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Section titles overlap with Images

The article about PCI Express has a problem in the form factors section when viewed at a sufficiently high resolution (1024x768) — the image in the previous section overlaps with the section’s headlines; in lower resolutions (or a small browser window) it is not an issue, since the text fills the space. This is probably an issue in other articles as well.

After some experimenting it seems that the solution is to add the CSS clear property to the section headlines in order to avoid this kind of problem; the use of “clear: both” should take care of large images floating on the left or right.

Perhaps someone should also check if floating images can cause problems with subsection headlines.

Please note that CSS clear has no effect for legacy floating (align=) on legacy browsers, if you're dealing with align= effects check out Template:-(edit talk links history) (technical details on the talk page). Omniplex 07:37, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
It is not about the align propery. The image on the page I mention has the CSS float=left property. The template you mention inserts a <br clear="all">, which does take care of the issue, but adds undesired extra space; furthermore, since this can be an issue wherever there is a large floating image, you shouldn't expect people to insert the template for “just in case”. I think the CSS clear=both should be added by default to any section element (<h2> is used), as it makes sense — there is no reason that a subsequent section should “flow” around an image from a previous section. -- 15:34, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
A default clear for headers at least downto <h2> could make sense, but on some pages huge infoboxes intentionally float to the right of the ToC and the first section, e.g. Sealand or several guideline pages. For a pure CSS situation check out Template:Clear(edit talk links history), it uses a dummy <div>. Omniplex 20:08, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Difficulty printing

This article can't be printed properly without having some text covered up by some images, making a mess. Some students who use WP are sometimes requested by their teacher to print out a copy of the article for school work. Can anyone help fix up the article? Some students might need it urgently... --Bruin rrss23 14:58, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

It prints ok from Safari in Mac OS X 10.4.5; some of the images are split across two pages which is mildly annoying but I see no overlapping. --Brion 22:55, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Did you try the "printable version" link on the sidebar? Superm401 - Talk 01:00, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

I did but it still didn't work. Looks like I have to cut and paste each individual part separately... --Bruin rrss23 03:32, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Creating an account

FYI, I've added Creating_an_account to the Meta:Help, so it might show up also here in the derived help page later. This technical nit could be also a legal issue - IANAL :-) Omniplex  23:50, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Most Wikimedia wikis only require Captchas during emergencies (bot vandalism). At any rate, the section didn't say how to create an account, only why one might not be able to. I've fleshed it out a bit. Superm401 - Talk 23:52, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Doesn't help much, the m:Special:Captcha page still has no link to an online account manager, your link on the Help page leads to a huge list of admins with no indication who's able to handle issues with m:Special:Captcha, and the error message Can't view captcha image a second time shows again that Captchas are often coupled with technical ignorance... <sigh />  Thanks for the help page update, apparently the special page is an oddity only affecting Meta. Omniplex 09:09, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Gibberish instead of italics


I've been contributing to Wikipedia for some months now. I've just tried logging on from work in my lunch break, but on a different computer from usual. All italic text appears as garbled gibberish (see screengrab). In the past I've had problems with adding and displaying accents until I reset the Preferences in Safari to Unicode, but doing this on this machine hasn't sorted the new problem out. It's an iMac running OSX Version 10.4.5, Safari Version 2.0.3 (417.8). The other machine which I usually use is a Mac G4 running Safari 2.0.2 (416.12) on OSX 10.4.3, and the pages still display fine on there. Does anyone know whether this a Mac OS problem, or a Safari version problem, or is something else going on here? SiGarb | Talk 13:43, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Never seen such before, could be some kind of monumental breakage in the operating system. Reboot and see... --Brion 20:11, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. Will try again next time I'm on that machine. Meanwhile, I've reported the bug to Apple. SiGarb | Talk 20:25, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

PRE on user style pages

I noticed that the automatic <pre> style that used to be present on user style pages, and apparently on MediaWiki style pages too, has been removed, along with the warning that you have to clear your browser's cache to see changes. Manually adding /*<pre><nowiki>*/ to the beginning of a document is sort of cumbersome; why was this feature removed? Phoenix-forgotten 21:18, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

Please provide a URL to such a page. Rob Church (talk) 07:43, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

It looks like MediaWiki:Common.css and MediaWiki:Monobook.css are two examples besides my user style page. Phoenix-forgotten 01:44, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

The user subpage seems fixed to me (the cache warning shows up, and it's pre'd etc. fine) but I'm not sure about the former. Could be inconsistencies with the software's handling of what constitutes a CSS or JS subpage. Going to take a look, since I suspect the last person to poke that was me. Rob Church 07:47, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Confirmed the user thing is fine for me. The MediaWiki:Common.css et al. pages never had this editing quirk added in the first place. I'll look into adding it since it's useful. :) Rob Church 20:38, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

My user CSS page seems to have its auto-PRE back. Dunno what was wrong last week, but it's fine now. :) Scratch that; it's still buggy. Apparently it only gets broken after I've edited it. The page probably gets stuck in the server's cache as a non-CSS page, because it goes back to normal after I purge it. Phoenix-forgotten 19:39, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

See also monobook.js rendering as wikitext sometimesOmegatron 20:18, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Database error

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A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:

(SQL query hidden)

from within function "SiteStatsUpdate::doUpdate". MySQL returned error "1213: Deadlock found when trying to get lock; Try restarting transaction ("

This happened when I had an edit conflict, instead of the usual edit conflict page. (Note that it was an edit conflict with myself, which I'm not sure should even be possible.) Anyone care to explain, or does it probably not matter? –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Portal heading background

For the portal, how do i change the color of the heading background? Such as Selected article heading background etc. Tutmosis 23:33, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Issues with Godmode-light

Recently, when I've attempted to rollback vandalism with Godmode-light, I've received that message that the last editor was Contributions and not whoever the last editor actually was. Has anyone else been having this problem? If there's an easy solution can someone point me to it?

see Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)#Contribs link in diff views, lightdarkness made a fix. Makemi 23:27, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
[1] Sam Korn (smoddy) 23:28, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Anon Talk Pages

Hi all. I was wondering why the "Anonymous user talk page" footer only appears on some IP talk pages, like User talk:, and not others, like User talk: Shouldn't it be on all anon talk pages? ~MDD4696 22:32, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Unknown new article shows up in my watchlist

This article Microshit suddenly showed up in my watchlist. I'm not aware of ever editing or touching this article before, in fact it only existed about 30 minutes before I refreshed my watchlist.

How'd that happen? SchmuckyTheCat 19:34, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

You are watching Microsoft. A vandal moved Microsoft to Microshit. You end up watching both. Sam Korn (smoddy) 19:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I don't think it was moved. Microshit never had the edit history of Microsoft (shown in the screenshot) it linked to it and the link worked. The current article doesn't show any moves. SchmuckyTheCat 22:11, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Looking at the deleted history for Microshit, I can see the page was moved 2006-03-17; look at the edit history for Microsoft around that date (you'll also find Mickeysoft on your watchlist from the same vandal). --cesarb 22:37, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
ah, the benefits of seeing deleted histories. so I only saw the edit history of the most recent recreation. SchmuckyTheCat 23:16, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Double redirects

I just had a look at Wikipedia:Double redirects to find out why Double redirects are considered a Bad Thing™.

The excuse given was that MediaWiki does not allow them to prevent infinite loops.

This is a very lame excuse.

Loop detection is a solved problem. I can imagine the programmer not putting it in as a day-one feature, but it's actually pretty simple. All you need is to remember all the article names you've visited in any redirection chain and bail out if you meet the same one again. As a sanity check you could put in a maximum hop count of say, twenty, just in case things go funny.

In fact what we have at the minute is a degenerate case of the above where the maximum hop count is one.

Surely it is better to have a proper article structure than to bitch about a few CPU cycles and a few lines of PHP.

(BTW, I am a sysadmin, database administrator, network administrator, web server administrator, programmer, etc., etc.. I do understand the technical issues. It's a little bit of extra server load, not a good reason to deny this functionality.)

Duckbill 09:53, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

You may be "a sysadmin, database administrator, network administrator, web server administrator, programmer, etc., etc.", but are you doing that for the #18 most popular website in the world on a shoestring budget? If you want it fixed, you can download the MediaWiki code and make the change yourself, and there's a good chance it'll be accepted. --Carnildo 19:08, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Explicitly refusing to follow farther chains encourages people to keep the pathways clean, reducing spaghetti redirect chains which could be very hard to sort out when needed. So while it would be easy enough to let the software follow longer chains, we don't want it to. --Brion 21:43, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

New Language Wikipedias

Is there a way we can get some developers to look at Approved requests for new languages? About a dozen languages have been approved for creation, and the Norman test-Wiki has well over 100 articles already (more than nearly half of our "real" Wikipedias). No new wikipedias have been created in quite some time, however. The Jade Knight 09:17, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Cursor Defaulting to Search Box

Most websites already have the cursor flashing in their search box when the page has loaded. This isn't the case with WikiPedia (not with me anyway) - The user must manually click the box to enter text. Is this something which can be changed? Bswee 23:23, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

I believe this has been discussed before. The reason that it doesn't default to the search box, is so that users can scroll the page using the arrow keys, and not need to have use of a mouse. --lightdarkness (talk) 23:35, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
And also so it doesn't jump about when you use a section link. Sam Korn (smoddy) 00:42, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I personally hate it when sites mess with cursor focus like that... it often screws you up, for instance if you have clicked on an input field or the browser address bar while the page is loading and started to type something, then suddenly when the page finishes loading it moves the cursor somewhere else and the stuff you're typing winds up in the wrong place. This can even be a security risk, if what you were typing was your password in a login form; this is usually not shown when you type it, but if your cursor is moved somewhere else, it will be visible to somebody looking over your shoulder. One of the good things about Wikipedia versus lots of other sites is that it doesn't screw around with stuff like that. *Dan T.* 01:14, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Hiding MediaWiki:Tagline

I've succeeded in copying the code from MediaWiki:Monobook.js to eliminate the appearance of the title bar for my user page, but I haven't figured out how to hide the MediaWiki:Tagline message. Any ideas? (see top of User:Spangineer/monobook.js) —Spangineer[es] (háblame) 21:18, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

The ID is "siteSub". Sam Korn (smoddy) 21:22, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Right, but I've copied the code exactly from MediaWiki:Monobook.js that mentions siteSub, but the effect isn't equivalent. I'm not sure what's going on. —Spangineer[es] (háblame) 23:07, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
What are you trying to do? Sam Korn (smoddy) 23:18, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
And then miraculously, it started working. My userpage is basically a personalized version of the new main page, and I want it to cut the title bar just like it does for the main page. But I think I got it figured out now. Sorry for the trouble! —Spangineer[es] (háblame) 00:17, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

help on common.css

Where can I find documentation for common.css? I copied the common.css & monobook.css from WP to my local wiki (1.5.7) , but the templates failed to displayed correctly according to the class declared on common.css, so I have to type it in "style clause" manually to get them work. Did I miss some steps? Thanks for any help. borgx (talk) 08:28, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

AFAIK, only beginning with 1.6 does MediaWiki import MediaWiki:Common.css automatically. With older versions, you have to do the import manually; look at the history of MediaWiki:Monobook.css for the manual import (I'm the one who did it, if it helps the search). --cesarb 05:30, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

finding a new article with the "search" function

Hi, I created a new article, "University of Southern California Law School," but I can only access it from links from other existing articles. How can I make it appear when a user types in relevant words into the "search" box on the left? Thanks for your help. Pbgr

The search index might take a while to update. Try again in a few hours... days... what's the lag on indexing again? æle 00:49, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Also you can add various relevant redirects to make it easier for users to find your page. Tutmosis 00:55, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
I created the article a few days ago and it's still not coming up on the search index... Is it that slow? Pbgr
Personally I when i type University of Southern California Law School it comes up perfectly fine. Its intresting to note that when you type the exact same thing in small caps it does not cope up. I recommend making various redirects; atleast one being same thing in small caps. If you want I can do it for you. Tutmosis 01:08, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for your help. Pbgr
Several weeks currently. --Brion 18:42, 20 March 2006 (UTC)


This may be a bug, or not, but when I go to an article, and I go to its history, and then I click 'compare selected versions', the latest version (on the right) has a '[revert as vandalism]' on the top of it and then a '[rollback] link to the right. I thought these links were only used and given to administrators. Is this a bug? Funnybunny 04:30, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

I know that Brion had been editing some things in regards to diff view, but if you did see that it was probably just temporary, as I'm not seeing the described features. --lightdarkness (talk) 05:17, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
You have "Godmode-lite" installed in your monobook.js. This gives some extra facilities to Wikipedia users using javascript. It isn't as powerful or as efficient as the tools administrators have. It looks like Voice of All (talk · contribs) installed it there for you. If you didn't ask for this, please say so and someone will remove it for you.-gadfium 05:24, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Voice of All has been installing scripts left, right and centre; someone needs to tell him to stop, it's rude and tantamount to abusing his privilege of editing what would be considered a protected page. Rob Church 19:26, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Apparently a new section; "typo"

I just noticed this on my Watchlist, that an IP address had apparently submitted a new section called "typo", with the arrow link to the section (which is redundant and just messes around with the syntax). There is no section called typo and when I first saw I attributed it to the edit summary anyway. I went through every test I could think of to check that this wasn't just me, but I found more proof on the history page and user contribs here, the contribution to Avro Arrow. Whats with this? --The1exile - Talk - Contribs -Flag of Denmark.svg 17:05, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Sounds like the user entered /* typo */ as their edit summary. This would cause MediaWiki to render it as a section link. Rob Church 19:40, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
It would be nice if that syntax couldn't be forged...Superm401 - Talk 21:57, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
How would the software know? Rob Church 19:28, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

transwiki instructions

Where is the documentation for the procedures for doing a transwiki to wiktionary and wikisource? RJFJR 17:07, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

m:Transwiki. -Splashtalk 18:23, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Which sucks. We need a better method, one that actually preserves the histories properly. 22:06, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Hear, hear. -Splashtalk 22:58, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Couldn't Special:Export and Special:Import work for this (assuming Export were made able to export the full article history for, say, just admins (right now it just exports the current state/edit details for everyone I believe))? —Locke Coletc 00:58, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, yes. If Special:Export was fully-functional (yes, it's the same for admins as non at present) and Special:Import at all functional, we would probably have a viable transwiki mechanism... -Splashtalk 16:36, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

I believe the main concerns with enabling those are

  • People abusing Special:Export and increasing the load without cause
  • People inserting falsified edit histories, etc. via Special:Import

MediaWiki kinda sucks at communicating with other installations of itself. A Special:Transwiki would be an awesome feature, but going about it is a bit more awkward. Rob Church 07:32, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Would it be possible to allow access to Special:Export (with full edit history) and Special:Import in the same way it's possible to allow access to (for example) just rollback (and not full sysop privileges)? In this way, editors could request "import/export" privileges and have them granted on a case by case basis. Agreed that a Special:Transwiki would be ideal though. =) —Locke Coletc 07:52, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Possible but I suspect it would become unmanageable. Rob Church 19:39, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Random Number Function ?

Is there existing functionality to parse a random number using wikimarkup at this time. An extension appears to be availible on meta m:User:Algorithm/RandomSelection. And apparently other wiki's (e.g. uncyl..) are using this with success? -- xaosflux Talk/CVU 05:46, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

What would it be useful for on Wikipedia? —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 20:29, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
A random number generator would allow pages to display random content. The closest thing we have to that currently is what I've done with Portal:Featured content where a different set of past picture/article of the day are displayed from a randomized list every sixty seconds. However, that isn't truly random and it relies on a huge switch to do the evaluation. Actual random features would allow much greater flexibility with much less processing resources required. --CBDunkerson 20:37, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
Ouch, just looked at Wikipedia:Featured content/SetDate, and it looks like a great candidate for a RND() function! xaosflux Talk/CVU 05:34, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Absolutely. A simple random function could allow the same (actually better) functionality in a vastly smaller template. Even some basic string manipulation capabilities, such as being able to do right({{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}, 1), could be used to build much better randomization. The last digits of the article count and file count at any given moment would effectively be random numbers between 0 and 9... but a real random feature would be best. --CBDunkerson 00:36, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

A {{RANDOMNUMBER}} variable as envisioned would be a serious problem for caching of content, which is what keeps us from going under. Like {{CURRENTUSER}}, this one is unfeasible. Rob Church 07:34, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

It would if it were used on main content pages, but would it have these same issues if used in templates/headers/etc to call other pages that were already cached? — xaosflux Talk 21:55, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Je ne comprends pas. Repetez, s'il vous plait. In plain English. Examples. Rob Church 19:41, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Telescopic taxobox

I could never describe myself as a deletionist, but I am all for hiding information that isn't immediately useful.

