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CheckUser UI revamp
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I agree with this:

Is this for "Get users" only? IMO, Special:CheckUser is badly in need of a UI revamp.

Not sure where to have this discussed or proposed, so I though that doing it here would be a good start. Please advice if an RFC at mediawikiwiki here is also required. Thanks.

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Restricted Application added subscribers: JEumerus, Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptApr 18 2016, 8:06 AM
Glaisher edited projects, added Design; removed Epic.Apr 18 2016, 8:38 AM

I don't think a formal RFC is needed here. Comments by the users of the extension here is fine.

I'll send a link to this task to the checkuser list for people to know.

It's unlikely that the features will be implemented any time soon because the Special:CheckUser code is so old that it's hard to get something major done with the guarantee that nothing else is broken. That being said, I did some minor cleanup (mostly removing duplicated code and fixing some minor bugs which was discovered) recently with help from Krenair and lego. If time permits (probably not soon) and if we can get reviews within a reasonable time, I'll be willing to work on it.

Tgr added a subscriber: Tgr.May 1 2016, 8:18 PM
MarcoAurelio triaged this task as Medium priority.Jun 20 2016, 2:18 PM

It's unlikely that the features will be implemented any time soon because the Special:CheckUser code is so old that it's hard to get something major done with the guarantee that nothing else is broken.

If the code is so old that working with it is a pain, what about writting a new CU extension from the start, with fresh, working and updated new code?

revi added a subscriber: revi.Jul 9 2016, 11:48 AM
Huji added a subscriber: Huji.Aug 27 2016, 6:46 PM

I guess CU is not using OOUI, right? Would that be a start?

Meno25 added a subscriber: Meno25.Apr 30 2019, 6:49 PM
AronManning added subscribers: Prtksxna, AronManning.EditedNov 6 2019, 6:18 AM

https://prtksxna.github.io/wmf-cu-prototype/ (presented in T237039 - source) looks very good.

I'd add a minor feature - a "Proxy/VPN check" link - after "Tor check": <a href="https://www.ipqualityscore.com/free-ip-lookup-proxy-vpn-test/lookup/<?=$IP ?>">Proxy/VPN check</a>

For geolocation (no link in prototype) I prefer to use "https://www.iplocation.net/?query=<?=$IP ?>"
which presents data from 3 sources (that often differ). These include https://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/1.1.1.1 and https://db-ip.com/1.1.1.1 currently used on IP contributions pages
Note: one more useful alternative (50/day free requests only): https://www.ip2location.com/demo/1.1.1.1

A more substantive task would be to aggregate subnetwork (isp) data from whois and geolocation from these services or an on-site database and present it in 2 more columns. This would greatly increase the efficiency of evaluating dynamic ips, vpn users, etc.
See: T174553: Create a mechanism that allows fetching geolocation and subnet data for IP addresses

Another feature would be for >10 IPs to group IPs by subnet.

@Niharika These features could be detailed further, please advise: should I make a separate task here, or is there a meta/mediawiki page where these UI improvements are discussed now.

EDIT: refactored comment to T237593#5643260

@AronManning Thank you for the feedback. I am discussing this with the community on this page. Adding your comments there and also providing your thoughts on what others have stated would be helpful to me. I can respond to your comments there so others can see it too.
I'll note that the mocks in https://prtksxna.github.io/wmf-cu-prototype/ are very much subject to change. The idea is to share them and iterate based on feedback. :)