MediaWiki extensions manual
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Release status: stable
Implementation Tag , Parser function
Description Adds a tag and a function to display a random BOFH excuse
Author(s) Helmut K. C. Tessarek (tessustalk)
Latest version 1.7 (2019-01-18)
Compatibility policy master
MediaWiki 1.25+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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The BOFH extension allows users to display a random BOFH (Bastard Operator From Hell) excuse on a wiki page.


  • Grab the code via git:
cd extensions
git clone https://github.com/tessus/mwExtensionBOFH.git BOFH
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
  •   Done – Navigate to "Special:Version" on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.



Add a <bofh/> tag to display a random BOFH excuse.


A function can be used to display a random excuse in a nostalgic look.

{{bofh:}} will look like this:


Without a value the width of the box will be the length of the excuse, but you can also specify a fixed length {{bofh:600}} or a percentage {{bofh:40%}}.

{{bofh:600}} will look like this: