Tech News (2019, week 39)

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


  • Some edits that used the visual editor were not working. This has now been fixed. [1]
  • Last week’s Tech News had delivery problems. Some did not get the newsletter. Some got it more than one time. The developers are working on the problem. [2]

Changes later this week

  •  The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 24 September. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 25 September. It will be on all wikis from 26 September (calendar).
  • You will be able to read but not to edit an important number of mid-sized wikis for up to 30 minutes on 24 September at 05:00 (UTC). You can see which wikis[3]
  • You will be able to read but not to edit Wikimedia Commons for up to 30 minutes on 26 September at 05:00 (UTC)[4]


Future changes

  • Internet Explorer 6 and 7 might not be supported in the future. This means the browsers might start looking a bit weird. They would not get security support. This is because almost no one uses the browsers anymore. Supporting them makes the wikis less secure for everyone else. [5]

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