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There was a security issue on Wikimedia Labs. Many Labs tools were down after the issue was fixed. 
Software changes this week
The new version of MediaWiki has been on test wikis and MediaWiki.org since January 14. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis from February 3. It will be on all Wikipedias from February 4 (calendar).
The "Save page" button in the VisualEditor toolbar is now blue rather than green. This is the same as on the mobile site. 
You can now edit pages on the draft namespace with VisualEditor on the Russian Wikipedia and Hebrew Wikipedia. You can ask to get VisualEditor for a namespace on your wiki. When your community agrees, ask in Phabricator. 
You can now change the order of categories in VisualEditor using drag-and-drop. 
In VisualEditor, you now need to make a change before you can "Apply Changes" to citations and templates. 
The way the cursor moves in VisualEditor is changing. Your browser now handles the cursor directly. Most of you will see no change. In right-to-left text, the cursor now moves in a 'visible' rather than 'logical' way. This is like other sites but you may be surprised at first. 
The VisualEditor Team had their first public bug triage meeting on February 11. They will post the results on the meeting page. 
You can join the second weekly meeting with the VisualEditor team. During the meetings you can tell developers which bugs are the most important. The meeting will be on February 18 at 16:00 (UTC). See how to join. 
The new version of MediaWiki has been on test wikis and MediaWiki.org since February 18. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis from February 25. It will be on all Wikipedias from February 26 (calendar).
It is now easier to see template fields in VisualEditor. The fields are bigger. 
It is now easier to see when a button is disabled in VisualEditor. 
Sometimes when you copy-pasted a template in VisualEditor, it was replaced by HTML. This problem is now fixed. 
Tools in Labs will stop working for a few hours on February 24. 
You can read the notes from the last meeting with the VisualEditor team.
You can join the next weekly meeting with the VisualEditor team. During the meetings you can tell developers which bugs are the most important. The meeting will be on February 26 at 00:00 (UTC). See how to join.
At the moment you need to log in to edit Wikimedia wikis on mobile devices. You can say if anyone should be allowed to edit on the mobile sites. The discussion ends on March 15.
Images in the interface will soon work better in Opera 12. 
have today surpassed 50k. Not bad considering the goal for year's end was 'over 9,000'. BRS(Talk)(Contribs) 01:15, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
I think that was my 2013 goal, no?
I'd guess I spent around £50, maybe as-much as £100 in-total, on Facebook advertising during the "Mission Over 9,000" year. Very little since, the likes increment seems to have taken on a life of its own. --Brian McNeil / talk 07:11, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
On the never pleasant subject of money, the donate at wikinewsie dot org paypal account has dropped below the monthly hosting costs (very reasonable $6.99/m.o.). I dislike "rattling the tin", but until I get this little paid photography gig out the way, I'm really feeling the pinch. --Brian McNeil / talk 07:24, 27 February 2015 (UTC)