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Please do not post support questions here.

Instead, use one of these channels:

Further options for contacting appropriate people can be found at Communication .

Is the hotlink correct for the maillist archives?

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Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)
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Semmelrocks (talkcontribs)

Hi, what's definitely missing in the FAQ is an point about cookies. Due to (but not only) some of us (MedaiWiki users) lives in the EU we have to respect GDPR. That's why the FAQ IMHOhas to give answers to the following questions:

  • Is MediaWiki (not the homepage!) using cookies?
    • If so, are there any alternatives (to prevent using cookies)?
      • If so, where can I manage that?
    • If so, what kind of cookies does the MediaWiki use? Functional only? Tracking? Third party?
    • Is there any opportunity to inform (my) Wiki users GDPR-compliant about using cookies?

So far, I couldn't found that much information about.

  • Yes and no, this article convey that it's possible to use MediaWiki without cookies. Here it is stated that different scripts have different solutions, there is no unity.
    If I log in on my Wiki and looking for cookies in the meantime, Firefox isn't show me any cookie from my site. But durig I'm writing this sentence and beeing logged in here, cookies were set.

Do I overlooked the decisive site/article?

Best, Semmelrocks - 22:02 (21.2.2021)

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

There's no way to prevent cookies from being set, unless you configure your server to filter any Set-Cookie header. Then, you won't be able to login or edit pages. Those are essential cookies not used for tracking.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Semmelrocks (talkcontribs)

@AKlapper (WMF): Thanks for link to the GDPR site. It helps a lot! @Ciencia Al Poder: Thank you, too. But why it's not documented anywhere?

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how can i upload my work in mediawiki ?

Josephjacob esther (talkcontribs)

how can i upload my work in mediawiki ?

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

@Josephjacob esther This is too vague to be an FAQ item... Please ask on Project:Support desk and be way more specific what's the problem with your personal MediaWiki installation and what blocks you from uploading work in it. Thanks.

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I have a lot of "General Questions"

Summary by AKlapper (WMF)

Please use the support desk for support questions.

RIT RAJARSHI (talkcontribs)
AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

@RIT RAJARSHI Hi, see the side bar: "Please do not post support questions here." Please read existing documentation (e.g. for installation) and feel free to open threads on the Support Desk instead. Thanks.

RIT RAJARSHI (talkcontribs)

@AKlapper (WMF) No, these aren't "support" questions. These are learning related question. ~~~~

How can we know what are all the wikis powered by Mediawiki ?

Nicolas de Bourgoing (talkcontribs)

Can we know all the wikis that use mediawiki on the Internet ? Like, out from wikimedia foundation. There should be some interesting ones !

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

WikiApiary is a project that aims to collect information about wikis powered by MediaWiki

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Krauss (talkcontribs)

About the instrution to use h1.firstHeading, h1.firstHeading { display: none; }, it is wrong.
My Mediawiki <body> have only "invalid page" classes: sitedir-ltr, ..., mw-special-Badtitle, page-Especial_Título_inválido, rootpage-Especial_Título_inválido.

There are no replacement for "page-Main_Page" as stated by instruction.

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

Do you mean every page on your wiki has mw-special-Badtitle ? That would be a bug

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How to disable diacritic/special characters in the URL

ZielonaMrowka (talkcontribs)

My mediawiki (1.30.0) page is in Polish and the mediawiki converts page titles to url in 1:1 style - it means that page named Truteń will have url that contains Truteń with the Polish diacritic character "ń". This causes code 400 error to appear when I'm trying to preview pages that contain polish diacritic letters (ąęćśźżółń) in Facebook Sharing debbuger. Those also do not display informations from extensions (excerpts from pages while sharing). Miracously main page works, even though it has diacritic characters in its url ("Strona główna").

How can I disable those characters? I can also add that I'm almost total newbie and am using OVH services (the cheapest plan they had). Here is an example page -ń

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

It doesn't seem to be a problem now. Maybe you fixed it?

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Add a question for timeout

1 (talkcontribs)

It seems that many mediawiki pages / api tend to timeout and this is a frequent question and sometimes mistaken for a bug. It would be good to add something like this :


... is a page not opening within seconds?

A special page, api or page may timeout if it can't be generated within minute. While this is expected behaviour in many cases, sometimes this can be caused by software issues either with the site or with the browser.
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How do I create a Wiki powered by Media Wiki?

Qubosucks (talkcontribs)

I am getting tired of Fandom, how do I make wikis on this?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)
Hpfan592 (talkcontribs)

Do you need to have a hosted website accessible before downloading the software? If yes, how does the software interact with the hosted website?

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After upgrading to 1.33.1, the "l10n_cache" table is 783M, what is the problem?

Moonriverzf (talkcontribs)

I just upgraded my website from 1.27.1 to 1.33.1, then size of the database reached over 800M, but my site is definitely not so big, I just checked the "l10n_cache" table alone is 783M, so what is the function of this table? how to reduce it?

Malyacko (talkcontribs)

See the side bar on which says: "Please do not post support questions here."

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