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Mar 25 2019

BU_Rob13 added a comment to T219106: Search bar for check rationale in CheckUser log.

This is probably a dumb question, but how do we manage it for searching the text of entire articles on Wikipedia in the search bar in the upper right-hand corner if it's so expensive to have any sort of string-searching feature?

Mar 25 2019, 2:37 AM · CheckUser

Mar 24 2019

BU_Rob13 created T219106: Search bar for check rationale in CheckUser log.
Mar 24 2019, 9:57 PM · CheckUser

Jan 16 2019

BU_Rob13 added a comment to T213875: Explore alternatives to browser fingerprinting for anti-abuse efforts.

Something as simple as a user-enabled time-limited semi-protection of their own talk page would certainly throttle some amount of abuse. A blacklist doesn't really work with LTAs, since they're using multiple accounts.

Jan 16 2019, 4:11 AM · MediaWiki-User-management, Anti-Harassment
BU_Rob13 added a comment to T213351: Timeboxed investigation into browser fingerprinting for anti-abuse report to WMF Board.

Given that all types of blocks can be defeated given sufficient technical expertise and determination, tools like the AbuseFilter are indeed more likely to mitigate severe LTA cases. I would also encourage the task force addressing this to consider devoting substantial resources to legal means of mitigating LTA cases. Legal avenues seem far more likely to work than technical ones, especially where we know the identity of the LTA.

Jan 16 2019, 4:10 AM · Anti-Harassment (Bet — ב)

Jan 15 2019

BU_Rob13 added a comment to T213351: Timeboxed investigation into browser fingerprinting for anti-abuse report to WMF Board.

@dbarratt Apple disallows fingerprinting that persists when an app is deleted. I suppose it depends on the implementation, but that fingerprinting would reset every time the Wikimedia app was deleted or the phone was reset. In other words, it can be removed by the user, just like a cookie, though perhaps not as easily.

Jan 15 2019, 7:41 PM · Anti-Harassment (Bet — ב)
BU_Rob13 added a comment to T213351: Timeboxed investigation into browser fingerprinting for anti-abuse report to WMF Board.

If the Wikipedia mobile app were to do this, it would be de-listed from the Apple Store. Is that really something we're willing to take as collateral damage? There are serious privacy implications to this, and while I appreciate that the WMF Board has asked for this and this isn't staff's fault, the Board should be taken to task for failing to understand privacy at even a basic level.

Jan 15 2019, 4:07 AM · Anti-Harassment (Bet — ב)

Jan 20 2017

BU_Rob13 added a comment to T34950: Use jQuery.suggestions to add reason suggestions to block/delete/protect forms.

Agreed. This implementation was a bit of a misfire, as it impacted the workflow of many admins. Please roll this back while we discuss how this could be better implemented, possibly by making it optional with a toggle in preferences, defaulting to off.

Jan 20 2017, 5:23 PM · User-notice, MediaWiki-Page-protection, MediaWiki-Page-deletion, JavaScript, MediaWiki-User-management

Jan 10 2017

BU_Rob13 added a comment to T143221: Authentication Error on Using CommonsHelper.

This has happened to me several times as well recently. At my home computer, I literally cannot use CommonsHelper anymore, and have been unable to for months. Oddly, when I swapped to a different computer temporarily, it worked for a brief period of time before again popping the "Auth not OK" message and not allowing me to re-authenticate.

Jan 10 2017, 3:45 PM · Tools

Nov 22 2016

BU_Rob13 added a comment to T60993: Make limited information from filearchive available to everyone.

This would be massively useful to OTRS agents who are non-admins on Commons, including myself. Any progress?

Nov 22 2016, 10:08 PM · Commons, MediaWiki-API

May 28 2016

BU_Rob13 created T136504: Add functionality to process all pages and remove pages that fit skip criteria.
May 28 2016, 11:25 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser
BU_Rob13 created T136503: Start bot timer upon making edit rather than upon finding a page that needs an edit.
May 28 2016, 11:20 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser

May 27 2016

BU_Rob13 awarded T136375: Rollback T88044 (broke rollback-related utilities) a The World Burns token.
May 27 2016, 4:38 AM · MW-1.28-release-notes, MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-24_(1.28.0-wmf.3)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-06-07_(1.28.0-wmf.5)), Patch-For-Review, User-notice, Regression, MediaWiki-History-and-Diffs
BU_Rob13 added a comment to T136375: Rollback T88044 (broke rollback-related utilities).

This has also neutered the massRollback script, which now requires individual confirmation on rollbacking each page. That script is extraordinarily useful when handling sockpuppetry cases, where all edits should be reverted. It's also helpful in worst-case scenarios of a bot gone awry, which can happen occasionally when bots aren't maintained.

May 27 2016, 4:38 AM · MW-1.28-release-notes, MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-24_(1.28.0-wmf.3)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-06-07_(1.28.0-wmf.5)), Patch-For-Review, User-notice, Regression, MediaWiki-History-and-Diffs