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Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News

By ais523, 9 June, 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 1.24wmf13 (a914d90), 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

  • Several bugs were fixed in the move-with-subpages option this week:
    • Moving a page, with subpages, to a subpage of itself now works correctly. (r35762, bug 14368)
    • Moving pages with subpages now errors out correctly when the resulting pages would end up with names which are too long. (r35824, bug 14385)
    • Moving a page in a talk namespace with its subpages now moves the resulting pages into the correct namespace (previously the pages would be mistakenly moved into the namespace with the next higher internal number, e.g. before this fix, moving User talk pages with subpages within the User talk namespace would move the resulting pages into the Wikipedia namespace). (r35870, bug 14386)
  • More fixes to Single User Login were made this week:
    • Single User Login was broken for a few hours on 3 May 2008 due to a software mistake, but was fixed soon after. (r35781, bug 14390)
    • When a global account is created, and used to automatically create a new local account (e.g. by logging into one wiki, then visiting another never-previously-visited-wiki), and then unmerged (i.e. the global account is deleted), the new local accounts no longer sometimes end up unusable. (However, some existing local user accounts affected by this problem have not been corrected, the fix for the bug simply prevents it happening in the future; resetting the password for such accounts via email has been reported to help in some circumstances.) (r35923, bug 14330)
  • The option to watch a user's userpage and talkpage when blocking them now only has an effect if the block succeeds. (r35763, bug 14367)
  • If the database is read-only (for instance, because server lag is too high or developers are investigating a problem), this is now mentioned on the form for creating a new user (which is impossible when the database is read-only). (r35885, bug 11771)
  • Categories whose names come after Category:Unprintworthy redirects in alphabetical order now show correct counts. (bug 14361http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14361, fixed by modifying the database rather than in code)
  • The accountcreator group was broken for a while, about 6 June 2008, causing it to do nothing rather than allow more than 6 accounts to be created in a day, due to a software logic mistake; this has now been fixed. (r35970, bug 14424)

New feature

  • An (ignorable) warning is now displayed when uploading an image that's identical to another currently existing image. (r35609, bug 13434)

Configuration changes

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:

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


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