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Wiki being stubborn; can't change skin to Chameleon, wiki stuck on MonoBook

Hello people

I manage a Wiki for my Discord server.

Here's my problem:

I wanted to replace the skin on my wiki (MonoBook) with Chameleon, but my wiki is being stubborn, I removed all the skins I added, except Chameleon, and I switched to some other skin, and then I switched back to Chameleon, but nothing happened, and the wiki still defaulted to MonoBook despite how I obviously told it that Chameleon was the default from now on, can you help? Do you need to wait some time before your skin changes? Magicpeartree (talk) 06:03, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Well firstly, upon entering the wiki (I assume Discordia) the first skin I get is actually Apex. I don't see anything named 'Chameleon' as an option in user preferences. Upon examining the skins section it doesn't seem your addition saved. I would try to get it to be used one more time and if that fails, perhaps close out of the browser you're using entirely and let it start over when trying again. Let us know if it doesn't catch - use the skin menu to verify it's there with a checkmark. Only then can it properly become default. The current default I see here appears to be apex, which does seem to be properly added and saved. --Raidarr (talk) 10:13, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Magicpeartree: any progress on this issue? --Raidarr (talk) 08:33, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Code Editor doesn't note errors, warnings and info

@SolidBlock When SolidBlock and I edit CSS, JavaScript or Lua modules on RSWiki, the code editor does't note errors. Are there any wikis having the similar problems with Code Editor? Zes M Young (talk) 12:42, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

In addition, the following logs that may be relevant are found in the console:

Content Security Policy: 页面设置阻止读取位于 blob: 的一项资源("script-src")。

The same issue happens on Meta as well. --SolidBlock (talk) 12:49, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

This issue should be fixed by this but nobody has approved it yet. Redmin 3,466 Local Contributions Logged Actions CentralAuth (talk) 13:36, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Now it has been fixed. Zes M Young (talk) 13:07, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The role of Global Sysop

I might have the wrong idea on this, so I'd like to present the scenario before presenting something like an RfC to address it. Global sysops are opened with the following line:

"Global Sysops on Miraheze are users who assist Stewards in supporting the community and working with communities to address issues facing them locally as well as cleaning up vandalism, preventing it when possible and enforcing Miraheze's global policies."

This is the opening premise of the page, where the three 'blocks' of duties are supporting communities/addressing their problems in general (clarified in 'Local interference' as being on request or policy need, not just meddling whenever they want), CVT duties and policy enforcement.

However, based on conversations in the past (I sadly do not have diffs to offer at this time) I have gotten the impression that only the CVT portion is regarded, and policy enforcement only with respect to CVT duties. The community support aspect is effectively absent in practice, both with current membership of a few GS with their performed duties and expressed opinions elsewhere on Meta that Global Sysop should effectively stay out of the way of Stewards making decisions on all community matters straight up and stick to CVT. I think this has raised a problem where community dramas or lighter issues that require an authoritative, but not 'top level' take have been left sitting for extended periods, waiting for the absolute top of community managers on Miraheze to review. The current situation here started by a Steward's oversight has been left languishing because it totally depends on the involvement of a Steward who frankly only participates in sprees, not consistently to maintain and review, or various adoption requests that mainly depend on a few community members handling the most obvious cases with any final decisions taking an extended period of time to be made. Likely it would only take a direct poke or mention (like this) for these things to soon be addressed, but otherwise they may be addressed months down the line or whenever somebody decides to get to it. This is not to condemn the Stewards, but note the need of someone acting to review topics like these in a timely manner of their own volition without putting yet more on a Steward's busy plate between here and real life. Faster turnaround to address them would surely look better on Miraheze as a platform, as the response time of Stewards has come up a number of times in observations. Meanwhile nobody can or will address even some of these tasks.

