Wikipedia:Bug report

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

(Redirected from Wikipedia:Bug reports)
Jump to: navigation, search


If you think there is something wrong with the software which runs this web site, please report it here. Wikipedians who are also Wikipedia:developers will evaluate what you say and take appropriate action on your behalf, such as:

  1. Confirming that it's an actual bug
  2. Providing technical details with our customized bug-reporting tool, MediaZilla.

If you would like to request a new feature in MediaWiki, you may do so MediaZilla.


MediaWiki 1.5 - Resolved

Talk page tab


  • If a Talk page exists, but there's no article, the article tab is now blue--should be back to red.

Article tab blue for nonexistent articles

Sorry, I don't know if this is normal, I've just never noticed this before. When I go to a nonexistent article, like, let's say, Let's see what this looks like, the article tab on the top is blue when it should be red just like the discussion tab. Also notice when you go to the discussion tab, it the article tab is blue from there too. This appears to be true in all namespaces. --Dmcdevit 30 June 2005 05:08 (UTC)

Yup, this is a new problem and is already mentioned a little further down the page. --W(t) 30 June 2005 05:23 (UTC)



Several admins have expressed their dislike for the new pulldown menu that lets you select the amount of time the block should last, because options like '15 minutes', '4 hours' and 'until wednesday' are no longer possible. Radiant_>|< June 28, 2005 13:26 (UTC)

Moved from Wikipedia:Village pump (technical) for better tracking:

There's now an option for "other". To remove the dropdown entirely, you can apparently enter a dash at MediaWiki:Ipboptions. Angela. June 28, 2005 23:34 (UTC)

Navigation pane styles

  • Navigation pane in toolbar was changed from #p-nav to #p-navigation over the upgrade process, breaking many user styles in the process. It would be nice to change them back. kelvSYC June 28, 2005 03:53 (UTC)
    • Due to the way the new sidebar works (generating id's from MediaWiki: messages) this could not be done cleanly. —Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason June 28, 2005 17:28 (UTC)

How do I fix mine so the navigation bar shows up again?

Rollback on diff

Rollback button seems to be missing from 'current rev' diff (or am I hallucinating) (sp?)? Niteowlneils 28 June 2005 03:47 (UTC)

Reported as bugzilla:2562 Gdr June 28, 2005 10:29 (UTC)
Fixed in CVS --Zigger «º» June 28, 2005 21:30 (UTC)
Seems to be fixed. Rollback link is there again when you are looking at diffs from History or Contributions. Evil MonkeyHello June 28, 2005 23:21 (UTC)

MediaWiki 1.5: Please test these

Unblocking users


Looks like there might be a problem trying to remove blocks. First, I tried unblocking User: because its an AOL proxy. The unblock got listed on the block log but the expiry time on Special:Ipblocklist did not change. Next, ABCD test blocked himself for one hour, but neither him or I could remove the block before it expired. Again, they got listed on Special:Log/block [1] but no changes on Special:Ipblocklist. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 28 June 2005 16:48 (UTC)

  • I also tried removing the autoblock caused by ABCD's test block, but again it got listed on the block log but no changes on the expiry time on Special:Ipblocklist. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 28 June 2005 16:50 (UTC)
  • There's a serious database locking problem with the ipblocks table, we've disabled deletion of blocks until it's resolved. Sorry for the suckage. :( --Brion June 28, 2005 17:50 (UTC)
    • Any thoughts on when this might be back in order? -- Infrogmation June 29, 2005 16:15 (UTC)
  • Reported fixed at 2579. --Zigger «º» 29 June 2005 16:56 (UTC)

"Editing an out-of-date revision"

No idea whether this has been discussed somewhere else or not, but let me just mention it here: When you look at the edit history of a page and click on the most recent date (on top of the whole list) you are now told (wrongly) that this is not the latest version of the page.

Also, could it be that some images are just not shown? <KF> June 28, 2005 06:42 (UTC)

I'm guessing that may be to do with how under 1.5 the current revision is given an id like old revisions of the article. Evil MonkeyHello June 28, 2005 07:07 (UTC)

Reported as bugzilla:2564; a related problem is bugzilla:2565. Gdr June 28, 2005 10:40 (UTC)

This is related to the problem mentioned below when trying to Rollback: #Newer edit link on last diff goes to bogus diff --brian0918 28 June 2005 14:48 (UTC)

2564 is resolved as fixed. --Zigger «º» 29 June 2005 17:08 (UTC)

Left-hand sidebar

(Posted a version of this at the "Help desk" following the "software upgrade", but no reply so far, so am trying again here). Using Opera (and the default skin) the left-hand toolbar/panel (containing Navigation - Search - Toolbox - In other languages, i.e. everything below the Wikipedia logo) is now being forced to the very bottom of each page - making en:Wikipedia a bit of a misery to use..:( Would just like to know if anyone else has experienced this (i.e. is it a bug we can expect to see fixed in due course?) or is it something wrong at my end? -- Picapica 29 June 2005 19:22 (UTC)

Aargh! It's happened to de:Wikipedia as well now! -- Picapica 1 July 2005 11:22 (UTC)

I've got the same problem with Opera 7.23. Mainpage and most, but not all, articles are affected with this. -- 5 July 2005 12:05 (UTC)

BTW, the bottom panel appears wrongly too, but I'm less bothered about that, since, unlike the left-hand panel, it's rarely needed... Picapica 1 July 2005 11:54 (UTC)

Which skin are you using? I am using the MonoBook skin (in Firefox 1.0.5) and am not experiencing the problem. --Kooky 06:25, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

This has been driving me crazy. I'm using Opera 7.23 with the MonoBook (default) skin as well. It seems to affect every wikipedia page, but I don't have any problems with other skins. --NormalAsylum (talk) 21:23, 20 July 2005 (UTC) Update: It now works correctly for me, just as before. Quite a relief. Many thanks to whoever fixed this. Does anyone still have a problem with this or can we call this resolved? --NormalAsylum (t) 15:55, 12 August 2005 (UTC)

diff no longer working


I don't know if it's just me, but when I do "diff", it compares a revision with itself, not the previous edit. --Ixfd64 2005 July 1 20:14 (UTC)

  • This just started happening for me too! --brian0918 1 July 2005 20:22 (UTC)

Bugzilla now shows that this has been fixed with 2646. --Zigger «º» 1 July 2005 21:40 (UTC)

My log in bounced out repeatedly just now

Thank you for your attention to this. I was editing the article Juma Mohammed Abdul Latif Al Dossary and the talk page Talk:Juma Mohammed Abdul Latif Al Dossary and I was repeatedly blocked. At first I didn't notice and kept posting as, but even though I kep logging in, the edit page kept bouncing me out. Thanks! 17:13, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

    • Just did it again! 17:15, 5 November 2005 (UTC)
      • I logged in twice again and got bounced out. Thanks Joaquin Murietta 17:17, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

That happens to me all the time too, mainly during the day, to the point that I've all but stopped editing during the day.Tommstein 18:56, 6 November 2005 (UTC)

MediaWiki 1.5: Reported

Bugzilla has a spam-problem

  • FWIW, I stopped entering Wikipedia bugs when the tracking system switched to one that displays 'spammer-scrapable' email addresses. Niteowlneils 2005-06-28 04:39:38 (UTC)
    • Get a temporary email address. —Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
      • Kind of destroys the point of being notified when someone responds to your bug report. --Phil | Talk June 30, 2005 17:09 (UTC)
    • See bugzilla:148. --Zigger «º» June 28, 2005 17:54 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure how hard it would be in the MediaWiki environment, but what about rendering email addresses as images if ImageMagick is present? There is more info here:
      • It would probably be relatively easy to generate an image (either on the fly or when the message is saved) out of an e-mail adress. However that would force people to write it off manualy if they actualy want to send an e-mail. Personaly I use a slightly obscurified JavaScript to "cloak" my e-mail adress. In a browser with JavaScript eneabled the mailto: link looks just like any other, but for a webcrawler looking for mailto: links in the source there won't be any. A very "smart" crawler could naturaly run the script or figure it out some other way, but then again a boot could be using an OCR plugin to "read" text in images too. Granted JavaScript can be turned off, but then so can images. In this case though the "best" solutiuon might be to simply use the same technique used in the Wikipedia itself. Hide users e-mail adress, and have people use an on-site web form to "relay" e-mails to each other. --Sherool 4 July 2005 14:24 (UTC)
    • I, myself, refuse to do any sort of munging, obscuring, or other obfuscation of e-mail addresses on any site I maintain or any posting I make to online forums, newsgroups, and the like, even though this results in my getting tons of spam. I have both philosophical and aesthetic objections to the whole concept of intentionally rendering information either incorrect or inaccessible; all of the various techniques used in that area do some combination of making the address less accessible (e.g., not working without scripting or images enabled, not copy-and-paste-able, requiring manual editing or retyping), not technically correct (as when it's "munged" by adding bogus crap in the middle), or ugly and jarring (as when it's in a graphic in a font that differs from the user's configuration for normal text display). Even the commonplace tactic of spelling out addresses like "blah at foo dot com" looks ugly and silly to me. *Dan* July 4, 2005 15:28 (UTC)
Point is, there's no real need to show those E-mail addresses in Bugzilla. Curiously, this problem has been on Bugzilla's buglist since 2002 in one way or another, but as yet remains unsolved. Aliter 4 July 2005 21:06 (UTC)
    • Despite the recieved wisdom, I am not sure that having a publically available email address on the internet actually leads to spam. I say this as somebody with a couple of email addresses that have been languishing unmolested in the www-accessable wilds for several years. Now answering spam mails- thats a different matter altogether!!--Fergie 17:38, 31 July 2005 (UTC)

Mystery history


  • There seem to be a lot of History entries like "00:11, 28 June 2005 MediaWiki default"--[2]
All pages created since the upgrade seem to have a similar entry in the history, with some random text supposedly contributed at that time?!?[3]. Niteowlneils 28 June 2005 05:11 (UTC)
  • This is an artifact of a bit of the update that didn't work quite right. They're harmless, but I'll make a note of it and clean them out in a bit. --Brion June 28, 2005 06:32 (UTC)

