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- There is a new tool that allows you to see which home wiki the users in discussions on Meta have. With this you can see if discussions that may affect multiple wikis are being participated in by a broad spectrum of members from various projects.
- You can now thank users for file uploads or for changing the language of a page. 
Issues and maintenance
- There were many errors with the new MediaWiki version last week. The old version was restored to fix this, but as a result any updates or changes that were expected last week are now delayed. 
- Everyone was forcefully logged out for security reasons. A user had reported being logged in to someone else's account. The problem should be fixed now. 
Changes later this week
- The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and MediaWiki.org from 6 October. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 7 October. It will be on all wikis from 8 October (calendar).
- Letters immediately after a link are shown as part of the link, for example the entire word in
[[Child]]renis linked. On Arabic wikis this works at both the start and end of a word. Previously on Arabic wikis numbers and other non-letter Unicode characters were shown as part of the link at the start of a word but not at the end. Now only Latin and Arabic letters will extend links on Arabic wikis. 
- You will be able to read but not edit the wikis for up to an hour (probably less) on 27 October around 14:00 (UTC). 
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