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Interwiki link request

I'd like to request interwiki link with the PvXwki (http://www.pvxwiki.com) using the PvX: prefix, so that PvX:Main Page would like to PvXwiki's main page. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 21:04, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

I've added that to the Interwiki map but that's not currently in use on this wiki. I'll try to get this enabled here. Is it going to be a problem if w:whatever links point to the Central Wikia instead of to Wikipedia? Angela 12:44, 13 November 2007 (UTC)
Nothing on GWiki links to Wikia, so that would be a problem unless all existing W:something links were converted as part of this change. Also it would take a bit of getting used to since W:X linkage is second nature here now; may want to make a Site Notice or whatever Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:24, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
From what PanSola has written, thought the idea was we could use something like [[PvX:Minion Master]] in an article and it would go to an article named "Minion Master" on the PvX wiki, or have I mis-read something here? --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 02:33, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
You're right. That's what it will do if it's set up. I was just wondering if applying the rest of Wikia's interwiki map here would cause problems since it includes w: to mean Wikia, whereas this wiki seems to use w: to mean Wikipedia. Angela 03:34, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
A simple bot to convert all W: to Wikipedia: or something like that would eliminate that problem, I think...Other than that minor snag, interwiki-map ability would certainly be handy for PvX linking. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:12, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
If there are still any w: links left, they will need to be changed to Wikipedia: instead of w: but it looks like that was more common anyway. Angela 04:52, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
Any prominent W: links will probably get fixed as soon as people realize they changed, so I think you're clear to go ahead and add it now. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:57, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
If we can't get a bot to do a search-n-replace, is there a way to search for em? (ie, generate a list and gather a few people to get them all corrected sooner rather than later). --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 05:04, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
JSharp is creating a bot to fix the interwikis listed here, at least the ones in articles. Angela 07:26, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Bad Coding?

I'm new to the wiki and have been trying to update the monster pictures. i was instructed by some helpful comunity members to replace the old images instead of adding a whole new one to the database. While this has worked for me usually, I've been having problems repalacing the old Modniir pictures. I have entered the replace file with updated version link and uploaded the appropriate picture from my computer. However, instead of uploading the image as I desired, it instead distorted the old image to the dimentions of my image and failed to load my new image. How can I go about fixing this without uploading entirely new files to the database?--Lord Twitchiopolis 01:59, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

You may need to clear your browser cache. Refresh the page, it might be showing up incorrectly but actually be correct. --Shadowcrest 02:00, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

thanks. It showed up correctly approx 15min after I edited it....must have alot in cache V_V'--208.40.188.107 02:02, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Odd Ads

Recently I saw an ad advertising http://www.mobularity.com. It was an annoying flashy ad saying "IS YOUR LOVE CHEATING ON YOU?," while flashing between hot pink and black. There is also an ad for Live-Giveaway.com, advertising a "free" Guild Wars Nightfall. Naturally, this seems suspect. (Signed later than should have been by Theta Republic 23:42, 14 December 2007 (UTC) )

I have just encountered an ad while viewing "Sunspears in Cantha." It was an ad for "www.GdpChina.com." It said it had 10 billion gold in stock. Gee, makes me want to know what kind of builds they use. :P Theta Republic 06:48, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
I also saw the "Is your love cheating on you?" ad, I saw it, I think when I was on my talk page unlogged, I came here to report it, logged in, and on that that screen, I saw it again. Thoughtful Thoughtful Sig.png 12:31, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

Annoying Ad

Lately I have been seeing a particularly annoying advertisement popping up which I feel is both "Inappropriate" (flashing animation w/rainbow colors) and somewhat smutty as well. Its banner reads "Calculate the exact name of your lover!" or something to that effect, while two static cutouts "kiss" in the background. I can't get the target link for the ad, since it's made in Flash and thus a "Properties" isn't obtainable through a simple right-mouse click, and this sort of ad almost always leads to sites which could compromise your Internet security...not to mention the ad already hints at what sorts of top-quality content could be found there. It may not be explicitly pornographic, but I think this toes the line of acceptable/tasteful content. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:50, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

I need the URL it points to to be able to block it. You might be able to get that by viewing the html source of the page if it isn't right-clickable. Angela 12:41, 13 November 2007 (UTC)


Obscene annoying ad

Have you checked the link to FuryWiki? It is both obscene and annoying, and has nothing to do with game information. Legend Victoria

It's not exactly an ad, but it seems the admins over there are doing absolutely nothing. I'll go revert it now. Cress Arvein 02:06, 28 November 2007 (UTC)
Actually, after looking at the wiki itself, the link is worthless. I'll try to get it removed. Cress Arvein 02:11, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

Questionable "sponsors" ad

On the sidebar, under "sponsors" noted an advert claiming to offer "Download Guild Wars", this caught my interest as ArenaNet would be the only source for downloading the GW client. The link has the claim "Stop paying for new games! One time fee to download for life", my concern is that this may either be a scam (pay them a fee just to to download the GW client), or an illegal software site (though, without a valid product key, don't think you'd get far). The link was [1]. --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 05:22, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for reporting it. I'll have that one blocked. Angela 12:46, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

farming bot ads

One of the Ebay farming bot ads is sported right at the bottom of this page, as I'm typing this... It advertises 4 (random?) GW-related things offered on Ebay, 2 of which were farming bots. Type "guild wars" into an Ebay search and you will get a million hits, half of which will be bots. Nothing from Ebay should ever make it onto a wiki page, since Ebay is swarming with illegal bots and gold traders. In one of the reviews I saw a person complaining that they got permanently banned for using this particular bot, on a 2 year-old fully developed account. And I thought to myself "How naive did you have to be to buy a bot and not expect this to happen?" Too bad, he lost 2 years worth of play and over $100 worth of software for being greedy. Here is the current ad's url: http://gmodules.com/ig/proxy?url=http://thumbs.ebay.com/pict/110192351486.jpg If possible, can you block anything that says "ebay" anywhere in the link? Thanks. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 03:15, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Here's another, with different content, same ad template: http://gmodules.com/ig/proxy?url=http://thumbs.ebay.com/pict/330187609953.jpg. Please block anything with "ebay" in the string, since they seem to be randomly generated. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 03:18, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
Does the community as a whole really want the whole of ebay blocked? It seems better as a first step to just block the problem ads themselves... what do you think? -- Sannse 12:29, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
The ads are randomly generated (the string of 12 numbers in the end), which means you will block one out of 10^12 permutations, which is wasted effort. And like I said, Ebays sells more bots than any other GW-related merchandise, so yes, block them ALL, or don't bother. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 03:06, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
I thought that "farm", "farming", "run", "running", "gold", etc. were automatic red flags which caused ads to be blocked...we don't have to block all of Ebay unless their permutation program is advanced enough to do stuff like "Sell B0T for GW" (with a zero). Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:56, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
And this is coming from a person who got offended by a "Love Button" ad. :P (No offense, just find it funny ^_^). I thought that you block the address of the ad, which just says "blablablaebayblablasomenumbers" and has none of those flag words in it. Or does the blocking software analyze the ad's content? That would be too advanced for a free website. All in all, I will repeat myself again: Ebay has hundreds of, dare I stress, illegal bots up for sale as soon as you type "guild wars" in the search. It should not be anywhere near a wiki site that supposedly promotes honest gaming. It's not even about honesty as much as it is about the fact that any player will get banned for using one, thus, a wiki should not provide a direct link to such things. Just try the search yourself and you will see what I'm talking about. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 05:31, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
I remember reading that Wikia blocks any ad that contains "gold" in some form or other. I don't think it's possible through image scanning or anything, but for any sort of text or code it would be easily checked...meh. Also, I'm not sure that we should be responsible for players' actions. It's obvious that our ads aren't things that we support or endorse. If someone was dumb enough to use an illegal bot advertised through EBay, that is their stupid decision and they deserve to be banned for it. If they claimed "well I saw an ad on Gwiki!" then that is a lame excuse...
Still, considering how strongly we police the gold ads, I guess you have a point. It is to some extent our responsibility to promote positive GW stuff. We certainly don't allow pages for illegal third-party software or mods (though we have some that are...questionably used...) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:38, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Also, I just noticed that the links I provided only lead you to the thumbnail image that was displayed next to the sale items list, so the ad is not a single banner, it's a combo of several "frames" or whatever you want to call them. I would have given you all the links had I noticed this earlier. My bad. My argument is still correct, though. Wiki should not provide a link to a site that is swarming with illegal bots. Don't know how else to convince you. If someone wants to shop Ebay, then can go there directly at their own discretion. Everyone knows about it anyway. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 05:42, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Yes, we block ads with the word "gold" (although the people writing the ads do all they can to bypass such filters of course!). I've mailed the guy that looks after our ads, and asked for a block on ebay or, if he thinks it is worth trying, a block on "bots", "farm" and "farming". I'll let you know what I hear back -- Sannse 12:01, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 20:00, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Another bad ad

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I find the ad's language to be coarse, if implicit. "The Love Button - Push Me Hard!" just doesn't seem to convey the sort of attitude we want here. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:42, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Again here, I have to ask if this is considered offensive by the majority here? We are happy to block anything that offends the majority of wiki users, or violates the rules of the game, but obviously we can't account for every taste, or we would never have ads at all. (wait! is that the plan!? ;) -- Sannse 12:32, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
To be honest I'm of the mind that ALL ads catering to sexually deprived/depraved preteens should be blocked anyways. Companies like that don't deserve to live... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:58, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
Actually, this ad had nothing to do with sex or explicit images. All it did was trick you into thinking it will give you your "true love's" name, while gathering a bunch of your information for sale. They made the ad seem like it leads to explicit content just so people would click it in the first place. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 05:37, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
It's still harmful, then. Information sale over the internets is a dangerous business to put yourself into, especially unknowingly. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:39, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
True, but wiki is not responsible for police-ing people who can't recognize a phish, whether in E-mail or on a site. That should be common sense to any internet user. However, a guild wars wiki IS responsible for guild wars related illegal software ads, or directly explicit content, etc. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 05:46, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
That's a thin line to walk between what's obvious and what's not obvious, isn't it? What exactly are we responsible for policing - just Guild Wars related stuff and what we deem as "obviously malicious/inappropriate"? That seems like a double standard... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:50, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

All I'm trying to say is that this one was a drop in the ocean. These things are all over the internet. I have nothing against blocking them, but it just seems like wasted effort. On the side note: thanks for all your contributions, Entropy. I seem them all over both GW wikis, and you are a valuable user. Not many people honestly give a d@mn about this :P, except for when they want to see a pretty picture or find a trick on how to beat a mission. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 05:59, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

I blame society for acclimating us to seeing shitsauce adds on all sorts of otherwise clean and legitimate websites. Point taken.
Uh, I don't contribute to GWW or PvXWiki at all. That must be someone else. (Damn, they stole my username!) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:04, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. I just find things like this sort of "benign" anymore. The worst it could do is spam your E-mail inbox or wake you up at 8am with a sale call if you're silly enough to give a phone #. Explicit content is always offensive, though. As well as it really sux to get banned permanently.
Hehe, maybe I'm just so used to seeing your name that it seems like it's everywhere. :P Your sig stands out. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 06:14, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Awesomesauce. The ad now has a new permutation. "Is Your Love Cheating On You?" with two silhouettes of...hmm...sluts in the background. And it blinks, too. Wonderful. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:55, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

Ebay ads

Hi all, Michael tells me he has blocked these. If you see any more, please let me know. If possible, please right-click on the ad and give me the url shown for Image Properties - Location, or for the text link. It's also useful to know what page you saw the ad on. Thanks -- Sannse 20:56, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

error while opening page

ERROR The requested URL could not be retrieved


While trying to retrieve the URL: http://gw.gamewikis.org/

The following error was encountered:

Unable to forward this request at this time. This request could not be forwarded to the origin server or to any parent caches. The most likely cause for this error is that:

The cache administrator does not allow this cache to make direct connections to origin servers, and All configured parent caches are currently unreachable. Your cache administrator is [email protected]


Generated Fri, 23 Nov 2007 15:04:42 GMT by www.wikia.com (squid/2.6.STABLE16) Pul 15:11, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi, did you get this once? or many times? Was it after clicking a link? or using a bookmark? What was the URL you were trying to go to? And finally, what browser do you use? Thanks! -- Sannse 16:22, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
It apeared when i clicked on a link, but when i typed in http://gw.gamewikis.org i got the same error, as if the server couldn't handel my request. when i tried again a few minutes later everything was back to normal. I used IE7 when i got this error, didn't try it with FF becouse i don't think its a browser isue.Pul 19:49, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
I'd probably diagnose the problem as "IE7" --Gimmethegepgun 20:00, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
lol Pul 10:19, 24 November 2007 (UTC)
hrh, go Firefox! Pul, it sounds like a transitory error, which could even be with one of the connection points between you and Wikia, rather than the server setup here. Please let me know if you keep seeing it. And if anyone else sees it, please say too! Thanks again -- 84.66.243.159 15:59, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Recent Changes

Just a little thing that's been bugging me. When you click on RC, you get this sentence: "Below are the last 50 changes in the last last 7 days, as of 10:13, 11 December 2007." (There are two instances of the word 'last'.) Kokuou 01:14, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Fixed, this is a bug in the MediaWiki default message. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 03:02, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Gold ad slipped by the filter

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The ad says "Cheap WoW Gold", but that's beside the point. Block please. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 16:19, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Gah, how did it even make it past the filter with "Gold" in there? >_<" -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:35, 12 December 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps it used a pipe for an L? Who knows... --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (s)talkpage 17:39, 12 December 2007 (UTC)
If it did, then my link is wrong, but with such small font it is hard to tell. I bet it is indeed a switch of lL to iI or something. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 18:12, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

This one is also showing up all the time with a WoW gold selling related image banner. -- Gem (gem / talk) 22:56, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

I just saw another gdp china one on Death Weasel's userpage ^^ *(not his fault of course) X Deity X Xdeityx.png 18:17, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

I saw 1 on my userpage, its white and has an assassin on it Clouddyl

Big, graphical gold ad

"10000000 gold in stock"

I don't know how to properly report it, but here's the URL, for all the good that'll do.

