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Jul 19 2019

SPoore updated SPoore.
Jul 19 2019, 6:44 PM

Apr 9 2019

SPoore added a comment to T219931: Users of Special:Block must get the options just right in order to be presented with the "Hide username from edits and lists" option.

@Niharika that sound like a good idea. Also, each of the test wikis has a page that describes pb and the questions that we are trying to answer with the testing. The talk page this page is likely to be where we will get the most feedback.

Apr 9 2019, 5:40 PM · MediaWiki-User-management

Apr 8 2019

SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Apr 8 2019, 1:17 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment
SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Apr 8 2019, 1:15 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment

Apr 5 2019

SPoore added a comment to T200938: Special:CentralAuth should provide the same blocking information as Special:BlockList does.

@MarcoAurelio @DerHexer Let me try to answer as to why the original plan was to remove partial blocks from Special:CentralAuth and also reassure you that your feedback is essential for having the block feature work well for all necessary workflows that use it. So thank you for commenting.

Apr 5 2019, 3:37 PM · MW-1.35-notes (1.35.0-wmf.5; 2019-11-05), Core Platform Team Workboards (Clinic Duty Team), Anti-Harassment (The Letter Song), Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-extensions-CentralAuth, Stewards-and-global-tools, MediaWiki-User-management

Apr 2 2019

SPoore added a comment to T219931: Users of Special:Block must get the options just right in order to be presented with the "Hide username from edits and lists" option.

@dbarratt the current steps reflect a combination of the conditions when it is normal practice (acceptable) to suppress a user account name and lists, and the usual workflows. that are used.

Apr 2 2019, 10:55 PM · MediaWiki-User-management

Mar 28 2019

SPoore added a comment to T212892: Add in-product feedback mechanism for Partial Blocks.

Created now

Mar 28 2019, 2:44 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.24; 2019-04-02), Anti-Harassment (Zayin - ז), MediaWiki-User-management

Mar 26 2019

SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Mar 26 2019, 7:06 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment
SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Mar 26 2019, 5:52 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment
SPoore added a comment to T212892: Add in-product feedback mechanism for Partial Blocks.

@Niharika another option is to have a special page for partial block feedback that is linked to from the main feedback page.

Mar 26 2019, 1:26 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.24; 2019-04-02), Anti-Harassment (Zayin - ז), MediaWiki-User-management
SPoore added a comment to T212892: Add in-product feedback mechanism for Partial Blocks.

@Niharika that is a very good question. I suppose that we could link to the general page and ask for targeted feedback about partial blocks, but leave space for other feedback. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Blocking_tools_and_improvements/Feedback

Mar 26 2019, 12:55 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.24; 2019-04-02), Anti-Harassment (Zayin - ז), MediaWiki-User-management

Mar 25 2019

SPoore updated subscribers of T212892: Add in-product feedback mechanism for Partial Blocks.

@Niharika https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Partial_blocks/Feedback is the best one to keep the comments focused.

Mar 25 2019, 10:08 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.24; 2019-04-02), Anti-Harassment (Zayin - ז), MediaWiki-User-management
SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Mar 25 2019, 7:31 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment
SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Mar 25 2019, 7:31 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment
SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Mar 25 2019, 4:49 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment

Mar 22 2019

SPoore added a comment to T218969: [Investigation - 4 hours] "You are blocked" message does not display when a user with a partial block attempts to take action with gadget on the page; page freezes instead.

@alanajjar you can describe what you found on Arabic Wikipedia related to the page freezing and not showing block message when adding a category with a gadget. I would appreciate you sharing the particular details and screenshots.

Mar 22 2019, 2:31 AM · Anti-Harassment
SPoore updated subscribers of T218969: [Investigation - 4 hours] "You are blocked" message does not display when a user with a partial block attempts to take action with gadget on the page; page freezes instead.
Mar 22 2019, 2:27 AM · Anti-Harassment
SPoore created T218969: [Investigation - 4 hours] "You are blocked" message does not display when a user with a partial block attempts to take action with gadget on the page; page freezes instead.
Mar 22 2019, 2:22 AM · Anti-Harassment

Mar 21 2019

SPoore added a comment to T217278: Enable Partial Blocks on Beta: Commons, Wikisource, etc..

