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KCVelaga (talkcontribs)

Hello, my username of Wikimedia projects has been globally renamed to "KCVelaga" from "Krishna Chaitanya Velaga" recently. So I request it to be changed on Phabricator as well, to be consistent. Thanks in advance.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Sure! Done. :)

Suggestions for improvements to page movement utilities

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Summary by AKlapper (WMF)

Off-topic as not about Phabricator, see How to report a bug instead

Anthony Appleyard (talkcontribs)
  • After my experiences with history-merging, I feel that these enhancements (perhaps for use only by admins) to Wikipedia's software would be useful:-
    1. Selective delete of edits. That would avoid much waste of administrator time and internet time and Wikipedia server time deleting the whole of a long edit history and then undeleting most of the edits, merely to delete a few of the edits. In preliminaries to history-merging, that includes needing to temporarily delete late edits (often a bot edit) added to the source after the cut-and-paste event, and edits (redirects and miscellaneous) that were at the destination's name before the cut-and-paste event.
    2. Selective move of edits.
    3. Ability to move (move-all or selective) deleted edits while keeping them deleted. That (for example) would make it much easier to extract deleted edits out from under a long non-deleted edit history. Pre-existing deleted en:WP:Parallel histories edits sitting under a visible non-deleted edit history are a common trap and landmine when carrying out operations that need temporary deleting of a page.
    4. Idea for enhancements for en:Special:MergeHistory: Option whether or not to leave a redirect where the source was.
    5. Idea for enhancements for en:Special:MergeHistory: Option to call for a list of edits of the destination, letting the user mark "first edit which is to be kept": edits before that would be deleted. After obeying that, the list of movable source edits would have to be updated and re-displayed.
    6. If a user is looking at an old edit of a non-deleted page history, ability for him to click once on a clickable and thus step to the previous or next non-deleted edit of that page.
    7. If an administrator is looking at an edit of a deleted page history, ability for him to click once on a clickable and thus step to the previous or next deleted edit of that page.
AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi and welcome to the help page for the Phabricator software. Your comment above seems to be about the MediaWiki software instead. If you have specific enhancement requests, please see and follow How to report a bug (one request per task only, please). Thanks!

Alex brollo (talkcontribs)

I can'l login into Phabricator with my user name Alex_brollo, login form replaces underscore with a space then it complains for an incorrect user name (of course....). When I try to login by mediawiki account, login form complaints about tha fact that an user exists using the same email (of course...).

How can I login?


AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Login form for LDAP does not replace underscore with a space here (Firefox 64).

After which exact last steps does this happen? With which exact browser? Does that also happen with another browser?

BrolloBot (talkcontribs)

I'm using Maxthor, a light browse running in an old PC with Windows XP (the modern died suddenly, I'm waiting for its resuscitation..); I'll try with Chrome or Firefox, but both aren't happy to run under XP. Let's try.....

Alex brollo (talkcontribs)

Try with Chrome failed, I asked for a new password, no success.... Strangely, in cnfirmation mail my user name is defined as "Alex brollo", while it is "Alex_brollo". Many years ago, when I registered my MediaWiki user name (Alex brollo), I didn't know that a space into an username is a bad idea....

(PS: obviously BrolloBot is another my username for my bot account, I tried to login with it too with no success).


AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

"asked for a new password" where and how exactly? What does "no success" mean? No email received, or email received and password entered (on which website) but some error (which one?) on Phabricator?

Please be clear and exact. Thanks!

Alex brollo (talkcontribs)

I apologyze.

New try using Firefox, after central login with my main user name Alex brollo.

As I click on the left button "Login or Register Mediawiki", at https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/auth/start/?next=%2FT209939, an OAuth popup opens; I click on "Allow" button; a page "Create new account" opens, user name "Alex_brollo", when I try to fill required fields (email) and click "Register" the page tells that both user name and email are duplicated.


Then I tried to ask a new password for LDAP user Alex_brollo and I got a mail from Wikitech, with a temporary password for user "Alex brollo" (no underscore!):

"The following user account is associated with this email address:

Username: Alex brollo

Temporary password: " (follows a password)

I tried LDAP login with that username (both with space and with underscore) and the new password: both username and password are "Invalid".


I'm sure that previusly I contrbuted to Phabricator by mediawiki login with no problem; presently I'm so confused (and frustrated!) that I can't remember if I have, or I have not, a LDAP account.


AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

You cannot have been active in Phabricator by mediawiki login before because you have not attached your MediaWiki user account to your Phabricator account - see https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/p/Alex_brollo/. So your only option is LDAP/wikitech login.

As you received a temporary password, did you log in on wikitech.wikimedia.org with that temporary password to set a non-temporary password before trying that password on Phabricator?

Alex brollo (talkcontribs)

Ok. I successfully log in into wikitech.wikimedia.org with temporary password, then I set a new password, ok, then I successfully log in into Phabricator using the new password. Thanks for your time and for your help.

Anthony Appleyard (talkcontribs)

My Wikipedia username, and many other Wikipedia users' usernames, also contain a space which sometimes morphs into an underline.


