Village Pump Archive Dec 2009



Posting Offsite Images

Can someone please tell me the Wiki code for posting offsite images? Thanks.


There isn't one. You can only link to them. -Llywelyn 21:43, 27 April 2009 (PDT)

Deleting/Recovering/Renaming Accounts

I have a private wiki called "Wolfapedia" and I created an account for someone with a password he gave me. I copy/pasted it so it was just like he said, but now it won't let him sign in or even me sign him in. He never even got to use the account at all. I tried many variations or his password but it won't work. It says he has an account with the name he wanted though. Can I rename that account to something else and create him a new one, recover his account someway (seeing as how I did create the wiki and his account) or even delete the account? Please help, he really needs an account. -- Druid Wolf 32

Starting Pages

Starting Pages - Feel free to put pages here that contain content that should appear in all new wikis. Please name the pages [[Starting:PAGE NAME]]

Best Designed

If you have worked with the css on your wiki and would like to show it off, add it to this page

Backing up your Wiki

I found out a way to do it: You can Export all your pages to XML using Special:Export for backup purposes:

  1. Just click on Special, list all pages
  2. copy the result
  3. edit the result to put each page name on it's own line (In MsWord, just do a replace tabs w/ paragraph end)
  4. Paste that in Export's list area.

Voila: A huge XML file with the latest version of all your pages. That XML file can be saved from your browser and later imported using Special:Import

PS: You have to do it for each namespace you want to backup (usually just templates, talk and Main). Unfortunately it does NOT backup image files, just their page.

Image:Grin.gif Renmiri 16:54, 2 April 2006 (PDT)

Thanks Renmiri, thats excellent! -Rob
  • If you have to export changed messages and articles and categories, you have a big work to do. Good luck with this!
This works, but for articles in any namespace other than Main, you have more work to do. You have to lead each line with the namespace's name and a colon, just as you would if it were inside a wikilink. So, for instance, to back up the Template namespace, you'd have to precede each article name with Template:. Which can be a nuisance if you've got a lot of articles in namespaces other than Main to back up.
And you probably do. Your wiki may contain important data in Category:, Help:, Project:, Talk:, Template:, User: or the associated Talk namespaces (Template Talk:, User Talk:, etc.). Don't forget these. —Stormraven 15:26, 8 February 2007 (EST)
Please see the new Help document Help:Backing up your wiki. :) —Stormraven 13:45, 27 February 2007 (EST)

Have I done my wiki right?

Hi. I just set up WikiMe ( Question: I set my self up as the admin, the only one who can view, edit, etc. WikiMe. Have I done it right? If not, what do I need to change on Control Panel?

Also: I want to make sure I back up my wiki. How do you do this? Can you save a wiki to a usb key or something?

  • you can save the pages to your computer or key by downloading them via the export function, however you wont be able to back up your users, to do this you must ask for the database dump for your wiki.--09:50, 25 March 2007 (EST)
You might want to see the help document Backing up your wiki. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 08:03, 26 March 2007 (EST)

special textbox

Hello, I hope I am the right page here...

I wanted to ask help to insert the special textbox that's used in Wikipedia when editing a page (it has al the diacritical marks for 'strange' languages). I have asked for some help there and they referred me to two text-files which I have added to the WikiVinaya: Edittools and Editmenu].

It doesn't seem to work yet though. Part of the problem is that I don't know here to find the place where the current text on the edit-menu is located, because it seems to me this needs to be replaced. Could you maybe explain me what to do or how to do it?? By the way, I am not interested in all these symbols, just a few of them. So I need a way to customize them for WikiVinaya only (where we will use the Pali and Sanskrit symbols frequently.

Greetings - admin at WikiVinaya 06:06, 1 July 2006 (EDT)

big thanks to the edithis team, this wiki-hive rocks!

MattisManzel 13:27, 21 July 2006 (EDT): A wiki-hive is when you press the button and have a wiki. Zack! No asking for permission (and waiting). This makes a very different and good feeling. Well done!

The wiki-hive I have been working on the last months, trying to build some useful hive-structure is the oddwiki-hive. I built a common wiki on it - the oddwiki-center - to socialize on, maintain and organize the hive. Every wiki in the hive should have a page for their wiki on the oddwiki-center, as a contact and support node. Some have already. We use page-transclusion by rss feed a lot - for example a messages from oddwiki page on every wiki. I did some further experimenting recently resulting in the (idea of a) wiki-net. A noteable difference is that oddwiki has recent changes for the complete hive - called all changes in the side-bar. Maybe we can gather some ideas here and tune up editthis a bit so it works even better for everyone.

