[Foundation-l] Wikipedia tracks user behaviour via third party companies

Aryeh Gregor Simetrical+wikilist at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 13:33:55 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 2:14 AM, John at Darkstar<vacuum at jeb.no> wrote:
> Its not that it won't be perfect, it simply will not work.

It will in most cases if you don't mind some false positives.  False
positives would be acceptable if it's just a warning page that the
admin could click through.  Check for anything that looks like a URL
that doesn't go to a Wikimedia domain, and if one is being inserted
into MediaWiki:*.js (or MediaWiki:*.css), politely notify the adder
that it's against Wikimedia's privacy policy to include content from
third-party domains, and anyone who adds it may be desysopped.  That
would stop well-intended additions, provided the sysop knows English
and/or the message can be translated.  And every such warning could be
logged so that stewards or whoever could keep an eye on that site's
CSS/JS for a while to make sure there are no evasion attempts.  That
would be quite effective.

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