Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Affiliation in username

2014-05-14 Thread Gabriel Wicke
On 05/07/2014 10:47 PM, Tyler Romeo wrote:
 One interesting idea might be what Reddit does:
 
 For a moderator of a subreddit, whenever they make a post it just appears
 normally. However, after posting they can choose to officiate it. All
 that does is highlight their username a different color and indicates they
 are acting in their position as moderator rather than a regular user.
 
 This idea could be applied to edits in core, and maybe posts in Flow. WMF
 employees in a special user group could make an edit, and then press a
 button on the history page to highlight that as an official edit.

A similar proposal for per-edit affiliation selection came up recently in
Z├╝rich. It does sound more usable than having to log in using different
accounts.

In our context it might make more sense to let the user select the
affiliation at save time though, rather than making it an extra step after save.

Gabriel

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Affiliation in username

2014-05-10 Thread Andrew Gray
On 9 May 2014 19:04, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 Indeed, or in the user preferences so that it could be accessed natively.


 Whatever solution is proposed must accommodate the fact that the
 affiliation at the time of the edit or other action must remain linked to
 the edit or action, even if the affiliation changes at a subsequent time
 (kind of like subst'ing templates).  Not sure this is possible through
 preferences.

If history/logs/etc displayed username at the time rather than
username as it is now, then you could square this circle - encourage
renaming from User:Jane_Smith to User:Jane_Smith_(Megacorp) then back
to User:Jane_Smith, in order to accomodate changes over time.

Of course, this would have other side-effects - the rename-to-vanish
or rename-for-privacy method we currently use would be impossible, for
one thing...

Andrew.

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- Andrew Gray
  andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk

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