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Documentation summit edit


Did you know about the Doc Camp this October?

"Individuals with a passion for free documentation about free software may apply to attend by filling out the application form and submitting before 5 August, 2011.... Accommodation and food will be covered by the GSoC Doc Camp. Part or complete travel costs can also be applied for as part of the application process."

I'm going to send a proposal to get MediaWiki into the Doc Camp and to have us do a Quick Sprint to improve MediaWiki's documentation. Please let me know if you know people I should include in my proposal.

best, Sumanah 17:10, 22 July 2011 (UTC) Volunteer Development Coordinator, Wikimedia FoundationReply[reply]

cite.php - Extension to references edit

Hello Platonides, on wikipedia-de and elsewhere there have been discussion on extending the syntax of the <ref>-Tags in a way to make it possible to pass information about page-numbers along with the name= - tag.

I have been referred to you by Raymond, as you have been recently working on the cite.php-code. I hope that you could give me some hints on how this extension could be implemented.

The objective has been described before at :

Using cite.php makes citing page numbers harder. Each reference usually cites a different page of the book/journal/article, but there is no way to indicate a different page number when using a self-closing tag. As such, all <ref name="xyz" /></nowiki> simply refer to the work as a whole, rather than to a specific page number in the work (unless the author makes each page number a seperate reference). Perhaps a future revision of cite.php could allow a page number argument to be passed to the reference like so <ref name="xyz" page="42-43" />. This would dramatically increase the reputability of the citations, because they could then be checked/verified, and the citations would be a more useful resource.

At the moment, pagenumbers are given either by creating separate entries for each pagenumber-range in the <references> ... </references>-Section (as in de:Hot Rats or by not using the name-tags and giving the actual page numbers within the <ref>...</ref>-Tags, as in de:Frank Zappa. Some authors repeat the complete reference (including author, title, editor, year etc.) together with the individual page numbers in each footnote. There is also the possibility to use the template {{rp}}, but this is disputed because it gets quite tedious to go back and forth in order to get the complete information about a reference. Moreover, it seems not to be very common to give the pagenumber along the footnote number in the text (at least not in non-English publications).

Ideally, the syntax of the ref-Tags would be extended in a way that page-numbers could be supplied within the <ref>...</ref>-Tags as a parameter. There is a bug for that (as Raymond pointed out to me), that proposes that kind of extension: There, a patch has been proposed, too. If I understand the code and especially Raymond right, the changes are quite big and this might be the reason that the code has not been reviewed and implemented yet. (cf.

Btw, it might be completely sufficient not to group the footnotes by the page parameter too but to just pass it to the text in the footnote, i. e:

The code

<ref name="foo" page="p. 42-43" />


<ref name="foo">Bar, </ref>

will yield the footnote</nowiki>
1. ↑ Bar, p. 42-43

Here, also the writing of page or p. is left to the author, thus eleminating the need for local adaption (and translating page in all languages of the wikimedia projects).

Sorry, this has become longer than I intended... I would be very thankful if you could give me your opinion on how difficult it would be to implement such a extension (either the code described in the bugzilla-entry or the here proposed more simple version).

Thank you very much for any comment!

Best regards --Hei ber 18:52, 25 August 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WSC change edit

Sorry, thought they were number of supporters rather than priority. WereSpielChequers (talk) 11:21, 26 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A barnstar for you! edit

  The Original Barnstar
Thanks for providing the Spanish translation for the Athena deck! Jorm (WMF) (talk) 18:15, 22 August 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Extension:ArticleComments needs updating edit

Hi, Platonides. While answering a question about the ArticleComments extension on Stack Overflow, I noticed that you've apparently been maintaining it on SVN. The extension page here on, however, appears to only link to the old, outdated version 0.4.3 everywhere except in one part of the infobox. Would you happen to have some time to do something about that?

I suppose I could just try to fix it myself, but I thought I'd ask you first / as well, since you're probably more familiar with the extension than I am. I'll also try to contact Jimbojw, the original maintainer, and ask if he could update the pages on his own wiki.