MattisManzel 17:32, 21 August 2006 (EDT): So I go create the editthis-center-wiki, you have been warned ;)


I created a wiki using this a couple weeks ago - but I have no idea how to make myself and other people administrators. Can someone help me? -- 03:19, 4 September 2006 (EDT)

-Log into your wiki as admin and go to or select Special Pages in the toolbox and then User Rights Management. If you are at the right page you should see a box where you can imput user names to modify their priveledges. Adding sysop to a user gives them normal moderator priveledges while adding Bureaucrat gives them the ability to appoint other moderators and modify user priveledges. I'm pretty sure about this last part but if I am wrong feel free to correct me.

    admin of DHSWiki -- 19:56, 7 September 2006 (EDT)

But how do I log in as admin? I don't know how to make myself an admin either.

-When the wiki was first set up there will have been an account named Admin set up and the person who set up the wiki will have been logged into it. You will need to find out/remember what the password is/was.

User Groups

How do I add User groups, such as the norm "bot, admin, crat, checkuser", how do I add my own? Please reply to dwen92 (at) gmail (dot) com.


you cant man, you dont have access to the system files for the wiki, so you cant make them yourself. the only thing you cna do it to make do, ask someone like rob kohr to do it for you or move your wiki to a free hosting site where you can install mediawiki yourself, and hence have access to the files required to create user groups of your own --09:48, 25 March 2007 (EST)

Time Zone

Hello everybody! I'm a newbie and I'm bulding a community for my school class. I've got some problems with the signatures: I would like the time to be written in CEST, rather than EDT. Can somebody help me? Thank you in advance.


Ivan, I'm pretty sure the date that appears depends on your own settings. If you go to Preferences (while logged in) you can set what your own preferences are for time zone. SJS1971 19:51, 19 November 2006 (EST)
Thank you SJS1971, but the problem still remains. I did what you suggested, controlled time zones settings in the preferences: it's all ok. Other ideas? Thank you again. --Ivan

Forgotten Passwords

I know that this is a huge bugaboo for Wikimedia administrator everywhere, especially those without the email safety valve. What is the policy for forgotten passwords? Is Rob willing to reset the password hash in the database on request? Should users just create a new userid and go on from there? Any guidance would be appreciated. –Rodney 23:56, 17 October 2006 (EDT)

I just lost my password before I even got to make a main page : ( why is there no email new password feature?????????????? -- someone else

Indeed, I am having that very same problem. The password to the only admin account is long forgotten, and there's idiots going around messing with stuff whose IPs must be destroyed... or banned, anyway.--Topmonhit 08:18, 8 July 2009 (PDT)

Need Help

Iam having problems with categories for some reason. In my old wiki that i have here it was easy to do it but now im having problems. I dont know if someone wants to help me with a step by step on how to link everything to a category but anyways the problem is i place the category at the bottom of the page you looks like this Categories:[Whatever Category]

[ [ Category colon Whatever Category | star ] ]
[ [ Category colon Whatever Category ] ]

but for some reason the Whatever Category part is in red like it doesnt have anything on the page yet but i have added stuff to it but it still shows up red. I go into the edit page and you can see at the bottom of the edit page that the link is working but once you save it is no longer a link just back to a red link

any help would be great thanks

think i got the problems sorry to bother

Sysop and Bureaucrat

I have noticed we are in need of more sysops here because there are a lot of pages that need to be deleted here that have not been for a while, if there was a repeat vandal he could keep on vandalising articles and no one would have the tools to stop him, and if there was any kind of conflict needing the help of a sysop no one would be there to help. Things should not be that way. We are also in just as much need of more Bureaucrats to be able to sysop people who need to be, and to desysop those who abuse there powers. I feel that I am more than qualified to become both sysop and bureaucrat. I am a sysop and bureaucrat at three projects here, Wikireligion, Wikikidsen, and AMR. I am also a sysop at Test Wiki[1], and at Wikitainment[2]. Also I am here daily so I think that I would be perfect. Answer me on my talk page please. --Sir James Paul 10:00, 31 December 2006 (EST)

What kinds of wikis are acceptable here?

