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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

Changes this week

  • The new version of MediaWiki has been on test wikis and MediaWiki.org since May 13. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis from May 19. It will be on all Wikipedias from May 20 (calendar).
  • References are now always in the right order. Also, the reference list now only shows references used on the page. [1]
  • You can no longer create an account with a colon ':' in it. If you already have one, it still works. [2]
  • The toolbar in VisualEditor now looks different. It is easier to see the icons. [3]
  • You won't be able to use e-mail lists for a few hours on Tuesday. [4] [5]
  • UploadWizard now shows better matches when you add a category to your file. [6]
  • test about VisualEditor will start on the English Wikipedia on Thursday. [7]


  • You can join the next meeting with the Editing team. During the meeting, you can tell developers which bugs are the most important. The meeting will be on May 21 at 15:00 (UTC). See how to join.
  • You can join a technical meeting in France this week.

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Guillaume Paumier