Anyway, thanks for all the work you've done with this extension! --Ilmari Karonen (talk) 17:53, 25 July 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Password strength -> Requests for comment/Password strength edit

MZMcBride has converted Password strength (a page you started a while back) to an RFC, Requests for comment/Password strength. He did the same on a page I worked on without consulting me, so I'm giving you a heads up in case you want to revert. Superm401 - Talk 04:23, 18 October 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re: Bug 41473: Allow creation of revisionless page entries edit

FYI, this report you filed has been switched to the lowest priority. Please register on phabricator, or you'll lose all notifications. --Nemo 15:46, 21 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for replying. As Chase said, it's supposed to take a day, not a month... Hopefully they'll fix it. --Nemo 13:51, 22 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

phabricator bug assignment edit

Could you take a look at the responses on ? Thanks! Valhallasw (talk) 19:35, 30 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A barnstar for you :) edit

Just noticed you on the MW-install copyright-list, by username :) Thank you for your long and principled contributions to so many aspects of the projects. Sj (talk) 16:53, 25 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  The Ur-Original Barnstar
Thanks for providing the Spanish translation for the Athena deck! Jorm (WMF) (talk) 18:15, 22 August 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A barnstar for you! edit

  The Half Barnstar
Thank you for your question, which prompted this change. I hope that the change inspired by your comment will significantly reduce the number of editing scripts that need to be updated. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:54, 30 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Abuse Filter 3 edit

AbuseFilter 3 is showing up as a slow filter in the logs and it looks like it's never actually matched an edit anyway. Would you mind either disabling it or trying to optimize it (maybe taking out the regexes). Kaldari (talk) 21:35, 31 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ah, I guess I can't see the matches since I'm not an admin on Thanks for improving the filter though. Hopefully that's enough to keep it from the slow log. I'll let you know if it keeps showing up. Kaldari (talk) 18:42, 1 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Patch edit

Hola. ¿Sería posible que revisases y dieses tu aprobación si te parece bien? Se trata de arreglar un fallo que hace que la extensión no funcione en absoluto. Un saludo, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 17:21, 24 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

SMTP server response: 553 We do not relay non-local mail, sorry. edit

First of all let me greeting you and hope you are well. I was recently confirming my email in my mediawiki account and obtained this message. What do i have to do? Please help me. Cheers, Naturista2018 (talk) 16:19, 16 June 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Respuesta: Aparece así en las preferencias de mi MediaWiki instalado en mi servidor local, en las opciones de correo electrónico: (Cambiar o eliminar la dirección de correo electrónico) La dirección de correo electrónico es opcional, pero es necesaria para el restablecimiento de tu contraseña, en caso de que la olvides. También puedes permitir que otros usuarios te contacten por correo a través de un enlace en tus páginas de usuario y de discusión. Tu dirección de correo no se revela cuando otros usuarios te contactan.

Aún no has confirmado tu dirección de correo electrónico. Hasta que lo hagas, las siguientes funciones no estarán disponibles.

Confirmar dirección de correo electrónico

Y cuando la confirmo me sale ese error. Debe ser problema de configuración en la instalación, me podrías ayudar, para saber como configurar para que esa opción funcione. Agradeciéndote de ante mano, atte, Naturista2018 (talk) 05:09, 18 June 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Page edit

You might want to have Contributors/Projects/Removal of the 2006 wikitext editor on your watchlist. (It's officially not a "Contributors" project any more, but I don't think I'm going to bother moving the page unless someone complains/gets confused.) Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:04, 12 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Whatamidoing (WMF): thanks for the tip Platonides (talk) 20:30, 12 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Arkanosis: is planning to test the script this week. He just got interface admin rights assigned. Phile a Phab task (or ask me) if you think you might need advanced rights, too. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 16:29, 24 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How we will see unregistered users edit


You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.

Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

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We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:17, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Voting in the WMF Board Election edit


I was surprised to see that you hadn't voted in the WMF Board Election yet. Have you reviewed m:Wikimedia Foundation elections/2022/Candidates at the list of candidates? I'm sure you'll notice some familiar names worth supporting. --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 15:33, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello Jack Phoenix. Thanks for passing by and notifying me. Yes, I was made aware of that a few days ago, and I was indeed surprised when I saw the candidate list. I am fully aware of the approaching deadline, but wanted to give all 6 candidates a fair chance to present their candidacy and "win" my vote. This wasn't particularly quick. I have been watching the videos and finally I cast my vote. Platonides (talk) 00:55, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]