Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2008-05-19/Technology report

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Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News

By ais523, 19 May, 2008

This is a summary of recent technology and site configuration changes that affect the English Wikipedia. Note that not all changes described here are necessarily live as of press time; the English Wikipedia is currently running version 1.24wmf14 (98c0e33), and changes to the software with a version number higher than that will not yet be active. Configuration changes and changes to interface messages, however, become active immediately.

Fixed bugs

  • API queries when multiple titles and a namespace filter are given no longer time out. (bug 14102
  • The links passed as parameters to MediaWiki:Fileexists-extension now contain the correct namespace, rather than trying to link to the image in the main namespace. (r34742, bug 14111)
  • The spam blacklist now allows users to edit pages which already have blacklisted links on (but still prevents addition of new blacklisted links). (r34769, bug 1505)
  • API log events queries no longer incorrectly return 0 for the log ID. (r34767, bug 10660)
  • Pages transcluding Special:Newpages now again load (for a while, they mistakenly were blank in most browsers, and showed as an internal server error to Internet Explorer). (r34780, bug 14113)
  • Email-blocking users now again prevents them sending email via Special:Emailuser. (r34846, bug 14133)
  • The number of pages in a category occasionally incorrectly counted as negative; when this happens, the number of pages in a category is now recounted to give a correct count (however, the bug that's causing the count to drift off the correct value probably still remains). (r34870, bug 13683)
  • A loophole in the spam blacklist was closed. (r34932, bug 14154)
  • #ifexist: now works on special pages. (r35157, bug 13640)

New features

Configuration changes

Other technology news

  • The 'write API' (parts of the API that allow changes to be made to a wiki, rather than merely retrieving information from it) has been enabled on
  • A feature designed to turn pages bold in a watchlist if they had changed since a user's last view was enabled for a while last week; it was turned off again shortly afterwards due to not working properly.
  • Google Maps now embeds links to Wikipedia articles (to see this, select "Wikipedia" under the "more" button at; the articles are linked at places determined by the {{coord}} template on pages. (This feature was previously available on Google Earth, but not Google Maps.)

Ongoing news

  • Internationalisation has been continuing as normal; help is always appreciated! See mw:Localisation statistics for how complete the translations of languages you know are, and post any updates to bugzilla or use Betawiki.

Also this week:

Wikilobbying — Board elections — Wikibooks interview — WikiWorld — News and notes — In the news — Dispatches — Features and admins — Technology report — Arbitration report

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