Talk:Licensing update/Bugs

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How do I vote?[edit]

I follow the link in the header on to try to vote and it tells me I need to log in. I try to log in and it tells me there's no user OwenBlacker on Wikimedia Elections. I've made thousands of edits over several years, mainly on but also elsewhere, and have voted in elections before; I even have a global account.

So how do I get the site to let me log in to vote? — OwenBlacker (Talk) 14:11, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

I have the same problem. --Seha 14:45, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
The same occur to me. Its quite boring to fight with software.--Juan de Vojníkov 14:57, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
on, there are two links... one of them worked for me... -- Toblu 14:59, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
There is a bug affecting some editors. A bug fix has been created but is waiting for an SPI admin to install it. Apparently, if one encounters this error one can usually get around it by going back to your home wiki and clicking the button that takes you to the vote server a second time. Dragons flight 18:02, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

You're right; going through en:Special:SecurePoll/vote/1 again seemed to work. Thank you! — OwenBlacker (Talk) 18:25, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

I have try it several times and it doesn´t work. Tomorrow is also a nice day to try it :) --Seha 20:28, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Looks like the system allows multiple votes if logged in from different projects or differen languages versions. No message like 'you've already voted'. Dedalus 21:14, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

That sort of multiple voting is filtered out after the fact. Dragons flight 21:16, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

I have mentioned the bug here The reason is that for those of us who have chosen to hide the Wikimania scholarship announcements, it has the collateral effect of hiding this announcement. I believe the developers will fix it shortly. OhanaUnitedTalk page 04:16, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

Voting is still not possible to me. Here is a screen shot of log in page. If i go to log in button, the next page says that there is a wrong user name or password.--Seha 10:37, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
That login is for people administering the vote wiki. The "Welcome Seha" is all you need. Just scroll down and vote. I've now hidden the login button on the vote page (may need to clear your cache), so we should avoid that confusion in the future. Dragons flight 11:29, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
I think that is something what confuses the most of us. Can I now delete this pic on commons?--Seha 15:53, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

RTL on Hebrew version[edit]

Hi, the translation of the Hebrew version is problematic. If you mix Hebrew and English you must use RTL (right to left) code for direction, otherwise, you can't really read the text because the English and the Hebrew parts are mixed.. can someone change the page so the Hebrew version will be RTL? --Itzike 21:39, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Can you tell me if this looks correct: [1] ? If not we can start by fixing that. As an additional issue, the vote software does not appear to be handling the rtl flag the same way normal pages should. Dragons flight 21:51, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
also in the meta page the problem appear. i added DIV tag to include direction to RTL and align to the right. check the page now. if the vote software will accept it, will be great. --Itzike 06:08, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

Multiple voting?[edit]

I think there might be an issue with multiple votes from the same user who participates in different projects. I made my first vote using the link from the en-wiki. When I try to follow the same link again, the message is displayed, which says I have already made my vote and can only change it. But when I follow the voting link from other wikiprojects (ru-wiki, meta, ru-wikisource), I see no such message, and everything goes like it's normal voting. I have three receipts now: SPID 2222, 2229 and 2256 (and one more from en-wiki, which number I forgot to write down). Can anyone tell what's going on? Can users vote multiple times or not? I have the SUL. --Grebenkov 10:51, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

This seems to be an ongoing problem with the voting software. The licom is working to fix it and remedy instances of duplicate voting. —Anonymous DissidentTalk 10:53, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
And all double votes will be removed offcourse. Huib talk 11:19, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
I also accidentally voted several times, because the message, which says I have already made my vote was gone. The reason was, as I know now, that I tried it first from the German wikipedia, than from Commons and from the English wikipedia. Are all my votes removed now or only the duplicate ones? --Chstdu 19:28, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
Once sorted (which is a semi-manual process right now) only the most recent vote should be the one that counts. Dragons flight 19:34, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
Please remove my vote from Kwj2772@commonswiki (keep @kowiki). It was mistake.--Kwj2772 () 05:37, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
Do you recall the vote #? OhanaUnitedTalk page 19:01, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Not seeing vote option[edit]

I've made ~80 edits at (not counting those to 'Talk' pages) but don't see the 'vote' header. Is this a known issue? Have I miscalculated my eligibility somehow? Gojomo 20:15, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

Do you mean you can't see the announcement (delivered by CentralNotice) on the top of the page? OhanaUnitedTalk page 20:22, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
Yes; the notice did not appear for me at or any other article page. However, by directly visiting I was able to vote. Gojomo 20:24, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
See known bug item #1 for explanation. OhanaUnitedTalk page 01:15, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

Vote receipt[edit]

After I voted, I was presented with a "voting receipt" in the form of a PGP message. What am I supposed to do with that?

