After discussion within the WMF Product and Engineering teams along
with the Wikimedia Deutschland developers (mainly for Wikidata) I have
decided to rearrange the MediaWiki "train" deployment schedule.
The changes are relatively minor (simply day of week and time of day)
but I want everyone to be aware of the changes. The changes will take
effect starting next week (the week of October 27th).
For a quick reference of what the new schedule is, please see:
The salient changes are:
* I've moved the Thursday deployment to Wednesday at the same time
** This is the day when a new version goes to testwikis and
AND the previous branch goes to all Wikipedia projects.
** This will give developers and product managers more time to assess
and fix any issues found after their code hits production for the
* I've also moved the Tuesday deployment to 5am Pacific (from 11am Pacific)
** This is the day when we deploy the new version to non-Wikipedia
projects (ie: Commons, Wiktionary, etc).
** This will allow the Wikidata team to more easily (and with a better
work/life balance) respond to issues after their code hits their
Let me know if you have any questions,
Release Team Manager