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Incidents/2017-02-22 www-portals

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At about 17:00 UTC Feb. 22 the www.wikipedia.org page was severely broken for about an hour.

The text on the page was invisible. This bug was caused by a JavaScript file being improperly cached and returning a 404.


  • A bug was filed at around 17:09 UTC Feb.22 noting that the text on www.wikipedia.org is invisible. task T158782
  • We were made aware of this bug at about 17:40 UTC
  • at 18:15 UTC an attempt was made to rollback to the previous deploy. The deploy was visible on mwdebug1002 without error, but the error persisted in production.
  • at 18:20 UTC we purged the URL of the specific JavaScript file, fixing the issue.


  • The wikipedia.org portal depends on a specific order of syncing followed by purging urls, which is fragile and needs some rethinking.
  • Errors in JavaScript should not make the page unusable.


  • Adding an entire list of asset URLs to purge (task T158810)
  • Preventing JavaScript from hiding page content indefinitetly (task T158809)
  • Use query params for cache-busting (task T158808)