The PGP message appears to be encrypted with a public key (ID 35A64240B98FD85E) that is unknown to me, unknown to key servers and unknown to Google. Am I supposed to have the secret key for that? Is there something wrong with my preferences? Or is it a Wikimedia-internal key? If so, how can it function as "evidence of my vote"? Henning Makholm 04:56, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

The third party administrator, SPI, has the key. In the very unlikely event that there was a dispute over your vote they could use the PGP block to confirm that you voted and what for. I think this approach is a little silly (especially since the reciept doesn't contain any conventional plain text evidence). But it is what it is. Dragons flight 05:52, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
More than a little silly, I'd say. I count SPI among the good guys, but if, hypothetically, I were to dispute the tabulation of my vote, I have no way of knowing that the receipt I have actually confirms the vote I remember casting. For all I can know, the vote could have been tampered with before the receipt was generated. But thanks for the explanation. I was more worried that my account settings had somehow acquired a "this user's PGP key" field that I had not set myself. Henning Makholm 07:16, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

Internal Error[edit]

I'm getting the following message when I try to vote:

Internal error

Set $wgShowExceptionDetails = true; at the bottom of LocalSettings.php to show detailed debugging information.

Is this a general and temporary problem or is this more unusual and thus a bug? --RichardRothwell 08:23, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

Wiki does not exist[edit]

Clicking on the vote link while logged in on takes you to, which shows a "This wiki does not exist yet." message. --cesarb 01:05, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

I think you have to go into that specific secured wiki of yours to vote, not just at the landing page. But I'll ask the experts to verify. OhanaUnitedTalk page 05:17, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
No, this is more pervasive. The site notice link will always break on due to a conflict with how secure does url redirection. One could directly craft urls such as which will work, but I can't think of any way to place that in the site notice that wouldn't also lead to breakage elsewhere. Dragons flight 05:24, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
The site notice is displayed using JavaScript, right? How hard is it to write var voteURL = wgArticlePath.replace("$1", "Special:SecurePoll/vote/1")? Or you should be able to do it in wikitext (which I believe the notice templates are parsed as) with {{localurl:Special:SecurePoll/vote/1}}. --Ilmari Karonen 14:54, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
The license notice "template" [2] operates on a weird hybrid of template substitution and HTML. I'm really not sure what it will parse correctly. Someone may have to experiment. Dragons flight 18:13, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
If {{int:}} works, I'd expect {{localurl:}} should too. --Ilmari Karonen 22:38, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
Actually I believe it won't. The generated HTML is cached by language but not by site, which I think makes it impossible to use site specific functions. Dragons flight 22:41, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
Are you sure? On the secure server, the centralnotice JS gets loaded directly from Special:NoticeText (e.g. [3]), which believe (assuming I'm reading the code right) bypasses the static JS cache entirely. --Ilmari Karonen 23:08, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

Cannot vote on English Wikipedia, have made 25 edits before 2004[edit]

Trying to vote on and am not able to. I get despite having 25 edits before 2004. Apeiron 22:04, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

I've asked a developer to look into this. Dragons flight 22:39, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
It is fixed for you. Huib talk 20:01, 16 April 2009 (UTC)


If you don't enable cookies for you won't be able to vote. However, the error message you'll see doesn't suggest enabling cookies. --Erwin 19:58, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

I've added a cookie note to the error message. Dragons flight 20:33, 16 April 2009 (UTC)
Thanks. --Erwin 20:55, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Clarify and maybe suppress[edit]

Pardon me - newbie coming through... Hi, I am glad I located this page where I found a description of my problem (secure login, cannot vote due to "no wiki exists"). This is about the same time I learned that as a <25 edits editor I will not be able to vote. No problem. But I would request an explanation that goes beyond the phrase "Sorry, you are not in the predetermined list of users authorised to vote in this election." Or a link from the word 'predetermined' to the explanation. Ideally (or maybe not) the option to vote would not even appear for those of us who cannot. Thanks. Walkingstick3 05:21, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

I'll try attempt to solve your voting problem. First thing, make sure you attempt in in the wiki where you made over 25 edits (or the project you made most edits on), not using Meta nor SPI-INC's link. Then follow the link in that project to attempt to vote. Now going back to your question, the "predetermined list of users authorized to vote in this election" are those that made 25 edits prior to March 15, 2009. While I agree with adding this link so those could understand why they're not qualified, I don't think it really matters that much because there's nothing you could do to change it (other than try voting it in another project which you met the criteria, or, your edits were made before February 2002) OhanaUnitedTalk page 03:25, 24 April 2009 (UTC)