https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=58626

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            Bug ID: 58626
           Summary: Remove user ID from user preferences output
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Keywords: design
          Severity: normal
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: User preferences
          Assignee: wikibugs-l@lists.wikimedia.org
          Reporter: b...@mzmcbride.com
                CC: agarr...@wikimedia.org, jared.zimmer...@wikimedia.org,
                    jforres...@wikimedia.org, swall...@wikimedia.org,
                    zhoris...@gmail.com
    Classification: Unclassified
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Currently [[Special:Preferences]] shows a user his or her internal user ID. I'm
not sure it makes sense to expose this in the user interface. It's an internal
implementation detail. Plus on wikis with CentralAuth/unified login, there's
additional complexity (i.e., each user has a global user ID and a local user ID
on a particular wiki).

The API should expose and allow the use of a user's ID and there are separate
bugs about that. This bug report is focused purely on the user interface.

Looking at how other software/sites handle this may make sense. For example, I
don't think Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or Google Apps readily expose user
IDs (apart from URLs, though those also have trended away from exposing user
IDs).

This came up again in the context of <https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/101221>.
I'm filing this as an unconfirmed bug. Any input welcome.

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