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Oct 15 2014, 1:27 AM (205 w, 5 d)
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Aug 10 2018

Nick added a comment to T201696: Create optional list of editable default edit summaries for Rollback function, or add a Rapid Undo link.

I asked her why she didn't leave an edit summary, and she beat around the bush about not needing one at all. In the 2nd thread I suggested changing its title to "Rollback is currently inherently abusive". I think Rollback editors should apologize for the times its use causes all these problems. Problem is solved by using undo instead in those situations where a lot of material is being removed from different sections of a talk page.

Aug 10 2018, 8:06 PM · MediaWiki-History-or-Diffs
Nick added a comment to T201696: Create optional list of editable default edit summaries for Rollback function, or add a Rapid Undo link.

The whole point of creating some options for meaningful edit summaries for Rollback is to generate a more positive atmosphere on Wikimedia Projects. To avoid rude blanking of parts of pages without explanation. To lower the number of active editors who leave. To encourage those that stay by feeling the need to explain things to them. Wikimedia has become so rude at times that some longterm rollback users do not even see the problem.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimedia_active_editor_statistics

I am not seeking to make mandatory the use of edit summaries in rollback because that would be a non-starter with many editors. And I fully acknowledge the difficulty of making a list of edit summaries that would cover everything rollback is used for.

Aug 10 2018, 7:51 PM · MediaWiki-History-or-Diffs
Nick added a comment to T201696: Create optional list of editable default edit summaries for Rollback function, or add a Rapid Undo link.
"Reverted edits by User1 (talk) to last version by User2" says nothing about why the reversion was made.

Providing a list of editable edit summaries could be implemented in such a way that you wouldn't have to use it. The default setting would just be the near-useless "Reverted edits by User1 (talk) to last version by User2".

Aug 10 2018, 6:50 PM · MediaWiki-History-or-Diffs
Nick added a comment to T201696: Create optional list of editable default edit summaries for Rollback function, or add a Rapid Undo link.

Rollback has always been (and has always intended to be) a 'quick and dirty' way of very rapidly reverting content that should not be in the most recent revision of a page. Its use is subject to local and global policies, it has been accepted by the community on a local and global basis that when rollback is used, a default edit summary rather than a custom/tailored/hand-written edit summary will be left.

Where is this "default edit summary". I have rollback right on English Wikipedia and all I see when I rollback one of my user pages or subpages is "Reverted edits by Timeshifter (talk) to last version by ..."

Aug 10 2018, 5:48 PM · MediaWiki-History-or-Diffs
Nick added a comment to T201696: Create optional list of editable default edit summaries for Rollback function, or add a Rapid Undo link.

Addressing Chrissymad's concerns. One of the options in the edit summary list could be to leave no edit summary. Or Chrissymad could choose Long Term Abuse, etc, etc. from the list as an option. From then on all her rollbacks would show that as the edit summary. At least until she chose another option from the list.

I suggest that the developers show the last selected option somewhere openly on the diff page and revision history page. Etc. So one knows before clicking the rollback button.

Aug 10 2018, 5:35 PM · MediaWiki-History-or-Diffs

Apr 25 2018

Nick added a comment to T179246: Fix incorrect attribution caused by Special:Import tool used prior to SUL finalisation for User:Nick.

Since I'm lurking on Phabricator - any idea how many usernames have this incorrect attribution issue that will need fixed ?

Apr 25 2018, 11:56 AM · Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown, SUL-Finalization
Nick added a comment to T192455: Permanently implement autoconfirmed-account-requirement for new article creation on en.wiki .

And since all these kinds of requests are basically very much dependent on the energy of WMF employees outside of their scheduled activities, they are therefore not helping you to achieve your goals.

Apr 25 2018, 11:51 AM · Community-Tech, MW-1.32-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-04-24 (1.32.0-wmf.1)), Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-extensions-ArticleCreationWorkflow, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Mar 23 2018

Nick added a comment to T188151: Create the Commons deletion bot which will post messages on article talk pages.

What's the criteria for choosing which 10 (talk) pages will receive a notification ?

Mar 23 2018, 9:32 AM · Community-Tech, Commons

Feb 20 2018

Nick added a comment to T187762: Cannot Use File Upload Wizard or Special:Upload on Commons.

And File Upload Wizard works using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 v 1079, using Timeless.

