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As of December 2015, I am working for the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications Department in the role of Communications Strategist.

I previously worked as a Wikimedia Foundation contractor on the Access Policy project.

My Wikimedia Foundation account is [[User:GVarnum-WMF]] and my volunteer account is [[User:Varnent]].

Recent Activity

Sat, Aug 28

Varnent added a comment to T205347: Enable SUL accounts on Governance wiki.

Governance wiki has only 1,083 users (per Special:Statistics). I expect that all accounts there already have a corresponding SUL account. I think this is close enough to a scale that it could be done via a spreadsheet. Make a list of all governance wiki accounts, and then check if the SUL account is the same user, or not. Get 20 people to check ~50 accounts each and it shouldn't be too bad. Most (WMF) accounts should be the same on both, which is a big chunk of users IIRC.

Here's a start: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Alexis_Reggae/Foundationwiki_user_list

Thanks for starting that list, but I do think it is premature to work on it now. Before anything happens, there should be a plan how to proceed with enabling SUL, what to do before it, etc. Thinks like testing it outside of production in beta should definitely happen before touching foundationwiki.

Since the list of accounts can change before that is finished, I don’t think it’s an useful way to spend time ATM.

To further expand on what @Legoktm said, I checked emails assigned to the accounts. It looks that for a lot of the accounts, the value matches, which results in effortless merging (CA just does that automatically).

I didn’t check, but I would assume that the accounts where it doesn’t match either don’t care about foundationwiki, or are removed from that wiki. It might be easier for those accounts to just rename them to Username~foundationwiki, which could also remove some users from the list.

Sat, Aug 28, 8:56 AM · Patch-For-Review, User-Urbanecm_WMF (GovWiki), Release-Engineering-Team (Next), Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org

Fri, Aug 27

Varnent added a comment to T205347: Enable SUL accounts on Governance wiki.

So what's the difficult part? I think it's mostly making sure governance wiki is ready to enable SUL on, aka T205350: Update edit permissions for Governance wiki. And that seems more of a political/policy/governance (hah) issue rather than technical.

Fri, Aug 27, 2:37 AM · Patch-For-Review, User-Urbanecm_WMF (GovWiki), Release-Engineering-Team (Next), Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org

Thu, Aug 26

Varnent added a parent task for T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki: T205345: Repurposing of Foundation wiki as Governance wiki (Tracking task).
Thu, Aug 26, 4:39 PM · User-Urbanecm, Wiki-Setup (Create), foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent added a subtask for T205345: Repurposing of Foundation wiki as Governance wiki (Tracking task): T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.
Thu, Aug 26, 4:39 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent added a comment to T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.

If this is an alternative solution to T205347, should this be a subtask of T205345?

Thu, Aug 26, 4:39 PM · User-Urbanecm, Wiki-Setup (Create), foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent added a comment to T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.

Which problem would this solve?

Thu, Aug 26, 5:19 AM · User-Urbanecm, Wiki-Setup (Create), foundation.wikimedia.org

Wed, Aug 25

Varnent closed T199812: Update wikimediafoundation.org to foundation.wikimedia.org across numerous repos as Resolved.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:48 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-08-28 (1.32.0-wmf.19)), wikimediafoundation.org, MediaWiki-extensions-General, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown
Varnent closed T199812: Update wikimediafoundation.org to foundation.wikimedia.org across numerous repos, a subtask of T188776: Move Foundation Wiki to new URL when new Wikimedia Foundation website launches, as Resolved.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:48 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-07-24 (1.32.0-wmf.14)), Patch-For-Review, Wiki-Setup (Rename), Traffic, DNS, SRE, WMF-Communications
Varnent closed T199812: Update wikimediafoundation.org to foundation.wikimedia.org across numerous repos, a subtask of T205345: Repurposing of Foundation wiki as Governance wiki (Tracking task), as Resolved.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:48 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent moved T257578: No preferences can be set on foundation.wikimedia.org because account creation is disallowed from Backlog to Radar on the foundation.wikimedia.org board.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:47 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent moved T283393: Wikimedia Foundation Governance Wiki should be more clearly marked as a non-SUL/private login wiki from Backlog to Requests on the foundation.wikimedia.org board.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:47 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent moved T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki from Backlog to Transition to Governance Wiki on the foundation.wikimedia.org board.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:47 PM · User-Urbanecm, Wiki-Setup (Create), foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent updated the task description for T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:44 PM · User-Urbanecm, Wiki-Setup (Create), foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent created T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.
Wed, Aug 25, 6:44 PM · User-Urbanecm, Wiki-Setup (Create), foundation.wikimedia.org

