[Foundation-l] [Wikitech-l] Primary account for single user login

Brion Vibber brion at wikimedia.org
Wed Apr 9 17:25:18 UTC 2008

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Anon Sricharoenchai wrote:
> On 4/9/08, Brion Vibber <brion at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Anon Sricharoenchai wrote:
>>  >
>>  > Why should it be fully deployed?
>>  > Is it possible to leave the old unresolved conflicting account forever?
>> At the moment we have no specific plans to force resolution of
>>  conflicting accounts where the global account holder doesn't explicitly
>>  request it.
> Is it possible to defer the creation of global account for the
> conflicting username?

Currently, it is deferred until one or the other chooses to migrate
their account.

Note that creation of the global account does not impede the use of
conflicting, unmigrated local accounts.

> 1. To defer until they can negotiate each other, to choose who will
> hold the global account.
> 2. No automatic process in choosing global account holder.
> 3. User must wait until all of the conflicting accounts has been
> renamed (by the consent of those account holders, or forced by sysop
> if those accounts are impostors), before they can merge and create the
> global account.

This would mean that stale accounts (for which no negotiation is
possible, as there's no one at the other end) would jam up the system
entirely, which is unacceptable.

To make it possible for the system to actually work, we use an automated
selection for the global account, which can be overridden manually if
and when specific people require it.

> This will make things easier, technically.

It would make things much more difficult, as forgotten, unused, and
stale accounts would gum up the works, requiring a much larger amount of
manual intervention than the legitimate disputes.

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