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BQ5-1UCpkR8OTMoqsqQO2n4WsDo_q9jWT9e2mBMCNtwGw2wYQARgBIMGM9QI4AFDTlqGOBmDJ5s2H5KOkF6ABzajH-AOqAQo5MDAwMDAwMDIwsgEQZ3cuZ2FtZXdpa2lzLm9yZ7oBCTcyOHg5MF9hc8gBA9oBK2h0dHA6Ly9ndy5nYW1ld2lraXMub3JnL3dpa2kvVGFsazpDaGFyYWN0ZXKAAgGoAwHIAwXoA_0C6ANp6AO0BfUDIAEAAA&num=1&adurl=http://www.GdpChina.com&client=ca-pub-4086838842346968&nm=1 --Risuko Family 19:28, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

I just saw this same ad for the second time today... X Deity X Xdeityx.png 20:16, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
WOW lol check this out- Ironic gold ad.jpg I took a screenie right after i saved the above comment. X Deity X Xdeityx.png 20:19, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, saw this same one on the Site Support page. Link to pic of ad~~ User:Frvwfr2 frvwfr2 (T/C) 21:50, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=B7sFR2jZlR6CjLY74-AKmzr3-C9uprzmT9e2mBMCNtwHAuAIQARgBIMGM9QI4AFDTlqGOBmD9qqGE1BKgAc2ox_gDqgEKOTAwMDAwMDAyMLIBEGd3LmdhbWV3aWtpcy5vcme6AQk3Mjh4OTBfYXPIAQPaATFodHRwOi8vZ3cuZ2FtZXdpa2lzLm9yZy93aWtpL1RhbGs6UmFwdG9yX05lc3RsaW5ngAIBqAMByAMF6AP9AugDtAXoA4ED9QMgAAAA&num=1&adurl=http://www.GdpChina.com&client=ca-pub-4086838842346968&nm=3 similar one i just spotted --Ricky 14:33, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
I saw it today too! http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BHFeAb05lR8-HE4TmwAGPpKT-C9uprzmT9e2mBMCNtwHAuAIQARgBIMGM9QI4AFDTlqGOBmDx1ZSG4B-gAc2ox_gDqgEKOTAwMDAwMDAyMLIBEGd3LmdhbWV3aWtpcy5vcme6AQk3Mjh4OTBfYXPIAQPaATJodHRwOi8vZ3cuZ2FtZXdpa2lzLm9yZy93aWtpL1NwZWNpYWw6UmVjZW50Y2hhbmdlc4ACAagDAcgDBegD_QLoA7QF&num=1&adurl=http://www.GdpChina.com&client=ca-pub-4086838842346968&nm=5 --AlpHaz 16:17, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
Just got this one as well. http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BSCHxGHVlR_SBM4Xw8QHrnfnKC9uprzmT9e2mBMCNtwHg1AMQARgBIMGM9QI4AFDTlqGOBmDJ1oaN5KTAE6ABzajH-AOqAQo5MDAwMDAwMDIwsgEQZ3cuZ2FtZXdpa2lzLm9yZ7oBCTcyOHg5MF9hc8gBA9oBJ2h0dHA6Ly9ndy5nYW1ld2lraXMub3JnL3dpa2kvVXNlcjpZaWtleYACAagDAcgDBegD_QLoA2k&num=1&adurl=http://www.GdpChina.com&client=ca-pub-4086838842346968&nm=9 Felix Omni Signature.png 18:59, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
OMG it's chasing me!! I see it at the bottom of every page! Help o_O --Ricky 23:44, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
I see it too! :o --Curse You 01:59, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
I should add, I first noticed it while I was looking through the Invincible Monk page. --Curse You 02:01, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
I just found it at the bottom of this very page whilst checking if others have found it! This ad could very well be a demon. Felix Omni Signature.png 02:05, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
Same, following link: http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BXDNIPuFlR-yuDoGy4gGbw5H5B9uprzmT9e2mBMCNtwHAuAIQARgBIMGM9QI4AFDTlqGOBmDJzreLwKSwEaABzajH-AOqAQo5MDAwMDAwMDIwsgEQZ3cuZ2FtZXdpa2lzLm9yZ7oBCTcyOHg5MF9hc8gBA9oBKWh0dHA6Ly9ndy5nYW1ld2lraXMub3JnL3dpa2kvQ3JlbWVfQnJ1bGVlgAIBqAMByAMF6AP9AugDPugDtAU&num=1&adurl=http://www.GdpChina.com&client=ca-pub-4086838842346968&nm=1074.79.184.66 02:42, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks all.. these have all been reported. It's annoying, because they are all from Google, who were specifically working with us to block gold ads. Possibly the problem is that they don't actually have text to filter out, they are images. But either way, we don't want them of course! I've asked our guy who deals with the ads about this. He'll get in touch with our Google representative for more help. Keep those links coming, and screenshots are welcome too -- Sannse 10:25, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Isn't there a possibility to disable image ads in the google ads service? That would solve the problem if images can't be filtered through word filters. -- Gem (gem / talk) 12:59, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
There's a new graphical ad, this time a WoW power leveling service, http://elitewow.com/. It seems like most graphical ads are illegal WoW/GW related ones so disabling them would be a good idea. -- Gem (gem / talk) 22:02, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BfVuG_O9mR52OI4X68wHbhsDVC9uprzmT9e2mBMCNtwHAuAIQARgBIMGM9QI4AFDTlqGOBmDJ_rKH3KPcEKABzajH-AOqAQo5MDAwMDAwMDIwsgEQZ3cuZ2FtZXdpa2lzLm9yZ7oBCTcyOHg5MF9hc8gBA9oBVWh0dHA6Ly9ndy5nYW1ld2lraXMub3JnL2luZGV4LnBocD90aXRsZT1HdWlsZFdpa2k6V2lraWFfc3RhZmZfbm90aWNlYm9hcmQmYWN0aW9uPWVkaXSAAgGoAwHIAwXoA_0C6AOnBugD3AU&num=1&adurl=http://www.GdpChina.com&client=ca-pub-4086838842346968&nm=2 Someone really needs to get this thing outta here,it's bugging me,but im too stupid too 4.235.184.216 22:01, 17 December 2007 (UTC) I'm seeing it too

gdpchina.com is now blocked, and the other two reported here... I've no idea why this wiki seems to be more susceptible to these than others... gah. We'll keep on it :) -- Sannse 23:02, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
Maybe it's because its for an MMORPG, whose players are possible customers for them. Fortunately, most of the players that use this wiki are above buying gold from those sites. --Curse You 05:41, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

Cross Site Scripting, unkonown if bug

I use wikiswitch to switch wikis, If I'm editing a page and hit the switch button, the firefox extention noscript comes up and states that it blocked a cross site scripting issue from gw.gamewikis.org, anything that we can do to change this issue? RT | Talk - A joyous wintersday to all 10:03, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

That sounds like a n issue with your settings in firefox... I don't know anything about wikiswitch, so can't be sure, but maybe you need to adjust your firefox security settings? -- Sannse 17:30, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
There tight, noscript is on. RT | Talk - A joyous wintersday to all 12:40, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

(somewhat) inappropriate ad

The ad for Adult Swim with the half-naked man is hardly appropriate for the wiki, in my opinion.The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.255.226.122 (contribs) .

It's a guy in a bathing suit on a beach. Hardly inappropriate. —JediRogue 00:53, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

"New Messages"

As seen here, numerous users are getting a "new message" messagebox when this IP gets a message, when it is not their IP --Gimmethegepgun 02:30, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

It's affecting other wikis on Wikia too. They are working on fixing it right now. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 04:14, 21 December 2007 (UTC)
and Catherine says "please pass on our apologies, it should be better soon." -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 04:15, 21 December 2007 (UTC)
Cool, had a chat with some of the Wikia support guys on their IRC server (hope no-one minds me trying to escalate this), for the technically inclined as far as I can deduce, the problem apparently is that the cache/proxy server (Squid) had a configuration change that caused external Internet IPs to appear as an internal address to the wiki server(s). This in turn confused the heck out of the software as probably was seeing different users on the same IP address (just on different ports), which likely explains why when User talk:10.10.20.183 is updated, multiple users get notified of a new message. Anyway, as noted already, it being fixed. --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 04:51, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Since new ppl are gonna keep trying to post on the talk page anyways, I have protected it from anons (it's not gonna make the problem worse, and might make it better). Please discuss the bug and/or the protection here. Since the talk page doesn't correspond to any actual user's IP, protecting that talk page doesn't affect anyone's rights. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 09:18, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Seems the "converting to internal IP address" issue still exists (see Special:Contributions/10.10.20.183) over 24 hours later, any further updates? --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 07:52, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

Again, same IP still contributing. Do we know anything else as of yet? Isk8.pngIsk8 18:28, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
This is warw, I'm getting it directing me to multiple talks which none of them are mine. ~Él Kíngíé (warw)
So in other words, issue is still present and escalating. Is that 10.x.x.x IP causing annon users to be redirected to ALL pages it edits? Edit: Even when pages aren't being edited by that IP, it still gives annon users the new message. It seems to re-occur every 20-30 seconds. Edit again: Seems to instead be based on viewing pages on the wiki. It doesn't occur when I refresh say the main page or RC's, but when I view random pages. Some do it, and some don't. Isk8.pngIsk8 19:49, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
Its now telling me i have new messages and redirecting me to ANYTHING. A minute ago, i had one redirect me to Special:Random.. Even when I'm logged in.. >.< --Warwick sig.JPG Warwick (Talk)/(Contr.) 23:19, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
I actually haven't encountered this problem yet. I'm not the only one to be unaffected, am I? Felix Omni Signature.png 23:20, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
I haven't personally seen any 'New messages' boxes apart from those caused on my own talk page. -- Gem (gem / talk) 23:27, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
I too am not getting the issues. Wonder if it only affects those that have logged-in after the proxy/cache server mis-configuration occurred (and anon contributors of course). Ie, I use the "remember me" option and so have not had to re-login to date since this started. Be interesting to find out if all those registered users that are having the problem have logged-in at some point since this all began. --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 00:19, 23 December 2007 (UTC)
I tried logging out and then in again earlier but I still don't see the message. -- Gem (gem / talk) 00:37, 23 December 2007 (UTC)
Hmmm, then it appears to be randomly effecting some but not all, probably due to Wikia having a server-farm of proxies and only some were changed before the error was realised. Wonder if browser cookies are used to remember "last known IP address used", and so only once those cookies expire (or are cleared by the user), though would think that could be open to abuse, so would hope not. Be nice if Wikia would use this page, being Wikia staff noticeboard and all, to post a formal status report. *hint hint* :) --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 00:47, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

New messages

It *only* appears when I look at images. And its not linked to when the person contributes, they haven't contributed for a while and it happened just now. --Shadowcrest 22:06, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

It only shows up for me when I log out. Random pages will trigger the "new messages" prompt, and usually the first view of the main pages does as well. I have not seen it as a logged in user as of yet. Isk8.pngIsk8 13:52, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

Category:Candidates for deletion bug

currently, if pages are linking to certain un-made/deleted templates, they are candidates for deletion. This appears to be a bug, and because of that I am reporting it. --Warwick sig.JPG Warwick (Talk)/(Contr.) 19:27, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Just don't link to it, then. Cress Arvein(Talk) 20:37, 26 December 2007 (UTC)
It's an old MediaWiki issue: categorization via templates/transclusions don't immediately update when you alter the transcluded thing. Updating the transcluded categories is a passive task filed into the job queue so that the wiki doesn't just hang to the death when you edit a template that is used by a few hundred articles. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:53, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Pages Not Loading Properly

ERROR The requested URL could not be retrieved

While trying to retrieve the URL: Trial_by_Fire

The following error was encountered:

   * Socket Failure 

The system returned:

   (24) Too many open files

Squid is unable to create a TCP socket, presumably due to excessive load. Please retry your request.

Your cache administrator is [email protected] Generated Thu, 27 Dec 2007 15:59:10 GMT by www.wikia.com (squid/2.6.STABLE16)

Getting this error when trying to load a good half of the pages on the wiki this morning. Isk8.pngIsk8 16:01, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Another Candy Cane Man Ad

Yet another one of these have slipped by.

http://www.thecandycaneman.biz/?gclid=CIHN0Oqny5ACFUV0OAodJUZ7Ww Isk8.pngIsk8 15:40, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

Loose a point for forgetting to sign, another one for not blocking ads from thecandycanemand.biz. (hosts file ftw) RT | Talk 15:42, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
There's actually two candycaneman ads, one with Aidan and another with a male Warrior. Cress Arvein(Talk) 15:48, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
Just put: 127.0.0.1 thecandycaneman.biz 127.0.0.1 www.thecandycaneman.biz 127.0.0.1 /thecandycaneman.biz 127.0.0.1 .thecandycaneman.biz into C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Clear your dns cache by going start -> run -> "ipconfig /flushdns" (without quotes) and watch the ads dissapear RT | Talk 15:58, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

Or download ABP and watch how much faster everything runs and how many less seizures you get from flashing ads! --Gimmethegepgun 18:29, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
+1, I love ABP Jamster Sig.jpg ---Jamster--- 18:45, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
-3 to gimmme for nicking points withoug permission RT | Talk 18:50, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
Aww :( --Gimmethegepgun 18:51, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
Another thecandycaneman ad slipped in

http://www.thecandycaneman.com/index.php?ref=5&gclid=CK6a177a_ZACFQVFMAodrDMksw Talkyr The Honest 16:40, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

http://www.thecandycaneman.biz/?gclid=CJSHqMHm_ZACFUV0OAod-jo0oQ -- Brains12Talk 17:33, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

More

Please block:

  • www.guildwarsgoldmoney.com
  • GoldConsulting.org

I thought they already would have been blocked, but somehow they slipped through again for me.

