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This page is for community discussion. Official actions/requests should be made at Stewards' noticeboard
Here you can:

  • Ask questions about Miraheze
  • Discuss topics with the Miraheze community and staff
  • Ask anything else that is not mentioned below

If you want:

Please remember to:

  • End all your requests and comments using four tides - ~~~~
  • Talk in a calm, and respectful manner (we're all here to help each other after all)
  • Be descriptive of the problem

To add your request, type in a concise title in the box below, then click "Add Topic".


Generate Site Map for Wiki

Hi, does anyone on here know how to generate a sitemap for a wiki for search engine optimization purposes, or if one is already created, or if I need to request features to have some kind of special extension installed?

Thanks, intp (talk) 23:49, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

How much storage space does Miraheze have?

Well, My wiki[1], Crazybloxian Empire, could get large pretty soon. How much storage space does the wiki-hosting service have?

As I understand it, Miraheze uses rented server space rather than physical servers. As a result, there is no hard and fast limit but the more Miraheze has to store the more it has to pay.
El Komodos Drago (talk) 23:06, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

Any tips on search engine optimization?

Is there anything we can do to raise our site in Google results? We migrated from an older Mediawiki installation at a different URL, and if I search for a topic, the older page is the first Google result, but isn't on the first 5 results pages at all. Psephomancy (talk) 22:45, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Maybe making the old wiki a redirect to the new wiki will work. Though it could take some time.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 01:31, 1 January 2019 (UTC)
@Psephomancy: As The Pioneer says, it does take some time, but you can try to make it quicker by doing what is described here. Reception123 (talk) (C) 15:13, 1 January 2019 (UTC)
User:Reception123, I added it to SearchConsole and it says the pages are excluded from Google: "Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical Status: Excluded". Not sure what that means, and it doesn't list what it thinks the canonical URL is. It says it will scan the site within a few days so I guess I will find out then. Psephomancy (talk) 16:01, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

@Reception123: I've posted more details here: Psephomancy (talk) 16:01, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

Okay, I will ask the other sysadmins what they think as well. Reception123 (talk) (C) 17:24, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
Hi, User:Reception123, I posted more on I'm not sure if it notified you. Psephomancy (talk) 17:42, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
Google will display the older site higher up for some time, and none of what you are doing is likely to have any effect. The best way to change that would be to simply shut down the old site, set the server to HTTP redirect 301 (permanent redirect) to the new domain, and fill out Google's change of address form. The 301 redirects must stay in place for around 2-3 weeks while Google updates, and then the new domain will appear in Google results as the previous domain did. You can then do whatever you like with the old domain, it won't appear on Google search anymore. Dysklyver (talk) 01:24, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Template Navbox show/hide won't appear

I know this has been discussed before, but I cannot see to make Template:Navbox work on my wiki. I've copied so many Lua files, Common.js and Common.css, and reloaded the cache til I'm blue in the face. Would anyone being willing to take a look? Unlike previous users' problems, I can't seem to get it to get started at all: the show/hide box has never appeared for me. I am willing to scrap everything and reimport anything you say! --Aquatiki (talk) 03:01, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Template:Navbox is based on collapsible tables. I've added the JS to your Common.js that handles allows such tables to function. -- Void Whispers 21:29, 4 January 2019 (UTC)
I am filled with undying love and admiration!!!! 😍🙌🏽🤓👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨💓👍 Thank you!!! --Aquatiki (talk) 02:44, 5 January 2019 (UTC) P.S. Where did you get it from?

Wiki's logo (File:Wiki.png) won't update

I always have a hard time adding a new version of the nonciclopedia's logo; even if the upload is successful and the new version appears in the history, the file stays on the previous version for days or forever. Purging the page won't help. Attempting to reupload the file fails, I'm told that version already exist, and checking the options to ignore system errors and such fails too.
If you check the file's history you'll see there's a few differences between the 21 dic 2018 and 2 gen 2019 versions (the title doesn't overlap with the logo and the wiki-sphere is slightly different) and you can see those differences in the history thumbnails, but if you click on the last version you're taken to the previous version. Also, in Special:ManageWikiSettings I can't link to the newest version for the same reason: the link to the new version is, exactly the same as the link I previously set, and it leads to the old version. There's maybe an issue with caching? --Wedhro (talk) 03:49, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi, is this still an issue? It could just be your local browser cache not updating as well. -- Void Whispers 22:04, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
@Void: After 3-4 days the issue if finally gone. Today I uploaded a new version of a different files and, again, it was stuck on the previous version, this time only for a dozen hours. This never happens on Fandom using the same browser, so it's probably on Miraheze's servers.--Wedhro (talk) 22:35, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

Looking to hire someone to customize Miraheze main page

Would anyone here be interested in some *paid* work to customize the main page of my Miraheze wiki? I’m hoping for a three column layout with three icons which are links.