Feb 20 2018, 2:05 PM
Nick added a comment to T187757: Thanks thanking the wrong edit.

Thanks appears to be working correctly on Commons, following a quick test with an edit and an upload.

Feb 20 2018, 8:49 AM · MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-02-13 (1.31.0-wmf.21)), Patch-For-Review, Collaboration-Team-Triage (Collab-Team-This-Quarter), User-notice, Thanks
Nick added a comment to T187762: Cannot Use File Upload Wizard or Special:Upload on Commons.

File Upload Wizard confirmed to be working with FF 58.0.2 on MacOS.

Feb 20 2018, 8:47 AM

Oct 29 2017

Nick added a comment to T179246: Fix incorrect attribution caused by Special:Import tool used prior to SUL finalisation for User:Nick.
Oct 29 2017, 9:18 PM · Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown, SUL-Finalization
Nick triaged T179246: Fix incorrect attribution caused by Special:Import tool used prior to SUL finalisation for User:Nick as Normal priority.
Oct 29 2017, 11:37 AM · Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown, SUL-Finalization
Nick created T179246: Fix incorrect attribution caused by Special:Import tool used prior to SUL finalisation for User:Nick.
Oct 29 2017, 11:26 AM · Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown, SUL-Finalization

Sep 12 2017

Nick added a comment to T173374: Deleting file on Commons "Error deleting file: An unknown error occurred in storage backend "local-multiwrite".".

I've downloaded the file Literature_II,_Harutyun_Surkhatian.djvu to check for corruption just in case @Nick though it might be valid and just pathological per-page dimensions.

https://people.wikimedia.org/~filippo/Literature_II_tom%252C_Harutyun_Surkhatian.djvu

Sep 12 2017, 1:15 PM · User-fgiunchedi, Operations, media-storage

Aug 29 2017

Nick added a comment to T173374: Deleting file on Commons "Error deleting file: An unknown error occurred in storage backend "local-multiwrite".".

Also needs https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Literature_II_tom,_Harutyun_Surkhatian.djvu deleted, created by same user with same deletion issue.

Aug 29 2017, 8:43 AM · User-fgiunchedi, Operations, media-storage

Aug 17 2017

Nick added a comment to T173374: Deleting file on Commons "Error deleting file: An unknown error occurred in storage backend "local-multiwrite".".

Is there an exception id or anything like that attached to the error? I can't find anything related to that in logstash ATM

Aug 17 2017, 4:48 PM · User-fgiunchedi, Operations, media-storage

Aug 15 2017

Nick updated the task description for T173374: Deleting file on Commons "Error deleting file: An unknown error occurred in storage backend "local-multiwrite".".
Aug 15 2017, 2:47 PM · User-fgiunchedi, Operations, media-storage
Nick created T173374: Deleting file on Commons "Error deleting file: An unknown error occurred in storage backend "local-multiwrite".".
Aug 15 2017, 2:46 PM · User-fgiunchedi, Operations, media-storage

Aug 14 2017

Nick added a comment to T173056: Import Wiki Loves Monuments photos from Flickr to Commons.

The biggest issue is surely going to be people trying to upload their own images from Flickr without changing the licence to something Commons compatible ?

Aug 14 2017, 6:08 PM · Operations, Wiki-Loves-Monuments (2017)

Aug 9 2017

Nick added projects to T172878: Can’t disable 2FA: Trust-and-Safety, Wikimedia-Site-requests.
Aug 9 2017, 1:02 PM · Security, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Trust-and-Safety
Nick updated subscribers of T172878: Can’t disable 2FA.
Aug 9 2017, 1:01 PM · Security, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Trust-and-Safety

Jun 13 2017

Nick awarded T167000: Extract video encoder metadata from WebM videos a Burninate token.
Jun 13 2017, 9:18 PM · MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-10-10 (1.31.0-wmf.3)), Patch-For-Review, TimedMediaHandler, Commons, Multimedia

May 2 2017

Nick added a comment to T164157: [Regression] ‘Empty server response’ on saving through VE when CAPTCHA issued (API response terminated?).

I've not been able to speak to the user who was encountering issues, I would treat their assertion that they disabled VisualEditor fully with a pinch of salt. I did have a report this morning of the same issue (so can confirm it's still occurring, as I write this).

