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Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available.
Changes this week
When someone tries to log in to a blocked account they will be blocked by a cookie. This means their browser will be blocked even if they change their IP address. This makes it more difficult for returning vandals. 
When you use Content Translation to adapt a template to a new translation it will work differently. You can adapt big templates such as infoboxes. Translators will have control over the template parameters. A first version of this is released this week. It is possible it will not work correctly with all templates. There will be more updates for this soon. 
The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 29 November. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 30 November. It will be on all wikis from 1 December (calendar).
Gadgets will have a new option called "hidden". This means you can register gadgets that can't be turned on or off from the preferences page. Hiding gadgets was already possible by using [rights=hidden]. You should now use [hidden] instead. [rights=hidden] in old gadgets should be changed to [hidden]. 
You can join the next meeting with the VisualEditor team. During the meeting, you can tell developers which bugs you think are the most important. The meeting will be on 29 November at 19:00 (UTC). See how to join.
Earlier today, I reported an IP for vandalism. A few minutes later, ChenzwBot reported the IP again. Is this a bug or do you have a reason for it? Computer Fizz (talk) 21:34, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I don't think ChenzwBot checks to see if a user has already been reported. The bot doesn't even edit the same page that user reports are on; it edits a separate page that's transcluded onto the main page. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:19, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
What Auntof6 said is right - the bot doesn't check for existing reports. I will, however, look into addressing this soon. ChenzwTalk 01:28, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
Everyone can now see Special:UserRights. Previously only those who could change user rights could. Other users got an error message. 
ORES can now show how likely an edit is to be damaging to the wiki with different colours. This only works for languages that have trained ORES to recognize damaging edits. 
Changes this week
You will now see categories with 0 pages in Special:Categories. Previously you did not see empty categories there. 
The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 6 December. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 7 December. It will be on all wikis from 8 December (calendar).
You can join the next meeting with the VisualEditor team. During the meeting, you can tell developers which bugs you think are the most important. The meeting will be on 6 December at 20:00 (UTC). See how to join.