Perhaps this reflects the need for more Stewards, but it's my impression that there is nobody with plentiful time who would really get the position if they tried due to the (reasonable) high conservatism in making appointments, and those who might get it do not wish to take on more given they are already quite filled up with duties such as sysadmin. The clear compromise is staffing a position just below top that can be accountable to both community and the trusted Stewards. The position that is not the final arbiter, but 'good enough' to cover a majority of communal issues in a timely way and defer only if the top (Stewards) are truly needed with their current availability. By stated policy above I think this gap is already filled. But it seems to me there is a strong current that it should not be filled by anyone except Stewards. Am I wrong? Can Global Sysops be more useful and I've mislead myself into believing nobody trusts them to do more, and if someone were to request the role they can get the position on grounds of community support over purely CVT duties? If I am right then I think the language should be changed to reflect this, as it would misleadingly imply and put first the idea that GS are a community support role with CVT as 'another' duty rather than the primary one. But that would mean there is a gap in addressing issues that should be solved another way, as I think the current turnaround time on Steward-level actions should not continue if only for their sake. Thanks for the read. --Raidarr (talk) 13:37, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

This is most truly an interesting question. Pursuant to this RfC, the old CVT group's scope was expanded and renamed accordingly. In fact, that section about supporting the community was codified by the aforementioned RfC. I would say your interpretation is correct. Various comments on the RfC thought so too as they also interpreted this as being an expansion of the Global Sysops scope with one user calling the new group "Deputy Stewards". The proposer of the RfC, Reception123, stated in a section supporting the rename of the group that "I think global sysop best describes this group because the role of a sysop is to support the community as well as to combat vandalism, so the name works," suggesting that by expanding Global Sysops scope, they would efficiently be acting as a local sysop would but in a global sense. Additionally, it was suggested that a new "Global Rollback" group with focus only on vandalism be created further reinforcing the idea that Global Sysops are supposed to help the community should they face issues and should be more involved in community affairs as this RfC's purpose ultimately seems to be that.
Indeed, focus is primarily put on CVT only and not the latter part of supporting communities. Based on this, I believe Global Sysops could probably help more in the community apart from Counter-vandalism. I don't know what others think but that has been my interpretation of the RfC and scope of Global Sysops. I invite Reception123 to opine on this above and give us his view seeing that he started that RfC and is a current Global Sysop. Agent Isai Talk to me! 15:34, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Help, embeded content not working

I was doing well building up the content for the land wiki alliance, but recently all my embedded content stopped loading (video's from youtube and vimeo, and google sheets). It all used to work. It just says "this content is blocked. Contact the site owner to fix the issue."

Can someone tell me how to fix this? here is the wiki: (talk) 11:00, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Possibly a CSP issue. I've alerted sysadmins about it but I would recommend you also create a Phabricator task about it. Agent Isai Talk to me! 17:00, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I was going to make a post about this because I'm having the same issue on the Random-ness wiki and my friend's private wiki won't load them either. (On Firefox it's coming up as completely blank space.) However on the CLG Wiki the videos are loading fine, so I'm not sure what's going on. Raichu's Endless Nights (talk) 16:51, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Raichu's Endless Nights: just to follow up, has this changed or been resolved? --Raidarr (talk) 09:29, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Unfortunately, no, the same thing is happening, places where videos should be come up as blank. This is also happening on my own wiki as well as the Random-ness wiki I think it might have something to do with the extentions because CLG Wiki displays videos fine, and I think they use a different extention for videos. Raichu's Endless Nights (talk) 10:19, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Join Allpedia today!

Join Allpedia today! We are currently looking for trial administrators. If you're interested, message SoyokoAnis on her talk page on Allpedia!

We are also looking for more editors! Come visit us today! SoyokoAnis 19:01, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

What does allpedia offer that other general purpose wikis cannot? --Raidarr (talk) 21:37, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Import multiple images at once

Hello, I would like to know how to import several images at once, like on Fandom. At the moment, I can only import one at a time and it's quite long. Thanks in advance. Darkrai18 (talk) 09:34, 27 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Darkrai18: If you have all the images already, what some do is enable MsUpload in Special:ManageWiki/extensions and then drag and drop the images in the wiki editor. If you're a bit more tech-savvy, consider using PyWikiBot. Hope this helps. Agent Isai Talk to me! 13:39, 27 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Well, the images I want to import are not yet on my wiki. Darkrai18 (talk) 11:47, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Darkrai18: has this been resolved? If not, I'll ask for a bit more context to see if this can be settled. --Raidarr (talk) 09:12, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I need to know something

How do I import pages? Musicismylife (talk) 05:30, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Musicismylife: You could try using Special:Import on your local wiki if the file is small enough. If it's too big, you'll need to make a Phabricator request. Hope this helps. Agent Isai Talk to me! 05:34, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Agent Isai: Apparently it appears you can only import pages if you are an administrator. Musicismylife (talk) 08:49, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

