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Happy June!
The day is finally here, Bulbapedia is open again at last! Over the past several weeks, Bulbapedia tech has been hard at work behind the scenes upgrading and bringing the wiki to modern standards and cutting back on a lot of the technical debt that has accumulated over the years. Because this was the first time in quite some time we performed work of this nature, this ended up being a much lengthier process than expected. There's been a whole host of bugs that have been addressed too. Below is a small list of some of the new features that you will now encounter as you browse through the site. Note that you may also need to reset your cookies for the site due to several changes in the back-end as well.
 
As we continue to smooth out the final kinks with our recent upgrade to MediaWiki 1.35, we are happy to share that a few of the reported issues from the initial release have been resolved. The issue involving broken functions related to user emails have been resolved.
*New features you may notice
**'''Two factor authentication (2FA)''' for logging in has been enabled to keep your account secure.
**'''Toolbars''' - The edit box now has an updated toolbar. To reenable the old version, you will have to go under "Gadgets" under "Preferences" and select the legacy bar.
**'''An overall smoother site experience'''
<!--**'''Extension:CategoryTree''' - What this will allow you to do now is dig through categories to see subcategories within the upper level categories, so you don't have to go digging through five pages to get where you want when browsing by category.
**'''Global user account renames''' - A feature we lost a while ago, this can now be used again.-->
**'''Extension:Math''' - Yes, we can finally display equations properly!
**'''Default edit rate enhanced''' - Those of you that like to watch BulbaBot do its work may notice that they start to move a little faster now, you will too if you can edit that fast!
**'''Recent changes and Watchlist changes''' - These are now powered with JavaScript and introduce some lovely new features that improve their usability, including filters and even live updates.
**'''Enhanced diff pages''' - Allows for some more action options when viewing page diffs.
**'''Password issues''' - You will be notified and be suggested that your password be changed if it is in the list of 100,000 commonly used passwords that are considered bad passwords. Also, your username cannot be included in your password (e.g., if your username is "Spriteit" your password can not be "SpriteitsPassword").
**Additional features that we will announce once more testing is complete.
 
Additionally, a known issue of Encyclopedia Pokemonis desktop links being broken for logged out users, affecting the ability for our wiki to externally link to other language affiliates has been resolved.
If you notice any bugs (aka surprise features) please don't hesitate to let us know so we can fix it as soon as possible. That being said, we are aware that some users are experiencing log in issues following the update. If you are experiencing any log in issues/lockouts, please Direct Message @BulbaTech over on the Bulbagarden Discord with the following information:
*Your Bulbapedia username
*A link to your userpage (if you've had one created before)
*Your email address
 
Currently, Bulbapedia tech is prioritizing addressing the following issues affecting user site navigation and experience:
We are also aware that features involving email such as confirming your email address is also currently unavailable. Tech is working diligently to resolve these issues.
A known issue of CentralAuth functionality affecting users and their ability to globally log into/link accounts
Again, we apologize for the long maintenance period, and we thank you for your patience as we performed this much needed background work. We are extremely grateful for the hard work and many hours put in by our tech specialist, who often works thanklessly to ensure the Bulbapedia experience is as excellent as can be. We appreciate all you do!
A known issue of the newly formatted RecentChanges design being completely broken. The old version has been set as default and users are encouraged to disable the new design in their preferences until we can fix it.
 
A full list of known issues related to the MediaWiki 1.35 upgrade, as well as features and updates on our progress of addressing them, can be found on our changelog. The changelog talk page may be used to report many new issues that have not been recorded so our tech can work to address them as soon as possible.
 
More updates to come!
 
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