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vandalism from 2602:306:cc2e:efb0:59f:ad58:ff56:3a40106:33, 2 October 2014
Extension:CodeReview1019:12, 29 September 2014
[RESOLVED] MediaWiki:Gadget-externalsearch110:09, 28 September 2014
Some documentation needs clarified619:30, 26 September 2014
lock special sites010:22, 24 September 2014
ORCID316:41, 19 September 2014
Doesn't do anything015:46, 19 September 2014
New links not acknowledging that page exists006:12, 17 September 2014
Page creation glitch218:04, 11 September 2014
LQT search boxes on this site hit HTTP timeout atm.407:24, 8 September 2014
Email, watchlist, and notifications019:35, 6 September 2014
[RESOLVED] order reversed for Special:MyContributions?313:12, 5 September 2014
Enable DynamicPageList705:11, 1 September 2014
How to to get password reset for account on this site which has no email address706:10, 26 August 2014
left menu problem014:40, 14 August 2014
about wiki syntax012:21, 14 August 2014
Updated Red Hat/CentOS install instructions115:35, 13 August 2014
Installation guide consolidation519:10, 10 August 2014
reset password page falsely states it sent a password, given blank username014:47, 8 August 2014
Can't log in419:33, 2 August 2014
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vandalism from 2602:306:cc2e:efb0:59f:ad58:ff56:3a40

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to report vandalism, but 2602:306:cc2e:efb0:59f:ad58:ff56:3a40 (talk · contribs) keeps vandalizing Help:Templates.

Ixfd64 (talk)23:13, 1 October 2014


Thanks for reporting this. The IP adress is actually blocked :)

Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)06:33, 2 October 2014

I don't think this deprecated function should still be installed at Why not move all data of Special:Code to Phabricator and remove this extension from

GZWDer (talk)08:14, 27 September 2014

Won't that create a lot of dead links?

If it can be done in a way that (a) doesn't break the web; and (b) means the content is still fully accessible then I don't have an objection, however if either of these is not possible then I strongly urge that it not be removed.

Perhaps a simpler answer would be to remove code-reviewing rights from everyone, so the pages remain but are no longer editable by anyone?

HappyDog (talk)08:46, 27 September 2014

Would you like to work on the migration code to move all data of Special:Code to Phabricator?

AKlapper (WMF) (talk)14:03, 27 September 2014

Not really, no.

HappyDog (talk)11:03, 28 September 2014

Oh, I didn't mean you, more the original requestor and her/his question "Why not move all data". :)

AKlapper (WMF) (talk)13:47, 28 September 2014

Should have paid more attention to the indentation!

HappyDog (talk)13:57, 28 September 2014

Special:Code is very pretty and useful and it shouldn't be replaced without a clear benefit. In fact, some days ago I wanted to reply to a thread and I couldn't because it was frozen: which is okay and makes sense, but a bit against WikiNow.

Nemo20:45, 27 September 2014

I also have no time to write the code. However, is it possible to move data after data from gerrit is moved?

Maybe we should remove coder and svnadmin group from It currently does nothing about CodeReview (though coder sill have autopatrol right). Extension:CodeReview can be on hold. But I still concern that keeping CodeReview is a risk if there're bugs in extension and this probably can be used by hackers.

GZWDer (talk)14:32, 28 September 2014

Phabricator will not even have comments from gerrit: I'd rather support importing gerrit comments into the CodeReview extension. ;-)

Nemo08:24, 29 September 2014

fyi, is closed.

GZWDer (talk)12:11, 29 September 2014

Which shows my point. ;-) Hopefully you can reach the place where my link went; if not, add to the reasons to keep CodeReview.

Nemo19:12, 29 September 2014

Please could someone change the URL to HTTPS or protocol-relative?

It Is Me Here t / c13:38, 27 September 2014

Done, thanks for the report.

Nemo20:42, 27 September 2014

Some documentation needs clarified

Sorry, but couldn't find any but seeming mutually contradictory information on the replace string extension. Is it alive on en.Wikibooks (meaning I have a likely precedence flaw) or not is WAS my 'Need'... but I answered my own question remembering I used it successfully a couple of months ago in another template.  

I'm continuing because...
the one reference page has two box headers which seem to contradict themselves at the very page top, and the bugzilla linked there seems to be open and unresolved--but with a mention that everything there was now incorporated into the wiki magicword system, but that and one other.

If I'm making the right mappings from my history:

  1. Extension:Replace Text probably has the two warring box notices right up top... as I went to Bugzilla from there.
  2. Wikitext parser/Core parser functions - says it should work (but someone ought to reconcile these!)
  3. Extension:String Functions#replace is a very unhelpful section header with an apparently included empty sub-page.

