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how to "Create new messages"[edit]

Front page here says:

"... Extensions can (and should) define system messages for any text displayed in the user interface. This assists in the localization of those messages. For an example of how to do this, please see Manual:Special pages..."

... but I can't figure out how to create a new message (as might support Extension:PageNotice, for instance) - are there any examples here on how to create such new mediawiki system messages? thanks peblusto 14:34, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Can't access System Messages[edit]

I can't access the System Messages page. It just doesn't load anything, it gives and empty, blank page. What could be wrong? --Nathanael Bar-Aur L. 02:20, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

I also can't access the System messages page. Is it available from a specific version of Mediawiki? Thanks -Romina Tulisi 14:38, April 23rd 2009
Are you running on a shared host with limited memory? Are you getting any "out of memory" style errors? -Jlerner 13:43, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
I am getting blank pages when I go on Special:AllMessages. Is it because I have many extensions installed. Sachein 10:38, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
Something like HTTP 500 Internal Server Error. Sachein 10:41, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
My AllMessages page just clocks and clocks and cloks until it dies. Caqn't access it at all. I have my $wgLanguageCode = "es"; wich is supposed to be "Es", but changing doesn't do anything. The whole wiki crashes. Any other cases around.--Mark 03:13, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Nothing happens[edit]

I changed the


to History. The German translation 'Versionsgeschichte' is much to long for my skin.

But nothing happens! The Special:AllMessages page is showing the new entry, but the tab of my customized Vector skin is not showing the new name at all. Do I need to update something?

--Teamghost 15:16, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Yea me too!!!!
Can somebodey halp me, please...
Example: I changed the MediaWiki:saveprefs but i still get the default value, in this case: Save. I already changed the MediaWiki:saveprefs by editing and now there should be normally: Save Preferences....
Could somebodey please help us??
--Dennis07; ( / ) 22:28, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
I believe vector tabs are hard coded and must be changed manually (they don't use a system message to output their text). Hope that helps!


I'm having this issue in MW 1.27 running in IE11, but it varies from user to user (each user on their own PC). I only have the Vector skin installed and it is unmodified. It's like something is causing some users to only see the original system message. I must be client side because otherwise it would affect all users. If an affected user tries a different browser then they see the correct messages. So seems to be an IE thing.
-- mg169706; 15:15, 21 August 2017 GMT
A user just messaged me with a fix. Cleared IE's cache, but also UNCHECKED 'Preserve Favorites website Data'. That seem to have fixed it...
-- mg169706; 16:02, 21 August 2017 GMT

Wiki Links in System Messages[edit]

I want to create a link in several of the messages to a page that provides additional details about the message. Mainly for the login errors I want to point people to the help page which describes additional help about logging in. I found the correct messages and I was able to edit them, but the wiki links I am using just show up as text in the message instead of a link. For example the links show up like [[Login Help Page]]. Is there a way that I can include links to a wiki page within these system messages and if so what do I need to do differently. Thanks Ron Knoebel

Developers how-to[edit]

Should this page contain more tips for developers on how to use/create system messages? (What functions are available and how to use them, ...) See also Talk:WfMsg statistics. There doesn't seem to be a page for this, and we already have guidelines on Localisation, general overview on architecture pages and user-oriented stuff on Meta. --Nemo 22:04, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

SPQRobin reminds me that we have Manual:Messages API, which could be the way to go. --Nemo 22:07, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

Pls assign all "See also" items to translate; translation[edit]

I noticed not all items are in tvar clauses. In particular, why are those two items with {{ll}} templates not ready to translate? I want to link them to /ja pages in the translated pages. Reason: In ja mw, the links in English actually have localized pages in ja to them.

How can I handle the following corrections on the original page in /en?

  • {{ll|Customization}} should be rewritten as:

‎<translate> <!--T:xx--> * [[<tvar|customization>Special:MyLanguage/Customization</>|Customization]]‎</translate>

  • {{ll|Manual:Skins}} should be rewritten as:

‎<translate> <!--T:xx--> * [[<tvar|Skins>Special:MyLanguage/Manual:Skins</>|Manual:Skins]]‎</translate> --Omotecho (talk) 15:19, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

Where to report a system message with a typo?[edit]

The German translation of hidesection-showall is missing an "n", (alle einblenden is correct) Manuela (talk) 08:33, 17 November 2020 (UTC)