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

rupert THURNER rupert.thurner at gmail.com
Mon May 20 21:22:27 UTC 2013

On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 13 May 2013 15:40, Matthew Roth <mroth at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> 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
>> sites.
> This is about right. "Admin" in WordPress is much, much more powerful
> than "admin" in MediaWiki, much more like "system administrator", and
> I really didn't have any need for the power to, e.g., add and remove
> plugins. I can approve/trash/spam comments, though, and when I do log
> into the blog that's what I use it for.

interesting, and a little confusing at the same time. if it is "system
administrator" why a communications manager does have this role then?
and even more confusing, matthew, you are saying being a volunteer "is
a security concern"?


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