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Merging via Special:MergeAccount does not work[edit]

Dear Administrators,

I would like to merge User:Wolfing from german wikipedia and german wikibooks. In english wikipedia there is also a Wolfing with 3 edits (, which is not me.--Wolfing (talk) 17:12, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

You can't merge the account because you're not the "winner". Just make two more edits on and it will work. --Nemo 12:44, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Setting global interface language[edit]

It's clear that the preferences for each wiki are set independently, however when I travel around each wiki I'm required to try to find the preferences and set the interface language on each wiki. Is there a tool or a change to global.js that could set the interface of all global accounts to the same interface language? - Technophant (talk) 22:54, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

I'd assume that the software needs the language setting before running Javascript code. If not, try adding mw.config.set('wgUserLanguage', 'en'); to Special:MyPage/global.js. --Stefan2 (talk) 23:33, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Local username policies[edit]

(I'm not sure that I post this in the right place, if not, please move where it should be.)
What is the official stance these days on the local username policies? The unified login seemingly should make those obsolete, but at least currently they aren't. For example, Croatian Wikipedia (hr.wp) is quite restrictive, and usernames "with three or more consecutive uppercase letters are not allowed". This is embedded into the login filter, and so I (User:YLSS) cannot log into hr.wp in any way – neither automatically, nor manually. I have discussed the issue with local admins, but with no result... YLSS (talk) 17:16, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

  • I hope that local username policies will become obsolete, and admins who try to enforce local policies on global usernames will be gently encouraged to find something else to do. Local username policies are useless gatekeeping. That Croatian policy is absolutely absurd, but the English "UAA" policy has been way over-enforced for years as well. People just can't resist making bots and queues to block people whose name looks the slightest bit suspicious, and it seems they end up seeing new users as just sequences of characters to approve or deny, instead of people. Rspeer (talk) 06:15, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
    • I wouldn't focus too much on policies. After SUL was introduced in 2008, several wikis kept screaming that their policies were alive and strong, including things like forcing Latin alphabet usernames. However, in reality common sense has prevailed and the enforcement of local policies has not caused huge problems. --Nemo 13:21, 18 September 2014 (UTC)