Here is a diagram showing what I want (assuming it's possible): [1]. Link to site: [2]

You can contact me at

Here are examples of two Miraheze wikis with two column layouts. I couldn’t find one with three columns.

Hello. I will very happily do it (it is possible) but first I would like to ask how much you'd be willing to pay and how you would be willing to pay it. You can have a look at mh:sofw:Swords_of_Wrath_Wiki which I styled using CSS.
El Komodos Drago (talk) 16:51, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
P.S. How would you like me to submit it? I could place it directly on to the main page.
The job has been done and well done to whoever did it, they did a much better job than I would've.
16:23, 24 January 2019 (UTC)

Global Interwiki feature

Hi folks, you can now link to any wiki on Miraheze by using a link in the format of [[mh:wiki:Page]]. This will generate a link to For example: [[mh:test:Test]] will display as Test, and [[mh:login:User:Void]] will show User:Void. There are a couple of caveats to this however, as these links only work on a page. You cannot use the prefix to search for a page on another wiki (which is possible with standard interwiki prefixes). These links will override any existing interwiki link that uses mh as its prefix. If this is a problem for you, please let us know so we can adjust it for you. If you have any questions or encounter any issues, please leave them below! -- Void Whispers 22:00, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

Extra CSS background image

Hey there people from Miraheze which I need a special request or help for the extra background image in my common.css of the PlayStation All-Stars Database which I was making the image for User header at the top right, here is what it look like. (this was created in Paint.NET for the concept)

I've tried to combined and shared the image with body CSS along with the background, but it wasn't work. Here's the code of this that you could help me for added another background image.
background: url( no-repeat top right scroll;

-Official-PSASD (talk) 01:31, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

It looks like it's working fine. Sometimes it may take a while before your css will actually work, and all you have to do is to wait.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 06:41, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Request for deleting a translation

Please delete Donate/zh-cn since Donate/zh already exists and MediaWiki is able to transform it to different Chinese variants (zh-cn, zh-tw, zh-hk, zh-sg, etc.)

A further proposal is to disable translations to variants of Chinese and direct users to contribute their translation in "zh". --Tiger (talk) 07:35, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Well, since it's a machine translation, it could sometimes be inaccurate, and I don't think we need to delete pages that have been already created because manual translations could be more accurate.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 08:53, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
Both Donate/zh-cn and Donate/zh were translated by human I think. And /zh is good enough. In other words, /zh-cn is totally a redundant translation.--Tiger (talk) 09:52, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
What I meant is about the automatically generated variants (such as this). While I do think the all the variants are understandable (as even I, being a Japanese and share some characters in common, can understand them), I'm not sure whether they are all accurate enough.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 11:34, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
In most cases, MediaWiki just change Chinese characters between simplified and traditional form and does not cause problems. However, some of differences between variants can't be fixed in this way (very rare under circumstance of a site like meta). In Chinese Wikipedia, they use -{zh-cn:varient-A;zh-tw:varient-B}- for those complicated cases, but they don't deal with a translation system. forces users not to use variants. I'd better figure out how meta.wikimedia solve this problem (maybe they just ignore it since native Chinese are usually able to read other variants).--Tiger (talk) 12:52, 12 January 2019 (UTC) uses only basic word conversion function provided by MediaWiki and I see little complaints on inaccuracy of the conversion. One shortcoming of allowing translation to variants of Chinese is that content of variants can be not exactly the same (caused by outdated content and differences between translators). I'm not quite sure about what negative effects will appear if this proposal is realized. Just put it here for discussion.---Tiger (talk) 11:45, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