It's a specific permission to opt into groups I believe.--Raidarr (talk) 09:03, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Musicismylife: Yes, the import permission is (by default) granted to administrators. If you don't have the permission, ask that a local admin import the file or ask them to grant you the right to import. Agent Isai Talk to me! 14:11, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Agent Isai: It's a bit more difficult than that. There's these reception wikis about foods and restaurants that I originally contributed to, but I stopped because the users from Qualitipedia thought they would be biased and they would cause drama. I do definitely see that know, however, this page could probably be imported to Horrible Companies Wiki since it mainly focuses on the actions of the people who run the restaurant and therefore is not biased like most other pages. Musicismylife (talk) 22:50, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The example you mention has no extra content outside of page code (such as comments, the key reason I expect you'd like to use the import feature), so in that case at least the layout can simply be duplicated. Otherwise you may contact CircleyDoesExtracter, a bureaucrat of the wiki with involvement and good standing across Miraheze to give you the right if you truly need it there. Raidarr (talk) 23:52, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

My wiki is dead, need help. SperosDurrell (talk) 21:47, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@SperosDurrell: Have you applied any of the suggestions I made in regards to wiki management? Agent Isai Talk to me! 22:09, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
im frustrated sorry. Sorry for asking. SperosDurrell (talk) 22:11, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@SperosDurrell: No worries, I just suggest you try to follow up on some of my suggestions. Perhaps find a group on Discord or the web who would like to document the U.S. and tell them to contribute to your wiki. Agent Isai Talk to me! 22:13, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]


i tried fandom again, failed. Im back. SperosDurrell (talk) 21:15, 29 September 2021 (UTC) SperosDurrell (talk) 21:15, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@SperosDurrell: A wiki is a wiki whether you go to Fandom or Miraheze, the key is on how you advertise or manage it. Welcome back. Agent Isai Talk to me! 21:23, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks. 👍👍 SperosDurrell (talk) 21:40, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
can you give me a topic to make a Wiki on here? Thanks SperosDurrell (talk) 21:41, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@SperosDurrell: Please note that you are the subject of a Requests for Comment because of your excessive wiki requests. Even without that, you already have 11 wikis. Please focus on one wiki instead of requesting multiple ones. Agent Isai Talk to me! 21:45, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I so badly want to contribute to a new wiki I can manage and gain a following. SperosDurrell (talk) 21:46, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@SperosDurrell: Your previous 11 attempts have failed so far because you cannot focus on only one. If the previous attempts have failed, I doubt your new ones will succeed. Agent Isai Talk to me! 21:47, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
can I atleast create 1 more? If no progress ban me. SperosDurrell (talk) 21:49, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@SperosDurrell: No, I will not create 1 more wiki. You promised that if I created westvirginiawiki you would stop requesting wikis and yet you requested unitedstatesofamericawiki and got an unsuspecting wiki creator to approve it. As such, no further wikis will be created for you. Agent Isai Talk to me! 21:55, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
close my wikis, let me create 1 more, and no progress ban me. Sorry. SperosDurrell (talk) 21:56, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
U don't have faith in me do you? That is why I don't stick around. Im frustrated and upset by your actions. I suffer from depression, don't judge me. SperosDurrell (talk) 21:59, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Understand from a functional perspective why someone without reliability who has had over a dozen chances and left every one of them alone eventually faces a point where they are no longer accommodated. Frankly, wiki creation may not be your business. --Raidarr (talk) 22:03, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
i disagree. Sorry but u joining my wikis u left them. SperosDurrell (talk) 22:06, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
There's nothing to disagree about. You create wikis and you leave them in the dust. There was nothing for me to contribute to. What you do with that statement is your discretion. --Raidarr (talk) 22:12, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Ok. SperosDurrell (talk) 22:13, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I suggest one of these topics. Possibly this one. --Raidarr (talk) 22:00, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
raidarr please i m sorry im not trolling. SperosDurrell (talk) 22:03, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @SperosDurrell: Do you truly wish for all your other wikis to be closed? Agent Isai Talk to me! 21:58, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

