On Sat, 3 Aug 2013, MZMcBride wrote:

It needs to be made explicit here and now that this change needs to be
managed _incredibly carefully_ or it will result in very negative
consequences for Wikimedia.
The process outlined at <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/SUL_finalisation>
is currently unacceptable and needs to be rewritten. We must not have a
repeat of the recent VisualEditor deployment fiasco in which arbitrary
deadlines and requirements lead to thousands of Wikimedians being angry.

I completely agree with this. Regardless of whether any of the same people are involved, the VE deployment has used up all (and more) of the well of good feeling about the WMF. With a full compliment of good will you /might/ be able to get away with that timetable resulting in only a small number of unforgiving users and minor bad press. With the negative amounts of this resource the WMF has it would be an unmitigated disaster. The forced renaming needs to happen no earlier than the later of August 2014 or one year after individual notification. The individual notfications MUST include encouragemnt to voluntary renaming and should be sent at 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, 10 days, 5 days, 2 days and 1 day in advance of the renaming, and that is at a minimum.

Remember that this is affecting real people, many of whom will already be pissed off at the Foundation for VE and this will affect them directly and individually. Forcibly changing someone's identity is about the most major thing you could possibly do.

Chris McKenna


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