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Assign block rights to the checkuser group on nl.wikipedia.org
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Description

On the Dutch wikipedia, where the checkusers are not moderators, there is an issue with blocking IP's for abusers. Since the foundation see the rules more strictly it is not allowed any more to give IP's to a moderator for blocking. A workaround was using the two dutch stewards that are also moderator, but that doesn't scale.

We asked the community for input in an RFC:

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Verzoeken_om_commentaar/checkuserblocks which has also been announced on the announcement board, and the local village pump (kroeg).

There has been no objections to give the checkusers block right so we have declared consensus last Sunday, on which no more objections came either. Can you give the block right to the checkuser group on nl.wikipedia.org?

Event Timeline

The Checkusers on NL Wikipedia and the community as a whole where informed May 2022 by the Ombuds Commission that the procedure for blocking IPs "does not comply with the CheckUser and access to nonpublic personal data policies". Since that date the checkusers have been working on an alternative procedure which has finally resulted in the RFC and this request. The Ombudscommision message can be read on this page:

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overleg_Wikipedia:Arbitragecommissie/Regeling_checkusers#Ombuds_Commission_finding

So we hope the issue will be fixed so the NL Checkusers can comply with global policies.

Note: the checkusers on NL Wikipedia are not selected from the admins like on many other projects. The checkusers are independent and do not have the admin rights like blocking, deletion etc.

Change 879600 had a related patch set uploaded (by Stang; author: Stang):

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] nlwiki: Add block right to checkuser group

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/879600

Change 879600 merged by jenkins-bot:

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] nlwiki: Add block right to checkuser group

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/879600

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2023-01-12T21:39:42Z] <thcipriani@deploy1002> Started scap: Backport for [[gerrit:879600|nlwiki: Add block right to checkuser group (T326355)]]

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2023-01-12T21:41:18Z] <thcipriani@deploy1002> thcipriani and stang: Backport for [[gerrit:879600|nlwiki: Add block right to checkuser group (T326355)]] synced to the testservers: mwdebug2001.codfw.wmnet, mwdebug1002.eqiad.wmnet, mwdebug1001.eqiad.wmnet, mwdebug2002.codfw.wmnet

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2023-01-12T21:48:47Z] <thcipriani@deploy1002> Finished scap: Backport for [[gerrit:879600|nlwiki: Add block right to checkuser group (T326355)]] (duration: 09m 04s)

Stang claimed this task.