Aug 12 2021

Varnent created T288763: Add Archive namespace on Governance Wiki to robots to block search indexing.
Aug 12 2021, 6:22 PM · User-Zabe, foundation.wikimedia.org, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent closed T288716: Create a new Archive namespace on Governance Wiki (foundation.wikimedia.org) as Invalid.

Embarrassing, this is my punishment for not having a taller screen or noticing it in a scroll. :p Thank you @Urbanecm!

Aug 12 2021, 1:53 PM · Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent updated the task description for T288716: Create a new Archive namespace on Governance Wiki (foundation.wikimedia.org).
Aug 12 2021, 4:49 AM · Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent created T288716: Create a new Archive namespace on Governance Wiki (foundation.wikimedia.org).
Aug 12 2021, 4:49 AM · Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org

Aug 5 2021

Varnent added a comment to T287859: Creating an election with "all wikis" can give a DBTransactionSizeError.

Hi everybody -- I wanted to clarify this comment:

From #wikimedia-operations in IRC:

19:03:08 <tltaylor> hi folks. per Toby the board elections are being delayed 2 weeks. so hopefully that creates more room for a smoother solution

Since it's critically important for the voting software to be reliable, we have decided that to ensure time for adequate troubleshooting and testing, we need an additional two weeks. This information is being sent to the election committee and the board for consideration on the timing of the election. They are aligned on the need for reliable voting software and there are additional factors they will consider for when the elections will occur.

We will communicate the results of their decision when it is made.

I know I sound like a stuck wheel here, but can we please commit to actually funding, maintaining and making sure so called "critical software" (I'm paraphrasing slightly) actually works when we need it to?

I know we struggle with institutional memory around here sometimes...

Toby, I'm pretty sure this is not the first time you've seen SecurePoll broken just before we need it? I can think of numerous occasions I've helped unbreak it when people found it was broken before, during or at the end of an election. And yes, I've also been the cause of at least one of those breakages. Tim being another person often on hook for SecurePoll related UBN.

We shouldn't be finding out basically 2 working days before we need something "critically important" that it's broken in numerous ways (from relatively recent changes too). And similarly, the day before it's needed, we shouldn't be having to delay elections. It looks unprofessional.

We've heard it before that we're going to deal with tech debt, we're going to find maintainers for stuff, but we repeatedly just don't. The situation rarely improves. And maybe when it does, teams eventually get reassigned and don't have time to deal with stuff they created in the past, and worse still, no one else really takes over the maintainership.

SecurePoll may have had some people/a team working on it recently, and that's good they're implementing features and trying to improve things, but it is critically under tested (unit tests etc). Test coverage is so good that we don't even have it displayed (I will go and fix that) - https://doc.wikimedia.org/cover-extensions/SecurePoll/

Sure, this specific issue (where it's exacerbated by many queries to many different databases on many different servers) is a bit harder to write tests for; it wouldn't have failed on beta... And as per Zabe, it doesn't always fail in real world usage either. But other two bugs? Well, they were seemingly not tested or noticed before CR (where both could have in theory have been caught), post merge or deployment. They certainly could've been caught further out when they went live.

And of course, this is not just SecurePoll. We've numerous fairly important extensions with little to no actual active or proactive maintenance.

Aug 5 2021, 11:07 PM · MW-1.37-notes (1.37.0-wmf.17; 2021-08-02), Anti-Harassment (The Letter Song), DBA, Platform Engineering, Performance-Team, Performance Issue, MediaWiki-extensions-SecurePoll

Jun 23 2021

Varnent added a comment to T285333: WikimediaFoundation.org - Project Guttenberg upgrade.

