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Requests to globally reset a user's skin preferences
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Due to an incident where an attempt to clean up the database caused some users' skin preferences to revert to the default setting (T114208) some users will want their skin preferences to be reset.

This task is for those users to ask for that to happen.

Please provide:

  • Your global username
    • Preferably it is linked to your Phabricator account so we can verify the request is valid, otherwise make an edit on your user talkpage to verify the request
    • see, eg Greg Grossmeier's user in Phabricator and how it is linked to User:Greg (WMF) on mw.org
  • The skin preference you wish to change to on all wikis (eg: Monobook)

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Will this procedure be notified to all the affected users?

I like @ori's suggestion of "On the next edition of Tech News, include a notice that invites users who were affected by this bug to get in touch if they would like a skin preference to be set globally for their account."

For which he just added the User-notice project.

@Johan: let me know if you want any other information about this/help writing the text.

@Johan: My suggested wording:

Skin Preference incident

  • On September 29th there was an accidental removal of users' skin preferences on small and medium sized wikis, defaulting them back to Vector.
  • A restoration of the data from a backup was deemed more disruptive than not.
  • Effected users who would like their skin preference changed globally can make a request as a comment on Phabricator task T119206 until December 21st, 2015 (4 weeks from the publication of this TechNews).

Sounds good. I'll rephrase it slightly to simplify for non-native speakers ("was deemed more disruptive than not" is pretty difficult to parse if you don't speak English very well, for example), but I don't think there's anything unclear here.

Please change my skin preference to Monobook in all wikis.

Is it possible to change my skin preferences to Monobook only in wikis where I have edits? I changed my preferences (incl. skin) on each wiki when I made my first edit there, and it was very useful for me to be able to distinguish immediately whether my preferences in a given wiki are already configured or not.

Please change my skin preference to Monobook in all wikis.

Running the script now for all wikis which you have a local account, should be complete in a few minutes.

Is it possible to change my skin preferences to Monobook only in wikis where I have edits?

No that isn't possible I'm afraid. It will only set the preference on wikis in which you have a local account on though, so if you go to a wiki you haven't been to before, you'd get the same effect going forward.

Running the script now for all wikis which you have a local account, should be complete in a few minutes.

Thank you

No that isn't possible I'm afraid. It will only set the preference on wikis in which you have a local account on though, so if you go to a wiki you haven't been to before, you'd get the same effect going forward.

That's rather annoying. Would it be ok to give a list of wikis where I would like to have monobook back?

No that isn't possible I'm afraid. It will only set the preference on wikis in which you have a local account on though, so if you go to a wiki you haven't been to before, you'd get the same effect going forward.

That's rather annoying. Would it be ok to give a list of wikis where I would like to have monobook back?

Sure, that I can do that easily enough!

No that isn't possible I'm afraid. It will only set the preference on wikis in which you have a local account on though, so if you go to a wiki you haven't been to before, you'd get the same effect going forward.

That's rather annoying. Would it be ok to give a list of wikis where I would like to have monobook back?

Sure, that I can do that easily enough!

Hey @NickK, I was wondering if you still wanted me to take care of this for you. If so just say the word :)

  • Effected users who would like their skin preference changed globally can make a request as a comment on Phabricator task T119206 until December 21st, 2015 (4 weeks from the publication of this TechNews).

So, it's been 6 weeks actually. I'm closing the task for requests now.

I still need my preference to be changed back too.

Was this request page ever announced to people?

Was this request page ever announced to people?

Yes, it was at Tech news.

I still need my preference to be changed back too.

This is the first I see you requesting that even though you've been subscribed to this task from the beginning. We (Chad) can still do it, though.

@Nemo_bis: Please confirm if/how you would like your global skin preferences changed. I'll close this task now, though.

I still see interface in Vector on some wiki when I'm logged in.

I still see interface in Vector on some wiki when I'm logged in.

@Nemo_bis: Which wiki(s) is "some wiki" in order to check?

I still see interface in Vector on some wiki when I'm logged in.

Done on all wikis for you.