Talk:Steward requests/Global permissions/2014

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Pending changes

Is there a global exemption to pending changes? Some of the articles we have added have had pending changes pending for more than a year. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:40, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

No, there isn't, also, it would infringe upon local wiki's right to determine who approves pending changes and who doesn't. Snowolf How can I help? 20:58, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes certainly. I will continue twisting local Wikipedian's arms to help out. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:00, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
With that being said, many of the wikis have automatic (as in software-generated) promotion to rights such as autoreviewer, once you make a certain number of edits that are patrolled, and meet a few other objective criteria. --Rschen7754 21:01, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Turkish appears to be particularly locked down. I have been editing since Mar of 2012 [1]. My assistant is not able to edit that language at all. Simple blocks the edits. WikiProject Medicine does not seem to have anyone. There [2] Anyone know any Turkish editors willing to help out? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:03, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
The restrictions can usually be figured out through a combination of reading Special:ListGroupRights, mw:Extension:FlaggedRevs, and [3]. --Rschen7754 21:07, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks will do some reading. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:08, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
edit conflicted The automatic promotions are generally trigged based on edit # not length of time on the project, and amounts in the realm of 30-50 edits, so not really useful here. We'd need a bit more details on what "not able to edit that language at all" means, are we talking abusefilter blocking the edits? That often happens if a new user edits a page containing a url, or adds a url, it's part of anti-spamming provisions. Or are you saying this person is blocked there as an account? Or are the edits merely held by flaggedrev until somebody approves them? More details are needed to figure that out. Snowolf How can I help? 21:09, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Not blocked. It must have been a filter. I was able to add the text in question. Article was this one [4] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:12, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
these edits are the ones? they seems to be blocked by a abuse filter preventing removing all categories (filter) --Se4598 (talk) 21:23, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Wonderful thanks. A mistake on our part than. Will try again. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:29, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Language preferences

Under preferences one can set their language. Is there anyway to do this automatically for all Wikis or does one need to do it one by one? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:12, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

We used to have a bot for this, but it has been discontinued after it became apparent that the WMF might remove our userrights if we used it. Snowolf How can I help? 21:14, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
What? Who at the foundation made that common? I am happy to speak with whomever there. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:16, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
The bot involved sharing one's account information w/ another user. See Philippe's statements in one of the few WMF-imposed desysoppings in the matter of Riley Huntley and Gwickwire. Snowolf How can I help? 21:22, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Ah yah. I guess if people are giving away their user name and password that could be a problem.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:35, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
I have heard some rumors about a solution to fix this. Stay tuned. --Rschen7754 06:46, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Wikimedia recently implemented OAuth, which can be used instead of sharing login details. It looks like Legoktm is working on a global preferences app using OAuth, but it isn't working yet. —Pathoschild 07:16, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
I have done it manually. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 08:28, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm waiting for gerrit:107205 to get deployed everywhere, which should be done by next Thursday, and then my app will work. Legoktm (talk) 09:17, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
It is a more general problem where we cannot decide to apply settings globally, yes the user's preferred language should be globalizable with a simple checkbox to check to apply it on ALL our SUL accounts (and make it the default language for any new wiki we would visit where a user account is created).
May be we should have a new page "Special:GlobalPreferences'" (accessible with a link from Special:Preferences) to define all common preferences, where each of them would have an icon to reset any different setting in all our SUL accounts (to their default, i.e. deleting the local setting and use the global setting instead=. Things that could be applied include skins, enable some common gadgets, Enable the Universal Language selector, Timezone, Male/Female/Unknown gender, signature, editor preferences. These global settings would be in a separate "Global" database (used by SUL). verdy_p (talk) 02:43, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
That's a long-wished-for feature (among others); Legoktm actually created an extension that does exactly that, but it was never enabled on Wikimedia wikis and I don't know what its current status is. —Pathoschild 03:08, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, so the extension I wrote works and is enabled on sites like, and I hope will eventually be on WMF sites, but right now I'm focusing my time on other things like the Global CSS/JS extension. If someone else wants to start a push to get it deployed and begin the review process, I'd be more than willing to help them out, but I just can't commit the time right now to do it myself. Legoktm (talk) 04:02, 30 January 2014 (UTC)