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JackPotte (discuss · contribs · count · logs · block log · rfps · rights [change]) ()[edit]

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Leaderboard (discuss · contribs · count · logs · block log · rfps · rights [change]) (+importupload)[edit]

Hello, I'm requesting a (fairly) specialised permission because I often help with imports and I have encountered several instances (eg: importing from fr.wikibooks, the Wikisource issue) where I was unable to help because the standard import facility only covers transwiki, which does not suffice for such cases. Therefore it'll be appreciated if I could receive this permission as well. Thanks. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 16:03, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

Note: importupload can only be assigned at Meta by a Steward (I cannot do it, as this is one of my home projects). The details on the right and its "dangers" are described at Meta:Importer and should be reviewed by the community prior to supporting or opposing this request. Meta states that we have a policy allowing the permanent assignment of this right, but I can't find it and it is possible that the Meta page is actually referring to Transwiki Import especially as it also says local admins can grant the right (which they can't). Given this, I suggest that consensus should be judged by a bureaucrat prior to requesting the right on Meta (assuming the consensus is to grant). If someone can find the local policy, please point it out! Thanks - QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 17:36, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
For full transparency, I think it should also be noted that you requested the right at Meta before asking the community. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 17:40, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
For the record, on the French Wikibooks any administrator can import from any Wikibooks (from "af" to "zh") because we had voted for it ten years ago. The only withdraw is to scroll a few times before seeing the "w" of Wikipedia into special:import. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 20:02, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
They can here as well. The right being requested allows the upload of XML extracted from any other MediaWiki instance - it doesn't even have to be a Wikimedia Foundation project. As a consequence it is possible to alter the data on the way in. This isn't dangerous in the sense that it can break MediaWiki (it probably is possible to do this, but is unlikely). Rather the concern is that the data can be manipulated to create false records such as attributing edits to someone who didn't actually make them. Personally I think anyone trusted to be an admin can be trusted to do this as long as they have an understanding of XML and how MediaWiki works. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:36, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
I suppose JackPotte is referring to the addition of import sources for transwiki import. The list of wikis in the dropdown on Special:Import can be extended on request (and is usually preferred over granting importupload for most use cases since it indeed has some bugs which allow you to cause some damage beyond manipulating page histories). --Vogone (discusscontribs) 22:19, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
"has some bugs": I'm not surprised. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:03, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

While expanding the number of wikis to import is certainly a good idea, I would still prefer having importupload as this allows me to help with cases where the standard import facility simply does not suffice (I'll cite the WIkisource issue as an example). I'm fine with XML.
If you decide to increase the number of wikis to import (instead or alongside), would prefer it to be kept in two lists (wiki:lang) rather than dump everything in one long list like what fr.wikibooks does. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 19:01, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

That ("wiki":"lang") is not possible AFAIK. If you want that MediaWiki software needs to be modified (probably in not-so-trivial-way) to do so. — regards, Revi 11:02, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
@-revi: What does this "("wiki":"lang")" mean? To be clear, any valid internal interwiki prefix can be used for the dropdown, see 'wgImportSources' in InitialiseSettings.php for reference. --Vogone (discusscontribs) 11:13, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
I know that, see Leaderboard's comment more precisely. — regards, Revi 11:17, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
@QuiteUnusual: Any progress on my request? I'd still like to have that right if at all possible (or alternatively, the list of wikis to be expanded as per my earlier comment) Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 13:46, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
I was hoping more people would comment... QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 18:57, 12 December 2018 (UTC)