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Bug 6614 - Deletion of old, unused usernames in English Wikipedia requested
Deletion of old, unused usernames in English Wikipedia requested
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Lowest enhancement with 4 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedi...
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: 10299 11202 12215 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks:
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Reported: 2006-07-10 06:06 UTC by Titoxd
Modified: 2014-07-13 22:42 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description Titoxd 2006-07-10 06:06:03 UTC
There's been quite a bit of discussion about the [[Wikipedia talk:Delete unused
username after 90 days]] proposal, and it has gathered quite a bit of support.
I've offered a scribble of a test implementation of a script that crawls the
user table at
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk:Delete_unused_username_after_90_days&diff=62802526&oldid=62772076,
but it would be better if an actual developer had a look at this and commented
on its feasibility. There shouldn't be any GFDL issues, as there wouldn't be any
edits or log actions to reattribute.
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-07-10 06:09:30 UTC
Why?
Comment 2 Titoxd 2006-07-10 06:18:12 UTC
From what I gather, several reasons: 
* Some users believe having too many inactive accounts overstates the amount of
actual editors in Wikipedia
* Would allow for easier usurping of nice, simple usernames that have never been
used
* Removal of sleeper vandalbot accounts
* Removal of sockpuppets

I'm personally a bit cautious of the proposal, but I'm just bringing it up here,
so it actually gets seen by the devs.
Comment 3 Rob Church 2006-07-10 08:12:10 UTC
Define unused. There are lots of reasons to maintain an account which isn't used
for editing; viewing preferences and maintaining a watchlist are two that I can
think of offhand.

Deleting *crap* usernames is an issue that ought to be addressed, but even that
isn't safe.

It is worth pointing out that we do have a script that removes unused user
accounts, although it doesn't have the time threshold and it still isn't perfect
about determining what constitutes unused-ness.
Comment 4 Titoxd 2006-07-11 01:55:30 UTC
The definition of "unused" that is being thrown around is 90 days, although
several editors said that they wouldn't mind a longer timespan of inactivity.
There's a whole bunch of ideas being thrown out on the talk page I brought up above.

Since the user_options field contains a user's preferences, can the blob
attached to a username be checked with the default setting, and if both are
different, then the account be marked as "kept"? 
Comment 5 Robert Leverington 2006-07-11 07:09:47 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> Since the user_options field contains a user's preferences, can the blob
> attached to a username be checked with the default setting, and if both are
> different, then the account be marked as "kept"? 

That would proably work just as well.
Comment 6 BD2412 2006-07-17 01:59:39 UTC
Some concerns have been raised with respect to (a) blocked accounts, and (b) accounts 
made because the user has the same name on another Wiki project. Although I'm all for 
deleting never-used blocked accounts after 90 days (or some longer agreed-to span), 
is it possible to generate a list of all accounts that meet the following six 
conditions:

1.  No edits, ever (including deleted edits and page moves)
2.  No history in the block log or any other log other than recording page creation
3.  No changes made to user preferences
4.  No items on watchlist
5.  No identical username on any other Wikimedia project
6.  No logins to that account within the past 90 days (if it satisfies the concerns 
of some editors, we may just as well start with accounts with no logins after the end 
of 2005)

With respect to Rob Church's comment above, I am also all for deleting *crap* 
usernames, particularly those containing mindless vulgarities or personal attacks 
against other users (unused or no).
Comment 7 PMAnderson 2006-07-23 17:09:56 UTC
There are also concerns about doppelganger acounts, which are, according to 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/Wikipedia:Doppelganger]] supposed to be created and left 
unused (and, of course, unlogged on). Please add condition 

7.No user page exists. (User talk pages may exist for some accounts we want to 
delete, because they've been welcomed).
Comment 8 Dan Mehkeri 2006-10-18 16:48:19 UTC
Any chance of going ahead with this?
Comment 9 Brion Vibber 2006-10-18 22:15:35 UTC
Not really, no.
Comment 10 Prodego 2007-06-20 00:43:07 UTC
*** Bug 10299 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Majorly 2007-09-05 20:48:48 UTC
*** Bug 11202 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Waldir 2011-09-27 12:05:38 UTC
*** Bug 12215 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 Fred Gandt 2012-01-23 23:17:44 UTC
(In reply to comment #9)
> Not really, no.

Could you or another dev explain why?

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