Thanks @dom_walden Sounds good. Looking over the list I don't see any other beta sites that will give us extra information that we would use right away. So, from my perspective we're done for now.

Mar 21 2019, 1:52 PM · Anti-Harassment (Vav — ו)

Mar 20 2019

SPoore updated the task description for T218626: [Epic] Partial block rollout.
Mar 20 2019, 6:23 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-User-management, User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Anti-Harassment

Jan 11 2019

SPoore added a comment to T210002: Oversighters should only be able to suppress a username for sitewide blocks (not partial blocks) via "Hide username from edits and lists" checkbox.

It is intentional that only indef blocks allow for user names to be suppressed. We are using it only to suppress indef blocked troll accounts that meet a strict criteria for suppression. This is not needed for partial blocks even if time period was indef.

Jan 11 2019, 8:34 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.17; 2019-02-12), Anti-Harassment (Gimel — ג), Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-User-management

Jan 9 2019

SPoore added a comment to T213292: Consider whether the "Confirm block" checkbox is needed on Special:Block.

I agree with Trevor that we should keep it for now

Jan 9 2019, 5:35 PM · MediaWiki-User-management, Anti-Harassment

Dec 13 2018

SPoore added a comment to T200365: Explore alternative names for Jade data.

Earlier I thought of the term Screening because it is a form of Assessment but better since it has a connotation that it is not exact or permanent. But there are other meaning that are really different and also I don't know if it would translate well. So, I rejected it.

Dec 13 2018, 5:15 PM · Scoring-platform-team (Current), Jade

Dec 11 2018

SPoore added a comment to T200365: Explore alternative names for Jade data.

Judgement is a problematic name for all the reasons stated by others already and needs to be replaced before that it completely undermines the good that could otherwise come from this work.

Dec 11 2018, 7:33 PM · Scoring-platform-team (Current), Jade

Nov 30 2018

SPoore added a comment to T210475: User should not be allowed to edit user talk page if checkbox is enabled (partial blocks).

@TBolliger I see why you prefer option 1. It follows traditional on wiki values and is the safe approach. The only reason that I might consider including their talk page is that some users get stuck in a rut and spend all of their time ranting on talk pages, even their own. Block all talk page access might bring them back to productive editing again. I wouldn't be opposed to a wiki experimenting with this approach. to see if it helps some users.

Nov 30 2018, 9:08 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.9; 2018-12-18), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 35), Patch-For-Review
SPoore added a comment to T210475: User should not be allowed to edit user talk page if checkbox is enabled (partial blocks).

-I have mixed feeling about talk namespace blocks that includes their user talk page. I lean toward not blocking it UNLESS the page is added as part of the actual partial block. And then pre-fill the checkbox.
-I would make them list it in the block itself not with a simple check or to assume a talk namespace block would include their talk page. This would take away errors that would be difficult to resolve if talk page access is gone. This would still allow for the flexibility to do a rare user talk page or namespace block that includes their talk page.
-That said, it is a corner case that we could eliminate by allows allowing them to edit their own talk page with all pb. There would be no big loss by eliminating it since it is not available now.

Nov 30 2018, 8:43 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.9; 2018-12-18), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 35), Patch-For-Review
SPoore added a comment to T210475: User should not be allowed to edit user talk page if checkbox is enabled (partial blocks).

I agree that we need to re-think changes introduced with the patch.

Nov 30 2018, 8:16 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.9; 2018-12-18), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 35), Patch-For-Review
SPoore added a comment to T203171: Do not display "this user is blocked" messages on user & user_talk pages for partial blocks.

@dmaza If a sitewide blocked user can edit their talk page, then the message needs to display. This is very common and expected result that we shouldn't change.

Nov 30 2018, 7:51 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.8; 2018-12-11), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 35), Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-User-management

Nov 7 2018

SPoore added a comment to T208965: Partially blocked admins should be able to access Special:Block.

@Trevor, agree that this ticket should not do the big change of stopping admin from unblocking their own account. And also the PB can not modify belong in another ticket, too.

