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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.
- iOS 15 has a new function called Private Relay (Apple website). This can hide the user's IP when they use Safari browser. This is like using a VPN in that we see another IP address instead. It is opt-in and only for those who pay extra for iCloud. It will come to Safari users on OSX later. There is a technical discussion about what this means for the Wikimedia wikis.
- Some gadgets and user-scripts add items to the portlets
(article tools) part of the skin. A recent change to the HTML may have
made those links a different font-size. This can be fixed by adding the
Changes later this week
- The new version
of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 28 September.
It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 29
September. It will be on all wikis from 30 September (calendar).
- The GettingStarted extension
was built in 2013, and provides an onboarding process for new account
holders in a few versions of Wikipedia. However, the recently developed Growth features
provide a better onboarding experience. Since the vast majority of
Wikipedias now have access to the Growth features, GettingStarted will
be deactivated starting on 4 October. 
- A small number of users will not be able to connect to the Wikimedia wikis after 30 September. This is because an old root certificate
will no longer work. They will also have problems with many other
websites. Users who have updated their software in the last five years
are unlikely to have problems. Users in Europe, Africa and Asia are less
likely to have immediate problems even if their software is too old.
You can read more.
- You can receive notifications
when someone leaves a comment on user talk page or mentions you in a
talk page comment. Clicking the notification link will now bring you to
the comment and highlight it. Previously, doing so brought you to the
top of the section that contained the comment. You can find more information in T282029.
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