Brad Jorsch (Anomie | 17 Apr 16:26 2015

API log entry parameter output is handled by LogFormatter (coming in 1.26wmf3)

T35235 <> has been around since
2011, and it's now fixed with the merge of Gerrit change 183315
<>. For the effects this will
have for bots and other API clients, see the announcement on

For developers, this means that it's much easier to provide formatting for
your log entry parameters: it's now *possible* for extensions, and no
longer hard-coded in ApiQueryLogEvents for core.

If anyone is looking at updating existing log entries or creating new ones
for improved parameter formatting, you should be able to get the general
idea from the core formatters I did in that Gerrit change. But don't
hesitate to ask me for help if necessary, and please do add me as a
reviewer on relevant changesets.



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Software Engineer
Wikimedia Foundation
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Koerner, Chris L | 17 Apr 16:24 2015

Re: VisualEditor support for table copy-and-paste from Word

This drag and drop from a CSV and other mentions of VE neatness would make a great blog post. I would love see a
post about being productive in VisualEditor. Tips and tricks as it were.

-Chris K.
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James Forrester | 17 Apr 00:38 2015

Welcome Editing product analyst Neil P. Quinn

​ am very pleased to welcome Neil P. Quinn as the latest member of the Editing
team <>, as our product analyst
working alongside me.

n his own words:

I was born and raised in North Carolina—specifically the lovely, humid,
famous-for-NASCAR city of Concord
<,_North_Carolina> (pronounced
*kon-KORD*, not *KON-kerd* like the place in New Hampshire, thank you very
much)—although my dad is originally from Cleveland and my mom from Gujarat
<> by way of Chicago. I have one older
brother <>, who's putting me to shame by doing a PhD
in geology at Caltech, and two younger sisters who were adopted from India.

I went to college at Georgetown University
<> in Washington, DC. I
originally studied Middle Eastern history, which took me to Jordan for an
eight-month study abroad program, but about halfway through, after I
decided that life in a think tank wasn't for me, I switched my major to
international economics. I spent some internships trying out marketing,
including one in a "boutique thought leadership consultancy" located half a
block from K Street
<,_D.C.%29>, where I
did things like help the United States Travel Association
<> scheme to get people to travel more. I
eventually found my way to software product stuff, including an internship
at Appcelerator <>, which I have
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Dan Andreescu | 15 Apr 20:09 2015

Scrum of Scrums notes, 2015-04-15
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Rachel Farrand | 15 Apr 19:27 2015

Fwd: 2016 European Hackathon: Looking for Proposals

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rachel Farrand <rfarrand <at>>
Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:37 PM
Subject: 2016 European Hackathon: Looking for Proposals
To: chapters <at>, wikitech-l-request <at>


Is your chapter interested in hosting the 2016 European Hackathon? We are
looking for proposals!

We have put together some information for potential hackathon organizers
here <> and
some general information about hackathon objectives here

This years Wikimedia Hackathon 2015
<> will be held in
Lyon, France in May. Ideally we will announce the host for 2016 in Lyon. If
multiple chapters are interested, we will work together to figure out the
the best solution.

If you are interested in hosting or have any questions about the process
you have a few options:
1) Create a Phabricator task and associate it with the
Engineering-Community project. Include as much information as possible from
the first step section of the proposing a hackathon
<> wiki
2) Email me at rfarrand <at> with any questions or concerns
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Pine W | 15 Apr 10:05 2015

VisualEditor support for table copy-and-paste from Word


I just want to say a public "thank you" for VE saving my sanity by doing
something that I didn't know was possible. I was able to copy a table from
Word onto Meta using VisualEditor, and much to my surprise it mostly
worked. I must have tried at least five other ways to get one of Cascadia
Wikimedians' annual plan tables copied from Google Docs onto Meta, all with
poor results. While VisualEditor only copied part of the formatting into
MediaWiki, the results were far better than anything else I had tried for
the past few hours. So thank you very much for supporting this
copy-and-paste functionality with VisualEditor.


*This is an Encyclopedia* <>

*One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water we
must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not

*—Catherine Munro*
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Tim Starling | 15 Apr 04:59 2015

RFC meeting this week

In the next RFC meeting, we would like to discuss the following RFC:

* Watch Categorylinks

The meeting will be on the IRC channel #wikimedia-office on at the following time:

* UTC: Wednesday 21:00
* US PDT: Wednesday 14:00
* Europe CEST: Wednesday 22:00
* Australia AEST: Thursday 07:00

-- Tim Starling

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wp mirror | 14 Apr 18:49 2015

Re: Wikitech-l Digest, Vol 141, Issue 24

Dear list members,

I read with interest the article on `Great canon'; and, as an immediate
stop-gap measure, recommend:

Policy: Advise every Wikipedia user to install `HTTPS Everywhere'.

Reference: <>.

Sincerely Yours,

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Pine W | 11 Apr 18:18 2015

Another reason to consider forcing https

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Nuria Ruiz | 10 Apr 17:15 2015

Rough Estimate of pageviews with Javascript disabled


The analytics team has been working in getting  a *rough *estimate on the
percentage of pageviews we get for browsers with Javascript disabled. We
though we should be able to provide a pretty good rough estimate using the
data our hadoop cluster has as we have every single request to bits, text
and mobile. The hardest part is filtering robots/spiders (from changes we
hope to deploy this week this identification should be a lot easier).

Our rough estimate is that *about 3% of our pageviews come from clients
with **no Javacript support. *Note that some of those are browsers we do
not support javascript-wise (like IE6) and others are browsers without
Javascript support to speak off (Opera Mini).

Details and caveats of the methodology used:


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Krinkle | 10 Apr 12:19 2015

Abandoned MediaWiki core branches (pre-git)

Hey all,

We've got a dozen or so branches that were migrated from SVN.

Can we delete and/or migrate these accordingly?

Nowadays these would likely live in a personal sandbox, or in a (stack of) Gerrit changes that can be
iterated upon.

I've made a list at <>: <>

		• Branch point: MediaWiki 1.21
		• Active: December 2012
		• Commits ahead: 0 (never diverged)

		• Branch point: MediaWiki 1.21
		• Active: October 2012
		• Users: Daniel Kinzler (brightbyte)
		• Commits ahead: 0 (merged into master)

		• Branch point: MediaWiki 1.21
		• Active: March 2012 - February 2013
		• Commits ahead: 14
		• Users: Liangent, Tim Starling

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