[Mediawiki-l] Renaming Wikisysop --> Bad idea?

Wikimini webmaster at wikimini.org
Sun Oct 3 22:40:15 UTC 2010

Thank you very much for your answer.

Sorry to ask this, but how can I "delete the other [ghost] account" ?
Should I use the User_Merge_and_Delete extension or is there a better
way ?


2010/10/3 Brion Vibber <brion at pobox.com>:
> On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 1:53 PM, Wikimini wrote:
>> I'm going to merge my Wikisysop account (say "Larry") with a wiki user's
>> account (say "Jimmy"). As a result, I want to keep the name of the 2nd
>> account ("Jimmy").
>> Is that a bad idea?
> There's nothing special about the initial sysop account other than what user
> groups it's in, so as long as those are preserved it should work fine...
>> Some more info : "Jimmy" account is a "ghost account". I created it but
>> never used it (contributions = 0).
>> I could do that with the User_Merge_and_Delete extension (
>> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:User_Merge_and_Delete). Maybe
>> there
>> is a better way ?
> It looks like that extension by default won't let you merge sysops; you
> could tweak around its settings, but it sounds like the simplest thing in
> your case would actually be to delete your unused target account and rename
> the sysop account.
> You could also add the sysop, bureaucrat etc groups to the other account if
> you don't need to transfer edit attributions.
> -- brion
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