Hello, i just started an account on here, and was wondering if there are restrictions on the types of wikis allowed. I am a graphic artist and would like to promote my freelance design skills, but advertising by individual users is generally not allowed on the Wikimedia Foundation sites I'm most accustomed to.--Micmac99 10:43, 17 January 2007 (EST)

You can make any wiki here sir. --Sir James Paul 07:47, 26 January 2007 (EST)


I'm requesting administratorship access on this site; I feel I will be able to assist - I'm on most of the time anyway. I keep a close eye on RC (though there is a shortage of vandals to bash :) and I'm an experienced Mediawiki user on all of the Wikimedia projects. Regards, Shmm 19:48, 25 January 2007 (EST)

I support this request, given the seeming absence of recent admin activity (or at least monitering of pages like this one, and the pages for deletion). -- Lenoxus 11:57, 23 March 2007 (EST)
User Shmm has no history on this wiki by which to evaluate this request. His only contribution to this site, that has been attributed to his username, is this request for adminship. That's certainly not enough to judge by. I would not support such a request. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 08:05, 25 March 2007 (EST)
Oppose per Stormraven. No contributions? OK, then make some edits before adminship. If you want another adminnistrator here I would support Stormraven. Henry 10:31, 25 March 2007 (EST)
Thanks, Henry! :) —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 08:08, 26 March 2007 (EST)
The fact I'm a Bureaucrat on a Wikimedia Foundation wiki, as well as the Developer for a private Wiki, surely seals the deal? --Shmm 17:26, 1 May 2007 (EDT)

::::::Support, no Netural, no Support Ethier one, I mean really. If you could really install 10.0 or the one Wikipedia uses or that 10.0 thing you described in your other post, I support your request. Henry 19:41, 1 May 2007 (EDT)

Query: Why do you want to administrate this wiki when you have almost no record of involvement in it other than this request for adminship? Moreover, since you already have your own wiki farm running a newer version of MediaWiki than is available here, why do you have any interest in EditThis at all? I mean no offense; I just don't see the sense in it. (By the way, RfAs can now go on Project:Requests for adminship.) —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 09:56, 2 May 2007 (EDT)

(reduce indent) because I have a sincere desire to protect this Wiki, as I have being protecting others of the Wikimedia Foundation --Shmm 15:17, 2 May 2007 (EDT)

(to Henry) I'd be glad to install the MediaWiki software, but I do draw your attention to the SHMM Servers where it is already installed. If this community can show themselves to be worth attention there, I'd happily get to work on the extensions, etc..., here --Shmm 15:19, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Correct me if i'm wrong, all of your contributions have either been requests for adminship. Or, albeit polite, spam for your hosting service. —Brendan (talk · contributions) 11:55, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
It also seems as if your site is but a wiki itself, being hosted on another site. —Brendan (talk · contributions) 12:01, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

(reduce indent) My site is a Wiki, but I'm willing to host other Wikis on my server for no cost - it's simply a case of installing MediaWiki 10.0, and adding the extensions; Wikis are requested by emailing or, rather than an automated system like Check out my contributions - I've already reverted a few bits and bobs where necessary, and as I said I've already proved myself to Wikimedia as a sysop and Bureaucrat. --Shmm 16:26, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

I'll support you after a month's worth of editing here and helping us. On Wikipedia, it could take two years, here, it only really needs to be one helpful month of contribs. Henry 21:45, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Strongly Oppose putting sysop tools in the hands of anyone who is a b'crat on WP. Bear 21:18, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

Separate Help:Desk from Feedback

As it currently stands, Help:Desk redirects to Feedback. They are effectively one and the same page. It seems to me that we ought to separate the two. Help:Desk should be for help in using the wiki tools provided by EditThis, and Feedback should be for requests for new tools, bug reports, that sort of thing. Am I all alone in this?

Help:Desk also ought to have links to articles on common topics, usually How-To's or FAQs. For instance, I recently answered a question in Feedback about how to set up a daily Featured Article. That strikes me as the sort of thing that ought to go into its own How-To article, linked from Help:Desk or some other Help: page.

I understand that responses to Feedback are painfully slow as it is, and that questions on Help:Desk may be similarly slow to draw responses. I just think the distinction would make this a better and more useful wiki site. And besides, if questions on Help:Desk aren't answered quickly enough, they can always be copied to Feedback for visibility there, too.

