The Analytics team would like to announce that we have migrated the
reportcard to a new domain:
The migrated reportcard includes both legacy and current pageview data,
daily unique devices and new editors data. Pageview and devices data is
updated daily but editor data is still updated ad-hoc.
The team is working at this time on revamping the way we compute edit data
and we hope to be able to provide monthly updates for the main edit metrics
this quarter. Some of those will be visible in the reportcard but the new
wikistats will have more detailed reports.
You can follow the new wikistats project here: https://phabricator.
The Parsing team at the Wikimedia Foundation that develops the Parsoid
service is deprecating support for node 0.1x. Parsoid is the service
that powers VisualEditor, Content Translation, and Flow. If you don't
run a MediaWiki install that uses VisualEditor, then this announcement
does not affect you.
Node 0.10 has reached end of life on October 31st, 2016  and node
0.12 is scheduled to reach end of life December 31st, 2016 .
Yesterday, we released a 0.6.1 debian package  and a 0.6.1 npm
version of Parsoid . This will be the last release that will have
node 0.1x support. We'll continue to provide any necessary critical bug
fixes and security fixes for the 0.6.1 release till March 31st 2017 and
will be completely dropping support for all node versions before node
v4.x starting April 2017.
If you are running a Parsoid service on your wiki and are still using
node 0.1x, please upgrade your node version by April 2017. The Wikimedia
cluster runs node v4.6 right now and will soon be upgraded to node v6.x
. Parsoid has been tested with node 0.1x, node v4.x and node v6.x and
works with all these versions. However, we are dropping support for node
0.1x right away from the master branch of Parsoid. Going forward, the
Parsoid codebase will adopt ES6 features available in node v4.x and
higher which aren't supported in node 0.1x and will constitute a
Subramanya Sastry (Subbu),
Technical Lead and Manager,
 Node.js Long Term Support schedule @ https://github.com/nodejs/LTS
tl;dr: Search continues to expand functionality by displaying more
information on the search results page
Ever started searching for something on Wikipedia and wondered—*really*, is
that all that there is? Does it feel like you’re somehow playing hide and
seek with all the knowledge that’s out there? And...wouldn’t it be great to
see articles or categories that are similar to your search query and maybe
some related images or links to other languages in which to read that
article? Or, maybe you just want to read and contribute to projects other
than Wikipedia but need a jump start with a few short summaries from sister
The Discovery Search team has been testing out some really cool new
features that will enable some fun and fascinating clicking—down the rabbit
hole of Wikipedia. But first, let’s recap what we’ve been doing recently.
We've been doing tons of work creating, updating, and finessing the search
back end to enhance search queries. There have been many complex things
that have happened, things like: adding ascii-folding and stemming,
detecting when a visitor might be typing in a language that is different
than the Wikipedia that they are on, switching from tf-idf to BM25,
dropping trailing question marks, and updating to ElasticSearch version 5.
We have much more planned in the coming months—machine learning with
‘learning to rank’, investigating and deploying new language analyzers,
and, after exhaustive analysis, removing quotes within queries by
default. We’ll also be working closely with the new
Structured Data team in their brand new work on Commons.
We also want to improve the part that our readers and editors interface
with: the search results page! We started brainstorming during the late
summer of 2016 on what we could do to make search results better—to easily
find interesting, relevant content and to create a more intuitive viewing
experience. We designed and refined numerous ideas on how to improve
the search results page and received lots of good feedback from the
Empowered by the feedback, we began testing starting with a display of
results from the Wikimedia sister projects next to the regular search
results. The idea for this test was to enable discovery into other
projects—projects that our visitors might not have known about—by
displaying interesting results in small snippets. The sidebar display of
the sister projects borrows from a similar feature in use on the Italian,
Catalan and French Wikipedias. We've run two A/B tests on the sister
project search results with detailed analysis and, after a bit of final
touches to the code, we will release the new functionality into production
on all Wikipedias near the end of April 2017.
Our next A/B test will be to add additional information and related results
for each search query. This will be in the form of an ‘explore similar’
link that, when someone interacts with the link, an expanded display will
appear with related pages, categories and links to the article in other
languages—all of which might lead to further knowledge discovery. We
know that not every search query will return exactly what folks were
looking for, but we feel that adding links to similar, but related
information would be helpful and, possibly, super interesting!
We also plan on doing a few more A/B tests in the coming year:
* Test a new display that will show the pronunciation of a word with its
definition and part of speech—all from existing data in Wiktionary.
Initially this will be in English only.
* Test placing a small image (from the article) next to each search result
that is displayed on the page.
* Test an additional future using a new auto completion metadata display in
the search box that is located on the top right of most pages in Wikipedia,
similar to what happens on the Wikipedia.org portal.