...and could someone check:

  • www.SwordsSwords.com/Guildwars

too? Who the hell is Gaert? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:43, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Having trouble accessing the Dwayna's Kiss article

If I search for the above article, or search for just dwayna and follow the link to the page, my browser (firefox) converts the %27 to a _ automatically and I have to manually put the ' into the link to get to the page.. Is anyone else having trouble like this with any article? FoxyUK 03:17, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Not happening with me. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 03:27, 4 January 2008 (UTC)
Sorted it, was due to NoScript blocking the link because it was from mIRC (was testing a script). FoxyUK 19:44, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

NO, I want to see <item>s! NOTHING else!!

Previously this site had pictures of weapons or items but the characters were inappropriate. Some of them had no clothes on, carrying the items. I am sure some user thought that was <insert cliched reference to unconcionable graphic portrayal under the pretense of whim or liberality> but it was just wrong. I hope that the pictures, ANY that feature or should feature things other than the wielding characters show the items and IF they show the characters, that they are fully and appropriately dressed. Users come to the site wanting information about the game and such things are insulting to decent people. Please update the pictures appropriately among your other updates. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 146.187.187.247 (contribs) .

If you take a pic without a wielder, you have no idea how big it is and such, and that can make a big diffrence. Also, armor can disrupt the view of an item, by clipping through, covering it, all that stuff. --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 19:56, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
In terms of images showing the details of a particular item skin, the reason that images are typically taken with the characters clothing not showing, is the distraction effect. Showing the skin of an item on a neutral backing focuses all attention on the item, and not the characters armor. And the characters still have clothes on. Nothing in Guild Wars is "naked". There should be no reason to be bothered by the characters "under garments". Also please remember to sign your comments. (Edit conflict... grr Viper) --Aggro Isk8.png Sk8 19:59, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
If you are really disturbed by the images, you can use the official Guild Wars Wiki since they are trying to get renders from ANet to replace all images. Render = the item without any background or character, taken with an external tool by an ANet staff member. -- Gem (gem / talk) 20:40, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Druid's armour link

The link to view Druits armour from the Morgren page sends you to a page about old prefixes.

And there is a big notice about that being out of date on the top of that page... hmmm... Wikia, get on that!—JediRogue 04:07, 6 January 2008 (UTC)


The C guy

Another thecandycaneman ad slipped in
http://www.thecandycaneman.com/index.php?ref=5&gclid=CK6a177a_ZACFQVFMAodrDMksw Talkyr The Honest 16:40, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

http://www.thecandycaneman.biz/?gclid=CJSHqMHm_ZACFUV0OAod-jo0oQ -- Brains12Talk 17:33, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

And another: http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CJi3tN2XnKPT4wEQ2AUYTzIIC2-OhtraUAc RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 19:27, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Severe Wiki Lag + Socket Errors

Ok, for some reason, over the last 10 or so minutes I've experienced severe lag and at least 10 "socket errors." Has anything changed with the wikia servers recently? Also, to other users, has anyone else experienced this? EDIT: I've tested other sites and I've only gotten this lag on GuildWiki (haven't checked other wikia sites) Thoughtful Thoughtful Sig.png (Talk) 21:08, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Same thing here... took me a few minutes just to load the log in page Silver Sunlight SSunlight.jpg 21:14, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
I'm on #Wikia now RT | Talk 21:27, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
Lol, PvX wiki lost there domain name RT | Talk 21:30, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
What do you mean? Thoughtful Thoughtful Sig.png (Talk) 21:33, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
pvxbuilds.com redirects to http://72.55.184.5 which is there server. I can't see a domain RT | Talk 21:35, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
PvXwiki is pvxwiki.com =p Thoughtful Thoughtful Sig.png (Talk) 21:37, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Pvxbuilds.com always worked for me RT | Talk 21:38, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

I just use the link on our main page so I wouldn't know. Thoughtful Thoughtful Sig.png (Talk) 21:40, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
PvX is fine for me, but Gwiki is very laggy for me right now. Jamster Sig.jpg ---Jamster--- 21:44, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
PvX is not wikia RT | Talk 21:59, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
Someone else mentioned it *box* Jamster Sig.jpg ---Jamster--- 22:13, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Local IP again?

Just saw the local 10.10.20.183 make an edit, did block expire, and are we going to block again RT | Talk 18:48, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

I saw it too. It's starting to tick me that I can't directly talk to him (and moreso I don't remember why I wanted to). --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 19:04, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
Yup, Special:Contributions/10.10.20.183 is back again :( --Wolfie Wolfie sig.jpg (talk|contribs) 21:39, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Questionable Ad

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It's an ad for a particular GW guild's website encouraging people to join them. Since GuildWiki does not endorse or support one guild over any others, it out to be blocked so we don't appear partial to them. Felix Omni Signature.png 06:44, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Imho people should know that we have no particular influence over what makes it through Google ads - we don't endorse or condone any of them. We can only request blocking for those which are obviously wrong or deceptive, like GW gold. But yeah, I see your point. I would stop short of blocking anything with "guild" in it, because things like GuildCafe are obviously okay, but...a single guild may be deceptive. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 12:39, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

GWiki is down D:

I've gotten a GuildWiki is down message twice because of excess connections today, and twice yesterday. I solved it by repeatedly reloading the page, but it still is annoying. --Gigathrash sig G.jpgGiga†ħŕášħ 03:20, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

I'm busy getting that right now as well, and did yesterday as well --Gimmethegepgun 17:27, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
Ditto for me. This has been happening alot lately, and in the past I never experienced this. Is there a reason for this? Aggro Isk8.png Sk8 17:33, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
Hmm.... I think I know the root cause... --Gimmethegepgun 17:44, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
I lolled at the message... :P --- VipermagiSig.JPG-- (s)talkpage 17:55, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Spam filter

Is hitting me repeatedly just trying to edit Aidan because of the external link on the bottom. Shouldn't it check for external links ADDED, not ones just plain in the text? --Gimmethegepgun 21:32, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

That's unfortunately how the extension works. anyways, I've added babyhold to MediaWiki:Spam-whitelist. Any other admins can also edit the whitelist. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 01:34, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
Well, why aren't we using the same extension as Wikipedia does? They have anons and newly-registered users at least have to pass a visual test if they ADD a new link, and seeing how pretty much every single page there HAS an external, but you don't need to do the test every time, I don't see what the problem is --Gimmethegepgun 17:27, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
There are two different checks. Unregistered anons are asked to pass a test whenever they add an external. Everyone are blocked from edits containing URLs that are blacklisted. If you go to Wikipedia and login and try adding the following link (I just tried on my own user page), you'll find you'll get the same block:
So, this proves we ARE using the same extension Wikipedia uses. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:53, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Another questionable ad

Just saw an ad for a poll for Gay Marriages. Doesn't offend me, but this is not the place to talk about a person's beliefs. This is kind of a touchy topic and I do not want it to offend anyone else. Unindal 16:51, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Keep, at least it seems an inteligent subject, unlike those "Fight and lvl up" adverts RT 16:55, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

gold ad

http://www.goldsoon.com

Yes, their banner is for WoW gold, but it is the same thing. Block please...stupid all-graphic ads bypassing filters. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 10:47, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

it's still there --83.182.194.51 13:09, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

MMO Account purchase add?

http://www.gamewar.com/

Not exactly a gold ad, but against the EULA nonetheless. Rukias Tonarim 02:35, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Agrees, I've seen this one testing IE8 beta (sucks btw - use this) - delete plz RT 21:07, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

Removing the Build: namespace from Special:Wantedpages

Is it possible? As the page is useless after the Builds wipe RT 12:16, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

The Wanted Pages is automatically generated from red links. If you want the Build namespace removed from that list, see "What links here" to the red link and manually remove it from every page that links to it, only then it will be gone from Wanted Pages. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 18:54, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Fine... prepare for spam RT | Talk 18:58, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Accualy, I can't be bothered, I think the special page is going to be useless then RT | Talk 19:02, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
The namespace can be removed from the Wantedpages server-side, but as far as I know, it's quite risky and would need updating each time there is a significant update to the software. The GWW tried to get a similar thing done with the Guild namespace, but we eventually got it out by changing a few templates. -- Brains12 \ Talk 19:11, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
would said templates work for here as well, possibly?
Aside from trying something like that, I think it wouldn't be too hard to remove all the red links. At least, not very hard with multiple people working on it, and a bit of time. (whoever said stuff like that had to be finished all in one shot?) I've got to back up my computer today, but I may hop on my laptop later and go to town on Build: links. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 21:42, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Templates wouldn't work here (as far as I know) - it worked on GWW because all the red links came from the alliance nav templates, so certain people found a way to get rid of red links if the page wasn't created. Our Wantedpages works again :D
You could probably take out the links with a bot to save time and trouble, not to mention RC and watchlist spam. -- Brains12 \ Talk 22:04, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Problem is, I don't think anyone has a working bot; they'd need to make one and get entropy to make it a bot. --Shadowcrest 22:06, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Not all of the links are actually to the Build: namespace either, as I just found out. Back before the Build: namespace, it was all in mainspace; when builds got moved, they'd leave redirects. So you would need a bot that looks for profession abbreviations... --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 22:08, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
I'd be happy to give bot-status for a project like this, as it is of such monotonous and yet massive scale that no one is ever gonna be bothered to do it. I would code it myself if C++ could be made into MediaWiki code, but oh well. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 01:28, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Should we move this conversation to adminnotice board or community portal? -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 01:30, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

I think community portal. --Shadowcrest 01:33, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
Scoot it to the 'Portal, perhaps someone would like to code the bot from there, etc. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 01:34, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Incredebly Lag

Guildwiki has been lagging this morning, with me taking over 30 seconds to load a page, normally I can download 140kb/s, so it's not on my end, and the rest of the internet is working fine.--Gigathrash 20:09, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

Seconded. Even the wikia site is experiencing extreme lag. I went over there to see if there was any kind of notice or something informing us that they were having issues, ect. But to no avail. Wikia is worse than Crapcast -- Isk8.png Sk8 (T)(C) 20:11, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
Me thinks DoS Thoughtful Thoughtful Sig.png 12:25, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Me thinks you dumb, who would DoS GuildWiki? Absolutly no point to risk fines and imprisonment. 24.18.131.180 14:41, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Again today, I am experiencing ridiculously long load times for this wiki. Unlike the last time, Wikia's home page is loading just fine. It's so bad that Firefox is timing out half the time instead of loading pages. -- Isk8.png Sk8 (T)(C) 16:42, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

I would also like to add, that this vastly affects our userbase too. I've seen many users get fed up with loading times, and go to the other wiki] instead. I don't think this is what we want, now is it? Please can we get someone to address this issue? -- Isk8.png Sk8 (T)(C) 16:45, 8 March 2008 (UTC)
I admit, I actually just used the official wiki because this one is misbehaving. Fix it plz. Felix Omni Signature.png 16:56, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Am I the only one who seems to be unaffected by lag? :( Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 01:36, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Not the only one, Entropy. I'm not getting any lag at all.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 01:39, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
It's only at some times RT 08:49, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Banned?

Your user name or IP address has been blocked by PanSola. The reason given is this: Autoblocked because your IP address has been recently used by "ShesOnly12". The reason given for ShesOnly12's block is: "multi-vandal"

(If this automated message says you have been blocked by Adam.skinner or Rainith for vandalism, it could be due to a known bug. Please wait a few minutes and try again.)

You may email PanSola or one of the other active administrators to discuss the block. You can find the "e-mail this user" link in the toolbox. Note that you may not use the "e-mail this user" feature unless you have a valid e-mail address registered in your user preferences.

Your IP address is 216.151.156.20. Please include this address in any queries you make.

Keeps popping up when I try to edit my userpage, other people are having the same problem as well. See talk here. --ParadoxicalAmbiance 15:03, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Gold Purchase Ad

Just found an add for goldsoon.com, advertising WoW gold. Probably other MMOs too.

Ad to cause lag

http:://www.grandchase.net/

Ad has multiple moving frames, changing colors, etc. While it does not fit the criteria exactly for an "inappropriate ad", it does tend to slow down the loading of any given page by about 5 seconds. Which annoys me. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:37, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Adblock Pro, I don't even bother with ads anymore. --OrgXSignature.jpg 20:39, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
I would, but then I couldn't report bad ads. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:39, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
Your job sucks. :P --OrgXSignature.jpg 20:40, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
Adblock plus! YAY! RT | Talk 20:42, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
I have almost forgotten what an ad looked like (ABP ftw!) --Gimmethegepgun 07:03, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
ABP here too :D We should make a userbox for that. JamJamster Sig.gifster 09:35, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Account Sale Ad

eliteaccounts.com advertising sale of elite armor chars and etc, I hate Google Ads so much!

