Quiddity (Nick Wilson)
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Note: I'm "unwatching" various projects (Oct 2015), to decrease my email overload.

Recent Activity

Fri, Feb 17

Quiddity added a project to T101161: "Mark as patrolled" gadget for Contributions and History: MediaWiki-Patrolling.
Fri, Feb 17, 11:46 PM · MediaWiki-Patrolling, Wikidata, Wikidata-Gadgets
Quiddity added a comment to T111088: Convert EditPage.php to use OOUI rather than MW UI.

Do we even need a Cancel button?

IMHO, we don't. I would get rid of it.

Fri, Feb 17, 12:35 AM · Editing-Department, Patch-For-Review, User-notice, UI-Standardization

Thu, Feb 16

Quiddity awarded T42284: The CSS of each gadget is included two times a Love token.
Thu, Feb 16, 9:39 PM · WMF-deploy-2017-02-14_(1.29.0-wmf.12), WMF-deploy-2017-02-21_(1.29.0-wmf.13), Patch-For-Review, User-notice, Gadgets

Wed, Feb 15

Quiddity added a comment to T149884: Log instances of infoboxes being wrapped in containers.

Hi, I might be able to help, if the task is just understanding where these are containers are coming from? Please could you point towards the existing example(s) that you found? (I couldn't see anything in the older task, but might've missed it)

Wed, Feb 15, 10:45 PM · Reading-Web-Backlog, MobileFrontend

Tue, Feb 14

Quiddity moved T146326: Determine if multi-reverted edits still send notifications to all non-IP users who were reverted from Ready to Go to February on the Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017) board.
Tue, Feb 14, 4:56 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017), Collaboration-Team-Triage (Collab-Team-Q3-Jan-Mar-2017), Notifications
Quiddity moved T155663: Update the Product Documentation help pages from Ready to Go to February on the Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017) board.
Tue, Feb 14, 4:56 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017), Documentation
Quiddity moved T149625: Nick's work with Movement Strategy pages from Ready to Go to February on the Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017) board.
Tue, Feb 14, 4:56 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017)
Quiddity moved T97187: Post feedback to all suggestions on CEP Process Ideas page from Backlog to March on the Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017) board.
Tue, Feb 14, 4:55 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017)
Quiddity added a comment to T111088: Convert EditPage.php to use OOUI rather than MW UI.

+1 to "Editing help" being normal linked blue text.

Tue, Feb 14, 12:57 AM · Editing-Department, Patch-For-Review, User-notice, UI-Standardization
Quiddity added a comment to T149806: [A/B/C Test] Add cross-wiki search results in a right sidebar.

Love it.
1 emphatic request: Please make the main links use the normal Blue color, as per almost all standard links on our sites.

  • Context: I first did a mouse-over of (more) because it was the only blue link (but then I saw it was just another local search). After I realized that "Irlanda" was the direct link, I tried clicking on ALL the bold black text (and icon), because I was suddenly unsure which parts were links, and which were just bold text...

Tue, Feb 14, 12:18 AM · WMF-deploy-2017-02-14_(1.29.0-wmf.12), MW-1.29-release-notes, WMF-deploy-2017-02-07_(1.29.0-wmf.11), WMF-deploy-2017-01-31_(1.29.0-wmf.10), Patch-For-Review, Discovery-Search (Current work), CirrusSearch, Discovery

Mon, Feb 13

Quiddity edited projects for T97187: Post feedback to all suggestions on CEP Process Ideas page, added: Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017); removed Community-Liaisons.
Mon, Feb 13, 8:50 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017)
Pppery awarded T109869: Hovercards should not show <noinclude> content in the extract a Dislike token.
Mon, Feb 13, 4:59 PM · Reading-Web-Backlog, TextExtracts, Page-Previews

Sun, Feb 12

Quiddity awarded T157625: I want a way in wikitext mode to identify that a selection shouldn't be treated as wikitext a Love token.
Sun, Feb 12, 7:15 PM · Design, VisualEditor, VisualEditor-MediaWiki-2017WikitextEditor
Quiddity added hashtags to 3d: 3d, threed.
Sun, Feb 12, 6:40 PM
Quiddity removed a hashtag from accidental-duplicate: 3d.
Sun, Feb 12, 6:40 PM
Quiddity renamed accidental-duplicate from "3d" to "accidental-duplicate".
Sun, Feb 12, 6:39 PM
Quiddity added a comment to T156075: Figure out how communications and meetings will work for the Tool Labs standards committee.

