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Allow to apply protection to user pages, excepted for the concerned user
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Summary:

Some users on the English Wikipedia wish to semiprotect root/base user pages for all users. Semiprotection is currently defined as disallowing edits by users who are not autoconfirmed. Autoconfirmed is set when a user reaches 10 edits and 4 days since user registration.

Currently, if user root/base user pages were all suddenly semiprotected, very new users would not be able to edit their own user pages until becoming autoconfirmed.

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Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptOct 29 2016, 3:24 PM
JJMC89 added a subscriber: JJMC89.Oct 29 2016, 4:25 PM

My understanding is that the editmyusercss and editmyuserjs user rights were introduced due to security concerns. They were and are a necessary evil, as their existence stands in opposition to MediaWiki's principle of openness. This principle is inherited from broader wiki culture.

I'm doubtful that a new editmyuserpage user right would be appropriately aligned with MediaWiki's values.

MZMcBride updated the task description. (Show Details)Oct 29 2016, 5:25 PM

I tried to expand the task description, but there nuances that I'm not sure I captured.

I described the issue with very new users not being able to edit their own user pages. In addition to this complexity, there's also the matter of configuring MediaWiki to automatically semiprotect all pages in the User namespace that are not subpages, I think.

andymw added a subscriber: andymw.Oct 29 2016, 5:31 PM
Funcrunch added a comment.EditedOct 29 2016, 6:10 PM

MZMcBride, the RfC specifically included a provision for very new users to be able to edit their own user pages. This was noted by the closer on the talk page. The task to enable that to happen was split off into a separate task, T149484 (not my doing or idea).

Dereckson added a comment.EditedOct 29 2016, 10:14 PM

The task to enable that to happen was split off into a separate task, T149484 (not my doing or idea).

It's mine, for a separation of concerns:

  • T149484: development — new MediaWiki core feature — applies to the MediaWiki software
  • T149445: configuration — enable the feature on en.wikipedia — applies only for Wikimedia wikis

There are particular tasks used as tracker, roadmap, goal, etc. but for concrete actions, the more efficient way for tracking is one idea, one thing to do = one task.

I_JethroBT closed this task as Resolved.Dec 1 2016, 4:08 AM
I_JethroBT claimed this task.

The issue of unconfirmed editors not being able to edit their own user page has been resolved via use of a filter with the appropriate exceptions rather than using page protection as an implementation approach.