Watchlist Problems

Not working: Bolding in watchlist

Despite my watchlist saying "Pages which have been changed since you last visited them are shown in bold", I have yet to see anything in bold. Note that I have "Enhanced recent changes" checked in my preferences, and can do such things as edit a page by double-clicking. I've tested it in the latest Firefox on Windows and Red Hat Linux. --brian0918 28 June 2005 14:39 (UTC)

I have the same issue both at work and at home. Work uses IE (for some reason...) and I use Safari at home. Dismas 29 June 2005 05:24 (UTC)

Not working: "Hide my edits" in watchlist

  • Hide your own edits on watchlist seems to be broken. — Trilobite (Talk) 28 June 2005 04:00 (UTC)
Seems to change display to 'display 1 hour'!?! Niteowlneils 28 June 2005 04:04 (UTC)

The "Hide my edits" feature seems to do nothing in my watchlist. Tested in Firefox in Windows and Red Hat Linux. --brian0918 28 June 2005 14:45 (UTC)

Same results in Safari 1.3. Michael Z. 2005-06-28 15:03 Z

This functionality is either not working properly or wasn't implemented well (no offense! it's still handy with a bookmark.) The problem is that it only lasts for the length of time spent viewing it, and that it destroys any other watchlist settings you currently have. E.g, if you are viewing a specialized length of time and then click "Hide my edits", it hides your edits, sure, but you are no longer viewing a specialized length of time... Probably it should be a user preference. I never want to see my edits...I solve this at home with a bookmark that has my preferred settings built into the url...but when i'm on the road that won't work. --Alterego June 29, 2005 16:14 (UTC)

Watchlisting of pages do not propagate to talk pages

I have Wikipedia:MediaWiki 1.5 bugs, which didn't have a talk page, on my watchlist. When creating the talk page, the "Watch this page checkbox" wasn't checked; after saving, I had a page which were on my watchlist, but with its talk page not on my watchlist. That shouldn't be possible, as it's confusing. I confirmed the watch/unwatch tabs weren't lying by looking at the recent changes on the watchlist; a recent change to the page was listed but the edit to the talk page wasn't. --cesarb 28 June 2005 17:07 (UTC)

Reported as 2580. --cesarb 28 June 2005 17:11 (UTC)

"Mark all pages visited" button

It was there, now it's gone. I didn't even get to press it. Josh Parris 29 June 2005 04:05 (UTC)

Not all edits are appearing in my watchlist


A page was edited today and I only know it was edited because I was no longer the last editor on "My contributions". The edit to the page did not appear in my watchlist. -- Francs2000 | Talk 1 July 2005 16:30 (UTC)

  • Same thing has happened to me. It seems time has stopped for my Watchlist and no new edits are being reported after that time. AиDя01DTALKEMAIL July 1, 2005 16:34 (UTC)
  • Me too. My watchlist is stuck at 11:13 UTC. I've made 8 edits since that time, (my prefs are set to place all edits onto my watchlist), and none of them are showing up. func(talk) 1 July 2005 16:56 (UTC)
  • The first problem I noticed with the watchlist was yesterday, when an old edit (not the top edit) of Elam refused to disappear. Then this morning, I made an edit to Armenia and it did not show up on my list. A little while later, the top couple of edits that had been showing previously, disappeared, with the result that, like the above users, my watchlist is frozen at about 6 hours ago, and I have no idea what articles edits are being made to. I just now got a message on my talk page too, but wouldn't have known it from the watchlist. What is going on here, this needs to be fixed urgently!!! Codex Sinaiticus 1 July 2005 17:02 (UTC)
  • Same problem - I've been manually checking my watchlisted pages, which include some that are likely targets of vandalism, but that may take days. -- BDAbramson talk July 1, 2005 18:29 (UTC)

I haven't tried this yet myself, but here's something I just read from another user:

As a temporary work-around, you can copy your entire list of articles to a new user subpage, make all the article titles links, then click "related changes".

Codex Sinaiticus 1 July 2005 19:12 (UTC)

      • OK, I converted all 1500 watchlist entries to links, did related changes--and get exactly the same incomplete list that I get for clicking my Watchlist. Elf | Talk 1 July 2005 22:20 (UTC)
  • Another non-working Watchlist to report. It was working fine till early this morning and now it's not updating which is a pain as I'm on vandalism/clueless edit alert on a couple of articles. 23skidoo 1 July 2005 19:16 (UTC)
  • Mine has been screwing up, and some pages do not even show up/drop from the watchlist. Zscout370 (Sound Off) 1 July 2005 19:21 (UTC)
  • Mine seems to have been frozen at 11:30 and nothing has shown up on it since then. G-Man 1 July 2005 19:41 (UTC)
  • Mine's also frozen since that time. --Conti| July 1, 2005 19:48 (UTC)
  • Everything on my watchlist from before a single entry today has just disappeared. It claims there is 1 change in the past 3 days, which is untrue. They were showing afew hours ago --ascorbic 1 July 2005 21:04 (UTC)
  • I've also lost everything from my watchlist before today. New edits this evening are appearing OK though. NickF 1 July 2005 21:20 (UTC)
  • 90 minutes ago I was doing fine; now, no matter what time interval I pick, I only see changes for about the last hour. -- Jmabel | Talk July 1, 2005 21:23 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure if this is a new problem or a manifestation of other watchlist problems, but [1] Ötzi the Iceman appears in the complete listing of my watchlist after the rest of the alphabet, instead of after N and before P, where it should be. - Nunh-huh 1 July 2005 21:47 (UTC)
    • it seems the sort order used for non-ascii stuff here atm isn't too sane. so stuff with diatrics ends up sorted to the end of lists not put with the base charactor. Plugwash 1 July 2005 22:05 (UTC)
  • Just thought I'd chime in and say that my watchlist is also showing no past edits... ever. But it's catching new edits like Ascorbic's and NickF's seem to be. --NymphadoraTonks 1 July 2005 21:50 (UTC)
    • Oh, Bugzilla explains it all. Should've read that first... --NymphadoraTonks 1 July 2005 22:03 (UTC)
  • Now that it is working, the diff function still isn't working as it should. It compares the second to last with the third to last edit. --Fred-Chess July 1, 2005 22:02 (UTC)
    • Not sure what is working, but my watchlist is still only showing new edits done today. Here is the Bugzilla bug 2647 for those who want to track it there. NickF 1 July 2005 22:12 (UTC)
  • So far, an article not yet existing but already in the watchlist did show up as soon as somebody created it. With 1.5 the new article won't appear in the watchlist although it is checked for watching.

Can't stay logged on


On this (quite extensively shared IP address) nobody can remain logged in for more than a page click. 28 June 2005 07:51 (UTC)

  • Same here... and in my case, I'm only signing as this IP address because every time I log in under my registered name, I get logged out a few screens later. What's going on?-- 28 June 2005 20:51 (UTC)
    • I too have been having this trouble, especially annoying as it interferes with admin powers, although it seems to have cleared up now. Rje June 28, 2005 23:49 (UTC)
      • Nope. I had this problem five minutes ago. -- 30 June 2005 23:15 (UTC)
I've had this problem off and on during my whole tenure at WP, but not in a while--until after the update, when ist started happening almost constantly. I finally gave up and wwent into my browser and deleted all my cookies. I haven't had the problem since, but I don't know what other sites Ill now have to reset my prefs for. Elf | Talk 1 July 2005 00:10 (UTC)
  • Having this problem as of right now. Clearing cookies doesn't help (Firefox 1.0.6). Most of my contributions wind up anonymous. Cleduc 03:52, 5 August 2005 (UTC)
  • Hello my name is Vonkje and I cannot stay logged on for more than three minutes, even though I have a static IP that has been working for 3 years and a standard install of IE6.0. When I try logging in again I get the message that I need cookies enabled ... rubbish!!!. This happened on and off for the past 3 months. The workararound was to close and reopen my browser. Now that does not work. What's more, dumping my cookies never worked. 18:39, 9 August 2005 (UTC)
BTW this is the misleading error message I have been getting: Wikipedia uses cookies to log in users. You have cookies disabled. Please enable them and try again. 16:52, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
  • This problem is back again. All night the amount of time that a log-in was kept seems to have been decreasing until the loged-in state now disappears almost immediately after logged in. When I first signed on tonight, the log-in seemed to last about 10 minutes. Now when I log in, it shows I've logged in, but if I do anything after that I show as being logged out. 09:26, 28 September 2005 (UTC)
  • This multiple log in requirement is a real pain. It appears from this section that the issue of having to log in to virtually every page has been persistant for quite some time. Many of the other bugs reported above, such as "loss of watch list data" is directly related to this log in problem. Please move this bug up on your priority list. I would normally sign and date this input with my log in name (David.c.h); however as I am once again on a "Create account / Log in)" page even after logging in on three other pages I will just sign this with "-- 16:50, 20 October 2005 (UTC)"

Nonprinting characters allowed again


You've allowed characters like soft hyphen (&shy;), which allows vandals to create accounts with very similar names to already new ones. 28 June 2005 22:14 (UTC)

Submit goes to Preview screen instead


Most of my edits so far have done this: when I click submit, it goes to the preview screen instead. I click submit again, it does it again, and again, and again. Note, I do not have this option checked: "Show preview on first edit". --brian0918 28 June 2005 13:35 (UTC)