OK, I may want others opinions on this topic. For now, I'll ping @Laundry Machine: and @Msnhinet8:, as I know they use Chinese.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 13:48, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
I agree what Tiger said. Some pages include many Chinese variant translations (Such as Miraheze page) and more variants may be added in the future. Once the page is updated, we'll have to spend more time updating multiple Chinese pages. But I think we can remain zh-hans (or probably just zh) and zh-hant ( separate zh-hans and zh-hant, but they disable other Chinese variants) ? Unlike Chinese Wikipedia, in Miraheze Meta, the variants of Chinese cannot be automatically changed on the basis of users' preferred Chinese variant. People who use Chinese-Traditional may be hard to adapt Chinese-Simplified. But it's just my initial opinion. 我同意Tiger的看法,有些像是Miraheze的頁面存在不同中文變體的翻譯頁面,以後可能更多。一旦頁面更新,我們就必須花費更多時間更新它們。但也許我們可以統一將頁面翻譯成簡體中文和繁體中文兩個部分(translatewiki.net是區分簡體和繁體翻譯,但不翻譯其它變體)?中文維基百科可以根據用戶的偏好設定自動轉換變體,但是Miraheze Meta無法這樣做。不過這只是我一開始的想法,因為我身邊使用繁體中文的人,其實不一定能完全理解簡體中文。 📞Laundry Machine 15:01, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
Yes, the default variant chosen when you visit a "zh" translation is "No conversion" which shows original text the translator wrote. You need to select one in the menu. Is it possible to fix this technically?--Tiger (talk) 01:32, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
I think it's something technical, and thus should be posted on phab:.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 04:10, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
I posted it on phab:T4029.--Tiger (talk) 04:49, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Math expressions do not show

Hello. I have a problem using the Math extension. When I enter a valid LaTeX expression between <math> tags, nothing is displayed. I can write anything, the extension considers that my equation contains errors. Thus, all my pages that contain mathematical expressions are in the category "Pages with math errors". This problem has appeared recently. Thanks for your help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sydiorn (talkcontribs) 08:27, 15 January 2019‎ (UTC)

@Sydiorn: This should have just been fixed, let us know if you encounter any other issues with the extension. -- Void Whispers 18:11, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

What is the best way of adding a scratch project to a wiki?

I would like to add a scratch project I have made to my wiki. What is the best way of doing that? Some kind of iFrame (scratch is now 100% W3C technologies)? the scratch extension even though it hasn't been updated since days of yore? something else? is it even possible?

Thank you for your reply in advance.

El Komodos Drago (talk) 09:18, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

Hmm, do you think this could be done using a widget? -- Void Whispers 18:12, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
I am getting an error saying "Requests to the server have been blocked by an extension." I think it was mentioned elsewhere that this was because of security measures put in place by miraheze and the domain would have to be added to some whitelist.
El Komodos Drago (talk) 00:35, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
Do you think anyone could help me with this?
09:15, 24 January 2019 (UTC)

Replacing Wikimedia SiteLinks on item page with internal article links

Is it possible to create sitelinks to articles on my wiki ( from items (using Wikibase) to other articles on the same wiki? As it stands, my only options for sitelinks are to wikimedia wikis (i.e. Wikipedia, etc...)

ThutmosisV (talk) 09:48, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

Can you explain it to us in detail? I don't see what you mean by sitelinks.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 04:28, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
On wikibase item pages you have 6 sitelink fields (wikipedia, wikinews, wikiquote, wikisource, wikivoyage and other wikimedia sites) that you can edit (or at least I could, but now all I do when pressing edit is that I get a save and cancel button) by entering the linked article name and site id (e.g. enwiki). Is there a way to replace these sitelink fields with one or more fields that link to an article internally? Basically I want to use wikibase to hold data on specific entities that can be accessed throughout the wiki (and, potentially, other wikis) ThutmosisV (talk) 10:03, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
Hmm, I'm not sure. Maybe you can file a request on Phab to find out whether it's possible.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 12:36, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Censored by Miraheze staff?

Going about my usual editing, I noticed a couple pages on my wiki blanked out and replaced with the text "Censored by Miraheze Staff." The edit log shows it was vandalized, but a staff member moved it back to its correct location without reverting the page.

So what I'm trying to figure out is does Miraheze actually censor pages this way? Or was this just some vandalism that the staff forgot to fix? Want to be sure before I fix it. MZD (talk) 12:59, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Miraheze Staff do not censor pages in the way you have described, we don't censor at all - we take down content in response to legal or technical challenges usually in a way which most contributors will never see and won't be visible on the wiki (as you describe). Any such take downs will be followed by communication from the staff member who has done so through email or on wiki providing valid reasons, the situation that caused the response and relevant appeal/contest processes as appropriate. It should further be known that the user who revert the vandalism is not a staff member of Miraheze but a volunteer like yourself just with extended access granted by the global community. John (talk) 13:11, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Problem adding Math extension


I try to install the Math extension, but that does not work. Here's my wiki extension page:

Usually, after selecting an extension and after pressing the Submit button, I got the message The settings have been successfully changed. But noting happens with the Math extension.

