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

I previously worked as a Wikimedia Foundation contractor on the Access Policy project as well as other strategy related positions within the Communications department.

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

Recent Activity

Wed, Aug 10

Varnent updated subscribers of T314626: Setup URL (soundlogo.wikimedia.org) for Sound Logo website.
Wed, Aug 10, 4:58 PM · Traffic, WMF-Communications, Domains, SRE

Fri, Aug 5

Varnent added a comment to T314626: Setup URL (soundlogo.wikimedia.org) for Sound Logo website.

Thank you, @RhinosF1 and @ssingh! :)

Fri, Aug 5, 3:53 PM · Traffic, WMF-Communications, Domains, SRE
Varnent updated the task description for T314626: Setup URL (soundlogo.wikimedia.org) for Sound Logo website.
Fri, Aug 5, 2:37 AM · Traffic, WMF-Communications, Domains, SRE
Varnent created T314626: Setup URL (soundlogo.wikimedia.org) for Sound Logo website.
Fri, Aug 5, 2:37 AM · Traffic, WMF-Communications, Domains, SRE
Varnent closed T310939: Obtain admin rights to interconnection-wordpress-theme GitHub repo as Resolved.

This has been resolved by @thcipriani - thank you, @thcipriani!!! :)

Fri, Aug 5, 2:31 AM · Diff-blog, Wikimedia-GitHub

Jul 12 2022

Ilovemydoodle2 awarded T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki a Heartbreak token.
Jul 12 2022, 10:52 PM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Jul 11 2022

Varnent added a comment to T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.

@Varnent After chatting about this some more, how about we do the following:

The change https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/809324 aims to translate that to code.

Jul 11 2022, 8:47 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal

Jul 6 2022

Varnent added a comment to T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.

@Varnent After chatting about this some more, how about we do the following:

The change https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/809324 aims to translate that to code.

Jul 6 2022, 10:00 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal

Jun 28 2022

Varnent added a comment to T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.

@Varnent could we get a clarification of the timeline for this request? The description says end of this month and your recent comment mentions a delay into July.

Jun 28 2022, 11:55 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal

Jun 24 2022

Varnent added a comment to T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.

My meeting will happen before they shut things off - so there will likely be a slight delay into July - and I should have a trick we can utilize on VIP/WordPress side if need be. :)

Jun 24 2022, 7:40 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal

Jun 22 2022

Varnent added a project to T310928: Improve Wikipedia Preview's support for Composer integration: wikimediafoundation.org.
Jun 22 2022, 3:15 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview

Jun 21 2022

Varnent added a comment to T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.

@Dzahn - is that doable? I am not sure if we have redirected to web.archive.org before - although I think the 9/11 Wiki archive link does.

@Varnent The big blocker here is that currently policy.wikimedia.org is not under the control of SRE but hosted external. We can't do much there. Either whoever maintains that on Wordpress VIP would have to implement the redirects on their side or the policy subdomain would first have to move back to the Wikimedia DNS. (for that I suggest involving traffic team).

But if I am assuming this was moved back to WMF production, yea, then that should be doable. (though does not mean necessarily I would be the one to deploy that, I was just trying to clarify for all involved). But yea, I agree we have once done that before, for the 9/11 archive wiki, that's right.

Jun 21 2022, 10:50 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal
Varnent added a comment to T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.

There are incoming redirects into policy.wikimedia.org:

https://wikimedia.org/stopsurveillance -> https://policy.wikimedia.org/stopsurveillance/

https://fixcopyright.wikimedia.org -> https://policy.wikimedia.org/policy-landing/copyright/

Are these redirect targets going to exist on the new site as well or do they need to be adjusted / should they be dropped?

Jun 21 2022, 8:28 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal

Jun 20 2022

matmarex awarded T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki a Like token.
Jun 20 2022, 7:25 PM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Zppix awarded T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki a Dislike token.
Jun 20 2022, 6:58 PM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Base awarded T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki a Dislike token.
Jun 20 2022, 6:58 PM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Ilovemydoodle2 awarded T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki a Dislike token.
Jun 20 2022, 6:57 PM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Jun 18 2022

Varnent created T310939: Obtain admin rights to interconnection-wordpress-theme GitHub repo.
Jun 18 2022, 6:14 AM · Diff-blog, Wikimedia-GitHub
Varnent triaged T310938: Add both Wikipedia Preview repos to Packagist as Low priority.
Jun 18 2022, 5:38 AM · SRE, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview
Varnent created T310938: Add both Wikipedia Preview repos to Packagist.
Jun 18 2022, 5:37 AM · SRE, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview
Varnent added a comment to T310928: Improve Wikipedia Preview's support for Composer integration.

https://github.com/wikimedia/wikipedia-preview/pull/159

Jun 18 2022, 5:13 AM · wikimediafoundation.org, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview

Jun 17 2022

Varnent moved T310928: Improve Wikipedia Preview's support for Composer integration from Backlog to In progress on the Wikipedia-Preview board.
Jun 17 2022, 8:39 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview
Varnent updated the task description for T310928: Improve Wikipedia Preview's support for Composer integration.
Jun 17 2022, 8:38 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview
Varnent added a comment to T310928: Improve Wikipedia Preview's support for Composer integration.