I've had the same problem. Just noticed it this morning when I was trying to edit a user talk page. Finally gave up after about a dozen tries. Kaldari 28 June 2005 13:42 (UTC)
I am having the same problem NoSeptemberx 28 June 2005 13:42 (UTC)
Same here. I've been NPOV'ing parts of the House of Orange-Nassau article, and when I wanted to submit the edits, I kept on getting the Preview screen. Aecis 28 June 2005 13:42 (UTC)
Forget what I said before (which apparently someone erased??); I am getting the same problem. using show changes and then save page seemed to work both times I did it Brighterorange 28 June 2005 13:48 (UTC)
This bug apparently happened when TimStarling was tinkering with the software. He reverted the changes. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 28 June 2005 13:48 (UTC)
  • This does happen when there is a database lock or if someone else tries to edit at the same time. It's easy to miss the message at the top (since there's normally useless info there); are you sure there's nothing? Brighterorange 28 June 2005 13:44 (UTC)
I was editting a page no one else has editted in a long time, it is not an edit conflict situation. NoSeptemberT]] 28 June 2005 13:52 (UTC)
  • The reason your edit was erased accidentally is mentioned 2 topics up on this page (edit conflict). NoSeptemberT]] 28 June 2005 13:57 (UTC)
Ditto here. OpenToppedBus - Talk June 28, 2005 14:02 (UTC)
This happened to me when using Mozilla Firefox but disappeared when using Internet Explorer. David | Talk 28 June 2005 14:04 (UTC)
  • Seems to be fixed. Tim Starling was apparently tinkering with the software. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 28 June 2005 14:09 (UTC)
  • It just happened to me thrice in a row on the same article. This bug isn't new to 1.5. I had experienced it under 1.4 before. And is happening to me while trying to submit this text. Cburnett June 28, 2005 18:13 (UTC)
    • It continues to happen and quite consistently now. It's not an edit conflict. My recent edit to Talk:Green Day took 8 clicks. Cburnett June 28, 2005 20:27 (UTC)
      • Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I can't tell you how frustrating this bug is. I'm having to edit one article, start editing another, then edit a third, then cycle through all the tabs and try saving. I'm spending more time trying to get it submited than I'm editing. Cburnett June 29, 2005 20:08 (UTC)

Is this bug of 1.5 ?? I am from czech wikipedia and we werent upgraded but this problem also reported few editors. --Li-sung 28 June 2005 18:58 (UTC)

I've also had this problem sporadically before the upgrade. -- grm_wnr Esc 29 June 2005 10:58 (UTC)
Having made some 2000 edits with IE 6.0 I have never experienced this problem. However, the browser is fond of crashing on some pages, both when pressing preview and when pressing submit. --Fred-Chess June 29, 2005 11:10 (UTC)
I never had this problem before the upgrade. It's currently making editing virtually impossible. I'm writing this message in IE since I have been unable to save an edit in Firefox in more than 15 minutes. However, I certainly won't start using IE for actual editing. -- Visviva 29 June 2005 13:25 (UTC)
  • I'm experiencing this problem as well; its taking anywhere from 2-15 clicks of Save page before it correctly saves instead of giving me the preview. No edit locks/conflicts going on.(Firefox 1.0.4) .:.Jareth.:. babelfish June 29, 2005 15:42 (UTC)

This has been happening while, but apparently more since the switch to 1.5. I attempted to install a patch to fix it, which was flawed and instead caused it to happen for every edit, for a few minutes. I reverted it immediately, and on later discussion with Brion, we decided that my approach was insecure anyway. I installed an error log which showed that the failures were essentially random, not confined to any particular server. Brion has now experimentally switched session storage from memcached to NFS. -- Tim Starling July 1, 2005 12:33 (UTC)

Since nobody mentionned it, it is actually related to a SESSION problem. Personally I just had to create a correct 'sessions' directory, and the bug vanished. --jbennet 19 Sept 2005 13:54 (UTC)

Save no longer works

Although I have only tried to respond to comments dropped on my talk page, the "Save page" button does not work. So no more editing allowed? - Marshman 30 June 2005 04:39 (UTC) Obviously it does work on this page, so why can I not edit my own talk page? -- Marshman

The fact you posted this means save still works. There are occasional glitches though, but a retry usually solves that. --W(t) 30 June 2005 04:41 (UTC)
Yes, I just went back and tried again and got the page save through, but only after about a 20 minute period including restarting my browser once with no good effect. - Marshman

This state where trying an action would just bring you back to preview was common about a day ago, immediately after the conversion, but then it subsided and in the last day or so I've only seen it once or twice. --Joy [shallot] 30 June 2005 07:54 (UTC)

In the Hebrew Project that were upgraded to 1.5 the problem still repeating. Actually, it became impossible to save a change without click at least 10 times before on the "Save page" button. Amitayk 30 June 2005 17:03 (UTC)

It is still here, I've had to click 5 times to save an article, at which point I would get an edit conflict. — Il&;gamma;αηερ (Tαlκ) 30 June 2005 19:13 (UTC)

I've changed the session storage backend, it may or may not be more reliable now. --Brion July 1, 2005 00:55 (UTC)
Weirdly, this problem (yesterday) only appeared for me in Firefox. I switched to IE and could edit merrily without problems.Rd232 1 July 2005 07:33 (UTC)
The problem, so far as we understand it, is that login session data for particular login sessions would start going bad. Switching to another browser forces a new session cookie, so you get a brand new fresh session. It shouldn't make a difference which browser you choose, though; clearing your browser's cookies ought to have done just as well. --Brion July 1, 2005 08:50 (UTC)

Check if there's free space on the server. That's one possible reason for this problem. Especially if it suddently happens, and it used to work. If it's your wiki (as in other MediaWiki installations, check disc space -- 13:13, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

What happened to the red links?!?!?????

What happened to the red links???? --Hottentot

Using the classic skin, all links show up as unbroken, instead of with the correct broken indicator (a question mark after the wikilink). I checked my preferences, and it says they are supposed to show up with the question mark afterwards. Frecklefoot | Talk June 28, 2005 14:18 (UTC)

Are you using Internet Explorer? Filed as bugzilla:2596 --Brion June 29, 2005 00:15 (UTC)

Clicking on "section edit link", edits wrong section


I've experienced the situation where clicking on a section "edit link", edits wrong section. See for example this page. It has three "sections", the first section being a table. Clicking on the first "section edit link" for the table brings up an edit window for "section two", clicking on the second "section edit link" brings up an edit window for "section three", clicking on the third "section edit link" brings up a blank edit window. Paul August June 29, 2005 16:06 (UTC)

the same thing happens when one or more section headers are inside html <!-- --> comments. Thryduulf 5 July 2005 12:32 (UTC)
I'm not getting section edit links at all. -- Jmabel | Talk 01:18, August 17, 2005 (UTC)

Link to subsection goes to article but not subsection

reported as bugzilla:2611

I've noticed subsection links don't seem to work anymore. Reported as bugzilla #2611. -- Rick Block (talk) June 29, 2005 18:39 (UTC)

Move rollback

reported as bugzilla:2621

  • Page move rollback does some odd things. I moved a page, checked my contribs, and there were two rollbacks: one for the target which when clicked didn't seem to do anything, and the other for the newly created redirect, which when clicked reverted to a MediaWiki default that read "Confirmation e-mail sent." [4]Trilobite (Talk) 28 June 2005 04:14 (UTC)

Indented bullets put blank spaces in pages


See [5] for a good example. Susvolans (pigs can fly) 28 June 2005 07:33 (UTC)

Missing items from User Contributions page


The little selection bar thingy that allows you to just see specific contributions such as to talk pages, user pages, et cetera is now missing from the Special:Contributions pages. Jarlaxle July 2, 2005 22:13 (UTC)

this feature has been removed. sorry. —kate
Why has it? How am I supposed to view my images mixed in with article edits!? • Thorpe • 3 July 2005 14:06 (UTC)
That feature was extremely useful. Will it be re-added? Thanks, nyenyec  3 July 2005 15:32 (UTC)
Presumably, it was buggy. I prefer Wikipedia to be stable, which it now, finally, seems to be. The development team deserves a big cookie for all of there recent work, thank you! :) func(talk) 3 July 2005 15:41 (UTC)

Is there a bugzilla entry on this? Or a page where I can learn about why it had to be removed? Thanks. -- nyenyec  3 July 2005 16:43 (UTC)

I filed one: Bug# 2686. -- nyenyec  3 July 2005 17:17 (UTC)

h1-h4 codes are generating tocs

Using <h4> and the likes to make headings without generating entries in the table of contents is broken, and now does generate headings. I'm not positive this was functioning correctly in 1.4, but this diff makes me think it was. Even if this is an intended change, there should be a way to keep headings out of the ToC. (Not filed at bugzilla because there's a good chance I'm missing something obvious.) -- Norvy (talk) 08:18, 11 July 2005 (UTC)

  • I noticed this, too, and mentioned it at Template talk:Sharedip#TOC problems. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 22:28, 16 July 2005 (UTC)
    • Now at Bugzilla:2956. -- Norvy (talk) 04:56, 25 July 2005 (UTC)
    • Not a bug, that's a bug fix. Headings go in the table of contents; that's what makes them headings. --10:09, July 31, 2005 (UTC) (this comment appears to be by brion from the history don't know what wen't wrong with his sig)
      • Well its a major change in the behaviour that breaks the assumptions made by existing pages and does not add any new functionality. Sometimes it can be usefull to keep certain headings out of the TOC and it would be nice to be able to do this wihout having to build a TOC by hand or resort to formatting the headings you don't wan't in the toc with complex html markup Plugwash 11:44, 31 July 2005 (UTC)

MediaWiki 1.5: New

Redirects are wrong the first time

Why is this link not redirected automatically to ? Yes I read the help page but the why part is missing. Is it because IE does not work with such anchors?

When an article is renamed new talk page is not watched

I had Hubbert peak on my watchlist, when it was renamed to Hubbert peak theory the new article title was added to my watchlist but not the new title's talk page. So currently I receive the "unwatch" tab at the top for the article, but get the "watch" tab for the talk page, doesn't make sense. Perhaps this obfuscation was by design? zen master T 20:19, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

Transclusion of Tmplt that Starts w/ Hdg Breaks Secn Editing on Transcluding Page

By "breaks section editing", i mean that clicking on an "[edit]" lk that appears after the transcluded template results in editing a section lower on the page than was intended.

