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Create a meaningful default for ImportSources
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ImportSources are currently defined per wiki in InitialiseSettings, and if nothing is defined, Special:Import doesn't work.

It would be nice to have a reasonable default for this, so that small wikis would get something sensible if nothing explicit was defined. English Wikipedia, French Wikipedia, and Meta could probably be a good default import source.

I'm mostly concerned with Wikimedia sites, but this may be useful for all MediaWiki installations, so perhaps this should be defined in core. The current default is []. But if there's no robust way to do it, then such a default should be defined at least in the Wikimedia MediaWiki configuration. Hence, tagging both MediaWiki-Export-or-Import and Wikimedia-Site-requests.

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Amire80 created this task.Jan 18 2019, 8:18 AM
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I think this should be discussed off-phab too, maybe Community-consensus-needed ?

I think this should be discussed off-phab too, maybe Community-consensus-needed ?

No problem, although I'm not sure where. It will be a global policy and not a discussion in any particular wiki or language community, and as I wrote in the beginning, it may be good even for all MediaWiki users beyond Wikimedia.

I guess I can bring it up at Wikimedia-L or Wikitech-L.

I'd create a RFC on Meta and link the RFC on the lists you mentioned.

Support.

I would add Commons and/or Wikidata as a default, as they provide multi-lingual versions of help pages, templates etc., not found on monolingual Wikipedias.