Upgrade to Mediawiki 1.23.5 and other minor changes

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Release date
16 October 2014

MediaWiki upgraded to 1.23.5

MediaWiki has been upgraded to version 1.23.5. (release notes)

Empty edit summary prompt preference changed

We have enabled by default the preference that prompts you when you make an edit without providing an edit summary. This is to encourage best practice: Always provide a summary of the change you're making.

Turning off this behavior

Some people might find this new behavior disruptive to their workflow. While we do not encourage turning off this reminder, it is controlled by a regular user preference, so you can set it how you wish:

PreferencesEditing → Editor → Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary

New string parsing functions

We have also enabled a powerful new set of string parsing functions. (Example: User:Ckoehler/Tests/Replace)

Other configuration changes

  • 'Sandstone' customizations are now implemented via a MediaWiki extension rather than via Vector.css and Common.css.
  • Account approvers no longer receive email notification of pending requests. They should visit Special:Watchlist to determine if there are any pending requests.
  • The minimum words required for the bio field on the Special:RequestAccount form has been reduced from 50 to 15.
  • Registered and autoconfirmed users now have access to the writeapi, enabling certain AJAX-dependent UX features.


Thank you User:GPHemsley, User:CLiang, and everyone else who reported bugs and helped with this release!

Notice any issues?

If you notice any issues with this release, please report a bug.

If you simply have questions, you are welcome to ask in #wiki (webchat).

Bugs resolved in this release

Full Query
ID Severity Summary Whiteboard Priority Status
1075285 normal Upgrade wiki.mozilla.org to MediaWiki 1.23.5 [kanban:https://kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/4/1371] [dev=2014-10-09] [stage=2014-10-16] [prod=2014-10-16] -- RESOLVED
1077182 normal Install Sandstone extension [kanban:https://kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/4/1548] [dev=2014-10-09][prod=2014-10-16] -- RESOLVED
1080898 normal Make default the user option to prompt for an edit summary if none is provided [kanban:https://kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/4/1674] [dev=2014-10-16][prod=2014-10-16] -- RESOLVED
1081181 normal Change ConfirmAccount settings (min words bio field and notification email address) [kanban:https://kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/4/1672] [dev=2014-10-16] [stage=2014-10-16] [prod=2014-10-16] -- RESOLVED
1082298 normal Enable ParserFunctions string functions [kanban:https://kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/4/1671] [dev=2014-10-16][prod=2014-10-16] -- RESOLVED
1082810 normal Allow use of the write API (writeapi) for autoconfirm and/or users [kanban:https://kanbanize.com/ctrl_board/4/1673] [dev=2014-10-16][prod=2014-10-16] -- RESOLVED

6 Total; 0 Open (0%); 6 Resolved (100%); 0 Verified (0%);

See also