Last modified: 2011-04-14 15:12:58 UTC
Can the captcha for admins when creating accounts please be turned off. It would making managing the account request backlog easier.
Is this a configuration issue or a software issue? The default configuration has $wgGroupPermissions['sysop']['skipcaptcha'] = true;. Is this not working correctly, or was it deliberately overridden on Wikimedia for some reason? If it's still set to that default on MediaWiki, this should be refiled as a MediaWiki extensions bug.
This is a configuration issue. As I understand it the default configuration was deliberately overridden when several admin accounts where hacked, and one admin was found to have gone rouge. However admins shouldn't have to do captchas for account creation because an admin mass creating accounts used for vandalism will be found out pretty quickly, plus autoblocks should stop the other accounts editing.
It's not possible to skip captchas for certain groups and certain actions, it seems, only for certain groups for *all* actions (or certain actions for all groups). In particular, sysops would be exempt from captchas for failed logins, which is bad!
This needs to be fixed in the software first, I guess, so I'll refile as that. Once this is fixed a shell bug can be filed.
(In reply to comment #3)
> It's not possible to skip captchas for certain groups and certain actions, it
> seems, only for certain groups for *all* actions (or certain actions for all
skipcaptcha right skips the confirm for all skippable captched actions, but
for badlogin it's always shown.