Bug ID: 63102
           Summary: Allow administrators to add observations in place of a
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: User blocking
       Web browser: ---
   Mobile Platform: ---

There are often circumstances when an administrator needs to make a note of
something in a block log: that is, they need to put some information in a place
that will be visible in the same context as when one is viewing the block log.

Use of very short blocks to put things in the block log has been done before:
an administrator will block someone for a second so that the administrator can
log a message like "Previous block was invalid, sorry."

It would be useful to formalise this process: creation of a specific
informational log entry, so that administrators could make this kind of notice
without blocking a user.

For instance, if a user with a real name similar to that of a celebrity or
well-known person verifies that name through OTRS, it would be useful to put
that in the 'info log' of the user which would be visible to administrators
when a block is issued. Obviously, like a block log it ought to be visible to
non-administrators, and it should be possible for the info log to be
oversighted (in case of admin abuse etc.).

Individual wiki communities would obviously need to set policy on the
appropriate use of this functionality. On wikis like en.wp, some of this is
already unwritten good practice by administrators, so it may require
formalisation. Enabling of this functionality on WMF wikis could be something
that could be opted-in for on a wiki-by-wiki basis.

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