Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2006-11-27/Technology report

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By Simetrical, November 27, 2006

One major change of the week is that it is now possible to make certain IP address ranges automatically exempt from autoblocks by editing the new interface message MediaWiki:Autoblock_whitelist. While Andrew Garrett recently made it possible to disable autoblocks explicitly when blocking a user, it is typically impossible for a blocking admin to know whether a user's IP address is shared or not. Now anonymous users of America Online and similar ISPs do not need to be blocked unintentionally. (Andrew Garrett, r17847, bug 7883)

It is also now possible to undo edits other than the last one, provided that no intermediate changes conflict with the edit to be undone. The interface used is more akin to "manual revert" than rollback: on diff pages, an "undo" link should appear next to the "edit" link on the right-hand revision. When this link is clicked, the software will attempt to undo the change while preserving any changes since then, and will add the result to the edit box to be reviewed or saved. (Andrew Garrett, r17935r17938, bug 6925)

Only two other interface changes were made this week. On category pages, a count of media files in the category is now provided under the media heading. (Simetrical, r17902, bug 7892) When a rollback to an image or category page fails because the edit has already been rolled back, the rollback message will display as expected rather than showing an image or trying to add a category link. (Simetrical, r17945)

Some updates were made to non-English messages, specifically:

Internationalization help is always appreciated! See m:Localization statistics for how complete the translations of languages you know are, and post any updates to Mediazilla.

Also this week: Arbitration series

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