This echos problems that i recall as being fixed around the time of the "VfD is broken" crisis.

Documentation: User talk:Mike Halterman contains two transclusions of Template:BioCOTWvoter. Attempts to edit sections after both transclusions targetted later or empty section, and required adjustment of -2 to section hdg before working properly. Those between the two required adjustment of -1; those before both required no adjustment. I disabled the hdg at the start of Template:BioCOTWvoter, and the section-editing problems on that page disappeared after a refresh of the page.

--Jerzyt 03:36, 2005 August 24 (UTC)

Edit conflict unnecessarily includes entire page to edit

It's a performance and difficulty of editing bug when the edit conflict page unnecessarily includes the entire page being edited when it probably can, in most if not all cases, include just the sub section that was trying to be edited (assuming a new sub section wasn't created). zen master T 14:10, 8 August 2005 (UTC)

More bugs

I am using the Classic skin. I also turned off TOC generation and my dead links are marked with question marks. But now the Wiki server generates TOC and the dead links are not formatted properly. -- Toytoy June 28, 2005 06:13 (UTC)

highlighting of unvisited edits was never enabled here (i'm not sure why maybe one of the devs can elaborate) unfortunately at first the page looked as though it was enabled. Plugwash 00:16, 13 July 2005 (UTC)

Rollback bug and box bug

At least you have a rollback. I don't - all history/diff I do have apparently lost the rollback button. Ouch. And apparently I *just* stumbled upon another bug. I have did several edits earlier, but this time (editiong the above section) I have lost the toolbar with buttons! I can't even sign...will do it manually. Note: I got it back after preview. Second note: whose great idea was to use BETA software on Wiki? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 28 June 2005 19:58 (UTC)

MediaWiki is written specifically for Wikipedia. We call a new version "beta" for third-party reusers when we're ready to put it live on our own site (which is... Wikipedia). --Brion June 29, 2005 00:16 (UTC)

Watchlist problems

  • I am working on a solution on the following identical problem reports --Wikinaut 28 June 2005 22:23 (UTC)

number of watched pages (1)

My watchlist currently reports:

You have 3,412.5 pages on your watchlist

Half a page?! So I'm watching only part of it? violet/riga (t) 28 June 2005 11:19 (UTC)

Seems to be fixed. violet/riga (t) 28 June 2005 13:03 (UTC)
  • When you click 'display and edit the complete list' on a watchlist, the number given is twice the amount of pages actually there. Radiant_>|< June 28, 2005 13:25 (UTC)

number of watched pages (2)

I aparently have 2,995.5 pages on my watchlist (though the "My watchlist" edit page says that I have 5,991). Any idea how the 0.5 comes about? Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 28 June 2005 13:17 (UTC)

  • Possibly you're watching something that doesn't exist, but has an existing talk page? Or the other way around? Radiant_>|< June 28, 2005 13:25 (UTC)
    • Ah, probably, yes — thanks. I see that "Hide my edits" doesn't work; do we know when (or if) it's planned to be implemented? Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 28 June 2005 13:29 (UTC)
This is because Enotif counts each page separately (article, talk page). The developers are working on that. Usually, the higher number is the correct one (if you count each page separateley, what they in fact are). -- 28 June 2005 22:06 (UTC)

This error suddenly showed up on my contributions page as well -- just today, it was ok yesterday. "You have 79.5 pages on your watchlist (not including talk pages" - the list itself show the correct number of 159. WBardwin 17:32, 2 August 2005 (UTC)

Yes it looks like this bug has regressed. Kaldari 19:19, 2 August 2005 (UTC)

Unremovable pages in my watchlist

My watchlist contains three pages that I'm unable to remove:

Naive cynic 28 June 2005 16:03 (UTC)

the œ one was caused by the combination of the conversion taking account of windows-1252 and the uppercase first letter system. Basically the conversion left this lowercase page in the database but the page is inaccessible because of the uppercase first letter system. dunno about the others. Plugwash 1 July 2005 21:49 (UTC)

Watchlist: Link is displayed incorrectly


In my watchlist the link for editing the watchlist is usable, but the html-tags are displayed on the page. Looks like this:

42 Artikel werden beobachtet (ohne Diskussionsseiten); ... <a href=''>komplette Liste zeigen und bearbeiten</a>. -- 1 July 2005 06:28 (UTC)

ok, seems to work now... -- 1 July 2005 08:03 (UTC)

Brion fixed this at, but some of the language files still need the patch. --Zigger «º» 1 July 2005 21:35 (UTC)

Page Protection is not working

I have been able to protect pages, and the system is storing them as such. However, pages which are protected can still be edited by anyone who wants to. Rje June 30, 2005 11:59 (UTC)

The pages you've protected recently according to the log are:
These have all been protected against moves only, so anyone can indeed edit them. Did you mean to do this, or did you accidentally check the "Protect from moves only" box? --Brion June 30, 2005 17:38 (UTC)
It seems that this confusion to the new interface has plagued a number of admins (see WP:AN#Can someone please check something?). So much so, we had to put a warning message on MediaWiki:Confirmprotecttext. Personally, I think it would be more user-friendly if it were two radio buttons. One, the default, would be labeled something like "normal protection", while the other one would be "Protect from moves only". Zzyzx11 (Talk) 4 July 2005 02:31 (UTC)
Protect/unprotect could use some lovin', yeah. The tab should probably just go to a form with each protection option as a checkbox, clickable. Or such. --Brion July 5, 2005 04:31 (UTC)

Blue question marks

What happened to the Blue question marks that used to indicate a empty link. Now I have angry red words all over the page. I checked and my preferences haven't been changed. Rmhermen July 3, 2005 02:37 (UTC)

bug 2596 r3m0t talk July 3, 2005 16:34 (UTC)
I do have question marks, but they show up red, instead of blue. BTW., in the miscellaneous section of the preferences, the example for red links instead shows the current setting; switching to questionmarks will thus change the choice to: Red question mark or blue question mark? Aliter 8 July 2005 14:48 (UTC)

HTML-code on image-page


Please see these captures:




. The imagedescription from commons is shown on the de:image-description-page. On de: HTML-code appears.

Yes, this applies to the transclusion to another project of an internal link from an image page on Commons to another image page, see also m:Image:Tst.png.--Patrick 13:04, 11 July 2005 (UTC)
Also for links to a special page.--Patrick 06:13, 16 July 2005 (UTC)

Short-cut "alt-d" used twice in edit-mode

The short-cut "alt-d" is used twice in the edit-mode. First for "Show changes" and second for "delete" (for admins only). "alt-d" has priority for "delete" if a user has admin-status. I think it is the best to change the shortcut for "Show changes". --Raymond de 5 July 2005 08:36 (UTC)

Page not purging after minor edit

I recently did a minor edit on Wal-Mart and when I saved the change the old version wasn't purged from my cache. The edit is in the history and the current version comes up fine from there, but the old article persists in my cache. - RoyBoy 800 6 July 2005 15:34 (UTC)

  • I did an edit to User talk:Paulhesq which is not yet visible to me as the Current version. The new version shows in History, Diff, and Edit. Reload and CONTROL-Reload did not alter my view of the old version. (SEWilco 16:49, 20 July 2005 (UTC))

Wiki links being displayed as Non-Wiki links

This one's wierd, but totally reproducable for me on Mozilla 1.7.11 with Multizilla installed. If I middle click on a Wiki link to open the link in a new tab, the link gets the external link icon added to it in its display. This does not happen when I right-click and select open in a new tab from the menu. Caerwine 20:12, 6 August 2005 (UTC)

Page layout issue

On at least some pages (including this one) the left nav bar is missing and the text goes all the way to the right, so that the Wiki logo covers text. In view mode, not in edit mode. -- Jmabel | Talk 01:27, August 17, 2005 (UTC)

Edit box issue

Very weirdly, I am getting an edit box wider than my screen, with no means of scrolling. It is approximately as if the width of the edit box is exactly equal to the width of the screen, ignoring the fact that the left nav bar, etc. will take up space -- Jmabel | Talk 01:23, August 17, 2005 (UTC)

Lisense information is not updated when overwriting existing image

I just uploaded a GFDL lisensed image on top of an old "no source" image to resolve the copyright problem, I picked GFDL from the lisense box, typed in source and stuff in the big textbox, and uploaded the image on top of the old one. I figured "problem solved", but thankfully I loaded the image page just in case and to my suprise I realised that none of the information I had input when uploading the image was present, the image page still only contained the "no source" warning. At least I hope this is a bug, if not we need an option to "overwrite" the image description page as well when overwriting an old image. --Sherool 00:22, 26 September 2005 (UTC)

Hide Minor Edits

The "hide minor edits" option on the "my contributions" page is missing. DS 6 July 2005 17:35 (UTC)

Edit Conflicts - with myself??

Submitted the small edit once and came up in edit conflict. System evidently posted both. See below.