yes, please. Im hurt by your pushing me away. I just want to get along. SperosDurrell (talk) 22:00, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@SperosDurrell: I deeply apologize if you believe I am "pushing you away" however, all I want is for you to focus on one topic and wiki, that's it. We run on donations and have finite space. My main concern is that you seem to contribute to a wiki for a few days (on average, 2 days!) and then abandon the wiki. According to my calculations, had you not stopped requesting wikis, you'd have an additional 36 wikis by the end of the year which is unfeasible. Understand that we aren't trying to be mean, we're just trying to use our resources wisely. Again, our sincerest apologies if you believe we have been mean to you and I thank you for your understanding. Agent Isai Talk to me! 22:13, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
i appreciate that, agent. I don't want to waste your time, everyone. Can we make a compromise?? Im seriously willing. SperosDurrell (talk) 22:19, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
close wikis please i want a clean slate. SperosDurrell (talk) 15:10, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@SperosDurrell: Please make the request on the Stewards' noticeboard to close all your wikis. Agent Isai Talk to me! 15:12, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Belgium wiki?

ill put effort in to it watch me. If you see bad editing tell me. SperosDurrell (talk) 04:50, 30 September 2021 (UTC) that a no? SperosDurrell (talk) 04:52, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Nvm im out, for now ✌ SperosDurrell (talk) 05:25, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]


i thought wikis were not limited, just me? My mental health gets in the way but i like to comprimize. SperosDurrell (talk) 15:08, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@SperosDurrell: It's not a rule in concrete but general wasting of Miraheze resources is frowned upon. Agent Isai Talk to me! 15:09, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
how many times do I have to tell you, can we come up with a resolution please? SperosDurrell (talk) 15:11, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
There is a simple resolution. Pick a wiki and make it happen, while not requesting many wikis and making them not happen. Follow it and the issue does not exist. --Raidarr (talk) 16:24, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
But there is no rule about requesting wikis. Anyone can order as many wikis as they want! There was even a steward who said that there is no limit to asking for wikis. YellowFrogger (talk) 16:58, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@YellowFrogger: I beg to differ. Could you show me where they said that? To my best knowledge, they all carry a similar point of view that excessive wikis should not be created as they use resources and are prone to be abandoned unless a justified reason is present. Agent Isai Talk to me! 17:02, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I've seen a steward say that. But I don't know where it went.
Are you the same guy who turned down all my wiki requests? Another wiki creator went there and accepted! You have to review your concepts YellowFrogger (talk) 17:10, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@YellowFrogger: Once I informed said wiki creator, he agreed that you requested way too many wikis. In addition, even a systems administrator agreed that you had requested too many wikis. Agent Isai Talk to me! 17:13, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
But did you feel obligated to refuse all wikis?. Also because another wiki creator arrived and created others (not all). YellowFrogger (talk) 17:20, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Please review the portion where the creator who accepted had not been updated on the concepts and proceeded to agree with why they were declined en masse. --Raidarr (talk) 17:23, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
A limit on wikis and creations is not hardcoded. However, it's my impression that the social limit is how many you can maintain at a given time, and in severe circumstances wiki creators may use their judgement for an excess of provably invalid creations or stewards may step in with cases where users have gone excessive to tell them to knock it off (which does have precedence). --Raidarr (talk) 17:09, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I had only asked for the wiki version in other languages. Only that. YellowFrogger (talk) 17:16, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
On the surface this is an acceptable reason; however the issue as far as I was informed was a) the quantity that would be prohibitively unreasonable to expect from one person at the same time, and b) the lack of sufficient details for the wikis that were requested. The compromise might have been to start one or two alternates, and use their progress as evidence that the rest are sustainable. Please correct me if this impression is wrong. --Raidarr (talk) 17:26, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

EditTop Gadget, and Wikiplus

I am trying to add the EditTop (EN Wikipedia) gadget to my wiki (XComhghall Wiki). I imported the definition, the js page, ad the css page, but it does not show up in preferences. What is wrong, and what do I need to do?

I installed Wikiplus (EN Wikipedia), a user-maintained script (see the discussion on MW), on my global.js page. It was working fine in August. The edit box appeared on top of the section I edit, as show in this gif, and can be expanded and moved. Currently, Wikiplus works fine on both EN and ZH Wikipedia, but I am experiencing problems with it on my wiki. The edit box appears at the bottom of the page, cannot be moved, and has lost the original background color, border, design, etc. Do you know what the problem might be? What can I do?

