https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=62396

Matthew Flaschen <mflasc...@wikimedia.org> changed:

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--- Comment #2 from Matthew Flaschen <mflasc...@wikimedia.org> ---
However (for anyone unfamiliar), there are already clashing accounts which are
exactly the same other than case.

So for existing wikis, this requires a way to resolve those conflicts (and
different wikis may want different rules for this).  That means it probably has
to be a config option, potentially defaulting to case-insensitive for new
wikis.

For the WMF specifically, *if* we want to transition to this, we should
probably do so at the same time as single login finalization
(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Single_User_Login_finalisation_announcement). 
That way's there's only one huge "lots of usernames changed" event.

However, bear in mind this would increase the complexity of the SUL
finalization process.  Also, case-insensitive does not mean the same thing in
every language, and it's not the same as "just lower case them both then
compare them".

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