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This page is for community discussion. Official actions/requests should be made at Stewards' noticeboard
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  • Talk in a calm, and respectful manner (we're all here to help each other after all)
  • Be descriptive of the problem

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Name change[edit | edit source]

I have a question that intrigues me, I know that it is allowed to change the name of the users, but is it limited to changes of names or can it be done as many times as one wants? GOTILON - Talk - Contributions 19:41, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

There really isn't any set rules on name changes, excepting perhaps our Code of Conduct. Of course, if you ask for a new name every day, I might not be inclined to accept. :) -- Void Whispers 19:55, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

Warn Message[edit | edit source]

How can I write a warn message? I wanted something inside a box, maybe an alert or a template. Durval88 (talk) 22:28, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

Is this something like what you're looking for? -- Void Whispers 22:38, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes it's. But I cannot make it work. I tried to copy the source but it didn't work. Durval88 (talk) 22:49, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
That's because it also requires Module:Message box, Module:Message box/configuration, Module:No globals, Module:Category handler, Module:Category handler/data, Module:Category handler/blacklist, Module:Category handler/shared, Module:Category handler/config, Module:Yesno, and Module:Arguments. That's quite the rabbit hole. -- Void Whispers 22:58, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
I never used Module here and I couldn't find how to use it. This is my first day editing a Wiki. I was able to require an Extension and use it. Is it similar or not? Durval88 (talk) 23:07, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
Modules are pages, like templates, that can be called to produce an effect. To use them, all you need to do is copy the page onto your wiki and then any template that uses it will function. If you need any assistance with that, let me know, and I can get them imported for you. -- Void Whispers 01:16, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

Echo[edit | edit source]

I know that the Echo extension is enabled in all the wikis, what I do not know is: will the notifications of a specific wiki get to you like this in another wiki ?, if not, it would be great if there was some way to do that!! GOTILON - Talk - Contributions 13:51, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

Yes if you enable the beta feature in your GlobalPrefrences. MacFan4000 (Talk Contribs) 14:48, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
Great, thanks once more GOTILON - Talk - Contributions 16:02, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

1. Hebrew and 2. Adding Uses to My Wiki[edit | edit source]

Hi all,

First apology: I'm a Wiki novice and my English is not perfect. Sorry :)

1. Hebrew: The editor adds the lang=he and dir=rtl attributes correctly, but the paragraph align is still to the left. Please see the following captures

2. I want the Wiki to be private, but to be able to invite people to register and take part in the Wiki (this is a site for Education students in my University, and I assume it will be easier with the Uni if I do it this way and not allow public access due to copyright considerations). How do I do this?

Avinatbezeq (talk) 15:48, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

For 2., you can restrict access in two ways.
  1. If you know everyone's email, you can just create an account, and let MediaWiki generate password and email to them. And after you create an account, you can access [[Special:UserRights]] and grant member to the accounts you need.
  2. If you do not know everyone's email (or if you can't for some reason), you can let them create an account on this wiki, then visit your wiki, and tell you the account name, so you can add them on the same interface I gave you above.
revi 15:58, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Revi for your answers!
For 2.1 - "Create an account" - In Miraheze? In Edustudent (my Wiki, In Wikipedia? - Sorry, thoroughly disoriented just now - newbie :(. Can you provide a link/page name?
For 1 - I've provided a link to the images. I had to struggle with the visual editor to add the link. It did not allow me (unspecified error). I finally had to resort to the "non-visual" one, which then made me prove I'm not a robot before it allowed me to add the exteranl link...
Avinatbezeq (talk) 16:38, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
That should be on your wiki. Put Special:CreateAccount on your wiki search bar and enter. Click "Use a temporary random password and send it to the specified email address", enter username/email address. They will automatically receive "your account on (your wiki) is created! Your password is: BLAH. Your password is only good for X days." Then you can visit Special:UserRights on your wiki, enter their username, click "members", enter the reason, and save. — revi 16:47, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
10X — Avinatbezeq (talk) 17:22, 12 May 2018 (UTC) Hello,
I am completing this question, as my demand is really close to Avinatbezeq's one. I have a private wiki, I want to add users. The solution 2 would be good to me, but :
  • If someone goes on "Special:CreateAccount" on my wiki (, he can't acces to the page (permission refused).
  • A colleague (Marion Bouvier) created an account on, but I can't find her on my "Special:UserRights" page. In meta, I can.
  • I tried to create her an account on my wiki (solution 2), but when I put her name, I am told that the user already exists.
What's wrong with this way of doing things ? David LAFOND (talk) 10:29, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
Well, I have never tried it, but now something I could do is create the account in Miraheze in any other public wiki (for example, Meta), after that, going to the private wiki, to the main page, is so that your account exists locally in the private wiki (because although the accounts exist globally, they do not appear in the list of local users of the wiki until the user in question does not enter the local wiki), so you should it is possible to add the user to some group of permissions, be it member, administrator, etc... GOTILON - Talk - Contributions 12:56, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Can someone give me a hand?[edit | edit source]

Goodnight: First of all I want to apologize because my English is not very good. Second, a few days ago I created a wiki ( and I have been importing templates from the Wikipedia in Spanish. However, now I get an error and I do not know how to fix it. Could someone tell me what I should do? Thank you (And I'm sorry if you're not in the right place) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Numancia (talkcontribs) 22:14, 13 May 2018‎ UTC