I don't really have the time to devote to making it happen, and certainly not to patrolling edits for questions to answer. I've got plenty of questions of my own out there. But I thought I'd offer the suggestion so that if anyone else thinks it's a good idea, they might run with it. --Stormraven 07:19, 4 February 2007 (EST)

You are absolutely right. I changed it to a pointer because it was getting full of feedback, but really it should just be a help section. -RobKohr
Thanks, Rob, and I understand why you did it. There aren't a lot of people working to improve this wiki – they could be working on their own, after all – so that leaves you pretty much by yourself, patrolling for edits. I get it. Now and then, though, I still think about creating those Help articles myself. ;) —Stormraven 09:42, 26 February 2007 (EST)
I couldn't help myself. I've created the Help articles I was talking about. They are:
I'm not 100% certain that everything in the articles is completely accurate, and there may be better ways to do some things, so I hope some other editors here will have a look and make their own contributions. —Stormraven 09:46, 1 March 2007 (EST)
I'm glad to see that Help:Desk is no longer a redirect to Feedback. The two areas are distinct again. :) —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 09:59, 29 March 2007 (EST)

Bulleted list

Can anyone tell why the bullets in the bulleted list at the top of this page don't show up? Are they not being displayed at all, or are they being covered up by the picture? (I'm viewing the page using Internet Explorer 6. In another browser, they might show up properly, but this is the only one I have.) —Stormraven 19:47, 28 February 2007 (EST)

Admin frustrations, questions

When I saw the first page for my very-young wiki, Allrandom, I had no idea that "log in as Admin" didn't just mean "log in to become an admin" or "log in, you're an admin", but "log in with the new username 'Admin ". So when I went through the process, I used the same name I did for my "normal" user on that wiki, Lenoxus. Now I've tried creating Admin, but it says Admin has already been taken, so I've tried my Lenoxus password and a blank space, and neither has worked. What should I do? 23:32, 22 March 2007 (EST)

*Smacks self upside the head* "The username and password" 23:33, 22 March 2007 (EST)

A question

Is there a way to automatically see the number of wikis here? Lenoxus 00:59, 24 March 2007 (EST)


Why can't we have oversight on wikis we create?

Oversight? How do you mean? When you create a wiki, your initial account, Admin, is automatically a sysop and a bureaucrat, which gives you a measure of oversight. What, specifically, are you after? —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 10:59, 8 April 2007 (EDT)
See But I am also an admin on a editthis-wiki, and there are only the user rights sysop, bureaucrat and checkuser. 15:40, 13 April 2007 (EDT)
Ah, I see. Thanks for the link. I'm afraid I can't answer your question, but hopefully RobKohr will stop by to offer a reply. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 16:59, 13 April 2007 (EDT)
That is a Title that either is only availible in Wikipedia, or came in a later update. We are still using an outdated version of Wiki Software, 1.5.2 I think it was.-Brendan 18 April, 10:15 EST
Yes, see Special:Version. But why don't we upgrade to the newest version? SPQRobin 11:10, 22 April 2007 (EDT) (the IP, that was me)
For the record, as a Developer of a private Wiki that has the full Wikimedia Foundation wiki set up (MediaWiki bleeding edge/10.0alpha) with CheckUser, Oversight, Makesysop/Steward, Renameuser, Makebot, etc..., I'd be willing to set it up for you --Shmm 17:26, 1 May 2007 (EDT)

Requests for adminship

Recently RobKohr added the following entry to the List of known issues being worked on in the Feedback page: "appointing some admins to fight vandalism and spam." Therefore I think we ought to create a page for purposes of requesting adminship, nominating others for adminship, discussing and considering nominees, etc. We could tailor it after Wikipedia's RFA system or develop our own style. At this point, of course, accepting or rejecting RFAs would be exclusively in the hands of RobKohr, but it couldn't hurt for him to have our input on the matter. Here's a link to get things rolling: Project:Requests for adminship. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 18:16, 15 April 2007 (EDT)

Please, let's not fall into the trap of emulating WP. Their internal politics are worthy of the Borgia Vatican, not a model for a civil society of any kind.
If someone has a burning desire to be a sysop here, let him tell Rob. If Rob thinks we need another sysop and thinks so-and-so will do well, let him so elevate. Otherwise, please, let's not start a fire in the barn. Bear 21:31, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

Wiki Questions

It apears the Village Pump is getting filled up by questions from new wiki's or requests for help from others. I created a new page to star it off, the Wiki Community page, to clean up the village pump for other questions.-Brendan 17:04, 17th April, (EST).

