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Technical Update: September 20, 2011

DaNASCAT September 20, 2011 User blog:DaNASCAT Google

Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so we’re posting this on a Tuesday to give you advance notice. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.

Major Bugs Fixed

  • The chat server crashed periodically over the last week, but the underlying issue was found and fixed.
  • We also fixed the "Error communicating with MediaWiki server" message that was appearing on chat for some wikis.
  • The link on the Community Messages bubble was redirecting to Special:ActivityFeed, not Special:WikiActivity.
  • An issue with our analytics software was inserting greatly inflated numbers into the Quick Stats part of Admin Dashboard.

Other Notable Changes

  • The floating toolbar will now also appear on the Visual Editor edit page.
  • The Visual Editor will no longer appear on namespaces critical to Semantic MediaWiki functionality - Property, Form, Category, and Concept.
  • Wikia Staff has a new tool that will allow us to refresh Special pages if data becomes outdated due to caching issues. Please use Special:Contact for such requests.
  • Special:WikiaLabs now redirects to Special:WikiFeatures.

Select Known Issues

  • Private Messages on Special:Chat are not working for a number of wikis.
  • Unfortunately, the oft-appearing bug of images not refreshing after a re-upload has returned. Our technicians have identified the underlying issue but a fix is not yet in place.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them below. And if you have additional bugs to report, please send them to us via Special:Contact.

Update: 9/23/11, 5:44pm UTC (10:44am U.S. Pacific): Chat is currently down. We're working on the issue, and we expect it will take a few hours. Thanks for your patience. (Now resolved.)

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