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Production error message (when servers are down) points users to donate link which is likely to produce the same error message
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The usual error message in the event of a major problem on Wikimedia wikis contains the phrase

The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organisation which hosts some of the most popular sites on the Internet, including Wikipedia. It has a constant need to purchase new hardware. If you would like to help, please donate.

If all wikis are down, this link, being a link to a wiki page, breaks, meaning that what's presumably one of the more convincing calls to fundraise just doesn't work.

I'm not sure how fixable this problem is, but it would be nice to link to something more likely to stay up.

Event Timeline

MC8 created this task.Jan 4 2017, 11:24 PM
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Messages are in /operations/mediawiki-config/errorpages/

Ottomata triaged this task as Low priority.Mar 6 2017, 6:42 PM
Ottomata added a subscriber: Ottomata.

I'm not sure who to assign this to, or if it is totally an operations task. Maybe someone on the TBD Mediawiki team can take this on? Prioritizing as low.

Aklapper renamed this task from Production error message points users to donate link, that is likely to also produce the same error message to Production error message (when servers are down) points users to donate link which is likely to produce the same error message.Apr 29 2017, 11:34 AM