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Please provide feedback on suggested improvements to the Code of ConductEdit

Thanks to everyone who’s helped work on the Code of Conduct so far.

People have brought up issues they feel were missed when working on "Unacceptable behavior" and "Report a problem". Consultants have also suggested changes in these same sections.

These are important sections, so please take a look at the proposed changes. I apologize that this feedback arrived later than planned, but I think this will create a better document.

If you prefer to give your opinion privately, feedback via e-mail is welcome at conduct-discussion

Thanks. Mattflaschen-WMF via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:18, 24 February 2016 (UTC)

OAuth administratorEdit

Hi. I was cleaning up some user groups and noticed that you are listed as an OAuth administrator here, but that group was migrated to meta wiki. Any objections to removal? Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 05:35, 19 December 2019 (UTC)

Hey DannyS712! If removing that right here wouldn't affect my ability to review OAuth proposals, that's cool with me. :) --EpochFail (talk) 13:52, 19 December 2019 (UTC)
Requested on meta - it won't have any effect --DannyS712 (talk) 17:57, 19 December 2019 (UTC)


Hello! I saw in a video (from 2017) that you were trying to implement a form of grammar check as part of the ORES system. Did your team ever succeed in that? Sam at Megaputer (talk) 23:07, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

Hey Sam at Megaputer! I'm sorry I missed your message in December. I don't manage the mw:Wikimedia Scoring Platform team anymore. It seems like the team is now more focused on infrastructure than modeling work. But I do still work with other volunteers to make models work better in ORES. Do you have some ideas for grammar checking that you're interested in exploring? --EpochFail (talk) 16:41, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
My company's software has a grammar check feature that looks for about ~200 grammar rules and then generates a report. I found previously that this report has predictive power in vandalism detection, and I bet it would be useful to ORES. I know that ORES is open source (and that it wants to stay that way), but it might be possible to work this in as a closed source extension or something? I'm going to be releasing a read-only tool based on this grammar check feature sometime soon. Sam at Megaputer (talk) 22:58, 25 January 2021 (UTC)
Hey Sam at Megaputer. Closed source software is a pretty hard sell. I'm not technically allowed to use any closed source software as part of a service -- especially a production grade service like ORES. Any way y'all might consider open sourcing a key component? --EpochFail (talk) 20:18, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
I could ask about it, but I don't think it will be possible. I believe that this grammar check feature is written in our proprietary programing language, which in turn depends on our proprietary grammar parsing algorithms, so open-sourcing it would require giving away too much of what we do. The CEO has expressed a willingness to make our software freely available to editors and WMF staff for the building of bots, tools etc., but releasing that much source code without payment may not be a viable business model. As a company, we still have trade secrets to maintain in order to exist. Sam at Megaputer (talk) 20:48, 29 January 2021 (UTC)