[Foundation-l] Oversight rights

Voice of All jschulz_4587 at msn.com
Thu Dec 21 01:37:02 UTC 2006

Indeed both are extemely important, and in some ways irreversible. Revealing
checkuser data cannot be undone, and while someone with root could reverse
the oversight revision moving, leaking this information could result in
serious personal information being "out there", which cannot be reversed.
Checkuser and Oversight are more or less on the same "level".

Though oversuse of ovesight is more annoying than seriously damaging, its
still is a good way to waste developer time and should strongly be avoided,
as abuse can raise questions about the judgement of someone who has that
priviledge. I've already wrote a patch (bug 8131) to add diffs to Oversight
to help make watching over its use easier.

David Gerard-2 wrote:
> Possibly. [[:en:Wikipedia:Oversight]] is the page that explains how to
> request oversighting.
> Note that oversighting is only for material so sensitive that not even
> admins on the wiki should be allowed to see it. We have over a
> thousand admins on en:, so are at a stage where we need this. It's not
> for vandalism, copyright violations, etc. - only for material that
> could be personally dangerous to someone.
> The en: oversighters already say "no" to a lot of requests from people
> who want to remove their own silly past edits from the record, admins
> who don't want to hand-check lots of boxes to delete one bad revision,
> etc.
> I suspect most wikis won't actually *need* oversight as yet - en:wp
> gets maybe one or two actionable requests a day.
> - d.
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