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There were no user-facing changes in today's code release, but one back end security fix was applied.
Hey Fandom, I would like to report a bug about uploading PNG images. Every time I upload a new PNG image, it would show the new image that was already uploaded but then a sudden glitch happens where the image gets switch from new to what it originally look like on some Terraria wikis.
Due to statutory holidays in Poland, where the vast majority of our engineers are located, there will be no code releases next Monday and Tuesday. Regular releases will resume on May 5, 2021.
Release highlights from today include fixes for the following bugs:
Anons have lost the ability to post on Message Walls on non-restricted wikis
Some GP wikis randomly switch to old mobile skin from desktop
Images in portable infoboxes are not thumbnailed on mobile
Pre-tag line-height is too small
ListUsers "Contributed" dropdown is slightly misaligned
Some article content is missing on FandomMobile in certain pages
Release highlights from yesterday and today include fixes for the following:
URLs to wikis treated as external links
Editing with an account that has no edits produces a division by zero error on the Chinese Community Central wiki
Link Suggest behaves oddly at the end of the page
Link Suggest does not function properly in the 2010 editor on Firefox
Calendar dropdown is missing theming
Filling in for Carrol while she takes some much deserved PTO
Today's release highlights include:
Solving excessive rate-limiting for file renames
Finally solving the achievement for posting to Message Wall not working (we hope)
Fixing a problem with database dumps not generating for very large wikis
Fixing a problem with the user blog namespace diff page showing the right rail
Fixing an issue preventing the display of moderation tools within Special:MobileDiff on FandomMobile
The highlights of today's technical release include:
The achievement for posting to Message Walls now works for all wikis (at this point, even I am skeptical!)
The non-functional "account creation" block option has been removed from Special:Block page
Subpages of wiki main pages no longer have a right rail
Work continues apace on getting the new desktop skin finalized. As for user-facing bug fixes, we have just the one,
The achievement for posting to Message Walls now works for supported non-English wikis as well (the fix for English wikis was yesterday)
There were only 2 user-facing changes in today's release:
An issue with uploading some YouTube videos was resolved.
The achievement for posting to Message Walls now works
As UCP migrations close, personal global CSS and JS has had its source of truth switched back to Community Central from the UCP placeholder wiki. Your last revision on UCP wiki has been transferred to Community Central.
There were no user-facing releases on Thursday, April 15th. Today's release includes:
Broken links now display as red (in color) in the Mobile Visual Editor
The edit summary box on the 2017 editor now has a maximum number of characters limit applied
Styling, and in particular bullet lists, have been added back to Special:Gadgets
Old blocks which were not being applied on wikis have now been fixed
Special:Analytics no longer has information about Discussion feeds
Fallback language has been added back to Chinese language variants where it was missing
There was only one release of note today and that was that legibility and contrast have been improved for Special:MobileDiff on the FandomMobile skin.
Today's release highlights include:
A main page gallery on the Warsawa (Polish) wiki which had been throwing a MediaWiki error has been resolved.
Searching "qq" or "QQ" on the Chinese Minecraft wiki no longer results in an internal error.
New mobile images galleries are now enabled across Fandom.
Some missing translations have been added for the CreateNewWiki process for non-English wikis.
Today's release highlights include:
The process of uploading a duplicate of a file that already exists on a wiki has been improved
Preview in 2010 editor now shows categories and displays references in a single column
Register account link inside the Editor Popup has been fixed
Work is advancing on the new version of Theme Designer
User Talk namespace now redirects to the Message Wall namespace for non-English wikis
Reverb on non-English migrated GP wikis now links to the notification page on the correct language path
Banners informing about new mobile experience on wikis has been removed
Last Wednesday's release blocker has been resolved. Gallery image thumbnails now load in the Visual Editor on Mobile
Message wall threads no longer disappear when clicked
We moved to daily technical releases on Mondays through Thursdays as of April 7, 2021 and I will be providing high level updates here regarding those releases moving forward. As I'm sure many of you have noticed, it's already the 8th and nothing was said yesterday. For the record, there was a technical blocker which caused the team to cancel yesterday's release. Today, there is only one bug fix of note being released:
We had a number of wikis which experienced problems during the wiki creation process which caused a corruption of the underlying database. A search was made to identify these wikis and they have since been deleted.
It's been a while since the last one of these, as the releases made since the end of November have been big enough for their own staff blog (Discussions search), reverted due to bugs, or mostly backend stuff that weren't worth highlighting. We also had a multi-week release freeze in there for the holidays.
Let's dive in with some releases in the past week or so!
Several fixes for LinkSuggest went out recently. More specifically: It now no longer attempts to show you suggestions after the pipe is added, the window is no longer too small and wraps page titles now, and it once again shows transclusion suggestions for non-template namespaces.
Fatal exceptions on Category pages were corrected
A bug preventing bottom toolbar customization was fixed.
Fixed: For pages with multiple galleries, the gallery builder was inserting images on the first one in the page, rather than the intended gallery.