14:07, 6 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Controversy in the City Beautiful - "spring" - redundant/"warm" - no source) 14:07, 6 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Controversy in the City Beautiful - "spring" - redundant/"warm" - no source) (top) WBardwin 6 July 2005 21:12 (UTC)

Happened again -- one small edit/edit conflict/record of multiple edits, with the first one listed as "top." See below. 15:16, 23 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Plural marriage -see talk page for reasons page uses both terms/links in the paragraph.) 15:15, 23 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Plural marriage -see talk page for reasons page uses both terms/links in the paragraph.) 15:15, 23 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Plural marriage -see talk page for reasons page uses both terms/links in the paragraph.) 15:15, 23 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Plural marriage -see talk page for reasons page uses both terms/links in the paragraph.) 15:14, 23 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Plural marriage -see talk page for reasons page uses both terms/links in the paragraph.) 15:14, 23 July 2005 (hist) (diff) Joseph Smith, Jr. (→Plural marriage -see talk page for reasons page uses both terms/links in the paragraph.) (top) WBardwin 22:25, 23 July 2005 (UTC)

template ((db|reason))

(with curly brackets). Seems to have gone away! I added it to Ryan Girdler to no avail. -- SGBailey 8 July 2005 07:50 (UTC)

  • Upon revisiting the page from this link, it has just started working - despite the previous atempt being red and leading to an "edit this new template" page. Puzzled. -- SGBailey 8 July 2005 07:52 (UTC)
    • I think you wrote {{db:drivel}} when you meant {{db|drivel}} (not two colons). It has been fixed. This is not a bug. --Dmcdevit July 8, 2005 07:55 (UTC)
      • Ah. Oops. Thanks. -- SGBailey 8 July 2005 11:11 (UTC)

Small css problem since upgrade

I added the line

#t-upload { text-decoration: line-through; } 

to my user css to cross out the upload link to remind myself to upload to commons. It doesn't work since the upgrade, even though the id tag on the upload link hasn't changed... What stopped this from working? - Omegatron July 2, 2005 01:49 (UTC)

It works on both meta and wikibooks, and used to work here, but stopped after the upgrade. - Omegatron 02:05, July 27, 2005 (UTC)

<pre> broken

Check out WP:FPC. See how the block of code has been broken into two blocks, with "Nominate and support" stuck between? That should be inside the box, and the two boxes should be one. This looked fine only a couple days ago. --brian0918 Ni! 17:25, 14 July 2005 (UTC)

  • Someone used nowiki tags to fix it, but it still remains a bug. --brian0918 Ni! 13:05, 15 July 2005 (UTC)

Let's play "catch the log in button"

Whenever I visit using my work PC, and try to click on the "Log in" button in the top right-hand corner of the page, the button jumps to the left-hand side of the page and hides (partially) behind the Wikipedia logo. I then have to drag the mouse to the left-hand side to click on the button. This happens on every page, not just the main page. The "Log out/etc." button does the same thing. After several weeks, the entertainment value of this feature is beginning to wear off.

I don't see this bug at home, because there I set the "Remember me" option, so I'm always logged in. For security, I don't use the "Remember me" option at work.

I have tested all the skins, and only the MonoBook skin suffers from this bug.

Environment: Windows XP SP2, IE6.

P.S. I know I'm supposed to use Bugzilla, but I'm at work and don't want to use my work email address to create a new Bugzilla account. --Heron 12:14, 19 July 2005 (UTC)

I think it's something specific about that machine--on my XP box with IE6 and all updates I don't see the problem you describe. Niteowlneils 00:16, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
I used to have the same problem, but in a different environment. It was Windows XP SP2, MediaWiki 1.4.4, using the Maxthon browser (you've probably never heard of this, it's supposed to be FireFox and IE combined). It was on my own installation, though, not Wikipedia. And it never happened in IE. Jediarchives11 17:57, 24 July 2005 (UTC)
Thanks for those observations. I shall not report this bug to MediaZilla unless I see it on more than one machine. --Heron 18:40, 24 July 2005 (UTC)
  1. You did refresh your browser cache, right?
  2. Anonymous email address? - Omegatron 16:32, July 25, 2005 (UTC)
I also have this problem. I'm already logged in, and it's the entire menu bar. It's intermitent. Been in Wikipedia since March, never had it happened. Had the problem last night. Went away after a reboot. Was on alot tonight with no propblem then it came back tonight after I returned. However once the bar moves, I'm still able to click the menu option I want. Looks like it might be a toughie to track down. Might be something wrong with a style sheet if you use those. I'm on XP SP1 IE 6 (most recent version SP2) Granite T. Rock 06:29, July 31, 2005 (UTC)

Diff problem

The diff links and the 'compare selected versions' button on this page don't work properly, maybe because the middle of the three edits has a higher 'oldid' number than the newest edit. Niteowlneils 00:16, 20 July 2005 (UTC)


Where do Mediawiki "wishes" go? (I have two.) Where's the wishlist?

Atlant 12:39, 19 July 2005 (UTC)

I second that request - I have one too -- Francs2000 | Talk 12:40, 19 July 2005 (UTC) r3m0t talk 18:51, July 19, 2005 (UTC)

My wish is for these bugs to be eliminated and for MediaWiki 1.5 stable to come out for public use. Could anyone give me an ETA on when that will happen? A week? Less? I bought a website to start a wiki and I thought that 1.5 was close enough that it wouldn't be worth it to start with 1.4 then upgrade. So if someone could give me an estimated date when 1.5 stable is released I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks. Jediarchives11 04:30, 25 July 2005 (UTC)

Too many <big>'s crashes browser

I've tested this in the latest Firefox, and in Mozilla 1.7.7. This first test page consists of an over-sized smiley face (if you have the character set), the code of which consists of 13 bigs in a row:


This second test page adds a 14th big, which, when attempting to load, crashes the entire browser and all other instances of that browser. Lower-case letters seem to be able to do 14 bigs, but crash on 15, while upper-case letters can do 13 but crash on 14. Please test this on other browsers. I haven't checked bugzilla for this. -- иAIяBRIAN0918 21:52, 1 August 2005 (UTC)

No Problems on IE Granite T. Rock 03:58, August 2, 2005 (UTC)
No problem here on Firefox 1.0.2, Mandriva Linux 10.0. Nickptar 07:58, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
I also have no problem with the same configuration. Note that Mandriva provides a patched version of Firefox, so although it's 1.0.2 it actually has the fixes from 1.0.5 backported. I'm running a fully patched Mandriva system; Nickptar may also be or may be running the original 1.0.2, or anything in between.-gadfium 08:33, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
No problem on Opera 8.0 build 7561 on Windows XP. Note, however, that they look exactly the same size. --Andy Janata 20:34, 4 August 2005 (UTC)
No problem on Mozilla 1.7.8 or Firefox 1.0.5 on WinXP SP2. --Fibonacci 00:15, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

Please file bugs at if possible so we can track this stuff! Thanks, --Brion June 28, 2005 04:34 (UTC)

If I didn't have to register to report bugs I would Granite T. Rock 03:58, August 2, 2005 (UTC)

Watchlist not showing articles edited 1 month before current date

My watchlist only lists pages edited within the last month, even if I select 'all'. For example, the list today (16 Aug) shows articles edited between 18 July and 16 Aug. Yet when I select 'display and edit the complete list', the list includes articles edited before 18 July. It says there are 174 pages in my list. Does anyone see articles edited 1 month before current date? Bobblewik 10:17, 16 August 2005 (UTC)

Transparent infoboxes??


Section header underlines are now crossing through infoboxes (since yesterday evening) - it's never happened before on en wikipedia, tho' I have seen it on some other language wikis. Anyone any idea why this has started happening, and how it can be remedied? It looks awful! - MPF 13:35, 22 August 2005 (UTC)

The problem has stopped now, as mysteriously as it began. Thanks, whoever solved it! - MPF 12:39, 24 August 2005 (UTC)

TOC problems

See Cannabis rescheduling in the United States. The TOC went to the sidebar. 03:12, 29 August 2005 (UTC)

when more than one TOC is displayed on a page, only the first can be toggled. --Dave

Diffs not shown properly

screenshot 1
screenshot 1
screenshot 2
screenshot 2

Recently I've noticed quite often that the diffs do not show what they are supposed to show. See examples.

Newest bugs

There's a bug in the revision history when an article was deleted, and someone creates a new article. As long as an article is deleted, the user can't see the older revisions so he has to base his revision on a non-existent article. Therefore, his change is "Nothing -> X", but the history will later on display "Article-Before-Deletion -> X". In a more specific case, this currently causes false accusations against me and my username, but that's just a symptom of the bug. Example article where this happened: (look for my first revision, username PhilWiki.) --Philipp

Article on Henry Havelock warns of a neutrality dispute-- says to see the talk page. The talk page says no article on Henry Havelock exists.

Edit toolbar doesn't work in Konqueror. It's true. I'm using Konqueror 3.4.1 on Linux, and there's no edit toolbar. There are some other problems, like the fact that I'm pretty sure that a certain other option doesn't work but I can't be sure because I don't know what exactly it's supposed to do (it doesn't seem to do anything in Konqueror), but one problem at a time.Tommstein 07:20, 27 October 2005 (UTC)

There are profanities on this page, along with inaccuracies.

There are profanities on this page.

What profanities? Maybe you mean the vandalism which was on the page? It's not a bug nevertheless! --Arny 15:43, 25 October 2005 (UTC)

Search Returns Fatal Error (Tech Question)

When I ran this search: ("human+evolution+homo+sapiens") I got this: ("Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.5/extensions/LuceneSearch.php on line 402"). The search for just ("evolution") returns a normal result page. All this suggests to a problem handling empty recordsets from the search engine. The page I was looking for was: (""). Regards, R> (rxn/at/

Apache PHP error


Response: Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.5/extensions/LuceneSearch.php on line 402

The same for turbin [6]

Thanks for the fix! Now everything is ok (24.10.05)

Opera 9 Preview Screenshot posted here: [7]

According to Opera pros, this is due to the fact that Opera now supports CSS3 selectors.

Tested using Opera 9 Preview 1. (Download: [8])

Search Problems There is an entry for John McNally, an NFL football player.

Searching for "john mcnally" or "John McNally" does not list this entry at the top of the search results, as 100% relevant. Obviously, it should.

Listed are a whole lot of unrelated, possibly relevant partial matches. At least 13 pages of them. I haven't looked through the entire list to see if the correct match is listed anywhere.

Weird link problem Today I wrote an article Anita Malfatti, which is linked to from Mário de Andrade. Special:Whatlinkshere/Anita_Malfatti lists Mário de Andrade, but the link at Mário de Andrade is red, and if you click it you get a blank edit window. I cleared my cache so I don't think the problem is at my end. Any thoughts? Thanks, Chick Bowen 03:22, 16 October 2005 (UTC)

The link finally turned blue after about 12 hours. I guess it just took the servers an unusually long time to update. Chick Bowen 15:47, 16 October 2005 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commonplace

Hi. I'm getting the same error message every time I've tried to upload images (comic book covers) using the Wikimedia Commonplace software, even though up till two days ago everything worked fine.