May 2 2017, 10:33 AM · User-Ryasmeen, MW-1.29-release (WMF-deploy-2017-04-25_(1.29.0-wmf.21)), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-09_(1.30.0-wmf.1)), ConfirmEdit (CAPTCHA extension), Regression, VisualEditor-MediaWiki-2017WikitextEditor, User-notice, VisualEditor, MediaWiki-Page-editing

May 1 2017

Nick added a comment to T164157: [Regression] ‘Empty server response’ on saving through VE when CAPTCHA issued (API response terminated?).

I'm having the same problem with a user in -help today.

May 1 2017, 1:14 PM · User-Ryasmeen, MW-1.29-release (WMF-deploy-2017-04-25_(1.29.0-wmf.21)), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-09_(1.30.0-wmf.1)), ConfirmEdit (CAPTCHA extension), Regression, VisualEditor-MediaWiki-2017WikitextEditor, User-notice, VisualEditor, MediaWiki-Page-editing

Apr 11 2017

Nick added a comment to T162395: Add .mp3 to the list of accepted file types on Wikimedia Commons uploads.

I've no issue in Commons supporting MP3 files, but if Legal is happy with the situation and support is to be turned on, could it be done with a suitable degree of planning, to allow the Commons community time to set up appropriate systems to identify and handle copyright violations.

Apr 11 2017, 5:08 PM · WMF-Legal, Commons

Jan 21 2017

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

Thanks for doing this so quickly. I'd have no complaints if it's redeployed with a way to switch this feature off and on.

Jan 21 2017, 8:42 PM · User-notice, MediaWiki-Page-protection, MediaWiki-Page-deletion, JavaScript, MediaWiki-User-management

Jan 20 2017

Nick reopened T34950: Use jQuery.suggestions to add reason suggestions to block/delete/protect forms as "Open".
Jan 20 2017, 4:43 PM · User-notice, MediaWiki-Page-protection, MediaWiki-Page-deletion, JavaScript, MediaWiki-User-management
Nick reopened T34950: Use jQuery.suggestions to add reason suggestions to block/delete/protect forms, a subtask of T50240: Implement autocompletion / search suggestion / auto-complete / autocomplete / auto-suggest throughout MediaWiki (tracking), as Open.
Jan 20 2017, 4:43 PM · Tracking, MediaWiki-General-or-Unknown
Nick raised the priority of T34950: Use jQuery.suggestions to add reason suggestions to block/delete/protect forms from Low to Unbreak Now!.

Please revert this - we already have a perfectly good drop down list of 'canned' block (and deletion) log entries. The un-necessary duplication, particularly when deployed in this manner, has meant I no longer have the 'custom' log entries saved in my browser history which I can use to provide supplementary detail in addition to the drop down log entries.

Jan 20 2017, 4:33 PM · User-notice, MediaWiki-Page-protection, MediaWiki-Page-deletion, JavaScript, MediaWiki-User-management

Jan 12 2017

Nick created T155162: Add (noratelimit) flag to translation administrator usergroup on Commons.
Jan 12 2017, 10:37 AM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Commons

Nov 16 2016

Nick added a comment to T150605: Publish an analysis of the OurMine hack.

Oh so it seems that we now have to presume every one is compromised?

Nov 16 2016, 10:47 AM · Wikimedia-Incident, Security-Team

Nov 11 2016

Nick added a comment to T148450: Make it easy to transwiki fair-use images out of Commons.

The tool also needs to ensure the original uploader and not the transwiki-ing administrator receives notifications should the fair use rationale be incorrect, the file become unused or other issues with the file occur.

Nov 11 2016, 6:02 PM · Commons, Multimedia

Oct 18 2016

Nick added a comment to T148497: Some JPGs are being served as text.

I can no longer replicate the issues I encountered earlier either.

Oct 18 2016, 10:28 PM · Traffic, Operations, media-storage, Regression, Commons
Nick updated subscribers of T148497: Some JPGs are being served as text.

@Stemoc reported an issue with https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:9.13.11CommonByLuigiNovi2.jpg (though I can't replicate the issue).

Oct 18 2016, 1:18 PM · Traffic, Operations, media-storage, Regression, Commons
Nick added a comment to T148497: Some JPGs are being served as text.

Type is 'html' with the full output below.

