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- For event organizers, if you request a temporary lift of the IP cap for mass account creation, this will now also raise the edit rate limit for those new accounts at the event, which will prevent another bottleneck. 
- Administrators at all Wiktionary, Wikivoyage, and Wikisource wikis are now able to use the new partial blocks feature. 
Changes later this week
- The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 9 juli. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 10 juli. It will be on all wikis from 11 juli (calendar).
- The design of MediaWiki's software windows will change for desktop users. Layout will be simpler, buttons will be bolder and clearer, and close buttons will be just icons. This is like the mobile design. This will affect ContentTranslation, VisualEditor, TemplateWizard, and other tools. 
- You can join the technical advice meeting on IRC. During the meeting, volunteer developers can ask for advice. The meeting will be on 10 juli at 15:00 (UTC). See how to join.
- Wikidata will be in read-only mode on 30 July from 05:00 to 05:30 UTC because of a server switch. 
- There will be a change in the name format of new Wikidata RDF dumps starting on 15 July. 
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