Get Adblock Plus like the rest of us if you use FF, if you don't... too bad --Gimmethegepgun 22:22, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
That's not the point, the point is a fan site for Guild Wars cannot have gold/account/item selling ads. --Macros 22:25, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
I know, but he's also saying that he hates Google Ads, and with ABP they don't even exist any more --Gimmethegepgun 22:53, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Site loading error

About half of the time that I attempt to load guildwiki, it causes my browser to freeze. This isn't my Browser, as I've tried it in FF and IE as well. Its not my computer either, because I've tried it on my other computer, which is decent, and even that one freezes. As well as that, lately I've been having a lot of error 500 while editing, and having to backspace and retype my comments. —MaySig.png(P)/(T) 18:57, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Problem with spam filter

Gamewikis is spam.jpg
I was attempting to remove a pointless note and was prevented from doing so on Entangling Asp, twice. I'm not exactly sure what the problem is here, but it seems to me that it's not a good thing. Felix Omni Signature.png 19:28, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
Just tried it, couldn't edit the main article (same error) but could the heading. Jamster 19:34, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
Bloody annoying. —MaySig.pngWarw/Wick 19:37, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
Whitelisted, but I have no clue why http://gw.gamewikis got blocked to begin with. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 19:45, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

Bad ads

The side menu advertisement is almost always a gold-selling/game-hacking advertisement. Just a heads up.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 05:05, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

please be specific. Whenever I am paying attention, they don't show up. The name of the seller's site would be nice, and if you can go into the source of the page, any kind of advertisement ID would be helpful. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 05:34, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Maybe you're just unlucky Marco. I don't get 99% bad ads...lots of "questionable" sure, but most are benign. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:38, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Odd...now they seem normal. Although I am still getting the ad mentioned below, not sure if that's supposed to be fixed yet. Meh.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 22:27, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Naughty Ad

A couple of dolled-up girls with the words "Live chat right now." Seems highly inappropriate. Felix Omni Signature.png 18:20, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for bringing that to our attention. I've reported the ad to our advertising controller. -- JSharp 20:38, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
I ran into it again, and took a screenshot; I hope it helps.
Naughty ad.jpg
Felix Omni Signature.png 21:33, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
I just got that ad while looking at this page. Anyone want a screenshot of it appearing twice at the same time?Entrea SumataeEntrea Sumatae [Talk] 22:29, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
Ooh, double the evidence!--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 22:30, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
But it won't happen to me again, I finally stopped being lazy and got Adblock.Entrea SumataeEntrea Sumatae [Talk] 22:34, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
Isn't it nice?  :D -- Isk8.png Sk8 (T/C) 17:34, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Is it me, or are they taking racial diversity a bit too far? Slutty white girl, self-confident black girl, and a cute underage asian? Hmmm... Looks like they nailed it. O_o RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:38, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

No images

Since I'm too lazy to repost the problem that I'm having, I'll give you a link to the discussion: User talk:PanSola#Help please. Basically, no images are appearing on my browser.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 21:44, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Moar gold

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http://www.pvp-depot.com Felix Omni Signature.png 08:08, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

issues and lack of community input

the + tag on the top has been replaced with a big "leave a message tab." that doesn't even make sense... also.. please see GuildWiki_talk:Wikia Migration. I expect these issues to be addressed. —JediRogue 17:52, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Multiple users are also seeing japanese/chinese/whatever characters and random code instead of normal english text. The site is also lagging seriously due to the ads. This is not how to treat the wiki after all the promises that were made back when you guys bought the wiki. -- Gem (gem / talk) 18:10, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Jedi: interface text can be fixed from Special:Allmessages. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 20:53, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Jedi & Gem, Please collect all your issues on the GuildWiki_talk:Wikia Migration page. Several Wikia community team members and engineers have this page watch listed and are working to fix any issues and answer questions as soon as possible. Angies 23:25, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Meh, we're already fixing half the "problems" on our own, and epically annihilating all the changes Wikia has made --Gimmethegepgun 23:27, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Gj guys, good to see that someone is doing something right. -- Gem (gem / talk) 20:45, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
I realy don't like wikia going and overwriting mediawiki default... I fixed the + thing btw RT | Talk 20:47, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Stupidly long loading time

On each page, its taking about 5 minutes to load each page, which is pretty much unacceptable. And the cause of it is the ads.. My .js takes at least 1 minute to load for each page. I'm in the middle of typing somthing, and suddenly the screen will shoot up because of my extra links. I'm going to test the monaco skin, and I'm pretty sure there arn't these problems on the monaco? Is it because Wikia doesn't want us to use the monobook skin? —MaySig.pngWarw/Wick 16:17, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Maybe it is just you. I'm on a bad Wireless connection and IE, but am not having 5 minute loading times. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:37, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
She meant half a minute. Forgot where she mentioned that, but the stated it was closed to 30-40 than 5 minutes, so to say... /memoryfail --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:34, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
Entropy, I'm using a wired connection. And its fixed now; Turns out it was those ads like I thought it was. —MaySig.pngWarw/Wick 14:37, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

foo

http://www.PvP-Depot.com/

It may be case sensitive, I can't tell. They are advertising WoW gold, but still. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:50, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Felix reported that, look up RT | Talk 07:53, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Oops. Also, I apologize for not creating a new section. Shame on me. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:12, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

problem reports

not sure how to post this because its about the reports themselves. I've tried it in both IE and FF and when I click on the button it doesn't pop up. I'm not sure if its me or if its some setting but I'm not sure why it would suddenly stop working and in both browsers. —JediRogue 03:00, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

they dont work. if they arent gonna work why do we have the tab?? 130.245.23.70 23:25, 16 April 2008 (UTC)
I have reported the bug. Thanks for the heads-up. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 04:16, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
For the record, I just realized that they work in Monaco but not Monobook. —JediRogue 04:19, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, the extension is not compatible with the custom GuildWiki version of Monobook. Since that version is the default skin, I went ahead and disabled the extension for the time being just to avoid confusion. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 15:58, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
So that explains how it worked with the Wikia version and monaco. Are you guys planning on adding it to our monobook eventually? Is there some way to manually create a problem report that doesn't involve that popup?—JediRogue 16:10, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
I remember it working before in Monobook, don't see why it won't work now --Gimmethegepgun 17:00, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
From my understanding: There's a difference bwteen Gravewit's Monobook, and Wikia's Monobok. Only the Wikia monobook has been modified to work with the extension. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:31, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
That is correct. Unfortunately, we will not be able to add it to the GuildWiki version of Monobook. If and when you guys get to the point where you are comfortable setting Monaco as the default theme for anonymous users, then it would make sense to turn in it back on. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 18:13, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

game updates

hey, i clicked on the updates and read the news. but, when i decided to post my own thoughts on the 'edit' page, i noticed something strange. the 'edit' page's content and the 'discussion' pages content, are not matching. there are more posts on the edit page, and when i switch back to discussion, they are not there. is anybody else experiencing this? or is it my computer?68.187.16.3 02:53, 18 April 2008 (UTC) Gabe

Maby someone added a message between the opening of the page and opening of the edit page? In that case you wouldn't see the message on the discussion page since itwasn't there when you loaded it, and then after you hit the link to the edit page the edit window shows the message since it has been added at that point. If you then hit the back button in the browser to move to the talk page in normal mode, the browser will show the version that it loaded previously, not the up to date version. You need to hit f5 to refresh the page to see updated content in that case. -- Gem (gem / talk) 10:40, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I've had this happen on talk pages before. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 15:58, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
Actually, I bet you were just confused by the modular nature of the game updates article. Each individual update is its own article, and they are all "included" onto the overall Game updates page. Each update has its own talk page, as does the overall page. You were probably looking at Talk:Game updates to start with, then after you clicked on an "edit" link and went back to "discussion" you were looking at Talk:Game_updates/20080417. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:27, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

more bad ads

[6] Image is: http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CJau2pvXo-adSBDYBRhPMghiepvrJ5FqTA Block? :) —HelloWarw/Wick 20:09, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

site notice

I don't see the site notice when I'm logged in. Does dismissing it once permanently dismiss it? Because that doesn't seem like a good idea. And IDK if I dismissed it ever even. —JediRogue 20:41, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

I just incremented the sitenotice id. Is it back? In general, clearing your own cookies will bring it back. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 20:45, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
Yes, its back. Good call. —JediRogue 20:45, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

Zombie Strippers

Zombiestrippers.png [7] Pretty unacceptable, it's showing up on most pages. Felix Omni Signature.png 17:14, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

Passing the message along to get it removed. Thanks. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:42, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
It's still there. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:02, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
eww the link is scary its not actually bad (i only clicked the link once) just more creepy Lost-Blue 03:05, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Footer

On the site's footer, the words are:

  • This page was last modified (date)
  • GFDL
  • Privacy policy
  • About GuildWiki
  • Disclaimers

Mistake on the GFDL part, we are, and always have been creative commons Thoughtful's RT sig test.jpg + Talk 05:58, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Screenshot? The Monaco footer doesn't appear for me at all (cept teh spotlights), whereas Monobook shows the CC BY-NC-SA banner for me. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 06:33, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
This issue should be resolved. Let me know if you find anywhere else that displays the incorrect text. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 06:52, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

deleted pages

is it a new thing that deleted pages are getting their entire history removed from recent changes? I know that it gets removed from a person's list of contributions but removing it from RC makes it annoying to go back and figure out who made it after it was deleted if I wanted to ban them or something. Also... didn't I read somewhere about an option to protect non-existing pages to keep them from being created? —JediRogue 17:31, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

They've always disappeared from RC. -- Gem (gem / talk) 17:42, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
If you "recreate" the page (going to the Edit) it shows a small link which shows deleted versions. There, you can see who edited it last, and thus who made it. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 17:52, 24 April 2008 (UTC)


The easiest way to prevent pages from being created is to use cascading protection. Create a page with links to page names that you want protected from creation, then protect that page with cascading protection (it's a check box on the protect page screen). Doing so will protect all pages linked from that page. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:11, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Another bad ad

Nicemount.jpg [8] Some sort of evil dating site geared toward gamers? Either way, doesn't seem appropriate. Felix Omni Signature.png 02:09, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I've reported the ad to our advertising manager and they will take a look at it shortly. -- JSharp 02:30, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
Actually this one seems okay. -- Gem (gem / talk) 17:17, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
It may sound bad, but you click the link and realize it's a nerd version of Facebook. Don't worry about it. :P RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 02:59, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for volunteering to click on the link o_O -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 03:03, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
I'm a curious cat. I have regretted it before. But yeah, the only people on that site are the ones that actually will be impressed with the size/type of a MMO mount and not much else... Blocking that site would be kind of sad... Felix reads into things too much.  :P This one really was literal, no hidden meanings.  ;) RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 21:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Well, I don't actually click these links. I just report them. How about this.
Good one google.jpg
It's not that I object to cosmetic surgery, ofc; I just don't think 12-year-old kids need to learn about reshaping of the private regions while on this wiki. Felix Omni Signature.png 16:50, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
That one's already been reported two sections down. Kyle needs the URL to block it. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 17:53, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
[9] Felix Omni Signature.png 09:07, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Reporting that ad to have it removed. Thanks! --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:34, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Another Bad Ad

For some reason, whenever I view the noticeboard is when I get the bad ads... I guess it is out of spite ^.^ I'll post is right after this. X Deity X Xdeityx.png 18:41, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Here... Image:Bad ad noticeboard.JPG
Heya ... I'll be happy to report that, but in order to block it, I need to know the link it goes to (just right click on the link and click Copy Link URL). Thanks! --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:11, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Steward

With the Wikia Migration, Entropy's Bcrat powers have decreased a tad, and she can't desysop anyone. As well as this, she can't give anyone the Bot Status, and we have 3 people currently who are going to be running bots, and so I was wondering if you could promote Entropy to a Steward (Or is that Wikia-Thing-Only?). —HelloWarw/Wick 19:57, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Entropy and I had a conversation about this here. The gist of it is that right now we can't give rights above what Entropy currently has; however, we are currently looking in to ways of expanding the powers that wiki bureaucrats have. Either way, I, or any other staff member, can modify user rights as necessary upon her request. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 04:09, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Another Bad Ad

Not sure if we care, or if it is even against Blizzard's Code of Conduct, but www.accountbay.com is selling WoW accounts on here.

If you see that ad again, please reply with the full URL that the ad links to by right-clicking on the ad link, clicking "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut", then pasting that link in to your message. Thanks! --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 04:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Wtf?

Special:contributions/Warwick and Special:Editcount/Warwick. O_O -- MaySig.png Warw/Wick 15:37, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Unrelated, but deserves the header name: The whole preferences stuff has been reset. Highly annoying. Also, some users (I've noticed Dark Paladin X and his other account) haven't been merged. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:42, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Watchlist

Ok... my watchlist is useless now because it lists every edit instead of the most recent one, any way to change? RandomTime 11:08, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Eh, that is odd. Mine still shows 1 edit per page, sotoday... --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 11:16, 10 May 2008 (UTC)
RT's Watchlist
this is mine RandomTime 11:26, 10 May 2008 (UTC)
Oh, that's annoying... I'll peek around... --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 11:30, 10 May 2008 (UTC)
Preferences -> Watchlist -> Show Applicable Changes, or something similar. Turn it off :P --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 11:31, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Errors

← Moved from User talk:PanSola

A lot of the time I go onto GuildWiki (but not all the time) my Firebug error tracker repeatedly picks up this error:

urchinTracker is not defined
    var wgCatId;

Also sometimes I'm given another urchinTracker error with something along the lines of this (different green lines denote different error messages):

urchinTracker is not defined
    if (wgUserName == null) ...
    if (wgIsArticle) ...
    if (skin == null) ...