Thank you very much. — XComhghall (talk) 02:34, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@XComhghall: Likely you have not imported everything, which might CSS and possibly even JS data outside the JS itself that you imported that is a wikipedia customized dependency (might integrate with something else done wikipedia side that isn't in default mediawiki), and there may be a conflict with whatever skin you're using locally for your own wiki. This is all vague-speak though - is it still an issue? If so I can try to troubleshoot more deeply, or point someone more experienced to this thread. --Raidarr (talk) 09:10, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Raidarr: Both problems (1. the EditTop gadget, 2. Wikiplus) still exist.
For the EditTop gadget, I imported MediaWiki: Gadget-edittop, MediaWiki: Gadget-edittop.css, MediaWiki: Gadget-edittop.js, and MediaWiki: Gadgets-definition. However, I cannot find it in Special: Preferences.
Wikiplus used to work just fine on Miraheze. The only thing I imported was my global.js page.
Thank you very much, XComhghall (talk) 22:15, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Could you please raise $wgExpensiveParserFunctionLimit

The default limit for expensive parser function calls is 99 and altering the $wgExpensiveParserFunctionLimit in the “Manage this wiki's additional settings” page(s) seems to require: Permissions - managewiki-restricted

Is there any way I could get the limit on my wiki raised to over 200 or higher?

One of the Lua modules in some of the templates I have ported over from Wikipedia is currently asking for 189 parser functions.

Thanks in advance. – Mitchell Gore (talk) 06:35, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Mitchell Gore: Has this been answered elsewhere? I'm behind on watching noticeboards, so just checking to see if it has, and if not, point the attention of someone appropriate to this thread. --Raidarr (talk) 09:07, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Raidarr: I put in the request at phabricator and got it raised to 200, but the Template:Taxonbar I ported over from Wikipedia is still demanding a higher number of parser functions, so it’s still erroring. I have a second request in to have it raised to a higher number, but it hasn't been raised yet (going on 4 days now). – Mitchell Gore (talk) 17:25, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for the notice. I'm afraid it's a waiting game from here, especially if the limit is getting particularly high (at that point they may prefer to see something less expensive used than keep upping the resources). They'll certainly reply eventually, but I know there's a few rather key tasks that just hopped on their plate, so it might be a bit. --Raidarr (talk) 09:24, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Infoboxes not working on my wiki

I have been sent here from Phabricator.

On my wiki Ocromia Wiki, infoboxes imported from Wikipedia or other wikis are not working. They are supposed to be right-aligned and a grey colour (like this) but instead, they are left-aligned and transparent (like this). I have been told that a) CSS is missing from the template import and b) MediaWiki:Common.cssdoesn't contain what it should. Neither of these were explained on the comments posted on the Phabricator tasks, so does anyone know what might help? TheEagleNebula (talk) 11:47, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

It looks like your entire Common.css is blank. You can simply copy and paste the Common.css from Wikipedia's MediaWiki:Common.css. As to the specific part of the CSS in the common.css that hands most of the basic infobox styling, I copy and pasted it here MediaWiki:Common.css syntax for infoboxes. Hope this helps. – Mitchell Gore (talk) 22:12, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It also has to have several important modules, including: Yesno and Infobox for example 168px (talk) 23:11, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I am trying to import the infobox template

Hello, I am working on customizing my wiki a bit, and I have been trying to import the Infobox template from however, I keep getting an error for this when I try to use the code, and I am unsure why and was wondering if someone can assist me with this.

The error I get is (paraphrasing) "Lua error 80 module:Navbar/configuration" I tried also installing Template:Navbar as well, but it didn't help me either. I am unsure why this is, so anyone who may be willing to help me, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance. Kind regards, Chloe. (talk) 03:49, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I decided to try it one more time, unfortunately, it didn't work.
Here is the full error message:
Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Navbar/configuration' not found. Kind regards, Chloe. (talk) 03:55, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
TimeWisely, hello. It needs Module:Navbar/configuration which isn't available on templatewiki. However, you can copy wikipedia:Module:Navbar/configuration to Module:Navbar/configuration on your wiki. --Magogre (talk) 05:34, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Oh that worked, thank you very much! Kind regards, Chloe. (talk) 16:00, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I have one more problem I'm a bit unsure how to fix.

Hello, i was downloading infobox template, I had gotten it installed, however I realized that the documentation looked a bit wrong, so I downloaded all of the CSS files for each respective theme, and imported them into my wiki.

However, I have an error when trying to use them.

Module:Documentation/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles

I downloaded TemplateStyles, as it said that's what you use to get that to work.

