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Data Import[edit]

I am preparing a privately hosted public wiki (Wikimedia 1.27.0). The data sits in a MySQL database. I am searching for information on how to populate the wiki pages with this data.Soubanikhaled (talk) 16:23, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

How to participate if Discussions are being moved 3 Times[edit]

I know that it is important to Keep order about where what is discussed, but if a discussion is moved, couldn't a link to the new discussion as well as to the old one be mandatory? In this way if a discussion is moved twice it would be possible to provide a link to the current discussion as well as to the original. Also if the discussion is finally resolved you could find all the old ones and mark them as resolved too. Why this is here? Because my original suggestion was moved 3 times. ~~+~

Click Through Picture[edit]

Hi, I dont know a lot about Wiki-Style, but I know how to upload a picture. But I need to link a website to the picture, but I have no idea how to do so. So when I Click a picture, I want to direct it to another website. My 2nd question is how to link a picture to another Wiki-Page, is that possible?

Thanks in advance. Charrel

can't find create page link in my wiki[edit]

I was having problem creating new page in my wiki and I installed reinstalled three times to get same error back. According to this tutorail here "" a link to ' create page' should come up when we search a non existent topic, but in my case only 'help' shows up. not only that when i click on some of the links, it takes me no where. I am not sure where I went wrong. This is another way of creating new page "" where article is topic of my new page but

I do this.... it shows blank. SO I am assuming I ve gone wrong in config but  I couldn't locate this.

ANy help or suggesstions will be appreciated

Thanks Tash

Fatal error[edit]

I am installing wiki1.16 on my freehostia webpage. I got everything ok, until the installation guide showed: Fatal error: Class 'StubContLang' not found in /home/www/ on line 306"

What should I do?—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Sodabottle (talk)

Odd numeric function problem[edit]

I'm writing or rewriting a article in Spanish, but I want to make automatic calculation in FUSION temperature for a periodic table elements, in other words only enter Kelvin temperature, and automatically calculate Celsius temperature. And I can if I was writing English Article, but Spanish use "," (comma) as decimal separator and not "."(period) like English spokers use to.
Thats work if P_fusion=500.5 (English form of numeration)
{{{P_fusión}}} [[kelvin|K]] ({{#expr:{{{P_fusión}}}-273.15}} [[Grado Celsius|ºC]])
But does not work if I use P_fusion=500,5 and the other number is 273,15
{{{P_fusión}}} [[kelvin|K]] ({{#expr:{{{P_fusión}}}-273,15}} [[Grado Celsius|ºC]])

Te problem is that I trying to rewrite a Template, and every article that use the spanish notation for decimal numbers will have problems. And it's common that every number write almost in spanish use "," as decimal separator. And I think that not english languages use "," as decimal separator, because we use SI as Metric System Logo. Ali—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 2a03:2880:2110:dff7:face:b00c:0:1 (talk)

Feminism page is down[edit]

Internet troll put the page down please fix, you don't understant Wikitext. Please learn to use it. For example, if you only break in the source, the display can't have a break, so you should break twice (leave a blank line in the source). Also, you must sign at the end of your comment. And, I don't understant what you said.--SolidBlock (talk) 12:51, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Request for revising of admin rights and getting unblocked[edit]

Discussion moved here. --Obsuser (talk) 12:59, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Problems in Using Chinese Language[edit]

Languages zh-hans and zh-cn of translating seemed to be not allowed. (They truly needen't be allow because it can auto be changed from only zh.) But, when I set my language to zh-hans, Special:MyLanguage (like Special:MyLanguage/Help:Unified login) didn't redirect to zh. Can the problem be solved?--SolidBlock (talk) 10:34, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

(I'm not good at English. Maybe you can see in Chinese)

像zh-hans或zh-cn这样的语言好像被禁止翻译了。(确实不必要启用,因为可以自动从zh转换。)但是,当我将语言设为zh-hans时,Special:MyLanguage(例如 Special:MyLanguage/Help:Unified login)并没有重定向到中文。这个问题能够解决吗?--SolidBlock (talk) 10:34, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Maybe this is a problem on your wiki. Thanks for inform. AYST201 (talk) 08:00, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
What means "on my wiki"? I mean Special:MyLanguage. If I set my lang to zh-cn, zh-hans, zh-hant, zh-tw, zh-hk..., Special:MyLanguage all should redirect to zh with a "variant=...". But in fact it doesn't redirect unless I use only "zh". I'm not good at English. If you mean you're trying to solve the problem, thanks.--SolidBlock (talk) 12:46, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Any way to sort under multiple sort keys?[edit]

I spend most of my time lately on the EN Wiktionary adding and editing Japanese entries. These present a real problem for categorization in the wiki, as a single spelling may have multiple pronunciations, and Japanese dictionaries generally index by pronunciation.


The Japanese male given name spelled could be read variously as, and should be indexed under, all of the following:

  1. はかる (Hakaru)
  2. きよし (Kiyoshi)
  3. のぶ (Nobu)
  4. おさむ (Osamu)
  5. せいじ (Seiji)
  6. しずむ (Shizumu)
  7. やす (Yasu)
  8. やすし (Yasushi)

However, due to the limitations of how category sorting is currently implemented, the page can only ever be indexed under one listing at wikt:Category:Japanese_male_given_names. The MediaWiki software appears to use the value of the last sort argument provided in the wikitext of the page, ignoring any previous values. The workarounds that folks have come up with include creating empty pages redirecting to the intended entry page, and using the same entry headword plus some non-rendering character, but this is cludgy at best, and is increasingly untenable for each additional index.

This is a huge problem for Japanese entries. Almost all Japanese entries that are kanji-only spellings, and even many spellings that include phonetic kana, have multiple readings. These entries should be indexed under all of those readings. I know of no feasible way to make this work in the current MediaWiki implementation.

One simple example: wikt:桜花 should appear twice in wikt:Category:Japanese_nouns, once under the reading おうか (ōka) and once under the reading さくらばな (sakurabana). Checkingおうか shows that the entry is missing entirely here, despite the wikitext on the entry page itself clearly listing it as a Japanese noun with a reading of おうか. Checkingさくらばな shows the entry 桜花 in its second expected list location, collated under さくらばな.

Is there any clean way of categorizing a single page under multiple category indices? If not, could this feature be added in a future version of the MW software? Eiríkr ÚtlendiTala við mig 23:23, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

I need Help in post an article of an artiest[edit]

Can any body talk up this task away from me and help me save my job? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Globalscopeng (talk)

You should ask on en:Help desk. Ruslik (talk) 17:45, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Who manages the use of SecurePoll and how?[edit]

I am looking for documentation on the use of SecurePoll. If anyone knows how it may be used in Wikimedia community elections, such as for chapters, please share whatever you know at Talk:SecurePoll. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:04, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Usually by screaming loud enough until someone in Support and Safety bothers. Nemo 17:18, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

I am preparing a privately hosted public wiki (Wikimedia 1.27.0). The data for the wiki sits in a local MySQL database. I am searching for information on how to populate wiki pages with data extracted from the database.--Soubanikhaled (talk) 16:18, 4 August 2016 (UTC)