It is a FYI - yes. In the past when we have done these level of changes folks have asked that we post a ticket here sharing that info so people do not think it is an unknown event. I believe that request originated with one of the banners we ran a couple of years ago. That said, if the evolved consensus is we not bother with that notification or do it differently - totally okay on my end with modifying that part of our workflow. :)

Jun 23 2021, 11:15 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Jun 22 2021

Varnent created T285333: WikimediaFoundation.org - Project Guttenberg upgrade.
Jun 22 2021, 5:25 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

May 13 2021

Varnent closed T266736: Broken "Sept 11" link on WP 20 landing page as Resolved.

I believe this was fixed in an update to that section - but if I am missing it - please reopen and share URL. Thank you!

May 13 2021, 11:01 PM · WMF-Communications, wikimediafoundation.org
Varnent closed T277700: Other members of Team links return 404 as Resolved.

This has been fixed - thank you for reporting it! :)

May 13 2021, 10:55 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Apr 7 2021

Varnent added a project to T279597: Article lists for AAPI Month campaign: WMF-Communications.
Apr 7 2021, 9:14 PM · WMF-Communications, Research
Varnent updated subscribers of T279597: Article lists for AAPI Month campaign.
Apr 7 2021, 9:14 PM · WMF-Communications, Research
Varnent created T279597: Article lists for AAPI Month campaign.
Apr 7 2021, 9:13 PM · WMF-Communications, Research

Jan 15 2021

Varnent closed T272118: Wikipedia 20: Uncachable traffic to recentchanges API as Resolved.

The patch has been implemented into the production site. Thank you @Joe and @Krinkle for your help!

Jan 15 2021, 5:20 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Performance-Team (Radar)
Varnent added a comment to T272118: Wikipedia 20: Uncachable traffic to recentchanges API.

The difference in setups is intentional but will be reviewed later this FY when we are finished with some higher priority technical needs

There is no higher-priority technical need than keeping the site up. This page can nuke the site if it gets enough traffic. You don't want to review this decision in an outage postmortem, right?

Jan 15 2021, 9:37 AM · wikimediafoundation.org, Performance-Team (Radar)
Varnent added a comment to T272118: Wikipedia 20: Uncachable traffic to recentchanges API.

I can sync up the repos in a few hours. We do them after major patches, but this patch just went live on production site in the last 24 hours - so not had a chance to sync them yet.

Jan 15 2021, 5:25 AM · wikimediafoundation.org, Performance-Team (Radar)
Varnent added a comment to T272118: Wikipedia 20: Uncachable traffic to recentchanges API.

I'm trying to review the code so as to see whether it has proper eror handling, and how it would respond e.g. if its request failed for intermittent reasons (or if e.g. we had to block the traffic in an emergency).

Unfortunately, it seems the repo that I believe exists at wpcomvip/wikimediafoundation-org is currently private so I can't see it (unlike wpcomvip/wikimedia-techblog, which is public), and the mirror has not been updated recently. I don't know if this is intentional or whether it is perhaps an older model that we have since improved upon for techblog. It would be nice if we had only one canonical and public repo for this code.

Jan 15 2021, 3:52 AM · wikimediafoundation.org, Performance-Team (Radar)

Oct 28 2020

Varnent added a comment to T266598: Add Varnent to Wikimedia-NDA group.

Thank you @greg!

Oct 28 2020, 4:46 PM · User-greg, WMF-NDA-Requests

Oct 27 2020

Varnent created T266598: Add Varnent to Wikimedia-NDA group.
Oct 27 2020, 8:04 PM · User-greg, WMF-NDA-Requests

Oct 20 2020

Varnent added a comment to T261172: Much content is missing when editing a translatable page.

Thank you @Krinkle for getting this and T261181 documented! I think addressing these would be tremendously helpful for a lot of translation and documentation efforts by the Foundation, affiliates, and others on Meta-Wiki. I have heard from several folks that the lack of VE support for Translate makes them less likely to use it and nervous when editing pages that utilize Translate.

Oct 20 2020, 3:40 PM · Editing-team (Tracking), Parsoid, VisualEditor, VisualEditor-MediaWiki, MediaWiki-extensions-Translate

Oct 1 2020

Varnent added a comment to T263666: Wikipedia 20 Hub (on wikimediafoundation.org) Security review.

Hey there @sbassett, thank you for helping out on this!

Oct 1 2020, 6:49 PM · user-sbassett, secscrum, Security Preview, RFS

Sep 15 2020

Varnent added a comment to T262838: Creating a new page on Wikitech using VE fails with a Parsoid/RESTBase error message.

