Tech News (2019, week 37)

Originally published at: https://space.wmflabs.org/2019/09/10/tech-news-2019-week-37/

Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available:

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Changes later this week

  • You will be able to read but not to edit Wikidata for up to 30 minutes on 10 September at 05:00 (UTC). [1]
  • When you log in, the software checks your password to see if it follows the Password policy. From this week, it will also complain if you are a “privileged user” and your password is too short. If your password is not strong enough, please consider to change your password for a stronger password. [2]
  • The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 10 September. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 11 September. It will be on all wikis from 12 September (calendar).

Meetings

Future changes

  • Soon, the AbuseFilter will recognize new syntax errors. Specifically, it will recognize errors about empty operands. You can see a list of examples in phab:T156096. Any active filter with such an error will stop working; hence, please take a look at the list of affected filters, and fix the ones that you can fix. Note that there is also an ongoing RFC on meta-wiki about the creation of a new abusefilter-manager global group.

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