I'd take it on, but making sure of my ground in this realm of computer science geeks is like translating German to English to read how an Electrical geek like me has to use it! best regards,

FrankB23:25, 22 August 2014

Is it correct that you have not asked a question?, 22 August 2014

Well a truly discerning read, especially of the links would have detected the message that there needs be a clarification, specifically on the string extensions of the parser functions. So no, my communication was more along the lines of a statement that this was a terrible situation that stinks!

  • However, it would appear here at least, programming standards apparently no longer include the ethic that No job is done until the paperwork is finished, so I'll just take me hits on my leisure time as a lesson, and further just finished donating a bit more of that scarce resource just so others don't get screwed over by that same lack of professional ethics. Please enjoy the embedded pic, which sums it up almost as good as an icon with someone holding their nose.
  • Lua scripts and CSS measures don't fix misleading references for a world wide audience that depends on these pages for reliable information. Sigh.
  • Further, the one thing apparently not fixed is the ability to replace spaces with underscores to reliably construct either a Wikimarkup section link, or a usable externally linkable url in templates, both of which I have need of in Wikibooks pages involving keyword-keyword pairs or keyword-phrase pairs—who'd have thought a space could turn into such a nasty enemy to productivity! // FrankB 18:53, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
FrankB18:53, 25 September 2014
No job is done until the paperwork is finished

Being involved in the documentation of Open Source projects myself, I can only agree. However, it is an obvious truth that developers do not like writing manuals nor documenting features. Basically, if you found something to be improved, I recommend: Go ahead and just do it! Chances are people will just be fine with it (which often means you never hear a word, but that is yet another topic).

As for the space issue, if you consider this a bug, you might want to file a BUGREPORT!, 25 September 2014

Given the bugzilla length, and the related (and reading between the lines, there are several that merged) I don't know how another might help. Further, that was why I posted here. Someone with a better handle on developments the last four years (not to mention scripting mysteries) needs to evaluate this and make that kind of call.

I will be glad to document trials of several templates where I'd expected b:template:Underscores to work the task, but it's no longer 'called' and I'd have to examine my saves (and contribs) and whatnot to refigure the trials. I'd not likely saved more than once or twice, then had to revert, so there will be some small trail. Mostly I debug in preview, so... those won't be visible. I might have an offline file or two as well. I use a programmers editor to match up curly-braces and other nesting in such templates. Easy peasey and saves a lot of grief. The rare revert will show up about that date though, so we could tell a sensible tale. //

FrankB02:12, 26 September 2014

lock special sites

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/lock special sites, was moved from here to Project:Support desk. This move was made by Ciencia Al Poder (talk | contribs) on 24 September 2014 at 10:22.

I've created a userbox, {{User ORCID}} for users who have an ORCID identifier. You can see it in use on my user page. ORCID identifiers disambiguate contributors with similar names, and unify the works of people who have published under different names. Anyone may sign up for one, free, and I encourage you to do so, and to display it using this template. More information on the use of ORCID identifiers by Wikimedia project editors may be found at w:en:WP:ORCID.

Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits20:40, 18 September 2014

But this isn't an issue, am i right?

Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)15:28, 19 September 2014

I guess it's just an "announcement", but there isn't a place for internal announcements here so this seems to be the best place ATM

Ciencia Al Poder (talk)15:46, 19 September 2014

Argh, it's Current_issues, i thought it is Support_desk :) Thx for the hint Ciencia Al Poder.

Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)16:41, 19 September 2014

Doesn't do anything

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/Doesn't do anything, was moved from here to Project:Support desk. This move was made by Ciencia Al Poder (talk | contribs) on 19 September 2014 at 15:46.

New links not acknowledging that page exists

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/New links not acknowledging that page exists, was moved from here to Project:Support desk. This move was made by Nemo bis (talk | contribs) on 17 September 2014 at 06:12.

Page creation glitch

When I tried to create a new userpage, I got this peculiar problem: File:Bobrayner pagecreation problem.jpg

  • MediaWiki is trying to warn me that I'm creating a new page, but this notice can seemingly only be triggered by users who willingly click on the "Create" link or similar (not just by navigating to a currently-redlinked page), so why is a warning necessary?
  • The notice is malformed and unreadable, apparently due to being put inside a narrow frame which takes up the left half of the notice area, and the leftmost strip of the warning is devoted to a pointless image which only takes a small % of the vertical height.
  • Also, on trying to search this page for any related issue, I get "An error has occurred while searching: HTTP request timed out.". Sorry if this is a duplicate.

Any suggestions?

