Google Search Console access
Google search console access is extremely limited compared to access to other services. This is due to the limitations of the service.
When a user, other than the root user, is created, they have to be individually granted access to each sub-domain and project on a case by case basis. This is done via single permission grants in google search console. As such, access to the search console is restricted to those who need it, and is not given out freely.
There are two potential credentials/ways to access the Google Search console.
Work for Wikimedia, and be granted access to the google search console admin user/password.
We don't like doing this, as it then gives whoever has access all the same rights as everyone else, with a single shared user.
Work for Wikimedia or be a volunteer/contractor/hired to do the work, and get their own user.
This will be limited to a small sub-set of the hundreds of subdomains.
To gain access to this console in either form, the following steps must be taken.
SRE Notes / HowTo
ASSUMPTIONS: Do we only need to add users to the HTTPS version of the domain, or do they need to be on both? --RobH (talk) 19:02, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
Adding Users to Domains
This is a tedious process. Once you login to the google search console you will see a list of every single sub-domain for every single language and project in both HTTP and HTTPS.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR NON-WMF ADDITIONS: These all have expiration dates. An entry should be added to the maint-announce calendar, set to email out to the root list and the person who approved the access to the search console for the entry to alert them of expiry. Then whoever is on clinic duty for that week needs to login and remove the user from each of the domains.
Removing Users from Domains
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