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Bug 4414 - English Wikibooks should not be denying "deletedhistory" permission to non-sysops
English Wikibooks should not be denying "deletedhistory" permission to non-sy...
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
Macintosh OpenBSD
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-12-28 23:37 UTC by xkernigh
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description xkernigh 2005-12-28 23:37:32 UTC
Previously at, I could view the edit history of deleted   
pages. For example, at  
I could see the edit history. Now, I get an error message: "The action you  
have requested is limited to users with the "deletedhistory" permission  
assigned. See [[Wikibooks:Administrators]]." (The  
[[Wikibooks:Administrators]] page does not explain the error.) A user at  
English Wikibooks with sysop priveleges reported that deleted history was  
still visible to sysops. I have a normal user account without sysop 
This sudden change in policy was not announced at English Wikibooks, at  
Wikimedia Meta, or at foundation-l, however there was a wikitech-l thread  
Quote from wikitech-l: "In the last few weeks we've gotten a rash of 
complaints about edits being made with private, embarrassing, vandalistic, 
libelous, etc stuff in the edit summaries etc, and of course deleting the 
revisions from the wiki still shows them to everybody." 
However, such edit histories are not normally visible, because you must 
follow a special link to see them. Further, at English Wikibooks, I can 
recall no such offensive edit summaries. Instead, I saw edit summaries by 
users adding deletion-tags to the page, plus the reason why the sysop 
deleted the page. Without "deletedhistory" permission, it is now more 
difficult for me to determine why a page is deleted. (Many pages are 
deleted simply because they transwiki to another wiki, not for any 
offensive reason.) 
I should be able to see deleted edit histories at English Wikibooks. 
To reproduce this bug: 
(1) Go to  
(2) Logout, or login as any non-sysop user  
(3) Visit any deleted page and view its history (click "View 14 deleted 
edits?"), for example to 
-- [[Wikibooks:en:User:Kernigh]]
Comment 1 Antoine "hashar" Musso (WMF) 2006-01-08 12:09:50 UTC
Please discuss the issue with the enwikibooks community.
Once a consensus have been found, reopen this bug report.

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