I think we just need these actions, to resolve this task:

  1. Amir1, Huji, and EranRoz, to join the IRC channel.
  2. Discuss a regular meeting. (Not everyone is permanently on IRC, so I guess the mailing list will be our "coordinate with everyone" method. I've started a thread...)
Sun, Feb 12, 3:20 AM · Tool-Labs-standards-committee
Quiddity added a hashtag to Tool-Labs-standards-committee: tlsc.
Sun, Feb 12, 1:58 AM
Quiddity edited Description on Tool-Labs.
Sun, Feb 12, 1:57 AM
Quiddity edited the description of T156075: Figure out how communications and meetings will work for the Tool Labs standards committee.
Sun, Feb 12, 1:32 AM · Tool-Labs-standards-committee

Sat, Feb 11

Quiddity created T157884: Nothing loads on Special:EntitiesWithoutDescription or Special:EntitiesWithoutLabel results.
Sat, Feb 11, 9:49 PM · Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseRepository

Fri, Feb 10

Quiddity updated subscribers of T109561: Add non-exact title search to Special:Undelete and corresponding API.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:53 AM · Discovery-Search (Current work), Wikimania-Hackathon-2016, Wikimedia-Hackathon-2016, Patch-For-Review, Discovery, CirrusSearch, Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015, MediaWiki-Special-pages
Quiddity edited projects for T157345: Initial thumbnail generation works but returns an error on first access , added: 3d; removed accidental-duplicate.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:40 AM · 3d, Multimedia
Quiddity edited projects for T157346: Thumbnail generation should respect the aspect ratio of the default view of the object, somehow, added: 3d; removed accidental-duplicate.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:40 AM · 3d, Multimedia
Quiddity edited projects for T157348: Have search recognise AMF and STL files as a new kind of media file ('type:3d' or whatever), added: 3d; removed accidental-duplicate.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:39 AM · 3d, Patch-For-Review, Multimedia
Quiddity edited projects for T157349: When looking at 3D files, the cursor in MediaViewer should change to the four-way-drag interactive thing at least., added: 3d; removed accidental-duplicate.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:39 AM · 3d, Reading-Web-Backlog, MediaWiki-extensions-MultimediaViewer, Multimedia
Quiddity edited projects for T157409: 3d extension has inconsistent license, added: 3d; removed accidental-duplicate.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:39 AM · 3d, Software-Licensing
Quiddity edited projects for T157347: I18n not being pulled through into Special:Version, added: 3d; removed accidental-duplicate.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:38 AM · 3d, Easy, Multimedia
Quiddity edited Description on 3d.
Fri, Feb 10, 4:38 AM

Thu, Feb 9

Quiddity added a comment to T156218: Create mailing list for Tool-Labs-standards-committee .
  • Admin email fwd'd to Huji.
  • List settings changed to private archives, require "Confirm and approve" for new subscriptions, plus added description, and short subject line prefix ("TLSC").
  • I'll mass-invite the rest of you.

(Sorry for the delay. Phab-mail backlog)

Thu, Feb 9, 4:08 AM · Wikimedia-Mailing-lists, Tool-Labs-standards-committee

Wed, Feb 8

Quiddity added a comment to T156407: Formatting issues with Edit Notices window.

Quick addendums:

  • Template code: Yes please, to divs instead of tables!
  • Image-wrap/whitespace: When the template is displayed in the visual editor edit-notice box, I think it would be fine to make the text wrap around the icon.
  • Image location: In the above circumstance, relocating the image to the top-right corner (for LTR) seems potentially reasonable.
    • I assume relocating it to the top-left corner would cause some text line-wrap ugliness? Perhaps we could try out limiting the image height to a certain pixel limit, so that it only wraps after 2 lines or so?)
Wed, Feb 8, 10:16 PM · Patch-For-Review, VisualEditor

Fri, Feb 3

Quiddity added a subtask for T51357: Increase WMF cluster default image thumb size: T106640: Choose a sensible set of thumbnail sizes for Special:Preferences.
Fri, Feb 3, 9:04 PM · Goal, Multimedia, Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Quiddity added a parent task for T106640: Choose a sensible set of thumbnail sizes for Special:Preferences: T51357: Increase WMF cluster default image thumb size.
Fri, Feb 3, 9:04 PM · Operations, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Performance, Multimedia
Quiddity added a comment to T155892: Increase default thumb size to 250px at nowiki.

