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Latest *tech news
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Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes.
Not all changes will affect you. Translations
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Tech/News/2018/11> are
available.

*Recent changes*

   - 3D models can now be uploaded to Commons. [1]
   <https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/commons-l/2018-February/007972.html>
   - Page Previews
   <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Page_Previews> has
   been updated to use HTML <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:HTML> for
   previews. This has fixed many issues. An A/B test
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:A/B_testing> was done on English and
   German Wikipedia to measure how it is used. Other changes were also made.
   [2]
   <https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2018-March/089609.html>
   - Some edits have to be checked against too many conditions before they
   can trigger an abuse filter
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Wikipedia:Edit_filter>. If that is the
   reason no filter is triggered the edit will be tagged
   
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:RecentChanges&tagfilter=abusefilter-condition-limit>
   for review. [3] <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T71492>
   - Auto-saving has been added to the visual editor and the 2017 wikitext
   editor. Right now it is meant to help if your browser crashes or if you
   accidentally close a tab. [4] <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T57370>

*Problems*

   - The abuse filter
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Wikipedia:Edit_filter> did not tag all
   edits that should have been tagged after last week's MediaWiki version had
   come to the wikis. It was fixed on 9 March (UTC). [5]
   <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T189299>

*Changes later this week*

   - You can notify users in edit summaries
   
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Ping_users_from_the_edit_summary>.
   They will get a ping just as if they had been mentioned on a wiki page.
   This was originally planned to happen last week. [6]
   <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T32750>
   - It is now possible to specify the block parameters for each filter in
   Special:AbuseFilter <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:AbuseFilter>.
   The parameters include block duration and if the user should be blocked
   from editing their own talk page. The block duration is separate for
   anonymous and registered users. [7]
   <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T32024>[8]
   <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T170014>
   - [image: Advanced item] A hundred Wikimedia wikis will switch to use
   the Remex parsing library <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/RemexHtml>.
   This is to replace Tidy
   <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsing/Replacing_Tidy>. It will happen
   on 13 and 14 March. Other wikis will be recommended to switch soon when
   they have fixed the errors that must be fixed. Tidy will be removed in the
   middle of 2018. [9] <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T188869>[10]
   <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T188010>[11]
   
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsing/Replacing_Tidy/FAQ#What_will_editors_need_to_do.3F>
   - [image: Recurrent item] The new version
   <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.31/wmf.25> of MediaWiki will
   be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 13 March. It will be on
   non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 14 March. It will be on all
   wikis from 15 March (calendar
   <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.31/Roadmap>).

*Meetings*

   - [image: Recurrent item] You can join the next meeting with the Editing
   team. During the meeting, you can tell developers which bugs you think are
   the most important. The meeting will be on 13 March at 19:30 (UTC)
   
<https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=19&min=30&sec=0&year=2018&month=03&day=13>.
   See how to join
   <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Editing_team/Weekly_triage_meetings>.
   - [image: Advanced item] You can join the technical advice meeting on
   IRC. During the meeting, volunteer developers can ask for advice. The
   meeting will be on 14 March at 16:00 (UTC)
   
<http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=16&min=00&sec=0&day=14&month=03&year=2018>.
   See how to join
   <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Technical_Advice_IRC_Meeting>.

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