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The real name explanation in Preferences is sometimes misleading
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The English string under the real name field in [[Special:Preferences]] (prefs-help-realname) reads:

Real name is optional. If you choose to provide it, this will be used for giving you attribution for your work.

Afaik, the only attribution that uses the real name field is the "Edited on 1 January 1970 00:00 by Joe Bloggs" message in the footer.

This message isn't shown if $wgMaxCredits is set to 0, so the help message is misleading: we should squelch this message if $wgMaxCredits is set to zero, or modify it to list other places we use the real name (for example, salutations in emails).


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MC8 created this task.Oct 15 2014, 1:16 PM

MediaWiki can't control how attribution is given: even for core, action=credits is disabled on many wikis, while action=history shows username; and extensions do as they wish.

So I'd just make that "will" a "may".

gerritadmin wrote:

Change 166771 had a related patch set uploaded by Nemo bis:
Make prefs-help-realname more realistic

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/166771

gerritadmin wrote:

Change 166771 merged by jenkins-bot:
Make prefs-help-realname more realistic

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/166771