It also sometimes catches a div tag in the green part. Also, Firebug will not work at the moment, and the first bug on the huge list (which has been stacking up each time I change pages) is:

[Exception... "'Component does not have requested interface' when calling method: [nsIInterfaceRequestor::getInterface]" nsresult: "0x80004002 (NS_NOINTERFACE)" location: "<unknown>" data: no]

Any clue? --Gimmethegepgun 21:28, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Looks like a Wikia problem to me, I suggest moving this to the staff noticeboard. It's probably not a site-breaking problem though so I wouldn't worry too much about it. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 23:01, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
Does this happen on both monobook and Monaco, or just monobook? --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 04:11, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
I checked, the Urchintracker thing is still there in Monaco as well as monobook --Gimmethegepgun 02:04, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Special:Wantedpages

Some pages seem to be showing up in here more than once, and the extra copies say they have different numbers of links to them. But they both link to the same whatlinkshere page, with the same links. For example, R/N Touch Ranger shows up at least twice, the first saying it has 24 links, the second saying it has 21. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 01:36, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Those ones that are for builds also seem to be borked, because if you click the Whatlinkshere link you'll see that none of them are even linked. Probably needs a system cache purge --Gimmethegepgun 02:04, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
More than likely it's due to transclusions, and the fact that the wiki engine deals with refreshing link counts (among other things) only when an article gets edited. When a source article is created with a link to a certain article, say "Article A", that adds 1 to Article A's link count. When another article is created that transcludes the first article, then Article A's link count is again increased by 1. However, there's still only 1 actual link to Article A, and it exists on the transcluded article. When the transcluded article gets edited to change the link, Article A's link count is decreased by 1. The count that the transcluding article added for Article A will not be removed until that article gets edited again. The system cache definitely needs to be purged if we've got incorrect link counts for articles that were deleted a year ago. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 04:08, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I just relayed that information to our tech team so they can take a look at it. Thanks! --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:32, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Done, but with errors...

Displays every time I load an "Edit" page. No clue what the errors are, but it always takes forever to load and Edit page, and then another forever to preview/save it. Wikia sucks... >_< (This edit page was still loading when I was done typing all this, never finished before I hit "Save" just kept "waiting on ...pagead2.google....blablabla... Aaaaaand.... still "Waiting...") RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 04:00, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Spam filter - false positives

There are a number of pages being blocked by the spam filter for no apparent reason. The common thread seems to be pagenames that end with a trailing slash. These are the pages that I have seen blocked:

  • [User:Midnight08/Builds/Project Save the Builds/]
  • [User:Koalita/Builds/Team/DoA 1/]
  • [User:Koalita/Builds/Team/DoA 2/]
  • [User:Koalita/Builds/Team/DoA Balanced/]
  • [User:NightSilva/builds/pve/]
  • [User:Immora/buildarchive/]

The talk pages for these articles also get blocked by the spam filter. Bot ishmael 20:30, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Bump. These pages really need to be edited as they contain a lot of redlinks. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:51, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Agree RandomTime 19:56, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
The solution, of course, is to change the page names. I got the the bottom 4 moved, then I was throttled. I'm hoping this doesn't create too many double redirects. mendel 23:39, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
I would argue that those pages should be moved, they have no good reason to have a slash at the end of their names. Additionally, lots of spam bots like to create random page with names ending with slash. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 23:41, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Taken care of - Mendel had already moved them all, and I deleted the redirects. Only two of them had anything linking to them (from within the same user's space), which I fixed. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 00:38, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
Actually you never know what external forum posts etc. may be linking to articles that we move - maybe it'd be best to keep the redirects. It doesn't hurt, does it? mendel 00:51, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Redirects

Are currently borked on Image pages --Gimmethegepgun 15:15, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Known issue. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:02, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
Been known for how long now...?--AlariSig.png 16:06, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Special:Uncategorizedpages

See this. It doesn't seem to want to show anything past the 1000th page. Even though there's definitely at least one uncategorized page with a title starting with a letter after M. It's possible this is related to the issue with the deletion log I reported above. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 03:45, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

That is a common occurrence on most similar Specialpages, I've noticed. See User:Dr ishmael/todo - Special:Longpages, Special:Shortpages, Special:Uncategorizedimages, Special:Uncategorizedtemplates, Special:Wantedpages, and Special:Lonelypages are all ones I remember that do that. Special:Unusedimages was an exception, for some reason. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 04:00, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
Last time I asked about this one, I was told "it's a feature, not a bug" ;) The idea is that users fix the problems in the first 1000 or so, and others move up the list to be fixed. If it's a big problem, I may be able to find out if there is a setting that can be adjusted, but in general we'll go with the devs reply. -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 11:44, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
For ones like Wantedpages, Longpages, or Shortpages, I can understand that, since they are sorted by number of links or page length, and in those cases this "feature" makes sense - a redlink that appears 200 times needs to be fixed much more than one that only appears 2 times. The Uncategorized and Unused lists, though, don't have a set ordering scheme (they seem to be mostly alphabetical or by creation date, but not entirely), so in those cases I'd have to call this a "bug". —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:07, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
The reasoning is, that all those pages are provided to help people fix the issues on them. So showing 1000 is plenty for people to work on, selecting each and adding a category, or linking the image... and once those are done, the next 1000 will be visible -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 21:02, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
One reason for this being useful is that you might have a list of pages from some other source (say, all pages that start with "Game update") and want to find out which of these are also uncategorized = find which pages are on both lists (which AWB can do for you, I believe). Having only a partial list available isn't going to cut it. --mendel 01:16, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

It seems that enough people didn't like this for the software to be changed by the MediwAiki developers :) I'm told that a future version will change this - you will be able to scroll though all the listed articles. -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 17:48, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Message upon Opening Page

Every time I open a new page (Eg go to refresh RC- its everywhere :|) a little box saying "Guildwars.wikia.com asks: does a box come up? Ok." Dunno what it is :| —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 10:05, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

That means your User:Warwick/monobook.js isn't completely broken d-: -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 10:06, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
I just blocked wikia.com with noscript, wikied stopped working (D:), and so did my personal preferances from my .js, but at least the irritating box went away! Yay! :p —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 10:08, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Paan! That was mean d-:.. Good prank though.. Gets me thinking about next april fools.. >_> —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 10:09, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
It's not a prank. You told me your entire Monobok.js was broken, I was testing that claim. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 10:12, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Eh, you told me "the whole thing" wasn't working. That would've included WikiEd too. Grr... -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 10:12, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

The deletion log

Is borked? See this. Note that the offset number in that URL is approximately one decillion, and it's showing edits from august 2007. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 02:07, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

It went back beyond the beginning of time and wrapped around, obviously d-: -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 02:11, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Yay everyone's back and I've still got all my teeth! --Xasxas256 02:39, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Also, just fyi, it shows those entries for any offset number of 10000 or higher. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 17:26, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
Considering the "correct" behavior is probably "ERROR! Invalid offset! Go delete more pages!", I doubt this is high on the priority list to fix... -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 18:07, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
Actually, that's not what the correct behavior should be. Perhaps using an offset of one decillion wasn't the best example. Look at the deletion log with an offset of 10000 and with an offset of 10500. They show the exact same entries. But go to the bottom of the page and look at the date of the last entry - July 9th, 2007. The builds wipe was in May of 2007, so there should be entries in the log after that, but you can click "next 500" forever and it will never get to them, it'll just keep showing the same 500. Those entries are still in the log - if you search for a specific user you can see them, and you can probably see them if you search for a specific page, but you can't see them without specifying a user or an article. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 21:17, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 21:53, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up. I reported this issue to our tech team so they can take a look at it. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:25, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
Heya ... just a quick follow-up on this. This behavior is intentional in MediaWiki 1.12 for performance reasons. The MediaWiki developers have changed that behavior in 1.13, so it should be fixed in the next MediaWiki upgrade. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:00, 6 June 2008 (UTC)


Bot posts triggering new messages notice

We have found that if a bot posts on a user's talk page, it does not seem to trigger the new messages notice. I have found no information indicating that this is normal behavior. The only special feature of a bot is that its edits do not show up in recent changes by default because of their flag. We would like to use bots to leave important notices on user's talk pages and if the bot doesn't trigger the new messages notice, they won't know about it. Is this a bug or some setting that can be changed? We are discussing it primarily in relation to GuildWiki:Bot tasks/License reminder but I bet we will have other reasons to perform similar tasks in the future. —JediRogue 18:28, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Heya! The reason that the bot is not triggering notification messages is because it is marking the changes as minor changes. By default, users to not receive notification of bot edits marked as minor edits. Try leaving the messages as non-minor edits and see if notification works properly. You can find more details here --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 18:41, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Not something I would've guessed, but that's exactly what it was. I got a notification for my bot editing my talk page as a non-minor edit. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 18:50, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Kyle. Good to know. Could have sworn I read that exact page yesterday when I was looking for my answer though... must have missed it. I can easily change it so the bot's edits are not minor. —JediRogue 18:54, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
No problem. Trudging through the MediaWiki documentation is an arduous task ... I just got lucky and found that page pretty quickly. It wouldn't surprise me if you found a page almost exactly like that one somewhere else without that tidbit of information. ;) --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:55, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Spam filter stuff

I don't know if this is discussed somewhere else, but I never encountered anything blocking me cause of spam filtering but what do I do about it? lol. I couldn't edit the following page: User:Vespa Lynch. I say that sysops shouldn't have spam filter issues... </3 —JediRogue 23:57, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

It would be best if wikia could just pop up a warning that allowed to user to [Cancel this link] [Continue to destination website] - else people are just going to start circumventing the block, and I already found two different ways to do so without really tring hard. ;-) Just rewrite the link whenever it is saved, e.g. http://badspammer.com to http://spam.wikia.com/?spamurl=badspammer.com . --mendel 10:40, 7 June 2008 (UTC)#
Tinyurl has a preview feature - I agree with wikia doing it - perhaps a user preferences opt out... RandomTime 10:44, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
Since I obviously worded my idea badly, I clarify: I want wikia to pop up a warning (similar to the tinyurl warning) for all URLs it classifies as spam, instead of blocking them. Although this probably defeats the purpose of preventing spammers posting in the first place. :-( --mendel 11:12, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
I'll pass the feedback along to our product guys. I suspect that we don't do that because that really doesn't prevent the spam from appearing ... spammers and their bots interpret the post as a success and keep chugging along. By the way, you can use MediaWiki:Spam-whitelist to allow the posting of URLs that would otherwise be blacklisted. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 06:04, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, so you have the same suspicions I do. ;-) Well, we can probably make another template for users to request an admin to unblock a URL (much like page deletes or bans are requested). We'll see how that works out. --mendel 13:10, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
In case you want to customize it to send users to a certain page to request that the URL be whitelisted, the text for the message that the user receives when a page is blocked by the spam filter is stored at MediaWiki:spamprotectiontitle (for the page title), MediaWiki:spamprotectiontext (for the first line), and MediaWiki:spamprotectionmatch (for the second line). --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 16:44, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

edit count

Sometime recently the format of Special:Editcount was changed to be a new table. Out of curiousity, I wonder when that occurred. Out of concern, the font is very small and hard to read. Should we fix that within our own css or is that a wikia wide thing that should be adjusted? —JediRogue 01:40, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

It looks like this went in to production on Tuesday, June 3rd. I'll pass along the comments regarding the font size of the text in the table, but for the time being, it's probably best that you just fix it yourself in your MediaWiki:common.css. Adding ...
.ecmaintable {
  font-size: 10pt !important;
}
... should do the trick. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 06:00, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Looks like that'll work, thanks! —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:23, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Another editcount issue: the "All wikis" column of mine currently says 0 for everything. It was working yesterday, and it's working fine for other users. Might be related to me having just tagged a couple hundred screenshots :P ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 22:04, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Speaking of Editcount, why does it refer to our wiki as "gwguild", and how could we change that?Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 23:48, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
It refers to that because that is the name of our database. If that were to be changed, you'd have to change the name in all of the configuration files where it occurs, and if one is missed, stuff breaks. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - it's just a name in an unimportant place, I can live with it. --◄mendel► 00:50, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Image:Gwevilcoolnl6.jpg

The image was deleted back in April, yet you can see it if you follow a link, it shows up in Special:Unusedimages, internal links to it don't show up as broken, and you can display it normally. Oh, and the headline preview shows it as a redlink o_O ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 18:10, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

hmmm, that's a pretty odd bug, but re-uploading then deleting (rather than just undeleting then deleting) seems to have fixed it). --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 18:15, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Most of the time undel/del worked when I came across images like that during my huge delete spree about a month ago. I'll remember this trick for the future, though. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:32, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Sidebar

Its broken. about 80% of the time, it gets frozen loading either images.wikia.com or tag.contextweb.com. Fix please? I want to be able to RC patrol properly.. ._. ;-; —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 08:33, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Oh yes, that's happening to me as well. Felix Omni Signature.png 08:45, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
Which skin are you two using? I haven't noticed anything weird with the monobook sidebar. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 16:56, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
Well, duh, because Monobook actually WORKS --Gimmethegepgun 17:01, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
Try blocking the broken contextweb in your hosts file RandomTime 17:02, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
Can you provide any more information? I'm gathering that the issue exists only on Monaco? I'm having trouble reproducing it on my computer. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:08, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm using monobook, as always (boo monaco!), and I have blocked tag.contextweb.com and I havn't had any more problems. (I'm running noscript, previously with all allowed, now blocking tag- No errors). Ooh, what does this do? <staff /> —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 18:10, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
it sounds like contextweb.com was just misbehaving, but that issue seems to be resolved now--I've been clicking the Random page button for the last 15 minutes and can't replicate it. If it starts happening again, please let me know. P.S., in Monaco, ads are the last thing on the page to load, so this theoretically should never happen when browsing in Monaco. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:08, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Image:328px-Tryia5.jpg

For some reason (maybe because filename starts with a number?), this image is always showing up as the 1000th image in Special:Uncategorizedimages. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 02:36, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Special:Orphanedpages

Disambiguation pages (such as Can't We Get Along?) shouldn't show up there, since every internal link to a disambig page should really be pointing to one of the pages being, uh... disambiguated. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 04:13, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Add them to GuildWiki:Non-orphaned articles under a new heading. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 05:44, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Done. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 06:06, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Script Error