I don't think that's necessary. Where appropriate, we can direct people to Help:Contents, Help:Desk or Feedback. As this page becomes unwieldy, we can archive old posts and discussions (for instance, to Village pump/archive) to clean it up. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 20:00, 17 April 2007 (EDT)

Semi-protection for Talk:Main Page

I think it's time to semi-protect the Talk page for the Main Page (Talk:Main Page). It gets spammed several times daily. I don't know whether semi-protection (editing restricted to established registered accounts) is available in the current version of MediaWiki used here, but if not, then full protection with a note directing users to another page for discussion (like here) would be a reasonable fall-back position. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 12:39, 20 April 2007 (EDT)

It probably should redirect to a talk page, but not this one, something like a sandbox, but for spam. We could probably control the spam from thereon. —Brendan (talk · contribs) 21:07, 20 April 2007 (EDT)
I've added a warning message to the top of the page, both to alert users of the frequent spamming problem, and to link users to a new page, Project:Vandalism reports, to report vandals and incidents of vandalism for attention by the admins here. Of which currently there is only RobKohr. I still think the page should be semi-protected, though. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 22:55, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Talk:Main Page has been protected. Semi-protection does not appear to be an option here. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 08:40, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

I think we may need to add protection levels to the protection tab.--Jtaylor1 10:23, 27 June 2007 (EDT)

PRE and page width

When using the <pre> tag on very long text, it can make the entire page too wide to fit in the browser. (The Feedback page is an example of this because of the wide <pre> text in the Google maps section there.) There's a way to fix this for most browsers, but it looks like an Admin will have to do it here. If you create a CSS style for <pre> tags as follows, a wide <pre> block will be fitted with a horizontal scrollbar such that it doesn't widen the entire page.

pre {
   overflow-x: auto;
   width: 100%;

I've put this into the Style section of my own wiki, and it works beautifully. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 11:37, 29 March 2007 (EST)

Incidentally, this style apparently has to be added to a style sheet to work. I've tried adding it directly to the <pre> tags in the Google maps section on Feedback, but it had no effect. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 11:44, 29 March 2007 (EST)

SHMM Hosting

Just to let everybody know, I'm happy to host Wikis for free at the above sight; it comes with all the Wikimedia features (Stewards, renameuser, makebot, Oversight, CheckUser, etc...) if it relieves some of the pressure from over here.

Let me know at office [at] shmm [dot] tsone [dot] info

--Shmm 17:33, 1 May 2007 (EDT)

PS: we run MediaWiki 10.0alpha, or BleedingEdge, which is the same as Wikipedia, Wikisource, etc...

New Alert System

I have added a new template to alert malicious users of their blacklisting, i've posted it in's talk page. —Brendan (talk · contributions) 18:27, 3rd of May 2007 (EDT)

You've been blacklisted
Be aware that you have been marked as a negative contributor

You have been noted in Project:Vandalism reports, and are being watched by administrators.
That's fine — I like the strong appearance and tone of the message — but I suspect that 80.58.250.XX is a spambot that doesn't read its messages. Only conclusive action such as blocking will interrupt his rampage of spam. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 09:05, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
The 80.58.250.XXX vandal IPs have been blocked. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 08:38, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

We may need to add new options for blocking like preventing blocked anons or blocked users from creating a user account or sockpuppets. --Jtaylor1 10:27, 27 June 2007 (EDT)

Nice tables as on Wikipedia: Template problem?

