Hi! I've centralized and standardized meetings notes at Meetings. Please let me know if you have any concerns. --MZMcBride 22:48, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
Thank you so much for copying on wiki WMF Projects/OWA/OWA Meeting 2010-11-18 etc.! Do you know if there's a way to make Etherpad produce a complete list of public pages created on the installation? Thank you, Nemo 23:32, 8 December 2010 (UTC)
Other projects cannot share the same MediaWiki global variable names
What did you mean in  by "most other projects cannot share the same MediaWiki global variable names"? Given that our globals are namespaced by a $wg prefix, namespace collisions doesn't seem a problem for third parties. Platonides 21:46, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
The abundance of globals in our software is in direct conflict with the coding standards of most projects. Maybe they technically could reuse components from our system, but they won't. -- RobLa-WMF 21:57, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
"backcompat" tag and being a pedant
My initial thought is that your email to wikitech-l about the tag "backcompat" is counter-intuitive, and a labelling "backincompat" may be more explicit.
My concern is that "backcompat' can be ambiguous. it can mean either
that the change *is* backwards compatible so mark it as such; or
that the change "is incompatible" so mark it as such
To the geeks it may be obvious, to those of us speaking English it is less so. Anyway, just 20c worth of thoughts for consideration before it progresses. — billinghurstsDrewth 14:13, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi, I'm Edward and I am writing a book on Wikipedia. I am trying to understand how the WMF budget is spent, but I not a computer expert and I am struggling to understand the difference between 'technical operations' and 'platform' and things like that. I'm assuming that technical operations is stuff like servers and datacentres and wires and routers and things, whereas 'platform' is more like MediaWiki software. Would that be about right? Sorry for being an idiot. (I do run a wiki myself as you can see from my user page, but that's about as far as it goes). Edward Buckner (talk) 18:51, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
Hi Edward, not a stupid question at all (I get asked this a lot), and you basically have it right. Wikimedia Platform Engineering mainly deals with the MediaWiki side of things (as well as some other things that require intensive software development, such as our custom layer between Lucene search engine and MediaWiki). Platform Engineering has four subteams, actually, only one of which (MediaWiki Core) fits that description. The other subgroups (Engineering Community, Quality Assurance, and Analytics Engineering) do work that is suggested by their names. The Wikimedia Platform Engineering page attempts to break this down. Hope this helps! -- RobLa-WMF (talk) 01:57, 25 February 2013 (UTC)
Hey Rob that's really helpful - many thanks. Edward Buckner (talk) 20:06, 25 February 2013 (UTC)
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The latest version of MediaWiki (1.22/wmf9) was added to test wikis on June 27. It will be enabled on non–Wikipedia sites on July 8, and on all Wikipedias on July 11.
On Wikisource, the canonical names of the "Index" and "Page" namespaces in the Proofread Page extension are no longer localized (bug #47596). Please check scripts that depend on $wgCanonicalNamespace. 
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A new version of the Single User Login system for global accounts will be enabled on July 17. Users will now automatically go back to the previous page instead of seeing the "Login success" page with logos. 
The software that resizes images on all wikis will change on July 18. Resizing of big images will be faster and more reliable, and the resolution limit for GIF, PNG and TIFF files (currently set at 50 megapixels) will be removed. 
Edit tags (mostly used by AbuseFilter) will now also be on diff pages. They include a link to Special:Tags before the edit summary. Wikis that use links in tag messages should remove them. 
Global edit filters are currently in testing and will be added to wikis later. 
The schedule to add VisualEditor to non-English Wikipedias has been changed: the new editor will be available for logged-in users on the German (de), Spanish (es), French (fr), Hebrew (he), Italian (it), Dutch (nl), Polish (pl), Russian (ru) and Swedish (sv) Wikipedias on July 24, and for all users on those wikis on July 29. 
On July 24, VisualEditor was added for logged-in users on the German (de), Spanish (es), French (fr), Hebrew (he), Italian (it), Polish (pl), Russian (ru) and Swedish (sv) Wikipedias; it will be added for all users on those wikis on July 29. 
A preference to completely disable VisualEditor while it is in beta phase was added on July 24. 
You can now use the <wbr> HTML5 tag to say where a word can be cut. (52468) 
Gadget authors: you can now use the wikipage.content hook, so that your scripts are re-run when a page is changed after the document-ready event (for example using Ajax). (30713) 
There was a bug where file redirects didn't work when a file was renamed; it is now fixed. There is still an issue with purging, but it should be fixed soon. (52200)
Maintenance reports provided by special pages will now all be updated on each wiki every six months. This will for example give you recent information on uncategorized pages, unused templates and most wanted pages (see details).
There was a bug that caused false positives for anti-blanking edit filters; it is now fixed. (52077) 
The "edit" and "edit source" tabs and section edit links can now be changed more easily; for example, some wikis are using "edit source" for wikitext editing, and "edit beta" for VisualEditor. You can ask for the same change in bugzilla.
You can now edit references that are added inside a <references> block. (51741)
You can now test on mediawiki.org new basic tools to add and edit struck text (with the button for the <s> tag), lower text ( for <sub>), upper text ( for <sup>), underlined text ( for <u>), computer code ( for <code> and <tt>), math text ( for <math>), Egyptian hieroglyphs ( for <hiero>), and to say that text is in another language ( for lang="ar" dir="rtl"). (51609, 51612, 51611, 51590, 51610, 52352)
You can now use VisualEditor with the Opera browser. 
Starting on August 26, you will be able to use data from Wikidata on Wikivoyage sites. 
Starting on August 27, you will also get notifications on the mobile site if you're logged in to a wiki using notifications. 
Starting on August 28, all users with an account will be using HTTPS to access Wikimedia sites. HTTPS brings better security and improves your privacy. Some countries (like China) will not use HTTPS. If HTTPS causes problems for you, tell us on meta. 
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Special:Listfiles can now display old versions of files a user has uploaded. A new link was also added (Special:AllMyFiles) that gives a list of all files the current user has ever uploaded (that haven't been deleted).
Hi. Regarding SUL finalisation, this discussion is relevant. Not much has changed since then: a suitable warning period, likely many months or a year, needs to take place before any forcible renaming takes place. A prerequisite for beginning the warning period is working global (wikifarm-wide) user renames and possibly a re-evaluation of how we treat accounts with few or no edits when someone wants that account name (i.e., usurping). cc: CSteipp --MZMcBride (talk) 00:52, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks a lot RobLa for your edits. Yes, all that's needed, for users to figure all this out themselves, is a warning to all involved users with a clear (and comfortable) timeline and a Meta page where to ask renames. In turn this requires a global rename feature of any sort and an automatic cleanup of the trivial cases, e.g. about ~100k here. --Nemo 05:58, 25 June 2014 (UTC)