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Update wikitech customised shell account name registration instructions
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Registration on Wikitech (which is part of the process of getting a gerrit account) currently tells the would-be user to ask someone to verify from a labs instance whether the shell username is taken, by issuing the command groups $username on a shell. That's not exactly inviting. When submitting the form, that check is performed anyway, so it should be possible to do it as an AJAX request as part of form validation.

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Also the registration form is enclosed in <loginstart>/<loginend> - don't know if that's intentional or a bug, but looks weird.

coren triaged this task as Low priority.Feb 10 2015, 9:13 PM
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In T88092#1003889, @Tgr wrote:

Also the registration form is enclosed in <loginstart>/<loginend> - don't know if that's intentional or a bug, but looks weird.

-> T74849: Wikitech signup page displays <loginstart> and <loginend>

Is it not possible to do this check with an LDAP query?

Why do we suggest that they ask for that check when it'll be performed automatically anyway? Can't we just remove that text, and open a separate task to check it as the form is being filled out?

There's a lot of cruft in wikitech; I think you're right that the message can just be trimmed down.

Krenair renamed this task from Wikitech registration requires labs shell access to Update shell account name registration instructions.Jun 25 2015, 8:19 PM
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It also provides this RT address:
If you already had a SVN account with the same username, ask it to be created manually by sending this information to ops-requests@rt.wikimedia.org.

Krenair renamed this task from Update shell account name registration instructions to Update wikitech customised shell account name registration instructions.Jun 25 2015, 8:30 PM
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That text does not appear in the default version of the message, caused by a local administrator: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=MediaWiki:Openstackmanager-shellaccountnamehelp&action=history

Nemo_bis renamed this task from Update wikitech customised shell account name registration instructions to Wikitech registration requires labs shell access.Jun 26 2015, 6:24 AM

I don't see a good reason to hijack Tgr's report, which is about making Special:Userlogin smarter. The RT address is a separate issue, related to insufficient documentation on https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/RT ; better tracked separately.

@Nemo_bis: I don't see a reason to ignore my comments.

Krenair renamed this task from Wikitech registration requires labs shell access to Update wikitech customised shell account name registration instructions.Jun 26 2015, 12:18 PM