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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 appearance of talk pages changed for the following wikis: Azerbaijani Wikipedia, Bengali Wikipedia, German Wikipedia, Persian Wikipedia, Hebrew Wikipedia, Hindi Wikipedia, Indonesian Wikipedia, Korean Wikipedia, Dutch Wikipedia, Portuguese Wikipedia, Romanian Wikipedia, Thai Wikipedia, Turkish Wikipedia, Ukrainian Wikipedia, Vietnamese Wikipedia. These wikis participated to a test, where 50% of users got the new design, for one year. As this test gave positive results, the new design is deployed on these wikis as the default design. It is possible to opt-out these changes in user preferences (“Show discussion activity”). The deployment will happen at all wikis in the coming weeks. [1]
  • Seven new wikis have been created:
  • You can now watch message groups/projects on Initially, this feature will notify you of added or deleted messages in these groups. [9]
  • Dark mode is now available on all wikis, on mobile web for logged-in users who opt into the advanced mode. This is the early release of the feature. Technical editors are invited to check for accessibility issues on wikis. See more detailed guidelines.


  • Kartographer maps can use an alternative visual style without labels, by using mapstyle="osm". This wasn’t working in previews, creating the wrong impression that it wasn’t supported. This has now been fixed. [10]

Changes later this week

  • The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 30 April. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 1 May. It will be on all wikis from 2 May (calendar). [11][12]

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