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Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News

Twenty new servers ordered

On 15 November, twenty new servers were ordered. Ten of these servers will be used as cache servers, while the other ten will be used as multi-purpose application servers. In all, the server order totaled approximately US$50,080.00.

Currently, $114,436.00 has been spent on hardware during the fourth quarter; altogether, $285,676.00 has been spent on hardware in 2005.

Article citation feature created

Developer Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason has created a new page for citing articles, Special:Cite. Links to this page can be found in the toolbox when viewing pages in the article namespace. The page shows information about a given article necessary for citing articles, and generates citations in different citation styles, including APA, MLA, and Chicago.

New site status page

A new site status page has been created by Ambush Commander, in response to the 'unwieldy' nature of editing the current status page, hosted on OpenFacts. Rather than using a conventional wiki environment, the page allows a user to select a series of options to display the current status and leave a comment.

Amane installed

Images and image uploads were disabled for a time on 22 November while a new image server, 'amane', was installed. The outage was necessary to allow the copying of images from 'khaldun', 'bacon', and 'albert'.

Last week in servers

Other server-related events, problems, and changes included:

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The new status page appears to be broken :-( 15:47, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Good to see that hardware expenditure is up this quarter, but it is yet to catch up with demand. Rhollenton 17:04, 29 November 2005 (UTC)[reply]
Just to clarify, this page is not on Wikipedia's's off-site, and therefore is liable to crash if too many people visit it :) Ral315 (talk) 14:40, 1 December 2005 (UTC)[reply]


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