Help talk:Editing pages

Latest comment: 1 year ago by Divyakanti in topic A new conversation

Propose move to Help: Editing[edit]

On Help talk:Editing I was giving some reasons (technical reasons really) why this page should be moved to "Help:Editing" (currently a redirect here) Add your comments over there. -- Harry Wood 09:52, 11 December 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I agree reverting redirect to "Help:Editing" as one from "hardcode names". --Kaganer 12:34, 11 December 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't think moving 10 or so translated pages is so hard. Since the purpose of this is to fill in the help on other sites, we should have content in the right places. If the default installation calls it help:editing, then so should we. -Steve Sanbeg 21:07, 13 December 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"How to edit a page" Information[edit]

In my opinion something goes completely wrong here. Each installed Wiki have a button in the lower right corner which opens the main page Now I see "How to edit a page", fine this seems the right place for "How to insert an image?", "How to make a two row table entry?", "How to remove the table of contents from a page?", "How to...", but oooohhhhh I see some rules, conventions or whatever. Sorry, no, I guess most of the users come to this page to find some infos "How to edit?" and not "What should I do." --Lastwebpage 17:32, 4 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You're obviously looking for the information we have at Help:Formatting. It's true that page has the most important quick reference material the people will go looking for. It is fairly prominently linked from this page. Maybe that section is a bit to wordy at the moment, certainly for some use cases, but I wanted to put forward some very general advice such as the "be bold" philosophy here. -- Harry Wood 17:48, 4 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


How can you edit a Wiki like this, this isn't like Wikipedia, or is this a Wikipedioa but for the soft ware? I am User:Akira-otomo, but I am not signed in.

"MediaWiki" is the name of the software which powers and many other wiki projects all over the internet. This website,, is all about the mediawiki software. This website is also powered by MediaWiki (meaning you can edit the pages in a similar way to editing wikipedia)
So that's confusing... but when you think about it, it makes sense. What other software would we use?! -- Harry Wood 10:37, 5 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(Editing WIKI can be a useful tool for interactive learning settings, especially for teachers and students; this is me contribution to my CR111 Digital Folio Assignment.)Italic text

I think you are all right. I heard and read Media wiki powers Wikipedia. AFREEKA2016 (talk) 15:04, 21 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm searching by Wikipedia site because I missed from net world. Avdhesh paliwal (talk) 12:43, 22 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Links to Wikipedia, sense of the help section[edit]

I still not understand the sense of the complete help section from "Mediawiki", sorry. For e.g. Help:Formatting a wikipedia link to: w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject_User_Page_Help/Do-It-Yourself/Formatting_Text there are some nice picture, yes, but useful infos? The useful infos are on m:Help:Editing but no link to this useful site...

Another one, on the same site I found some words like "Some HTML tags are allowed in MediaWiki..." With a link to wikipedia HTML. WTF??? What is the relation between "How to edit a wiki" and the HTML history? I want to know how to use HTML in the mediawiki software. And no link to m:Help:HTML in wikitext , again.

However, for which kind of users was this help section created? --Lastwebpage 17:08, 2 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is it possible to create a user-interface on a subpage of my Wiki?[edit]

I'd like to know if it is possible to create a user interface to insert data on a page in our study program's Wiki. I want the Wiki page to get easier to be edited. for example it could look like below

Short Internship description:
Description of the internship:

Next to each of the categories I would like to have a field where the information can be inserted and then it would be translated into Wiki language. An additional question is, if it would then be possible to take the first line (Short internship description) and let it be automatically be displayed on the main page in a table or in a news feed?

Has anyone an idea on one of those crazy ideas? I'm not an expert...
--Timsen 16:45, 22 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You'll need to research the following further, but I believe that Extension:Semantic MediaWiki together with Extension:Semantic Forms allow you to do all that. For example, if you visit and click the "View form" link at the top, it allows you to edit the subpage by filling a predefined form. If you visit the parent page, and examine the code, you'll see that the tables are automatically created based on a query. This seems to be exactly what you need. However, Semantic MediaWiki is large and is about much more than just using forms, so there should be much to install and learn first, before you have a working result. Hamilton Abreu 22:07, 22 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special permissions for editing[edit]

The goal is to prevent information lose in a documentation:

Is there a way to limit editing to certain functions for some users? Example: I have a group "Add" which are only allowed to add content/lines to an existing page, they may not edit or delete existing content.

Is it possible to make edits only apear after they have been validated? Example: Someone edits a page and saves it, but his edit is not visible in the current version of the page until it was validated by a user with a certain permission to do so.


I suggest some more links for Categories, other functions[edit]

Being new to Mediawiki, I apologize if this has been covered elsewhere: I read the previous comment about the help:formatting page, but I have a different concern.

I recommend that this help page, which is the one new users first see, be amended to add links which explain Mediawiki's Categories and similar style and layout rules, plus the basics of user rights, etc. I only want the links, not the content, and I think others will agree that they are appropriate on the "splash" page of the help section.

A page that tell me to "Be Bold" isn't much help when a new volunteer administrator has to get up to speed quickly, and please don't reply that the links and info I need are to be found somewhere else: I wound up here, not somewhere else, and I feel that the links to the information should be here.