So here's my proposal for a telescopic taxobox, allowing taxonomic groups which are currently missing to be simply hidden, rather than absent:

Normal view Expanded view Proposed template usage
Pengo teletaxo shrunk.png Pengo teletaxo expanded.png
 | image = Pleorodeles_waltl.jpg
 | image_caption = In an aquarium
 | color = pink
 | name = Iberian Ribbed Newt
 | regnum = [[Animal]]ia
 | unranked_phylum = [[Bilateria]]
 | unranked_phylum_hide = true
 | superphylum = [[Deuterostomia]]
 | superphylum_hide = true
 | phylum = [[Chordate|Chordata]]
 | superclassis = [[Tetrapoda]]
 | superclassis_hide = true
 | classis = [[Amphibia]]
 | subclassis = [[Lissamphibia]]
 | subclassis_hide = true
 | ordo = [[Urodela]]
 | familia = [[Salamandridae]]
 | genus = ''[[Pleurodeles]]''
 | species = '''''P. waltl'''''
 | binomial = ''Pleurodeles waltl''
 | binomial_authority = ...
 | range_map = ...

The shrunk version is more readable. The expanded version is more complete. And this way little compromise needs to be made between them. A third click could perhaps hide the classifcation all together, and show just the binomial name.

I was hoping the mechanism could coopt the Hide/Show button from the Table of Contents box, but my attempts have so far failed (see /teletaxotest). A page that does does something similar (but hides the whole box, not just parts) is here: User:Essjay/CVU/IRC/Verifications

Which classifications would be hidden would be set per species or taxon. (see parameters ending in _hide in the proposed template usage above).

Anyway, I've pretty much given up on making this myself. I suspect it would need some extra Javascript that would have to be added to the main javascript file of the Wikipedia. But anyone else who wants to give it a go, please do.

Note: I have noticed that the metadata on images is collapsable, and maybe the javascript it uses can be hijacked. (e.g. see Metadata section on Australia_Cairns_Koala.jpg) but I haven't attempted to use this approach as yet.

I'm wondering if someone were to make this work using some javascript if it would be possible to add javascript to the wikipedia's main .js file? Perhaps if it were a generic solution?

Pengo 08:58, 11 March 2006 (UTC) (/rants)

The template {{Afd}} has a "show/hide" button that only modify part of the box. However, it is in a fixed position, so it may not be what you are looking for. - Liberatore(T) 15:03, 11 March 2006 (UTC)
It can not be done using the javascript as it is now, but it can easly be an generic code-snip. Simlar for this:
<div class="hiddenStructure"> <!-- Outer container-->
<div class="hiddenStructureButton">Button...</div>
<div class="hiddenStructureElement"></div>
<div class="hiddenStructureElement"></div>


#Pseudo code (don't remeber all js at the moment :))
foreach(element = getElementsByClassName('hiddenStructure')){
foreach(element = getElementsByClassName('hiddenStructureElement')){
element.connect(event button);

function hideElement(element){'none';


AzaToth 01:12, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

Note that the 'missing' taxons are generally left out deliberately and people working on the project will often go through and remove 'extra' taxons. Generally we show each of the major (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, et cetera) higher taxons, but not the sub-groupings (Super-phylum, Subclass, et cetera) unless one of those is the 'next higher' level above the article subject. --CBDunkerson 20:49, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm not sure if you're addressing me or making a general comment here, but i'd like to clarify anyway. The point of the this suggestion is to allow the deliberately removed taxons to be merely hidden, rather than deleted. As I understand, they are only removed to save space. As the condensed version of the taxobox can be lacking in information, if not misleading, I'd like to keep them but in a hidden state, rather than have them deleted. —Pengo 01:05, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
In addition to 'saving space' the extra taxons are often left out because such 'sub-groupings' are often speculative or disputed and subject to more frequent change than the primary taxons. Also, the CSS based methods of implementing this which you are currently pursuing (hiddenStructure and the like) do not work for all users... such that if you are 'successful' the result would be that some users (people with text browsers, people with screen-readers for the blind, people on non-English language Wikipedias and Wikipedia mirrors) would always get the 'uncollapsed' format. --CBDunkerson 13:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
You have some valid points: Yes, some people would be stuck with an uncollapsed view, but they'd be stuck with valid information, quite unlike how some people have used "hiddenStructure" to "hide" nonsense code, so I don't see it as such a problem. The problem of the taxa being speculative and/or disputed is probably less surmountable, but I suspect that would be the exception rather than the rule? The extra taxa in the example above were all taken from Wikipedia articles. E.g. the grouping "deuterostomia" is revealed in the taxobox for chordate but is missing in all the taxa below it. Anyway, thanks for discussing this issue, I currently have no plans to persue it further as the gain is simply not that great and there are much more worthy low hanging fruit (like filling in conservation status where it's missing). Cheers. —Pengo 01:24, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

AIDS in Africa

Someone has vandalized this page. Patchouli 15:26, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Are you sure? I'm not seeing it.
There are probably better places to report vandalism than this Village Pump subpage. One is Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism (a.k.a. WP:AIV), and there are probably others. —Steve Summit (talk) 18:16, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

The disappearing line

This is not an urgent question, but I've been wondering why the text "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" can sometimes be seen under the article's title, but sometime it's gone. Even a reload can make it vanish. Thanks for your time. Mysid 10:36, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Updates to CSS and JS pages to reduce redundancy


  1. Replace addLoadEvent(func), as this one is already contained in ../wikibits.js; see this change on alsWP
  2. Consider adding pTitle() from alsWP; see Template_talk:Lowercase#Redrafting_title_with_a_JavaScript_trick


  1. Remove .hiddenStructure, as "speak:none" has been added to ../main.css
  2. Consider removing .plainlinksneverexpand, etc. one day; see MediaZilla:714

Best regards, Melancholie 05:09, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Watchlist via transclusion?

I would like to display watchlist on my custom portal page together with other templates such as Template:Announcements/Community bulletin board. But typing {{Special:Watchlist}} only creates a link to watchlist and does not output the list itself. iframe tag doesn't seem to work either. Is this possible at all?Hermeneus (user/talk) 02:30, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

It's possible to add some javascript code to your monobook.js that will query the watchlist page and replace that part of your page with what it gets from the watchlist. I don't know if there is an easier way. –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. It sounds a little too diffucult for me because I'm not so fluent in JavaScript... Hermeneus (user/talk) 03:54, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, most of the code is probably already written by other people, it might be pretty easy actually, let's see... –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I am also looking for similar code to slightly different end as described at meta:Share watchlists. I would love a monobook.js script or similar that would scrape a watchlist, reformat into wiki-usable code, and copy to clipboard or better yet a user subpage as User:Here/watchlist. here 04:34, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

I got it working! Only for what Hermeneus wanted though. (There's code in there from godmode-light to parse it as XML that could be used to wikify and transfer it somewhere, but...) Right now all it does is display part of the HTML from the watch list page in place of what the wiki code {{Special:Watchlist}} becomes.

For the watchlist to show up, edit your monobook.js user page (assuming you did not change your skin away from the "standard" Classic skin in your preferences) and paste all the code from my monobook.js into there. Or, I don't know if this will work, but you could also try only adding this instead:

document.write('<script type="text/javascript" src="' 
             + '' 
             + '&action=raw&ctype=text/javascript&dontcountme=s"></script>');

Either way, save the page and then fully reload with Ctrl-Shift-R or (in IE) Ctrl-F5, and when you go to your custom portal page you should see {{Special:Watchlist}} get replaced with your watchlist. Right now it's set to hide your own edits and only show 0.1 days but those are both customizable at the top of the script. This has been tested in Firefox 1.5, Internet Explorer 6, and Netscape 8. (But it has a very high chance of not working in other browsers.)

Note also, I have godmode-light (rollback button), extra edit buttons, and an IE6 alpha fix installed in the script, but those are easy to disable if you really don't want them. –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! It seems to be working fine (MacOS X 10.4 & Firefox 1.5). Is it possibe to use it on ja.wikipedia as well if I replace en.wikipedia with ja.wikipedia in URLs? Hermeneus (user/talk) 08:30, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, you can use it on ja.wikipedia with some small changes. Edit your monobook there and copy a different script into it, this monobook.js, and fully-refresh like before. Also, I don't know how to search for the japanese characters in the link that {{Special:Template}} becomes, so instead you will have to use <nowiki>{{Special:Template}}</nowiki> so it's text without a link. (Does anybody know of an easy way to convert a unicode character into its %##%## equivalent?) –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
My personal portal subpage on jawp is here and monobook.js here. jawp uses "利用者:" for "User:" and "特別:" for "Special:." Watchlist is the same "Watchlist." The watchlist link generated by Mediawiki seems to use the Japanese names converted in url code ( "特別" is "%E7%89%B9%E5%88%A5" The url code of a Japanese word could be found in the url when you google search the word), but they are accesible vis English name as well. (Both ja:User:Hermeneus and ja:利用者:Hermeneus works.) Hermeneus (user/talk) 11:27, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
When you type "{{Special:Watchlist}}" in the form of the portal subpage, it will generate <p><a href="/wiki/%E7%89%B9%E5%88%A5:Watchlist" title="特別:Watchlist">特別:Watchlist</a></p> in the source code of the output of the subpage. Hermeneus (user/talk) 11:50, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
It seems to be working on jawp now as well. In ja:User:Hermeneus/monobook.js I replaced
var watchStringFF = '\{\{Special:Watchlist\}\}';
var watchStringFF = '\<p\>\<a href=\"/wiki/%E7%89%B9%E5%88%A5:Watchlist\" title=\"特別:Watchlist\"\>特別:Watchlist\</a\>\</p\>';
All seem well now. Many thanks! Hermeneus (user/talk) 12:06, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

I want to add a wikipedia search bar to my site!

Hi guys,

i would like to add a search bar on my site, that directs users to wikipedia results once they have entered a term. does anyone know of any tutorials or html to do this?

thanks guys

Just add this code:
<!-- wikipedia search -->
<form name="searchform" id="searchform" action="">
<input type="hidden" name="go" value="go" />
<input type="text" id="searchInput" name="search" size="20" />
<a href="">wikipedia</a>
<!-- wikipedia search -->
hope that helps :) --Quiddity 01:09, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

List of interwikis

Is there a full alphabetical list of interwiki links anywhere? I keep on finding interwikis put in alphabetical order of the code rather than the language, and correct the 'out of order' ones I know about:

  • es: (Español) comes before eo: (Esperanto)
  • ko: (Hangugeo) comes before hi: (Hindi)
  • he: (Ivrit) comes after it: (Italiano)
  • ja: (Nihongo) comes after nl: (Nederlands)
  • fi: (Suomi) comes just before sv: (Svenska)

but also wonder how many others are there which I don't know about. An easily found full list that I can refer newbies to would be useful. - MPF 11:26, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

See m:Interwiki sorting order and Wikipedia:Language order poll. Martin 12:09, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! Didn't realise it wasn't fully settled. Shouldn't the poll be advertised a bit more widely? I've been a contributor for over 2 years and knew nothing about it. - MPF 13:31, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Problem with Infobox

I was trying to edit the page University of Hyderabad. In the box on the right hand side of the page it shows text like {{{free_lable}}}. any idea how to remove it. --Bolasanibk 09:45, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

looks like he fixed it --Quiddity 10:54, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Highlight search box

A proposal that came out the Main Page Redesign discussions was:

Mainpage searchbox2.png
  • Improve visibility of the left-navigation search box in the default MonoBook skin. Perhaps, an orange-colored border (as used on the active tabs at the top)?

This would be to aid new users in finding the search box.

this is easily shown by adding this line to one's user/monobook.css
(and presummably common or monobook css for sitewide)
#searchBody {border-color: #FABD23;}
The proposal was initially offered as an alternative to a second search box that was appearing in the headers of many redesign-drafts. (links to discussion archives: 1 - 2 - 3 (main discussion) 4 (vote and 3 colour examples))

The only question remaining is can this highlight be coded to display on only select pages? (specifically the Main Page, and possibly any others we wanted to choose) (or only for non-signed-in users, or other useful permutations?) Or is it a choice of "site-wide or nothing"?

Once this is answered, I will copy the proposal to the proposal page. Thanks. --Quiddity 09:20, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

blocked user

Is it true that blocked users are allowed to make edit to their own talk page on en.wikipedia? How to request this feature on other wikipedia? Thanks borgx (talk) 08:15, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes, it's true. You have to ask a developer to turn it on. --cesarb 00:53, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
I wouldn't. It causes nothing but pain. -Splashtalk 01:53, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Save Function

The save function is malfunctioning. Had to hit SAVE three (3) times for it to function. Martial Law 06:50, 21 March 2006 (UTC) :o

Log out, clear cache, log back in. Happens to me and someone told me to do this, fixed it for me. It was happening a lot to me today. Mike (T C) Star of life2.png 07:03, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
That worked. Martial Law 07:19, 21 March 2006 (UTC) :)
Really appreciate the assisstance. Martial Law 07:20, 21 March 2006 (UTC) :)
NP, if you want the reasons it does it, search the WP:AN archives, i know it is there, around the time of a crash at the start of the year. Mike (T C) Star of life2.png 07:41, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Popups and Godmode light

I use both Godmode-light and Navigation Popups. The problem is that when I view someone's contributions I see something like this:

  1. 12:38, 20 March 2006 (hist) (diff) m Hedy d'Ancona (Link Oxfam Novib) (top) [Erwin85&token=05a4b00f14a6262f5c4640189cc43060">rollback]
  2. 12:37, 20 March 2006 (hist) (diff) Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (top) [Erwin85&token=83effcc91314a2d31e5598c64594cf1b">rollback]

where Erwin85 (username) is a link to the article with &fakeaction=rollback&vandal=title= added. Does this mean these two scripts are incompatible or did I do something wrong? User:Erwin85/monobook.js. Erwin85 12:51, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't use godmode-lite, but I hear there are problems with popups. Try the variant godmode-lite listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject_User_scripts/Scripts instead. Lupin|talk|popups 13:10, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
This didn't fix it, but thanks anyway. I guess I'll remove godmode-lite, most of my vandalfighting is done on the Dutch Wikipedia where I use my own script for reverting vandalism, so I don't really use godmode-light that much. I can always edit my own script for the English wikipedia. Erwin85 13:39, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
you should see Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)#Contribs link in diff views, lightdarkenss made a fix. Makemi 23:33, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
The version at User:Ilmari Karonen/godmode-light.js (which Wikipedia:WikiProject_User_scripts/Scripts links to) should be fixed now, I think. I'm coming to the conclusion that what it really needs is a full rewrite, though. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 23:58, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Arrow display problem

The unicode symbols for '↘' "south west arrow" (U+2198) and '↙' "south east arrow" (U+2199) are reversed in the edit window - i.e. the arrow that should point south east points south west and vice versa. The same thing happens in <pre> formatted blocks, and in the edit window at Bugzilla. User:Thryduulf/Arrows shows the problem, Cousin chart is a real-world example of where the confusion exists.

I've reported this at Bugzilla (bugzilla:5295), but as the problem happens on Linux but not on Windows XP I'm now wondering if this isn't a MediaWiki issue but a font issue? Thryduulf 11:42, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

U+2198 (↘) is "south east arrow" and U+2199 (↙) is "south west arrow". see [2] for more information AzaToth 12:58, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Whoops, yes I got that wrong. But the problem still remains that the arrows display differntly - it seems to be the article display is wrong. I've uploaded a screenshot to user:Thryduulf/Arrows to show the problem Thryduulf 15:45, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

It's a font issue. Threy show up just fine here. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 16:03, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Also the down arrow points right and the right arrow points down (but southeast and southwest both display correctly for me using Firefox 1.0.2 on SuSE 9). Slambo (Speak) 16:14, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Here is it how it looks for me:

AzaToth 19:39, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

They worked fine for me as well (Firefox, Windows XP). — Knowledge Seeker 08:55, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

My copy of the Unicode table says that 2192 is rightwards and 2193 is downwards (which is to say, in the image above, the alleged "Unicode descriptions" for those two characters are reversed, and the displays are correct). —Steve Summit (talk) 18:08, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

External URL links to 3rd party video

I've been searching for W.P. policy on external links to video hosted on Google video, etc. where the legal status of those video items is undeterminable. Should links be made only to those sources where license / copyright status can be determined? If yes, how does that extend to text material? See [3] for relevant discussion. Revmachine21 06:35, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Since they're external and thus not hosted by Wikipedia, I don't think their copyright status matters; Wikipedia isn't responsible for what other websites provide. Unless it's a direct link to something highly illegal, I guess. (Obviously I don't exactly know.) –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
We strongly discourage linking to material explicitly known to be a copyright violation. Shimgray | talk | 22:11, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm not a lawyer & I don't proclaim to know copyright laws, so how can I make that determination? If I went to Google Video and searched for "Hard Gay' videoes (a Japanese comic) in an attempt to enrich Masaki Sumitani page, what policy does Wikipedia provide me in order to figure this out? Also, what is the policy when I'm literate enough in a foreign language to find non-English source sites, but not literate enough to read the entire site to make copyright determinations? I'm looking for explicit clear policy here. I'd prefer a link to a Wikipedia help page rather than statements of opinion. Revmachine21 04:17, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
You could try listing something at Wikipedia:Requested copyright examinations, but that page is pretty stagnant. WP:EL is somewhat ambiguous about this, but I've removed links to Google videos because they're generally not permanent or official. I also think that if a video clip is valuable enough to an article, it should be uploaded to Wikipedia and claimed as fair use. ~MDD4696 05:40, 21 March 2006 (UTC)


  • Note: I posted this in the help desk and they suggested I ask the question here.

