Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Single user login

Single user login has finally been implemented (for admins only). This is where it is possible to have the same user name on every project even if you haven't registered. Eventually being able to have the same preferences such as email address will be implemented. Now with a username like "Majorly", and having registered previously across multiple projects, this wasn't a problem to me since I now own every single instance of "Majorly" across Wikimedia. I feel sorry for other users, particularly those who usurped first names on English Wikipedia (Alison, Daniel, Riana and Sarah come to mind here) since these are names in common use elsewhere, and there will be conflicts. I hope that all these usurpation requests don't drive the stewards crazy :-) Yes, only stewards can usurp accounts that have been linked, by unlinking them. Normal bureaucrats like myself end up with an error message saying the account is reserved. I think the next big thing development-wise will be implementing stable revisions. I personally feel they are a good idea in many ways, but a bad idea in many others. I might write a post on it if and when they are implemented.

3 comments:

Alison said...

Well the problem right now with SUL is that wikis like dewiki have really strict usurp rules, so that any account on there, even if seriously dormant, still needs permission before it can be usurped. Right now, another Meta steward has hinted that the software will eventually force a usurp, but we'll have to see ....

BTW - stable revisions are on the test wiki. Check out the system over there :)

lucasbfr said...

I've just discovered that I have been screwed by a vandal on wikibooks... erk... "I"'m indef blocked there for almost two years now...

AGK said...

Question for Lucasbfr: you can't be "indefinitely blocked" for "two years" :\ That is somewhat paradoxical :)