250px is more common than 220px, this would actually increase performance.

Fri, Feb 3, 8:57 PM · Multimedia, Patch-For-Review, User-Urbanecm, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Quiddity added a comment to T155892: Increase default thumb size to 250px at nowiki.

This is a very complex topic, that was last addressed as a whole (AFAIK) in ~2014.
IIUC (I am not a developer), the performance issue, is that if any large wiki (or many small wikis) request custom sizes, then

  • (A) the thumbnail-generating machines will have to work harder (and might run into hardware limitations, and thus slow responses) - This is especially a problem for the busiest wikis, because if we change the default then it will take hundreds of hours to generate new thumbnails, yet they'll be needed instantaneously. The devs want to pre-emptively generate the desired sizes, en-masse, once we firmly decide on a size.
  • (B) the thumbnail storage/caching requirements will rapidly increase (but not in a way that benefits all Wikimedia users). I.e. If XXwiki requests 260 and YYwiki requests 250 and ZZwiki requests 270, then the storage requirements will more than triple.
Fri, Feb 3, 8:50 PM · Multimedia, Patch-For-Review, User-Urbanecm, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Quiddity added a comment to T155683: Rename the TC team mailing list.

(Sorry for delay in replying.)
No, we don't need to grant new team-mates access to the archives. (We just search our personal mail-client archives when needed. Plus, new team members don't have reason (or time!) to dig through the month-by-month web-archives).

Fri, Feb 3, 12:51 AM · Wikimedia-Mailing-lists

Thu, Feb 2

Quiddity edited the description of T155634: Tidy strips whitespace after HTML tags AND adds newlines between HTML tags.
Thu, Feb 2, 7:13 PM · Tidy

Mon, Jan 30

Quiddity added a comment to T106640: Choose a sensible set of thumbnail sizes for Special:Preferences.

There's a larger list of options (not including the one above) at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Standardized_thumbnails_sizes#Preferred_numbers
I'd tentatively suggest merging this task into that section? Or vice-versa.

Mon, Jan 30, 9:13 PM · Operations, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Performance, Multimedia
Quiddity added a comment to T77894: Release thumbnail border design changes.

I've clarified the description with some explanatory links and notes, and changed to Lowest priority because it hasn't been mentioned (afaik) in the last 2 years. I'm just clarifying whilst I have it open (was looking for something else).

Mon, Jan 30, 9:03 PM · Design, WMF-Design, MediaWiki-General-or-Unknown
Quiddity renamed T77894: Release thumbnail border design changes from "Release thumbnail changes" to "Release thumbnail border design changes".
Mon, Jan 30, 9:02 PM · Design, WMF-Design, MediaWiki-General-or-Unknown
Quiddity renamed T65134: Images are too small in MobileFrontend from "images are too small" to "Images are too small in MobileFrontend".
Mon, Jan 30, 8:43 PM · Design, Reading-Web-Backlog, MobileFrontend

Thu, Jan 26

Quiddity edited Description on Recommendation-API.
Thu, Jan 26, 5:46 PM
Framawiki awarded T94918: Flow should either notify me or give live-updates, about new posts made in the topic I'm currently typing a reply in a Hungry Hippo token.
Thu, Jan 26, 5:17 PM · Flow, Collaboration-Team-Triage
Quiddity added a comment to T2156: Add section edit link for 0th section of a page/article.

Disruptive?

Thu, Jan 26, 3:13 AM · Reading-Web-Backlog, MediaWiki-Page-editing, Design, MediaWiki-Interface

Wed, Jan 25

Quiddity edited the description of T156167: Add a warning when <ref> tags are in a message, but no <references /> tag..
Wed, Jan 25, 11:41 PM · Cite, MassMessage
Quiddity edited the description of T155782: Sorting in categories on cswiki.
Wed, Jan 25, 9:31 PM · MediaWiki-Categories
Quiddity added a comment to T155782: Sorting in categories on cswiki.

I've edited the description, hopefully making it a bit clearer, plus linking to older/related tasks.

Wed, Jan 25, 9:30 PM · MediaWiki-Categories
Quiddity edited the description of T155782: Sorting in categories on cswiki.
Wed, Jan 25, 9:29 PM · MediaWiki-Categories
Quiddity added a project to T149808: Security review for TwoColConflict extension: Two-Column-Edit-Conflict-Merge.
Wed, Jan 25, 8:56 PM · Two-Column-Edit-Conflict-Merge, Patch-For-Review, User-Addshore, Security-Reviews, WMDE-QWERTY-Team-Board, TCB-Team
Quiddity added a comment to T150963: Document the difference in aggregate data on wikistats and wikistats 2.0.