For the more technical minded, there is a way to test out these new
features in your own browser. To display the sister project search results,
it will require a bit of URL manipulation; but for the explore similar and
Wiktionary widget, you can modify your common.js file to test an early
version of the features. Detailed information is available on
Once the testing, analysis and feedback cycle is done for each new feature,
we’d like to slowly implement them into production on all Wikipedias
throughout the rest of the year. We’re really hoping that these
enhancements to how search works will further the usefulness of search and
make our readers and editors more productive.
Cheers from the Discovery Search team!
Product Manager, Discovery
Hello Wikimedia developers!
I've just deployed the latest batch of Phabricator updates. Normally I
wouldn't write an announcement for routine upgrades, however, this update
is different. This week's update includes notable improvements to
Phabricator's global search functionality which I have been working on for
the past week.
Several minor bugs have been resolved, most notably, longstanding bug which
prevented viewing results numbered 100+ has been resolved .
*Better Search Results:*
There have been many small improvements to search query parsing,
performance & reliability in the past few weeks. A few of these are
launching today but the most visible change is a significantly improved
search results page with document body highlighting. This feature shows
a snippet of documents with the matching search terms highlighted in bold.
Previously, Phabricator only displayed the title of each result with
matching terms highlighted only if they appeared within the title. With
today's release, the matching terms are highlighted from the body of the
document as well and this takes advantage of an Elasticsearch feature to
accurately highlight the terms which actually lead to the result being
included in the search result.
*Welcome to The Future:*
Some of you might be thinking that this is just too much. Such unnecessary
features are just extravagant and wasteful. To that I say: why should we
let advanced technologies like cascading style sheets sit idle, neglected.
We can do better than a 1970s search experience. We deserve to have our
search terms rendered as stylized hypertext with bold, beautiful letters
and contextually accurate emphasis. We deserve modern conveniences and I
don't feel the least bit guilty about that. It's the 90s, after all.
This new functionality has been submitted upstream for inclusion in
Phabricator, however, as of today it remains in differential pending code
review. The feature is likely to evolve further before finally making it
into the upstream. It is a fairly large patch which adds a new "Engine
Extension" infrastructure to phabricator.
This foundation can be used to add various enhancements to the search
results views (e.g. customized views for each object type.) This also lays
the foundation for resolving https://secure.phabricator.com/T8646, although
that bug doesn't really affect Wikimedia's developers because we have
disabled Phabricator's integrated wiki.
That's all for now, I hope you enjoy these improvements to Phabricator
Release Engineer & Phabricator Admin
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Tomorrow, April 6th we will be performing a security release of MediaWiki
for all supported branches. The new versions will be 1.28.1, 1.27.2 and
1.23.16. This will resolve 9 issues in MediaWiki core, and one in a bundled
Have a great day,
Chad Horohoe & Sam Reed
MediaWiki announcements mailing list
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= 2017-04-05 =
== Call outs ==
* Analytics: Planning wikistats 2.0 prototype consultation - Please share
your thoughts on the UI prototype
with where to share soon)
* Parsoid drops node 0.10 support -- announcement and details coming this
* ParserMigration extension now live on all wikis -- announcement and
details coming next week.
* Services: New version of the PDF render service still awaits checking
* RelEng: May need Ops help deploying 3d2png via scap3 (worked on Beta
Cluster), need some +2 in puppet
* FR-tech's new job runner / cron complement script to replace our Jenkins
instance is working like a charm. Anyone else want to use it for scheduled
== Product ==
=== Reading ===
==== Web ====
* Last week:
** Reading Off-site
* Next week:
** Deploy PagePreviews to Hungarian and Hebrew wikipedias.
** PagePreviews instrumentation related bugfixes.
** Improved print styles for MobileFrontend
==== Android ====
* Last week:
** Reading Off-site.
** A nasty little crash in production for logged-in users caused by a
small, unexpected change to the userjs response format. ()
* This week / early next week: a new release to beta and production
thereafter, including the following:
** A substantially better offline experience! (our Q3 goal:
** Wikidata description editing expanded from three languages to all except
the top 10 by page views as measured in the app.
* Kanban: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/2352/
** CSS sanitizer library
** will be taken over by MediaWiki Platform
* Mobile Content Service:
** Deployed: Added 13 more languages to the featured article.
==== iOS ====
* Last Week
** Reading Offsite
* This week
** 5.4.1 - https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/2600/
*** Monitor crash reports, fix major issues
** 5.5 - https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/2602/
*** Image caching fixes
==== Community Tech ====
* Cookie blocks deployed to English Wikipedia, more wikis to follow
* LoginNotify in testing on beta cluster
* CodeMirror bug fixes, colour tweaks
* Various improvements to the new XTools, nothing to show
* No blockers
=== Editing ===
==== Parsing ====
* ParserMigration extension has now been deployed on all wikis. You can
enable it on the Editing tab of your Special:Preferences page. Clicking it
will add a sidebar link called "Edit with migration tool". This opens a
page for editing that shows you a side-by-side preview of the page with the
default (production) parser and an experimental / proposed-migration of the
parser. For example, currently, this lets you compare output with Tidy and
output with RemexHTML (a PHP-only replacement for Tidy that is based on
HTML5 semantics). You should also be able to directly exercise it via
that the page renders differently with RemexHTML ( because of
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T161341#3129283 ). We will send out a
note on mailing lists (and possibly other forums like Tech News) next week
about this and about how to leverage the Linter extension and Visual
Diffing results for fixing wiki pages
* Filed https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T162275 to make visual diffing
output more useful for editors for fixing up pages. This can help us track
progress of wikitext and template fixup and tell us when it is safe to flip
the switch on Tidy.