At 50% upload each time (no matter the image), this error message pops up: "An unhandled exception has occurred in your application. ... The remote served returned an error: (404) Not Found."

From my layman's perspective, it seems as if your image-upload server might be down? Or maybe I'm doing something wrong. Thanks for any help. Tenebrae 02:20, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

URL for Edit link is wrong

The [Edit] link that appears at the bottom-right of each section (as distinct from the "Edit this page" tab at the top of each page) has the incorrect URL. The ...&section=NN variable in the URL appears to require a zero-based number, not 1-based as it currently is. When I click on a section to edit it I end up editing the _following_ section. It's impossible to edit the first section without hand-editing the URL.

I am using Firefox v1.0 on Linux.

13 October 2005

Edit section links appear in odd places

I found the [Edit] links appear in a few odd places on the page Battle_of_the_Nile. I spotted this in the sections titled "The Battle" (Edit link appears at the end of the 2nd line of the section text) and "Memorials" (two Edit links appear at the end of the first line of the section text). I thought it might be a simple formatting problem and tried changing "==The Battle==" to "== The Battle ==" but that didn't fix it. I don't know if it has anything to do with the entry immediately previous (from 13 Oct) but it at least seems related so I'm putting this entry here.

I'm viewing in Firefox 1.0.7 on Linux/Gnome Desktop 2.8. 21 Oct 2005

Error in Apache's scripts

Hi, I made a malformed link to Wikipedia today – after several copy&paste edits on plwiki I got a link similar to this one: Special:History/Abcdefg. When followed it returns the error message, which reveals some script inconsistency:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: setstatuscode() in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.5/includes/SpecialPage.php on line 261

CiaPan 17:44, 12 October 2005 (UTC)

Thanks, it's OK now. --CiaPan 07:24, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

The page says that this image is not linked from any page, when in fact, Terri Schiavo uses this image near the bottom of the article.

--GordonWatts 14:36, 12 October 2005 (UTC) PS: Please hurry up and look at this one: Since a lot of "deletionists" frequent Terri Schiavo, this image may be deleted or removed from the page if you wait too long, and you won't see the software bug here. Thanks.--GordonWatts 14:40, 12 October 2005 (UTC)

Hi, I'm not a wiki developer—just an ordinary user. But as far as I know Wikipedia, the Special:Whatlinkshere/Image:SchiavoGrave.jpg page is not supposed to show links to the image. Instead they are listed at the bottom of the image-page itself. Check this link: Image:SchiavoGrave.jpg#filelinks. --CiaPan 16:02, 13 October 2005 (UTC)
Thanks for the head up, CiaPan. It makes sense now.--GordonWatts 00:10, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

There is profanity in the "Bubonic Plague" article that doesn't appear when I click into "edit this page." It appears several times at the end of paragraphs.

Left Hand Search

The "Go" and "Search" buttons do not clearly indicate the differences in the search provided. Because the title of the area is already named "Search" the following are the suggested changes: "Article Title" for "Go" and "Full Text" for "Search."

Summary: Multiple log-in and edit-submit problems!

Details: First, I noticed that when clicking on "submit," I am re-directed to a web page that says I must be logged in to modify my watchlist. I WAS logged in!! However, even AFTER I logged in and started surfing in, I was later directed to pages that still had the "log in" link -as if I were not logged in. Now, I did look to see if my bugs were reported, and I admit that I saw other bug reports for the latter problem (showing the log-in link even after logging in), however, I saw absolutely no other bug reports that showed a problem like my initial problem, which, after I submitted an edit, then redirected me to a page that asked me to log in. Oh, one other problem: Even AFTER I submit an edit when logged in, sometimes I see where I was not logged in -in other words, it displays my IP address instead of my User name, User:GordonWatts ( That is, the software says I am not logged in even when I am.

Steps to Reproduce: 1. Only sometimes when I submit an edit am I redirected to the page that says I must be logged in to modify watchlist. 2. Only sometimes are my edits shown as IP addresses, but other times, it shows my user name -if I submit it real quick. (Indicates I log out real fast!) 3. EVERY time when I log in and then navigate it asks me to log in again. (This is apparently reproducible.)

Actual Results: Numbers 1 and 2 sometimes work as expected. #3 has messed up every time (I only checked 2 or 3 times, I think.)

Expected Results: 1. It should not redirect me to funny pages regarding my watchlist (whether or not I'm logged in) if I submit an edit. 2. When I submit an edit, it should show User:GordonWatts 3. After I navigate, it should indicate I am logged IN, not LOGGED OUT! PS: Sorry for shouting; I get a little frustrated here, no offense intended.

Additional Information: I am Gordon Wayne Watts, en.Wikipedia, User:GordonWatts, formerly known as UserGordonWattsDotCom, who got his user name changes to be less self-promoting, lol.

UPDATE: I accidentally submitted this to the Bugzilla of the Mozilla Foundation, not of Wikipedia, but their email directed me here. I think the problem went away on its own (did I have a hard time holding current cookies?), but I shall report it all the same.

Cheers!--GordonWatts 00:13, 28 September 2005 (UTC)

  • I'm actually having a similar problem: I can log in and go to look at my watchlist, or edit a page, and I'm no longer logged in. That is, even if I immediately click on watchlist, I am redirected to a page saying user:<IP ADDRESS> has no watchlist. If I edit a page, the edit is recorded as having been done by <IP ADDRESS>. The only way to prevent this is if I log in, immediately go into my preferences, and select the box next to "Remember across sessions" and save. This happens every time I log into Wikipedia now though it did not used to happen a month ago. No browser, filewall, or internet setting have changed. semiconscious (talk · home) 22:16, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

The page for Thuisland is actually the page for Homeland

The URL for Lance Romañce isñce. It is impossible to link to because of the special character, and always comes up as Is it possible to change the URL or to redirect the link that comes up, instead of changing the name?? This seems like it would be a bit of a problem in general for a lot of entries.

I have noticed that if I direct my pointer to the "Create Account / Log In" that is displayed on the right hand side on the very top of the page, it immediately moves to the very top of the LEFT hand side of the page, behind the Wikipedia logo. If I log in, then the same thing happens if I try to click on "my watch" list or any of the other options. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I am using a "widescreen" laptop.

There's a bug in the "search" tool at the moment - I was looking for info about different countries earlier, and when I search for "Germany", "Greece" and "Gibraltar" I get directed to a page about "Penetration Diving" with lots of very useful information about cave diving and what SCUBA kit you might want, but not much about the countries in question! It didn't do this with any other countries, maybe it doesn't like countries starting with "G"?! Can anyone fix this?

Problem with printing from firefox 1.0.6 from It crashes out firefox when proccessing print job.

--- The "Contact Us" page (for English users) does not display in English as of the most recent edit 15-Sep-2005.

The article for George W. Bush displays birth of July 9, 1936; however, when attempting to edit the page to correct it (should be July 6, 1946), the proper date is displayed. Returning & refreshing the content page still displays the incorrect date.

--- If you search for ".", as I accidentally did earlier, the search engine gives an error message "Internal error: no valid response from search server (" The IP address changes upon subsequent searches for "."

The page "" shows up as gibberish when using Firefox 1.0.6. It shows up fine in Internet Explorer.

The page "" shows up as gibberish when using Firefox 1.0.6. It shows up fine in Internet Explorer. The same occurs with ""

Another page that is corrupted when using Firefox 1.0.6 is Is this possibly a character set encoding issue?

The page (for WPA, Wifi Protected Access) displays garbage (see

When I try to look up "git" (a new utility for Linux kernel sourcecode management), I get a 404. NOTE: this only happens from the homepage search, at -- when I try it from the sidebar search, after looking up something else successfully, it works fine.

Entering text into search box causes Firefox 1.5 Beta to hang

When logged in, the username link at the top leads to nowhere useful. How about a page that lists the other links up there? It's redundant but at least useful.

20050909_pages_current.xml.gz dump gives me a SAXparser exception:

 File "C:\Python24\lib\xml\sax\", line 38, in fatalError
   raise exception

SAXParseException: 20050909_pages_public.xml:233254:5: reference to invalid character number

Wikipedia is slow today *sigh*. But a more serious problem is, why do I keep being asked to 'Save Download' when I try to edit some (but only some) pages? Oldhamlet 20:25, 9 September 2005 (UTC)

An update to the above: I have found that the bug seems to occur when I am logged-in, but not when I am logged-out. Does this mean I've been blocked?

The page on Hurricane Katrina has the following listed in its table of contents: Jacki Wombat was here...can someone please check this page...

URL linked from isn't visible, because doesn't resolves.

It's either a problem with NS or with link.

There is profanity in the last sentence on the grammatical note:

The image file for Hurricane Katrina has been hacked. Sun Sept 4 2005 9:52 AM EST

The following URL is a search for "los angeles", it works perfectly and redirect to the corresponding article:

However, when changing the hostname from to, it does not work anymore: What happens this time is that the user is redirected to the "" URL and the search string is (wrongly) URL-encoded a second time (the "%" is encoded into "%25"). The obvious solution to this problem is that the server-side app doing the redirect should not URL-encode a second time the search string.

Incorrect numbering of references

Not sure if this is a bug, but it seems that external reference enumeration assigns different identifiers if the same source is quoted once. For example, this reference to Google [9] will be numbered differently from this one [10]. In most scientific writing programs, such references are consolidated. In some articles, a source may be quoted several times, for example in a medical article that separates symptoms from treatments, etc. Uri 00:20, 3 September 2005 (UTC)

This is a particularly pernicious bug.[11] External references and endnotes are just numbered according to their occurence in the text, with no connection to the list of references at the bottom of the page. If I don't keep my reference list at the bottom of the page in the sequence [12] in which I quote (which is not necessarily what I want, see Second et al., 2005), the numbers are going to be wrong, and I can't reference one article twice [13] without creating spurious numbers. --Slashme 10:14, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

  1. ^ My First Note, A.A. Busman, Journal of First Endnotes, 33(2): 133-145, 1765
  2. ^ This bugs me more than it bugs Bugs Bunny, Zeida F. Second et al, International Journal of Alphabetical and Chronological Endnotes, 22(5): 1123-5, 2005

I have discovered since writing that numbered footnotes are known to be broken, and that wikipedia doesn't really seem to mind much.

