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Bug 5624 - update procedure for special pages needs more transparency
update procedure for special pages needs more transparency
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Special pages (Other open bugs)
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: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2006-04-17 17:13 UTC by Stefan Bauer
Modified: 2006-04-17 17:21 UTC (History)
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Description Stefan Bauer 2006-04-17 17:13:28 UTC
Most special pages deliver only cached content, mostly updated every few days
but sometimes there is no update for quite a long time - e.g. for nearly 4 weeks
in march and now for more than a week. This fact is more than annoying for

Most no-update-periods are after outages when the side was down. I hope there
are reasons for not updating - but sometimes I have the feeling they are just

There should be more transparency for these aspects:
- First the timestamp for the last update should be added to the special pages
- Second there should be given reasons why these pages are not updated
Comment 1 Rob Church 2006-04-17 17:21:59 UTC
First, the timestamp will be present on all cached data sets as of the next
update. Second, the updates are scheduled on a regular basis; this is of course
going to be interrupted if the servers kick the bucket. The reason for the
caching is that of performance and load; some of the queries used to produce
those reports would kill our slaves if run on each view.

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