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Developer Wishlist Survey: propose your ideas[edit]

At the Wikimedia Developer Summit, we decided to organize a Developer Wishlist Survey, and here we go:

The Wikimedia technical community seeks input from developers for developers, to create a high-profile list of desired improvements. The scope of the survey includes the MediaWiki platform (core software, APIs, developer environment, enablers for extensions, gadgets, templates, bots, dumps), the Wikimedia server infrastructure, the contribution process, and documentation.

The best part: we want to have the results published by Wednesday, February 15. Yes, in a month, to have a higher chance to influence the Wikimedia Foundation annual plan FY 2017-18.

There's no time to lose. Propose your ideas before the end of January, either by pushing existing tasks in Phabricator or by creating new ones. You can find instructions on the wiki page. Questions and feedback are welcome especially on the related Talk page.

The voting phase is expected to start on February 6 (tentative). Watch this space (or even better, the wiki page) - SSethi_(WMF) January 21st, 2017 3:07 AM (UTC)

"Purge" button in Wikipedia's sister projects[edit]

At Wikipedia, when I clicked "Purge" button from the "More" scroll menu, the page is automatically updated and then leads to the same page. However, at sister projects, including Meta-wiki, when I clicked the "Purge" button, the page leads to the "Purge this page" page with the blue "OK" button. I had to enable the UTC clock/purge gadget, so I don't have to go to the "Purge this page" page. Any explanations about this? --George Ho (talk) 02:32, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

There are two gadgets that add purge link. The first one is a stand alone and the second one is the UTC clock gadget. Ruslik (talk) 02:42, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
Oh, yes: the stand-alone "Purge" gadget, which currently directs to that "Purge this page" screen. --George Ho (talk) 03:26, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
-- Currently, one of the projects that, if "Purge" is clicked, redirects people to the "Purge this page" screen is Wikinews. Wikisource and Wiktionary have the "Purge", "Hard Purge", and "Null edit" options from the "More" scroll menu, while others have just the "Purge" option. Other projects, especially Wikipedia, can automatically refresh/reload pages by clicking "Purge". All of the projects have the "Move"/"Rename" option, but that's irrelevant to this discussion. In short, it seems (nearly) fixed. --George Ho (talk) 10:07, 26 May 2017 (UTC)
Hi George Ho. Related: phabricator:T143531 and phabricator:T56902. --MZMcBride (talk) 20:52, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

Mediawiki 1.24 Skins/extension[edit]

Hey guys,

I am creating my own wiki for the first time. At the moment I have already installed Mediawiki, also got some Articles in

My Problem: I wanted to add the skin "apex". As I saw my Version of Mediawiki isnt supported anymore. And Apex needs V 1.25+. Does anyone know where i could get a working skin for Mediawiki 1.24?

I already searched the Web, but did not find anything helpfull.

Thanks for you help,

best regards Jens

'changetags' not working on Meta?[edit]

The following discussion is marked as answered. If you have a new comment, add it just below the box.

Apparently "add and remove arbitrary tags on individual revisions and log entries" is not working on Meta as I cannot add or remove tags on any revision. Is there any reason why this is not avalaible here? Note that Special:ListGroupRights do show that "users" have that permission. Thanks, —MarcoAurelio 10:17, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

There are not any active change tags that could be added to revisions by hand. Matěj Suchánek (talk) 11:35, 11 June 2017 (UTC)
You're right. I created a manual Tag and it worked. Now deleted as the test is over. Thanks. —MarcoAurelio 12:01, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

Some user scripts and gadgets will break on Meta during July[edit]

The MediaWiki devs have been slowly improving the accessibility of the user interface. The next step in this transition will change the appearance of some buttons and may break some outdated (non-updated or unmaintained) user scripts and gadgets.

Most editors will only notice that some buttons are slightly larger and have different colors.

You can see and use the old and new versions now. These links will take you to Meta's sandbox page, but the same approach works at all WMF wikis.

However, this change also affects some user scripts and gadgets. Unfortunately, some of them may not work well in the new system. If you maintain any user scripts or gadgets that are used for editing, please see mw:Contributors/Projects/Accessible editing buttons for information on how to test and fix your scripts. Outdated scripts can be tested and fixed now.

This change has already been deployed to the Persian and Polish Wikipedias. This change will probably reach Meta on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, along with several other larger Wikipedias. Later in July, it will reach other Wikipedias (including the English and German Wikipedias), and then other sites (e.g., the Wikisources and Commons) after that.

Please leave a message at mw:Talk:Contributors/Projects/Accessible editing buttons if you have any questions. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:26, 20 June 2017 (UTC)