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Clarify reference to "Gerrit Administrators"

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DKinzler (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The policy currently refers to "Gerrit Administrators" as being responsible or empowered to perform certain actions by this policy. It would however be more useful to associate these powers and responsibilities with gerrit permissions rather than a specific group, allowing the granularity of groups and permissions on gerrit to be improved as discussed on phab:T219012#5057232.

I propose to replace all references to "Gerrit Administrators" with "people with the necessary permissions on gerrit", (or an equivalent but less clunky phrase).

Hashar (talkcontribs)

On one side there is the administration of the Gerrit software itself. That is the Administrators built-in group in Gerrit which is https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/admin/groups/1,members This is the equivalent of having read/write access everywhere (disk or database).

On the other hand, the Gerrit Managers group https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/admin/groups/119,members is for administration of policy / access lists / repositories etc. It is less privileged than the administrators of the software itself, but is still a very large set of permissions. The group was originally named Project and Group Managers but got renamed to Gerrit Managers in Feb 2018 by https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/plugins/gitiles/All-Projects/+/10107cf5056eb6ef3903f49d59cd27387831c5b5%5E%21/#F0 It is semantically broader and might be confusing :D

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I think changing it to "Gerrit Managers" would be the most reasonable change.

DKinzler (WMF) (talkcontribs)

> I think changing it to "Gerrit Managers" would be the most reasonable change.

It sounds reasonable, but in T219012 there is talk of creating a mediawiki-administrators. And further groups may be created in the future, for other repos, or with different rights.

This is why I want to avoid any group names in the policy. The policy should apply to whoever has the respective rights.


Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Then call it "the 'Gerrit Managers' group of individuals, or whatever it's called this week". Let them bike-shed in peace.

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