Note: @Quiddity's temp workaround works if you either disable VE first or URL link around VE and use old editor command to create the page.

Sep 15 2020, 8:08 PM · User-Ryasmeen, Skipped QA, MW-1.36-notes (1.36.0-wmf.10; 2020-09-22), Editing-team (FY2021-22 Kanban Board), VisualEditor, wikitech.wikimedia.org, Parsoid
Varnent added a comment to T262838: Creating a new page on Wikitech using VE fails with a Parsoid/RESTBase error message.

I experienced this Friday on Meta-Wiki and again today on Office Wiki. It magically went away on Meta-Wiki, I thought it was originally related to at that time being on a high latency connection and solution was either passage of time or after switching tabs.

Sep 15 2020, 7:55 PM · User-Ryasmeen, Skipped QA, MW-1.36-notes (1.36.0-wmf.10; 2020-09-22), Editing-team (FY2021-22 Kanban Board), VisualEditor, wikitech.wikimedia.org, Parsoid

Aug 19 2020

Varnent added a comment to T199812: Update wikimediafoundation.org to foundation.wikimedia.org across numerous repos.

Old domain is still found in 241 files across many repos.

Aug 19 2020, 2:44 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-08-28 (1.32.0-wmf.19)), wikimediafoundation.org, MediaWiki-extensions-General, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown

Jul 17 2020

Varnent added a comment to T246506: Investigate a development/testing environment for #techblog.

Gotcha. Who are the other developers we are trying to avoid stepping on the toes of?

The point was (and is) that I do not know who may contribute to the code base. That's one of the advantages and challenges of an open source project.

Jul 17 2020, 9:08 PM · Developer-Advocacy (Oct-Dec 2020), User-bd808, cloud-services-team (Kanban), Technical blog
Varnent added a comment to T246506: Investigate a development/testing environment for #techblog.

Out of curiosity, what do you see as the advantages for having duplicate testing environments?

Mostly faster code-test cycles and the ability to experiment without stepping on the toes of any other developers. It would also make working with community members on code changes easier if we can get to the point of attracting folks to help us.

Jul 17 2020, 8:44 PM · Developer-Advocacy (Oct-Dec 2020), User-bd808, cloud-services-team (Kanban), Technical blog
Varnent added a comment to T258284: Verify WikimediaFoundation.org ownership for Facebook.

Thank you @CDanis!!

Jul 17 2020, 4:41 PM · SRE, DNS, Traffic
Varnent created T258284: Verify WikimediaFoundation.org ownership for Facebook.
Jul 17 2020, 4:17 PM · SRE, DNS, Traffic

Jul 15 2020

Varnent added a comment to T246506: Investigate a development/testing environment for #techblog.

Out of curiosity, what do you see as the advantages for having duplicate testing environments?

Jul 15 2020, 9:34 PM · Developer-Advocacy (Oct-Dec 2020), User-bd808, cloud-services-team (Kanban), Technical blog

Jul 9 2020

Varnent added a comment to T257578: No preferences can be set on foundation.wikimedia.org because account creation is disallowed.

I figured not allowing account creation was a political decision, possibly as an order from the WMF. If it's just technical, enabling SUL is a better solution.

Jul 9 2020, 4:37 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent updated subscribers of T257578: No preferences can be set on foundation.wikimedia.org because account creation is disallowed.

I know that @Jdforrester-WMF has looked into this a bit and knows more about the complexities ahead. :)

Jul 9 2020, 4:03 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent added a comment to T257578: No preferences can be set on foundation.wikimedia.org because account creation is disallowed.

There is definitely an interest in modifying the configuration of Governance Wiki to allow folks to have accounts again, participate in talk pages with them, and also help with translation of content. I think achieving those things is basically a matter of getting some engineer time to do the complicated things necessary to do things like the SUL activation and effective engagement methods for translator and people with feedback or questions.

Jul 9 2020, 3:52 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org

Jun 25 2020

Varnent closed T255845: WikimediaFoundation.org message regarding Juneteenth 2020 as Resolved.

Banner ran and was disabled as scheduled. Closing this ticket.

Jun 25 2020, 9:03 PM · wikimediafoundation.org
Varnent added a comment to T255845: WikimediaFoundation.org message regarding Juneteenth 2020.

