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

Oliver Keyes okeyes at wikimedia.org
Tue May 21 11:23:36 UTC 2013

I can't speak for your second question, but on the first: have you used
Wordpress? The interface is fairly intuitive and obfuscates many of the
ways to make the site go kablooey - not all, but many. As someone who has
been an admin on their own Wordpress install for years (something that is
true of millions) despite not being a professional sysadmin, I've yet to
bring my site down.

On 20 May 2013 22:22, rupert THURNER <rupert.thurner at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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"?
> rupert.
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Oliver Keyes
Community Liaison, Product Development
Wikimedia Foundation

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