I am unsure how to resolve this, as I'm unfamiliar with the term, "Sanitized CSS", and I couldn't find anything online. Any help would be much appreciated, thank you. Kind regards, Chloe. (talk) 15:59, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@TimeWisely: Please visit Special:ChangeContentModel on your wiki and change the content model of Module:Documentation/styles.css to sanitized CSS. That should fix it. Agent Isai Talk to me! 14:33, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! Kind regards, Chloe. (talk) 21:22, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Little question

Hello, I have a question. If I decide to change the subject of my wiki, for example change a wiki that talks about the characters of the fiction into a wiki that talks about all the fiction (i.e. characters, weapons, games...) while keeping my content, would I have the right to do so? If so, how? Thanks in advance. Darkrai18 (talk) 14:19, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Darkrai18: Are you talking about changing the wiki name? 168px (talk) 19:14, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I believe they're talking about changing their wikis scope. Agent Isai Talk to me! 19:21, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I talking about scope, effectively. Darkrai18 (talk) 20:26, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Darkrai18: with a community, this must be done with consensus and a clearly defined vote/decision with community support. Without a community I believe this requires special approval to ensure it still fits with Content Policy. That said, I think the change you're making is fairly small and quite reasonable, and there should be no trouble in this case. Just to be safe I'll bring dmehus into it (sorry, I think this is the third ping I've thrown today >.>). --Raidarr (talk) 09:05, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Well, keep me posted then. Darkrai18 (talk) 17:12, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Marble House of PHP recruiting

Hello user, I have had a website I have created that has been abandoned for some time now, and I want to revive it. The Marble House of PHP is a wiki I created dedicated to storing, collecting, discussing, writing, and storytelling literature. It has been over 6 months since I created the wiki, however, there was 0 contributions or users who edited what so ever.. I have posted this topic to encourage activity in this wiki, and if you have enough activity and contributions, you can become an admin. Book and literature lovers, this site may be for you.


Best regards, Hoxen (talk) 16:28, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Unfortunately wikis for creative writing on Miraheze in particular let alone in general is heavily oversaturated, and truly serious projects typically use other platforms or create their own wiki for their setting. So time in the wild has nothing to do with traction I'm afraid. --Raidarr (talk) 19:44, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
My intent of the wiki was to be somewhat as Wikisource, but with different measures and policies. But creative writing wikis are truly oversaturated. User:Raidarr--Hoxen (talk) 21:17, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I wish you well on this; for what it's worth, perhaps you could do more to develop the structure, since refining the platform might help you get more users than it simply being offered as a 'blank slate' on its own. --Raidarr (talk) 09:00, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Join Shaw's Nightmare wiki

Join the Shaw's Nightmare wiki which is about the Shaw's Nightmare series of first-person shooter games. I'm looking for administrators/moderators, if you are interested go to my profile and talk to me on there.

I'm still looking for editors too to help create articles. Mickey96 (talk) 16:48, 7 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion: search in wikidiscover

Why does Special:WikiDiscover not have search? I mean, i could use Ctrl+F but its painful as i need to navigate to every of the pages

I understand it's gonna probably be hard but this just a suggestion

Also, can someone make a physics wiki and computers wiki? Anpang (talk) 01:47, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

A search might be nice to further its usability. I know I've seen physics wikis around, but ironically without a search feature I'm afraid I can't help much. There's AboutPCs for computers, for what it's worth. Though you'd have to put quite a bit of effort into making it happen. In the meantime I'm afraid the Gazetteer of wikis is vaguely your best bet for what it is, and I know it's not an answer here. --Raidarr (talk) 08:58, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How do I stop the flood of email notifications?

I'm administrator of a wiki. I keep getting email notifications whenever a user edits a page. I specifically set email options to not send me anything but I'm still getting dozens and dozens of emails.

I also tried setting global preferences to no avail.

The only thing that worked outright was to delete my email address.

