This is a summary of recent technology and site configuration changes that affect the English Wikipedia. Please note that some bug fixes or new features described below have not yet gone live as of press time; the English Wikipedia is currently running version 1.27.0-wmf.7 (26c11c2), 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.
4 bots or bot tasks were approved for operation this week. These were:
User and excludeuser have been added to the API for list=recentchanges and list=watchlist. (r52152, bug:14200)
The API now returns a HTTP 503 status code for maxlag errors. (r52190)
The Wikimedia Foundation has announced that the Amsterdam-based data center provider EvoSwitch will be providing bandwidth and hosting services — 300,000 euros of in-kind support — to the Foundation, with their center serving as a HUB for Europe. The sponsorship will allow the Foundation to add new caching servers at the Amsterdam data center.