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how can I insert HTML codes into pages

hi, i thinking how I can insert a HTML-code to my own pages (such as a checkbox, textfield, radio button, dropdown-menu, or so), how do I using HTML? Psl631 (Let's Chat!) 15:59, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Simple. Do it by:

  1. Find the page you wanna edit
  2. Click the pencil if you are on mobile or the “edit source” if you are on pc
  3. Add the HTML code
  4. Preview to ensure no mishaps in your HTML
  5. Save changes
  6. See the HTML make the page stand out in Style.

Question answer status is Yes check.svg Done — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fair002 (talkcontribs) 11:40, 13 September 2018‎ (UTC)

I did, but the code appears as plain text. how do i make a functioning checkbox/textbox/button on wiki pages using HTML? Psl631 (Let's Chat!) 14:20, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Subordinated Accounts

I have seen User_accounts_policy and just want to check that what I am doing is in alignment with it. irrespective the situation likely will be temporary.

Background: I am about to create, user Alanoccv_test and Alanaoccv_guest.

Alanoccv_test : will be for my personal use as a 'user' who is not me, and not the creator of my wiki. (a pleb user of my wiki)
Alanoccv_guest : will also be my responsibility, but would be used for inviting real-world guests. 
    AKA: I can pre-create an account invite it anywhere that I want. Then hand out temporary browse credentials to my wiki.


The above looks all ok policy-wise to me. Is it?
It should be totally unnecessary, but are there any rights I can get taken off subordinate: users Alanoccv_test and  Alanaoccv_guest.  
For instance, could they be 1/ unable to edit in meta: 2/ still able to edit in my wiki 3/ still able to edit their user: pages & user_talk: pages. 
That way if the unthinkable happens it happens to me?
Also is that useful genral naming_pattern, (<user_name>_role) that other Miraheze users might want to use?
Its public way of being clear about intent. Color makes it noticeable it is not quite the real person. 
or am I just weird? (Ok. So I definitely am, but is that all I am?)

I'm good with answers here or extended discussions/explanations on my talk page. topic New Questions that I will ask somewhere Alanoccv(talk) 03:13, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

I am still open for discussion but I dont think codifying any of this, in any sense, has net benefit to the community. The situation is too specifc and I have thought of ways it can go wrong... and IMO stating what they are just makes it easier for my plans to go wrong. That I asked then revoked the question achieves my primary intent of tansparency with the wiki community. In the future The community group I belong to will/likley have a new category of accounts. Not strictly shared, nor multiple accounts, but an account owned by a group, but at anyone time operated by the appropriate official officer of the club/association.

I have been considering this issue. I believe the best resolution is to leave it as it is. No one except me can know who or how reponsible the people who share Alan_guest might be. So that i am repsonsible for it is the obvious state. Just as the policy page describes. That anyone else who wants or finds purpose to do such thing, has the need to think about it deeply enough to get it right. Creating a pattern or recipe for that is considred harmful by me.

Question answer status is Yes check.svg Done Alanoccv(talk) 15:49, 22 September 2018 (UTC) (yes I closed my own question. I hope thats ok.)

Randomizing the wiki logo

I used to have this feature on my old wiki - every time the page was reloaded, the logo would change. On Wikia it was done through JS (the exact code can be seen on another wiki here) and I figured I would just have to change the " .wds-community-header__wordmark img" part, but no matter what I change it to (#p-logo, .mw-wiki-logo, etc) I can't get it to work. Any help would be appreciated, unless it just can't be done here MZD (talk) 11:10, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Manage users (not users rights)

I cannot find the "user rights management" page to add users and admins to my wiki. I'm boureocrat and admin myself. Please help. WikiFresno

It's Special:UserRights. Ucronistaw (talk) 15:43, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

User Rights on Private Wiki

(In this edit this question has been separated out from a multipart question I intend to flag as status Done of the rest of the question as done. I am doing that because upon further reflection I believe I have sorted out subordinated accounts issues for myself


This FAQ#Private wikis says the following text:

How private is a private wiki? A private wiki can only be viewed and edited by its members. You can go to your wiki's Special:UserRights and enter the name of any registered Miraheze user to put that user in the member group on your wiki.