Thanks for reading this. I appreciate your time.

how do i edit the "create account" page on my own mediawiki site?[edit]

i can't figure out how to do this with the current help files? i want to change the create account page for new people to signup. RobbinsDick (talk) 12:41, 28 April 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Como criar tópico[edit]

Galera como eu faço para criar um tópico, e colocar fotos, imagens e videos?

Show Preview and Save page does not function[edit]

I have a strange problem. I operate the site On my main_page, I am only able to Show Preview and Save Page if I edit by clicking on the individual edit buttons at the top of my header. This is fine for most purposes.

But when I want to edit the paragraph above the table of contents which I have to access by clicking the edit tab on the top right of the screen, I will not be able to Show Preview or Save Page. I have only 13 days of experience with Mediawiki. Have I somehow added some extensions that is not compatible with the latest version 1.21.2. I recently move my wiki directory, manual i.e., one-by-one, from the root directory to /w to use short URL. Therefore, my /public_html only contain cgi-bin folder, w folder,error_log.txt and robots.txt. Have I moved files I should not move.

Please advice.

My wiki has developed the same problem. We have not figured out the cause yet. But we have found a work around. We can edit section by section. So that the edit buttons on the headers work. and we can get the area before the first section via &section=0 for example [1] --Roguebfl (talk) 22:57, 9 November 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Further tested when the new user was set "emailconfirmed" the problem went away. --Roguebfl (talk) 23:23, 9 November 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Revising the page[edit]

I have been asked by Nemo to review this page and revise it. Since it has already been marked for translation I intend to start a draft sub-page to play about with. Lloffiwr (talk) 18:00, 9 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Draft ready for review and further contributions by others. Lloffiwr (talk) 21:21, 9 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! In theory Meta-Wiki pages can't be copied here like that because the Help namespace here is in PD, or have you rephrased them sufficiently so as to be free from their original copyright? --Nemo 19:42, 12 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No I wasn't aware of the problem with copying from meta. No wonder the project to move help pages from meta to MediaWiki is so slow. I will undo the copy and draft myself when I get the time. Lloffiwr (talk) 14:28, 22 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

hi, I'd like to make some graphical design editing to my mediawiki. wherecan I find the script docs that define the page layout design, icons na buttons.

Page contains bad markup--please fix![edit]

I thought it might be a browser issue, but it happens in IE9, 10 and 11, and only on this page as far as I can see. There are several places where what I presume is unprocessed wiki markup coming through, such as

  • you can enter a short note in the "Summary (?):" box


  • [[Special:MyLanguage/Help:Starting a new page|Help:Starting a new page]]

Please can someone fix the page--this is not what we want to be putting off new users with when they come to this page for help!! Thanks.

Just some simple vandalism; reverted, thanks for mentioning. Next time check the history and use the "undo" buttons. ;-) --Nemo 08:42, 9 July 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That link label looks broken again. On my browser, it reads:
* HProfesora Astronoma Gladys Vergara Gavagnin
elp:Starting a new page
I would love to press the undo button, but apparently it's not that simple this time. The source looks ok (* {{ll|Help:Starting a new page}}, so there's certainly a language-specific text string broken. Wherever in the depths of the wiki that string is stored... --Fkv (talk) 14:29, 20 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Changing a text string on all pages in a wiki[edit]

I have once seen somewhere that one can install a function to "Find and replace all", so that a word or a sentence can be changed throughout the whole wiki. Can anybody point me to that?
-- 08:08, 23 November 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Extension:Replace Text. --Nemo 08:22, 23 November 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

With translations markings[edit]

A section or page whose audience is dedicated to how to edit a page with translations markings? A page having as little or nothing to do with the translation app, or the vocabulary, or the translation extension as those pages have to do with editing. Just a cheat sheet or mention of a few rules? A tiny bit of description with do's and don't's and best practices? Troubleshooting? Editing? Cpiral (talk) 01:35, 26 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Why I can't edit proverbs on wikiproverbs?

There are mistakes, please fix them, I can't, it doesn't let me edit, and I have not account, and no need for one.

French proverb: It's " Calomniez, calomniez, il en restera toujours quelque chose !" and NOT "Calomnier, calomnier, il en restera toujours quelque chose !" That's a grammar mistake. The author is Beaumarchais or Voltaire (both are credited for this proverb)

And "A la chante on connaît l'oiseau." It's improper French, I guess the person who wrote is not a native. The proper form is "Au chant, on reconnaît l'oiseau" (or "on connaît l'oiseau", but reconnaît is much better) "La chante" doesn't existe, since it's a masculine noun.

Sorry to let it there, but I cannot edit the pages myself, and it's really big mistakes.

Instructions for changing to visual edit[edit]

I am looking for instructions on how to switch back and forth between the re latively new so-called Visual Edit and traditional edit. (I am told not to post support questions here, not sure if my question is support related). Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 10:15, 20 June 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A new conversation[edit]

Hi administrator clump, I'm new here and my name is Divyakanti. I need to tell you that I have a question if I edit page is it OK because some pages are important. 🙏🙏🙏 Divyakanti (talk) 14:09, 1 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]