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Tech News: 2024-12

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

Recent changes

  • The notice “Language links are at the top of the page” that appears in the Vector 2022 skin main menu has been removed now that users have learned the new location of the Language switcher. [1]
  •  IP info feature displays data from Spur, an IP addresses database. Previously, the only data source for this feature was MaxMind. Now, IP info is more useful for patrollers. [2]
  •  The Toolforge Grid Engine services have been shut down after the final migration process from Grid Engine to Kubernetes. [3][4][5]
  • Communities can now customize the default reasons for undeleting a page by creating MediaWiki:Undelete-comment-dropdown[6]


  • RevisionSlider is an interface to interactively browse a page’s history. Users in right-to-left languages reported RevisionSlider reacting wrong to mouse clicks. This should be fixed now. [7]

Changes later this week

  •  The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 19 March. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 20 March. It will be on all wikis from 21 March (calendar). [8][9]
  • All wikis will be read-only for a few minutes on March 20. This is planned at 14:00 UTC[10][11]

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