Do I have to edit manually LocalSettings.php file and if so, how ?



Hi, thanks for reporting! We have found the problem and have now fixed it! Paladox (talk) 19:35, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

Not receiving Phabricator confirmation email.

Hello. I just created my Miraheze account this afternoon and took steps to register for Phabricator, however, I have not received the confirmation email in either my inbox or junk folder, even after nearly a dozen clicks of the "send another email" button. Can you help me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Itami Suzuka (talkcontribs) 05:36, 20 January 2019‎ (UTC)

Hi, i resent it. Did you receive it? Paladox (talk) 18:48, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Unable to use PDFBook extension


Thanks for the wiki, really appreciated !

I activated the PDFBook extension but I am unable to make it work.

I followed the instruction at this place:

So I try the following two URL on my wiki:égorie:Dictionnaire&action=pdfbook

It returns an error message "Unknown action" and "The specified action in the URL is invalid."

My site is in french. So instead of "Main_Page" I have "Accueil" and instead of "Category" I have "Catégorie" in the above examples.

Can this be a problem ?

Thanks a lot,


Odd, according to ManageWikiExtensions, the extension should be enabled. According to the extension is not. Could you try disabling the extension and re-enabling it please? -- Void Whispers 17:13, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi, I deactivated and reactivated PDFBook, but does not work. By the way, the message is "Parameters have changed" instead of something as "Successful installation..."

Try again, we've just updated one of the variables, as it prevented the extension from being installed properly. You are right though, that the wording of the messages should be improved upon. -- Void Whispers 17:56, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. PDFBook is now installed when I check the following page:

But I have the same error message: Unknown action.

Don't know how to use Collection extension


I don't know how to use the Collection extension.

I activated Electron PDF Service extension as mention at the entry for Collection extension in the extension page. But the Electron PDF Service extension does not seem to be installed if I check the version page:

In fact, the Collection extension does not seem to be installed either.

I don't see any new link or option in the main menu at the left of my wiki.

What can I do from there ?

Thanks a lot,

Hmm, since it looks like a technical issue, I think you should file a request on phab:.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 03:01, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Request for Interwiki of Tanukipedia and Dreamsciencewiki


I am BC of Tanukipedia and Dreamsciencewiki.

I edit in several wikis. If interwiki exists, I think it will be convenient. So I would like to ask you to add local Interwiki in Tanukipedia and Dreamsciencewiki.

Prefix url

--TANUKI (talk) 14:26, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Please note that we had to use small letter for the prefix "空想科学Wiki" due to technical reasons, which is actually registered as "空想科学wiki".--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 02:55, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. --TANUKI (talk) 03:38, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Persistent error trying to import Wikipedia infoboxes

I have none experience using wikimedia but i'm trying to use this in a personal project. I followed all the step at this guide ( but I'm getting the following error message (Erro em Lua em Módulo:Categorização_AD_e_AB_de_outras_wikis na linha 173: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).) and i do not know what to do to solve this. Can anyone help me please?

Link of a page with the error at my wiki: Luancezari (talk) 06:25, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Not able to save edited page


I'm not able to save any edited pages when edited in visual mode. I got the following error message:

    Unknown error

But I can do changes in visual mode then switch to code mode and then save changes!

Is it possible to check this ?

Thanks a lot,


Usage of the DPL3 Extension

I've successfully enabled the DPL3 extension on my wiki here.

I tested it using:


Also see the info on columns in the full DPL3 manual

This does work, it shows a list of all the pages in the category "Topic", BUT:

  • Just above the list it shows "Sjabloon:Extension DPL". Why?
  • Results should be shown in 3 columns. But it's only 1 list in a single column

Miels (talk) 17:54, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi @プログラマリオ:. The link to my sandbox is . My wiki is set to private though, feel free to bypass that if you can. Miels (talk) 10:31, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. --プログラマリオ (Pen name:Mario Yonezawa) 11:06, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Hi @開拓者:, good to know an empty page should be sufficient! I'll get right to it, thanks! Miels (talk) 10:31, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
My pleasure ;)--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 11:08, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Request for Interwiki on Legrandmessager

Hi, I would like to set Forward to true to any Wikimedia and Mizahere wikis on Legrandmessager. Thank you -CreativeC (talk) 19:06, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

We can overwrite your interwiki prefixes by adding a local interwiki, but since it's a private wiki, it requires a Steward's help.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 08:11, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Is a namespace mandatory?

