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Find out whether it's possible to tell editors that the reason they can't save is due to a planned outage
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There's an error message that says "This wiki is in read-only mode". During Ops' planned outages due to the codfw migration, is it possible to make that error message say "This wiki is temporarily in read-only mode. Please try again later"?

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$wgReadOnly can be used to provide a reason in MediaWiki:Readonlywarning message.

The API provides this, VE does not appear to use it (yet)

How's this? https://people.wikimedia.org/~krenair/T129501-VE-save-readonly-warning.png

Unfortunately loading completely fails in read-only mode :( We should probably change that

So we can change ApiVisualEditor->isWriteMode to return false (ApiVisualEditorEdit->isWriteMode still returns true), and add a notice like the one shown on the wikitext editor.

You may wish to copy and paste your text into a text file and save it for later.

Don't think this part of the message is appropriate for VE though, @Glaisher

Change 276537 had a related patch set uploaded (by Alex Monk):
[WIP] Better handling of read-only mode

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/276537

Jdforrester-WMF triaged this task as Normal priority.Mar 10 2016, 9:07 PM
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Change 276537 merged by jenkins-bot:
Better handling of read-only mode

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/276537

Whatamidoing-WMF closed this task as Resolved.Apr 19 2016, 9:17 PM

Answer: The message that editors saw said that the read-only mode was "probably due to planned maintenance".

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