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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
Heartbleed308:51, 19 July 2014
No "LOG OUT" link007:27, 18 July 2014
Extensions not tagged with REL1_23112:32, 16 July 2014
insert "Vorlage" into a new mediawiki001:35, 13 July 2014
Broken link in user contributions footer613:54, 9 July 2014
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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
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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


Hi All, is Heartbleed security issue fixed? please confirm the version it got fixed., 16 April 2014

It's not a MediaWiki problem, but you may be interested in the Wikimedia projects handling: wmfblog:2014/04/10/wikimedias-response-to-the-heartbleed-security-vulnerability/.

Nemo15:22, 16 April 2014

Thank you Nemo, we have downloaded the MediaWiki app for internal wiki purpose, just want to know the version of wikimedia in which this bug was fixed..., 17 April 2014

Heartbleed was a bug in OpenSSL, not in MediaWiki. The Wikimedia Foundation runs both on its sites, so it had to fix the OpenSSL problem; but there's no problem in MediaWiki. (MediaWiki and Wikimedia are two different things.)

Yaron Koren (talk)16:50, 14 May 2014

No "LOG OUT" link

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/No "LOG OUT" link, was moved from here to Extension talk:LDAP Authentication. This move was made by Florianschmidtwelzow (talk | contribs) on 18 July 2014 at 07:27.

Extensions not tagged with REL1_23

So far the repos were not tagged for MW 1.23. Thus it is not possible to select the "recommended version" for this release when using "Special:ExtensionDistributor". Not sure if there is something in the water.

[[kgh]] (talk)14:06, 10 July 2014

Ah, apparently there is indeed something in the water. Thanks for providing the links to Bugzilla.

[[kgh]] (talk)12:32, 16 July 2014

insert "Vorlage" into a new mediawiki

A thread, Thread:Project:Current issues/insert "Vorlage" into a new mediawiki, was moved from here to Project:Support desk. This move was made by Ciencia Al Poder (talk | contribs) on 13 July 2014 at 01:35.

Broken link in user contributions footer

It looks like the bottom of the "User contributions" page links to an edit counter which used to be hosted on toolserver. The link should be changed to link to some other edit counter.

APerson (talk)02:28, 9 July 2014

Which MediaWiki version do you run on your server that has this? Or is this about some Wikimedia website and not MediaWiki? Exact steps to reproduce welcome - I don't see any link to toolserver on my user contribution page on

Malyacko (talk)07:29, 9 July 2014

I suggest he mean, which links to toolserver:

I think this isn't a bug report for bugzilla, but Support-Desk isn't the right place, too, i think. So move to talk page of Message or wait for admin? :)

Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)07:33, 9 July 2014

Done it. Thanks.

This, that and the other (talk)10:01, 9 July 2014

Thanks :) Now the question is: Wikipedia-project's uses supercount, mediawiki now uses xtools? Is that correct? :)

Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)10:25, 9 July 2014

Well, no-one said which one they wanted, so I just added a "link to some other edit counter". What's the difference between the two?

This, that and the other (talk)11:38, 9 July 2014

I don't know, i only saw the difference :) For me it's ok with this one.

Florianschmidtwelzow (talk)13:54, 9 July 2014
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