Editor engagement/Smaller issues

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Bug Description Rationale
bugzilla:30671 CentralAuth should globally autologin user on account creation When new users want to, for example, upload photos, it's very confusing not to be automatically logged into Wikimedia Commons.
bugzilla:32330 Enable users to change their own username if their current username is unacceptable Username policy conflicts are a frequent issue that new users run into. The process for changing your name is fairly convoluted and unnecessarily bureaucratic, especially for simple cases.
N/A RefToolbar on English Wikipedia needs user experience pass The RefToolbar (defined in MediaWiki:RefToolbar.jsMediaWiki:Common.js/edit.jsMediaWiki:Common.js) is great, but it's not the most intuitive. It uses terms like "Templates", which newbies don't understand, and has confusing icons. It needs a holistic user experience pass and some user testing. The number of users making test edits via toolbar buttons could also be instructive, see 1 and 2.
N/A MediaWiki's email notifications are not user-friendly The subject lines, sender address and text of MediaWiki's email notifications are highly technical and confusing for new users. See New Editor Engagement/Email notifications for a collaborative draft spec.
N/A Lack of calls to action/invitations on prominent pages. Other than edit/talk buttons, AFT, and the Community Portal in the lefthand sidebar, there are no prominent links to participatory spaces nor is there an explicit invitation to become a part of the community. The site's interface has become more content-focused and less community focused over time. For example: the Main Page of English Wikipedia in 2004 devoted a third of its content to participation. Today there is nothing except a link to the little-used Community Portal.