Actually the toolserver's practice is not deactivating inactive users.
Users accounts are active for 6 months. One month before the account is set
to expire they start to receive email notifications . There are no less
than 6 reminders sent out before the account is disabled. It takes less
than 3 minutes to log into the toolserver and renew your account Its just a
single command. If a tool author cannot do that, the odds are the tool is
no longer being supported and that issues about the tool are not being
fixed. In most cases disabling the account is the correct thing to do.


On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM, Sarah Stierch <sarah.stie...@gmail.com>wrote:

> Yeah..I've noticed that with a lot of tools, whether on the toolserver or
> on labs. The tool I use monthly is:
>
> http://tools.wmflabs.org/glamtools/treeviews/
>
> I ping Magnus all the time and he does his best to fix any issues and now i
> just feel like a broken record each month. It is stifling my reports as a
> Wikipedian in Residence to UNESCO and the Library of Congress :(
>
> It's really tough to function without it, and so many other tools anymore.
>
> -Sarah
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Some of the key tool's which I use on a daily basis (and their
> workarounds)
> > no longer work.
> >
> > The tool I use the most of any is the autofill for PMID and ISBN's. The
> one
> > in the edit box has not worked for some time and the backup
> > http://diberri.crabdance.com/cgi-bin/templatefiller/index.cgi? stopped
> > working today. The second backup still works a bit thankfully
> > https://toolserver.org/~holek/cite-gen/index.php
> >
> > Another great tool is the dashboard. Its toolserver account has expired.
> > http://wikidashboard.appspot.com/enwiki/wiki/Obesity I find this strange
> > that if a users account has expired all the tools stop working. This
> would
> > be like if I stopped editing Wikipedia for a couple of months than all my
> > contributions would be deleted.
> >
> > So the question is should the WMF be helping keep some of these tools up
> > and running? Many of us long term editors have come to heavily rely on
> > them.
> > --
> > James Heilman
> > MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
> >
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