I just noticed that the German Wikipedia has an option where the coordinates of a location are inserted in the upper-right header. Here is one example: [4]. Is this possible in the English version? If so, how? Sean WI 16:29, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

It looks like a template: Template:Koordinate Text Artikel, perhaps copy the template to wikipedia? Mike (T C) Star of life2.png 16:42, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Started a template: Template:CoorHeader - doesn't seem to work. I think the German wiki actually has code inserted into the header. Is that a possibility? (Perhaps you could take a look at that template...I probably did it wrong. Sean WI 16:51, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
There will also be code in the stylesheet:. I suggest you engage in more discussion before going ahead with these additions, as there may be conflicts with other fields. Sam Korn (smoddy) 17:01, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Should I continue the discussion here or could you point me in the direction of a proper forum for this? Sean WI 17:08, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
You might consider the mailing list. Sam Korn (smoddy) 17:21, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

We've been suggesting it for a year over at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Geographical coordinates#Coordinates at the top of the article and I posted Bug 4719: RFE: geo coordinates in page title on all (common) en: .css but no joy.

--William Allen Simpson 13:21, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Posted possible code at MediaWiki talk:Common.css and MediaWiki talk:Monobook.css.

--William Allen Simpson 11:19, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Patrolled edit

On Help:Patrolled edit I've just "disabled" {{Phh:Patrolled edit}} by inserting __END__ (the template didn't exist before).

So far it's documented / obvious / clear, pick what you like, but I'm less sure about the obscure {{System admin toc}} - is "disabling" it with __END__ the normal procedure to get rid of the broken link on a help page? Omniplex 08:51, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't know what the "approved" way is. You have to put something in the empty page and regular spaces don't work. I just got rid of Template:Phh:Inputbox with &nbsp (an HTML character entity that stands for "non-breaking space", or as I prefer, "'nother blank space") Superm401 - Talk 00:55, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
ACK, magic word __END__ or simply &nbsp; (= &#160;) both do the trick. I only want to know what the real purpose of a broken link {{System admin toc}} was, maybe it's a part of some maintenance procdure, and disabling it was a bad idea. Omniplex 07:30, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Now also discussed wrt to a template trying to explain this feature. Omniplex 15:59, 22 March 2006 (UTC)


Hi. I was wondering how you got index.php/Article to be the same as index.php?title=article. I was wondering becuase I am writing a program in php, and this would allow for a much cleaner URL. Thanks, Shardsofmetal [ Talk | Contribs ] 19:22, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Some instructions about how to configure a MediaWiki installation are found at Using a very short URL, and that may have the answer to your question. Titoxd(?!? - help us) 22:39, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
See $_SERVER['PATH_INFO']. Note this is not always available. --Brion 00:29, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Thank You. Unfortunately, it didn't answer my question. This is my fault, I didn't word my question the way I should have, and I apoligize. What I actually wanted to know is from a programming perspective, how is it that you can program a file so that when called with a /variable, you can tell it to set variable as a certain variable. I hope that this is worded all right. Thank you, Shardsofmetal [ Talk | Contribs ] 03:34, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

This is either closely related to, or the same as, a question I've been having: when the web server sees "index.php/Article", how is it that it does not blindly try to treat "index.php" as a directory, and "Article" as a standalone page within it? Is apache smart enough to notice that when a seeming directory compoent within a URL (a) exists but is (b) not a directory but (c) is a server-side script, it might be okay to run that script and let it interpret the rest of the pathname? —Steve Summit (talk) 05:19, 11 March 2006 (UTC)
Short answer: Yes. rspeer / ɹəədsɹ 05:40, 11 March 2006 (UTC)
Is it possible to get a long answer (or a link to where it is described), because I do not know how to do this, but would like to. Thanks, Shardsofmetal [ Talk | Contribs ] 18:40, 11 March 2006 (UTC)
Learn about .htaccess, you'll find that Wikipedia simply instructs Apache to blindly send everything after wiki/ to title variable. — Ambush Commander(Talk) 17:31, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, the long answer is "Go to and download the Apache web server source code." The short answer was already given above. --Brion 05:33, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

If you haven't figured it out already, add:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^wiki/(.*)$ index.php?title=$1

to your .htaccess file. Make sure that you have the rewrite module loaded by having:

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/
AddModule mod_rewrite.c

in your httpd.conf file. Tristanb 08:31, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

No, it has nothing whatsoever to do with rewrite rules. (Though you can accomplish similar things that way.) --Brion 08:51, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Expanding on what Brion said, the way Wikipedia does it can't possibly be mod_rewrite, because Wikipedia does not require use of .htaccess at all, as I discovered when I downloaded mediawiki and started playing with it myself. (That is, the mediawiki installation documents do not tell you to create a .htaccess file; the -- very nicely automated, btw -- mediawiki installation procedure does not create a .htaccess file for you; and my own mediawiki installation is working just fine, including with respect to subdocuments, and there's no .htaccess file in its /wiki directory.) But it's true, there's a zillion Apache modules out there which can do all sorts of things, and the perl motto probably applies: "TMTOWTDI".
(As an aside, there's a school of thought that suggests that mod_rewrite might not be the first tool you should reach for when performing some URL-related trick. To be sure, and as its own documentation proclaims, it is "the Swiss Army Knife of URL manipulation". But its documentation also contains two cautionary quotes: "The great thing about mod_rewrite is it gives you all the configurability and flexibility of Sendmail. The downside to mod_rewrite is that it gives you all the configurability and flexibility of Sendmail. [Brian Behlendorf]" "Despite the tons of examples and docs, mod_rewrite is voodoo. Damned cool voodoo, but still voodoo. [Brian Moore]")
Shardsofmetal's question still remains, though: once apache has looked at the URI components "index.php/Article", determined that "index.php" is not a directory, determined that "index.php" is a server-side script, and called it, how does index.php recover the string "/Article"? (Yeah, I know, I could figure this out by looking at the source code, but I haven't delved into it yet.)
Steve Summit (talk) 14:17, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
I already provided exactly that information on March 5. Please read above. --Brion 00:40, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Sheesh. Sorry. Thanks. —Steve Summit (talk) 18:19, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

RTFS. 22:02, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Golden Gate Bridge Article

I added a panoramic image a few days ago. It displayed properly. I looked at the article today and got an error in the image space: Error creating thumbnail: convert: Insufficient memory (case 4) `/mnt/upload3/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Ggb03162006.jpg'. convert: missing an image filename `/mnt/upload3/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/Ggb03162006.jpg/600px-Ggb03162006.jpg'.

The weird thing is it worked a few days ago.

listing subpages?

Is there a way of listing all the subpages of an article or user page? (Including, but not limited to, the ones you've forgotten about and don't have any extant links to?) —Steve Summit (talk) 18:08, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Try [5]. Fill the prefix box with the page you want the subpages of. You can see an example on my user page. Gerard Foley 18:15, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
Cool! Perfect. Thanks. —Steve Summit (talk) 19:15, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Is it possible to give the form on Special:Blockip a name?

It'd make making my javascript helper easier if it did. Sceptre (Talk) 12:31, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Here's my Javascript function. It prompts, but won't fill in fields.
function block()
/*Yes, this is ugly, but it'll have to do for the mean while. 
Can someone use a "get pagename" script to work with this?*/
var user = prompt("User?");
var long = prompt("When is the expiry?");
var why = prompt("Reason?");
blockw ='/wiki/Special:Blockip/' + user);
blockw.document.forms[0].name = 'block';
blockw.document.block.wpBlockReason.text.value = why;
blockw.document.block.wpBlockOther.text.value = long;

AFD discussions

I tried to print Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jill Hardy. However, when I clicked Print Preview, all the text between the top and bottom header (the "this discussion is archived") was gone. I thought this was odd, so I checked out the March 14 AFD page, most of whcih are also archived. I clicked Print Preview again and all the text showed up. Did something suddenly change between December and March? - Hbdragon88 05:15, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Same problem here. To make things more precise: the "Print Preview" that causes problems is that of the browser (I use Mozilla); the same problem occurs when actually printing or using the "printable version". This must be a CSS problem, as downloading the page and printing the local copy (where the CSS files are not accessible) shows all content. - Liberatore(T) 13:18, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
Looks like {{afd top}} is using class="boilerplate metadata vfd". According to Wikipedia:Catalogue of CSS classes, metadata is "hidden when printed". The template is wrong; it shouldn't be using either boilerplate or metadata (and vfd would need to be modified to have the correct styling). Unfortunately, since the template is subst:ed instead of transcluded, a bot would have to be used to fix all the old instances. --cesarb 16:56, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
I have proposed changes to fix this on Wikipedia talk:Articles for deletion. --cesarb 17:27, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

MediaWiki pages and sidebar

Hello all. How do you edit the bar on the left, the one that holds navigation, search and toolbox and how to edit the contents of these 3 menus?

Also how do I list all the mediawiki pages or where is there a listing of the mediawiki pages? Special:Special pages works for special pages but MediaWiki:MediaWikipages does not for mw pages *sigh*


Not to sure about the sitebar things, but I would not be supriced if they are somewhere in MediaWiki space too. To list all Mediawiki pages go to Special:Allpages and pick "Mediawiki" in the namespace filter[6]. --Sherool (talk) 22:27, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
See Mediawiki:Sidebar. This contains the navigation links. Editing search or toolbox requires hacking the PHP. See also Special:Allmessages which contains many, but not all, of the important system messages. Sherool suggestion should get them all. Dragons flight 14:48, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

How can I get the TeX reader to recognize more symbols?

I've started to try to improve some of the economics pages, but one symbol I really need to use is the "preference" operator, seen here under the names \prec \preceq \succ and \succeq. How can I get the "math" tags to recognize these symbols? --Ossanha 03:36, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

You should file a bug on bugzilla to ask the devs to do this. Lupin|talk|popups 03:10, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
Note that m:Blahtex can handle all of these symbols (and lots more besides). We are working on making this software available in Wikipedia. Dmharvey 13:26, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

IE error seriously annoying

Is anyone looking into the error discussed at the top of this page that occurs in IE when on wiki? Specifically: "In the last week or so, I've had some problems loading Wikipedia pages, mainly diffs and special pages. When I load them the page displays, then a system window pops up saying "Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site <page address>. Operation aborted" and an OK button. I click the OK button and the page is replaced by a "cannot be displayed" message. Strangely, when I click the back button the page displays perfectly. This happens infrequently and to seemingly random pages, but never outside Wikipedia. If I go back and forth from a page where it has happened the error tends to occur again."

The error is seriously annoying and seems to be getting worse. "use firefox" is not a satisfactory answer here. most people see wikipedia through IE.--Deglr6328 05:32, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Seriously, try Firefox (or Opera). If it happens there, too, then you know it's either Wikipedia or your internet connection that's at fault. If it doesn't happen, then you know it's Internet Explorer that's at fault. --Carnildo 06:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Ugh, I KNOW! I USE FIREFOX!!! It doesn't happen when using it, it only happens w/IE. The point is MOST people here use IE to read wiki!--Deglr6328 08:04, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, having popular sites start failing in IE might just be the impetus to get more people to switch to a better browser, like hitting a mule with a two-by-four. Not that I'm advocating intentionally breaking the site in IE or anything... :-) *Dan T.* 00:24, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
That sort of talk is impractical and never leads to things being fixed. Rob Church 07:24, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
The problem absolutely must be fixed. IE is not an insignificant browser here, whatever people think. Superm401 - Talk 21:46, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm not aware of any such IE-specific problem. If you can collect some information (OS versions, network providers, packet traces??) that would be super. --Brion 23:04, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
It happens on win2k with IE6 with all the latest patches and SP's installed. I have put an ethereal (or is that 'taken') dump on your talk page. --Deglr6328 08:33, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
The only accomodation I think IE users deserve is a prominent link to the downloads page. John Reid 01:26, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Yeah! I'd throw them all in jail too! The mind truly boggles at this nonsensical, illogical zealotry. Get a clue. --Deglr6328 02:31, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
As I said above; that sort of talk is impractical, etc. Rob Church 19:32, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Not really a solution, because many public terminals (libraries and schools) use Internet Explorer. Furthermore, on behalf of myself, I am not allowed to download Firefox onto my computer. Ingoolemo talk 02:19, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I think the problem might be caused by malfunctioning spyware/adware that only affect IE. Try running various anti-spyware programs.
As for all the IE-hating talk, I'll say that I've been using Firefox for quite a while, and recently switched back to IE because it works so much better for me. Both browsers have serious problems, but IE's problems happen to cause me less trouble than Firefox's problems. –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
the problem is not related to spyware or adware as I am afflicted with neither. I can get it to happen again and again (the "operation cancelled" error) if when I am on the page that gives me the error I go "back" to the page to reload it within 2 seconds. however if I wait more than 5 seconds the chances of it happening again right away are much lower.--Deglr6328 04:14, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
How sure are sure that you don't have spyware/adware? Because I was having the exact same problem you're mentioning just the other day, and then I tried running Netscape's spyware scan, and suddenly I'm not getting that error in IE anymore. –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I am absolutely 100% completely certain. Once a year (or so..) I download and run (YES with all the latest updates) spybot, AVG antivirus and ad-aware. I just did this last week and for the 3rd year in a row I've found absolutely nothing using any of these. (I don't keep them running because they slow everything down).--Deglr6328 06:20, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

List of Portuguese municipalities

Is there anyway I can make all the cells in the tables have the same size? In sections where the numbers have more digits, the column witdh expands. Could you help? Afonso Silva 22:31, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Amusing Image Glitch - ADS ON WIKIPEDIA?!?!?

Firefox had a glitch earlier today producing an amusing effect - ADS ON WIKIPEDIA!


I'm not trying to make a bug report - I just thought this would be amuse you all. -- stillnotelf has a talk page 19:52, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Searching histories

(Appologies if this has been suggested before)

It would be really useful if we were able to search histories by edit summary or user name. It would make finding out who made an anonymous post, or who has worked on a section, or what contributions an individual made to a page, all much easier. Sure I could set the view to 500 and use my browsers search function, but this isn't efficient if the page is many thousands or reversions long, and it doesn't collect a set of edits together for me.

Has this been considered at all? I can't imagine it would be difficult to immplement. — Asbestos | Talk (RFC) 17:40, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

I know Tony Sidaway has a similar tool for searching for vandalism reversion edit summaries on the toolserver. It might be worth speaking to him. Sam Korn (smoddy) 17:56, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Not receiving watchlist email alerts

I thought the latest versions of Wikimedia would send email alerts when pages on your Watchlist changed. I even recall checking some box on my watchlist page to activate this feature. However, I'm not getting any email alerts, and I'm not even seeing the checkbox for activating alerts on my watchlist page. What's going on? How do I enable watchlist email alerts? Sorry if this has been asked, but I've looked around the Village Pump and other places and didn't see this issue addressed. And BTW, my profile says my email is authenticated. Thanks. --Nick 16:53, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Well there is an extention that does e-mail notification, don't think it's installed here though. --Sherool (talk) 23:48, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
That's never been enabled on Wikipedia yet. --Brion 00:02, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Nocover.gif trouble

Hello, I'm having some problems with the image nocover.gif. It is used on the We Don't Need to Whisper article, the upcoming album from the band Angels and Airwaves. Instead of showing the actual image (an empty album case), it shows a cover from "The Flaming Lips". I cleared my caché, and I visited the article from different browsers (IE 6 and Firefox 1.5), but I still got that image. Is there any way this can be worked out? Thanks! --Greedy 14:20, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Image:Nocover.gif was vandalized, but the new image didn't show in the description page because of caching. I have reverted the change. - Liberatore(T) 14:32, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Colours gone crazy?