Possibly! Quick clarification questions:

  • Where/who - IIUC, that page is intended to be an announcement, and needs to summarize [various changes], to a broad range of user demographics. Is that correct? If so, where is it going apart from the mailing lists? E.g. will it replace the message at the top of https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/Sitemap.htm etc?
  • When - What is the Final/Target Deadline for getting this info broadcast? (I.e. "Today/A week from now/This quarter"?)
  • What/how - Time-needed estimate? (1 hour? 4 hours? more?) -- For context: Is this request just to sanity-check/proofread the info in that one page, verifying that it makes sense to a relative outsider, and that relevant links are included for "more info"? Or, are there other pages that need to be analyzed in conjunction? (I can help relatively soon (maybe tomorrow) with this single page. But if I'd need to read through the /Future_per_report page and learn all about Data_Lake (and etc) then I couldn't help for at least a week or two and might suggest pinging a different CL if he's free.)

Thanks! (Also: Feel free to update the description instead of replying directly, if the task is bigger than I guessed. :)

Wed, Jan 25, 6:46 PM · Analytics-Kanban
Quiddity added a comment to T156075: Figure out how communications and meetings will work for the Tool Labs standards committee.
  • Email: I think just a private mailing list, might be sufficient to start with?

I've started a basic task at T156218: Create mailing list for Tool-Labs-standards-committee
We just need to agree on a name (!!). Either tlsc@lists.wikimedia.org or tool-labs-standards-committee@lists.wikimedia.org ? (I have no preference, auto-complete knows all!)
Plus someone else needs to volunteer to be the backup spam-recipient/list-admin.

Wed, Jan 25, 3:01 AM · Tool-Labs-standards-committee
Quiddity created T156218: Create mailing list for Tool-Labs-standards-committee .
Wed, Jan 25, 3:00 AM · Wikimedia-Mailing-lists, Tool-Labs-standards-committee
Quiddity removed a watcher for Collaboration-Community-Engagement: Quiddity.
Wed, Jan 25, 1:09 AM
Quiddity added a comment to T155683: Rename the TC team mailing list.

@RobH We'd be happy with just a simple new list, and transfer of settings. Thanks for the clarity!
I.e.

  • New list at tc [@] lists.wikimedia.org using the current settings+members+admin of cep [@] lists.wikimedia.org
  • (optional, bonus) Ideally, anything sent to the old list address would auto-forward to the new address?

Thanks again.

Wed, Jan 25, 12:33 AM · Wikimedia-Mailing-lists

Jan 21 2017

Mholloway awarded T129183: Document how PageImages works a Piece of Eight token.
Jan 21 2017, 6:46 PM · Reading-Web-Backlog, Documentation, PageImages

Jan 20 2017

Quiddity added a hashtag to WikimediaMessages: wikimediamessages.
Jan 20 2017, 6:40 PM
Quiddity created T155835: Mobilefrontend shows raw HTML in an IP blocked message.
Jan 20 2017, 5:28 PM · Reading-Web-Backlog (Design), Design, MobileFrontend

Jan 19 2017

Quiddity added a comment to T2156: Add section edit link for 0th section of a page/article.

On the French Wikipedia, there is a gadget for this, EditZeroth, enabled by 2 678 users (among them 442 active).
On the English Wikipedia, there is also a gadget, edittop, enabled by 29 741 users.

Jan 19 2017, 9:51 PM · Reading-Web-Backlog, MediaWiki-Page-editing, Design, MediaWiki-Interface
Quiddity created T155778: VE should recognize when a page already has pageprop disambig from a template.
Jan 19 2017, 8:58 PM · VisualEditor

Jan 18 2017

Quiddity created T155683: Rename the TC team mailing list.
Jan 18 2017, 11:05 PM · Wikimedia-Mailing-lists
Quiddity updated subscribers of T155497: Measure Community Backlog. .
Jan 18 2017, 9:37 PM · Analytics
Quiddity triaged T155663: Update the Product Documentation help pages as "Normal" priority.
Jan 18 2017, 7:50 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017), Documentation
Quiddity edited the description of T150658: Technical Collaboration quarterly check in for January – March 2017.
Jan 18 2017, 7:49 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017), Developer-Relations (Jan-Mar-2017)
Quiddity created T155663: Update the Product Documentation help pages.
Jan 18 2017, 7:47 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017), Documentation
Quiddity edited projects for T149626: Liaison support for FileAnnotations, added: Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017); removed Community-Liaisons.

