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Jura1 (talkcontribs)

Hi Lydia,

What is the suggested way to check what users, who present themselves as WMDE contractors, were paid for and if their private activity is correlated or confused with contributions you pay them for?

Apparently simply asking users isn't liked by some.

Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

Hey Jura1,

The rule of thumb is that stuff done as part of work is done with the work account and non-work stuff is done with the personal account. You can always ask me here or via email. In general people do not mind the question. What they do mind is the way it is asked and the underlying tone that they are doing something wrong.

Jura1 (talkcontribs)

Do you think the use of private admin access in matters related to editoral projects lead by WMDE contractors is acceptable?

Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

If it is someone's private account with admin privileges bestowed for their private on-wiki work then WMDE doesn't have a say in how they use it.

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NickK (talkcontribs)

Hi Lydia,

Sorry for having to contact you here, but could you please draw the attention of Wikidata developers to the bug phab:T161263? This bug prevents from adding several letters of non-Latin alphabets (Cyrillic, Armenian, Bengali...) in Wikidata labels / descriptions / aliases. There is no reaction on this bug from developers so far, and I really think it has to be fixed today, as this basically blocks editing Wikidata for these languages.

Thanks

Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

Thanks. A fix is made and should be deployed later today or early next week.

NickK (talkcontribs)

Thanks Lydia.

Is it possible to deploy the fix today if possible and not early next week? The issue is that this basically means very limited capacity to edit Wikidata for those whose alphabet is different from Latin.

Turnaround solutions exist (omitting, replacing these characters with characters in different case or characters from other languages) but they are difficult to fix in longer term. For instance, if I want to type Wenckh von Wenckheim in Cyrillic, I cannot type "Венк фон Венкхейм" as х is banned. I can type "Венк фон Венкейм" (omitted, i.e. Wenckeim), "Венк фон ВенкХейм" (uppercase, i.e. WenckHeim) or "Венк фон Венкxейм" (latin x, i.e. Wenckxeim), but all these spellings are wrong. If we let people do it for three or four days instead of few hours, those turnarounds would be way more difficult to find and fix.

Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

I am trying but I can't promise it. Usually deployments on Fridays are prohibbited.

NickK (talkcontribs)

I'have already seen your message on WD:PC. However, I do think this case is exceptional. In case deployments on Fridays are prohibited, please do not implement anything critical on Thursday. Here we need a reversal of a Thursday deployment, and it is a huge problem if we need to wait for four days (instead of one) to reverse a bug introduced on Thursday.

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