On the Central railway station, Sydney page which I've done a lot of work on, the template up the top describing the Cityrail stations is supposed to have white text so it is readable. However, it seems to have changed to black and isn't recognising written colours (only Hex coded ones). So wherever "color=white" is in the code, it doesn't work.

This will be a lot of work to fix up if I have to go through every page and manually change the colour to a hex code. Is this a bug or has something changed? (JROBBO 03:19, 24 March 2006 (UTC))

Sounds like a browser issue, the article looks fine for me in Opera 8.5, FF 1.5 and IE 6 on Windows. What browser are you using? -- Tim Starling 05:23, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

How do you add an article to a category?

Yup, the title says it. Assistance, please?

Simple. Add [[Category:So-and-so]] at the bottom to add the article to that category. Category convention is to put the last name first, in whcih case you would write [[Category:So-and-so|Last name, first name]] - Hbdragon88 04:19, 24 March 2006 (UTC)


I really like the new <ref>...</ref> style, but how does it work? Is it a recent software update? It doesn't appear to work on my relatively recent MediaWiki 1.5.6 installation. Similarly, how do I get variables like {{FULLPAGENAME}} to work? They appear to be hardcoded here, but not in the distribution I downloaded. dab () 14:01, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

This is one of very many enhancements to the production line version of Mediawiki, 1.6alpha. In theory you can download it out of CVS, but good luck getting it to set up correctly. I'd appreciate a developer comment on the time frame for a 1.5 -> 1.6 upgrade release. There are so many cool things in 1.6 that it is frustrating to be behind the curve. Dragons flight 14:53, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
No, it's not an enhancement to the production line MediaWiki; it's an extension called Cite.php. I don't know if it works with MediaWiki 1.5 or if it requires MediaWiki 1.6, however. As for FULLPAGENAME, AFAIK it's one of the many new variables introduced on 1.6. --cesarb 16:43, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
I believe it does require 1.6, so same difference. Dragons flight 17:16, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

It's not the same difference. It is an extension which requires MediaWiki 1.6 to operate. Users of MediaWiki 1.6 don't receive it out of the box, so to speak. MediaWiki 1.6 can be set up in the same manner as all the other versions, so the comment about needing luck is rather misleading too. As to release dates, pester Brion Vibber for release information, since he's the MediaWiki release manager. Rob Church 18:40, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

MediaWiki Questions

  1. How does Wikicities get the Google adds to appear on the side?
  2. Can MediaWiki stop non logged in users from editing (except talk pages)?Found answer on Meta Gerard Foley 14:41, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
  3. Activate file uploads?

Thanks, Gerard Foley 12:25, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

I found the answers to these questions, thanks Gerard Foley 10:23, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Bots undoing link to Neapolitan wiki

A number of bots have repeaedly changed the interwiki link on the Torre del Greco page to the Neapolitan wiki. It needs to be Torre d''o Grieco, not Torre do Grieco. Is there anything that can be done about this? Thanks.--E. abu Filumena 21:09, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

You might want to comment on the discussion page for the offending bot, or for the bot's owner. Sometimes it might make a difference. Otherwise just remain ever vigilant and suspicious of any bot edits. —Mike 04:03, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Changing next/previous to earlier/later

On history pages, it currently says:

(Latest | Earliest) View (previous 50) (next 50)

But because it is in reverse chronological order, to get to later diffs, you have to press previous, which is silly and backwards. With your permission, I'd like to edit MediaWiki:Prevn and MediaWiki:Nextn to say "later" and "earlier":

(Latest | Earliest) View (later 50) (earlier 50)

I am worried that this might conflict with things like Category page listings, which also use (previous 200) (next 200). If so, it will need a real bugfix. See bugzilla: 5310. — Omegatron 02:16, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't know what the right fix here is, but I definitely second the concern. (The labels are indeed backwards, and not just "silly" but downright confusing.) —Steve Summit (talk) 17:10, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
possibly more a policy proposal than technical? technical aspect would be easy, it's getting people to agree that is hard!
However i do agree that the keywords used are misleadingly chosen. --Quiddity 08:17, 23 March 2006 (UTC)


Current ordering/naming scheme

(Latest | Earliest) View (previous 50) (next 50) 

Potential reordering/renaming schemes:

(new names)

(Latest | Earliest) View (later 50) (earlier 50) 

or (original names, new order)

(Latest | previous 50) View (next 50 | Earliest}

or (new names, new order)

(Latest | later 50) View (earlier 50 | Earliest}

{others?} --Quiddity 07:45, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Pre-populating a new page

I've been unable to find a Help section that deals with pre-populating a new page. For example, if a user clicks to create a new page, I want the page to already have several standard templates in it and / or sections pre-built so they know what the page is supposed to look like. I assume this is common practice but I'm unable to find the documentation where it is discussed. Thanks in advance for pointing me in the right direction! Jimkloss 23:03, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

This is not common practice. There are no standard templates and pages are not pre-populated. User:Zoe|(talk) 23:19, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

It's certainly possible, but en.wikipedia doesn't do it. does, but I don't know the mechanism. I assume you are asking so you can do this on your own MediaWiki site, but this is not the place to get support for MediaWiki. I think may be an appropriate place.-gadfium 23:53, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Add "&preload=<page who's text you want to include>" and alternatively "&autosummary=<some url encoded text>" to the end of an edit link. It's used on for example Category:Images with unknown source (along with a couple of other "magic" commands in the link that automaticaly creates a new sub-category when clicked). It only works for "redlinks", if the page already exist the prefill text is not used. an example --Sherool (talk) 00:22, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Thank you. I'm sorry, yes I should have indicated I was asking for our new wiki and not for Wikipedia. I think you've given me enough to go on. Sorry I didn't ask over at MediaWiki. Still confused about who is what and what is where. Jimkloss
This is funny. I'm the one who made the link on Category:Images with unknown source (at great effort :) ), but I momentarily forgot about it and got into an edit conflict just now. I was just going to point out that you can create such links using input boxes (constrained input tags) or the GET urls that result. However, Sherool correctly points out that if you pair the preload attribute (one of the GET attributes input boxes can make) with the undocumented autominor, autoclick, and/or autosummary options, you can do some pretty cool things. I'll go over them:
  • preload will fill the page with the wikitext from a template.
  • autosummary will automatically create an edit summary
  • autoclick will click one of the three buttons (wpSave, wpPreview, or WpDiff)
  • autoedit will make regex replacements.
Use these cautiously.
P.S. See Meta:Names for a page that clears up our needlessly confusing names. Superm401 - Talk 00:50, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Note that the final three actions are not documented on meta, because they're not part of Mediawiki. They're part of my popups script, and won't work without it (or User:Lupin/autoedit.js instead). Lupin|talk|popups 13:05, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks Lupin. I was wondering about that since those 3 functions didn't even appear in the PHP code. Thanks to you all I've got prepopulate working. Now, if I could just find a way to write a new page directly from a PHP hooked program I'd be all set. Jimkloss 07:29, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Responded to that item on the page. Rob Church 19:08, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Can I use this image?

The article Oil refinery includes an image (ShellMartinez.jpg) which is labeled as "Licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike License". I would like to insert that same image in two other articles (Distillation and Fractional distillation) and in those articles I would like to change the caption from "View of Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California" to "Typical Distillation Towers in Oil Refineries".

Is it allowable to use that image in the two other articles? And is it allowable to change the caption? Awaiting your response, mbeychok 21:08, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes. Wikimedia's interpretation of the "Aggregation" clause in the GFDL is that we can include non-GFDL'd images in otherwise-GFDL articles. Somewhere, Jimbo has said we should accept all useful free images. So go ahead. The caption is yours for the making. -Splashtalk 21:20, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for your help. mbeychok 22:15, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Automated links to journals, like ISBN links?

For references to books, the standard Wikipedia template, if provided with an ISBN, links to library catalogs and bookstores to allow the book to be obtained. But there's no similar automation for references to journals. Should there be?

It's not clear how this would work. An ISSN number? A link to CiteSeer? But something useful should happen when the reader clicks on a journal reference. If the journal is online and free, a click should take you to the correct place. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nagle (talkcontribs)

You may want to use {{ISSN|1234-5678}}, but a page similar to the one for ISBNs would be preferable. -- User:Docu
Some journals subscribe to the Digital object identifier system, for which we have the {{doi}} template. Not automated clearly, but useful nevertheless. -Splashtalk 21:19, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Suggestion to improve search page and make it more user-friendly

Hello there, I see that the search page has the section "Search in namespaces" in a dirty manner. Instead of placing all the checkboxes into one continuous line (that is broken up by the word wrapping of the browser), please place them neatly in seperate lines (using the <br> tag of HTML for instance).

If possible please include a new checkbox "Search all namespaces". It should auto-check/auto-uncheck all other checkboxes.

(I wonder if this is a real problem with the search page, or just an imaginary one that happens in my Firefox browser.)

Thank you for considering my suggestion, --Agent007bond 13:01, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

I agree, and would support changes along those lines. --Quiddity 19:44, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Provide a "check/uncheck all" button(s)
  • Cleanup the formboxes layout/ordering/alignment
  • a concise note explaining that the defaults can be preset in one's preferences menu.

User preference to force edit summaries

Some users whinged the last time I added a feature, so I'm posting here.

There's now (or will soon be) a user preference available which reminds users to enter edit summaries. When switched on, the software will check once for a blank edit summary, and bounce you back to the edit form with a reminder.

If you don't want to enter a summary, just hit Save again; you won't be bounced back more than once. The code is smart enough to detect cases where an automatic summary has been generated by the software (when using section editing) and see if that's been changed; if it hasn't, it's treated "blank" (i.e. bounced back).

This was added in response to several requests for it on BugZilla and comments all over the place. It doesn't affect you unless it's switched on and it shouldn't interfere with existing scripts that do this. Rob Church 02:53, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! -- stillnotelf has a talk page 03:05, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Problem: Outdated WP always loads instead of the updated one.

It sounds more like a technical issue so I'm posting this message here. Whenever I load Wikipedia, I always get the outdated version with the old layout, forcing me to CTRL+F5 to bypass the cache. I already deleted all the files relating to WP in the IE cache which resolved the "outdated WP" issue. The bad thing is that it still happens. I still can load WP (it's the newer version), but it's still outdated as the dates in the "On this day..." section are wrong. E.G I loaded Wikipedia on 25-03-2006 but the "On this day..." section shows March 24: World Tuberculosis Day. Now, I always have the habit of having to CTRL+F5 everytime I load WP everyday. --Bruin rrss23 (talk) 02:04, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

P.S. I don't want to clear the IE cache since my internet connection is quite horrible, especially at night (UTC +8).

The problem is probably your time zone. The 'On this day' information updates at midnight UTC... so until 8am your local time it will still be showing information for the prior day. You can use Main Page alternative (tomorrow) to see the updated information. There are instructions for having this displayed automatically at Wikipedia_talk:Main_Page_alternatives#Making an alternate page your main page.
Alternatively this could be a browser settings issue. There should be an option to 'reload page on every visit' or something like that which might resolve it. --CBDunkerson 02:32, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

UPDATE: It's horrible. When I loaded WP at 10:08 UTC, the same thing happened: The old, outdated WP showed up!!! Why is this happening?!? Looks like I just have to stick to my habit of CTRL+F5 whenever the old or outdated WP shows up. I'm using Internet Explorer as the main browser and I'm sticking with it. --Bruin rrss23 (talk) 02:04, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

new hidden toolbar button?

It seems that there's a new feature that adds the text "#REDIRECT [[Insert text]]" to the editing window, as some newbies have been adding it to pages. However, my toolbar hasn't changed. I've tried different skins, but I can't seem to find any new buttons or anything. So I'm wondering, how exactly are those newbies adding that text to the editing window? Thanks. --Ixfd64 23:15, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Try clearing your browser cache, the "insert redirect" button is there on my edit toolbar, so most likely you are still using an old cached version of the js file that build that toolbar. --Sherool (talk) 23:31, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
It does seem to be skin dependant. If I switch from MonoBook which has the #R button to Classic the button goes away. hydnjo talk 16:00, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Automatic additions to watchlist

Recently I've noticed that any new article I make automatically gets added to my watchlist. I find this incredibly annoying and a hassle to have to constantly keep editing my watchlist to remove these items. When was this bug "feature" added and can it be removed? Grutness...wha? 08:18, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Check your Preferences. Under "Editing" there are the options "Add pages you create to your watchlist" and "Add pages you edit to your watchlist". This changes the default for the "Watch this page" tickbox you get whenever you edit a page (below the summary field). HTH —da Pete (ノート) 09:11, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

The feature was added last week per user request. It can be switched off in preferences. Rob Church 18:37, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

I discovered this out of the blue last night. I thought my preferences had gotten screwy. Was this new feature announced somewhere? User:Zoe|(talk) 22:56, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

No, but since people are getting into a flap about new things being added, I'm going to start announcing every single little bug fix or feature implementation here. Rob Church 02:57, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Good. If I wanted my preferences changed, I'd do it myself. User:Zoe|(talk) 03:00, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
Agreed - please do that Rob - it saves people being annoyed by suddenly discovered, unwanted changes. Grutness...wha? 09:43, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Floating edit links

I originally posted this at Wikipedia:General Complaints but haven't got any response there; maybe someone here can help. I was recently reading Marseille and noticed that the big column of right-floated images that appear at the top of the page has caused all of the [edit] links for each section to essentially be shunted down to beside the last of the images, all side by side. This must make section-by-section editing of this article impossible! Is there any solution to this either by editing the way the layout is achieved in wikicode or by changing the way the edit links are laid out by the software? BigBlueFish 17:10, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

This is a browser specific rendering issue. Depending on the nature of the problem and the relative share of the browser in question, it might be worth trying to improve platform compatibility, though. Dragons flight 17:21, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
See also: Bug 1629. Slambo (Speak) 17:28, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
I've had this problem on Public Ivies, see Talk:Public Ivies#Side pictures and edit links. The current version displays the problem in Firefox -- stillnotelf has a talk page 19:14, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Google's cache of en.wikipedia

Does anyone know how often or what day google re-caches or re-crawls en.wikipedia? I'm slowly correcting misspellings, and I use google to scan each article. Once corrected, it'll still pop up under the old cache with google, but going to the article reveals I've corrected it. Thus, I want to know when I should re-search to find fresh instances.

Thanks, JoeSmack Talk 01:14, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Pretty often, I think. Google cached my user page just yesterday, but I don't know how long the time lapse was before that. I include the current date at the top so I can quickly see how old my user page on mirrors and caches is. ~MDD4696 02:11, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
I've been watching the recently created article Linda Marie Fedigan. This (still incomplete) timeline may help.
Perhaps it's related to the missing {{newpagelinksmain}} which somehow got lost when the Main Page was changed recently. I've added it back. --cesarb 16:39, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
Would that affect indexing by WP, Google, or both? --hydnjo talk 19:11, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
  • March 24 2006: Linda Marie Fedigan main article found to be indexed by Google as of this timestamp. Neither the article nor references to it yet indexed by WP. hydnjo talk 03:15, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Close-Comment Markup Provided on Server Side

Unless you believe i forged the section-name in my summary (i don't believe that [grin]), this diff testifies that my saved edit of a section resulted in the addition of the three characters


at the end of the file, within a section that did not appear in my edit pane during the edit. I presume the condition that might lead to this is my having left, in the section i was editing, but later than the last close-comment on the page, an "open-comment" markup


I can see reasons why such a measure which might actually be a good idea. But it violates the convention that everything in the edit window (allowing for template substitutions) and nothing else gets into the new revision (with (IIRC) some exceptions involving only white-space). In that, it may be too clever by half. (I haven't determined if it is replicable.) If this is permanent, IMO it is a significant breach in the transparency of editing, which may undercut the sense that you can become a contributor in the first 60 seconds after deciding you want to; IMO it would deserve discussion.
--Jerzyt 22:54, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

There are various postprocessing steps done when you save an edit; for example the 'signature' and save-time includes of templates. Due to the way comments are involved in postprocessing, an open-comment without a close bit will end up adding the missing close bit back in at the end.
"Section editing" is an illusion of convenience; actual processing happens on the complete page. --Brion 00:25, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

And a very convenient illusion it is. And the sense of control is a convenient illusion apparently supported by the relative harmlessness of the distinction between an unclosed comment and one closed at the end of the page. As Buckaroo Banzai advised, i support not "tug[ging] on that; you never know what it's connected to." If it's just something i've never noticed before, it's certainly worth living with. Thanks.
--Jerzyt 03:03, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

I think all unclosed tags are closed at the end of their respective lines. Otherwise eg. unclosed strikeout tags could overwhelm an entire page. or bold, as used to happen on messageboards a lot.--Quiddity 19:28, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Is the browsebar useful?