Should I try anything else? Bulbizarre (talk) 01:38, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Bulbizarre: Per your wiki's ManageWiki settings, you are set to receive notifications for every edit done on the wiki. To stop this, click the aforementioned link and remove yourself from Users Notified On All Changes ($wmgUsersNotifiedOnAllChanges). Agent Isai Talk to me! 02:02, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! Bulbizarre (talk) 18:00, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Hi. So here it is. I've set up the Displaytitle extension, which allows the title modified by DISPLAYTITLE to appear in categories, for example. But I would like to remove the "Category:" to show only the "Characters of". I can't remove the "Category:" directly in the DISPLAYTITLE, otherwise it doesn't work. The screenshots of my DISPLAYTITLE (above):


The problem (below):


Thanks in advance. Darkrai18 (talk) 08:25, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Upon investigation on my own wikis, the UrlShortener special page extension is conflicting with custom uses of DISPLAYTITLE. I couldn't tell you how to remedy this so they both work together, but if you can pitch the former you may be able to do a quick solve on this issue. --Raidarr (talk) 09:53, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
But concretely, what do I do? Darkrai18 (talk) 10:03, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
You either disable UrlShortener or put in a phabricator task to see if that behavior is deliberate. I'm not sure, it might be. Either way, that's the conflict I found. --Raidarr (talk) 10:42, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I disabled urlshortener, but it didn't change anything. I didn't do anything else. --Darkrai18 (talk) 11:02, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Request for feedback regarding enabling database compression

Greetings Miraheze community, SRE is requesting your feedback and input on a proposed change:

While revising our strategy of backing up wiki databases, SRE discovered that compressing wiki databases (a method used by Wikipedia and which will not lead to any database corruption at all) would result in us being able to save database backups for longer and would allow us to save resources (database compression doesn't generally impact wiki performance/loading times). The only issue is that some extensions (namely ReplaceText) do not support database compression and would break. An alternative for the extension is MassEditRegex (note that though the extension says it was last updated 2 years ago, the documentation is misleading. Last update was a few days ago in May by the developer and SRE is working to make it compatible with 1.37 and seems to be nearly done) which offers many more features than ReplaceText and is compatible with database compression. However, even so, SRE is requesting your feedback about the proposed change.

While the affected extension has a replacement, we'd still like to hear what you think about this change and about any possible concern you may have. Please reply under this thread with your thoughts on the matter. Thank you! Agent Isai Talk to me! 16:39, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

If incompatible content can be replaced with equal or better with a minimum of work from the user side and there are otherwise only benefits, I think it would be prudent to do this as soon as possible. Honestly I think I assumed this was being done in the first place. --Raidarr (talk) 16:43, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Is ReplaceText the only extension that would stop working? Bongo50 (talk) 18:09, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
That's currently known of. If Agent Isai knows of others that would be affected, I invite him to mention them or confirm that there should be no more trouble. --Raidarr (talk) 23:27, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Symbol support vote.svg Support I don't really understand what these compression stuff means but it sounds good so i support. Anpang (talk) 00:55, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I 100% Symbol support vote.svg Support this change, as it is better for the farm, and it’s users.
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22:11, 12 October 2021 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose ReplaceText is indispensable in wiki administration. --NimoStar (talk) 01:49, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@NimoStar: Hence why we linked the MassEditRegex extension. It does all the same functions as ReplaceText and offers even more features. Agent Isai Talk to me! 01:54, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Replace_Text has last version july 2021, MassEditRegex is from 2019. SRE refused before to add extensions which have been unmantained for two years. Besides, what is statistically the real performance impact of compression in load times and administrative tasks? I reckon that if it is compressed, it needs to uncompress - that must consume server side resources, necessarily. --NimoStar (talk) 01:57, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@NimoStar: It seems that the developer hasn't had time to update the documentation to reflect the updates but the update is being currently updated and is deployed across Miraheze (Special:ManageWiki/extensions -> Special pages -> Mass Edit via Regular Expressions). As for (de)compression and load times, it would not affect it at all. Agent Isai Talk to me! 02:08, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose ReplaceText does its job really great and I use it almost every day. I haven't used MassRegEdit, but it doesn't seem actively maintained which worries me, and also don't know if have all characteristics as ReplaceText. Another strong point in favour of ReplaceText is that comes by default. And what about data integrity? Handling compressed databases could lead to easier data corruption. Have you evaluated to introduce data compression support in ReplaceText? 02:18, 13 October 2021 (UTC)
@Jakeukalane: Please see the above comments. The extension is actively maintained and is even deployed here on Miraheze. Data integrity is no issue with compressed databases so don't worry about that, it's even used by Wikipedia (see their config here which means that they have tried it out and that there is no issue on their part that would prevent them from rolling it out. We have evaluated that and we believe it will even benefit you as we'll be able to better back up your wiki and keep backups for longer. As for evaluating using data compression in Replace Text, an upstream dev would need to introduce support for it. Agent Isai Talk to me! 02:37, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Symbol support vote.svg Support Conservation of resources takes priority over the inconvenience of having to switch to MassEditRegex from ReplaceText. Wikis should be given a head's up of at least two weeks (or whatever duration deemed reasonable) in advance before the transition to database compression. --SchizoidNightmares (talk) 03:56, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Symbol support vote.svg Support MassEditRegex seems to have very comparable functionality to ReplaceText, and increasing data and backup retention time is always a plus in my opinion. I should note, though, that the last real update (excluding the automated translatewiki/libraryupgrader commits) to MassEditRegex was May 2021, not "a few days ago" as the original post states. That being said, the last updated date is not always a good metric for determining the state of an extension's maintenance, as many extensions do not require much maintenance to begin with. Joritochip (talk) 05:18, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Pictogram voting question.svg Question: Will it be possible for individual wikis to have this change reversed after it has been made? Also, a couple of notes regarding MassEditRegex: 1) it is not bundled with MediaWiki core unlike ReplaceText making it less reliable, 2) please do not try to mislead people like paid PR people in for-profit organisations, you will only lose trust that way; the last actual code change to the extension happened on May, 3) the extension does not work at all on 1.37. Also, why is this a vote?
PS. I get why SRE wants this change but please do not proceed with this without providing alternatives to all affected features people are using. Redmin 3,466 Local Contributions Logged Actions CentralAuth (talk) 14:39, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Redmin: Database decompression hasn't been tried out before but as it only compresses MediaWiki's text table using zlib, it shouldn't be too hard to do. Now, onto your questions. 1) I will note that sometimes bundling extensions causes slower security fixes 2) I apologize for the incorrect statement. This was not done on purpose to mislead people but instead due to an oversight on my part for not fully checking the commit history and seeing that automated i18n changes were done. Indeed, the last update was done in May. 3) SRE is working to make MassEditRegex MediaWiki 1.37 compatible and seems to nearly be done in porting it over. As for the votes, I don't know why people started voting as this thread was made only for feedback and not as a vote. Agent Isai Talk to me! 15:34, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
We have now updated the extension so it works with 1.37 :) ~ RhinosF1 - (chat)· acc· c - (     online) 18:59, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Symbol support vote.svg Support. It looks like it would be easy to switch to the new extension to solve the lack of support from the old extension. The rest are merely upgrades in my opinion. Matthew Cenance (talk) 15:27, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