Using IE7, pretty much every page I load gets an 'Error on page' message in the status bar, and the bottom ad doesn't load. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 05:39, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Solution A
Solution B
RandomTime 05:41, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
Solution A - any smart wiki should work for all commonly used browsers.
Solution B - that just stops the window asking if you want to debug from popping up. It doesn't get rid of the error :(
¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 05:43, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
Rebuttal A - Yes, but as there is an error - a workaround is nice.
Rebuttal B - and as soon as Wikia fixes it, it stops
RandomTime 05:45, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
You should have just called them "Workaround A" and "Workaround B". ;-) Could it be that the ad code is split, and one part defines the ad while the other part uses it? And one of these two parts get cached? --◄mendel► 06:30, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps, and good idea RandomTime 06:36, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
I've reported this issue to our tech team. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 18:23, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Aah editing toolbar

Is anyone else seeing all the editing toolbar buttons twice? ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 04:56, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Yes, and I am also getting a weird effect where the Monaco-specific (at least, I thought it was Monaco-specific) "link suggest" was somehow trying to work on Monobook and dynamically updating a div below the edit box. Turning on "Do not show link suggest" in my editing preferences fixed the latter, but I can't figure out a way to fix the double-toolbar problem. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 05:06, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
Both issues appear to be related to the fix that was implemented for the IE script errors. Link Suggest isn't actually a Monaco-only feature, it was just never implemented in GuildWiki's special version of Monobook. I'll ping the tech team about the double-toolbar issue. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 16:52, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Permanent Link

the permanent link button does not appear anywhere on a page when viewing with the monaco skin. I think its rather important it be added somewhere to it. GW-RogueJedi 01:03, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

This is a known issue and will be fixed soon. A permanent link button will be added to the footer of the page. I tried to figure out a short-term workaround, but {{REVISIONID}} doesn't seem to work properly (and the toolbox is cached anyway). --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 18:21, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

constant interruption of site usage by advertisement/banner loading ad

Impossible to use the guildwiki... this code is interrupting on nearly every page and wont go away...

div style="position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;" id="beacon_2601"><img width="0" height="0" style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" alt="" src="http://wikia-ads.wikia.com/www/delivery/lg.php?bannerid=2601&campaignid=351&zoneid=570&channel_ids=,&loc=http%3A%2F%2FAQLB34%2FBL%3Fgwguild.HOBBIESINTERESTS.ROLEPLAYINGGAMES&cb=cfe327bfac"/**/div

Yes, it is super annoying. One work around I have found is to refresh the page, then hit the back button. But it really does need to be removed asap.

Same problem--sorry i'm not the only one--recent problem this weekZorro tehl 01:38, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

I know this is exactly the opposite of what Wikia wants us to say, but I'm going to say it anyway - the simplest way to deal with the broken ads right now is to not deal with them at all. Simply follow these two easy steps:
  1. Install Firefox
  2. Install Ad-Block Plus (Firefox add-on)
You'll never have to complain about online advertisements breaking your favorite sites again. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 02:19, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

StarCraft wiki asks for help

Could you have a look at User_talk:PanSola#.22Download.22_ads_on_StarCraft_wiki? The StarCraft wiki wants a filter (dunno why she didn't post here). --◄mendel► 06:33, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Elite Skills List now loads improperly....please check this out...

From the main page, go to elite skills, and from the Factions skill area down, the page loads improperly and is unusable.

I had been using this page for some time just fine, then went buggy about a week ago...

Thanks 75.62.209.86 13:39, 23 July 2008 (UTC)Elrindel Kelminion

It loads fine for me. Its likely an issue on your end, just leave the page to load for a while. That said, you can never rule out wikia having broken something. Lord of all tyria 13:42, 23 July 2008 (UTC)


It is working fine once again for me. Thanks. It will be a big help. 75.62.209.86 14:07, 23 July 2008 (UTC)Elrindel Kelminion

Ad bug

Image:Wizardboy Ad Bug.jpg. It appears that a banner ad is appearing where the google ads normally would. Most of the ad gets hidden behind the page body. You can see the html used to generate it in the firebug window in the picture, if that helps. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 01:56, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

Is this still happening? I can't seem to replicate the bug anymore. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:49, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Did you know....

That $("wikia_header") is null? Because firebug yells at me about it on basically every page :( ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 09:04, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

I'll file a bug report on that. It probably has something to do with GuildWiki's custom version of Monobook. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:49, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
I also occasionally get an error saying that "this._getCurrentBrowser() is null". It usually doesn;t show up immediately - I only seem to have it show when I've been looking at the same page for a while. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 23:23, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Second ad in page body on long page

The Championship Trophy page has a google ad at the top and another one down at the Wintersday Tournament Trophy, which totally messes up the layout there (I have a screenshot, but I'm not logged in atm). I thought there was supposed to be only one ad per page in the body? --mendel @ 84.128.228.43 17:04, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

On longer pages, there is a second ad at the bottom of the page (and occasionally one below the fold on the sidebar). The second ad can be either a box ad or a banner. If it's a box ad, it appears after the last section header. If it is a banner, it will appear below the content. The collision detection should, however, prevent page-breakage ... on that page, it should have created a banner instead of a box. I'll pass that info along to the tech team. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:13, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Ah yes, right now it's a banner, not the box, but where that was is Winterfest Championship Trophy </span></h2><!-- adserver=L FAST_BOTTOM 590 --><div id="adSpace1"></div>. Not nice at all. Does that mean we have to add a dummy section header to each page now? The banner ad adds its own header to the page, which is not nice at all either. --84.128.228.43 17:17, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I saw the box too ... that shouldn't be happening because of the "This trophy is no longer on display." box which conflicts with it. I'll check to see why that is happening. We added the dummy section header based on community feedback--to make it clear that the advertisement is separate from the rest of the content. Is that not preferable? That can be styled using CSS if you want it to appear differently (or not at all). --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:28, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

load time

Load time for pages and saving pages is agonizingly slow lately. Especially at night. Its frustrating enough that I'm tempted to switch over to the other wiki when I need info while doing missions in PvE. And if I'm having issues, so must other users. What's up? —JediRogue 08:32, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

I've been getting that too, as well as a lot of "Database locked" errors for the slaves to catch up to the master. I had never seen that before a couple days ago, and now I'm seeing it at least twice a day. Definitely something Wikia's sysadmins should look into. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:09, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
More than weeks ago, the database got locked so the slave servers could catch up ,too. Highly annoying :< --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:20, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

wtf...

"As a anti-spam feature, you have been restricted from using this feature too many times."

After moving 2 pages. So I herd we can't move pages nao? —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 20:47, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Move Pages Block.PNG
wait 2 minutes. problem solved.. NEXT -{[ PUL ]}- 09:34, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
What happens when people need to move things because of GW:ULC (which a lot of was done in the very recent past)? That would piss me off beyond belief. --Shadowcrest 23:26, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, page moves are rate restricted because they're the most difficult to clean up due to vandalism. It looks like the default limit is 2 moves in 5 minutes. Users with the sysop or rollback flag appear to be exempt from the rate limit, so if you have someone who needs to move a large number of pages, it may be a good idea to grant them the rollback flag. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:20, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Log in form bug

Monaco IE6 login bug.jpg

In IE6, the login form does not display for me. I've tried changing my IE security settings every which way, but nothing seems to work. It's probably still a problem on my end, since no one else has reported this yet, but I'd think the login form should display no matter what. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:16, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Upgrading to IE7 fixed it. Wikia should still look at fixing the login page to work correctly in IE6. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:59, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
This problem only appears to be happening on GuildWiki, so I think it's a javascript or CSS problem. I have IE6 installed at home, so I'll try to take a closer look at it tonight. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:21, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
ok, I implemented a fix for that and a few other issues to the Monaco CSS on GuildWiki. I discovered a few more IE6 bugs as well while I was doing it, so I'll be looking to fix them as well in the next few days (but I'm done spamming Recent Changes for the time being). --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:23, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

"Keep me logged in on this computer"

Doesn't work quite right. This has been the case since a while before the skin change. I use primarily IE7, but it also happens in Firefox. guildwars.wikia is set as my homepage, and whenever I first open a page, it opens Main and shows me as not logged in. After I simply click a few links, I'm magically logged in again, without ever having to type in my username and pw. So... uh... huh? O_o RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 19:05, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

It works fine for me, FF 2 user. I have my "homepage" as the tabs opened at shutting down, so it shows exactly where I left off, including being logged on. (it's in Extra (the tab before Help) -> Options -> First tab -> 3rd from the top Dropdown menu. I have a Dutch version, so I don't know how it's called in English ^^' --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 19:18, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Wild guess: could this be because the user databse server lags? --◄mendel► 19:32, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Dunno... I'd login and say "remember my password" and close the page. Open the Main page again > logged off. Click a random link > logged in again... *shrug* Guess nobody knows. I wouldn't even bother with it except if it wasn't for the fact that about half the time the logged off part makes me see Monaco... *cringes* RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 19:46, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I used to have this problem long before the skin upgrade. Home page set to main page, and I would always appear as not logged in when opening firefox, until I tried to go to another page, then yes, magically logged in. Setting my browser home page to recent changes fixed that. Seems to be something with the main page that somehow causes that little glitch. -- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 02:28, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Interesting. O_o I'll try that, thanks. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 21:04, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
I have this exact problem. It started when GWiki moved to Wikia servers. --Macros 22:16, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
Still working on identifying the source of this issue. I'll let you know as soon as I find something out. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:23, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
Don't know if it was supposedly resolved or not, but it's been doing it to me today. Twice I've had to log in, and the second time I hadn't even closed the tab that GuildWiki is in, though the first time I had restarted my comp --Gimmethegepgun 04:16, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
It's happening to me too, although I just put my skin to Monaco (because I forgot why I dislike it), so I can't be sure if that's the cause.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 04:22, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
This is now happening regardless of what page I visit except my userpage for some reason. FF3, monobook. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 04:38, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
It finally got me too - seems like it will "forget" that I'm logged in after ~15-20 minutes of inactivity. I'm not having any trouble as long as I keep making page requests. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 04:54, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, figured it was just me getting the feeling it logs you out or whatever after inactivity --Gimmethegepgun 05:33, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
More info from me: My "home page" is Recent Changes, and it works fine when I first load it, but if I click a link to another page, it screws up. It also screws up whenever I close and restart Firefox (3.0.1). Tried clearing my cookies and logging in fresh, it still screws up. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 05:53, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Semi-related: if I open GuildWiki in certain time interval after the last time I logged out (some hours), it will appear that I am logged in, even if I'm not. Then if I log in, it says I am not logged in, but I really am. IE6 (I think). Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:30, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Here's how it works: Wikia tells your browser (IE/FF/whatever) to remember your username and your (encrypted) password. They're called cookies and they expire at a moment wikia tells your browser. Right now that date is set to one month in the future, so every month you have to log in by typing in your username and password, becouse your cookie was destroyed by your browser. For me, this is working just the way it should (use ff1). -{[ PUL ]}- 09:13, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
No, the way it is supposed to work is for the cookie expiration to get extended when you log in before the month is up. Anyway, wikia has set some cookies for .wikia.com and some for guildwars.wikia.com, and especially the __utm? cookies appear in both, so it may depend on which of these cookies get set first and by whom. I usually open the wiki through the search bar, so I assume that makes the cookies be set in the correct order. The order may vary as the skin loads content from wikia and guildwiki, and some of that is even loaded by Javascript, so processor load may be a factor here. Untangling the cookies (i.e. using non-conflicting names) might solve the issue. If I was Derik, I'd add "Wikia suck" and point to their technicians being fine with HTML errors. --◄mendel► 09:32, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Never had a problem with gwiki logging me out before, but it did this morning RandomTime 10:28, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
So it wasn't just my computer logging me out today? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 10:31, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Seems like it RandomTime 10:46, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
I had exactly the same problem as Kali before the skin change - and after it remember me doesn't seem to work at all - i don't get magically logged in anymore if i click on links, something to do with using monobook when logged in and that disgusting thing when not, perhaps?--Cobalt6.jpg - (Talk/Contribs) 11:07, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Ok, I went a.f.wiki for, like, 45 minutes (yay, Warcraft), and when I refreshed RC, I got logged out again >.> I'm 100% sure I had "Keep me logged on" ticked. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 13:02, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Same here, went and had lunch, came back and :( RandomTime 14:16, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Cookie __utmb expires in 30 mins, and cookie __utmc is a session cookie RandomTime 14:19, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
I bet those are the culprits, then - __utmb causing Wikia to "forget" after inactivity, and __utmc causing it to "forget" after closing the browser. Like Mendel said, the cookies need to be untangled - those two should have no effect on the overall login. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:28, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Yup, must be logged out again, didn't close the browser - so inactivitiy RandomTime 16:21, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Got the error myself (twice), now. I have __utma and __UTMZ for both host guildwars.wikia.com and domain .guildwars.wikia.com , and they're different. The domain cookies are new. I have just these two domain cookies for help.wiki.com and other wikis (even guildwars.com and guildwars.incgamers.com). wikia.com now has __utmz for both domain.wikia.com and host www.wikia.com . Of course they're different from the guildwiki cookies. Sigh. --◄mendel► 17:27, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Hi, please can anyone seeing this try clearing cookies and cache, and then logging back in? We may have cleared the issue. If you still see it, please let me know. Also, if you still see it, please can you click to edit, and let me know what happens at that stage. Thanks -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 17:23, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Sure RandomTime 18:08, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
It seems to have fixed the session-specific problem for me - I can close and reopen Firefox without having to re-login. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 18:28, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
What's that _utma cookie anyway, and why does it last 30 years? --Gimmethegepgun 18:48, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Still logs me out after afkness RandomTime 20:36, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Same here, and so I went through the loading hell of accidentally clearing my cache while clearing the cookies all for nothing. Trust me, this site SUCKS when it isn't cached --Gimmethegepgun 20:51, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Great... now I can't stay logged in either.... nice joke... —JediRogue 07:19, 15 August 2008 (UTC) (aka beercrat)
That's the weirdest shit. When I wrote that it said I wasnt signed in. Then i clicked save, it errored and said it had lost session data and then when i clicked save again, im magically logged in (hence how i signed it and thought i wasnt in...—JediRogue 07:22, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
I wasn't having the login issues everyone else was until today.... every time I close FF2, and start it back up, I am logged out of the wiki... I click both the check box to keep logged in, plus tell firefox to keep my info... firefox at least has my username and password saved when I hit the login button.... but god its annoying >_< -- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 15:20, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
In a nice twist, as I look at GuildWiki with IE this morning, Marvin, who uses IE (I use firefox), is logged in. Yesterday I'd been using IE to test how the page looks to logged-out users, and I haven't logged Marvin in after that. So it seems Wikia managed to revert to a state from before the troubles started and is now honoring the old "keep me logged in" cookies again. Can we take down the site notice now? --◄mendel► 07:52, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
I say we wait at least a few hours to make sure the fix is permanent and stable (i.e. Wikia doesn't have to back out the change because they discover that it introduced an even more serious bug). But I also am experiencing no trouble with either timeout or session cookies - I was inactive for ~2 hours before this, didn't have to re-login when I refreshed RC; closed FF, restarted, didn't have to re-login. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 08:15, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Yay, i'm logged in, might want to keep it up a few more hours, but should go down RandomTime 09:22, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Maybe change the site notice to "We believe the login issues that some people have been reporting are fixed now. If you are still having trouble, please report that here."? --◄mendel► 09:35, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