A discussion concerning the above {{browsebar}} is taking place at Template talk:Browsebar#Is this bar useful?. The problem is, nobody really knows what use is being made of the thing (and its various other versions), or by whom. Therefore, I have two questions for you wikitechies:

  1. Is there a way of measuring usage of templates and their various links?
  2. If so, how?

Otherwise we'll just be basing any changes made to it (and its placement) on sheer guesses. Please help. --Go for it! 22:20, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

No. Whenever somebody (usually you) sticks it on a category I'm watching, I take it off again. (I'm not sure where else you stuck it in the past.) Also the other variants: "betterbrowsebar", "morebetterbrowsebar", "muchomachobrowsebar", etc.

As to your technical point, access counters are nearly impossible to do, as there are many cache, and squid, and apache servers handling the load. I'm fairly certain there's nobody correlating the logs. Certainly the ISP that I founded does not report back to Wikipedia from our logs, and we've never discussed it at NANOG.

--William Allen Simpson 08:10, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

We've no effective method for measuring page views or accesses; the built-in counters are switched off for performance reasons, and as observed, we use so much caching and load balancing at various levels that we can't generate this sort of stuff. We can't afford to start recording accesses, etc. - the logs would rapidly fill up our disk space. A lot of our server monitoring is also dead as it is. For some idea of the load we're under, go to and check out Squids network last hour. Rob Church 16:41, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Bug in article - report this

On polish Wikipedia we created a page where users may report bugs. And we add link to this page to all pages in menu (right menu - Zgłoś błąd). Page take a referer and we know where is bug. I think, that is good think to add this page in What do you thing?

List reported bugs - pl:Wikipedia:Zgłoś_błąd_w_artykule. Link is add to pl:Mediawiki:Sidebar (bug in article), Name and url are in pl:MediaWiki:Bug in article-url and pl:MediaWiki:Bug in article. Source of file with form to report bugs is in: Adam Dziura 11:32, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Um, how is this different to Bugzilla? Sam Korn (smoddy) 12:16, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
User reported bugs in articles (not in Mediawiki). Bugs - bad date birth, bad information, typo... this is better for non-advanced user. [[[:pl:Wikipedysta:Adziura|Adam Dziura]] 12:31, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Easier than Wikipedia:Tutorial to teach them how to fix it themselves? Sam Korn (smoddy) 14:00, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes. But some users (readers) can not have time to correct. Or they don't knows how to correct or to be afraid of an edition. In polish Wikipedia a lot of misconceptions were found. See the history of changes in this article. This is like send mail to administror (You have a bad day of birth in ...) A suggestions write there are useful. Many wikipedia users are reading this voice and he is correcting a mistake (searching for correct data in other sources). Adam Dziura 14:58, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
This is a really bad habit to get people into; it's also very un-wiki. You're just asking for a massive backlog. Even if people don't want to {{sofixit}}, there are better options. For minor (potential) problems, people can put templates like {{fact}} or a note on the talk page. For bigger issues, the are cleanup templates that people should learn. Having them complain to the "central authority" for every problem will be harmful in the long run. Superm401 - Talk 00:58, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps you will allow to the test of it. So for 2 days? Perhaps you will change your mind later. :) Adam Dziura 09:37, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
  1. It's been stipulated above we don't want it
  2. It's unwiki and contradicts the whole concept of being able to correct the error without asking
  3. We don't want to follow the model of linking to a domain we don't control and giving it an official role

No. Rob Church 17:19, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Duplication of pagename

This is my first attempt at wikipedia and the name of the page I want to make already exists. Is there any way I can start a second version of that name whilst also ensuring it can be found via the search. Sorry if this info is available somewhere - I've searched and can't find it. Thanks.--Lilina 21:51, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Can you give some further details - is this because there are two or more things with the same name, such as the singer Madonna (whose page is at Madonna (entertainer)) and Madonna the mother of Jesus (whose page is at The Madonna)? (And, incidentally, for cases like this there are disambiguation pages like the one at Madonna.) Or have I misunderstood your question? CLW 21:56, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Okay. I suffer from having the same name as Sue Thomas FBEYE! Not only do I constantly get fan mail for her, but now I arrive at wikipedia wanting to set up a page for my name to link to the history of the organisation I used to run TrAce_Online_Writing_Centre and she is already here too! So, I would like a page called Sue Thomas. If I have to have a suffix, it could be Sue Thomas (trAce) - would that help? Thanks for getting back to me so quickly and for your friendly welcome!--Lilina 22:05, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Hmm. This introduces a different issue, which is that of vanity (please don't take that personally - I'm not accusing you of being a vain person!). A general principle is that it's not wise to create (or, some would say, even contribute directly to) articles about yourself, since if you're notable enough to warrant a Wikipedia article, the chances are that someone else will either have already created that article or will create the article at some point in the not-too-distant future. Of course there's nothing stopping you from creating an article entitled Sue Thomas (trAce) or Sue Thomas (academic), but you'll probably find that unless your notability is clearly asserted it'll get nominated for deletion (or possibly "speedy deleted") on grounds of notability. And even if your notability is clearly asserted, you may find that it gets nominated for deletion as a vanity article. Does that help, or does that make things more complicated?! CLW 22:16, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes, I realised this when I read the helpfiles and I did give it some serious thought but decided to go ahead and risk it. I do understand the issue of vanity and why this is done, but I guess I hoped it would be clear that I am 'notable' enough for inclusion. It's difficult. trAce certainly should be in here, and if trAce is in here, then so should I be. (I notice trAce is already mentioned in a piece on Jane Draycott). It's late here and I can't work more on it much more tonight, but I would like to try adding just a short bio to Sue Thomas (trAce) to claim it, then come back to it later. I'll try, and see what happens. I do understand the constraints.--Lilina 22:22, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for tidying up my trAce page. I've created a Sue Thomas (trAce) page but it's not showing up in the search yet. maybe it takes a little while. I'll have to come back to this tomorrow now. Thanks for your help. --Lilina 22:41, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Save Fuction .... / Wiki-Molasses / Time outs

Is another server fouled up ? The SAVE function is out 1/2 the time, and the lagtime is making dial-up look faster, then there are those "Operation has Timed Out" signals. Martial Law 20:53, 27 March 2006 (UTC) :(

Template amendment needed

Template:Infobox musical artist includes a bar to promote the Musical Artists WikiProject, but this doesn't belong on the tempate, as this then gets used in the mainspace, creating wiki self references. This kind of thing should only be used on talk pages, etc. Unfortunately I can't work out how to remove this from the template - is anyone able to help? Thanks, CLW 19:01, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Removed. [7] Sam Korn (smoddy) 19:07, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, Sam! CLW 19:19, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

How to link to main Wikisource?

Hello, I'd like to link to, not But if I do s:Si I get to the en: page instead of the main Wikisource. 17:38, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Hum, I think I found out: oldwikisource:Si. 17:49, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Tool to see intersection of an article and an editor?

Is there any tool which would allow you to see, for a given article and a given username, only those contributions to that article which were made under that username? -- Antaeus Feldspar 17:24, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes. Interiot's tool. Click on the (Main) namespace in an editor's count, then on the article name, then on the (contributions) link on the left. -Splashtalk 17:28, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Template Assistance requested

I need basically expert assistance in the development of a template. I am looking for particlaurly expert help, espically knowleg of css, floats (pin cords, and testing in both mozilla (firefox/netscape) type browsers, and IE type browsers. Please contact me directly via my talkpage. --Boothy443 | trácht ar 01:48, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Erratical behavior of CURRENTDAY

Sometimes it gives March 26, sometimes March 27. Do some servers follow daylight saving time instead of UTC? Kusma (討論) 23:51, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

It's a bug in PHP, I'll have to fix up some servers. --Brion 01:46, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Subcategory counting

On Category:Wikipedians in the United States, it says "There are 11 subcategories to this category." However, there are many more. Either the counting method should be changed to count all subcategories or MediaWiki:Subcategorycount should be changed to read "There are $1 subcategories in this section of the category." Kusma (討論) 23:06, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Currently it is displaying the number of visible subcategories; clicking "next 200" displays more of the subcategories. ~MDD4696 23:36, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I have asked (via {{editprotected}}) for this to be clarified at MediaWiki talk:Subcategorycount. Kusma (討論) 16:06, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Images jumping around

File:Screenshot iraq error.PNG
Failing to merge with text

Images have been jumping around on wikipedia on my computer, they have been moving left right and centre despite what the code says the should be doing, and they are also refusing to merge text around them and forcing it below them, anyone having this problem too, or know what is wrong?

Even the screenshot there refuses to go to the right, or merge with text

also does anyone know what triple bendy breckets means {{{like this}}} ive encountered them on template templates, but when using them in another website which uses wiki code, it didnt recognise them. Philc 0780 19:52, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

triple brackets are parameters. AzaToth 20:03, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Also, for me it's seems to be no problem:
File:Screenshot iraq error no error.PNG
Same page and section as previous screenshot, no error found for me.
, perhaps your browser is problematic? AzaToth 20:09, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
No, the problem described by Philc is happening in my browser as well. Last night, everything was fine. Also, I just realized that the layout of many little things have definitely changed. Someone has clearly been goofing around with one of the stylesheets or with MediaWiki itself.
FYI, I'm using Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180, Windows XP SP2, fully patched. I'm suspecting someone must have changed something and it looked fine in Mozilla but probably messes up in IE because IE isn't standards-compliant. I'm definitely looking forward to IE 7.--Coolcaesar 20:47, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

ok the problem seems to have miraculously sorted itself out, so if anyone wants to claim credit for it be quick! also concerning my questions about the triple bendy brackets, thanks for the reply, but unfortunately being as naive as i am, i dont know what you mean, does someone feel like exaplaining to me what they are and what they do etc. cheers! Philc 0780 21:04, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

It's simple, if you have a template, and calling it as {{template|foo=bar}}, then in the template you can access the parameter foo by typing {{{foo}}}, and it will then print out "bar"; AzaToth 00:33, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Using a vandal template when the vandal has no talk page


My post has been vandalised by a vindictive individual, but the vandal has no talk page, and just makes rude and derogetory changes to my biographic posting:

What is the best course of action?

Kind Regards,


Please see Wikipedia:Vandalism. If the user has no talk page, simply create one. -- Rick Block (talk) 03:23, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Server clock

(originally posted at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard#Server clock)

The server's clock appears to be an hour fast. And I don't think the problem is in my settings. I've set my local offset to be +08:00 (HKT) for as long as I've been around and have never had a problem before today. And here in Hongkong we don't have summer time, mind.

More specifically, the problem I see is that those edits made between around 01:00 and 02:00 HKT today in real time (ie between 17:00 and 18:00 UTC) on my watchlist would sometimes be shown as been made between 02:00 and 03:00 (ie one hour fast), but sometimes be shown correct upon refresh. However, edits made outside that period appear to be correct.

Here is a snapshot of my watchlist just now:

   02:07 Arsenal F.C. (diff; hist) . . Qwghlm (Talk | contribs) (→Managers - expanded table to include stats)
   02:49 Wikipedia talk:HK wikipedians' notice board (diff; hist) . . Instantnood (Talk | contribs) (→Cantonese romanization)
   02:25 Talk:Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den (diff; hist) . . Pkchan (Talk | contribs) (→Re: Can Shi Shi mean Mr. Shi? - Yes, I think so.)
   02:04 Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den (diff; hist) . . Pkchan (Talk | contribs)
   00:51 User:Pkchan (diff; hist) . . Pkchan (Talk | contribs) (+zh-yue.)

My two edits should have been made on 01:04 and 01:25 HKT (I know it since I made them!). --Pkchan 05:41, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Seems to be correct; listed as 17:04 and 17;25, shows as 1:04, 1:25 in contribs when timezone set to 8. When exactly did you see this display? --Brion 18:15, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I think I've tracked this to a PHP bug in the version installed on some of our servers. An upgrade is in progress, should solve this. --Brion 01:50, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Unable to confirm e-mail address

Windows XP SP2. Latest updates, blah, blah. Norton Internet Security 2006. Latest updates, blah, blah. I've tried in:

  • IE 6.0.2900.2180 with Google search bar (pop-ups OK).
  • FireFox with Kaboodle.
  • Opera 8.53.7722.

Here are the results per browser:

  • I can click the button to validate my e-mail address in IE and FF. The button is no longer available and there is a message saying the message has been sent. No message arrives.
  • I can click the button to validate my e-mail in Opera, but nothing changes.

I tried on Friday and Saturday with IE. I only tried today (past 1/2 hour) with FF and Opera. I commiserated (sp?) with Commander_Keane from the bootcamp chat, but it worked for him and not for me.

Is this my problem for not using OS X?

Seriously, is there something else I should try to do, short of turning off Norton? Or, should I go to Bugzilla?

--Bob 03:43, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

ETA: It did take adding my nickname when I clicked save this evening. So, something is communicating.

--Bob 03:46, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Have you cheked whether your email address at wikipedia preference is correct? --Pkchan 05:44, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I'll match your suggestion and raise you one. First I tried retyping the e-mail address I normally use (associated with my personal domain) several times. When in the Bootcamp, I tried using the e-mail address I have through my ISP. Neither has worked. --Bob 16:34, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

What links here

Hi, Is there any way that this very useful option can be adjusted such that it displays the last reference article first? I find it very, very useful when monitoring topics of interest. I use it at least three times a day and where some of these references are getting long it is becoming more and more time consuming when checking the linked articles. HJKeats 17:03, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

Didn't fetch many responses on this question. I'm sure many people use the What links here special pages, I know I do. I believe that it would be very useful to display the latest items first as opposed to clicking through many pages to get to last item linked. HJKeats 12:39, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

If I read this right, the request is to list the references in chronological order? If so, then that's not possible; we don't store the information required to do so at this time. Rob Church 03:04, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks Rob for replying. Yes I guess it would be chronological order ordered from latest to first linked article. It would be ever so convenient. Do you believe that it could be incorporated in the next release or upgrade? Even if there was an option to select latest / earliest similar to the listing of user contributions listing. Thanks again… HJKeats 04:58, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
To be honest, I don't see us altering the schema to store that kind of information in the foreseeable future. It would increase the size of the link tables and introduce a whole new level of confusion. Sorry. Rob Church 16:35, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
Shouldn't "new" links show up in blue (the unvisited color), and "checked" links in purple (the never-seen-the-page-color)? Maybe you could use that to help you skim for new changes? I'm not sure I'm making any sense, but basically, the new links should show up in a different color because you haven't visited them recently....? -- stillnotelf has a talk page 19:11, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
Correct, they do show up as an unvisited page. The problem I have is, the pages I'm interested in have many pages linked to them. When a new article is linked to it, I would like to know about it. It usually means a new article pertinent to that topic has been created. In order to check for those new pages added I have to scroll through many "What links here" pages to get to the end. Not a huge problem just a wee bit time consuming for some of the more interesting pages that have hundreds of linked pages. HJKeats 02:31, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
You could put a series of links like on your user page (one for each article you're interested in). If the articles you're watching don't have more than 500 pages linking to them this gets all of them on one page. -- Rick Block (talk) 03:15, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Monobook red link formatting preference broken

If the "Format broken links like this" preference is unchecked so that red links show up "like this?", the option on subsequent visits will rather confusingly appear as

Format broken links like this?

which gives no indication that it turns off the question mark. æle  2006-03-26t17:29z

Sounds like a bug to me. WP:BUGEdward Z. Yang(Talk) 18:53, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
On second glance, this seems to be in CVS, so I'll report it on MediaZilla. æle  2006-03-27t01:15z

Little apostrophe at my cursor on the search bar

it's a little annoying, does this happen to other users as well, or just me?

Sometimes, yes. FreplySpang (talk) 16:47, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Your operating system may display a text directionality marker if it thinks there's bidirectional text present. --Brion 17:52, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

link to deletion log on upload pages for images

A nonexistent image

It'd be really nice to have a link to deletion log on page for uploads if wpDestFile variable is set, just as we have on red linked articles. For instance, if you click nonexistent image page, you get nice "Please wait and check the deletion log" link, but no such thing on or the form to upload it (which gets displayed if you click on red linked image)... Could we get the links? :-) --Dijxtra 15:04, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Sounds like a reasonable feature request. WP:BUG. I'd like that idea, but in the meantime, I suggest looking into a JavaScript solution. — Edward Z. Yang(Talk) 18:55, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Update to Main Page code and CSS

I'd like to request that any wikimedia-experienced web-dev. admins help clean up our recent (beautiful! but poorly coded) Main Page code.

