Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2017-08-05/Technology report

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Introducing TechCom: The Architecture Committee adopts a new charter and name; and the latest in script, bot, and tech news

New TechCom

The Architecture Committee (ArchCom) has adopted a new charter and renamed itself the Wikimedia Technical Committee (TechCom). The new charter defines the committee's scope, purpose, operation.

TechCom is the guardian of the integrity, consistency, stability, and performance of the software supporting the Wikimedia projects. It acts as the senior advisor and the convergence point of all decisions related to technical work that is strategic, cross-cutting, and/or hard to undo.
— Mission statement

The commitee's authority over technical development at the WMF is also specified – it acts as an extension of the Chief Technical Officer.

In brief

New user scripts to customise your Wikipedia experience

Newly approved bot tasks

Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community: 2017 #29, #30 & #31. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available on Meta.

  • Problems
    • On some pages, the Table of Contents is not being shown. It will normally appear if you edit the page again. Investigation is currently ongoing. (Phabricator task T168040)
    • Some pages show the error Lua error in mw.wikibase.entity.lua at line 34: The entity data must be a table obtained via mw.wikibase.getEntityObject. This problem happens on pages with a Lua module that uses Wikidata. The developers are working on fixing the problem. You can fix a page by opening it for editing and then saving without changing anything. (Phabricator task T170039)
    • Wikidata and German Wikipedia could not be edited for an hour on 28 July. You can read why and how we could avoid it in the future in the incident report.
  • Recent changes
  • Future changes
    • New Filters for Edit Review, at the moment available as a Beta feature, will be released by default for the Recent Changes in September.
    • The default font in the edit window will soon change for some users. Instead of using the browser default it will be monospace. Users can change this in their preferences. This should only change this for some users on Macs and iOS devices. (Phabricator task T171201)

Installation code

  1. ^ Copy the following code, click here, then paste:
    importScript( 'User:Kephir/gadgets/jssand.js' ); // Backlink: User:Kephir/gadgets/jssand.js