Hello, I'm trying to draw a table with coloured box (s) like this one on Wikipedia. Although I copied the wiki source across verbatim mine looks like this - all the template curly brackets are visible when they shouldn't be. I have added all the templates I think necessary and now can't think of anything else that might be responsible. Would appreciate any suggestions... 11:39, 22 May 2007 (EDT)

There are a couple of problems with just copying the tools from Wikipedia over to here. First, the current, outdated version of MediaWiki used on does not support default values for parameters in templates. Therefore, if you want your {{Yes}} template to have a variable parameter for the cell content, you can't set its default text to "Yes." You'll have to pass the text "Yes" to it every time you call the template.
The other problem is that the template used on WP sets the table cell to a specific style, i.e. "table-yes." If you want to make use of this style, you're going to have to find it in the WP style sheets and copy it over. It might not be there, though, and this might not really be a problem. The style might just be a convenience to users who want to set up custom styles to define how their "Yes" table cells, etc., appear, just for themselves.
Finally, I also notice that you're using the tag <ref> in your table. This requires that the extension cite.php be installed, which is also not the case here, useful as it would be.
Stormraven (talk · contribs) 17:23, 22 May 2007 (EDT)
Many thanks for the comprehensive reply. I wasn't sure whether it was something I was doing wrong so you have cleared up any doubt. 19:26, 22 May 2007 (EDT)

Viewing the MySql Database

Is it possible for me to view the MySql database for my wiki?

Help needed immediately!!!!

Net Authority

You might want to take a look at this 1. It's either a hoax, a form of internet 2, or a site that's taking away our freedom of speech. I should e-mail Alex Jones about it, and my forum members of The Resistance Manifesto.--Jtaylor1 13:44, 30 June 2007 (EDT)

Only governments can suppress freedom of speech. I don't know anything about Net Authority besides what's on their front page, but I will point out that they, too, have freedom of speech, of assembly, of religion and of petition, and as such you should be careful to defend their freedoms as much as anyone else's. If only some of us are free, then is any of us really free? —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 10:36, 1 July 2007 (EDT)
"It is extremely important that children are shielded from sites in violation of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy." does not acknowledge any acceptable use policies set forth by this organization. The only rules regarding wiki content here is that it doesn't break any US laws, and even then, wikis are not monitored. I am a strong advocate of freedom of speech and I find I find their website offensive. --RobKohr 11:32, 13 August 2007 (EDT)

What should be on articles here/not

I would like to create a policy for that - it seems as though instead of using this intently, we are now starting to create blogs/articles and whatever else. I am very suprised that [3] does not have ANY blogs, written articles, vandalism (some), or any of that kind of stuff has. This is not a place to write blogs as people should know it. It is a place for software ideas, (never really responded too), development, status etc. Henry 11:47, 15 July 2007 (EDT)

I strongly disagree. Since he never created a policy himself, we can only infer RobKohr's intent in setting up this wiki. But on the Main Page there is a very strong indication that he intended to allow personal pages here. If he didn't, then he wouldn't have set up the feature "Create a single wiki page." Such wiki pages wind up on this wiki, not on their own subwikis. Establishment of a policy to forbid personal pages on this wiki would, in my mind, constitute a change of policy for this wiki, and I would oppose it on two grounds:
  • It contradicts my perception of RobKohr's intent, and
  • It would alienate those users who have personal wiki pages here, who would then have to remove their pages to personal wikis here or elsewhere.
Stormraven (talk · contribs) 12:10, 15 July 2007 (EDT)
I fully support people's creative pursuits and there will be no policy against creation of personal pages of any type. The only rules for wiki and page creation is that it doesn't go against any US laws. I also reserve the right to shut down any wiki that I feel inappropriate (for example I shut down one that was very hateful towards an individual), but I am very very hesitant to do so, and have only done it in one instance. Also, no content on this site is actually monitored. --RobKohr 12:31, 24 August 2007 (EDT)

Disabling captcha ?

how do I disable the frigging captcha?. Idea good, implementation bad. I have a non english wiki. If I press save, and all goes fine, ����¯�¿�½���¯���¿���½����¯�¿�½��à etc chars get saved correctly. But if the damn captcha appears then the whole page gets borked with stuff like ����¯�¿�½���¯���¿���½������¯���à etc. So, can I disable the captcha on my wiki or should I move to some other hosting service? 23:02, 27 August 2007 (EDT)

Example of the problem:
You can't disable it. Rob is thinking about adding a button that does disable it. Just wait, and he should be able to fix the problems. Henry 23:18, 27 August 2007 (EDT)
I wouldn't mind something that allows me to disable the captcha device. 12:59, 3 September 2007 (EDT)

Since I'm selective in who is allowed to edit my wiki, I see no problem in doing without it. 12:59, 3 September 2007 (EDT)