@Numancia: On what page are you encountering the error? -- Void Whispers 00:38, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
@Void: is in, it appears "Enlaces a elementos diferentes desactivado", and I don't know what to do. Numancia (talk) 10:47, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
Well, that's a start, but the display is still weird. I think you would need wikibase to be enabled to go any further. Although, I can always try to change the output from "Enlaces a elementos diferentes desactivado." to an empty value (that won't display). As an FYI, the infobox is in a weird position with limited formatting because you also need to import MediaWiki:Common.css. -- Void Whispers 23:57, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

Request requiring admins on another wiki, where both of the admins are inactive[edit | edit source]

Where is the best place to go if you want an action to be done on a specific Miraheze wiki that requires admin attention? On the Lost Minecraft Miners Wiki, I would like for an edit to be made to the main page, which would require lowering its protection to semi (which may be a possibility, as there has not been a single case of vandalism in the history of the wiki), or an admin making the edit themselves. I notified the only bureaucrat about this on their talk page, and pinged the only admin, but I have not gotten any reply. I do think at some point another admin that's an active editor should probably be promoted so that admin actions will be able to be performed locally. There are also a lot of other requests I would like to have done that require admins - mostly editing the MediaWiki interface, such as the sidebar and the licenses page. I apologize if this is not the best place to put this (I know that it's probably not), but I wanted somebody to be aware of this.Madminecrafter12 (talk) 21:31, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Stewards' noticeboard is the correct place for a request like this. Though I'm sure a steward would read this here and handle it with time. John (talk) 21:35, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply. I'll request this on the Stewards' noticeboard if a steward doesn't reply to this or the task isn't done for a while.Madminecrafter12 (talk) 21:45, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done (that is to say, I've just bumped down the protection level on the main page) -- Void Whispers 22:01, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Alright, thank you. :)--Madminecrafter12 (talk) 00:02, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

Search Console[edit | edit source]


I was wondering, is it possible to at a Miraheze wiki to Googles Search Console? Nvda-nl (talk) 18:16, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

@Nvda-nl: Hello, I am not sure what you mean by this. Is it that you want your wiki to appear in Google searches? Reception123 (talk) (C) 10:02, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
No, I mean adding a wiki to Google Search Console. Nvda-nl (talk) 11:23, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@Nvda-nl: What is required for adding it? Reception123 (talk) (C) 11:44, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@Reception123: You have to virify that you are the owner of the site by uploading an HTML file or adding a meta tach to the homepage. Nvda-nl (talk) 13:52, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@Nvda-nl: You can email me the file and I will upload it; then you must add it as soon as you can so I can remove it from the directory. Reception123 (talk) (C) 15:00, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@Reception123: Unfortunately, Google requires that the file remain on the server. However, I have discovered that I can also virify my wiki by adding a txt record to my domain. I think that is a better solution in this case. Thanks for your help. Nvda-nl (talk) 16:27, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@Nvda-nl: Ok then, happy to help. Reception123 (talk) (C) 16:29, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Wiki Creator Request[edit | edit source]

I'm Coolie, and I joined Miraheze nearly a year ago. Since then, I have been working for the most part on my own wiki, Podpedia. On Meta, I sometimes see wiki requests get unanswered for several hours. As a wiki creator, I will try to reduce the average waiting time between a wiki being requested and created, so people are more likely to recommend Miraheze to others. CoolieCoolster (talk) 00:06, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Strong support We absolutely need more wiki creators to reduce latency, which is going to be a huge factor in determining whether users follow through with creating their wikis. I'd request it myself but I've requested it twice and lost it from inactivity so I'm not requesting it again until I'm confident I'll be staying active. XOF (talk) 04:52, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@CoolieCoolster: Have you read and understood Meta:Wiki creators guide? Reception123 (talk) (C) 10:02, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@Reception123: Yes, I have. CoolieCoolster (talk) 11:31, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
I see no problems so Yes check.svg Approved by me. A steward can assign the rights. Reception123 (talk) (C) 11:34, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done by John. Reception123 (talk) (C) 15:47, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Is it possible to make wiki creation automatic?[edit | edit source]

There's a lot of latency for wiki creation now that could be a big turn-off for prospective users. The ability to sign up, create a new wiki and test it out would be a big factor for getting new users. Prospective users aren't likely to submit a request unless they've already made the choice to use Miraheze. If you're worried about spam you could have limit on wiki creation for new accounts or another strategy. XOF (talk) 04:50, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

There are several evident reasons why wiki requests are not automatic. The first is to avoid people who don't actually want a wiki from spamming wiki requests, creating dozens of wikis they don't actually want, and wasting server resources. The second would be to guarantee that to ensure that peoples' wikis do not contain material that goes against Miraheze's Terms and Conditions. CoolieCoolster (talk) 06:42, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
I don't think the idea in itself is bad, but it can currently not be done. The only way I see this being possible is if we have an AbuseFilter capable of fighting spam and inappropriate wikis. After that wiki creators would just check after the wiki is created to make sure that it complies, and mark it as "checked". Currently our CreateWiki abusefilter is public, and in my opinion a public filter is no good for this, so that would have to be changed. Reception123 (talk) (C) 10:01, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Alternately, as a thought, what about simply making unchecked wikis private? Although, it would be a good idea to make the blacklist private should it become all that important. -- Void Whispers 16:47, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
At first, the creation of wikis automatically sounds good, but I agree with Coolie, the manual creation avoids many problems, in addition, we must consider that Miraheze is still a small wikis farm, where the supervision of creation of wikis must be more meticulous, although the creation of wikis is not ruled out automatically GOTILON - Talk - Contributions 13:55, 22 May 2018 (UTC)