Posts categorized under: MediaWiki

MediaWiki - powered by Debian

Barring any bugs, the last set of changes to the MediaWiki Debian package for the stretch release landed earlier this month. There are some documentation changes, and updates for changes to other, related packages. One of the other changes is the addition of a "powered by Debian" footer icon (drawn ...

texvc back in Debian

Today texvc was re-accepted for inclusion into Debian. texvc is a TeX validator and converter than can be used with the Math extension to generate PNGs of math equations. It had been removed from Jessie when MediaWiki itself was removed. However, a texvc package is still useful for those who ...

wikidiff2 1.4.1

In MediaWiki 1.28, MaxSem improved diff limits in the pure PHP diff implementation that ships with MediaWiki core. However Wikimedia and other larger wikis use a PHP extension called wikidiff2, for better performance and additional support for Japanese, Chinese, and Thai.

wikidiff2 1.4.1 is now available in ...

What is the Crisis?

The following is my answer to a question asked of board candidates in the current ASBS election. I'd like to be able to discuss what I posted without making it look like I'm canvassing or something. You can read what other candidates said on Meta-Wiki.

Q. One candidate ...

The future of Echo

Echo (aka "Notifications") is the MediaWiki extension that provides a notifications framework for other features to use, as well as some "core" notification types. It's had a tumultuous history ever since it was deployed to Wikimedia wikis in 2013. To figure out where Echo should go, I think we ...

Why I am still here.

This is a follow up to my probably depressing blog post on Friday, entitled "Why am I still here?" I think I figured out the answer, it's a lot of different things!

Why am I still here?

Honestly, I'm not sure. I'm not working at the WMF for the money. And it's not because my job is fun - it stopped being fun a few months ago. I'm mostly still here because I don't really have anything else to do right now. I ...

Cross-wiki notifications on test wikis

As was teased in this week's tech news, cross-wiki notifications are now available as a BetaFeature on testwiki and test2wiki. Simply go to your preferences, enable "Enhanced notifications", trigger a notification for yourself on test2.wikipedia.org (e.g. log out and edit your talk page), and open up ...

Wikipedia turns 15

Wikipedia turned 15 last week. Aside from having my friends wish me a happy birthday, I also went to the party in San Francisco. I had a good time meeting up with some Wikimedians that I hadn't seen in a while, and also enjoyed the talks. My favorite was ...