I know enough about css to know that things are wrong (primarily excessive duplication of embedded styles, and divs that should be spans?), but am not nearly experienced enough to fix. With humble apologies and much thanks from the Main Page Redesign creators and voters. --Quiddity 07:13, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Gerald Ford article

Hello. I am trying to get this into FAC and I am having a problem with the box "The Ford Cabinet." In particular, if you look at the page, there's nearly a run-on between the side of the box and the text of the article to the right. Is there anyway to insert a small buffer along the side so the article looks less crunched together? I have tried various format tricks and I have not come across anything yet that will work. Thanks for any help. Jtmichcock 01:41, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Such buffer is nothing more than the CSS margin. I've simply increased it from 3px to 1em. --cesarb 01:47, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! Jtmichcock 01:51, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I also tweaked it so it's flush with the left margin. --cesarb 01:52, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Signature Issue

Hi, I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but here goes.

I'm trying to effectively pimp out my signature so that it looks like this: The ikiroid (talk/parler/hablar/paroli/说/話)

However, when I copy the script of the signature from the sandbox to the signature space under my prefs, there is a message at the top of the screen:

Invalid Signature, Check HTML tags

What do I do???--The ikiroid | (talk/parler/hablar/paroli/说/話) 00:34, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

You go to Wikipedia:How to fix your signature. --cesarb 01:29, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
In particular, I'm guessing the problem is the font color=green, which needs to be changed to font color="green". --cesarb 01:55, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

OK, thank you.--The ikiroid (talk/parler/hablar/paroli/说/話) 03:30, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Protect tags (and other such tags) in printable version

For example, take a look at Caffeine. If you click on the 'Printable version', you get that protect tag in your printout. Is there a way to make it so that tags like that are excluded from the printable version? Thanks. tv316 00:13, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes, the CSS class metadata just needs to be added to the protection templates and they will not print anymore. --cesarb 01:35, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Image conflict

I want to use this image in an article, but this one shows up. How do I get the Commons image in when an image by the same name already exists in Wikipedia-en? zafiroblue05 | Talk 22:51, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Delete the local image. --Brion 01:31, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Alternatively, upload the Commons image to a new name here. Thanks! Flcelloguy (A note?) 01:46, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Printing with links highlighted

Every way I try to print a Wikipedia page, the links come out as plain text, indistinguishable from the surrounding text. How can I print so that links are highlighted in some fashion, as on screen?

I've tried Firefox and IE, regular and "printable" page, and various skins, and I haven't found the answer yet. 16:33, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Have you tried the "print as image" option? -- stillnotelf has a talk page 19:04, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, how do I invoke that option? Thanks. 03:12, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Contribs link in diff views

When viewing the diff between two edits, there used to be a Talk and Contribs link next to the 2 editors' names. It was working fine a few hours ago, but now the Contribs link is gone and only the Talk link is there. Is this the way it'll be from now on, or is it an error? tv316 19:44, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

If you click the IP in a diff, you get its contribs; however, there's no link for contribs of a username. Who boffed this up? --Golbez 19:52, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
It's now the same as the user info links displayed elsewhere in the user interface. --Brion 20:16, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm sorry, Brion, but I don't understand what you mean by that. Also, it's apparently affected my rollback button, which I get from godmode-light, and made it tell me that "Contributions" is not the most recent vandal, but the vandal is. tv316 20:26, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Look at things like Recent Changes and Watchlist.
I don't know anything about your "godmode-light", presumably it needs to be fixed. --Brion 20:31, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
So is this format of just the talk page link in the diff view here to stay? For some vandals who have usernames and just in some cases when I want to see what a user has been up to, it's a bit annoying to have to click on the 'my contributions' button at the top and then copy and paste their name in the address bar to replace mine. Is there a reason for the change?
godmode-light was made by User:Sam Hocevar. It gived non-admins a rollback button. tv316 20:38, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
It's funny that you see this as the way to get to a user's contributions, because that's what I also thought for a very long time (long after being an admin). But on every userpage (empty or not) there's a "User contributions" link in the toolbox to the left. I felt really silly when I discovered it after having pasted in username's in urls for a long time. But maybe this fact (that many don't know about that link) is a good reason to put back the contributions link in the diffs. I don't know. Shanes 20:48, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
This is highly annoying, that link was very useful. Martin 20:40, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
I also found the contribs link extremely useful for fighting vandalism. olderwiser 20:51, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

I've come up with a fix for Godmode-light, if anyone is interested...

Find this line:

vandal = l[i].getElementsByTagName('a')[1].title.split(':')[1];

and replace it with this

vandal = l[i].getElementsByTagName('a')[2].title.split(':')[1];

That line is located in the function AddRevertButtons. If you have any questions, let me know on my talk page. --lightdarkness (talk) 20:44, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

To explain how this would work for me - I'd middle-click all the diffs in my watchlist. If I see a vandalism, I left-click rollback and middle-click Contribs, so that I can see if he has other vandalisms. Please, please change this back, Brion, you should not make vandalfighting harder for the sake of a more standard interface. --Golbez 21:03, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

The old code was broken and hacky and ain't going back. I have though tossed in a contribs link in the user tools; as a bonus this is on the Recent Changes and Watchlist too (since it's the same code). Let me know if it seems good/bad/evil. --Brion 21:23, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
The functionality seems identical to how it was before, so I've no problem with it at all. Thank you. --Golbez 21:30, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Ditto. Me happy now. Thanks Brion. olderwiser 22:42, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for providing this fix... I had been having the same problem, but since trying your fix, godmode-light is working perfectly once again. Thanks! ^_^ --Viridian {Talk} 19:47, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
By the way, on a related note, has the edit summary in diffs been changed to italics? Here's a random diff link I just pulled off RC: [8] Or is it just that I'm remembering incorrectly? Just curious; I really don't mind either way, but I would favor plaintext. Thanks! Flcelloguy (A note?) 21:50, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
I noticed this too, I believe it has changed from normal to itallic. --lightdarkness (talk) 22:24, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it's using the same styling as recent changes, watchlist, history, etc etc etc instead of the incorrect styling that it used to use. --Brion 23:17, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

The problem now is that the contrib link appears for registered users, but not for anonymous editors, which is where it is needed the most... Titoxd(?!? - help us) 06:28, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

The IP link takes you to their contribs. --lightdarkness (talk) 13:24, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Right now my monobook.js contains only one line:
 document.write('<SCRIPT SRC=""><\/SCRIPT>'); 

What exactly do I have to do to fix the problem? deeptrivia (talk) 22:13, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

You have to go to Sam's page and download the whole thing, put it on your monobook.js, replace that one line, and remember to clear your browser cache. Makemi 22:23, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
What he said, I also replied on your talk page with those instructions. --lightdarkness (talk) 22:25, 19 March 2006 (UTC)


Can someone please have a look at Special:Statistics? It seems something is wrong with the {{NUMBEROFFILES}} template. The same formatting problem has occured on Commons and on other projects. --Eleassar my talk 19:46, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm looking into it. Appropriate page is MediaWiki:Sitestatstext. — Edward Z. Yang(Talk) 20:41, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
I've removed it temporarily. Someone go bug the devs. — Edward Z. Yang(Talk) 20:43, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

A change was made in the handling of this statistic due to potential performance issues. It should now be resolved; is it? Rob Church 21:19, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

{{NUMBEROFFILES}} gives 882,291
Thanks for fixing the variable. -- Omniplex 21:59, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Template for common misconceptions

The Marshall McLuhan page has been edited repeatedly to 'correct' "The Medium is the Massage" to "The Medium is the Message". Is there a template that can be used to help prevent these needless edits?

Merosonox 04:30, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Given that McLuhan's own site states that "Massage" was initially a publisher's typo (!), I'd say it's more than merely a "misconception", but rather a significant bit of trivia which the article ought to address. In terms of avoiding well-meaning but underinformed edits, one good technique is to put an HTML comment in the wikitext saying "no! don't change this! read the <whatever> section to see why". —Steve Summit (talk) 18:41, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
In wiki-markup a comment can be inserted using <!-- text between these symbols is 'commented out' and will not appear in the article -->. For example, the first paragraph of the Gil-galad article includes, Gil-galad's father was [[Orodreth]]<!-- NOT Fingon, see 'Other versions of the legendarium' at end of article for an explanation --> because well meaning users kept 'correcting' the father's name based on an editorial error (so described by the editor) in The Silmarillion. --CBDunkerson 23:24, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Creating Templates

How does one create and/or edit an existing template to better address a specific situation? In particular I was trying to edit the Airline Template on the Mesa Air Group article and I was unsuccessfull. The following is an example of the type of template I'd like to creat:

Mesa is a regional airline that operates for a number of "legacy" airlines and as such the standard Airline Template doesn't quite work. Thanks,

Gmurnane 00:05, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Have you taken a look at Help:Templates? ~MDD4696 22:49, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
Also note that the Mesa Air Group article is currently using Template:Infobox company. Template:Infobox Airline might be a better fit. You can also discuss any possible changes to the template on the talk page there or at the requested templates page. --CBDunkerson 23:18, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Broken link with correct letter capitalization

I made two new articles, and added a link to them. They were behaving strange in the begining because of the database update delay. But then the link was OK. Today I see that the links are broken (in red), and when I do click on them it takes me to the page edit and the edited text is still there. And I can acces articles from my watchlist normally. The articles are Album (Quorthon album) and Purity of Essence and links to them are on Quorthon under section discography. I cleaned my explorer cache and refreshed it, but it seems the problem is with wikipedia, maybe. Post answers (if you have any) on my talk page. Thanks. Death2 13:52, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Broken links

Forget about it you lazy help-desk, fixed it myself. Don't know how but I fixed it. Death2 15:04, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

This is not a technical help desk, per se; the people here are all volunteers and the attitude taken in this post is 100% unacceptable. Rob Church 21:22, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Search bug

If you search for "404", you get "No results found". (And no, I'm not trying to make a stupid joke, though of course it is amusing.) Yet we've got 404 error, Ontario provincial highway 404, 404 (disambiguation), and even 404 the year. Is this a known bug? —Steve Summit (talk) 03:31, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Dunno if it's known, but I'll chime in and say it's reproducible, I get it too. It would seem that anything that's just numbers returns no hits. -- stillnotelf is invisible 03:49, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

"404" is three characters long and numerical. This factors against it in terms of search indexing. Rob Church 21:23, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Patrolled edits - new preference?

Cruising my preferences in response to Robchurch's post above, I found a new one: "Mark edits you make as patrolled". The best I can find on this is m:Help:Patrolled edit which is a little hard to understand in detail or purpose. I was also wondering if this is a)permanently enabled on enwiki or just as a test and b)if it is, as the Meta page suggests, limited to sysops and c) if so, whether only sysops can see the difference between patrolled and non-patrolled edits. Also, a single edit is rather different to a page; is this just terminology overlap in the docs, or is there some difference? Thanks. -Splashtalk 03:15, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

This preference should be visible to those with the patrol permission, on wikis with recent changes patrol enabled. It was suggested that if users could be trusted to patrol others' edits, then marking their own as patrolled might be a time saver for them and others. There's some documentation on patrolled edits at
This shouldn't have shown up on En. since recent changes patrol isn't enabled over here; that bug is now fixed in code. Rob Church 15:34, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. It still appears as a tickbox in my preferences, though. -Splashtalk 04:07, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

That's because "in code" and "live" are not the same thing. Rob Church 21:31, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Unwatched pages

Could someone in the know have a look at Special:Unwatched pages and see what's going on? I can only see the first 1000 articles, the pages are blank after that. There's a comment on the talk page, Wikipedia talk:Special:Unwatchedpages that it has been static since the server problems in mid February, I don't know if that's connected/resolved? Thanks, Steve block talk 20:19, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

It's a cached data set with the top 1000 entries. --Brion 18:41, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Doh. Anyway to see beyond that? Steve block talk 10:44, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

We cache it at 1000 → 1000 items in the cache → 1000 items available when reading from the cache → so no, not at this time. Rob Church 19:05, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps manually downloading and running some sort of query on the database? That takes a lot of work though... Ardric47 05:59, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Watchlists are private data. Rob Church 21:28, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

How to put an image flush beneath another image

Is there a way(s) to have the 1st image displayed but with the 2nd image displayed flush against the bottom of the 1st one with no pixels between them?

I ask because typing:



results in the "standard" space between the images. If anyone knows how to avoid this space (or even how to make it 1 pixel) between two images oriented one on top of the other, I would appreciate notification on my talk page, thanks! Clatra 19:37, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Have you tested all combos like none and/or frame explained on Help:Magic words?
Clear1x1.gifClear1x1.gif These are adjacent on my browser. -- Omniplex 21:35, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

For me at least, the following renders as two images on top of each other without space.


Sleeping white tabby cat yawning.jpg
Sleeping white tabby cat yawning.jpg

Dragons flight 21:43, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

XML in Wikipedia - take out, or leave in?

I've seen some links that have XML "ref" tags surrounding a Wiki "cite" macro. Do the XML tags have some useful function, should they be removed, or should they be added to Wiki "cite" items? An example is below; edit this item to see it.

[1] --Nagle 18:53, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

The <ref> tag is part of the citation extension installed on Wikimedia wikis. It serves a useful purpose and is not redundant at this time. Rob Church 19:09, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Where to download the dump

Ok This might be a very stupid question, but can someone please post the exact link where to download the wiki dump for the en.wkipedia.

Thnaks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

It is at | Talk 16:36, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
Which one do I sais dumb in process?-- 16:41, 29 March 2006 (UTC) for many of the tables, and here's an older, complete version. -Kmf164 (talk | contribs) 16:52, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

SGML comment oddity

Within each of footnotes 8 and 31 to Hiroh Kikai is an <!-- SGML comment -->. Neither comment contains a pair of hyphens, or is badly formed in any other way that I can think of. (I don't think any of the other SGML comments is defective either.) But as I look at the article this morning, each is screwed up. For example, Anatolia"),<!-- The mag provides the title in English as well as Japanese --> 4, is rendered not as Anatolia"), 4 but as Anatolia"),UNIQ3c1f40ec3eb4bfb9-HTMLCommentStrip5ad9af7e6676b82c00000003 4,. I'm entirely willing to write a bug report at MediaZilla, but I've never written a bug report before and before writing the bug report thought I might ask people here if I'm overlooking something obvious or whether this is just some very transitory glitch.

Incidentally, I seem to be the only contributor to this article, so it's likely that you'll be looking at the same version. Anyway, the one I'm looking at is this one -- though for example this one of four days ago is misrendered in the same way. -- Hoary 21:44, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

It's a real bug. That's an internal placeholder (like the ones used by <nowiki> and <math>), which for some reason isn't being replaced. You can go ahead and report it. --cesarb 01:40, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the comment. I'll report it within the next 24 hours, and (unless of course the bug miraculously evaporates) will zap or move the SGML comments. -- Hoary 09:15, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
Report it immediately rather than after some delay. That's just silly. :) --Brion 18:33, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
Here you go. -- Hoary 08:02, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

TeX markup

I'm seeing quite a few math formulae not rendering correctly, for instance in Faraday's law of induction. I've set my math rendering preference to both PNG and browser, but no change.

<math>\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = -\frac{\partial \mathbf{B}} {\partial t}</math>

<math>\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = -{\frac{\partial \mathbf{B}} {\partial t}}</math>

Is everyone seeing the second formula rendering but not the first? I'd be happy to go around inserting braces in any formula that doesn't render correctly for me, but wanted to see if this is a known issue first. EricR 03:36, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm using IE6 in MathML if possible, and both seem to work fine for me. However, if you're in a different browser it's entirely possible that your browser needs the braces. The odds that your particular browser is the only inoperable one are very, very low. Ingoolemo talk 03:43, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm using Firefox 1.5 and only seeing the second one render. If you've got a second could you try changing your math rendering pref to 'always PNG' and see if there is any difference? EricR 03:48, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm using Firefox on linux, and can see them both render. --lightdarkness (talk) 04:28, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I can see both on Firefox 1.5 (mac), with math rendering = PNG. Have you hit refresh? Cleared your browser cache? Have you checked the page source (View menu, Page source) to see what the HTML markup is (i.e. does the markup for both images look similar)? Dmharvey 03:59, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Interesting. Now it's happening to me too. The first image, instead of being displayed as an image, is being displayed as the "alt" text. The HTML still has the <img> tag and all that. Dmharvey 04:12, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Even more interesting: if I navigate directly to (which is the first image URL), I don't get an image; I just a page containing the literal text "". If I do this in Safari, I get the image as expected. If I do this with the other URL, I get an image as expected. Very peculiar bug. I think it's probably a bug in Firefox, because when I clear my cache, everything goes back to working properly again. Dmharvey 04:19, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, thanks for telling me to look at the source, i should have done that in the first place. The wiki servers are always sending me PNG's no matter what my preference is set to. I wasn't seeing the first formula because Adblock was filtering it out. Now i'm trying to figure out why i can't get wiki to send me MathML. Firefox has no trouble rendering MathML from other sites.EricR 04:47, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
The file path included the random text "ad", which AdBlock often filters by default; you should be able to set options through Adblock or through Firefox to always allow images from "". — Catherine\talk 23:17, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Which version of Unicode?

