Hi Varnent I hope you are well. As you may have noticed, I've been trying to set up the new TPS pages for translation, there's a bunch more pages that need setting up at Grants:TPS/Maintenance. If you can, I'd appreciate some help getting the templates set up for translation as I'm still getting used to changes in the translate extension over the past year. Thehelpfulone 18:34, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Finished a large number of new features and got them ready for roll-out. More in this email.
Wikibase made a big step forward to finally switch to DataModel 1.0.
Improved support for entity IDs bigger than 2 billion (32 bit integer).
We had to adapt Wikibase to some major changes (more major than usual, partly caused by discussions at Wikimania) in MediaWiki core: The default Vector skin became it’s own component and the ResourceLoader got some small but important updates.
Continued work on refactoring code of the user interface to make it ready for new design
Wrote a script to get number of users having wikidata in their recent changes/watchlist from the database
Gregory Varnum, I read this article and also a post by you on Outreach Wiki about possible collaboration between WMF and WQ. Can you please update me on this? --Muzammil (talk) 17:56, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Wikidata weekly summary #123
Here's your quick overview of what has been happening around Wikidata over the last week.
We fixed a bug where some of your typing could be undone when you used "cut" (Ctrl+X). 
You will no longer see empty or deleted categories among the suggestions when you add a category. 
Future software changes
The latest version of MediaWiki (1.24wmf19) is on test wikis and MediaWiki.org since August 28. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis on September 2, and on all Wikipedias on September 4 (calendar).
There is a proposal to build a database on Commons for file data. It will make it easier to see the author, license and topics. You can give feedback on this idea. You can also come to the IRC chat on September 3 at 18:00 (UTC) in #wikimedia-office at freenode. 
You can give feedback on Media Viewer until September 7. You can say what needs to be improved and ask other people to give feedback too. 
The Affiliations Committee is looking for new members. The committee's work requires communication with volunteers all over the World, negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.
Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of October 2014, with new members expected to join on or around 1 November 2014.
Hi Varnent. Your temporary adminship has expired. As such, I have removed your sysop bit. If you wish to regain adminship, please file another Request for Adminship. Thank you, Tiptoetytalk 02:44, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available.
Recent software changes
You can now change the style of links to disambiguation pages. This is done with the mw-disambigCSS class. 
There was a problem on right-to-left wikis with Wikidata log entries. The text was messy in watchlists and recent changes. The problem is now fixed. The same problem will be fixed soon for user names. 
New users are randomly chosen for a test on 12 Wikipedias. They get messages with ideas of articles to edit. The ideas come from what they have already edited. 
There was a problem with loading images on September 10. 
If you don't select text when you add a link, the link now shows a number. 
The citation tool no longer offers to reuse a citation if there are none on the page yet. 
You can now use help buttons in the "Page settings" menu to see what the options are for. 
Future software changes
The latest version of MediaWiki (1.24wmf21) is on test wikis and MediaWiki.org since September 11. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis on September 16, and on all Wikipedias on September 18 (calendar).
These changes are coming with the new version:
There are now many more translations for language names. 
Software changes this week
The new version of MediaWiki (1.25wmf1) is on test wikis and MediaWiki.org since September 25. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis on September 30, and on all Wikipedias on October 2 (calendar).
Errors from Scribunto (Lua) are now shown on the page. Before, you had to click on "Script error" to see them. 
You can add an "autovalue" for a field in TemplateData. When users add the template to a page, the value will be added automatically. An example is when a clean-up template shows the date it was added. 
If you change a user preference but don't save it, it now asks if you want to save it. 
The PDF export tool has changed. The new one has better language support but it doesn't offer ZIM and EPUB formats. 
With the deployment next Tuesday you will be able to edit all sitelinks at once as well as all fields of the "in other languages" box. This is an intermediate step towards the new user interface and will evolve further over the next weeks. You can see what is coming on Tuesday now already on test.wikidata.org.
WikiProject Names aims to improve name related data on Wikidata. Initial focus is on first names (given names). Half of items for first names still need cleaning up, but 15% of items for persons already have a given name defined.
Spent the week with the WMF multimedia team and volunteers to get more clarity about structured data on Commons. We'll be asking for feedback on a lot of stuff over the next weeks. The main info hub is taking shape at Commons:Structured data.
More fixes for the switch to HHVM
Looked into possible performance improvements. Some of them will be taken into the next sprint.
Battled a handful of nasty issues on the live-site