Tentative for this quarter, depending on dev progress.

Jan 18 2017, 6:51 PM · Community-Liaisons (Jan-Mar 2017), FileAnnotations, Multimedia

Jan 13 2017

Liuxinyu970226 awarded T135422: Wishlist tasks suggested for the Wikimania Hackathon 2016 a Party Time token.
Jan 13 2017, 1:56 AM · TCB-Team, Wikimania-Hackathon-2016, Community-Tech, Developer-Relations (Apr-Jun-2016), Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015

Jan 9 2017

Quiddity added a comment to T154925: WikiDev17: Capture problems as they come.

Having the coffee/water/snacks in the same room as a session, meaning everyone getting drinks had to be asked to leave (or be silent).

Jan 9 2017, 7:41 PM · Developer-Relations (Jan-Mar-2017), Wikimedia-Developer-Summit

Jan 8 2017

The_RedBurn awarded T51772: VisualEditor: Transclusion dialogs panes should include a link to the template's definition page (for further documentation), even if there is TemplateData to document it a Love token.
Jan 8 2017, 2:57 PM · Verified, WMF-deploy-2017-01-03_(1.29.0-wmf.7), VisualEditor-MediaWiki-Templates, VisualEditor

Jan 6 2017

Quiddity added a comment to T149624: Labsdbs for WMF tools and contributors: get more data, faster.

Potential question for discussion (or moving to somewhere more appropriate!) -

  • Where should volunteers go to get help, if they are having difficulties with Quarry, either due to
    • (a) not knowing where to even begin writing/adapting a query,
    • (b) their own inefficiently written queries (which just need minor tweaking), or
    • (c) due to unavoidable timeouts even with efficient queries (which would need to be run from a terminal)?
Jan 6 2017, 1:25 AM · DBA, Tool-Labs, Labs-Infrastructure, Labs, Wikimedia-Developer-Summit (2017)

Jan 5 2017

Quiddity awarded T60429: Translation pages: display outdated translations as such, without removing them a Love token.
Jan 5 2017, 7:20 PM · MediaWiki Language Extension Bundle, MW-1.29-release, MW-1.29-release-notes, WMF-deploy-2017-01-03_(1.29.0-wmf.7), User-notice, Language-Engineering July-September 2016, Patch-For-Review, Parser, MediaWiki-extensions-Translate
Quiddity added a comment to T154628: Volunteer NDA for Quiddity.

(re-)Read and Signed.

Jan 5 2017, 7:17 PM · WMF-NDA-Requests

Jan 4 2017

Quiddity created T154628: Volunteer NDA for Quiddity.
Jan 4 2017, 11:38 PM · WMF-NDA-Requests
Quiddity created T154624: Hidden HTML comments are not selectable text.
Jan 4 2017, 10:38 PM · VisualEditor
Quiddity created T154622: Hidden HTML comments are in very light grey and hard to read.
Jan 4 2017, 10:31 PM · Accessibility, VisualEditor
Quiddity created T154611: Peek-pressing on external links on the About screen opens Safari and not webpage in app.
Jan 4 2017, 8:16 PM · User-Josve05a, Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, iOS-app-Bugs
Quiddity created T154607: [Bug] Loading spinner stuck on top of explere feed if held in place before double pressing home button.
Jan 4 2017, 8:06 PM · Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, User-Josve05a, iOS-app-Bugs, iOS-app-feature-Feed

Jan 3 2017

Quiddity added a comment to T154153: Emails from non-public wikis contain a "Public log" link.

It might be easier and cleaner (avoiding the need for code complexity) to just rewrite the label as "Log" or "Log entry" ? Or something similar?

Jan 3 2017, 7:30 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage, Notifications
Quiddity closed T154085: Failure when moving a Flow page on zhwiki as "Resolved".

I've moved the page. Thanks for passing the request along.