It seems the banner cannot be dismissed on mobile. There's no x button. Reloading and clicking on outer region does nothing too.

Screenshot_20200619-062434.png (1×720 px, 222 KB)

Jun 25 2020, 9:02 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Jun 19 2020

Varnent created T255845: WikimediaFoundation.org message regarding Juneteenth 2020.
Jun 19 2020, 2:56 AM · wikimediafoundation.org

Jun 18 2020

Varnent added a comment to T254628: Security Readiness Review For Diff (diff.wikimedia.org).

@sbassett - @CKoerner_WMF would have more up to date info on that than me. :)

Jun 18 2020, 4:51 PM · Privacy Engineering, secscrum, Security, Security Readiness Reviews
Varnent added a comment to T254628: Security Readiness Review For Diff (diff.wikimedia.org).

Also, just as a quick note, the plan is to make a public copy of this repo available once it launches - as is done with Foundation website. We are also discussing making the private repos public, but that is lower down the discussion list at this exact moment. :)

Jun 18 2020, 3:52 PM · Privacy Engineering, secscrum, Security, Security Readiness Reviews
Varnent added a comment to T254628: Security Readiness Review For Diff (diff.wikimedia.org).

@Reedy, @sbassett, and @JFishback_WMF - you should now have access. :)

Jun 18 2020, 3:50 PM · Privacy Engineering, secscrum, Security, Security Readiness Reviews

Jun 10 2020

Varnent closed T254560: WikimediaFoundation.org message regarding Black Lives Matter as Resolved.

Banner went up on Friday and removed on Monday as planned. Closing this ticket.

Jun 10 2020, 9:16 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Jun 5 2020

Varnent created T254560: WikimediaFoundation.org message regarding Black Lives Matter.
Jun 5 2020, 9:50 AM · wikimediafoundation.org

May 8 2020

Varnent added a comment to T251931: Update DNS records for blog.wikimedia.org.

It appears we are all set - thank you, @colewhite!

May 8 2020, 4:55 PM · Traffic, Diff-blog, DNS, SRE

May 6 2020

Varnent added a comment to T251931: Update DNS records for blog.wikimedia.org.

Between 15:00 and 20:00 UTC works for me - I will verify with VIP.

May 6 2020, 4:46 PM · Traffic, Diff-blog, DNS, SRE
Varnent added a comment to T251931: Update DNS records for blog.wikimedia.org.

VIP is available between 9 AM and 8 PM UTC.

May 6 2020, 4:05 PM · Traffic, Diff-blog, DNS, SRE

May 5 2020

Varnent created T251931: Update DNS records for blog.wikimedia.org.
May 5 2020, 5:31 PM · Traffic, Diff-blog, DNS, SRE

Apr 23 2020

Varnent closed T250508: WikimediaFoundation.org participating in Earth Day Live as Resolved.

Our planned involvement with this campaign has reached its conclusion with the end of Earth Day 2020 around the world. As such, I have removed the now inactive code from the Foundation's website and am closing this ticket at this time as I promised to when opening it. Thank you!

Apr 23 2020, 5:36 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Apr 22 2020

Varnent added a comment to T250508: WikimediaFoundation.org participating in Earth Day Live.

Ah, I just used Inspect and located the X, outside the box and white-on-white!

Apr 22 2020, 4:59 PM · wikimediafoundation.org
Varnent added a comment to T250508: WikimediaFoundation.org participating in Earth Day Live.

The full page banner is now live, but I don't see any way to close it - am I missing something obvious?

Apr 22 2020, 4:39 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Apr 17 2020

Varnent updated the task description for T250508: WikimediaFoundation.org participating in Earth Day Live.
Apr 17 2020, 5:13 PM · wikimediafoundation.org
Varnent created T250508: WikimediaFoundation.org participating in Earth Day Live.
Apr 17 2020, 5:06 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Apr 16 2020

Varnent moved T250400: Unarchive mediawiki/extensions/WikiShare from Backlog to Alpha on the MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare board.
Apr 16 2020, 3:55 PM · Wikimedia-GitHub, Diffusion-Repository-Administrators, MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare, Projects-Cleanup
Varnent activated MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare.
Apr 16 2020, 3:55 PM
Varnent added a project to T250400: Unarchive mediawiki/extensions/WikiShare: MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare.
Apr 16 2020, 3:55 PM · Wikimedia-GitHub, Diffusion-Repository-Administrators, MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare, Projects-Cleanup
Varnent updated subscribers of T250400: Unarchive mediawiki/extensions/WikiShare.