It's fixed for me. All of the login bugs have been fixed, even the one where you appear logged out until you refresh a page. Good to see this finally fixed. --Macros 22:30, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Wikia tech staff is not likely to be working on the weekend, so maybe they just reverted to a stable version for now. I'd pronounce it "finally fixed" no earlier than Tuesday night. Friday night ought to be plenty of time. --◄mendel► 23:52, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

New ad report page

Bad ads used to be reported here, now Randomtime made Wikia staff noticeboard/advertisements. --◄mendel► 19:32, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

I'm having second thoughts - might be best to change back - any opinions either way? RandomTime 18:35, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
We should make a decision fast, because the link on the sidebar is wrong if the page stays there. --Shadowcrest 22:16, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm all for moving it back here. --◄mendel► 22:21, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
My thought was that wikia wouldn't have it on their watchlists or if they have some non-watchlist watchlist it wouldn't work. Moving it here wouldn't be a problem. --Shadowcrest 22:22, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
I have both on my watchlist, so whichever you would prefer to use is fine with me. I should also mention that officially, the instructions for reporting bad advertisements is located at this help page. That's really the quickest way to get them removed because the email goes straight to the person responsible for removing the ad. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:25, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Unable to select text in new Monaco skin

See GuildWiki_talk:Suggestions/Navigation#Text_Selection. I don't know if this is supposed to be a feature (as the poster suggested, it might be an anti-vandalism measure) or if it's a bug, but either way I can see how it would be extremely annoying. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:41, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

There are somethings wikia can change, for everything else there's monobook! RandomTime 16:52, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
I can select just fine in Firefox 2 when I open a page with ?useskin=monaco (my preference is monobook). --◄mendel► 17:33, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Then it's another IE-specific bug. (My shoepuppet is logged in through IE with the new Monaco skin, so that's what I checked.) Oh, and ?useskin=monaco doesn't load our custom css/js, so that may not always be a valid alternative to actually selecting the skin from preferences. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:47, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Linking to a specific subheader

Apparently doesn't work right. Anyone know what I did wrong when linking to room descriptions here? (It's the first note)--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 09:01, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Don't link to 2 headers, lol. The_Deep_%28mission%29#Aspect_of_Depletion_.28Room_4.29 is correct, and you used The_Deep_%28mission%29#Area_by_Area_Walkthrough.23Aspect_of_Depletion_.28Room_4.29. Lrn2wiki? :P --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 09:41, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
Huh?--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 14:45, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
The Deep (mission)#Aspect of Depletion (Room 4) is correct - you only use the specific header that you want to link to, no matter what level of header it is. You tried writing the link using both the first and second level headers, which is unnecessary. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:52, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
I usually copy the link off the Table Of Contents and delete the first part of the URL (up to and including wiki/). --◄mendel► 16:52, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Glacial Gauntlets

moved to Template talk:Common armor art gallery

Template:Showhide box

I can't see the Show/Hide box when using Monaco, both with and without the "monobookization" customization. I see them in monobook. --Shadowcrest 02:04, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Could you name a page that this happens on? When I test it, I see it. The box relies on Javascript, if you turn that off, you can't see it. --◄mendel► 06:17, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
It works again. I hate my computer. --Shadowcrest 14:56, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Anyone else

Does anyone know if any of the other Wikias are having problems like we are, or it's just us? --Gimmethegepgun 15:14, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

I dont know about the editing problems, but the login trouble is wikia-wide.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 15:37, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

--◄mendel► 15:40, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Anarchy! Everyone just start posting as your IP's as this is kinda rediculous >_<!
Hmm... ok Now I'm logged in upon trying to make a post... and I get this message (I think I saw someone else post this somewh3r3)

Sorry! We could not process your edit due to a loss of session data. Please try again. If you are still seeing this message, try logging out and logging back in. This may occur when an edit is left unsaved for a long time, or during server maintenance. If it continues for an extended period, please contact Wikia.-- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 15:48, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

And after my last post, wikia staff noticeboard somehow got off my watchlist?! This is a new one... -- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 15:55, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Hey, I've had that too. It was with User talk:Chaos Messenger. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:03, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Thankfully, the watchlist item that covers basically the entire wiki is still functional :P --Gimmethegepgun 16:11, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Wrong, Gimme. :P --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:00, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
It didn't log me out when coming back to the wiki this time, so maybe that is fixed. But I still have massive wait time between pages. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 23:39, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Obviously, it did log you on. =P But yes, auto-login seems to have fixed itself. Oh no, I jinxed it! Now it's gonna stop working again.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 23:42, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

ok idk who did it

but one of you guys fucking around with teh js broke my wiki swap somehow. so fix it. cause it took me ages to get it to work with monoco and i fucking need it. im not a happy beercrat!—JediRogue 07:45, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Did the login fix change our local scripts so that my personal scripts won't work? Does anyone know? The script that stopped working is in User:JediRogue/monaco.js and User:JediRogue/Monaco-wikiswap.js. I'd like to know if its a bug or what that caused it.—JediRogue 04:59, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Okay, well it seems to work now so I'll forgive...—JediRogue 22:10, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

What is this shit

I've stopped logging in because I always get logged out next time I visit GuildWiki. Now, on every single goddamn page I see a notice that tells me to "log in or make an account, it's free!" This notice is seriously intrusive. Congratulations Wikia, you have succeeded in pissing me off, and I assure you that is not easy to do. --Macros aka 98.213.150.63

Have you tried clearing your cookies and cache and restarting your browser? I did that, and it works fine for me now until I close the browser again. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 01:04, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Still very annoying. Having to do that EVERY TIME I close my browser. Bah. Rsz PLSig.jpg 01:08, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
It's a LOT better than every single page, was my point. >.> —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 01:09, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
This is a known issue, and the techs are working the problem, I believe it's marked as a high priority task. --Charitwo 01:12, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Message deleted. Well it is just a green box now. Maybe if I delete them all... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 01:13, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
So many edit conflicts. Maybe I should just take a break and cool off for a while. Also, the blue notice box (which appears when you're editing a page) hasn't changed. --98.213.150.63 01:19, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Bah, I'll let you guys handle this..Im going to bed. Rsz PLSig.jpg 01:21, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
The wiki has begun logging me out upon revisiting as well too, and I understand your frustration with that message Macros. -- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 07:48, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
I changed the anon edit message to be less offensive. Actually, I changed it back to what it used to be. I hope that helps. Still working on the other one though. The best I can get so far is that only a green box, no text, appears. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:10, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Now we have it reduced to just some whitespace. Are there any more anon messages which you are having problems with? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 14:15, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Not that I noticed. Thanks Entropy. --98.213.150.63 15:08, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
It should read "Log in to change the skin to Monobook!" imo. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:10, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
I agree, but only after the log in bug is fixed. --98.213.150.63 15:12, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Wow... This is getting more annoying every day! I sick of it logging me out and feeding me with Monaco! >:@ RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:59, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

strange, FAIL bug

I keep trying to SUBST: Warwick onto Template:Warwick for a test, and it saves, but the edit I made refuses to show up in RC, the history, and it still doesn't exist. Bug imo. —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 18:29, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

What is the exact wikitext you are trying to save into the page? It could be that after it subst:s everything, the final product has 0 difference from the previous version and it gets treated as a null edit. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:20, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
try {{SUBST:{{PAGENAME}}}}, it wont work D:. —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 19:57, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Why wouldn't it? You're substing a page containing {{SUBST:{{PAGENAME}}}} onto itself, thus it only shows {{SUBST:{{PAGENAME}}}}. That's all that is on the page, so there is no more to show. I really can't see the problem. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 20:50, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
{{PAGENAME}} doesn't include the namespace, so it automatically puts it to mainspace. Wikia staff noticeboard/Resolved. —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 20:52, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
The page Warwick contained {{SUBST:{{PAGENAME}}}} too. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 20:53, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Check the history. I didnt add that. When I was testing, it contained Hi. :p —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 21:19, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

{{NAMESPACE}}:{{PAGENAME}}. Happy nao? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:14, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Can you describe the steps I need to take to replicate this problem? I think I understand the gist of the problem, but I've been having trouble making it happen myself. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:08, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

extra linebreak on last header

[10] shows an extra linebreak after the "Trivia" heading that isn't there in preview (and shouldn't be there). Tested with firefox 2 in monobook and monaco. --◄mendel► 11:15, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

This was either an intermittent problem, or the issue has been resolved - I don't get the error this morning, anyway. --◄mendel► 05:47, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
When I checked the link the first time, I saw the bug, and then it disappeared after I looked at the edit code (didn't do anything, just looked) and opened the article again. *shrug* RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:17, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
This was caused by the ad that is sometimes displayed at the bottom of the page. That ad has been disabled Wikia-wide for the time being, so line break is gone now (for the time being at least). --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:34, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

new section talk page stuff

When added a new section, you put in the name of the new section in a separate feield. that field is called "Subject/headline" The words subject/headline are above and centered over that box and between them are links to edit summery and stuff. this doesn't seem like the right place for this label. It should be in front of or at least directly above and left justified over that box. Otherwise, its very difficult for a new user to know what that box is for. —JediRogue 04:59, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

This appears to only screw up for logged in users. When I change my skin to monaco, it's as jedi describes, but if I then log out it's fine, with the words "Subject/Headline:" in front of the box instead of above it. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 06:13, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, when I look at the "new section page" using &useskin=monaco , everything looks peachy. Can't be the Monaco customization that's screwing it up somehow, can it?
Anyway, on another note, can we add our s&f template to "More help" on Monaco's "editing tips" widget somehow? --◄mendel► 08:18, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm not able to replicate this as a logged-in user. Can someone screenshot it? As for the editing tips: right now, those are not editable on a per-wiki basis. It is an enhancement that we are considering for a future release; however, right now it is not available. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:39, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Server lag

You know the server is lagging badly when clicking "save" results in an edit conflict with yourself. And of course uploading the image resulted in another self-ec. --◄mendel► 22:17, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, we're aware of it and are working on it. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:22, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Redirects

When you're redirected, the "Redirected from" message is missing, and that's rather annoying/troublesome. Recall that vandal who redirected to Special: pages? Well, this is like it. Baed. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:59, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Still works for me... maybe it's just you Viper? Searched for lag last night, and it latency shows the redirect. I am noticing that the redirect note pops up after the page loads... -- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 19:10, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Not just him. Doesn't show for me either. Rsz PLSig.jpg 19:14, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's a skin-specific bug - I see the "(Redirected from ___)" message on New Monaco, but not in Monobook. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:43, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Nor me, monobook --Gimmethegepgun 20:44, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Most strange, I believe it was still there 24 hours ago. I use Monobook. --◄mendel► 22:48, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh good, I thought it was just me. I noticed this last night. I use monobook too. --Macros 11:31, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

Sorry about that all, we are trying out an extension that fixes the problem of the URL showing as the redirected page rather than the target page. It seems to be working well on the wikis it's been tried on, but isn't ready for general release yet. Not least because, as you saw, the redirect text doesn't show on Monobook. It's been turned back off now, so all should be back as it was. -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 17:15, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

Confirmed, I'm seeing the redirect message again. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:27, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
Is there a page or forum where you announce maintenance work like that? --◄mendel► 17:44, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm in the process of setting one up now :) We have a way to send talk page messages out to everyone, but that's generally a bit over the top for most changes. We use the Wikia mailing list or Central Forums at times, but again not ideal - most people don't see them. We try to visit key wikis to leave info on community pages, but that's not easy to do as we grow. And all in all there are many places, none of them good.
So my idea is to add a newsletter that's automatically updated on all wikis at Wikia, probably at Project:Wikia Newsletter. It will look something like this (that's just a first draft though) and will hopefully mean a lot better communication over all wikis. I'm getting some first feedback on the idea and how I've laid it out, then I'll trial it on a few wikis. Then... we'll see how it goes! -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 19:36, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
Suggestion: Put it in a template on central wikia that we can transclude to our wiki(s) to a place where we see fit (e.g. at the top of this page). That we, we always have an updated status on what's ongoing right here (unless interwiki transclusion is cached too much?). --◄mendel► 00:07, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Error 503 Service Unavailable

Do Not Want. Or is it just because I am using Vista and IE? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 19:04, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

Argh, sluggishness... Anyways, I just had 5 consecutive 503's, and I use XP/FF. Cobalt also reported this error on his talk page, however, he had a different Error no.. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 19:13, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
It's Wikia - I got one of those errors on Wikia Central earlier, and all Wikia wikis have been excruciatingly slow ever since yesterday afternoon or so. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:15, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
PS I got a 503 trying to post that, but apparently it still got saved because I ec'ed myself just now when I tried saving it again. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:17, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
Is Wikia ever NOT having problems? Also experiencing it... I first saw it and I thought someone crashed the wiki or something :P -- Isk8.png Isk8 (T/C) 19:41, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
I was too late, you managed to complain before me!Wikia has been s-l-o-w for me, too, but for looong time(distance between it's datacenters relative to me??), but yeah, 503s and slowness today more than ever. VazdeSig.png 19:51, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm just using multiple tabs right now to somewhat view the wiki at normal speed... bout all I can do other than wait 30 sec - 1 min for every page to load -_- -- Isk8.png Isk8 (T/C) 19:54, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
And now everything's somewhat normal for me, generally <5 second load times. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:55, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
It's been 5-15 seconds (depending on the size of the page) for me a few days. Nothing changed, except the Errors became more frequent as we QQ'ed about it. Back to normal now, tho. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 21:01, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
Hey ... just wanted to let you know that we're aware of the problem and our engineers have been working on it since this morning. I'll let you know if I learn anything new. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:53, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
These issues should be fixed now. Let me know if you see any weird-ness. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:54, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

HTML errors

The page Template:Valid_XHTML_1.0 was valid when I wrote it. It no longer is.

