[Mediawiki-i18n] account creation change, and changes

S Page spage at wikimedia.org
Thu Nov 22 00:37:17 UTC 2012

Hi there. The Editor Engagement Experiments team wants to improve the
account creation user experience[1].

One simple change is after someone successfully creates an account,
instead of showing 'Login successful', make the page show 'Welcome,
NewUser'.  We filed a bug[2] and the change is mostly-merged (thanks
Nikerabbit and IAlex) and should roll out with 1.21wmf5 over the next
two weeks.

This means the existing welcomecreation message splits into new
welcomeuser and welcomecreation-msg messages.  If a wiki has
customized its MediaWiki:welcomecreation message then that will
probably need adjustment.

I thought about removing or replacing welcomecreation but the
extensions ApiSignup and SpecialUserSignup (unused by WMF) and
./tests/parser/preprocess/ all refer to it.  Do developers usually
introduce a new message then obsolete the old one, or cut over in one

For your information, the E3 team has more substantial changes to user
login, account creation, and onboarding (welcoming users after account
creation) in development. I'll keep i18n people informed; I hope this
is the right list for the changes.  I figure any communication is
better than throwing code onto 863 wikis and letting people figure it
out :-)

[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Editor_engagement_experiments#Projects
[2] https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=42215

=S Page  software engineer on E3

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