However: Umm no I cant on my personal private wiki (see my talk page for link). Is that how it is meant to be?

is there a reason I cant make "Alanoccv guest" a member of my wiki((wikiname == username = link on talk page))? but instead could only make them a "confirmed user"

to be honest, Im not sure why Id want one over the other, but I cant do what the FAQ said I could/should, so its a question? Alanoccv(talk) 16:07, 19 September 2018 (UTC) (separeted into its own question) Alanoccv(talk) 15:36, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

Go to Special:ManageWikiPermissions/sysop on your wiki and check off the two boxes that have the member group. They should be under Add and Remove groups. There is a strange bug where the ability to add the member group isn't being properly assigned to sysops right now, but this should fix it. -- Void Whispers 15:56, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks that fixed it Alanoccv(talk) 17:31, 22 September 2018 (UTC) Yes check.svg Done

How many Wiki? Can I use subdomains for different Wikis?

Good day! I am the founder of Malaysia Wiki. I am now writing using English. However, Malaysia is a multicultural and multilingual country, where we are using at least four major languages. Therefore I am trying to put these question for future use.

1) How many Wikis can I request? Assuming one language one Wiki. 2) Can I use my current domain bought from Namecheap, alter the CNAME, then point them towards different Wiki? 3) Which collaboration tool like Phabricator that can you suggest? I have no experience, and I'm trying to minimise costs.


There is no technical limit on the amount of wikis, so you could in theory request an unlimited amount of wikis. I have miminal knowledge related to domain names and networking. An alternative to Phabricator would be Trello. Miraheze Logo.svg CnocBride | Talk | Contribs 19:48, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

Don't recognized <ref>

Hi everyone, I have a bit knowledge of html and javascript. I imported content from wikipedia and I saw that the <ref> <\ref> are not recognized. How to make it works? Thanks in advance for your help! :))) Databaseadmin (talk) 17:34, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

Databaseadmin Hi, that happens because the extension:cite is not enabled in the Wiki. What is the Wiki? to check it out. Ucronistaw (talk) 17:38, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
hi thank you for the answer. the wiki is but I lost my admin login so I've to create aa new wiki anyway *_* I was hoping that it would be easy to fix this reference issue! Thank you very much for your support! Databaseadmin (talk) 06:11, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
How can one enable them again? They were active a few days ago... Schatten (talk) 15:14, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Databaseadmin I've seen the conversation you've had with Reception123, I'm afraid if you're not the sysop of the wiki, I can't enable the extension unless the local sysop approves it or the community itself (seeing that there are other editors besides you). If you get to create a new wiki, you will be able to enable it with the steps of my next answer.
Hi Ucronistaw! I created a new wiki and a new account and i could enable the extension:cite :) Thank you very much! It's perfect! Databaseadmin (talk) 19:18, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Schatten What is your wiki? If you are an sysop, you can enable the Cite extension using Special:ManageWikiExtensions Ucronistaw (talk) 15:26, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Hello Ucronistaw. I can see Special:ManageWikiExtensions, but there is no "send" button for me. My Wiki is - I registered that wiki, and am bureocrat, but no sysop, as far as I can see. Did I miss something to get sysop rights? Schatten (talk) 20:54, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
The submit button should be in a separate tab in the top of the form. -- Void Whispers 21:19, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Void - Thank you! I was blind. In german it's "Übermitteln" - and it's within the table header for me, so I didn't saw it first. Got it now :> Schatten (talk) 22:28, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

User rights on Miraheze's Commonswiki

I'm in the process of adding some pictures, nothings amazing, just a selection of photos from previous holidays/vacations to test the viability of the commons project. Obviously, the very nature of project allows for uploading images created by myself (of which I have included a licence for such a purpose). However, more licences are needed. I don't mind adding these licences but they will need adding to MediaWiki:Licenses, of which I do not have access to edit. This is helpful in adding licences to image files using the drop-down option on the upload page. Is it possible to give me elevated user rights for such purposes as I seem to be the only person doing anything for this project at the moment anyway? Borderman (Talk) 14:35, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

Also, can we have HotCat gadget installed as this helps no end with all the categories that I'll be using and the Multimedia Viewer installed please. Borderman (Talk) 14:49, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Should be done on everything. -- Void Whispers 17:22, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
@Void: Thanks pal, I'll continue to add images, work on licences and templates etc., and we'll see if there's any interest. Borderman (Talk) 21:35, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

Instant Commons

For some reason, Instant Commons isn't working on my wiki ( anymore? I didn't ask for it to get removed - is there anyway to fix this? Thank you, Beta 17:36, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

Have you attempted to enable it again with Special:ManageWikiSettings? It should be listed there. -- Void Whispers 17:42, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you! - Beta 17:45, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

Where can I request to set interwiki?