I want to turn off the ReCAPTCHA verification page feature that comes up for every edit. I am setting up a smaller wiki that I will be actively managing the membership and content of, so I would like to just clean up any spam as I go. (famous last words?) The spam problem can not be that big of an issue for small private wikis, can it? crowbart, Nov 11/07

  • Better I move to some other hosting service.. here I just can't edit in Spanish. --el viajero paisa 07:34, 18 November 2007 (EST)

I just tried saving my question about Time Outs below. Somebody else was talking about tables and had used the plural of Box, which ends in "es". Captcha said I was a spammer. I had to do a search on the offending 3 letter word spelled backward, changed the proper spelling to box (s) and slipped it by the thought police. :)--Rcollman 09:07, 1 January 2008 (EST)

Checkuser doesn't work

I'm an admin of at least a couple of wikis on this farm and I've tried using checkuser. All I seem to get is a little blue square, which doesn't say anything about the user. I wonder how to fix this problem. Rickyrab 13:54, 15 October 2007 (EDT)

What if the wiki farm were to go belly-up, and one wanted to save wiki contents?

I was worried about this, b/c I don't want to keep all of my "eggs" in one basket. Rickyrab 23:00, 21 October 2007 (EDT)

See Help:Backing up your wiki. This ought to be useful not only for backing up your wiki but also for exporting to another MediaWiki site. —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 08:31, 22 October 2007 (EDT)
thanks. Rickyrab 22:03, 22 October 2007 (EDT)
I ran into a new problem at the end of your recommended process. "XML Parsing Error: no element found Location:

Line Number 434, Column 1:" Does anyone know how to get around that? (With the edit histories in there, it becomes line 8886, not line 434.) Rickyrab 11:45, 23 October 2007 (EDT)

Ace Combat Wiki

Hello, I have an Ace Combat Wiki. Do you think it should be put on the main page? It has more than 75 pages. Nighthawk 16:33, 1 November 2007 (EST)

wtfbbq was going on with there? just wondering Rickyrab 20:17, 12 December 2007 (EST)

Time Out questions

We are testing the concept of a wiki to gather stories. I need to warn users to save or preview often, because they think they have lost an hour's work (and will veto the wiki concept).

  • What is the period that has set for a time out.
  • Is there a way to warn users that they have a minute to hit the save or preview key when in edit mode?
  • Can the admin change the timeout period?

There are a few quirks (for those who push the envelope), but in general I am pleased and think an editthis wiki will give our membership an idea about using this kind of tool. Thanks in advance --Rcollman 09:02, 1 January 2008 (EST)

Lost Wiki

I have lost a wiki I created like 4 days ago... forgot exactly what I called it and can't come up with it anywhere.

Is there any way I can find it somehow?

Wiki of the month

I think it is a good idea to update the "wiki of the month" thing on the main page. December 2007 has been over for quite a while. Elassint, June 11 2008

I completely agree. The problem is the nominations page has been pretty slow and no one really votes. I cleaned out the nominations page and opened up the wiki of the month section to editing. If you or anyone else like to take this over, you are welcome to.--RobKohr 15:33, 11 June 2008 (PDT)


Wiki transfer

    • 'Does anyone read this or does the owner read his spreadsheet I think not'
  • Well the November 2008 requested are nothing we now have a wiki called strangepedia <---Transfer in progress been there for 4 weeks plus with no movement do us a favour delete and let the other 109 wikis get a chance to transfer acurrent time for number 109 is 27.25 hours and counting. Some of us want to update our wikis.

Another question: How are you doing on wiki transfer? Right now a wiki called "queenapedia", a wiki that I have never been to nor heard of, has been in transfer for a least four hours. There are currently 91 wikis on the list. --Elassint, 06 11 2008 talk

There are now 314 wikis on that list. I believe I speak for 314 (give or take) people when I say "HURRY UP!" --Elassint, 6 17 2008 talk
Yay, its moving now! --Elassint, 06 17 2008 talk

Categories - Copyright - special:import

Sirs, I'd have some questions for you, please:

1) Is the category feature enabled for a single wiki?