Hi to everyone,

I am new to the business and this ( is my first Wiki. Could someone help me understanding the namespace feature? While uploading pictures, I recently get a message like "The file 'user.jpg' already exists. Do you want to overwrite it?"

So, as far as I understand, I'm uploading in the main directory by default and I need to create my own directory or namespace. Is that correct and, if so, could you tell me how to do so?

Best regards, Michael

Most simply put, when uploading files, you need to make sure that each file has a unique name, otherwise it will overwrite an existing file. There is no way to create another namespace for files. If the file you are currently attempting to upload should not exist (you have not previously uploaded it), then it should be fine to overwrite. -- Void Whispers 20:41, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for your reply. Regarding my own files, all filenames are unique, but as far as I understand they collide with files uploaded by other users. For example, while uploading a picture called "Titelseite.jpg" (which means startpage in english) I got a message that a file called Titelseite.jpg already exists. That message occured while uploading the very first picture to my wiki and there was no content at all. The existing file was shown by the system. It was a Picture I have never seen before, showing a Detail of someone else's furniture.

How to change filenames starting with a "ß"?

I imported my Wiki from Wikia to Miraheze with the export/import function. In the old Wiki there were filenames that started with a "ß" and in the Miraheze Wiki they are somehow translated to "SS". In the filecategory I can see the files starting with a "ß" but when I click on them they start with "SS" and it seems that they don't exist under the new filename. When I upload the file again with the "SS" name I get a message that that file already exists under the old name. I can't delete the old files because there is no way to get acces to them.

Example If you click on this link and you scroll to the end you can see the files starting with a "ß" but when you click on them the open with "SS".

Is there a solution for this?

--Eelco (talk) 09:21, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

@Eelco: Sorry for the late response, this seems like quite a complicated language related issue. We will look into it however. Reception123 (talk) (C) 08:25, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

Is Visual Editing possible?

Hi. I was wondering if there's a way to edit a wikipage with visual editor instead of the classical editor and if so how.

If you are a bureaucrat on a wiki, you can enable Visual Editor using Special:ManageWikiExtensions. -- Void Whispers 20:01, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Visual Editor error

each time I try to edit using visual editor a box shows up saying this "Error loading data from server: apierror-visualeditor-docserver-http: HTTP 404. Would you like to retry?". Each time I click retry it brings back the same box and asks me to retry again. The box doesn't let me use Visual Editor. How do I fix this?

Wait about ten to twenty minutes, some changes have to go through the servers first before they work properly. -- Void Whispers 20:35, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Visual Editor Does not Load

For some reason when I try to use visual editor it just doesn't load. When I click it a bar shows up and it starts filling up. It fills up more than half way but then just stops and doesn't keep loading. — Preceding unsigned comment added by FearThePugs (talkcontribs)

I cannot confirm this issue with the details you have provided. Where is this issue taking place? What specific page? Are you getting any errors? -- Void Whispers 03:08, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

It is taking place in all pages in my wiki. It does not tell me that there are any errors (just the bar that I described). — Preceding unsigned comment added by FearThePugs (talkcontribs)

@FearThePugs: I have made the assumption that the wiki you are talking about is the one you requested (infamousreignwiki) and have taken a look. I tried using VisualEditor on your wiki and encountered no errors with it. Please tell us your browser and its version, as that could possibly be the issue. Reception123 (talk) (C) 12:46, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
Mozilla Firefox version 65.0 - FearThePugs

Some help with the Analytics


I have two questions regarding the MatomoAnalytics special page:

  • Is there a way to see the number of unique visitors in the last month? I can see several detailed statistics, which is great, but having the total number of visitor is essential for this kind of page, in my opinion. Has this been considered, or should I open a phabricator task?
  • For the numbers that are actually there, I'm not sure what time period they represent. The past month, an average, something else?

Thanks in advance! :) --Ondo (talk) 22:34, 11 February 2019 (UTC)