There are multiple versions of Unicode out there, with 5.0 due Real Soon; is there a generally agreed-upon version that should be used, or a general policy for when to use combining characters and when to use the individual entities? --moof 09:53, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

I'd propose to use NFC (normalization towards composed characters) where possible, and otherwise let the devices trying to make sense out of UTF-8 do their very best if they can. <gd&r> -- Omniplex 13:05, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
Since the meaning of the codepoints does not change (with very few exceptions), it doesn't matter which version of Unicode you use. As to whether to use combining characters or not, as I originally wrote on Wikipedia:Naming conventions (technical restrictions): "For now, use only precomposed characters. Avoid using combining diacritical marks. Use the text normalization NFC [9]." Nobody ever challenged that, so I believe either people don't understand, don't care, or agree with me. --cesarb 18:12, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
Agree. I was about to say that I never read this guideline, but actually I did - it was before I found out that guidelines are as reliable as everything else here. <eg> -- Omniplex 18:36, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
The software applies normalization form C internally, so type what you like. --Brion 19:34, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
If it makes a difference to you, use the current Unicode 4.0. But basically all that means is saying "yes these new code points exist", it really doesn't make any difference for our purposes. --Brion 19:34, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Problem when using subst: with my welcome template

The template should look as follows:

Hello Village pump (technical)/Archive P, and welcome to Wikipedia! The first thing you should know is that we encourage you to be bold. Feel free to edit and improve articles, by clicking any 'edit' link.

If you'd like to test what Wikipedia can do, check out the sandbox - just type and save the page and your text will appear. That's the beauty of a Wiki.

For more information check out our tutorial - it's designed with newcomers in mind, as is the help section. If you'd like to get involved with current projects, have a look at the Community Portal. There are always tasks for users to do, ranging from copyediting to expanding stubs.

I hope you'll enjoy your time here, but be warned, it can become addictive! Feel free to message me, I'm more than happy to help. As an added tip, sign any message you post so users know that you've said it. To do so is delightfully simple, just use the wikicode ~~~~.

Once again, welcome!

James Kendall [talk] 13:47, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

However, when I add subst: , this occurs:

Hello Village pump (technical)/Archive P, and welcome to Wikipedia! The first thing you should know is that we encourage you to be bold. Feel free to edit and improve articles, by clicking any 'edit' link.

If you'd like to test what Wikipedia can do, check out the sandbox - just type and save the page and your text will appear. That's the beauty of a Wiki.

For more information check out our tutorial - it's designed with newcomers in mind, as is the help section. If you'd like to get involved with current projects, have a look at the Community Portal. There are always tasks for users to do, ranging from copyediting to expanding stubs.

I hope you'll enjoy your time here, but be warned, it can become addictive! Feel free to message me, I'm more than happy to help. As an added tip, sign any message you post so users know that you've said it. To do so is delightfully simple, just use the wikicode <i><font color="green">[[User:James.kendall| James]]</font> <font color="purple">[[User:James.kendall| Kendall]]</font></i> [[User_talk:James.kendall| [talk]]] 13:47, 29 March 2006 (UTC).

Once again, welcome! James Kendall [talk] 13:47, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Any ideas would be much appreciated. James Kendall [talk] 13:47, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

The subst: is also replacing your ~~~~ with your signature, which is already in a <nowiki> block. Try using I've changed your code to use &#x7e; instead of a tilde, i.e. &#x7e;&#x7e;&#x7e;&#x7e; instead of <nowiki>~~~~</nowiki>:

Hello Village pump (technical)/Archive P, and welcome to Wikipedia! The first thing you should know is that we encourage you to be bold. Feel free to edit and improve articles, by clicking any 'edit' link.

If you'd like to test what Wikipedia can do, check out the sandbox - just type and save the page and your text will appear. That's the beauty of a Wiki.

For more information check out our tutorial - it's designed with newcomers in mind, as is the help section. If you'd like to get involved with current projects, have a look at the Community Portal. There are always tasks for users to do, ranging from copyediting to expanding stubs.

I hope you'll enjoy your time here, but be warned, it can become addictive! Feel free to message me, I'm more than happy to help. As an added tip, sign any message you post so users know that you've said it. To do so is delightfully simple, just use the wikicode ~~~~.

Once again, welcome!

æle  2006-03-29t14:08z
Personally I like that welcome message, but is the use of <font color=xyz> acceptable in a welcome message? If I'm the only user with a legacy browser where that's arguably required maybe replace it by inline CSS (not much better, but still). -- Omniplex 21:17, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
Nobody uses browsers older than IE5, NN6 or OP4. If they do, they have to expect it to choke every once in a while. I can't think of a reason why you wouldn't use <span style="color: #0000FF;"></span>. ~MDD4696 22:47, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
Editors better use legacy foreground colour markup if they really must try dark background colours with legacy bgcolor=, mixing CSS and legacy would cause havoc otherwise. Where colours have an important meaning (not only decorative) picking a solution working with as many browsers as possible is the better of too bad ideas. Actually documents are supposed to work without CSS, but if folks intentionally ignore that rule they can as well use legacy markup. Here I used <em style="color: red">, because that has an effect also on my browser or Lynx - not red, but who cares. -- Omniplex 14:17, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Navigation Content's box float

I am wondering why the Contents box for longer articles hasn't been automatically floated, or doesn't have the ability to be floated (left or right) to erradicate long areas of whitespace that can form when the contents box is large. I realise there lies the ability to hide the box - is this the solution? Is is because applying a default float could affect the layout of so many articles? Has this been discussed elsewhere? --Seriocomic 01:39, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

One can float the table of contents, if desired. Place a __TOC__ directive inside a floated div. Rob Church 21:24, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
There are templates for this, see {{tocright}} and {{tocleft}} (and a few others at Category:TOC_templates), but use them carefully as you can't always predict how things will display in all browsers, and it may confuse future editors. You can also use __TOC__ to place the TOC somewhere other than the default. Alternatively, you can place images to fill the white space: one or more right-floated pictures can be placed before the first header to balance a long TOC. Depends on the article, but in a few cases it might be desirable to change the structure of the article to reduce the number of headings and subheadings. — Catherine\talk 23:32, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
{{tocright}}} appears to be a bad idea, the general design of a ToC to the left works well with many navigation boxes floating right. Some layout decisions should IMHO be kept to skins and personal CSS instead of overwriting them in individual articles. -- Omniplex 13:47, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

"We won't reveal your email address"

This untruth can be found at both MediaWiki:Emailforlost and MediaWiki:Prefs-help-email. They both should be changed to say something like "unless you use the "E-mail this user" feature."

Since they both are highly visible to newbies, I prefer that people check my proposed wording first:

<div style="width:30em">* E-mail address is optional; no confirmation is required. However, giving your e-mail address allows other users to send you mail, and enables you to request password reminders. We won't reveal your address to anyone, unless you use the "E-mail this user" feature.</div>

* E-mail (optional): Enables others to e-mail you from your user or user talk page, without revealing your e-mail address. It will be revealed when you use the "E-mail this user" feature. Please note that if you change your e-mail address, you will need to <a class='internal' href="">reconfirm</a> your address.

If nobody has a better wording after some days, I'll go ahead and use my wording.

--cesarb 02:07, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

I've nothing against your proposal, but I felt that the most important place for this warning is in MediaWiki:Emailpagetext so I went and made the existing warning there bold. The message needed rewriting anyway, since now that we have e-mail confirmation enabled the original wording was unnecessarily complicated.
Incidentally, it would be nice if someone could change SpecialEmailuser.php to pass the recipient's name as an argument to wfMsg('emailpagetext') so that we could get rid of the annoying "this user" in the message. I thought of using {{SUBPAGENAME}}, but that wouldn't work if the recipient's name is passed in the query as "target=". —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 15:18, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Change done. --cesarb 18:21, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Wiki search facility

I have recently submitted an article to Wiki but although the article appears on the site, it fails to appear when searched for using Wiki search engine. Anyone know how I can fix this? Thanks.

Search is indexed and takes a while to update. æle  2006-03-29t14:15z

Image Transparency?

Why are transparent images now being rendered on the full image page with an ugly checkerboard background like in a graphics program? Is this an intentional behaviour? Because it looks terrible. Ktims 18:18, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Some human on this wiki added a bit to the style sheet to show a background so that transparent images can be identified by sight. This may or may not be useful, but it is kind of ugly even when relatively light. --Brion 19:44, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Ah well, thank god for user stylesheets :)

--Ktims 22:39, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

AfD newbie template

In an AfD a while back, I saw something that looked like a template; it basically explained to newbies (in polite terms) that AfD was not a "vote" and that only the "votes" of existing contributors would be counted; newly created accounts wouldn't affect the decision. Anyone know where that template is (if it exists)? If not, can someone write one? There are several active AfD's that for various reasons have attracted participants from outside Wikipedia (e.g. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kaloogian, because Kaloogian got linked from a widely-read blog). Phr 08:46, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

{{AfdAnons}} is the template you are looking for. . Graham talk 09:01, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. I linked to it from WP:AfD in the how-to-list section (actually from an internal template used there). Phr 15:39, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Accesskeys not working

During today, accesskeys such as Alt+E for edit, Alt+L for Watchlist, Alt+. for user page, have stopped working on the English Wikipedia. For me, at least. They work in other Wikipedias. Am I the only one having this problem? Jon Harald Søby 19:40, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

I know they usually don't work when the page's not fully loaded.Maybe that's the issue?Circeus 20:12, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
No, they were fully loaded. Anyways, they work again now, so the problem seems to be solved. Jon Harald Søby 10:57, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Template modifiers raw vs. msg

Are {{raw:}} and {{msg:}} really equivalent? If yes, how about replacing raw by something that displays the raw source like msgnw excluding <noinclude> parts? It's often interesting to show the code of a template in its docu as done by {{tim|x4}}, but without administrative stuff like the template category and any (not included) short usage info in the template itself. -- Omniplex 09:13, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

The secrets of raw are still on Help:Magic words, see talk on Meta. Other unclear magic words are plural and thumb= (MANUALTHUMB). Also missing are cases where localurle: and fullurle: actually differ from the version without e. -- Omniplex 06:58, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

RM edit page clutter

Is there any way I can remove all the stuff from editing pages except the edit box and the preview? I speak of the clutter in between -- the box with all the special characters, the reminders about the sandbox, tildes, and policies. I'll take the edit sum box, of course, and the essential buttons and links.

I agree that new editors should see all of this -- maybe a lot more of this -- but by now, I've seen it so often that it's just stuff to trip over. Can I edit my Cologne Blue stylesheet to hide it? John Reid 23:26, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Try #editpage-specialchars, #editpage-copywarn2 { display: none } --cesarb 01:40, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

It worked; and I rejoice. Thank you. John Reid 11:13, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Double redirects

  • Why are they bad? Why do they need to be fixed?
  • Why can't they be fixed automatically?

Dpbsmith (talk) 21:14, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

The software won't follow more than one redirect to a real article to prevent it from getting stuck in a loop if there's a set of circular redirects, I think. So a double redirect makes the link "broken", and the user ends up at a mostly empty page wondering what happened. See Wikipedia:Double redirects? -- stillnotelf is invisible 21:24, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
This was already answered less than two weeks ago by the lead developer: [10]. --cesarb 22:24, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Bug report. I refuse to get another password for this. Ignore it if you want

There's no space after "facto" in the latest revision shown at [11] but there is one in the actual article. It's been like that for hours, so I don't think it's a time lag. -Barry- 20:39, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

I have noticed this on many diffs recently, sometimes an extra space is added as well. Martin 20:43, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Stalked pages

Why is it appearing "stalked pages" instead of "my watchlist"? Afonso Silva 19:45, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

April fools, I suppose. — Edward Z. Yang(Talk) 20:19, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Cyde messing around :P It's been restored. --lightdarkness (talk) 20:22, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Fearne Cotton

Could someone have a look at this [12] revision of the above article. Is this just vandalism/user error or is some sort of glitch? RicDod 15:43, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Hide logged-in users in recent changes by default?

For RC patrolling, I tend to click the button to hide edits made by logged in users. Is it possible [for me to set some preference on my account] to use this view by DEFAULT instead of having to click the button every time I load the page? Cynical 12:38, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

According to Help:Recent changes, no. But you can put a link like Recent changes/hide on your user page. -- Rick Block (talk) 17:34, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Notice to Administrators handling AfD's

I have noticed that frequently, following an AfD decision to Transwiki an article, whoever closes out the debate just puts up a Move to Wikibooks or Move to Wiktionary tag on the article.

Do not do this.

There is nobody currently handling transwikiing, in the past it was done by the bots of a few editors who are no longer currently active. As a result, putting a Move to Wikibooks tag on an article will do absolutely nothing, except maybe in 6 months or a year, someone might wander in and transwiki it. Except by that time, the article will have gone through a lot more editing and might not even be a proper candidate for transwikiing any more. There's no point in having people go through an AfD debate and all deciding to transwiki and then delete an article if the article is just going to sit here for the next 6+ months and neither of these things is going to be done.

Either the transwiki option needs to be removed from the AfD process, or administrators closing out the AfD's need to do the transwikiing themselves.(I imagine the reason it's not being done is that it's an ungodly tedious process which no one wants to do, but that's a topic for elsewhere) --Xyzzyplugh 18:07, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Why not transwiki them yourself? There's no need to be an admin to execute a transwiki: it's an entirely editorial process. They can usually be found at WP:AFD/Old. -Splashtalk 03:03, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

About categorising

Hi, I am an editor from the Macedonian Language Wikipedia and I am translationg the List of cities in Germany (a hard job, I can tell you as much :) I am faced with the peroblem to categorise all this cities under a same Category (namely, cities in Germany) without having to go into the article of each city and type or paste the cathegory. That will take me weeks. DOes anyone know what the solution will be for an automated categorising or so???--Bjankuloski06en 00:19, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

user:Beland runs a bot that could likely do this for you. Feel free to contact him on his talk page. Note that categorizing them all in a single category is probably not the best idea. Perhaps by state? -- Rick Block (talk) 01:10, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Categorizing them all in a single category sounds fine to me. You could also create Category:German cities by state as a subcategory, and have all the state categories reside there as well. People looking for all the cities in Germany would find them, and those looking for cities in each state would also find them. If the German cities category gets to big, you can add {{Category TOC}}. I might add that this is NOT the way it is done in the English Wikipedia, and I hope that will change some day. It is moving in that direction, and there has been much discussion about this at Wikipedia talk:Categorization. -- Samuel Wantman 08:33, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Is this accurate?

I wrote the following tip for Wikipedia:Tip of the day, but I need to make sure it's accurate. Is it? --Go for it! 20:05, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Anonymous accounts really aren't

"Anonymous" means "without a name". In common English it also implies hiding one's identity, but that is not the context in which it is used on Wikipedia. Your IP address is the identity of your computer on the Internet. It's your internet name. Anybody can attempt to access your computer if they know your IP address, and they'll be successful unless you have a firewall installed on your computer (and sometimes they may find a way through even if you have a firewall). When you create and log on with a username, Wikipedia hides your ip address. So for security purposes, it makes sense to create a user account.

Read more: Wikipedia:Why create an account?

