As discussed on the wikitech-l mailinglist, there are issues with imported user names. Investigate how this affects the file importer (If at all)
Right now we simply pass in the username and expect mediawiki to assign the correct uid to the edit.
From: "Brad Jorsch (Anomie)"
Date: 31 Oct 2017 2:52 pm
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Proposal regarding the handling of imported usernames
To: "Wikimedia developers" <email@example.com>
Handling of usernames in imported edits in MediaWiki has long been weird (T9240 was filed in 2006!). If the local user doesn't exist, we get a strange row in the revision table where rev_user_text refers to a valid name while rev_user is 0 which typically indicates an IP edit. Someone can later create the name, but rev_user remains 0, so depending on which field a tool looks at the revision may or may not be considered to actually belong to the newly-created user. If the local user does exist when the import is done, the edit is attributed to that user regardless of whether it's actually the same user. See T179246 for an example where imported edits got attributed to the wrong account in pre-SUL times. In Gerrit change 386625 I propose to change that. - If revisions are imported using the "Upload XML data" method, it will be required to fill in a new field to indicate the source of the edits, which is intended to be interpreted as an interwiki prefix. - If revisions are imported using the."Import from another wiki" method, the specified source wiki will be used as the source. - During the import, any usernames that don't exist locally (and can't be auto-created via CentralAuth) will be imported as an otherwise-invalid name, e.g. an edit by User:Example from source 'en' would be imported as "en>Example". - There will be a checkbox on Special:Import to specify whether the same should be done for usernames that do exist locally (or can be created) or whether those edits should be attributed to the existing/autocreated local user. - On history pages, log pages, and the like, these usernames will be displayed as interwiki links, much as might be generated by wikitext like " [[:en:User:Example|en>Example]]". No parenthesized 'tool' links (talk, block, and so on) will be generated for these rows. - On WMF wikis, we'll run a maintenance script to clean up the existing rows with valid usernames and rev_user = 0. The current plan there is to attribute these edits to existing SUL users where possible and to prefix them with a generic prefix otherwise, but we could as easily prefix them all. - Unfortunately it's impossible to retroactively determine the actual source of old imports automatically or to automatically do anything about imports that were misattributed to a different local user in pre-SUL times (e.g. T179246). - The same will be done for CentralAuth's global suppression blocks. In this case, on WMF wikis we can safely point them all at Meta. If you have comments on this proposal, please reply here or on https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/386625/. Background: The upcoming actor table changes require some change to the handling of these imported names because we can't have separate attribution to "Example as a non-registered user" and "Example as a registered user" with the new schema. The options we've identified are: 1. This proposal, or something much like it. 2. All the existing rows with rev_user = 0 would have to be attributed to the existing local user (if any), and in the future when a new user is created any existing edits attributed to that name will be automatically attributed to that new account. 3. All the existing rows with rev_user = 0 and an existing local user would have to be re-attributed to different *valid* usernames, probably randomly-generated in some manner, and in the future when a new user is created any existing edits for that name would have to be similarly re-attributed. 4. Like #2, except the creation (including SUL auto-creation) of the same-named account would not be allowed. Thus, an import before the local name exists would forever block that name from being used for an actual local account. 5. Some less consistent combination of the "all the existing rows" and "when a new user is created" options from #2–4. Of these options, this proposal seems like the best one. : https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T9240 : https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T179246 : https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/386625/ : https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T111605 : ">" was chosen rather than the more typical ":" because the former is already invalid in all usernames (and page titles). While a colon is *now* disallowed in new usernames, existing names created before that restriction was added can continue to be used (and there are over 12000 such usernames in WMF's SUL) and we decided it'd be better not to suddenly break them. : https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T167246