Bobrayner (talk)18:29, 6 September 2014

The first two appear to be some VisualEditor issue. The other is about the old search system which is being discountinued (see Search) but still has some leftovers: please use Special:Search instead.

Nemo22:24, 6 September 2014

The first (the warning) is triggered when you navigate to a redlink. Go to Special:RecentChanges and click on any red-linked username, and you'll get the same message at the top of the wikitext editing window.

The second is a problem with the design of the template. It was designed to be displayed on a particular shape of a screen. You'll see the same mess in the wikitext editor if you have a very narrow screen (e.g., anyone using a smartphone over Mobile web, or if you drag your browser window to be narrow). It should be possible to make the text wrap around the icon, but the person designing it (years ago) was only thinking about how it would display for desktop users using the wikitext editor (because that's pretty much all there was back then).

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk)18:04, 11 September 2014

LQT search boxes on this site hit HTTP timeout atm.

I'm using HTTPS and experience this issue. That is all.

Gryllida10:54, 31 August 2014

Someone added a topic summary, but I don't see who. Thanks though for identifying the issue and reporting it!

Gryllida12:15, 4 September 2014

It's still silly to link a dead feature and newbies were getting confused, so I hid the search box: [1]. Surely there is some configuration setting or hook to do it properly?

Nemo05:35, 7 September 2014

Best configuration remedy for this would be to disable LQT.

Max Semenik (talk)07:51, 7 September 2014

Email, watchlist, and notifications

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/Email, watchlist, and notifications, was moved from here to Project:Support desk. This move was made by Nemo bis (talk | contribs) on 6 September 2014 at 19:35.

[RESOLVED] order reversed for Special:MyContributions?

I don't remember changing any of my personal preferences, but when I look at my contributions (Special:MyContributions) the list starts with the earliest edits and there's no way to reverse the order. (The watchlist, on the other hand, still looks the same to me)

Cavila (MW 1.22, MySQL 5.5.37-0, Php 5.4.4-14 squeeze, SMW 1.9.2, SF 2.7)22:27, 4 September 2014

Things are back to normal, so the (temporary) changes must have been restored.

Cavila (MW 1.22, MySQL 5.5.37-0, Php 5.4.4-14 squeeze, SMW 1.9.2, SF 2.7)06:46, 5 September 2014

Just for information: This was a bug in new MediaWiki 1.24wmf20 tracked in bug 70413. It was hot fixed for and testwiki yesterday :) So that's why all is ok now :)

Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)11:10, 5 September 2014

Alright, thanks for the explanation.

Cavila (MW 1.22, MySQL 5.5.37-0, Php 5.4.4-14 squeeze, SMW 1.9.2, SF 2.7)13:12, 5 September 2014

Enable DynamicPageList

Meta-Wiki, along with hundreds Wikimedia projects, has DynamicPageList enabled. It's trivial to enable it here as well, but it wasn't done yet, yet e.g. I need it on Project:Language_policy/Migration_list to intersect 1 with non-2.

So I ask the community: any objection to enabling it here?

Nemo14:55, 8 August 2014


Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)16:51, 8 August 2014

What would be the purpose? Can you give some examples of how it might be useful on this wiki?

HappyDog (talk)10:17, 9 August 2014

I gave one in the first message. You can also click edit on that page to see the syntax.

Nemo10:55, 9 August 2014

Oops - yes, silly me!

Sounds like it is not something we generally need, but which might have the odd occasional use such as this. I don't have any objection to it being enabled.

HappyDog (talk)07:55, 10 August 2014


Gryllida09:56, 25 August 2014
Edited by 2 users.
Last edit: 00:25, 1 September 2014


Nemo04:55, 29 August 2014


Gryllida10:53, 31 August 2014

How to to get password reset for account on this site which has no email address

I've got an account here which I started back in 2006, but I forgot my password and it seems that in this case I neglected to set up an email address for my username. Thus the Reset Password page just says: "There is no email address recorded for user <xxxxx>". Oops!

So I'd like a password reset sent to the email address I use for the same username on several other Wikipedia projects. I can think of several ways to demonstrate that I'm the same person. Is there a way to privately submit a request to the admins here? Or some other option? Thanks!, 6 August 2014

If the account is the same as Wikipedia, the password should also be the same. You should check Special:CentralAuth/YourAccountName and see if the account is linked.

Ricordisamoa23:39, 6 August 2014

Thanks for the quick response. This account was set up before there was that sort of linking of accounts. They are not linked, and the password is different. So I'm still looking for some help here., 7 August 2014

I'm sorry, but there's nothing we can do about that. If you don't have the email address and you don't remember the password, we cannot retrieve the account for you.