https://github.com/wikimedia/wikipediapreview-wordpress/pull/59

Jun 17 2022, 8:35 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview
Varnent triaged T310928: Improve Wikipedia Preview's support for Composer integration as Medium priority.
Jun 17 2022, 8:34 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview
Varnent created T310928: Improve Wikipedia Preview's support for Composer integration.
Jun 17 2022, 8:16 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Inuka-Team, Wikipedia-Preview

Jun 15 2022

Varnent updated subscribers of T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.
Jun 15 2022, 7:08 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal
Varnent updated subscribers of T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.
Jun 15 2022, 7:07 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal
Varnent created T310738: Setup redirect of policy.wikimedia.org to Advocacy portal on Foundation website.

As the WMF-Legal project tag was added to this task, some general information to avoid wrong expectations:
Please note that public tasks in Wikimedia Phabricator are in general not a place where to expect feedback from the Legal Team of the Wikimedia Foundation due to the scope of the team and/or nature of legal topics. See the project tag description.
Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Legal for when and how to contact the Legal Team. Thanks!

Jun 15 2022, 7:01 PM · serviceops-collab, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, serviceops, DNS, WMF-Legal

Apr 4 2022

Varnent added a comment to T202188: Re-evaluate listing of email addresses on wikimediafoundation.org staff profiles.

@Aklapper - It has been under evaluation for some time - although for safety and security reasons unrelated to this specific issue.

Apr 4 2022, 7:33 PM · wikimediafoundation.org

Mar 15 2022

Varnent closed T302655: Making private repos for WikimediaFoundation.org and Diff.Wikimedia.org public as Resolved.

Wonderful - thank you! We will go ahead and proceed with this and also work on policy and license as you suggested.

Mar 15 2022, 4:51 PM · SecTeam-Processed, Wikimedia-GitHub, Diff-blog, wikimediafoundation.org, Security, Security-Team

Mar 4 2022

Varnent added a comment to T302655: Making private repos for WikimediaFoundation.org and Diff.Wikimedia.org public.

I can take a look at this @Varnent, but I'll need access to the private repos. My github is @yozamacs.

Mar 4 2022, 8:09 PM · SecTeam-Processed, Wikimedia-GitHub, Diff-blog, wikimediafoundation.org, Security, Security-Team

Feb 26 2022

Ameisenigel awarded T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki a Dislike token.
Feb 26 2022, 9:04 AM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests
DannyS712 awarded T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki a Dislike token.
Feb 26 2022, 3:16 AM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent triaged T302655: Making private repos for WikimediaFoundation.org and Diff.Wikimedia.org public as Low priority.
Feb 26 2022, 1:54 AM · SecTeam-Processed, Wikimedia-GitHub, Diff-blog, wikimediafoundation.org, Security, Security-Team
Varnent created T302655: Making private repos for WikimediaFoundation.org and Diff.Wikimedia.org public.
Feb 26 2022, 1:54 AM · SecTeam-Processed, Wikimedia-GitHub, Diff-blog, wikimediafoundation.org, Security, Security-Team

Feb 25 2022

Varnent created T302642: Rename Meta to Meta-Wiki.
Feb 25 2022, 11:45 PM · Community-consensus-needed, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Feb 11 2022

Varnent updated the task description for T301574: Update wikipediafoundation.org redirect.
Feb 11 2022, 5:05 PM · Traffic, User-Ladsgroup, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, Domains
Varnent created T301574: Update wikipediafoundation.org redirect.
Feb 11 2022, 5:03 PM · Traffic, User-Ladsgroup, wikimediafoundation.org, SRE, Domains

Feb 1 2022

Varnent added a comment to T300398: Project Unseen campaign URL redirect.

Thank you so very much @Ladsgroup!! :)

Feb 1 2022, 7:55 PM · User-Ladsgroup, DNS, WMF-Communications, SRE, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, Domains

Jan 28 2022

Varnent created T300398: Project Unseen campaign URL redirect.
Jan 28 2022, 7:56 PM · User-Ladsgroup, DNS, WMF-Communications, SRE, Traffic, wikimediafoundation.org, Domains

Dec 17 2021

Varnent created T297970: Error when using Translate extension to translate {{DISPLAYTITLE:}} contents.
Dec 17 2021, 6:49 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-Translate

Dec 14 2021

Varnent added a comment to T297545: Mobile view links to non-existent translation of Terms of Use.

Alright - so I think it is basically that some of the API service links have not been updated from wikimediafoundation.org to foundation.wikimedia.org for policy pages. I can work on that at some point - but others are welcome to take this ticket if they can get to it before me.

Dec 14 2021, 9:09 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a project to T297545: Mobile view links to non-existent translation of Terms of Use: foundation.wikimedia.org.

That is an interesting bug. I suspect there is an outdated link somewhere buried in a zzz or related language file. I will look into this a bit and report back. I think it basically relates to T199812.

