I'm asking this here per advice from Cary Bass.
I would like to request an enhancement in the checkuser-l mailing list,
which would allow searching the topics and/or contents of archived mails for
specific terms. This is particularly useful on this mailing list, because
CUs frequently need to check the archives to review previous information
about IPs and socks.
I'm aware that our mailing lists are running on Mailman 2.1.9 (which is NOT
the latest version ). Having checked their website I'm sure such search
functionality IS NOT available in mailman, nor through a plug-in. They
advise using third-party search engines (like Google), but since checkuser-l
is not a public list, Google is not an option. They also suggest using some
patches  which are compatible with Pipermail, but whether they are
suitable in our case is beyond my understanding.
I'm sure I'm not the only one asking for this feature. I'd be grateful if
the request was taken into consideration.
Pulling out a subconversation from the collaboration thread....
On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 1:56 PM, Aryeh Gregor
> The number one thing that
> volunteers are unhappy about is non-deployment of volunteer code.
> Why? Because the only reason for their participation is so that their
> code should be deployed. When their code is neglected while other
> people's code is deployed immediately, solely because those other
> people happen to work for Wikimedia, that will result in a great deal
> of frustration no matter what attitude anyone approaches it with.
One thing that would be extremely helpful in getting WMF focus would
be to get things organized on mediawiki.org to help us gain a clear
view of what is the queue. There are three lists on mediawiki.org
Additionally, there's an list of items in Bugzilla (in no particular order):
It would be wonderful to have a shared view of not just the long list
of things pending, but some shared way of seeing an ordering. Even if
there's disagreement about the "right" order of the list, just having
an order to argue about would be huge step forward.
Is mediawiki.org the right place to keep track of the queue? If so,
is anyone here willing to do some wiki gardening and merge those three
First of all, sorry if this is the wrong list, I can't remember if
sysadmin stuff should go here or not.
Anyway, all the customers of the french ISP SFR can't access Wikimedia
websites. It seems to be a DNS issue, when I switched to Google's it
Has anything been done on this level on our side that could have
generate this issue ?
I doubt it comes from us but one never knows.
Thanks a lot for your help.
All the best,
I'd like to introduce everyone to an extension called Validator  that I
wrote over the past few months and aims to facilitate parameter handling for
other extensions. I developed it for usage in the Maps and Semantic Maps
extensions, as I thought it would be nice to have a less messy way of
creating parser hooks. It's now at a point where it can be used by other
extensions, without having to worry about compatibility to much. For a more
detailed explanation of what Validator does, check out the "functionality
overview" section  on the extension page.
I encourage all extension authors to have a look at it, especially if you
are considering creating a new extension where you have to deal with
user-provided parameters, to see if this can help you. Feedback is welcome
Jeroen De Dauw
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So that Aryeh doesn't feel like a lone voice, as he did last time.
Are you really saying here that agreement constitutes an operational problem?
Roan has posited that volunteers complaining constitutes a problem. I
suggest that *why* they're complaining constitutes the problem.
On 15 October 2010 20:58, Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> I fail to see how your repeated emphasis of escalatory comments helps
> to return us to a constructive and healthy discussion tone on the tech
> list. As far as I can tell, you're contributing to making the tone
> more negative and less healthy. Can you explain what you're hoping to
> Erik Möller
> Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
> Support Free Knowledge: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate
I have worked all the summer on interwiki transclusion in branch
iwtransclusion. It is nearly finished now: only small improvements
have to be made before this is merged to trunk.
However, my university work makes me very busy at this time and I
think I will have no time to finish the project in the next months.
I'm wondering if someone could take care of this, why not during the
All my work is described here: 
The last improvements needed are:
* finishing to build-in the GlobalUsage extension
* create and use 2 tables globalnamespaces and globalinterwiki
(documented in the given link)
Of course, if someone is volunteer, I can give them a hand sometimes.
Thanks in advance