Dan Garry | 6 Jul 19:32 2015
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Search engine indexing of userspace - has something changed?

Hello!

In this thread
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(proposals)#Userpage_drafts_shown_in_search_engines>,
there was a discussion about indexing of user space by search engines. In a
nutshell, user space pages are not subject to content policies so that
users can write drafts freely, and having those pages indexed by search
engines like Google is viewed as problematic since those pages can seem
fairly official.

I seem to recall that it was not the default in the past that user pages
were indexed by search engines. I'm trying to figure out if there's some
other cause for this that's happened recently, because I'd prefer to avoid
piling hacks on and not address the root issue.

Does anyone know of anything that's changed recently that might've changed
the way that search engines index user space?

Thanks,
Dan

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Pine W | 6 Jul 18:29 2015
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Re: [ Writing a MediaWiki extension for deployment ]

I for one would be interested in moving that extension out of beta and
having an option in site configuration to require some or all users to have
two factor authentication enabled.

Pine
On Jul 6, 2015 9:20 AM, "Alex Monk" <krenair <at> gmail.com> wrote:

> We use https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:OATHAuth on
> wikitech.wikimedia.org
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:TwoFactorAuthentication also
> exists
>
> On 6 July 2015 at 17:14, Paula <paula.rm <at> gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> > I'm writing an extension for MediaWiki so users can use a second factor
> > authentication in their MediaWiki accounts.
> >
> > I would like to know if there is any project on this topic, or if there
> is
> > already someone working on something like this.
> >
> > I'm planning on working in a MediaWiki extension that uses Latch (
> > https://latch.elevenpaths.com/www/service.html ) as a second factor.
> >
> > This is my first time collaborating on a project this size so any advice
> > will be very welcome.
> >
> >
> >
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Paula | 6 Jul 18:14 2015
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[ Writing a MediaWiki extension for deployment ]

Hello,
I'm writing an extension for MediaWiki so users can use a second factor
authentication in their MediaWiki accounts.

I would like to know if there is any project on this topic, or if there is
already someone working on something like this.

I'm planning on working in a MediaWiki extension that uses Latch (
https://latch.elevenpaths.com/www/service.html ) as a second factor.

This is my first time collaborating on a project this size so any advice
will be very welcome.

‚ÄčThank you for your time.

Cheers,
Paula.
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Dirk Riehle | 4 Jul 17:29 2015

Call for participation in OpenSym 2015, Aug 19-20, San Francisco!

Call for participation in OpenSym 2015!

Aug 19-20, 2015, San Francisco, http://opensym.org

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Richard Gabriel (IBM) on Using Machines to Manage Public Sentiment on Social Media

Peter Norvig (GOOGLE) on Applying Machine Learning to Programs

Robert Glushko (UC BERKELEY) on Collaborative Authoring, Evolution, and 
Personalization

Anthony Wassermann (CMU SV) on Barriers and Pathways to Successful Collaboration

More at 
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- free/libre/open source
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Pine W | 3 Jul 01:58 2015
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Upcoming in October: Seattle GNU/Linux conference

The 2015 Seattle GNU/Linux conference (SeaGL) call for proposals is now
open. I've submitted a proposal for a 50-minute workshop regarding how to
edit Wikipedia, and may submit more proposals in collaboration with my
colleagues in Cascadia Wikimedians. I'm sure that SeaGL would be happy to
consider technical presentations about MediaWiki, Wikimedia analytics,
Wikimedia Labs, our upstream tools, etc. if you're interested. Please
consider submitting a proposal and coming to Seattle for the conference.

http://seagl.org/

Regards,

Pine
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Greg Grossmeier | 3 Jul 01:17 2015
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The end of the Roadmap Phabricator project

Hello all,

First, some history and context:

The #roadmap project[0] in our Phabricator instance was set up by Erik M
as a trial way of tracking upcoming releases, deployments, and generally
"new things of note", as these previously weren't tracked in one place.
It has a workboard[1] that is is broken up into:
* one column for each week for the current month
* one column for each remaining month in the current quarter
* then "not soon"

The scope of this project covered both "things that might break the site
or are otherwise risky" and also "things people might expect to be
notified about". At the time things got released quite often without a
standard way for people to find that they were coming.

I helped Erik with maintaining this project because it was also useful
for our weekly "roadmap and deployments update" meeting where most WMF
engineering managers got together for about 15-30 minutes to go over:
* What, of note, is going out next week?
* What, of note, is going out in the near term (i.e.: next few weeks)?
* Anything else we should know about?

