Tim, I don't believe the issue was a failure to be clear. The problem is
the content of the change and its heavy handed enforcement.

Super protection either should not exist, or like suppression, it should be
used only by stewards and community approved functionaries.
On Aug 11, 2014 5:49 PM, "Tim Starling" <tstarl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> On 11/08/14 21:49, Brad Jorsch (Anomie) wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM, John Mark Vandenberg <jay...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >> Now, the devs/ops have attempted to introduce that capability, and the
> >> new functionality is very likely riddled with holes, some of which
> >> MZMcBride has suggested in the thread 'Options for the German
> >> Wikipedia'.
> >>
> >
> > Most of what MZMcBride posted there has nothing to do with actually
> > breaking superprotection. Editing a page that isn't superprotected isn't
> a
> > break in the protection feature itself, for example. Nor is hacking
> > people's accounts.
>
> Right, we (devs) weren't asked to prevent admins from disabling
> MediaViewer, we were only asked to make it possible to protect pages
> in the MediaWiki namespace such that ordinary admins couldn't edit
> them. I understood the feature request as introducing a more gradual
> escalation path, it wasn't an attempt to directly achieve a particular
> goal.
>
> John Mark Vandenberg wrote:
> >> These patches only introduce a new policy,
> >> signalling a new era, and make it technically more challenging to
> >> bypass that new policy.  The policy written says "Sysops are not
> >> allowed to inject JavaScript into the reader's user-agent which
> >> interferes with WMF's favoured features."
>
> Erik was very clear about this policy change in his first email to
> this thread.
>
> -- Tim Starling
>
>
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