On 26 January 2012 16:59, Sumana Harihareswara <sumanah(a)wikimedia.org>wrote;wrote:
The developers of MediaWiki, the software Wikimedia
sites run on, are
wrapping up work on a new version, with hundreds of improvements and
There is a draft schedule for deploying this software to all Wikimedia
sites in February and March. The schedule is tentative and dates are
going to shift and change. (See the "SCHEDULING" note below in this
We want to do a lot of testing BEFORE the rollout, so that we catch
potential problems before they affect readers and editors. Please help
us! We have set up replicas of your wikis and installed the latest
MediaWiki code on those replicas, so you can spot new problems in the
Please look at
wikis to test. Try reading, editing, and so on as you normally would;
treat it as a giant sandbox. If you find a problem, please report it
We are especially interested in finding out about problems that affect
SCHEDULING: Now is also a good time to let us know if there are going to
be big news days or weeks in February where your community would be
especially unhappy if you had a window with no access or no editability.
For example, if there's an important national election happening in one
of the countries you serve, we'd ideally like to avoid taking your site
down for maintenance on that day.
would be a
good place to tell us that.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us in
or via the Wikimedia
developers' mailing list at
Volunteer Development Coordinator
Wikitech-l mailing list
If you need any user rights (admin, crat..) for your testing, please feel
free to request on
they might be a bit more busy with testing), so feel free to ping me on IRC
(Thehelpfulone), email me or leave a message on my enwiki/metawiki talk
page if nobody has replied to your request.