Summary by AKlapper (WMF)
MBinder (WMF) (talkcontribs)
AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

That's what the Phabricator page currently states (but how does it matter?). :)

MBinder (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Great, and obvious. Thanks! I'll inform those who asked me. :)

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

On an unrelated note, those who asked you are more than welcome to ask their question here themselves on this wiki. :)

MBinder (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I agree, and have said as much. Thank you. :)

Too small font sizes

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Nandedamana (talkcontribs)

Hello,

I find the default font size of almost all Wikipedia portals too small on my 22" Full HD monitor with Firefox 63 desktop browser. I know that font size is a personal preference, but there is *no option to set the preferred font size* (with the help of cookies) either. A quick search for 'font size' on Phabricator dumps a list, but I'm not sure which entry I should be following. Could you please help me find *the* bug report regarding my concern (if one exists)?

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi, once the font size has been changed in the web browser, most modern browsers (including Firefox 63) remember the font size per website the next time you visit that website. Hence I personally don't see any reason for introducing such a preference anymore.

The task you're probably looking for is https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T26739

Quiddity (talkcontribs)

request username change

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Dreamy Jazz (talkcontribs)

Hello. I would like to have my change of username on Wikimedia reflected in my phabricator username. Thanks.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi, we need to know your Phabricator username for that. :)

Dreamy Jazz (talkcontribs)

Oh Sorry. Silly me. Its Wpgbrown (my former Mediawiki username)

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Dreamy Jazz (talkcontribs)

Dreamy_Jazz will do. Thanks.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Done!

Deceased Phabricator users

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Liuxinyu970226 (talkcontribs)
Liuxinyu970226 (talkcontribs)
AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thanks. No strong opinions here, if someone finds out those accounts could be disabled for security reasons, I guess

Can Phabricator be used for Community projects?

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Stephan Kulla (talkcontribs)

Hello,

I am an author of the German Wikibooks project Mathe für Nicht-Freaks. We have more or less 20 authors and since we concentrate on articles with high educational quality, we have an elaborated workflow for writing an article. In order to manage our project we currently have an Excel list. However, we noticed that we need better tools. In particular we want to use a Kanban board for managing our project. Phabricator will be ideal for us. Can https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/ also be used by a Wikibooks project (which is not a software project)?

Greetings! Stephan Kulla (talk) 16:34, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi and thanks for your interest! There is no "rule" that Phab is only for software projects so we've also seen conferences etc planned in Phabricator projects. In my humble opinion the (social) question to answer is if everybody involved can agree on using Phab. You don't want to end up coordinating work in two places if you only had one place before creating a Phab project. :)

See Phabricator/Project management for more info what's possible (and what's not).

See Phabricator/Creating and renaming projects how to request the creation of a project.

Stephan Kulla (talkcontribs)

Thanks @AKlapper (WMF) for your quick response! We already discussed Phabricator in our team and there is a consensus to use it. I'll have a look at the help pages and request the creation of a project in the following days.

MGChecker (talkcontribs)

Don't get the email to login to Phabricator

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MickReynolds (talkcontribs)

I received an email re WLM 2018 and giving permission to use my images...

You can give the permission, by signing the form at this link:

https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/L36

(Note that you will need to use the username you used when submitting your photo.)

I followed the instructions as per your email however I am not receiving an email to verify my email.

I am using my wikimedia account credentials. I actually looked up my account details to ensure there wasn't an error in my email address.  It appears correct in the account settings.  The website https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/ displays my email with an extra dot - see below

"Check Your Email

You must verify your email address to log in. You should have a new email message from Phabricator with verification instructions in your inbox (mickreynolds@eircom..net).

If you did not receive an email, you can click the button below to try sending another one."

Regards,

Michael

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

HI, if you've entered an email address with a typo we could delete the unused account in Phab so you could re-register with a correct email address. For this we'd need to know your Phabricator user account name.

MickReynolds (talkcontribs)

Hi and thank you for responding. I hadn't heard of phabricator previously. I just got the email & followed the instructions to login with my wikimedia account and a message said it would send an email with verification instructions. I haven't received that email. My email address is correct. I don't know where phabricator got the version with 2 dots in it or indeed if this is the actual error.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

As you write that your email address is correct, where exactly is it correct?

My current guess is still that a typo happened when entering the email address in the Phab registration form so I'd propose re-registering on Phabricator (which would require deleting your account in Phab which requires knowing your username on Phab). I don't have access to mail server logs.

MickReynolds (talkcontribs)

Hi AKlapper,

Thanks for your assistance so far. As far as I know I never created an account on Phabricator. I have a wikimedia commons account. Perhaps Mohammed ("M.hekmat" <wikilovesmonuments.insta@gmail.com>) set it up as the original email was from him? Or perhaps it was created by someone when I won in the Irish WLM 2018?

I've checked my preferences on my wikimedia commons a/c and my email is correct.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Can't move phab account to new wiki account

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KChapman (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I recently converted from a contractor to WMF staff. I'd like to move my kchapman phabricator account to use my KChapman_(WMF) wiki account instead of Wonderchook which is what is currently linked. I'm assuming the reason I can't just add my LDAP credentials to be able to do the switch myself is I don't have a developer account.

Thank you for your help.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi, https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/p/kchapman/ indeed shows that your account is connected via SUL/OAuth to your mediawiki.org account named "Wonderchook". Our Phabricator instance does not store any login credentials itself, so every Phab account must always be "linked" to an external account which is either a SUL/OAuth account, or an LDAP/Gerrit/wikitech.wikimedia.org/developer account, or both. Phab admins cannot edit which external account is linked to a Phab account.

I see two options: Either you create a developer account (anyone can do so) and connect it via https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/settings/panel/external/ , then detach your Wonderchook SUL/OAuth account and attach your WMF account (might require re-login), or you register a separate Phab account for your WMF account.