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Daisyanne1380 (talkcontribs)

Hello i have a media wiki database from 4 years ago i cant get it to work cause it use to be integrated to my ipb forums login. my question is is there a way to import the pages to my new wiki so we don't lose all the useful information. i'm using now the most current media wiki and the database i cant remember but it was from 4 years ago

Mainframe98 (talkcontribs)

Four years ago? According to Release notes, that would put the version around 1.20. Someone a bit more versed in MediaWiki database structure may be able to ask you some in depth questions to pin point the exact version, but your best bet now is to download an old version around that time. You may download the old versions here: You'll need the file named mediawiki-1.XX.XX.tar.gz. (mediawiki-1.20.8.tar.gz for example)

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

If you've upgraded the database (by running update.php or the web installer), it may not be possible to know which version you were running before the upgrade, because it would've been modified to match the current schema. If WikiApiary is monitoring your wiki and google has a cached version of it before the upgrade you could know which version was.

Your pages should be there, on your current wiki. If you have problems logging in, it may be because of the plugin/extension you were using to connect to the forums. If you can't find a version of that extension that works with your current version of MediaWiki and the forums, and plan to simply unlink the login between MediaWiki and the forums, disabling the extension may be sufficient. Your current accounts may not have credentials to login with MediaWiki, though, so they would need to create new accounts, or set up emails for each account and allow them to send a new password to their email.

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Dobob (talkcontribs)

This is the document's i uploaded the image.. and it's on even server and i use imgfilename|400px and it's not work. that displaying xbox... How can i fix it?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

Viewing the image URL directly gives an apache error: The requested URL /images/thumb/a/ae/KakaoTalk_20170423_004603314.jpg/400px-KakaoTalk_20170423_004603314.jpg was not found on this server.

I've successfully forced the creation of a thumbnail with Manual:Thumb.php for the file description page and it works: (the image was missing before).

Maybe you have set $wgGenerateThumbnailOnParse to "false"? the default is "true".

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Help needed with deletion of user information

Summary by Tropicalkitty

Ask a sysop on NL Wikipedia for a deletion request.

SFDiva (talkcontribs)

Can someone with more rights than me (sysop/administrator) help with deleting personal information in the logs of my user page? Or delete the whole history?

Mainframe98 (talkcontribs)

You'd have to ask one of the local sysops there: w:nl:WP:VM. Additionally, you can ask any of the sysops as listed on w:nl:Special:listadmins.

Summary by AhmadF.Cheema

Possible through templates employing time variables. (talkcontribs)

I was wondering if there is an extension/setting where you can do an edit to any article, but that edit wont show up on the spot, but rather added into the future on a specified date. Perfect for when you need to update an article of which you have ahead information but cant release it on the spot. Anyone know if this is possible?

AhmadF.Cheema (talkcontribs)

Don't know of any extensions, but one way to do it is through templates using time variables.

But this method is likely to require the information you want to release later on and presumably to keep hidden at the moment, to be publicly available on the templates page.

The information will not appear on the article page but anyone will be able to see the information on the template page. (talkcontribs)

Would you please tell me how to with those time variables?

AhmadF.Cheema (talkcontribs)

A similar approach is performed for the featured articles on Wikipedia's main page. A sort of summary for an article is created and edited for around 3-4 weeks before the time to display it on the main page arrives.

Wikipedia does this by using templates like:

This comment was hidden by Star Warden (history) (talkcontribs)

And is there a way to restrict people to access those templates ahead?

AhmadF.Cheema (talkcontribs)

If the information isn't too sensitive, there isn't really much need to restrict them. Wikipedia uses them and few people go poking around in the source code to get to the template.

One method which can be used to restrict these templates would be to use Extension:Lockdown. This extension can be used to create a restricted namespace. The future date template can be created in this namespace to restrict other people from viewing the information on the the page. (talkcontribs)

That seems helpful! Thank you very much for all your help!

Transliteration of Rusyn Wikipedia (Wikipedias in Multi-writing System)

IvRud (talkcontribs)

Hello, lot of Rusyns use Latin alphabet today and are not able to read Cyrillic letters. This is because of lack of Rusyn schools. We would like to have Rusyn Wikipedia in multi-writing system that it accessible for all Rusyns. Who could support us with implementation of such dual system?

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A small problem with a translated page(Translations Section)

Adithyak1997 (talkcontribs)

I am seeing a problem in one of the translated pages.The name of the page is CentralNotice Banners( that,the translation made by someone to English was only around 5% translated.The one i mentioned is about B13 WMDE 131127 layout rd-banner-text/ml . When i tried to translate it by using google translate,i found it more meaningful than the one present.Since my source language is English,i cannot translate that page to English.Can someone suggest me a method to change that translation? Following is the link i am suggesting you to replace with:!%3C%2Fi%3E

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শাহাদাত সায়েম (talkcontribs)

In my site , When I put on OCR button Then show me this error "<error> undefined Image URL must begin with ' " . Can you tell me how can I solve this error ?

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Page display 500 Internal Server Error after loading extension

星耀晨曦 (talkcontribs)

When I load an extension, the page can not be displayed properly and displayed 500 Internal Server Error. However after loading Renameuser extension, WikiEditor extension and SpamBlacklist extension, page can work properly, these extensions can also be used normally. My wiki version is:

MediaWiki 1.28.1
PHP 7.1.3 (cgi-fcgi)
MySQL 5.7.18-log

and url(Normal status). Can someone come to help me?

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Getting news from Wikipedia via api?

1 (talkcontribs)

I'm trying to use the mediawiki api to display the date, day, news headers and summary content for the current day, as done here:, on my website.

I haven't been able to figure out how to do it. Can anyone help?

Thank you,

Ryan Nelson

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Tribly (talkcontribs)

If I have a subdomain is it possible to somehow change the addres of one of my page to that sub domain?

Like let say for example I have a page called "mywikitest" that has the url "" and I want to change that to "" or "".

How can I achive this? And I'm not just talking about a redirect url. I want the subdomain url to stay in the address bat even after I have visited the page.

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