SUL finalisation

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SUL finalisation would unify user accounts across all Wikimedia projects.

Status[edit | edit source]


Special:GlobalRenameRequest and Special:GlobalRenameQueue, special pages intended to help users and Steward and global renamers process SUL finalization name changes, are just about ready to move into production on Meta. Special:GlobalUserMerge required some more work this month due to database conflicts with beta labs. Once properly tested out, GlobalUserMerge will join the other two tools on Meta to complete the kit needed to process the anticipated large number of rename requests.

One last bit of engineering is being completed in November and executed in early December: contacting existing accounts with unconfirmed email addresses to request confirmation. This will allow for additional formerly globally unattached accounts to be attached without going through any forms or process before SUL finalization takes place.

History[edit | edit source]

Originally, Wikimedia wikis operated completely independently from each other, with separate user accounts and passwords for each wiki. CentralAuth was created to let users log in with the same credentials across multiple wikis, but as the wikis operated independently for years there were thousands of clashing accounts, i.e. cases where different people had registered the same name on different wikis. These clashes prevent those affected from logging in with the same name across all wikis.

Project Goal[edit | edit source]

The goal of the SUL finalisation is to forcibly rename any clashing user accounts so that every single user has their own single unified login across all Wikimedia sites.

Project Duration[edit | edit source]

TODO: Fill this out

Backlog[edit | edit source]

Necessary prior code/ops steps[edit | edit source]

Desirable prior code/ops steps[edit | edit source]

  • In progress In progress: Write & deploy global user merging so two global users can be merged together
    • What to do when two clashing local instances under the global accounts?
    • YesY Done Deploy UserMerge extension to all wikis
      • YesY Done Update extensions to be compatible - bug 67758
      • YesY Done Fix major bugs in Ex:UserMerge
      • YesY Done Enable UserMerge for all wikis in beta, test
    • Next steps:
      • Legoktm - quash bugs found during testing in beta
      • YesY Done CSteipp - Merge global merge, disabled by config
  • In progress In progress: Write & deploy a tool for local ‘losing’ users to check a proposed new account name (check against clashing global and local users, and also against the global user account name rules) and request it be done.
    • YesY Done bug 68886 Request global account rename from home wiki before forced SUL name change
    • bug 68924 Create special page to manage global rename request queue
    • Depends on Global Rename tool
    • Next steps:
      • Bd808 is working on patches

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