Nov 7 2018, 6:43 PM · MediaWiki-User-management

Nov 6 2018

SPoore added a project to T208857: A partially blocked user should be able to perform page moves on unrelated pages: Anti-Harassment.
Nov 6 2018, 3:10 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 33)
SPoore created T208857: A partially blocked user should be able to perform page moves on unrelated pages.
Nov 6 2018, 3:09 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 33)

Nov 2 2018

SPoore created T208560: If a user is partially blocked they should be able to perform rollback on unrelated pages.
Nov 2 2018, 12:05 AM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 33), MediaWiki-User-management

Aug 30 2018

SPoore added a comment to T203171: Do not display "this user is blocked" messages on user & user_talk pages for partial blocks.

This something we need to more research around through user interviews or on wiki discussions. And then do testing around it as we roll it out on our first wiki.

Aug 30 2018, 6:23 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.8; 2018-12-11), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 35), Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-User-management
SPoore added a comment to T203171: Do not display "this user is blocked" messages on user & user_talk pages for partial blocks.

I agree with Trevor's concern. Currently, Editing Restrictions as logged now are not easily found and not displayed when you look at user contributions or when you go to the user's talk page. It might be a disincentive to use partial blocks if there is a social stigma.

Aug 30 2018, 6:20 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.8; 2018-12-11), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 35), Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-User-management

Aug 28 2018

SPoore added a comment to T199265: Fix overcounting of active administrators in the wiki segmentation dataset.

I looked at a few of the other possible user action that might show up as admin actions but nothing showed up as obvious.

Aug 28 2018, 3:30 PM · Contributors-Analysis, Product-Analytics

Aug 25 2018

Restricted Application changed the subtype of T199265: Fix overcounting of active administrators in the wiki segmentation dataset from "Deadline" to "Task".

Yes, it makes sense that it could be including non-admins with page move rights. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Page_mover#Suppressredirect

Aug 25 2018, 3:54 AM · Contributors-Analysis, Product-Analytics

Aug 6 2018

SPoore added a comment to T197148: Timeline: Generate wikitext for on-wiki discussions.

Looks good to me.

Aug 6 2018, 4:30 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 26), InteractionTimeline

Aug 1 2018

SPoore added a comment to T197148: Timeline: Generate wikitext for on-wiki discussions.

Strong preference for Share these results since a discussion might not be the appropriate context.

Aug 1 2018, 11:38 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 26), InteractionTimeline

Jul 5 2018

SPoore added a comment to T2674: Allow users to be blocked from editing a specific article or all articles inside a namespace.

For namespace blocks, it should be possible to specify a list of excluded pages. For example, if the user talk namespace is blocked, there should be able to exclude a pages of several admins that the user can ask, or page for requests to administrators for project namespace block.

Jul 5 2018, 3:31 PM · Anti-Harassment, TechCom, MediaWiki-User-management, Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015, MediaWiki-extension-requests

Jul 2 2018

SPoore added a comment to T194301: Introduce temporary element on Special:Block UI to invite users to participate in the Partial Block consultation.

@alexhollender "There's a discussion happening about improvements to this blocking tool. Come check out the designs and join in" is perfect. There needs to be a link to discussion on meta at the end.

Jul 2 2018, 6:33 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-07-24 (1.32.0-wmf.14)), MediaWiki-User-management, Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 25)
SPoore added a comment to T194301: Introduce temporary element on Special:Block UI to invite users to participate in the Partial Block consultation.

We talked about this last week and agreed that the wording needs to be changed to lose the "we" to make it more reflective of the participatory design and research approach that we're using.

Jul 2 2018, 6:14 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-07-24 (1.32.0-wmf.14)), MediaWiki-User-management, Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 25)

Jun 29 2018

SPoore added a comment to T197117: Enforce Partial Blocks from Database and Update desktop Block Notice.

@SPoore & @TBolliger
I just noticed this comment in the code:

If a user's name is suppressed, they cannot make edits anywhere

Right now, if the user has a block, and their username is suppressed, then they are prevented from editing on their own talk page (even if the allow setting is enabled).
Two questions:

  1. Should suppressed user names be able to edit a page, regardless of whether a block exists for that user?
  2. If a user has a partial block and their username is suppressed, what should happen? Should we ignore the partial block and impose a hidden sitewide block?
Jun 29 2018, 4:21 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.2; 2018-10-30), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 31), Patch-For-Review

Jun 21 2018

SPoore added a comment to T197117: Enforce Partial Blocks from Database and Update desktop Block Notice.