Oct 18 2016, 11:26 AM · Traffic, Operations, media-storage, Regression, Commons
Nick added a comment to T148497: Some JPGs are being served as text.

I can replicate the issue using FF 49.0.1 on Mac OS X 10.11.5 with the file https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ApisDorsataHive.jpg

Oct 18 2016, 10:21 AM · Traffic, Operations, media-storage, Regression, Commons

Sep 26 2016

Nick created T146619: DNS domains registered to WMF no longer redirecting.
Sep 26 2016, 8:41 AM · Operations, DNS, Traffic

May 14 2015

Nick added a comment to T94308: Download as PDF: Rendering failed with non zero code.

Did a bit more work using https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife and from what little I can gather, it's possibly some sort of layout issue. Splitting the page up into sections, the following images prevent rendering and return the error code.

[[File:Auditorio de Tenerife 013.JPG|thumb|250px|[[Auditorio de Tenerife]], icon of architecture in Canary Islands<ref>[http://www.treklens.com/gallery/Europe/Spain/Madrid/Madrid/Mostoles/photo370327.htm Auditorio Tenerife, information (in Spanish)]</ref>]]
[[File:Hospital Universitario de Canarias.png|thumb|right|300px|[[Hospital Universitario de Canarias]]]]

but taking what are Sections 12 to 18 (containing those two images) and creating a separate page composed just of those sections, rendering completes correctly and a correctly formatted PDF file can be downloaded. The only thing in common all of the causes I've found today have would be they determine the position and style of the text and images within the completed PDF file.

May 14 2015, 12:00 AM · OCG-PDFRenderer, Wikimedia-production-error

May 13 2015

Nick added a comment to T94308: Download as PDF: Rendering failed with non zero code.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Plantagenet is breaking as a result of nested lists, and looks to be a LaTeX related error.

May 13 2015, 4:24 PM · OCG-PDFRenderer, Wikimedia-production-error
Nick added a comment to T94308: Download as PDF: Rendering failed with non zero code.
[[File:Ueber die Anzahl der Primzahlen unter einer gegebenen Grösse.pdf|thumb|Bernhard Riemann's article on the number of primes below a given magnitude.]]

is confirmed as the cause of the failure on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemann_zeta_function - as above, rendering fails when that line of markup is present and rendering finishes correctly with the line of markup removed. The error can be replicated regardless of the PDF file used or the way it's framed within the page (thumb etc).

May 13 2015, 2:18 PM · OCG-PDFRenderer, Wikimedia-production-error
Nick added a comment to T94308: Download as PDF: Rendering failed with non zero code.

The article [[JavaScript]] was reported to be suffering from this behaviour. The error can be reproduced when the following snippet of code is present

<small>{{Version |l | show=110100}}</small>

and eliminated by removing the <small></small> tags, i.e rendering finishes correctly with the following snippet of code.

{{Version |l | show=110100}}

This isn't the cause of issues on other pages.

May 13 2015, 10:22 AM · OCG-PDFRenderer, Wikimedia-production-error

Mar 23 2015

Nick updated subscribers of T87571: Commons globalimagelinks should be exported to http://dumps.wikimedia.org.
Mar 23 2015, 8:00 PM · Dumps-Generation, Patch-For-Review, Commons

Feb 6 2015

Nick updated subscribers of T88620: Hacking: Provide a clickthrough workflow for file copyright email permissions.
Feb 6 2015, 9:03 PM · Outreachy (Round-13), Wikimania-Hackathon-2016, MediaWiki-extension-requests, Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015, Commons, OTRS, Epic

Dec 11 2014

Nick added a comment to T78209: OAuth API error.

The OAuth problem T78223 has been fixed, but CommonsHelper is still giving an error (different to the above).

Dec 11 2014, 4:19 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-OAuth
Nick updated subscribers of T78209: OAuth API error.
Dec 11 2014, 1:43 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-OAuth

Dec 7 2014

Nick added a comment to T76743: CentralNotice contents appearing in Google search snippets.

It's now returning 8,710,000 results for the "DEAR WIKIPEDIA READERS: You're probably busy, so we'll get right to it. This week we ask our readers to help us. This week we ask our readers to protect our site:en.wikipedia.org" search.

Dec 7 2014, 11:12 AM · Fr-tech-archived-from-FY-2014/15, MediaWiki-extensions-CentralNotice