2) Could single contributions be copyrighted by their authors, or could even a certain type of licence be set by the wiki "owner"? found by myself - thanks --Guetzli 10:12, 12 June 2008 (PDT)

3) Is the special:import from XML feature enabled for a single wiki? Many thanks. Yours faithfully, --Guetzli 09:35, 12 June 2008 (PDT)

"Log in"

How do I move the text that says "create an account or log in" to the right side of the page? --Dagoth Ur, Mad God 00:54, 29 June 2008 (PDT)

Good luck with that. This issue has been known, reported and ignored for a long time. See "Positioning glitch with IE7." —Stormraven (talk · contribs) 06:24, 29 June 2008 (PDT)

Creation Down

Whenever I go to create a Wiki, it just says there isn't a Wiki with that name and makes me do it again? Glitch? Or MATINENCE!?! Chaosvii7 08:16, 22 July 2008 (PDT)

i just wander


I cannot create a Wiki

Hi, for a little bit now I've been trying to create a wiki, but it doesn't seem to be working. I've even tried both, although I'd like a site. After the countdown it says that this name hasn't been taken and asks me if i want a site, and it's an endless cycle. (jumiofdiamonds, October 09, 2008)

Myself as well. I tried creating rsg wiki and it would not work
Seriously. What's up with this?

Vandal Attack

I was tricked by somebody who had an account that my friend has, he said it was him, but he let in more vandals and blocked everyone and took their powers away, including me. The wiki is called Entertainment Wiki. Could you help me? The vandal accounts are "Colonel Dickcheese" and "Bluebry", who is also the one who blocked everyone and took there powers away. I am "Admin". Raiku

I'll help. At Entertainment_ I am Dagoth.Is it okay if I create a new Entertainment Wiki at [4]? Dagoth Ur, Mad God 23:56, 21 October 2008 (PDT)
It's been moved to [5]. 01:06, 22 October 2008 (PDT)

Problem with LaTex math

I just got back to a wiki that I last worked on months ago, only to find that my mathematical formulae kept getting tied up in "failures to parse" and "lexing errors". What gives?

Failed to parse (Can't write to or create math temp directory):  % MathType!MTEF!2!1!+- % feqaeaartrvr0aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn % hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaebbnrfifHhDYfgasaacH8srps0l % bbf9q8WrFfeuY-Hhbbf9v8qqaqFr0xc9pk0xbba9q8WqFfea0-yr0R % Yxir-Jbba9q8aq0-yq-He9q8qqQ8frFve9Fve9Ff0dmeaabaqaciGa % caGaaeqabaaaamaaaOqaamaaqafabaGaaGzaVlaadMhacaWGPbGaam % 4BaiabgEHiQiaaykW7caWGHbGaeS4SI4ZaaOaaaeaacaWG2baaleqa % aaqaaiaadohaaeqaniabggHiLdGccqGHsislcaWG4bWaaWbaaSqabe % aacaaIYaaaaaaa!4215! [ sumlimits_s {yio * ,a triangleright sqrt v } - x^2 ]

I traditionally use TeXaide, and it worked before Rob Kohr moved to California. Rickyrab 17:23, 29 October 2008 (PDT)


hello, apparently the checkuser function on my wiki is not working. Does everyone have this problem, and can i fix it? My wiki is at Maharishi 17:33, 16 February 2009 (PST)

Inactive admin

Hey, the admins of mY lego network wiki have gone inactive, can i adopt the wiki? wiki link: [6]. username: Simon. Thanks. Simon 18:51, 19 April 2009 (PDT)Simon

Instability issues

Hey, I'm not the admin for the wiki I'm here to work on (he's gone AWOL =), but just curious what the outages lately have been about, if they're resolved, that kinda stuff. Thanks. -Llywelyn 21:53, 27 April 2009 (PDT)

Constant Printable Version

Eek why is everything in printable version view thingy. -The name's Topmonhit


Can I edit localsettings.php on my wiki? -KingAbra

New user here: several technical questions

Hi, I want to set up a wiki and I have a bit of questions to ask, having already administered a wiki in the past.

For a wiki created here:

1. To what extent one can (and cannot) limit edit permissions? (i.e. blocking unlogged users, protecting or semi-protecting pages, oversight, etc.)?

2. Is it possible to install extensions?

3. What is the version of MediaWiki used here?

4. To what extent is each wiki customizable? (favicons, language etc.)?

Thanks! --Devicerandom 04:21, 23 August 2009 (PDT)

Why I can't create a new Wiki?

What's problem? --Papparainen 12:46, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

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