https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=60437

Jack Phoenix <j...@countervandalism.net> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|RESOLVED                    |REOPENED
                 CC|                            |j...@countervandalism.net
         Resolution|WONTFIX                     |---

--- Comment #5 from Jack Phoenix <j...@countervandalism.net> ---
(In reply to comment #4)
> Bugs don't operate on majority rule. We specifically removed the time expiry
> during the login redesign for many of the reasons I outlined. We're not going
> to put it back.
Who's we and how do they have this kind of authority to suppress discussion on
a perfectly valid and sane enhancement request?

> Building interface defaults to support edge cases is terrible terrible
> practice. It's part of the reason we have so much configuration and
> preference
> bloat in MediaWiki.
This might be true for some websites, such as the WMF's, but there are third
parties out there who don't stick to the default configuration. Having cookies
expire too quickly is annoying -- especially so when your definition of "too
quickly" is way different than the site's operator's -- but it's a tad bit less
annoying when you know that "your login expires in 2 days" instead of "your
login expires in 180 days".

This is a valid enhancement request and very easy to do, so we obviously should
do so in core, to provide /sane defaults/. Sure, we can call the "user name"
box on Special:UserLogin "name" -- less verbose, and, by your definition, less
"cruft", but also way more confusing. Name, but whose? My real name? The name I
chose during the signup process? My friend's dog's name?

So yes, let's do this instead of bikeshedding over it. You can have it
customized/overridden for WMF sites just as you like, I won't comment on that,
but the software defaults should stay sensible.

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