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Provide a mechanism for site admins to hide the "This is my own work" checkbox for third party wikis which don't care
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Planetenxin on says:

We use VisualEditor in corporate environments and users often complain about the "This is my own work" checkbox they have to tick before uploading. Is there a way to tick the checkbox by default or hide it at all?

I'd go as far as to ask an additional preference about this, but I know how James feels about it...

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Elitre created this task.Jul 12 2016, 8:34 AM
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Preferably, reuse or share a setting with the upload wizard perhaps ?

Esanders added a subscriber: Esanders.EditedJul 12 2016, 2:37 PM

Even if there was such a setting, this code has no dependency on UploadWizard.

TheDJ added a comment.Jul 12 2016, 2:45 PM

My point was, such an option should probably not be limited to one extension, as I think that this is something people want to configure just once.

"I'm an internal wiki, don't bother me with details like licenses etc"

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The dialog is not UploadWizard, but it's not specific to VisualEditor either, it's used by both editors. See

I think this is a special case of T121012: Cross-wiki-upload: Allow users to specify source and specific license , where the license would be "no license at all". This is indeed currently not configurable, the best you can do is edit the MediaWiki: namespace messages to say something else.

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... it's not about the message itself, it is really the extra click that is not wanted in "internal wikis". So having an option to "bypass" this question would be great.

Have the same issue here. Want to get rid of the checkbox and extra click.

supasamurai added a comment.EditedJun 28 2018, 12:31 PM

As an admin of a private wiki who has spend MANY hours translating word docs to wiki articles, I would just like to say that this referenced check box is the actual devil himself in text form, stealing away tiny slices of my life by the hundreds each day. If I didn't have actual work to do I'd track the devil down myself in the code but it would be nice to fix it for others too. Why is this 'Lowest' priority? I see the devil's minions at work.

yes, would be great if this could become a higher priority

rakekniven added a subscriber: Jdforrester-WMF.EditedJun 29 2018, 10:15 AM

Hello @Jdforrester-WMF please see demand and rethink priority.

The word “demand” has a harsh meaning where I come from. Let’s instead make a strong argument for the feature request with more voices. If others reading this are also stymied, please speak up.

I also don’t think Mr. Forrester can make this happen on his own. I believe his current role is removed from product decisions for both VE and UploadWizard. But I would hope we could ask him to use his influence to help the cause. :)

ShaunONeil added a comment.EditedJun 29 2018, 10:18 PM

How do you suggest we add voices? Subscribed, but phabriactor has no +1 function.
I'm using MW for functional documentation in an enterpise setting. I'd rate this bug "papercut". but a papercut for every single editor I have. (And very inaccurate for enterprise; documentation need not be 'own work'.)

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Subscribed, but phabriactor has no +1 function.

People typically use the "Award token" option (and then add a heart or thumbs-up or something like that). Of course actually describing how (and how much) it affects you is more useful.

There's also the MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group for coordinating / prioritizing third-party requests.

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Framillien added a comment.EditedNov 20 2018, 1:27 PM

Agree with description, we are also using MediaWiki in corporate environments. Our users in this context doesn't understand this checkbox. So, if we had an option to remove/hide this option, it would be great.


Urfiner added a subscriber: Urfiner.Feb 7 2019, 7:21 PM

This seems easy... Why hasn't anyone done this in the past three years?