Jan 3 2017, 6:46 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage, Flow
Quiddity edited the description of T154085: Failure when moving a Flow page on zhwiki.
Jan 3 2017, 6:45 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage, Flow
Quiddity merged T153722: Retire old collab team test instances into T129389: Delete old instances that are no longer used.
Jan 3 2017, 6:22 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage (Collab-Team-Q3-Jan-Mar-2017)
Quiddity merged task T153722: Retire old collab team test instances into T129389: Delete old instances that are no longer used.
Jan 3 2017, 6:22 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage (Collab-Team-Q2-Oct-Dec-2016)
Liuxinyu970226 awarded T151165: Investigate: Increasing wllimit values a Like token.
Jan 3 2017, 1:36 PM · MediaWiki-Watchlist
Liuxinyu970226 awarded T75438: Video play button overlay - move to corner a Like token.
Jan 3 2017, 1:35 PM · TimedMediaHandler-Player, Patch-For-Review, TimedMediaHandler

Jan 2 2017

Quiddity added a comment to T154177: Change "Real name" to "Display name".

@Peachey88 Ah, I should've prefaced my comment with "This is a datadump, because I too am not sure where is best to discuss it all, but I think it is more complicated than it might appear".

Jan 2 2017, 10:58 PM · MediaWiki-User-preferences, I18n
Quiddity added a comment to T154177: Change "Real name" to "Display name".

I'm very hesitant about changing it, for a few reasons. For all these reasons, I believe we would need to have a detailed discussion and plan, for exactly where/when the "display name" would be displayed, in both Wikimedia and non-Wikimedia wikis, before anything is changed. Briefly:

  • Multiple names per user - One old argument against having an alternate display name, is that it makes it harder for other editors, or admins/etc, to rapidly understand who they are communicating/working with, or trying to block. E.g. if a page-history says edits were made by "Alice Smith", but there is no "User:Alice_Smith", then everything is more complicated.
    • (This is similar to the issue where: a person I work with has at least 5 completely different identifiers: given name, surname, username, IRC nickname, email address.)
  • Potential semi-impersonation issue - there was an old issue (per), possibly fixed (?), where, E.g. I, as "User:Quiddity", could set my "real name" preference to "Bob Smith", even if there was already a "User:Bob_Smith" registered on that wiki. This would normally be prevented in usernames, via https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AntiSpoof
  • Non-uniqueness - Related to the above, a benefit of using a single name is that everyone is uniquely identifiable, and fairly easy to clearly refer to. The concern is that we would have hundreds of editors who all have the display name of "John Smith". (and other common names).
    • I recall these 3 ^ being given as reasons for opposition to complex signatures. It was suggested that signatures should only allow formatting-style-changes, and not content-changes. -- Related to this 'real/display name' idea (as primarily needed by editors working in 2 or more languages with different character sets), one solution would be to show the 'display name' and the 'username' together. E.g. signatures could by default be "-- Username (Display Name) timestamp".
  • Expectations/Consistency - If we call it "display name", then some editors will reasonably expect it to be displayed everywhere instead of their username. (cf. requests by teachers who are frustrated by studentID#s appearing everywhere)
  • Non-Wikimedia wikis - I'd like to learn how other non-Wikimedia wikis [might/will] be affected by this change. (Unless it could be done so that it only affects Wikimedia wikis?)
  • Old data - Wikimedia wikis don't currently use the field, but did in the past, which means some editors will have typed in their real name (and that info is presumably still stored in the relevant database). That info is classed as 'personal information' in the latest privacy policy (per) - We'd need to blank that column in the user database, and start from a clean slate.
Jan 2 2017, 8:38 PM · MediaWiki-User-preferences, I18n

Dec 29 2016

QuimGil awarded T100277: Feature to add Newsletter subscribers manually a Yellow Medal token.
Dec 29 2016, 9:46 AM · MediaWiki-extensions-Newsletter

Dec 23 2016

Quiddity added a comment to T128722: Create language stickers for international events.

But! CCing @ZMcCune & @Heather ! Zack/Heather: Any chance that comms can work on small language stickers and small programming language stickers that people can stick on their name badge stickers at future conferences? Probably starting with the Vienna Hackathon in May?

