Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2017-09-25/Technology report

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Flow restarted; Wikidata connection notifications: Plus more tech news, and the latest scripts and bots


In brief

New user scripts to customise your Wikipedia experience

  • SkinSwitcher[1] (source) by User:Eizzen – Allows users to view pages in any of the seven available skins (Vector, MonoBook, Modern, CologneBlue, Minerva, MinervaNeue, and ApiOutput)
  • AutoPurge[2] (source) by User:Eizzen – Similar to standard null edit/purge buttons, this script automatically purges certain cache problem pages listed in a user-defined window.AutoPurgePages variable array.
  • Display Contributions[3] (source) by User:Mvolz – Displays your edit count next to Contributions link in the top bar.
  • PageCreator[4] (source) by User:Eizzen – Displays information about a page's creator and links to the first revision of the page.
  • LastEditor[5] (source) by User:Eizzen – Provides links to user, talk and contribs pages of page's last editor, and additionally provides a "diff" link, minor edit marker, and summary of the edit in question.
  • DiffOnly[6] (source) by User:Mr. Stradivarius – Adds "diff only" links to diff pages, and optionally to history pages, recent changes, and the watchlist. Diff-only pages load quickly, so are useful for tasks that involve trawling through lots of diffs.

New gadget

Newly approved bot tasks

Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community: 2017 #37 & #38. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available on Meta.

  • Recent changes
    • You can get a notification when a page you created is connected to a Wikidata item. You can choose to get these notifications in your preferences. Some wikis already had this option. It is now available on all wikis. [1]
    • The Newsletter extension is now on mediawiki.org. The newsletter extension is for newsletters where you can subscribe by getting a notification when a new issue has been published. It will come to more wikis later. [2]
    • The Linter extension helps you find technical errors in articles. There is now a new high-priority category: tidy-whitespace-bug. This usually affects templates with horizontal lists. You can read more about using Linter and the Tidy whitespace bug. [3]
    • You can now see contributions from an IP range at Special:Contributions. Before you could only see contributions from single IP addresses. Some older contributions from IP ranges could be missing at first because it will take some time to add them. [4][5]
    • Flow has been re-scoped to become Structured Discussions and the development has restarted. Phabricator projects and repositories have been renamed. [6]
    • Octicons-tools.svg OOjs UI will be updated. This could affect some icons. You can read more about the changes.
  • Problems
  • Future changes

Installation code

  1. ^ Copy the following code, click here, then paste:
    importScript( 'User:Eizzen/SkinSwitcher.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Eizzen/SkinSwitcher.js]]
  2. ^ Copy the following code, click here, then paste:
    importScript( 'User:Eizzen/AutoPurge.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Eizzen/AutoPurge.js]]
  3. ^ Copy the following code, click here, then paste:
    importScript( 'User:Mvolz/displayContributions.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Mvolz/displayContributions.js]]
  4. ^ Copy the following code, click here, then paste:
    importScript( 'User:Eizzen/PageCreator.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Eizzen/PageCreator.js]]
  5. ^ Copy the following code, click here, then paste:
    importScript( 'User:Eizzen/LastEditor.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Eizzen/LastEditor.js]]
  6. ^ Copy the following code, click here, then paste:
    importScript( 'User:Mr. Stradivarius/gadgets/DiffOnly.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Mr. Stradivarius/gadgets/DiffOnly.js]]
  7. ^ In your gadget preferences, in the "Appearance" section, check the box for XTools, then save your preferences