I want to request to set interwiki in my wiki. Where can I request to set interwiki? --Noue Supernova (talk) 19:04, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Noue Supernova Hi, I understand that you want to add or modify an interwiki. Can you tell me what the website is ( What will the interwiki be called (example:)? and What is your Wiki ( Ucronistaw (talk) 16:45, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, Ucronistaw! My wiki is , and I want to request to make interwiki, "jawp" (to$1), "jaucp" (to$1), "ep" (to$1), and "yp" (to$1). May I ask you a favor? --Noue Supernova (talk) 11:14, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
Hello Noue Supernova, Since the wiki is private, the only way to add interwikis is if you add me as a Member of your wiki or wait for a Steward to review it. Ucronistaw (talk) 16:51, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much. I think to abandon it.--Noue Supernova (talk) 10:34, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

References suddendly doesn't work, how I fix this?

I've created this wiki page and suddendly, from a month to now, the references stopped work. They simply appear in the form of their parameters. I don't know how to fix this issue, can somebody help me, pleas? Grand Duke Arthur (talk) 04:31, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

@Grand Duke Arthur: You need to enable the extension Cite using Special:ManageWikiExtensions. -- Void Whispers 16:28, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Have Random image instead of Random page link in sidebar

Just throwing the question out there in the hope there is an answer. Is there a way of having Random image instead of Random page in the sidebar? As I have started adding some photos to our Miraheze Commons website, it would be nice to have a random image link in the sidebar instead of the usual random page. The reason being commons is a repository for images and other media files and in this very early stage it is doubtful there are going to be any pages in the main namespace for some time, so the random page function is kind of pointless. Borderman (Talk) 21:21, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

@Borderman: You can make Special:Random apply only to files by using Special:Random/File. -- Void Whispers 02:43, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
@Void: Thanks. "File" is what I meant. As I am the only contributor, at least for the time being anywsy, I am only uploading images (no video or sound files). Borderman (Talk) 06:22, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Request for "infogalactic" interwiki link

Hello, I would like infogalactic ($1) added to Special:Interwiki. I initially submitted a request to the Miraheze Phabricator, but was told to publish the request here instead. Infogalactic is an alternative to Wikipedia that some people, including me, use, and I would like to Miraheze to offer people a means to easily link to it. --Idris (talk) 15:39, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

  • The English Wikipedia currently possesses 48 links (37 + 17 - 6 overlapping links) to Infogalactic.
  • Many Wikia pages (around 45 results) link to Infogalactc.
  • A number of websites (around 10,200 results) link to Infogalactic pages.
  • A number of Blogspot bloggers (around 741 results, even when excluding Vox Day's blogs) link to Infogalactic.
  • A number of Wordpress bloggers (around 514 results) link to Infogalactic.
  • A number of Twitter users (around 296 results) link to Infogalactic.
These numbers show value allowing easy linking. --Idris (talk) 16:05, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
This is intended to be added to the global interwiki table, correct? I personally have no issues if that's the case. -- Void Whispers 05:07, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that is correct. --Idris (talk) 19:19, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done -- Void Whispers 00:00, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. --Idris (talk) 00:42, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Create Infobox person

I am facing difficulties in creating infobox person template, please create it for me and show how can I create further templates. Shaunak Chakraborty (talk)

What sort of progress have you made? What have you tried, and what's not working? Also, what wiki are you doing this on? -- Void Whispers 18:54, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

How do I change another user´s email?

Answers are appreciated — Preceding unsigned comment added by COEEveris (talkcontribs) 17:37, 5 November 2018‎ (UTC)

It is not possible to change the email of another user without their consent. They must either be logged into their account (where they could make the change themselves), or be otherwise identified to staff as the owner of the account. -- Void Whispers 18:56, 5 November 2018 (UTC)