We need a way to report wikis and users

Until now, I didn't realize that the only obstacle to Miraheze's success was that you still need to request wikis. Even though the process is almost automatic, thanks to the CreateWiki extension, wikis still have to be approved. That all changed when I ran into difficulties requesting a wiki because it was assumed to be a duplicate. That's when I realized something. Fandom, the most popular wikifarm, has fully automatic wiki creation, but also a way to report wikis that violate their policies. If Miraheze had a way to report policy-violating wikis, it would solve the biggest problem of automatic wiki creation: the potential for policy-violating wikis to be created. There is a wiki for the Counter-Vandalism Team, at, but the only problem is that it's private. We need a page for user to report policy-violating wikis. It's not hard to setup. I believe it will help the growth and moderation of Miraheze. Tali64³ (talk) 23:21, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The page is called the Stewards' noticeboard where you may bring violating wikis and even users to steward attention. Reports may also be done via talk page to the appropriate users and with even more discretion, via discord or IRC to appropriate users. Splitting off the process further is not necessary. --Raidarr (talk) 23:55, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Tali64³: But what would it be like to report wikis? Within the wiki itself? That wouldn't be a good idea if that was it. 168px (talk) 00:29, 14 October 2021 (UTC)[reply] is a private wiki meant for members of the global Counter Vandalism Team. To report problematic users and wikis, users are encouraged to report it at Stewards' noticeboard or on Discord/IRC on our CVT channel. That being said, one of my goals is to create better documentation which describes how to report vandalism and issues. Agent Isai Talk to me! 00:36, 14 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Raidarr is correct. Wikis and users can be reported to Stewards for violations of various global policies or if there is other evidence of abuse. Please ensure your reports are both concise, but also sufficiently detailed and supported by evidence (i.e., diffs). Dmehus (talk) 03:17, 14 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Broken chart

The sysadmins chart in Tech:Timelines is broken Anpang Talk 02:15, 14 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]