Nice work, Kunal and Keegan. :-)
On 21 April 2015 at 23:34, Keegan Peterzell <kpeterz...@wikimedia.org>
> On Nov 11, 2004, at 03:27:00 UTC , Erik Moeller <erik_moel...@gmx.de>
> > Hi,
> > there's been some movement forward on the Single User Login (SUL) issue.
> > ask the Board to review this mail carefully as this has significant long-
> > term implications and we need Board input to go ahead. I also ask other
> > developers to correct me if I misrepresent anything.
> > There are currently three competing strategies. Before I describe these
> > strategies, let me point out that one important consideration for any
> > system is scalability. That is, single login will be used on all existing
> > and future Wikimedia projects, and potentially even on non-Wikimedia
> > which we allow to participate in our system.
> > The three strategies are:
> > 1) GLOBAL NAMESPACE, IMMEDIATE CONFLICT RESOLUTION
> > We try to move towards a single global user namespace for all Wikimedia
> > wikis. If a name is already taken in the global namespace, you have to
> > find one which isn't.
> > For the migration, any names which clearly belong to the same user are
> > combined into one. If passwords and email addresses are different, the
> > user can manually link together any accounts which belong to him by
> > providing the passwords.
> > For cases of true name conflicts between the existing wikis, there is a
> > resolution phase, where factors like seniority, use on multiple wikis vs.
> > a single one, etc., are weighed in - the "loser" has to choose a new
> > account name.
> > After the manual resolution phase, any remaining accounts are converted
> > the new system automatically by making them unique, e.g. by adding a
> > number to the username. The transition is now complete. The old system no
> > longer exists.
> > 1) is very complex, and we may not find someone willing to deal with the
> > name conflict resolution issue and take the blame from annoyed users at
> > the same time. Naming conflicts will always be an issue in this scheme,
> > e.g. all common first names will be taken, and any small wiki hooking up
> > with our SUL system would feel this impact. People can mutate these
> > usernames relatively easily to make them unique - Erik333 - and the
> > can offer such mutations, but it's still a bit annoying.
> This is now complete . That wasn't too bad.
> Keegan Peterzell
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