Left with no choice
Software evolution does not always mean that features are being added. It also means that old fat is being trimmed. It is no different for MediaWiki. A while ago, developers started discussing about removing some user preferences to reduce "option bloat" (see also Bugzilla:52807). Last week, the advanced options dealing with page presentation (such as how to format links to non-existent pages, and whether to justify paragraphs) were removed, and it did not go unnoticed, but discussion did not grow to VisualEditor-esque proportions.
Highlights from Tech news:
- Recent software changes
- You are now notified when someone adds a link to your user page on wikis where it didn't work before (wikis with dates in the year-month-day order, including Hungarian, Japanese, Korean and some variants of Chinese). 
- VisualEditor news
- You can now set media items' alt text and position, and directly set their size, in the media tool.  
- The gallery tool was improved and several issues were fixed.   
- On 3 February, all wikis were broken for about an hour due to a traffic balancing issue. 
- On 6 February, some wikis were broken for about half an hour in total due to a problem with the Math extension (Editor note: it actually lasted two days, and only affected math rendered in PNG format.).