* We are continuing to work on
document impact of cleanup to the preprocessor to remove some edge cases (
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/333997/ ). We'll use the results of
this investigation to figure out followup work.
* We released Parsoid debian 0.7.0 package y'day. This release drops
support for node 0.10x and requires node v4x. However, we forgot to update
the dependencies in the control file which still states a >= v0.8.0
requirement. Will release a 0.7.1 deb that fixes this.
* In November, we announced a deprecation of node 0.10 for Parsoid (
Going forward, node 0.10 is no longer supported in Parsoid.
* Bumping service-runner in Parsoid as requested by Services team for the
upcoming DC switchover this month.
==== Collaboration ====
* RCFilters beta feature went live on plwiki, ptwiki last week; next
release to trwiki, fawiki, ruwiki and frwiki next week (Apr 11); then
enwiki + most non-ORES wikis on Apr 24; and all remaining wikis May 9
* Working with Aaron H on figuring out ORES behavior for RCFilters for the
==== Language ====
* Work on OOjs UI migration continue.
== Technology ==
=== Analytics ===
* Reportcard migrated to new infra - Limn is dead
* new AQS metrics (historical projectcounts) have a bug - still vetting
* user agent map in EventLogging replaces user agent string (fully deployed)
* All hadoop workers have been reimaged to jessie - masters left (next week)
* Planning wikistats 2.0 prototype consultation (
* Eventlogging MariaDB custom replication procedure has been updated
(should avoid long delays between master and slave)
* db1047 is to be decommissioned -
=== Security ===
** iOS 2-factor wrapping up
=== Services ===
* Blockers: none
** New version of the PDF render service still awaits checking from WMDE
** All SCB services have been redeployed in preparation to DC switchover to
pick up short-term DNS caching
=== RelEng ===
** May need Ops help deploying 3d2png via scap3 (worked on Beta Cluster),
need some +2 in puppet
=== Discovery ===
* No blockers
* Discussing strategy for enabling live updates for completion suggester -
probably starting with new pages
* New Polish analyzers deployed, Ukrainian is next, working on Chinese
* Working on Wikidata search improvement
* Working on adding non-exact search capabilities to Special:Undelete
* Working on improving noop detection plugins for Elasticsearch
* Preparing for active-active switch
=== Fundraising Tech ===
* Moved all our scheduled jobs off Jenkins with surprisingly little
** Anybody need a job scheduler / cron wrapper script?
** yaml job description files with command, timeout, environment vars
** Ensures jobs run as a specified user
** non-ops can be given the ability to run defined jobs on demand
** can generate cron.d entries automatically
** See more here:
* More work on Central Notice banner sequence, and general admin UI
Just a reminder, CREDIT is starting in 30 minutes!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lani Goto <lgoto(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 5:24 PM
Subject: CREDIT showcase, Wednesday, 5-April-2017
I'd like to welcome you to join us at the CREDIT showcase next week,
Wednesday, 5-April-2017 at 1800 UTC / 1100 Pacific Time. We'd like to see
your demos, whether they're rough works in progress or polished production
material, or even just a telling of something you've been studying
recently. For more information on the upcoming event, as well as recordings
of previous events, please visit the following page:
And if you'd like to share the news about the upcoming CREDIT showcase,
here's some suggested verbiage. Thanks!
*I hope all is well with you! I wanted to let you know about CREDIT, a
monthly demo series that we’re running to showcase open source tech
projects from Wikimedia’s Community, Reading, Editing, Discovery,
Infrastructure and Technology teams. *
*CREDIT is open to the public, and we welcome questions and discussion. The
next CREDIT will be held on April 5th at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 18:00 UTC. *
*There’s more info on MediaWiki, and on Etherpad, which is where we take
notes and ask questions. You can also ask questions on IRC in the Freenode
chatroom #wikimedia-office (web-based access here). Links to video will
become available at these locations shortly before the event.*
*Please feel free to pass this information along to any interested folks.
Our projects tend to focus on areas that might be of interest to folks
working across the open source tech community: language detection,
numerical sort, large data visualizations, maps, and all sorts of other
*If you have any questions, please let me know! Thanks, and I hope to see
you at CREDIT.*
Project Assistant, Engineering Admin
Project Assistant, Engineering Admin