@TBolliger In the discussion on Meta, some people are giving good reasons for why that the word "block" would be potentially damaging to reputations. More so than the current sanctions like editing restriction or a topic ban that the partial block will be replacing or enforcing. I also think it is definitely more harm if it is logged as a partial block if it is a replace for Full Protection on a page which carries no stigma for individuals.

Jun 21 2018, 7:43 PM · MW-1.33-notes (1.33.0-wmf.2; 2018-10-30), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 31), Patch-For-Review

Jun 20 2018

SPoore added a comment to T187371: Communication plan for Interaction Timeline.

Track on Asana https://app.asana.com/0/364663766104026/timeline

Jun 20 2018, 10:29 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 33)

Jun 13 2018

SPoore added a comment to T197148: Timeline: Generate wikitext for on-wiki discussions.

The most important piece of this will be the information that is prompted to be posted to make a report or supplement an existing report.

Jun 13 2018, 5:20 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 26), InteractionTimeline

May 21 2018

SPoore added a comment to T195202: Generate reports on page protection statistics.

@TBolliger Probably only want to look at full protection for the information we are trying to obtain. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Protection

May 21 2018, 3:10 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 31)

May 17 2018

SPoore added a member for Community-Health-Metrics-Kit: SPoore.
May 17 2018, 8:08 PM

Mar 28 2018

SPoore added a comment to T132220: Add datetime selector to Special:Block to select expiration.

For the first release, let's only enable on meta, mediawiki.org, and de.wikipedia.

Mar 28 2018, 12:01 AM · User-notice, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-05-01 (1.32.0-wmf.2)), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 19), Patch-For-Review, I18n, JavaScript, MediaWiki-User-management

Mar 21 2018

SPoore added a comment to T132220: Add datetime selector to Special:Block to select expiration.

I think offering both the datetime expiration picker and a length dropdown is valuable to all wikis regardless of language. Some blocks are for common infractions — e.g. someone vandalized, they get blocked for ~30 hours. But some blocks are more nuanced — e.g. two users are in conflict, block them until we can synchronously discuss it on wiki.

Mar 21 2018, 1:35 PM · User-notice, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-05-01 (1.32.0-wmf.2)), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 19), Patch-For-Review, I18n, JavaScript, MediaWiki-User-management
SPoore added a comment to T132220: Add datetime selector to Special:Block to select expiration.

I'm very curious why this didn't come up during our blocking consultation. Did we not get enough non-English participants? Granted, the page on Meta was in English but we reached out to 10 Wikipedias of 10 different languages and did see some language-specific feedback. Just not about this.

Mar 21 2018, 1:23 PM · User-notice, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-05-01 (1.32.0-wmf.2)), Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 19), Patch-For-Review, I18n, JavaScript, MediaWiki-User-management

Feb 14 2018

SPoore added a comment to T182238: Create English Wikipedia version of Reporting system wiki page.

Pages created on EN WP https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Community_health_initiative_on_English_Wikipedia/Improved_tools_and_workflows_to_report_harassment

Feb 14 2018, 5:30 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 14)

Feb 12 2018

SPoore added a comment to T182238: Create English Wikipedia version of Reporting system wiki page.

Yes, will get it done by end of the week.

Feb 12 2018, 7:24 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 14)

Jan 4 2018

SPoore added a comment to T182541: Update Wikimedia configuration to prevent some users from sending emails.

It was planned that accounts without edits should be able to receive email on their home wiki. If that is not happening, then something is wrong that needs to be fixed.

Jan 4 2018, 6:32 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 12), Trust-and-Safety, Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Dec 4 2017

SPoore added a comment to T180722: Interaction Timeline: Add important user links (userpage, user talk, contribs, logs, edit filter log, block log).

How would this work if we do the sticky toolbar?
If we plan on adding any sort of information about the user in the future other than what it is already on the timeline, maybe we should consider a modal window/page with "user details", including a link to all those things.

The simplest version of this would be to have the username link directly to the userpage, which contains the links to these tools. It's an additional click and pageload.
@SPoore @MER-C — your thoughts?

Dec 4 2017, 9:21 PM · InteractionTimeline
SPoore added a comment to T180245: Interaction Timeline V1: Scroll to top button.


