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Retire fixcopyright.wikimedia.org
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The fixcopyright.wikimedia.org wiki is no longer necessary and has stopped rendering correctly. I have gotten approval from Legal to retire the wiki. The following tasks are necessary:

  • Reverse T203179, if necessary
  • Reverse T202820, if necessary
  • Close or delete the wiki. The only actual content in the wiki are some translation pages in the MediaWiki namespace that are no longer necessary. All of the rendering is done in the EUCopyrightCampaign extension and EUCopyrightCampaignSkin with the assistance of the SkinPerPage extension. So, deleting the wiki should be an option, but closing the wiki would be OK, too, if there are objections to deletion.
  • Redirect fixcopyright.wikimedia.org to point to https://policy.wikimedia.org/policy-landing/copyright/
  • The EUCopyrightCampaign extension and EUCopyrightCampaignSkin should NOT be archived, as they may be instructive, modified as a result of lessons learned, for future campaigns. However, their documentation pages on mediawiki.org should be updated to indicate that they are no longer in use.
  • Capture lessons learned on mediawiki.org page then decline the Phab tasks at https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/?project=PHID-PROJ-xf4kosn2mznrth6uclvk&statuses=open()#R
  • Archive fixcopyright.wikimedia.org
  • Check T203899#4895417 for any additional cleanup necessary

Details

Related Gerrit Patches:
operations/mediawiki-config : masterDelete fixcopyrightwiki
operations/mediawiki-config : masterDrop ability to load SkinPerPage, EUCopyrightCampaign, and EUCopyrightCampaignSkin

Event Timeline

Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptNov 20 2019, 11:03 PM
Koavf added a subscriber: Koavf.Nov 20 2019, 11:06 PM

I object to deletion: as long as we still own the domain names (that is, "we" being the WMF, not us personally), URIs should stay active and point to something meaningful. The only thing we ever should have outright deleted was the Siberian Wikipedia.

If this gets done, potential steps afterwards could be

The Phab tasks contain some lessons learned. I agree they should be declined, but those lessons learned should be captured somewhere first. I will take care of that.

As noted in the second last bullet, it is desired that we not archive the extension and skin, as they will be potentially instructive in the future. If they are archived, will the code still be accessible somehow?

@Aklapper re. point 3: @CCicalese_WMF above mentions that she does not want those extensions archived :) Agreed with the other two points in principle, but I shall check with more time tomorrow as it's late here.

I object to deletion: as long as we still own the domain names (that is, "we" being the WMF, not us personally), URIs should stay active and point to something meaningful. The only thing we ever should have outright deleted was the Siberian Wikipedia.

See T187716: Sunset Wikipedia Zero (include https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/521886) where a wiki is deleted and not redirected.

Change 552549 had a related patch set uploaded (by Jforrester; owner: Jforrester):
[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Delete fixcopyrightwiki

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/552549

Change 552550 had a related patch set uploaded (by Jforrester; owner: Jforrester):
[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Drop ability to load SkinPerPage, EUCopyrightCampaign, and EUCopyrightCampaignSkin

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/552550

Funneling the domain to a static page is easy and seems prudent indeed, in particular as the domain was involved in a social media campaign and has many incoming links even if their traffic is currently dormant it would be a long-term missed education and branding moment not to direct it somewhere. Destinations like https://policy.wikimedia.org/policy-landing/copyright/ or https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fix_copyright seem like viable candidates.

@Krinkle Agreed. Legal has requested that we send traffic to the first URL you mention, https://policy.wikimedia.org/policy-landing/copyright/.

Jdforrester-WMF changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Nov 25 2019, 5:49 PM
ema triaged this task as Medium priority.Nov 29 2019, 3:45 PM
ema moved this task from Triage to General on the Traffic board.
Jdforrester-WMF changed the task status from Stalled to Open.Tue, Jan 14, 11:41 PM