Dec 23 2016, 12:48 AM · Developer-Relations (Jan-Mar-2017), Community-Liaisons, Wikimedia-Hackathon-2017-Organization, Wikimania-Hackathon-2016-Organization, Liaisons-March-2016
Quiddity added a comment to T146613: Improve remote participation at the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2017.
  • #wmhack is the standard channel for the Hackathons (standalone and Wikimania). That's a good option. -- (54 people currently idling in there)
  • Last year's devsummit used #wikimedia-tech which is also a good option. (per) -- (202 people currently idling and sometimes talking, in there)

How many channels do we need, though? We might need 2, but let's avoid more than that, and let's avoid setting up any new channels.
I'd tentatively suggest:

  • #wmhack for social chatter ("who has an adaptor?" and "has anyone seen Alice?" type discussion)
  • #wmhack also used for Room 1 discussions.
  • #wikimedia-tech used for Room 2 discussions.

(or something along those lines, and assuming that we're streaming both Rooms 1 & 2.)

Dec 23 2016, 12:25 AM · Developer-Relations (Jan-Mar-2017), Wikimedia-Developer-Summit

Dec 22 2016

Quiddity edited the description of T120738: List of content contributors.
Dec 22 2016, 9:45 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-Contributors, MediaWiki-History-or-Diffs, Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015

Dec 21 2016

Quiddity added hashtags to MediaWiki-extensions-FlaggedRevs: pending, pendingchanges, deferred, deferredchanges.
Dec 21 2016, 6:41 PM

Dec 19 2016

Quiddity created T153722: Retire old collab team test instances.
Dec 19 2016, 11:07 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage (Collab-Team-Q2-Oct-Dec-2016)
Vedmaka awarded T113902: Add option to semi/fully-protect Flow board descriptions a Like token.
Dec 19 2016, 6:21 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage, Flow

Dec 18 2016

Quiddity added a comment to T697: Converting "See Also" Bugzilla links to Phabricator tasks.

Is this a duplicate of T687: Convert Bugzilla's "Bug NNNNN" links to "TNNNNN" links in Phabricator ? (It seems to be, but perhaps I'm missing something?)

Dec 18 2016, 7:52 PM · Phabricator

Dec 15 2016

Quiddity added a comment to T150150: Create a schedule table for sessions in a grid format for the developer summit .

I strongly urge

  1. Everything on one page (instead of split into 3)
    • This enables (A) easier watchlisting, (B) better usability (and less page-loading) for checking/searching for a session (e.g. if I don't remember what day it is happening), (C) easier editing if we want to move something from one day to another.
  2. the use of basic tables with minimal styling, for ease of editing by everyone
Dec 15 2016, 8:53 PM · Wikimedia-Developer-Summit, Developer-Relations (Oct-Dec-2016)

Dec 13 2016

Quiddity awarded T153024: WikiDev'17 Keynote by Ward Cunningham: Has our success made it hard to see your own contribution? a Love token.
Dec 13 2016, 1:41 AM · Wikimedia-Developer-Summit (2017)

Dec 12 2016

Quiddity added a comment to T152925: Babel Extension - Issue with ASE language code.

As I noted earlier, multiple languages seem to have issues with Babel userboxes in Wikimedia. It would help if the settings in Wikipedia, where these issues seem to be solved, could somehow be copied over.

Dec 12 2016, 9:50 PM · I18n, MediaWiki-extensions-Babel
Quiddity added a comment to T152925: Babel Extension - Issue with ASE language code.

I've replied (hopefully with correct details) at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:User_language#Issue_with_ase - If that's the only thing that needs to be done to fix this (and I think it is), please close this task. :-)
(Note, it normally takes at least 24 hours for fixes at translatewiki to get pushed to production. However there's currently a technical problem with the cron job, so there will be no updates till that's fixed)

Dec 12 2016, 6:55 PM · I18n, MediaWiki-extensions-Babel

Dec 10 2016

Quiddity updated subscribers of T134525: Convert Special:DeletedContributions to OOUI.

Note: Some frustration was expressed regarding this change, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#More_facebookery
I do agree that the layout seems to have degraded in this particular change, changing from a ~60px tall box, to a ~270px tall box (per screenshots in task description), without any benefit.

Dec 10 2016, 9:41 PM · WMF-deploy-2016-12-13_(1.29.0-wmf.6), MW-1.29-release-notes, Patch-For-Review, UI-Standardization

Dec 9 2016

Quiddity created T152799: Special:notifications not loading styles in UC mini browser on some wikis.
Dec 9 2016, 7:55 PM · Collaboration-Team-Triage, Collab-Notifications-Page
Quiddity added a comment to T120784: Better support for djvu files.

No, I don't feel myself as a true djvu expert - and I'm extremely confused by now about Phabricator environment.

Dec 9 2016, 6:54 PM · MediaWiki-DjVu, Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015