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2-years old cross-wiki notification

MisterSanderson (talkcontribs)

Hi. I'm being annoyed by a ghost notification from the Meta-Wiki! Every time I'm on Wikipedia, there is a red "1" notification for me, but when I click the icon, I can't see what it is about, and marking as "read" doesn't makes it disappear permanently.

It does shows like that:

More alerts on another wiki


v View one alert 2 years

But, when I click "v View one alert", there's the title "Meta-wiki" and nothing more, besides that. I already accessed the Meta-Wiki, and tried to click on "> All notifications", but the ghost notification does not disappear, and I can't get rid of it. Please, can someone help me? It is annoying me!

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Can you share a screenshot?

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2A02:810C:B40:4AC:358A:8A07:40A1:DC19 (talkcontribs)

Wie kann ich die Benachrichtigungen löschen? Ich brauche das alte Gedöns nicht mehr. -- ~~~~

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Zabia (talkcontribs)

I am not very well in technical fact but well enough till now. As many other users.

Some week ago 1 buyed a new handheld computer. Since that time I noted problems online.Windows is not sure, in time you buy a new machine.Today I noted definitivly, on my machine 4 (!) standard lines (Internet-Verbindungen) into the internet are working. I think I could delete them (not the one I really have to use (ty-cable, ethernet).

For deleting the notifications I used Special:Notifications page, in the way I clicked on.

In MediaWiki my notifications are shown empty. It seems to be all ok.

In Wikipedia and in Wikisource, Commons, Wikidata, internationally, my notifications they are all shown. Not cleared. I tried more than one time. I closed my IE. Reopened them.

I think I need help. In which way I has use Special:Notifications page to clear all?

(Is that a bug or do we need a new feature  (hide the possibility to clear all in “preferences” for example)? Is it specially my own problem? ~~~~

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Let's try to solve that! :)

On Commons or Wikidata, is it possible to clear notifications there? What happen when you click on "Mark all as read" on the Notifications panel (the one shown when you click on the blue or the red number)? What happen of you go to Special:Notifications on those wikis?

Do you have that problem when you use Firefox or Chrome?

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Feature request: "Mark all unread notifications as read" available without JavaScript

Sophus Bie (talkcontribs)

I just came back from a long wikibreak, and it became suddenly very apparent that the ability to mark *all* notifications as read in one click is not available in the JavaScript free version of Special:Notifications. Ah, never mind, I realized I was in Help talk rather than Talk space.

How to change filter pagename(s)?

Pretor~nowiki (talkcontribs)


On the Special:Notification page it is possible to filter by selecting a pagename to the left, eg. "MediaWiki".

For my page it shows the DB-name and prefix in lower case (eg. translatewiki_net-bw_).

How do I change this to eg. "TranslateWiki"?

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)


Are you having that case on a Wikimedia-hosted wiki (Wikipedia, Wiktionary, etc.) or on a personal wiki? I'm asking it in order to give you the best reply.

Pretor~nowiki (talkcontribs)


It's a personal wiki.

Roan Kattouw (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Create/edit the a page called MediaWiki:Project-localized-name-WIKINAME, e.g. MediaWiki:Project-localized-name-translatewiki_net-bw , and put the display name of the wiki there. See MediaWiki:Project-localized-name-enwiki for example.

(Technically, it works slightly differently on Wikimedia-hosted wikis, which is why that page will look a little weird.)

Pretor~nowiki (talkcontribs)

Thank you, but this did not fix it for me.

Can it be that my db-prefix ends with an underscore (_)? (just like the db-prefix transelatewiki uses, bw_)

Because, when I try to create the page including the underscore, the underscore disappears.

Roan Kattouw (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Yes, that's probably it. There is a hacky way you could try instead:

Create a file called e.g. Wikinames.i18n.php, with the following content:

$messages = array();
$messages['en'] = array(
    'project-localized-name-translatewiki_net-bw_' => 'TranslateWiki',
    // other project names here if you have more

// Translations for other languages here if relevant, e.g. $messages['fr'] = array( ... etc

Then add the following to LocalSettings.php

$wgExtensionMessagesFiles['Wikinames'] = 'path/to/Wikinames.i18n.php';
Pretor~nowiki (talkcontribs)

Works great :)


I always see how many messages I got

רן כהן (talkcontribs)

This is a minor bug - I should only see how many *new* messages I got, not the *total amount*. No matter what I do or how many times I view the messages - I always see how many I got.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thank you for your feedback.

Is it when you have notifications from other wikis? If yes, this is going to be solved soon.

If not we, will have to dig further:

  • if you have 10 unread notifications from the wiki you are reading, and click on "Mark all as read", you still have 10 notifications?
  • do you have that problem on all wikis?
  • have you tried to visit Special:Notifications to see if something changes?

Anyway, sorry for the inconvenience. I hope we will manage to solve that! :)

רן כהן (talkcontribs)

Only from other wikis. Good that you noticed.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I think the incoming change I've liked to on my previous message will solve your problem. @User:MSchottlender-WMF may have more details about that.

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Shahroz unar (talkcontribs)

I am new here. How can I create table of contents

Quiddity (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi, this isn't the place for technical assistance (try searching w:en:Help:Contents or asking at w:en:WP:Teahouse in the future), but a table of contents will be auto-generated once there are 4 or more section headings. See w:en:WP:TOC for more.

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