly desire a WMF username (although I am willing to choose a different suffix if you would strongly prefer it).
I see that you are a sysop, and I certainly trust you. Would you be willing to help me? The details I want are:
  • Username: Neil Shah-Quinn (WMF)
  • Shell username: nshahquinn-wmf
You could share the password with me on my Foundation email or Slack. This account has the content administrator user right, so I would like to have that on the new account as well. Neil P. Quinn-WMF (talk) 23:58, 24 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Request tracked as phab:T337484. -- BryanDavis (talk) 15:09, 25 May 2023 (UTC)Reply