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Missing Wikimedia override for `globalblocking-ipblocked-range`
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If an editor's IP address is subject to a global range block, he sees the message https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Globalblocking-ipblocked-range (or a translation thereof).

This message only offers one solution, namely to make a request on the talk page of the specific steward who happens to have enacted that global block.

In some cases the steward may choose not to respond. If so, the editor is not currently told anything else that he can try.

I discovered this problem when editing using Puffin browser, whose cloud servers are subject to a global block due to abuse. I noticed that many other editors were similarly impeded because of using VPNs or other IP addresses that were globally blocked. There is widespread visible frustration expressed at the relevant steward's talk page.

After lodging an appeal on an incorrect page, I was directed to meta:SRIPBE.

I suggest that the message shown to editors should provide a link to SRIPBE, or to equivalent pages in the local language or on the local wiki if applicable. The option to contact the individual steward should be a fallback rather than the primary suggestion as it is now.

Details

Related Gerrit Patches:
mediawiki/extensions/WikimediaMessages : wmf/1.35.0-wmf.16Create an override for 'globalblocking-ipblocked-range' for Wikimedia
mediawiki/extensions/WikimediaMessages : masterCreate an override for 'globalblocking-ipblocked-range' for Wikimedia

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MarcoAurelio removed the point value for this task.Thu, Jan 30, 10:20 PM
MarcoAurelio edited projects, added WikimediaMessages; removed MediaWiki-General.
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The messages that editors should be seeing is https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Wikimedia-globalblocking-ipblocked and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Wikimedia-globalblocking-ipblocked-range. We crafted an override for Wikimedia wikis to point users affected by global IP blocks to the right Meta-Wiki pages.

If globally blocked editors are instead seeing a different message other than the ones I linked above, then this is an issue with WikimediaMessages which we should be having a look, because we indeed would like to point editors to the right place.

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MarcoAurelio renamed this task from Amend Globalblocking-ipblocked-range message with link to [[meta:SRIPBE]] to Wikimedia overrides for globalblocking-ipblocked-[range] apparently not working.Thu, Jan 30, 10:22 PM
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I think I know how to fix this.

Restricted Application added a project: User-MarcoAurelio. · View Herald TranscriptThu, Jan 30, 10:24 PM

Change 569097 had a related patch set uploaded (by MarcoAurelio; owner: MarcoAurelio):
[mediawiki/extensions/WikimediaMessages@master] Actually display the 'wikimedia-globalblocking-range' override

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/569097

There was no Wikimedia override for globalblocking-ipblocked-range. The proposed patch creates one with relevant, customized information for Wikimedia-wikis.

MarcoAurelio renamed this task from Wikimedia overrides for globalblocking-ipblocked-[range] apparently not working to Missing Wikimedia override for `globalblocking-ipblocked-range`.Thu, Jan 30, 11:45 PM

Change 569097 merged by jenkins-bot:
[mediawiki/extensions/WikimediaMessages@master] Create an override for 'globalblocking-ipblocked-range' for Wikimedia

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/569097

MarcoAurelio closed this task as Resolved.Wed, Feb 5, 5:55 PM
MarcoAurelio moved this task from Patches for review to Closed on the WikimediaMessages board.

Patch merged and being deployed to Wikimedia wikis in groups. Should be in all Wikimedia wikis in the next days.

Change 571261 had a related patch set uploaded (by MarcoAurelio; owner: MarcoAurelio):
[mediawiki/extensions/WikimediaMessages@wmf/1.35.0-wmf.16] Create an override for 'globalblocking-ipblocked-range' for Wikimedia

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/571261

Change 571261 merged by jenkins-bot:
[mediawiki/extensions/WikimediaMessages@wmf/1.35.0-wmf.16] Create an override for 'globalblocking-ipblocked-range' for Wikimedia

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/571261

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