I understand that to an extent. Most Encyclopedias don't really have much in the line of references anyway, and footnotes (as most people know them) are evil. Write it in brackets or leave it out. However, as a praciticing scientist, I have come to rely on proper citations, and to hate the Harvard style of reference (which, by the way, is hardly ever used in hard science any more!). A number in square brackets does not break the narrative, and if you really care what work is being cited, it is a quick and unambiguous route to the reference. The humanities really should wake up and smell the coffee here! --Slashme 11:21, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

search box

The search box appears to have become case-sensitive, and if you don't match the exact case used in the article title you want it will say that there were no articles found with that title. (Yes, I searched for "world almanac and book of facts" and no articles were found, although "World Almanac and Book of Facts" was returned as scoring 100%).

'Create account / log in' link on Wiki pages in IE.: Upon mouse hover, this link moves from top right corner to top left?? Works fine in firefox but not in IE.

(August 29, 2005. 18:40 EST)

I think there's something wrong with the RFM page format. The hyperlinks are gone. 18:54, 28 August 2005 (UTC)

The bug page doesn't say whether to mention new bugs at the top of the page or the bottom. The search engine is acting funny. See many examples in the comments in Village Pump (policy) Case Sensitive Search.

You have a large number (thousands) of requests for articles on math (maths) that apparently already exist except for differences in case and number, eg Triangular Number DNE but Triangular numbers does. In trying to wade through this long list, I continually encounter search engine problems.

Rick Norwood

When I search for CAT 5, it gives me cats rather then cat 5, not sure if it is intepreting the 5 as an S or ignoring it completely.

On the main portal, the search function does not work in firefox. If you click english, the search on the side will work, but on the main portal it does not, which is quite a major bug :/

This page seems to have completely barfed:

  1. Wikipedia doesn't seem to be completely compatable with Firefox. see for an example. If you look at the image on the left it isn't aligned with the border properly.
    Small bug but still a bug :)
  2. My watchlist says "You have 1 pages on your watchlist (not including talk pages)"; however, I have two pages on my watchlist, neither of which are talk pages.
  3. Andrew Moylan 06:52, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
    Update: upon adding this page to my watchlist, by checking "Watch this page" before clicking "Save page", I now see the confounding message "You have 1.5 pages on your watchlist (not including talk pages)".
    Andrew Moylan 06:59, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
    I'm getting the same (5.5 pages where I have 11) so it's not just for one person. Robin Johnson 08:06, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
    Me too – "You have 124.5 pages on your watchlist (not including talk pages)" when it is given as 249 on the full list StephenDawson 14:46, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
    Me three - My watchlist From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (for user "Ghost of Christmas Past") You have 1.5 pages on your watchlist (not including talk pages); you can display and edit the complete list. Xmas Ghost 14:25, 3 August 2005 (UTC)

Not a bug, but a feature request. Merriam Webster provides audio pronounciations of its words. You have a great definition of Matryoshka along with accompanying images. But I was unable to find any audio that would help me in actually saying the word. This may be something you do offer and I just couldn't see it.

Tracey July 26, 2005

The home page of wikipedia has W written in different languages. The W in Hindi, on the left center of the globe is MISSPELT.

It may not be a bug, but there does not seem to be an option to delete images, not even the images I uploaded myself, namely this one: [[14]]. I realised that it may violate some copyright restriction, so I'd like it removed, but I can't... Brother Laz 10:56, 26 July 2005 (UTC)

If I open this page, I get php warnings and a page where nearly every word is converted to an internal wikipedia link. If you try to edit the page you see that the single words aren't really supposed to be links, it must be some bug in Mediawiki... --Sth 23:10, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

This page behaves in a similar, but more severe way. The source seems to suggest a large amount of unformatted text has been pasted into the engine, causing many occurances of this error:

Warning: strpos(): Empty delimiter. in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.5/includes/Parser.php on line 1065

--Adrianward 23:35, 23 July 2005 (UTC)

Afnix programming language gives the same error
--Felixdakat 01:26, 2005 July 23 (UTC)

I changed my skin in Special:Preferences to "Chick." There is a serious flaw with this skin because the 'Quickbar' overlaps the Wiki page, and does not allow me to click on many links, including the 'skin' link to change mine back.

TruthInEvidence 18:18, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

I wasn't able to link to files other than pictures,pdf, sounds or hyperlinks, but i need this funktion because i want to build an intranet-wiki with the option to open f.e. .dwg or .xls files. i'm not able to program in the source code. can anybody help me ? -- --Martin, July 21, 2005

When I go to the main page and search for "lan party" I get a 404 error. The slightest deviation in spelling makes it go through. Is this a bad record in the database?

-- Ricardo, July 20, 2005

...same with "point blank" though single words ("point" and "blank") work :) the effect is stable.

--cade 23:57, July 30, 2005 (UTC)

ps: I found "lan party" now works, hope we'll get explanation of those effects because they are interesting :)

  1. I got The wikimedia web server didn't return any response to your request. What the heck is this? and where did my edit go?Uncle Ed 15:52, July 16, 2005 (UTC)

I like to browse wikipedia with the RANDOM ARTICLE button, but a large proportion of the articles are three-sentence stubs. It takes me a long time to actually get to a page that's really nice to read, full of information. Can you modify this button to bring people to a random article that is greater than, say, 4K of text? --Michael, 20 July 2005

And add to this page is not at all intuitive, and the features page doesn't seem to exist! :)

It would be good if there was a version of wikipedia for WAP mobile phones. If you try using the normal version (assuming your phone supports HTML) most phones show all the contents of the article itself in a single column which means that the word "sentence" would be displayed as









- Please try

I found in this page that mostly every single word is higlighted as a link to non existing pages.

Have you guys thought of adopting a brain structure? A semantic network or similar. It is possible to do it and much more the way our minds work.

Strange format appearance in seemingly properly formatted page: DOS (disambiguation). The line about "disk operating system" is all bold and italics and has an extra ' lying about, when edited it looks like it is formatted properly. - Centrx 18:24, 25 July 2005 (UTC)

Fixed. Jpers36 12:55, 29 July 2005 (UTC)

Discussion page problems

Folks over at the "Anarchism" page are having trouble with their discussion page. Upon saving their responses, large amounts of material from past archives is randomly inserted at the end of the discussion page. It may have something to do with opening up the "edit" link in a new window (via right-click). --TelemachusSneezed 22:15, 28 July 2005 (UTC)

Taxobox and image flow

I created a bridge type taxobox (template:BridgeType), and am inserting it into various bridge type articles. The layout I frequently want is an introductory image on the right, the taxobox after some introductory text, and more images. If I put the taxobox too close to the image then when the page is widened the taxobox will move up and when it gets close to the intro image it will jump to the left, crowding the text. If I run it toward the bottom (by putting it after more text) then it does not jump but on a narrow page is now too far down. I would like to have it treated as is an image - simply to stay in its column below the image. I have experimented with various intro image positions and none seem to work as I wish. (Note also that the alignment is several pixels to the left of the images and tends to crowd the text - there is insufficient text margin. See Clapper bridge and experiment by moving the template up, use a large screen to make a wide window. If you can provide me with a work-around that would be appreciated as I have more than 30 articles to edit and would like to get some uniformity in presentation. Any work around should work with the various modern browsers and top three operating systems.) Thanks, Leonard G. 04:30, 29 July 2005 (UTC)

Relevant articles

I have had a discussion about nav boxes. I want them and a admin with a bot have been removing them, in the discussion that followed I came up with the idea of having relevant articles in a list in the left most column below the "in other languages" box, I see that it is possible to make a template that contains other language links and if that template is used on a page, that page will get the languages, so now I wonder if there is anyway that we can implement a new box in the left hand column which would contain navigational links. Then make a template that contains the info for these links and therefore add the template to a many pages and get the all the same links in the box (preferable exluding the page itself :-) ). What I want this for is that each shark article should have links to all other shark articles but if we look at the Navigational_templates there seams to be a lot other examples also. Stefan 13:34, August 1, 2005 (UTC)

Article Displayed Out of Order

Check out Amitabh Bachchan. Scroll down to the bottom. It looks like the filmography table is displayed after the External Links section. However, if you edit the article to try and correct it, the source has the filmography in the correct spot, before the External Links. Weird. -- 13:07, 8 August 2005 (UTC)

I have had a frequent problem with the link underling option. I have it set to Never, but I have randomly encountered pages where the links get underlined, and it stays that way until I save my preferences again. KramarDanIkabu 19:22, 14 August 2005 (UTC)

While trying to write a redirect at Darien (Connecticut) the software backend threw an exception, which I preserve here for the sake of posterity. The server accepted the edit on the next try. Alba 23:49, 15 August 2005 (UTC)

Error in numRows(): Duplicate entry '0-Darien_(Connecticut)' for key 2 Backtrace:

GlobalFunctions.php line 435 calls wfbacktrace() Database.php line 548 calls wfdebugdiebacktrace() User.php line 768 calls databasemysql::numrows() Skin.php line 529 calls user::getnewtalk() CologneBlue.php line 53 calls skincologneblue::pagetitlelinks() Skin.php line 351 calls skincologneblue::dobeforecontent() Skin.php line 164 calls skincologneblue::beforecontent() OutputPage.php line 466 calls skincologneblue::outputpage() OutputPage.php line 679 calls outputpage::output() Database.php line 405 calls outputpage::databaseerror() Database.php line 352 calls databasemysql::reportqueryerror() Database.php line 936 calls databasemysql::query() Article.php line 942 calls databasemysql::insert() Article.php line 1054 calls article::inserton() EditPage.php line 391 calls article::insertnewarticle() EditPage.php line 178 calls editpage::editform() EditPage.php line 285 calls editpage::edit() index.php line 216 calls editpage::submit() index.php line 3 calls require()

Images that are shared between pages (e.g. the wikipedia logo) do not have expiry dates set on them, thus causing extra traffic to your servers and web browsers to generate a bunch of extra GETs that only result in 304s.