Dec 14 2021, 8:55 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent moved T139050: Portal Page Update: wikimedia.org from Incoming to Radar on the wikimediafoundation.org board.
Dec 14 2021, 8:53 PM · wikimediafoundation.org, Discovery-Portal-Backlog, Wikimedia-Portals, Discovery-ARCHIVED

Dec 9 2021

Varnent created T297396: Expand Governance Wiki Editor user group rights to include translate admin rights.
Dec 9 2021, 3:10 PM · foundation.wikimedia.org

Nov 30 2021

Varnent added a comment to T296570: Setup subdomain for Foundation messaging site.

Thank you so much @ssingh!

Nov 30 2021, 10:14 PM · Traffic, SRE, DNS, WMF-Communications
Varnent added a comment to T296570: Setup subdomain for Foundation messaging site.

I also have the certificates info from VIP - and can share that with whomever will need it - presuming that is something we will need.

Nov 30 2021, 3:11 AM · Traffic, SRE, DNS, WMF-Communications

Nov 29 2021

Varnent added a comment to T296570: Setup subdomain for Foundation messaging site.

We will be sharing this site with all staff around December 1. Domain is not necessary per se as we have a temporary domain - but do we have a sense of when it would be ready so I can give folks a heads up? Thank you!

Nov 29 2021, 6:18 PM · Traffic, SRE, DNS, WMF-Communications

Nov 27 2021

Varnent created T296570: Setup subdomain for Foundation messaging site.
Nov 27 2021, 4:28 PM · Traffic, SRE, DNS, WMF-Communications

Nov 3 2021

Varnent updated Varnent.
Nov 3 2021, 10:17 AM
Varnent updated Varnent.
Nov 3 2021, 10:17 AM
Varnent created T294900: Further setting modifications for Governance Wiki.
Nov 3 2021, 10:12 AM · User-Urbanecm_WMF (GovWiki), Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org

Nov 1 2021

Varnent added a comment to T146599: Create a way to make Special:AllPages hide redirects by default.

Perhaps rather than making it default - it would be good first step to make it able to filter at all. Perhaps a more robust filter system that could also help address T181339 and T9936.

Nov 1 2021, 2:51 PM · Discovery-Search, MediaWiki-Search, MediaWiki-Redirects

Oct 27 2021

Sunpriat2 awarded T294074: When notifying a user of a mention, resolve if their user page redirect to a different user's page and ping that user instead / as well a Mountain of Wealth token.
Oct 27 2021, 1:12 PM · Growth-Team, Notifications

Oct 22 2021

Varnent updated the task description for T294074: When notifying a user of a mention, resolve if their user page redirect to a different user's page and ping that user instead / as well.
Oct 22 2021, 12:07 AM · Growth-Team, Notifications

Oct 21 2021

Varnent created T294074: When notifying a user of a mention, resolve if their user page redirect to a different user's page and ping that user instead / as well.
Oct 21 2021, 11:31 PM · Growth-Team, Notifications

Aug 28 2021

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.

Aug 28 2021, 8:56 AM · Patch-For-Review, User-Urbanecm_WMF (GovWiki), Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org

Aug 27 2021

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.

Aug 27 2021, 2:37 AM · Patch-For-Review, User-Urbanecm_WMF (GovWiki), Wikimedia-Site-requests, foundation.wikimedia.org

Aug 26 2021

Varnent added a parent task for T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki: T205345: Repurposing of Foundation wiki as Governance wiki (Tracking task).
Aug 26 2021, 4:39 PM · Wiki-Setup (Create), User-Urbanecm, 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.
Aug 26 2021, 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?

Aug 26 2021, 4:39 PM · Wiki-Setup (Create), User-Urbanecm, foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent added a comment to T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.

Which problem would this solve?

Aug 26 2021, 5:19 AM · Wiki-Setup (Create), User-Urbanecm, foundation.wikimedia.org

Aug 25 2021

Varnent closed T199812: Update wikimediafoundation.org to foundation.wikimedia.org across numerous repos as Resolved.
Aug 25 2021, 6:48 PM · Patch-For-Review, foundation.wikimedia.org, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-08-28 (1.32.0-wmf.19)), wikimediafoundation.org, MediaWiki-extensions-General, WMF-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.
Aug 25 2021, 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.
Aug 25 2021, 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.
Aug 25 2021, 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.
Aug 25 2021, 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.
Aug 25 2021, 6:47 PM · Wiki-Setup (Create), User-Urbanecm, foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent updated the task description for T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.
Aug 25 2021, 6:44 PM · Wiki-Setup (Create), User-Urbanecm, foundation.wikimedia.org
Varnent created T289720: Setup duplicate content copy of Governance Wiki.
Aug 25 2021, 6:44 PM · Wiki-Setup (Create), User-Urbanecm, 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 · 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 · Patch-For-Review, foundation.wikimedia.org, MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-08-28 (1.32.0-wmf.19)), wikimediafoundation.org, MediaWiki-extensions-General, WMF-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