The Social Activity feed no longer shows non-functioning action links for users without the permissions to use them.
The Social Activity feed now shows Discussions activity
The Abuse Filter log now correctly shows post-migration history for wikis moving from Legacy to UCP.
Currently being worked on:
Social Activity tabs for anonymous users, for better moderation of their non-edit contributions
Better block data display for administrations on user pages
We haven't had one of these in a while as we are starting to switch gears from UCP migrations (set to finish in the next month+) to the unified experience work. As announced in the Community Checkpoint today, we'll begin to talk with you soon about the unified experience and the order in which the different components of it will become available.
Here are some highlights from the past few weeks:
The Gallery fixes finally went live! That includes: No more galleries with gaps around images or misaligned images, zoomed-in images, infoboxes with missing galleries, or thumbnails that are too big or too small. Shared images should display again in galleries and in lightboxes.
Notifications for article comments are live! With a few caveats: Notifications about anon comments still say "Undefined" instead of "A Fandom user". That'll be fixed. You can't yet follow all comments for an entire article, only individual comments, so you get notified if you receive a reply for your comment, or a new reply under your reply, or a reply under a comment you follow for other reasons. Notifications work on-site, on mobile, and in email.
Mods+ can now (un)hide deleted content on Message Walls. For that, an option has been added within a dropdown. The selection sticks from wiki to wiki.
A severe issue was fixed where different data clusters didn't properly sync user data, leading to issues like users showing as nonexistent if they don't have edits on a wiki.
You can once again see more than 10 notifications in the on-site dropdown.
Long wall messages can be edited again. The scroll bar has been restored so the Save button can be reached.
An issue was fixed where IP blocked users saw block notices claiming their account, rather than their IP, was blocked.
We've once again fixed issues with wiki database dump creation, so some wikis that weren't getting their dump should have it now.
A bug was fixed that prevented users from finding localized special pages via Search.
The "Closed wiki" page on mobile displays properly now.
An issue was fixed where Special:JSPages was cleared upon UCP migration. Pages would only appear there after they were edited.
ListUser once again shows users that don't have special rights on legacy wikis.
Gamepedia PRO users once again get an ad-free experience
Issue fixed where message wall notifications would say username instead of addressing you directly. (This only happened if your name has a space in it)
Issue fixed that sometimes caused the favicon upload option to escape from the ThemeDesigner and float below it instead.
Issue fixed where categories with special characters in them displayed incorrectly in the category bar in the article footer.
Issue fixed where video play buttons on videos embedded in an infobox (but not in a gallery) didn't display properly.
Issue fixed where text on articles flowed too closely to embedded images.
Issue fixed where article comment links couldn't deal with usernames ending in special characters.
Issue fixed where article comments containing multiple ? (which is fairly common) caused errors, preventing the post from being published.
importArticles once again allows spaces in import lines.
The plainlinks class should once again hide the arrow icon behind external links.
And, since @Hollowness asked, here's a picture of Louie in his holiday bowtie...
Have a great Thanksgiving, those who celebrate it! Fandom US will be off next Thursday and Friday, so responses from US-based employees will be delayed. Additionally, I'm out most of next week. Toodles!
On November 3rd at roughly 10:19am US Eastern Time, a code deploy caused a fatal exception for all Fandom and Gamepedia wikis on the new platform.
The error appeared as an "InvalidArgumentException" to users.
The offending code has been rolled back and the platform is back to normal, as of 10:40am US Eastern Time. If you see weird CSS issues, that's due to caching and should resolve on its own.
Sorry for the brief disruption!
Welcome to our first Release Highlights post on Discussions :)
This week, the teams mostly released bug fixes.
A number of major performance fixes were deployed on the backend, correcting some high error rates and other issues. We have more work on that currently in flight.
An issue that prevented users from renaming any videos has been partially fixed. There will still be an error if the new name contains . , but renaming works in all other cases.
Syntax Highlighting in 2017 Code Editor
Syntax highlighting can once again be turned off in the 2017 code editor - a necessary fix since the highlighter could cause performance issues on long pages.
Special Page Formatting
Bullet list formatting for second level entries has been fixed for special pages, which makes them easier to read again.
Comment Display on Social Activity
An issue was fixed where legacy comments that got migrated to the UCP and then edited, or that received replies, showed in their full length on the social activity feed. Comments created on the UCP are truncated after ~100 characters to keep the feed legible. This is now applied to legacy comments that appear in the feed as well.
LinkSuggest in the 2010 editor works again even when syntax highlighting is enabled.
Needs More Polish, Yes?
Page titles containing Polish characters that broke post migration and rendered links invalid have been restored.
EDIT: Next Week...
We have a bunch of fixes related to galleries and images in infoboxes. They did not make the cutoff for today's release, so they'll be deployed on Tuesday. Update: Delayed to Thursday's release due to platform crash in today's release.
And last but not least...
This is Louie. He lives with me now.