Early notification about potential server ops that may result in temporary
read-only status or downtime.


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From: Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder <ssny...@wikimedia.org>
Date: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 6:01 PM
Subject: [GLAM] Possible editing outages during April
To: "g...@lists.wikimedia.org" <g...@lists.wikimedia.org>

This is early warning of some planned server operations, as an outage can
cause a severe disruption on a short workshop:

In April 2016, the Technology Operations team at the WMF did some work on
the servers that run Wikipedia and the other wikis.  This resulted in all
editing being stopped at all wikis for about half an hour on two different

A similar project is currently expected sometime in April 2017.  I do not
have specific dates or times yet.  However, I expect the first editing
disruption to happen during the first half of April and the second to be
about two weeks afterwards.

They are hoping that the editing outages will be shorter this time (perhaps
15 to 30 minutes).  The time of day is undecided; however, it will almost
certainly be when most of the Ops staff is online (afternoon in Europe and
Africa/morning in the Americas).

Last year, the official schedule was kept at https://wikitech.wikimedia.
org/wiki/Switch_Datacenter and the same page may be used again.  *If you
are scheduling short workshops during April, then please consider checking
that schedule* or checking with me before you finalize your plans.  If you
need to reach me, then I am currently subscribed to the GLAM mailing list,
and you can always leave a note on my talk page at https://en.wikipedia.org/

Sherry Snyder (WhatamIdoing)
Community Liaison, Wikimedia Foundation

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