[Wikimedia-l] movement blog, not WMF blog, was: Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

Matthew Roth mroth at wikimedia.org
Mon May 13 14:40:21 UTC 2013

wow, what a weekend to go camping :)

I'll also reply to Casey and Alex on the other thread, but I was the one
who changed their user rights from "Editor" to "Contributor," which in our
WordPress setup limits some of their abilities, like approving comments,
uploading files and editing posts written by other people, among others. I
was cleaning up old emails from previous WMF Communications
interns/volunteers, staff members and others I hadn't seen active in the
two years I've been here. It was easy to see who was former staff (@
wikimedia.org emails), but not as much with volunteers who had been given
access in the past. I should have been more careful and I'm happy to
reinstate "Editor" rights for anyone else I inadvertently moved (and

I'm sorry Casey and Alex for the confusion.

I'm not the right person to say it categorically, but as far as I'm aware,
there haven't been any non-staff "Admin" level users on the blog, at least
for some time (again, I've only been at the Foundation for two years and
I'm qualifying this statement in case there were exceptions). As I
understand it, because the blog is on the cluster and it could potentially
be a security concern, there aren't volunteer admins. Right now the admins
are the 5 people in "Communications manager" positions at the Foundation,
plus Jay Walsh and a bunch of Ops folks. I don't imagine that will be
changing, but that's above my level of understanding security and our other

As mentioned, if I bungled anyone else's permissions, please let me know.


On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 5:02 AM, Thehelpfulone
<thehelpfulonewiki at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 13 May 2013 12:00, Tilman Bayer <tbayer at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > Actually, you were the only volunteer removed at that point in 2011 -
> > there were at least four volunteers who I think are still on the list.
> > As indicated in the part of my email that you chose to quietly
> > suppress, a main reason to handle your case differently was that you
> > were at that time indefinitely blocked by the community on more than
> > one wiki (to cite the block log entry from nlwiki: "Abusing multiple
> > accounts: general project disruption and cross-wiki disruption; trying
> > to evade bans on other projects, running unapproved bots and so on.
> > block per RfC and cu evidence." )
> >
> Thanks for clarifying why Huib had his blog access revoked Tilman. Please
> could you clarify why Casey and Alex (who haven't been socking, at least
> not to my knowledge!) had their access revoked without notification?
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