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From jan i <>
Subject Re: Admin rights to Pootle
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:16:31 GMT

On 13/11/2014 22:58, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
> jan i wrote:
>> On 13 November 2014 18:43, Michal Hriƈ wrote:
>>> OK. I'm asking because I think that Andrea is only one person, who 
>>> creates
>>> Pootle accounts for new volunteers
> I'm not the only one who can, but I'm the only one who does. When I 
> created the accounts that were requested earlier today, I took note of 
> the needed steps. These may be helpful to any other admins in future, 
> and they are at the bottom of this message.
>>> and I'm not sure if volunteers comes
>>> back if they don't have created account immediately.
> Jan is right, technically there is no reason for that and they can be 
> immediately productive by making suggestions as anonymous. Still, this 
> is clearly not working. Maybe we are not clear enough, maybe 
> volunteers don't like that: but we must make everything as smooth as 
> possible.
Actually that worked for a long time with the danish translation.

But I have zero problem with the way you have handled account 
creation....its now how I would have done it, but it has been done 
>> In my opinion its nice to see work from a person, before that person is
>> allowed to write and change directly. 99% are good people, but the 1% 
>> (or
>> less) can made damage that takes a lot of time to repair.
> We are now consolidating the localization community. Many languages 
> have at least one responsive translator. We could discuss a new model 
> where we create an account immediately but (for languages that already 
> have active, responsive volunteers) we don't give the right to submit 
> translations, only suggestions. And then an already trusted translator 
> vouches for the quality of suggestions and asks that the new volunteer 
> is given full rights.
+1, my intention was simply to have someone vouch for the quality. BUT 
as mentioned above account creation have been handled differently, and I 
have no problem with that.

> Again, ApacheCon is an excellent moment to discuss this. Three Pootle 
> admins (jani, jsc and me) are also OpenOffice committers so they know 
> how things work in OpenOffice, and two of them (jani and me) will be 
> there. I can see 7 Pootle admins in total. Jan, if you believe that it 
> is possible to gather some of them (even just you and me, but if we 
> manage to be 4, even better) at ApacheCon to discuss how to handle new 
> accounts and administration, I'm surely available for a dedicated 
> meeting: localization is an important and well-working part of our 
> community, and it must have priority.
yes. ACEU is a good place.

Please dont forget a pootle admin can change ALL projects. I believe 
(know might be more correct) that AOO is the only project that allows 
non-committers to have accounts, so this is a special AOO problem. But 
again I have no problem with the account creation as AOO have handled it 
(after the discussion on security level).

I do however have a problem with adding more admins (infra in general 
might see this differently), and I am strongly against having 
non-committers as admins.

For reference I am doing pottle maintenance from time to time, but for 
all apache projects.

jan i.

> (see below, for reference, the steps for creating a new Pootle 
> account; some seem unnecessary but they are done in preparation for an 
> already agreed change in default permissions)
> Regards,
>   Andrea.
>   ---
> To create a new Pootle account:
> 1) Login at
> 2) Click on ADMIN top-right
> 3) Click on the users tab
> 4) Fill in the new account details on the last row (username always 
> lowercase; put a random password)
> 5) Save the account
> 6) Go back to the home page and open the language page for the 
> corresponding language (r.g., for Khmer)
> 7) Open the aoo40 project, then Permissions, then give the last 4 
> permissions (review, make, submit, view) to the newly created user
> 8) Do the same for the aoo400help project
> 9) Send a welcome mail like 
> making sure to CC the new 
> account holder
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