Perhaps it would be clearer if you mentioned shared IPs? Sam Korn (smoddy) 20:10, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
Uh, are you sure the fear of being hacked is the main reason to get an account? -Splashtalk 00:47, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Your IP address is not in any sense secret, so if you're counting on nobody knowing it to prevent hack attempts you've been hacked. A better reason to get an account is that you can be more anonymous at wikipedia with an account than without one since your account name can be completely made up but your IP address divulges a LOT of information about you. -- Rick Block (talk) 03:04, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
+1 The tip also shouldn't mention firewalls, that's too complex and unrelated to Wikipedia. Of course changing IPs make it harder to track contributions, and there might be legit reasons to do this. -- Omniplex 06:47, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Interesting. What information does an IP address divulge about you? --Go for it! 13:21, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Often location. Have a look at the options on Sam Korn (smoddy) 13:34, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
See also: --Quiddity 20:11, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Also, I've wanted to change my IP address for awhile now, but Comcast tells me there's no way for me to do it. Is that true? --Go for it! 13:21, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

That's their policy. If you turn your cable modem off for a few hours, though, they'll sometimes reassign your old address to someone new. ×Meegs 19:50, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Why would you need to change your IP address? --Quiddity 20:11, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
I read that's it's good security to change it from time to time. If I run across this advice again, I'll send you the link. --Go for it! 20:25, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

I smell bullshit. Rob Church (talk) 23:27, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

NOC never to return?

I was quite saddened when the Wikimedia Network Operations Center server died... will it ever be revived? I asked about this once before, and Brion said that the server was to be replaced in a week or so, but it's been far longer. Please devs, please satisfy my network usage graph addiction curiosity! ~MDD4696 04:17, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

See for some statistics, not all; at this time, a lot of the monitoring tools are still dead. Rob Church (talk) 23:31, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

"End Notes" style of links reduces readability

As per this message left for Jimbo, I am deeply troubled by the "end notes" style of links in certain articles. I am convinced that this style of external links is degrading the quality of the wiki. See Rationale to impeach George W. Bush and Killian documents for example pages with this problem. Merecat 08:29, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

I think (but am not sure) that Wikipedia distinguishes between "references" and "external links". The endnotes that you are talking about seem to be references, and so they should stay the way that they are: a reference is usually associated with a specific fact. Ardric47 08:56, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
I disagree strongly. The benefit of links is to inform the readers. The "references" style of links makes finding the underlying citation on the web very difficult. Links to external sources should be easy to follow. End notes which refer to non-web references are OK, but converting web links to "end note" style citations is ruining the wiki. Go read the articles I mentioned and try to follow the links - you will see what I mean. Merecat 09:24, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm unfortunately not understanding your point. When I click on an endnote number, it takes me to a link that I can click on. Perhaps you're having a browser problem? In that case, yes, Wikipedia's quality is suffering since that would mean that it's not working for everyone. Ardric47 09:49, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

I assure you that inline links to various things work elegantly. [13] But links to things which are end notes 1st, do not. Merecat 10:14, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Unfortunately, inline links work less than elegantly when you need to cite a book, magazine or anything else in the world apart from the internet. Endnotes are a completely standard method of referencing any academic work and I see no need for Wikipedia to deviat from this.--Cherry blossom tree 21:20, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

Except for the fact at a) book endnotes are static and do not need to be repeatedly reorganized, b) a wiki endnotes system makes it much harder to delete objectionable material from an article in a tidy manner, c) wiki is not a book and d) the endnotes systems makes it harder to quickly, in a single step, verify the contents of the citation - and for that reason, proofing an endnotes-laden wiki article is very tedious - then perhaps you've got a point. Also, if you took the time to read the articles I mentioned, you will see that links to articles on web pages are being converted to endnotes - I strongly object to that. Merecat 04:50, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Does anybody think that making the references section collapsible would alleviate a part of this problem? I've found the ShowHide Extension which I think would be a great addition to Wikipedia... I wonder why it hasn't been added? ~MDD4696 05:06, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
a) isn't an argument against <ref> tags - they are no more or less difficult to reorganise than any other system, neither is b) - I can't see how it is any more difficult to delete objectionable material. You realise that the endnoted material still appears at the point in the source which it refers to, yes? c) isn't an argument at all. You have a point on d), but the inconvenience of one extra click is offset by the fact that more information can be given than simply a url eg the author, date and so on. There is also no reason why links to articles shouldn't be switched to the <ref> format - it means that any type of reference can then be added without messing up the numbering system and that all the references are located in one place.--Cherry blossom tree 20:54, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

I am not sure of what you suggest. I am opposed to using end-notes instead of inline links to web based articles. For links to web-based articles, I prefer links such as this [14]Merecat 05:13, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

The thing is that we usually add stuff like {{citenews}} in ref- or Cite.php-style citations with important information like source, title, and date. That can't be easily shown with a simple internal link. æle  2006-03-29t14:20z
Furthermore if you used inline url's for web based sources and any style of footnote for non-web based sources you will have two parallel sets of reference numbers in the article; how is that less confusing? Thatcher131 06:33, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
  • If I understand Merecat's complaint, it has more to do with articles that use the {{cite}} and {{note}} method. This causes confusion and numbering problems and does separate the body of the footnote from its location. However I believe the new system described in WP:FOOTNOTE is a great improvement. By enclosing the footnote within the <ref> and </ref> tags, the body of the footnote is exactly at the location of the text that refers to it, so if you want to delete an objectionable sentence you can easily delete the note with it. The number of the citation in the text matches the number in the note section, so even if the browser is imprecise, it should not be hard to see which note is indicated. The new method is more appropriate for some kinds of citations, like all the cites to specific pages of the Thornburgh report in Killian documents. Putting an inline url at every point would create a lot of duplicated text on the page and would be less helpful in finding the proof since it would not specify the page within a 250 page pdf file. Finally as noted above, an inline url is worthless for any reference that is not on the web, such as books, modern newspaper articles that are no longer available or are behind subscription walls, and older newspaper articles. Properly executed, I think the system is a great improvement. Thatcher131 06:30, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

How to tell an entry in the category SQL is itself a category?

I'm doing some code that schleps around in the category SQL dump, for example the 23 March dump is called (don't click that, it's 60 mb unzipped) after putting linefeeds in tuples for readability, the tuples look like this

(43,'Capitals_in_Asia','Abu Dhabi',20060103031449),
(43,'Cities_in_the_United_Arab_Emirates','Abu Dhabi',20060103031449),
(43,'Coastal_cities','Abu Dhabi',20060103031449),
(43,'Emirates','Abu Dhabi',20060103031449),
(43,'Philately_by_country','Abu Dhabi',20060103031449),

(with meanings "from", "to", "sortkey", "timestamp" (to is the category and sortkey is the char version of the thing in the category)

For my purposes I have a list of categories and want to generate all articles in the categories I am interested in. I am only interested in articles. How do I tell when sortkey represents a category so I can ignore it? Alternatively, where's a better place to ask this question if this isn't it? Thanks! ++Lar: t/c 21:08, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

Do a JOIN with the page table (on the from field) and check the page.page_namespace field. By the way, "sortkey" is not quite the same thing as the category; it's the sort key (duh) which is the bit specified after a piped category link, or the page title if none is given. Rob Church (talk) 23:38, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! I can't do a JOIN per se because I'm not querying the DB, I'm just trawling the saved SQL in perl for the tuples. But I COULD trawl some other part of the SQL too... space is an issue for me, I can't hold the whole dump of the entire thing, nor do I want to set up a shadow DB to query against. Suggestions on what other part to grab? For right now we made up an exclusion table by hand to know which categories do/don't have articles ( Wikipedia:WikiProject The Beatles/Article Classification ) which works but doesn't scale to other wikiprojects that might want to do classification tables too... (I'm trying to write my code forwardly thinking) ++Lar: t/c 00:00, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

Can we have a 'tomorrow' link now?

Very nice redesign - congratulations to all.

Can a 'tomorrow' link be added programmatically to On This Day? Since Wikipedia seems to run on UTC/GMT or AAT (America Awakens Time), On This Day only changes after the four billion or so people who live east of Greenwich have already begun to experience the next day. We aren't so impressive at the watercooler/pump when we're talking about yesterday's events! Assuming Wikipedia won't undergo a virtual relocation to the international dateline, perhaps the masters of the mainpage could save us a click or two by providing a link to the forthcoming day as well as the last three? How about it? --Brian Samosa 22:42, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Um, actually, no, when GMT is at midnight, Beijing - which is UTC+8 - is just getting to work. So they have plenty of stuff to chat about that occurred that day. So while your request is a valid one, your reasoning is a bit off. A few hundred million people live east of UTC+8, but the bulk of the "four billion" is still asleep when UTC reaches midnight and Wikipedia ticks over - in particular, India still sleeps. --Golbez 00:35, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
However I'd say the largest amount of english speaking countries are east of GMT. Mike (T C) Star of life2.png 04:00, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
Many Indians speak English although perhaps not as their native language. Perhaps if you're referring to the people who use internet access you might be right but I suspect the majority of English speakers actually live east or on GMT. Nil Einne 14:07, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

We now have pages for tomorrow (and yesterday!). subsections links are being worked on. --Quiddity 19:31, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

How do i get a "Contents"?

Hey all, i'll be blunt, how do i get a 'Contents' section in my articles? Help appreciated. Cheers, Fluke.

put in more than three section headings, and you'll get one. - Nunh-huh 06:34, 2 April 2006 (UTC)
or add __TOC__ , please see Wikipedia:Section. -- Rick Block (talk) 15:16, 2 April 2006 (UTC)
How about __FORCETOC__ to see the ToC at its usual place? -- Omniplex 23:39, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

broken links

Someone broke the navigation links, so clicking on "Main Page" takes you to Wikipedia/en/wiki/Main Page which obviously doesn't exist. -- Reinyday, 23:06, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

It's been fixed... -- Reinyday, 23:09, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

This is a known but rare bug, shouldn't happen very often. --Brion 07:38, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

MediaWiki talk:Monobook.css#Coordinates in article heading

OK, now I'm begging! Please, please, please, could somebody with the ability to edit the .CSS help out? Over the past several months, I've tried the documented routes of posting at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Geographical coordinates#Coordinates at the top of the article, bug 4719, and on the village pump (twice), but no joy.

At this point, folks are adding the "experimental" template at a rate of dozens (or maybe hundreds) per day. Yet, we still don't have the supporting CSS. And we get occaisional complaints that it doesn't work in anything but monobook (true).

Here's the stuff that needs to be added to monobook.css. (Something similar needs to be added to every skin.)

#coordinates {  
--William Allen Simpson 16:35, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Given the amount of opposition (I haven't seen any real opposition until now), I've gone ahead and implemented the change. I also edited the {{coor title dms}} template to use it as a temporary test; feel free to change the way it was supposed to be. --cesarb 18:07, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, it works!
--William Allen Simpson 08:40, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

Bizarre problem

The AJAX article appears to have a rather bizarre problem. Instead of linking to the main page and other pages with the left page navigation bar properly, it links to etc. I've refereshed it numerous times and it this is the only page that it occurs of those that I've looked Nil Einne 13:59, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

It only seems to occur if you go to AJAX. If you go directly to Ajax (programming) it seems fine. However it's not all redirects. DHTML is fine. Nil Einne 14:10, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
It seems to be working fine for me right now. *confused* BadCRC 14:49, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
See comment below. --Brion 07:40, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

Mouseover link text

If you mouseover an internal wikipedia link, it'll popup a little "title" box showing you where the link points to. Is it possible to fake this? For example b shows A when the link is moused over, can I use some CSS to change it's behaviour? I understand that this could potentially be used for vandals yes, but I just wanted something cool for my signiture, it's been boring for way too long. I need something hard hitting like "Max Power" to get me noticed. - Hahnchen 08:14, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Although I am not fan of fancy signatures (they clutter up edit pages), there is {{*}} which creates a rollover that will display any text. Here is an example →  • I have not been able to figure out how to get it to link to anything but the graphic. If someone has an idea how to do that I'd really appreciate knowing. -- Samuel Wantman 08:20, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Well for just the title change you can also do this [[foo|<span title="some title">bar</span>]], wich will result in: bar. --Sherool (talk) 08:33, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
This does not seem to work if you replace "bar" with an image such as [[foo|<span title="some title">Image:tst.png</span>]], which results in: Image:tst.png -- Samuel Wantman 10:14, 2 April 2006 (UTC)
Note that this discussion is moot for users of popups since it will always override the title and show the wikilink target in the popup. :P (For the hack by Sherool, both the popup and hacked title text appear.) — | Talk 14:17, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Error when blocking users

When I attempt to block a user with a space in their name, in the block box, the space is replaced with a "+". If I try to block using that name, I get an error. I have to manually replace the "+"'s with spaces. User:Zoe|(talk) 04:35, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Can you show where exactly this link appears? The block link in Recent Changes looks ok. --Brion 07:01, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
It's in the contributions; I had a patch done the moment it was pointed out to me, but thanks to the damn CVS being dead, it's not committed. Rob Church (talk) 17:35, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
It was on the screen, but it seems to have been fixed. User:Zoe|(talk) 03:03, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

Typo on ISBN page




  • Find this book on the University of Innsbruck library catalouge



  • Find this book on the University of Innsbruck library catalogue

This is of course the case for all Austrian entries. I post here because I do not see any place to edit this — that must be a sysop-only feature. Reply to David Latapie 13:44, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Fixed it. (And I'm no sysop; Wikipedia:Book sources is editable.) –Tifego(t)22:13, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

NBSP; only rendering in edit previews?

Why      does      this      sentence      show      up      completely      differently      in      the      edit      preview      than      on      the      actual      page? I thought the edit preview was supposed to be as close as possible to the final result. (Hopefully that's not too disruptive...) –Tifego(t)23:19, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

It looks like the preview is not translating the non-breaking spaces into actual spaces, as it does when it renders the actual page. The funny thing is that if you don't put in more than one, they remain as &nbsp;s... ~MDD4696 23:58, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
Ack! They are still getting turned into spaces! The real funny thing is is that if you put a non-breaking space in a link, such as Naruto info (a template that uses non-breaking spaces a lot), it is converted to &#160. ~MDD4696 23:59, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

Am I just stupid?

For the page Table of Books of Judeo-Christian Scripture I've added a handful of bible verse links that don't seem to be formatting correctly. Though the input is consistent, the output SOMETIMES shows gaps between the link and the trailing commas or closing parenthesis. But not always. --TheEditrix (sorry...I'm fairly new and haven't yet figured out how to add a proper signature. Thanks for your patience!)

I think the gaps are a browser display issue, where external links that wrap around a line fail to display the little external link icon and show a blank space    there instead. So, it's probably not something you have to worry about, unless it's easy to prevent it from wrapping around in the first place. –Tifego(t)23:11, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
Ah! (Sigh of relief.) I AM stupid, but Wikipedia's not. Cool!

Image:Confusion corner.JPG

What is the deal with this image? There's no image description page and there's no record of it in the upload log or in the uploader's contributions (I assume it's User:Star wars junkie because s/he is the one who added it to the article Colonial Williamsburg). It doesn't exist on Commons either. Does anyone have an idea about this thing? I was going to tag it for being unsourced/unlicensed, but something seems screwy here. howcheng {chat} 22:42, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

The image mtime is 03/30/06 05:14:41, according to Firefox (I already added the 3 hour offset); the new user log shows the user was created 04:42, 30 March 2006 (GMT); the image was added to the article at 05:21, 30 March 2006 (also GMT). For some reason, the upload log also does not show the upload (if it were an old upload, from before 2004, the missing log entry would be normal; but everything points to it being more recent). It's really odd. --cesarb 22:57, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
Well, I'll tag it anyway as a new page and see what happens. Maybe if/when it gets deleted, the image will go with the page. howcheng {chat} 23:46, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

Editing the Sandbox

Hi! Thanks for taking the time to answer questions here. I'm trying to edit the sandbox page but having trouble. I don't mean that I am trying to write in the sandbox; I mean I am actually trying to edit the sandbox instructions. Specifically, they say that people can have their own sandboxes on user subpages, I want to change it to say that you can do so by becoming a member, and give a link to registration. Thanks a lot, Avraham 03:15, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

You need to edit the template which is Template:Please leave this line alone (sandbox heading). Martin 13:27, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

Newline in references

I've greatly enjoyed the new Cite.php referencing feature, and so far have not had any difficulties with it. It's greatly helped me out at History of Earth, but I'm running into a very minor problem. For some reason, the (current) reference number 37 ("pisani") displays with the up arrow on one line, and the rest of the citation on the next. I'm sure it's something simple, but I can't figure out why it's doing that. It's not a big deal, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist. Can anyone help me figure this out? — Knowledge Seeker 09:05, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

It looks fine for me... Titoxd(?!? - help us) 09:15, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
Fine here (w/ Safari 2.0.4) --Brion 09:19, 3 April 2006 (UTC) works now for me as well! Sorry for the bother! — Knowledge Seeker 09:24, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
  1. ^ "Example" (PDF). Test. Retrieved 2006-03-29.