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Unpatrol moved pages on English Wikipedia
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Per the out come of this RfC, moved pages on English Wikipedia should be marked as unpatrolled.

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JJMC89 created this task.Feb 25 2017, 6:12 AM
Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptFeb 25 2017, 6:12 AM

Setting project to Wikimedia-Site-requests, as this request is about settings / configuration of a Wikimedia website. For more information about how to request these kinds of changes, please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requesting_wiki_configuration_changes

DatGuy added a subscriber: DatGuy.Mar 1 2017, 1:47 PM

Aklapper, do you know if this would be done in InitialiseSettings.php of wmf-settings? I can't find out a specific option for it.

Me too. You or anybody else who will process this request must find config
variable at mediawiki.org, find it in CommonSettings.php, this will help
you if it is in IS. If it isn't, you should add it. If it isn't at
mediawiki.org, we have a problem as it will need to be implemented before
setting. Maybe call #mediawiki guys.

DatGuy changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Mar 1 2017, 2:30 PM

Question regarding this: it has been marked as blocked on development. Does this mean it is not moving forward? I am asking because of the potential impact it might have on gathering statistics during ACTRIAL if it is implemented in the middle of the trial.

Can we please have some replies?

Question regarding this: it has been marked as blocked on development. Does this mean it is not moving forward? I am asking because of the potential impact it might have on gathering statistics during ACTRIAL if it is implemented in the middle of the trial.

This task tracks the request of the english wikipedia community to activate a feature to unpatrol moved pages. In order to active this feature, it needs to be developed in the first place, which is what https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/251794/ does. That patch hasn't seen any real development work since at least March, so it's unlikely that it will be merged and deployed in the short-term future. However, this may happen at any time, it "just" needs somebody to pick up the work on that patch / someone to review it. We can't control at which time a volunteer may do one of these things. This task definitely won't move forward until the development has been finished.

So what is the official channel for getting the WMF to address these issues/requests - or is Phab simply the place they move stuff to they just don't want to do?

EddieGP added a comment.EditedSep 27 2017, 12:57 AM

So what is the official channel for getting the WMF to address these issues/requests - or is Phab simply the place they move stuff to they just don't want to do?

Creating a ticket in phab is definitely the right way and the WMF does deal with a lot of issues reported here on a daily basis. It's just that the WMF has limited resources for development work while there is almost no limitation to requesting features or reporting issues. As a simple consequence, the WMF can't do everything requested. You'll either have to wait or convince somebody (@Aklapper might know who?) to make this a priority.

fwiw, I've just rebased the attached patch.

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(@Aklapper might know who?)

I expect another Community Wishlist Survey where anyone can propose wishes. And there are the usual communication channels. I don't think I'm telling news. :)

(bump?) Just wondering if anyone is able to provide an update on this? The issue of new users maliciously hijacking pages for spam continues to be a problem on English Wikipedia, and now the spamming is not limited to disambiguation pages but is also causing preexisting articles to be overwritten. Thanks.

Folks are still working on the patch linked above, seems like.