The "export pages" feature Special:Export only exports the last version of the article regardless of whether the checkbox "Include only the current revision" is checked or not. Paolo Liberatore (Talk) 14:40, 15 September 2005 (UTC)

The "Wolf interval" feature has a broken link to a media file: 'Wolf_fifth.ogg (33.1KB)'

If I create a heading "Re: The word 係" (two spaces after the word "word"), Wikipedia will generate a link "#Re:_The_word__.E4.BF.82" (two underscores after the word "word"). However, when the link is actually displayed, MediaWiki converts the double underscore to a single underscore, causing the link to not work.

I logged into Wikipedia and keep getting logged off without me doing it. All of a sudden, I notice I'm "logged off", usually because the "minor change" box isn't there when I edit something. I had noticed it before, but thought it was just me, but it's done it three times in the past ten minutes. [[User:Rt66lt|Rt66lt}}

There's a simple silly problem when searching, and viewing many result pages: the last item reported on every single page is an empty one with 0% relevancy. This should not exist.

When I try to log on I get a message saying that I typed in an incorrect password--but I do not.

Automatic RFC link generation happens within links. See the last entry at [15] for an example. Admittely, this particular case was a somewhat unlikely one, but this looks like a manifestation of a more general bug. --Ilmari Karonen 22:35, 29 September 2005 (UTC)

WWW Portal Main page: missing logo

See this line of HTML code for the missing "WIKIPEDIA" word logo at the very top of the page:

<img src="" width="180" height="50" alt="WIKIPEDIA" />

It seems to have been deleted by error from the upload server, or the URL is incorrect... This slows down a lot the display of the main front page and generates lots of 404 NOT FOUND errors for all visitors coming to Wikipedia with the base portal URL (those that just enter "" in their browser's address bar)

  • Several times lately I have been unable to stay logged in. It has caused some of my edits to sign with ip only which causes me to loose credit for them. It seems to happen when I hit the save button.-Dakota 05:56, 7 October 2005 (UTC)
  • I am having a similar problem today. Joaquin Murietta 17:20, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

Using the tag "OriginalResearch" will correctly label a page, but will not add the page to the "Category:Articles which may contain original research" page unless the tag is spelled "Original_research" with the underscore. 09:03, 9 October 2005 (UTC)

On the "Advocacy Groups" page, the discussion link is red, and tells me that the advocacy page does not exist yet, but that I can create it. This may be because there simply is no discussion yet, but this text should be clarified even if that is the case.

Typo on Move Log special page

At Special:Log/move, the intro text reads Below is a list of page moved.. That should be either ...pages moved or moves. --RoySmith 12:09, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

When one clicks on the "discussion" tab at the article on the Babington Plot, the reader is told that Wikipedia has no article entitled "Babington Plot" and is invited to write one. As investigator Henry Lee said in the O.J. Simpson trial, "Something not right here."

  • Actually, that's not quite true. If you click on the "discussion" tab, the message says that "Wikipedia does not have a discussion page entitled Babington Plot." That is true; there is an article on this subject, but no one has yet started an accompanying discussion page. --Russ Blau (talk) 20:12, 28 October 2005 (UTC)

Remove one licensing choice from Upload page popup menu


On the "Upload file" page, can we remove the "Images copyrighted by Wikimedia" choice from the "Licensing" popup menu? That choice tags the image with "CopyrightByWikimedia", which says:

This image is copyrighted by the Wikimedia foundation. It is one of the official logos or designs used by the Wikimedia foundation or by one of its projects. Notwithstanding any other statement on this page this image has not been licensed under the GFDL. © & ™ All rights reserved, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc..

No ordinary user will ever use this tag, so it shouldn't be in the popup menu. Obviously the tag should exist, but anybody who will be using the tag will be familiar with using {{double brackets}}.

This came up when a user tagged Image:Le Marche.JPG with this tag from the popup menu because she wished to donate the photo to Wikipedia, and thought "CopyrightByWikimedia" would be nice to use. Thanks - Tempshill 18:13, 30 October 2005 (UTC)

Not a (developer-level) bug - admins can edit the list at MediaWiki:Licenses (and in fact, Carnildo removed that one on the 28th). —Cryptic (talk) 02:44, 31 October 2005 (UTC)
Thanks. Tempshill 06:26, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

Auto-tag summary-less picture uploads with "no source"

When a picture is uploaded and the user doesn't type anything in the "Summary" field as required (it's supposed to contain "author, source URL, etc"), can we automatically add the {{no source}} tag to the file page? This would accelerate the deletion of sourceless files, which I've found to be a continuous problem in the last week of patrolling the new pictures gallery. Tempshill 18:21, 30 October 2005 (UTC)

I would be careful with that request, since when you update pictures, the summary field is empty (rather than displaying the most current source). If someone simply wants to update a picture from the same source (say they created it), then the program should be receptive to that. Fresheneesz 15:31 30 October 2005 (US West Coast time)

Bad pages in database

Special:Whatlinkshere/Negative (photography) includes the following bizarre entries, which appear to correspond to entries in the database even though users cannot access them (clicking on the links brings you to [[Bad title])]:

--Russ Blau (talk) 19:48, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

The first link actually works for me. The second link just says there's no article called that.Tommstein 19:55, 31 October 2005 (UTC)
Just copying the links didn't correctly identify the problem, so I have copied the underlying HTML links and pasted them above. --Russ Blau (talk) 23:06, 1 November 2005 (UTC)

Updated Pictures Remain Unchanged

I have uploaded a few pictures, and then have tweaked them and reuploaded the updates. However, the picture stays the same after updating. The first picture I had this problem with was updated last night, and I think it finnally DID update the picture after about 12 hours, however there should not be such a huge latency like that. I just checked a second picture again, it finnally updated too after about 4 or 5 hours. Please fix the latency. Fresheneesz 15:31 30 October 2005 (US West Coast time)

Editing a section caused the page to contain that section only

I edited a section in Neverwinter Nights and clicked the button to save the page, but I got the "Can't connect to database sever" error. When I got back and tried to save again, the page was saved so it contained ONLY the content of the section I edited. So I had to revert the page to get the full content. BTW, the revision I tried to save the first time WAS saved, although the error was reported. When i saved it the other time, the text was lost. --Arny 06:02, 2 November 2005 (UTC)

The following glitches:

Frequent "Time has run out" when accessing different articles,etc. Contact REFUSED on "" . Contact aborted. Total failure trying to access Wikipedia. S...............................................l....................................o....... ..............................................................w processing of accessed articles. Symbols printing themselves, like Bold text':)' when I only intend ":)" Martial Law 21:21, 2 November 2005 (UTC) :)

Can the respnse be moved to my talk page ?Martial Law 21:29, 2 November 2005 (UTC) :)

Don't allow PDF uploads

Last week I noticed several users had uploaded .pdf files. They don't render correctly (I see an Acrobat icon), so the only reason I can imagine they are doing this is to use Wikipedia as a web host. Files ending in .pdf shouldn't be allowed to be uploaded. Tempshill 23:11, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

"In other languages" items remove

In case that an artikel exists in other languages too, the appropriate language items can be configured to appeare on the most left column. In case that an artikel is deleted by an admin in one language not only the article vanishes but the "in other languages" items (buttons) disappeare also, allthough the articels in other languages still exists (my happen, if an artikle is disputed in one region i.e. one language because of different religious or moral attitudes). In that case the visitor of that page is only informed about that the article does not exist at all and does no longer obtain the information that this article still exists in other languages e.g. in english. Is that a bug or a feature ? --Aquis 18:58, 4 November 2005 (UTC)

apostrophes in link anchor names

one's complement does not link to the right place: the "'" is turned into a ".27" in the HTML link.

checkers.php parse error

Attempting to reach the article results sometimes (2 of 3) instead in a page reading:

Parse error: parse error, unexpected $ in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.5/checkers.php on line 101

In case it matters, I'm using Mozilla 1.7.12 on Windows 2000 SP 4. —EncMstr 04:59, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

I need a can of Raid !!!!

Software is STILL buggy. It has:

1. REFUSED access on "".
2. S......................................l.............................o...................w
   processing capability on ALL articles. Once, it took 15 Minutes for it to
   process a article.
3. Terminates access to "" from time to time.
4. Self prints other symbols from time to time.

What is going on ?Martial Law 21:52, 6 November 2005 (UTC) Still got bugs, where's the can of Raid ?Martial Law 19:51, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

php non-existent class

I get this error intermittently, instead of a page perhaps 1 for every 4 or 5 "Randome article"

Fatal error: Cannot instantiate non-existent class: article in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.5/includes/Setup.php on line 300 Still using Mozilla 1.7.12 on Windows 2000 SP 4. —EncMstr 04:59, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

Watch List not accessible

As of about an hour ago, I can no longer access My Watchlist. I get the following error message:

Parse error: parse error, unexpected $ in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.5/checkers.php on line 101

Reinitiating my browser and rebooting the computer made no difference. I am occasionally getting the same message when I try to compare versions using the Hisotry page of various articles, but in those cases another attempt or two will get the page to load. Only for My Watchlist does this not seem to work. -- EncycloPetey 05:04, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

Template with a link does not process spaces correctly

The functionality is documented here :

Just check all the examples : the spaces in the parameter values are _not_ converted properly to %20 in the URL generated by the template, so the links are broken. Tyrcho 16:13, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

Personal tools
In other languages