Once this is done, I have a patch to submit that has been tested and is working on a third-party production wiki running MW 1.34.1. Thank you!!

Apr 16 2020, 3:54 PM · Wikimedia-GitHub, Diffusion-Repository-Administrators, MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare, Projects-Cleanup

Apr 7 2020

Varnent added a comment to T10738: Improve media (image) search display.

It would be great for now if we could set image size similar to how you can now set thumbnail size and such for articles. For me, the biggest problem with search on Commons is how small the images have become as screen resolutions have improved (well...and I have gotten older...).

Apr 7 2020, 2:09 AM · Discovery, MediaWiki-Search

Apr 2 2020

Dzahn awarded T245524: LDAP access to the wmf group for Lauren Dickinson a Love token.
Apr 2 2020, 7:29 PM · SRE, LDAP-Access-Requests

Apr 1 2020

Varnent added a comment to T222467: Google still shows old logo for Wikimedia Foundation.

@Nicholas_Perry - that is fantastic - thank you for that update! :)

Apr 1 2020, 8:31 PM · WMF-Communications, SEO

Mar 26 2020

Varnent added a comment to T246506: Investigate a development/testing environment for #techblog.

For what it is worth, our VIP setup has a built-in development environment for each site and a preproduction environment upon request (allowing for three instances - two in addition to production). Each instance is a different branch within the same private GitHub repository.

Mar 26 2020, 4:45 PM · Developer-Advocacy (Oct-Dec 2020), User-bd808, cloud-services-team (Kanban), Technical blog

Mar 25 2020

Varnent added a comment to T243407: Import blog posts from old https://blog.wikimedia.org/category/technology/ into archive of the new Tech blog.

I am working on getting access to this site's main database dump. Basically, it is the only one of our VIP sites I did not yet have full access to as it has been inactive. I imagine a direct database dump is the easiest solution - but I can also look into getting you access if you prefer.

Mar 25 2020, 11:03 PM · Technical blog, Developer-Advocacy

Mar 6 2020

Varnent added a comment to T222467: Google still shows old logo for Wikimedia Foundation.

I have reported it via various Google dashboard systems connected to Foundation accounts (such as Search Console, etc.) since the logo was changed. In total, I have probably reported it to them in various places about a dozen times. I suspect we could ask the Partnerships team within Advancement to talk to our official contacts, but I admit being a little surprised their official methods do not work faster and that it has lingered this long.

Seems like a reasonable plan. I think this particular task is probably now resolved.

Mar 6 2020, 10:10 PM · WMF-Communications, SEO
Varnent added a comment to T246046: Problem with Matomo page overlay.

Let me know if there's any code we should be adding to the sites. This did work previously, but perhaps VIP has changed something on their end? I know they have been beefing up their security more lately.

Mar 6 2020, 10:06 PM · Analytics-Kanban, Analytics

Mar 3 2020

Varnent added a comment to T222467: Google still shows old logo for Wikimedia Foundation.

I have reported it via various Google dashboard systems connected to Foundation accounts (such as Search Console, etc.) since the logo was changed. In total, I have probably reported it to them in various places about a dozen times. I suspect we could ask the Partnerships team within Advancement to talk to our official contacts, but I admit being a little surprised their official methods do not work faster and that it has lingered this long.

Mar 3 2020, 11:44 PM · WMF-Communications, SEO

Feb 27 2020

Varnent added a comment to T222089: Allow URL shortening for wikimediafoundation.org domain.

How can we go about getting this review done for the site?

I guess someone from Security-Team ?

Correct! @Varnent - You'd want to start out with the new Security-Team services request form. There is some basic, pre-populated information in the description field where you can describe what @Legoktm discusses in T222089#5383470. This will get the request into our queue so we can evaluate options with you and schedule any resultant work. Thanks.

Feb 27 2020, 10:13 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Wikimedia-Site-requests, MediaWiki-extensions-UrlShortener

Feb 26 2020

Varnent added a comment to T222089: Allow URL shortening for wikimediafoundation.org domain.