Jorm (WMF) (talk)02:32, 14 August 2014

Well, almost. On the off chance you set up a committed identity (if you don't know what that is, then you didn't), you can use that to prove you own the account and get it back.

Jackmcbarn (talk)02:56, 14 August 2014

I would like to know what it is, please.

Gryllida09:55, 25 August 2014

left menu problem

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/left menu problem, was moved from here to MediaWiki talk:Sidebar. This move was made by Qgil-WMF (talk | contribs) on 14 August 2014 at 14:40.

about wiki syntax

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/about wiki syntax, was moved from here to Project:Support desk. This move was made by Nemo bis (talk | contribs) on 14 August 2014 at 12:21.

Updated Red Hat/CentOS install instructions

After working through a new install of mediawiki 1.23.2 on CentOS 6, I made a number of what I hope are improvements to the install instructions here: Manual:Running MediaWiki on Red Hat Linux.

Chasmo (talk)20:47, 11 August 2014

Thanks. We're trying to reduce the duplication among installation instruction pages, please feel free to remove any outdated or less useful part (especially if already covered somewhere else).

I see you've not made the page heavier, but good part of the new text is for SELinux. Is there any way to combine the two pages?

Nemo15:35, 13 August 2014

Installation guide consolidation

Edited by author.
Last edit: 07:46, 9 August 2014

Manual:Installation guide has one section with a 400 words summary, but then links to a "Main installation guide" composed of 4+4 more pages. None of these pages is translatable. Can we consolidate truly important information and make it translatable? Currently one is supposed to find the following logical steps.

  1. Download
  2. Requirements
  3. The actual installation
  4. Misc troubleshooting and alternatives if something went wrong
  5. Configuration
  6. Maintenance
  7. Informative material

The pages in bold are part of the official Template:InstallationNav (which complements Template:MediaWiki Introduction): they are supposed to be the official path and need special care and coordination.

Nemo14:17, 27 May 2014

Given Chad's comment, I'm also going to tag all "platform-specific" manual pages for merge to the main ones. Common parts can be merged and transcluded on the specific pages, while really platform-specific additional information can be left there. P.s.: for a start, I removed 5 guides on obsoleted systems and marked the others for merge.

Nemo09:51, 14 June 2014

Thank you for this!

MarkAHershberger(talk)13:39, 14 June 2014

I made Manual:LocalSettings.php translatable and expanded Manual:System administration by merging Manual:Configuration.

  • Manual:System administration could be useful if it becomes a reasonable index/step by step guide/tutoring of the really important pages in Category:MediaWiki for site admins (allowing to remove respective information from the general installation manual), but I'm not sure of its current role.
  • Manual:LocalSettings.php is very visited, but it's quite a mess. I doubt it kept anywhere close up to date, is it currently making a good service to users?
Nemo07:50, 9 August 2014

I wonder what's the purpose of making Manual:LocalSettings.php translatable if you doubt about the usefulness of that page or if you plan/propose to improve/restructure it.

Ciencia Al Poder (talk)18:36, 10 August 2014

The page is vastly correct and the strings contained in it look rather stable, so it's ok to translate it. It is my impression that some consolidation will be needed for that page (reducing total amount of text around), but not a rewriting.

Nemo19:10, 10 August 2014

reset password page falsely states it sent a password, given blank username

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/reset password page falsely states it sent a password, given blank username, was moved from here to Project:Support desk. This move was made by Nemo bis (talk | contribs) on 8 August 2014 at 14:47.

Can't log in

I can log in here as myself (obviously), but the login for my bot (Reinheitsgebot) does not work anymore. I used "forgot password" to get a new one, but still the same issue. Error message:

[979b6eb4] 2014-08-01 12:49:06: Fatal exception of type PasswordError

Help please!

Magnus Manske (talk)12:52, 1 August 2014

Note: I can still log in on e.g. Wikidata. Must be a local problem.

Magnus Manske (talk)12:53, 1 August 2014

There's another report here: [1]. filing a bug would be useful.

Okay, I just went ahead and filed bug 69007, since a new code was rollout yesterday on and not other sites, so the cause is probably on yesterday's deployment.

Ciencia Al Poder (talk)14:42, 1 August 2014

I just deployed the patch to fix this. Thanks for the report!

CSteipp (talk)18:16, 1 August 2014
Edited by another user.
Last edit: 07:49, 2 August 2014

My login Bmrberlin had the same error message. Now I tried to reset my password an got a new one. But this does not work. Kogin fails with "wrong password". What can I do now? Regards Bernd update I tried my old password again. To my surprise, it worked.

06:59, 2 August 2014
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