User:Stephane Lo Presti/News

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Wiki maintenance on Wednesday November 30 at 9 AM Pacific - November 28, 2016[edit]

Hi,

We’ll be performing a pretty big upgrade to the wiki servers on Wednesday November 30th 2016 to upgrade not only MediaWiki (to version 1.27.1) and Semantic MediaWiki (version 2.4.3) but also the Operating System layer of these systems. The details of this maintenance are:

  • Starting at 9 AM (Pacific Time), we’ll take 2 of the 4 wiki servers outside of the rotation to upgrade them; during that period, wikis will work with degraded performances (e.g. pages could load slower)
  • At around 11:30 AM (Pacific Time), we’ll take down all the wiki servers to upgrade the dabatases; the wikis will be unavailable for about 45 to 75 minutes
  • When this is finished, we’ll bring back online the 2 upgrade servers while we upgrade the last 2; wikis’ performance will again be degraded

We’re sorry about the need to take down the wikis, but we’ve worked out the least impacting plan overall, for an operation of this complexity. A newer version of the Operating System layer was needed to be able to upgrade the MediaWiki software and this is something quite rare (we last did it about 4 years ago). We’re hoping, without any guarantee, that this upgrade will help with the situation or 502 errors, and will be monitoring the situation. Please continue to report feedback on the wiki.

Let us know in my talkpage if you have comments or questions. ArenaNet would like to thank all the wiki editors for their work!

UPDATED: Wiki maintenance postponed - November 14, 2016[edit]

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the maintenance has to be pushed to Wednesday 11/30 in 2 weeks (tentatively). We’re very sorry about that and thank you for your understanding.

Hi,

We’ll be performing a pretty big upgrade to the wiki servers on Wednesday November 16th 2016 to upgrade not only MediaWiki (to version 1.27.1) and Semantic MediaWiki (version 2.4.3) but also the Operating System layer of these systems. The details of this maintenance are:

  • Starting at 9 AM (Pacific Time), we’ll take 2 of the 4 wiki servers outside of the rotation to upgrade them; during that period, wikis will work with degraded performances (e.g. pages could load slower)
  • At around 11:30 AM (Pacific Time), we’ll take down all the wiki servers to upgrade the dabatases; the wikis will be unavailable for about 45 to 75 minutes
  • When this is finished, we’ll bring back online the 2 upgrade servers while we upgrade the last 2; wikis’ performance will again be degraded

We’re sorry about the need to take down the wikis, but we’ve worked out the least impacting plan overall, for an operation of this complexity. A newer version of the Operating System layer was needed to be able to upgrade the MediaWiki software and this is something quite rare (we last did it about 4 years ago). We’re hoping, without any guarantee, that this upgrade will help with the situation or 502 errors, and will be monitoring the situation. Please continue to report feedback on the wiki.

Let us know in my talkpage if you have comments or questions. ArenaNet would like to thank all the wiki editors for their work!

Guild Wars Guru closing - June 16th, 2016[edit]

Hi everyone,

A player informed me that the Guild Wars Guru forum will be closing on July 1st, staying in Archive Mode. Although this is not core game content, that player highlighted how much great community content there still is on this fansite, for example: http://www.guildwarsguru.com/forum/wintersday-workshop-2011-t10497641.html?t=10497641&highlight=wintersday+workshop http://www.guildwarsguru.com/forum/charlies-action-fighter-t10422453.html

If people want to save some of that content on the Wiki, to make sure that it's not lost, I'd suggest that you talk to the forum admins to clarify the rights on that content.

Thanks!

Changing the captcha method on this Wiki - January 27th, 2016[edit]

Hi everyone,

There's been a little technical problem with the captcha on this wiki and now that it's fixed we'd like to discuss changing the captcha method. We currently use ReCaptcha, except on the English Guild Wars 2 wiki where QuestyCaptcha is used. We'd like to move all 5 wikis to QuestyCaptcha to keep all the environment consistent and use the method that seems to cause the least amount of issues (not that we're expecting this to happen again). I'm not sure that this would have a huge impact, apart from having to prepare a set of Q&A for this catpcha method. However we want to know whether someone is opposed to such a change or if anyone has concerns or questions to share. Feel free to jump on my talkpage to discuss!

Thanks!