Outcomes of this meeting were:
* An updated outline of upcoming deployments on the Deployment
  Calendar[2]
** This helped inform the work of the WMF RelEng and Ops teams,
   especially
* A time/space for people (especially Erik or others with intimate
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Henning Vreyborg | 2 Jul 14:51 2015
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Failed jobs will never run again

Hi there,

it seems that failed  jobs will never be executed again.

My extension creates jobs that talk with an external server via soap. 
This connection might fail (e.g. server maintenance) which then means 
that my job fails and needs to be reexecuted later.
On my wiki I am running $wgJobRunRate = 0, my extension job is in 
$wgJobTypesExcludedFromDefaultQueue. To run my jobs I have a cronjob 
with "php runJobs.php --maxjobs 10 --type CreateTicket". My job has 
allowRetries() implemented with "return true".

 From my observations the "job_token" and "job_token_timestamp" fields 
in the job table are used as a LOCK so that no job gets executed twice. 
The only problem is that these fields are never emptied, if the job 
fails (return false), so that the job scheduler can reexecute them.

Is this intended behaviour or is this a bug? Does anyone have an idea 
how to solve this issue?

Thank you.
Regards
Henning Vreyborg
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Grace Gellerman | 1 Jul 20:29 2015
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2015-07-01 Scrum of Scrums notes

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Scrum_of_scrums/2015-07-01
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Mark A. Hershberger | 1 Jul 20:20 2015

MediaWiki needs a governance model


I just posted this at http://mwstake.org/mwstake/wiki/Blog_Post:18 and I
would like to invite your comments.

= MediaWiki needs a governance model =
Eighteen months ago, at the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Architecture_Summit_2014 MediaWiki
Architecture Summit], a manager from Wikia said, repeatedly, that he was there to find out where
MediaWiki was going to be in five years.

This year, at the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Developer_Summit_2015 MediaWiki
Developer's Summit], Damion Sicore, the new VP of Engineering for Wikimedia, asked about MediaWiki's
governance model.

Both these people were relative outsiders to the core of MediaWiki development and both of them described
the same problem: MediaWiki doesn't have direction.

During the [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2015 Wikimedia Hackathon] this
year, I cornered Damon and asked him what he thought needed to be done.  After some back-and-forth, Damon
said that if we could come up with a governance model for MediaWiki that the stakeholders would endorse,
that would be a great start.

I only had two questions: What was a governance model? And, could I get the stakeholders for MediaWiki to buy
into one?

== Stakeholders ==
This past year Markus Glaser and I started the
[https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Stakeholders'_Group MediaWiki Stakeholders] user
group.  This is a group of people interested in MediaWiki as software because we use it in our businesses and
organisations.  We want to have a voice in its development.

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Jon Katz | 1 Jul 19:25 2015
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Blocking Resources from Google crawl

Hi,
Wes noticed on Monday that, according to Google, they are unable to reach a
growing number of our resources.   If you remember, we had a similar issue
a couple weeks ago back when we were on http fixed by (
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/214705/1).

The growth of this one starts the day that search traffic started heading
to https.  Anyone have ideas on what might be causing this?
-J

Screenshots below, followed by drill-down of specific resources.

Today on https://en.wikipedia.org

https://www.dropbox.com/s/skmdo1u1dh8jy0z/Screenshot%202015-07-01%2010.23.31.png?dl=0

Previous incident on http://en.wikipedia.org

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l7vrs4cvs6vga1j/Screenshot%202015-07-01%2010.24.31.png?dl=0

Digging into en.wikipedia further we see its mostly caused by blocks for
this resource:

on Meta.wikimedia.org <http://meta.wikimedia.org/> most of the blocks are
for this resource:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=MediaWiki:Common.js/file.js&action=raw&ctype=text/javascript
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communitymetrics | 1 Jul 02:00 2015
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Phabricator monthly statistics - 2015-06


Hi Community Metrics team,

this is your automatic monthly Phabricator statistics mail.

Number of accounts created in (2015-06): 265
Number of active users (any activity) in (2015-06): 794
Number of task authors in (2015-06): 456
Number of users who have closed tasks in (2015-06): 255

Number of projects which had at least one task moved from one column
 to another on their workboard in (2015-06): 190

Number of tasks created in (2015-06): 3445
Number of tasks closed in (2015-06): 2701

Number of open and stalled tasks in total: 23697

Median age in days of open tasks by priority:
Unbreak now: 15
Needs Triage: 77
High: 145
Normal: 343
Low: 710
Needs Volunteer: 518
(How long tasks have been open, not how long they have had that priority)

TODO: Numbers which refer to closed tasks might not be correct, as described in T1003.

Yours sincerely,
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Gmane