Marking as stalled pending confirmation from someone(?) that someone has reviewed wikimediafoundation.org for:

  • reflective XSS
  • open redirects
  • dangerous URLs that perform actions upon GET requests
Feb 26 2020, 8:51 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Wikimedia-Site-requests, MediaWiki-extensions-UrlShortener

Feb 25 2020

Varnent added a comment to T246046: Problem with Matomo page overlay.

To repo the outcome, go to the list of pages, click on the page overlay option, and see if the overylays actually appear. The page itself loads, but the overlays do not appear.

Feb 25 2020, 9:10 PM · Analytics-Kanban, Analytics

Feb 24 2020

Varnent created T246046: Problem with Matomo page overlay.
Feb 24 2020, 9:46 PM · Analytics-Kanban, Analytics

Feb 14 2020

Varnent added a comment to T236446: Cloud Services shared IP (static NAT for external communications) often rate limited by YouTube for video downloads.

Hello all,

Feb 14 2020, 1:21 AM · Tool-spacemedia, Upstream, cloud-services-team (Kanban), Cloud-VPS, video2commons

Feb 13 2020

Varnent added a comment to T242184: Create a change tag for edits made using DiscussionTools.

The tags would likely be shorter if we had a name for the tool (and for the project). The lack of such a name is becoming increasingly inconvenient.

Feb 13 2020, 12:41 AM · MW-1.35-notes (1.35.0-wmf.21; 2020-02-25), Verified, OWC2020 (OWC2020 Replying 1.0), OWC2020 Replying 1.0, Editing-team (Q3 2019-2020 Kanban Board), Editing Design, DiscussionTools

Feb 5 2020

Varnent updated subscribers of T244410: LDAP access to the wmf group for CherRaye Glenn (superset, turnilo, hue).
Feb 5 2020, 10:22 PM · Analytics-Kanban, Analytics, LDAP-Access-Requests, SRE
Varnent moved T164665: Create a blog for West Bengal Wikimedians User Group from Backlog to Blocked on the Diff-blog board.
Feb 5 2020, 2:25 AM · Diff-blog
Varnent archived Wikimedia-Blog-Content.
Feb 5 2020, 2:14 AM
Varnent removed a project from T215349: [Blog] Write a blog post about Crosslingual section alignment and recommendations. : Wikimedia-Blog-Content.

We are no longer accepting submissions for the Wikimedia Blog via Phabricator. Please visit the blog's Meta-Wiki page for more information on submitting a post.

Feb 5 2020, 2:13 AM · Research-Backlog
Varnent removed a project from T185292: Press Release / statistics for recent milestone of CopyPatrol/plagiabot: Wikimedia-Blog-Content.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:13 AM · CopyPatrol
Varnent removed a project from T171073: Promote FLOSS libraries developed by the Foundation/movement: Wikimedia-Blog-Content.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:12 AM · Librarization
Varnent closed T170627: Wikicite-related posts as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:12 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T170165: Bashkortostan - ICU post as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:12 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T168552: Demographics: Who is in the world in 2030? as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:11 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T168553: Future of the commons: What are threats–and what are hopes–for the free flow of knowledge? as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:11 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T168568: Platforms and content: How will people’s media consumption change, who will be producing that media, and how will they do it? as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:11 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent removed a project from T168544: Improving time-to-logo performance with preload links: Wikimedia-Blog-Content.
Feb 5 2020, 2:11 AM
Varnent closed T168547: Develop email about blog to send to new hires as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:10 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T169533: Summarizing strategy brown bags as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:10 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T168641: How do we proactively discover ideas that would make good blog posts? as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:10 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T168658: Foundation Roundup? as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:09 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T168732: Experimental Banners Discussion as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:09 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T170942: Conference grants - can we request blog posts about upcoming conferences? as Declined.

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Feb 5 2020, 2:09 AM · Wikimedia-Blog-Content
Varnent closed T73261: Enable IPv6 on (tech)blog.wikimedia.org as Declined.

This site has been closed and is no longer being actively developed.

Feb 5 2020, 2:07 AM · IPv6, Diff-blog
Varnent closed T164786: Update mark on Wikimedia Blog, a subtask of T34101: High-density display issues (HiDPI) (tracking), as Declined.
Feb 5 2020, 2:06 AM · Tracking-Neverending, MediaWiki-General