Jean-Marc van Leerdam wrote:
2009/1/16 David Lubkin <admin(a)unreasonable.com>
> I'm an ancient UNIX hand and I've been wrangling DBs for even
> longer, but am new to MediaWiki. So I know how to accomplish
> what I want to do, but not what ways go with the flow.
> I have content in other formats that I'm importing as articles and
> sections. The original authors of that content will be users in the
> wiki. I want the author in the MW database for an edit I'm importing
> to be the original author, not the sysop, a bot, or 0.
I think some maintenance script allow you to set the user name. They use
user_id 0, but with the given name, so users don't see the difference.
I may need to edit as someone else, e.g., so that
~~~~ expands to them, not me.
I'm a MW beginner as well, but AFAIK the ~~~~ is converted to text upon
save, so you could just enter the actual result-text immediately as well (if
you know the author, you can also know the user name/nickname that replaces
You're right. You could event change your preferences so ~~~~ expands to
a different user signature.
The real signing user can be verified on the history tab.
But why would you want to su to them?? You can always place their name
and note on the summary that you're copying it from FooBar. Allowing
admins to change their identity completely breaks accountability.