Here's my first thoughts — This bar scrolls and picks up the current date as you scroll. Clicking the pin icon hides the overlay, but the pin icon would continue to float on the far right. Clicking it again would show the overlay again.
We'll probably want better icons for the pin than the 📌 emoji. Hide/show or pin/unpin.
Hovering over the icons should show appropriate hint text (e.g. "show username overlay" or "hide username overlay")

Dec 4 2017, 2:57 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 16), InteractionTimeline

Oct 11 2017

SPoore added a comment to T169268: Limiting thanks for new users at pl.wikipedia.

As Wpedzich says, the WMF Support and Safety team (my team) is aware of the long term abuse by Wikinger and it is not possible to keep Wikinger off WMF wikis.

Oct 11 2017, 4:56 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 7), User-Urbanecm, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Trust-and-Safety, Collaboration-Team-Triage

Sep 26 2017

SPoore added a comment to T172554: Links to blocked/locked user accounts should be visually distinctive.

Does this patch apply the new style to all users, just logged-in users, or only users with the 'Strike out usernames that have been blocked' gadget enabled? I believe there needs to be a bigger discussion if this is going to apply to anyone other than opted-in users. (@SPoore, do you agree?)

Possibly butting in here, but I would agree.

Also, what's wrong with the style of the existing gadget? The slightly dimmed color and strike out combo are effective, in my opinion. And colorblind users would still benefit. Here's a screenshot:

I use and love this gadget, but could understand why some might not be able to read the stricken text. I think Nick has a point with italics too; things like Arabic etc don't really have an "italic" the way we think about it.

@Jdforrester-WMF — are your accessibility concerns related to colorblindness, or something else in addition? Would a strike-out address this?

Can't speak for him of course, but I imagine he's concerned about contrast; rgba(67,101,204,0.7) - the colour it outputs links to blocked usernames - seems to fail the AA test.

Sep 26 2017, 10:06 PM · Patch-For-Review, Stewards-and-global-tools, MediaWiki-User-management, MediaWiki-General

Jun 21 2017

SPoore added a comment to T168489: Evaluate and decide if we need to capture any usage data for post-release analysis of Mute feature.

Productivity would be useful to look at. Change in the number or type of edits.

Jun 21 2017, 2:04 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 1), Collaboration-Team-Triage, Notifications

May 11 2017

SPoore added a member for Community-Tech-Sprint: SPoore.
May 11 2017, 4:26 PM
SPoore added a project to T87773: Make sure all Wikimedia online spaces have binding and enforceable anti-harassment policies: Anti-Harassment.
May 11 2017, 4:00 PM · Trust-and-Safety, ECT-April-2015, ECT-March-2015, ECT-February-2015, Developer-Advocacy
SPoore added a watcher for Trust-and-Safety: SPoore.
May 11 2017, 3:15 PM
SPoore added a member for Trust-and-Safety: SPoore.
May 11 2017, 3:15 PM
SPoore added a watcher for Anti-Harassment: SPoore.
May 11 2017, 3:07 PM
SPoore added a member for Anti-Harassment: SPoore.
May 11 2017, 3:06 PM
SPoore added a watcher for Stewards-and-global-tools: SPoore.
May 11 2017, 3:05 PM

Apr 28 2017

SPoore added a comment to T150419: Allow users to restrict who can send them notifications.

Hi all, the Support and Safety team and the Anti-Harassment Tools team have been looking at this feature as an interesting way of addressing a concern. We had some questions come up in discussion. One of these is regarding the visibility of the blacklist to other contributors. As we understand it, the current configuration is that the blacklist is an openly-viewable subpage in userspace. We could see some problems there - e.g. the creation of “enemy lists” for instance, or the escalation of an interpersonal dispute because an editor notices their name on a blacklist. Is the userspace subpage the only option? Could, for instance, the list be a Special page only viewable by admins?

Apr 28 2017, 6:50 PM · Anti-Harassment (AHT Sprint 3), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-07-11_(1.30.0-wmf.9)), User-notice-collaboration, User-notice, Collaboration-Team-Triage (Collab-Team-Q4-Apr-Jun-2017), Patch-For-Review, Trust-and-Safety, Notifications