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Month: November 2006

EN Wikizine – number: 51

Technical news [Anti-Autoblock] – When a sysop blocks a user, they can specify that any IP addresses used by the person they are blocking also be blocked. Unfortunately, these blocked IP addresses do not show up in the block log, which can sometimes cause unexpected IP addresses to be banned. So if for whatever reason you want to make sure that an IP addresses or range does not get blocked as a result of the auto-block feature, there is a new feature known as the whitelist that will prevent this from happening. Add them to your local [[MediaWiki:Autoblock whitelist]] page to do so. – example [XFF] – AOL is a very large Internet service provider (ISP) in the USA. Because this ISP’s users are assigned to a relatively small number of proxy servers, it is difficult to ban individual AOL users without banning large numbers of other AOL users. However, changes by AOL are helping to solve this problem. The proxies that AOL uses are now providing the real IP address of their users, and the Wikis are now configured to use that IP address when blocking a user of AOL. This system is already in use for users of several other ISPs. [Autosummary] – The developers recently added a new feature to the Wiki software. This feature automatically includes a summary in the edit summary...

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Wikizine – number: 50

Headline news [GCF] – The Great Chinese Firewall does not block the Chinese language Wikipedia anymore. Recently the block was partially lifted so that there was again access to the English language Wikipedia. But now there are strong signs that the block of the zh.wikipedia is (totally?) lifted. According to a blog posting it was written in “Fortune magazine” that Shi Zao had stated that the block is lifted because “a well-connected friend wrote a letter to the Propaganda Department a week before Wikipedia became unblocked” and that “The Government is now convinced that Wikipedia is neutral”. Whatever the reason of the lift the number of  newly created user accounts on the Chinese Wikipedia has tripled and the number of new articles has increased with 75%. Technical news [Backdoor closed] – Blocking a user now blocks the last IP address they used immediately if you check the default option (which was renamed in this patch) to “Automatically block the last IP address used by this user, and any subsequent addresses they try to edit from”. Previously the IP address was only blocked when they attempted to edit a page. The patch also makes CheckUser run much faster. [Search wiki] – Newly created articles can now be found a lot faster when using the wiki search function. A new server now works full-time updating the search index, so...

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Wikizine – number: 49

Technical news [New block option] – sysops have now a third tickbox when blocking a user. The box is labelled “Automatically block IP addresses used by this user” and is selected by default. Previously blocking a registered user meant edits done with that account were removed. And every time that user was trying to edit a page after the block was given the IP address of the blocked user was “auto-blocked”. Those blocks appear in the log like “#15429″ so you cannot see the real IP address. In some situations it can be that you only wish to block a specific user account and not the IP address used by that user. Like for example when a bot needs to blocked because it is doing something wrong. Or when blocking an unsuitable username. When the option “Automatically block IP addresses used by this user” is not selected it shows up in the log as “autoblock disabled”. To localize translate; [[MediaWiki:Noautoblockblock]] and [[MediaWiki:Ipbenableautoblock]] Be aware that when an ip address is blocked automatically because of it is used by a blocked user that this hidden ip address (like #15429) can not be used by any other user. The option “Block anonymous users only” has no effect on them. So this way important ipadresses, like form a ISP proxy, can be blocked for all users, also registered ones. And can will...

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