Even on Monobook I get 27 errors, many of those on lines that have wikia-ads.wikia.com on them. Could you pass a hint to your web designers that URLencoding URLs is a good thing?

Monaco is, of course, beyond the pale with more than 100 errors. --◄mendel► 17:37, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Holy shit, my userpage got 104 errors from the ad code. That's insane. [edit] Oh, guess I should check it with the correct skin - only 27 on Monobook, but still... —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:56, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
I have filed a ticket on this issue. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:33, 19 August 2008 (UTC)
The issue has been raised on Wikia Central's watercooler as well, so I'm surprised there hasn't been a ticket on it yet. But then again I was disappointed when sannse posted that the techies didn't think that was a problem (it might be the cause of the Opera glitches, we don't know). So it's good to know the issue won't get lost, thank you. Now if I could reproduce the glitch that sometimes causes pages to come up raw (I always notice because it starts madly opening empty tabs on FF2 - I must configure it to treat text/x-wiki differently...)... --◄mendel► 23:04, 19 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeah ... I may have just overlooked the original ticket, but I created a new one anyway. Sannse's response, however, is probably accurate. I have documented the bug so it will be added to the queue to be fixed, but other fixes and enhancements will probably remain higher priority than this, so it's really hard to tell when (or even if) the engineering team will have the resources to devote to fixing the HTML. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:17, 19 August 2008 (UTC)
Hey ... just a quick update: the members of the tech team are resolving many of these HTML errors at the same time they are making other fixes and enhancements, so you should see the number of errors decline slowly. We're down to 42 errors now from a high of over 100. There's still a long way to go, but it's progress. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:08, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

The Database dump is missing information

The database dump at http://wikistats.wikia.com/dbdumps/gwguild/pages_current.xml.gz is incomplete. Several articles lack article text that is in the online database. This hurts us because I have been running scripts to find pages that are eligible for some maintenance tasks, and of course the dump can't serve its intended function.

Examples:

The database dump is limited to

  <page>
    <title>Digger</title>
    <id>131904</id>
    <revision>
      <id>1352891</id>
      <timestamp>2008-08-04T23:35:18Z</timestamp>
      <contributor>
        <username>M.mendel</username>
        <id>761251</id>
      </contributor>
      <minor/>
      <comment>minor reword for consistency across monsters</comment>
      <text xml:space="preserve"><div id="wikia-credits"><br /><br /><small>From [[wikia:c:guildwiki|GuildWiki]], a [[wikia:|Wikia]] wiki.</small></div></text>
    </revision>
  </page>

The comment from my latest update is there, but the page text is completely absent.

The database dump for Image:Assassin_Deldrimor_Armor_F_dyed_back.jpg does not have these two lines. As you can see, the text tag, where these two lines should be, just has the wikia credits that wiki appends to all text tags. For many images, the article text is there.

  <page>
    <title>Image:Assassin Deldrimor Armor F dyed back.jpg</title>
    <id>158925</id>
    <revision>
      <id>1353065</id>
      <timestamp>2008-08-05T03:06:41Z</timestamp>
      <contributor>
        <username>Dr ishmael</username>
        <id>444266</id>
      </contributor>
      <minor/>
      <text xml:space="preserve"><div id="wikia-credits"><br /><br /><small>From [[wikia:c:guildwiki|GuildWiki]], a [[wikia:|Wikia]] wiki.</small></div></text>
    </revision>
  </page>
  <page>
    <title>Image:ArdenothOakenshield.jpg</title>
    <id>10274</id>
    <revision>
      <id>1175650</id>
      <timestamp>2008-02-14T00:47:34Z</timestamp>
      <contributor>
        <username>Isk8</username>
        <id>410451</id>
      </contributor>
      <minor/>
      <text xml:space="preserve">Pic of Ardenoth Oakenshield
{{screenshot}}<div id="wikia-credits"><br /><br /><small>From [[wikia:c:guildwiki|GuildWiki]], a [[wikia:|Wikia]] wiki.</small></div></text>
    </revision>
  </page>

See also GuildWiki_talk:Image_attribution_project/list. My first guess? The slave database server that the dump is made from is not synched properly. --◄mendel► 05:35, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Hi, I've asked JSharp to look into this. -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 19:02, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
The latest current_pages.xml.gz of 21 August is still unusable because of the same problem. I believe it omits the text (just the text, revision info & comments are there) of every page that's been edited after July 23rd or thereabouts. This is really disappointing, as there are a few projects that could really use the updated page lists that I create by running simple programs on the dump - and for article groups that have 5000+ pages, like our bestiary, doing it online is just not feasible. --◄mendel► 00:40, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
Our engineers are still working on this. I'll let you know when I learn anything new. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:56, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
August 26/27 dumps were ok, let's hope it stays fixed. --◄mendel► 06:33, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
Confirmed newer dumps are working correctly -- JSharp (talk) <staff /> 00:21, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
Thank you, that's great! --◄mendel► 03:12, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Unable to edit pages

I'm not sure what was changed, but the page editing function seems to no longer work. Obviously, this is a very bad thing for a wiki. Clicking either "Save page" or "Show preview" shows a completely blank page as the preview, no matter what my edit was. It did this yesterday, too, and I didn't try to make any edits in the few days preceding yesterday. I've tried rebooting the computer, as well as clearing my cache and restarting my browser. Neither seemed to have any effect. I normally use Opera 9.51. I had to switch to a different browser to make this edit, which is quite a nuisance.

On another note, after logging in, it would be nice if pop-up box to log in closed on its own. Instead, it just sits there covering part of the screen after I log in. I have to close the box on my own and then reload the page for it to show me as logged in. Quizzical 14:47, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Seems like Monaco just doesn't work with Opera?
In FF 2, I have none of those problems. The log-in box closes, Show Preview and Save changes works... That's really weird tbh. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:08, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
It worked just fine with Opera until earlier this week. And yes, I'm having to use Firefox to make edits, which is a pain. Quizzical 17:49, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Update on login problems

Hi all, just an update on last week's login problems. It seems that the issue was with the cache, the way the server sends stored page to your browser to save on database effort. The problem was, it was sending pages that showed you as logged out - even though you were actually logged in. That's why there were some strange effects with edits showing as logged in when your browser didn't agree.

It took a while to work out why this was happening, but we think that should be cleared up now. I'm still seeing a problem that I have to log in when I come back to Wikia... but while I'm on the site it's stable.

There is still a problem with Opera, which is likely to be related but is harder to pin down. Sorry about this all you Opera users.

I'll let you know if I hear any more news from the technical team on this -- sannse<staff /> (talk) 08:27, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

This is good news, thank you. --◄mendel► 09:22, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm making this edit from Opera 9.52, so something was fixed. Opera still doesn't work on Wikia Central, though. Quizzical 01:04, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeah; we reverted the changes which caused the Opera problems. We are currently testing a new fix on WoWWiki and will probably be implementing it some time in the near future. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:11, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Question Regarding Widgets

Moved from GuildWiki_talk:Community_Portal.

Not sure if this is where I should be asking this, but I can't figure out any better place :P. Getting good use out of the widget tools that have been put in place, but there is a major annoyance regarding the watchlist widget. It doesn't show new watchlist pages as bolded like in your regular watchlist. This makes the tool pretty much useless. Is there any way that we would have for it to bold new entries in the widget sidebar? -- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 23:54, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Yeah that's one of the widgets that had potential, but the limitations makes it useless. I would consider moving this to teh Staff Noticeboard for the Wikia techs to deal with. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 23:43, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion Pan. -- Isk8.png Isk8 (T/C) 02:21, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
I'll submit this as an enhancement request. Thanks for the suggestion. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:09, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks alot for addressing this Kyle. -- Isk8.png Isk8 (T/C) 21:23, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Poorly formatted ad

Bad ad, no supper!

An anonymous user edited a page because, "Dropping down content because ad is showing up on top :(" [11] I checked on this, and found a box-style add that is indeed being displayed as if it were a banner ad, and thus is overflowing its assigned box and covering up article content. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 01:15, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

That issue should be fixed now. Let me know if you see it again. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:11, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Text being cut off

On any page (like a talk page) that ends in text the bottom line is half cut-off by the ad-space. If you want me to upload a picture of the problem, ask and you shall receive.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 16:54, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

You mean like the picture up 2 sections, where one cut off content at the top? Anyway, ABP :) --Gimmethegepgun 19:38, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
Shush, don't discuss methods of making Wikia make less money on their noticeboard ;) --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 20:21, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
No i mean like half a line at the bottom, not the whole freaking page at the top.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 20:44, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm not seeing this myself. Can you screenshot it? --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:34, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Well, not anymore, it's gone. I think it was just a connection hiccup, cuz the advertisements also weren't showing then.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 20:26, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Image revision deletion

For obvious reasons, I tried to delete a certain vandalism revision on Image:Rank 15.jpg, but it gave me this message when I tried:

There is no archived version of Rank 15.jpg with the specified attributes.

--Gimmethegepgun 17:23, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Only thing I can think of to fix it is to delete the file altogether after saving it to the hard drive, then re-upload it.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 18:00, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
If this happens again, can you leave the bad revision in place so our engineers can reproduce the problem and fix it? --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:50, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Sure, sorry. I was thinking of a quick fix rather than long-term solutions. My bad.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 01:05, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
No problem. If it's an oh-my-god-my-eyes-are-bleeding type of image, go ahead and nuke it. What I was meaning to say is that even though it's not a huge issue, it's pretty difficult for us to identify and fix the underlying issue that caused it without being able to reproduce it ourselves. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:03, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
It was just a heavily pixellated phallus placed over the Dragon, so nothing serious really. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:32, 5 September 2008 (UTC)


It's back

The lag and the bug where you appear not-logged-in until you refresh a page. --Macros 22:32, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

The lag? It's going faster than ever for me.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 01:18, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Ditto, I'm not currently experiencing any slow responses from Wikia, but we know how quickly that can change. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 01:23, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
The changes that we made to speed up the site caused Opera to break, so we had to revert them. Overall, performance should still be fine, but you may (infrequently) notice some glitches. We're currently testing a new solution and will hopefully see it rolled out some time soon. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:52, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
The not-logged-in glitch is still happening, but only the first time visiting the main page, which isn't really a problem.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 03:15, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Thumbnail error

On the Loading screens article, i'm getting an error showing the thumbnail of the realm of torment image. Here's a link to what I'm seeing.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 22:26, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

My guess is that it's a standard just-uploaded image issue, and it'll go away before they respond.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 22:27, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
And I'm seeing it fine.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 22:31, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
You're right, it finally went away.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 22:41, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
This happens A LOT to freshly-uploaded images when I do armor galleries. Goes away after a while, usually. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 22:48, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
All you have to do is purge the page (add ?action=purge to the end of the standard URL), and it should be able to create the thumbnail on the second try. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 02:29, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
How often does this seem to be happening? And does it usually fix itself without a purge, or does it always require a purge? --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:15, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Not sure, mine was fixed about 5 minutes AFTER i purged, which seems to be too long for the purge to have taken effect.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 20:28, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Is this still happening? I'm told that we were having some server issues that may have caused some weird problems like this a few days ago. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:45, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
I noticed it once earlier today - was editing a page and hit Show Preview, saw it, then hit Preview again and it was fixed. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 01:02, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Hrm

I clicked on the link to Image:Rank_15.jpg above and got this:

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare codepointtoutf8() in /usr/wikia/source/releases_200809.1/includes/normal/UtfNormalUtil.php on line 38

Not exactly ideal. Can't seem to reproduce it, though :( ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 02:49, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

I got that trying to go to recent changes a couple times. Probably just a short server glitch.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 02:53, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
Looks like this was just a one-time thing (probably while they were pushing out an update). Let me know if you see it again. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:23, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

HTML errors: situation much improved

I saw the HTML error topic has been archived, so I checked the current situation. A lot of errors, especially those with the ad code, have been fixed, with the result that monaco is down to 20 errors (11 errors are that an id starts with a digit), and monobook validates with 0 errors again. Good job! Get to 0 on monaco, too! --◄mendel► 01:57, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

printing pages with Monaco = fail

I can't see a link to print a page on the Monaco sidebar, and even if there is one, it wouldn't work, because the wikia ad spotlight images appear in the upper left corner, obscuring the page. Here's a screenshot. --◄mendel► 10:16, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

However, in monobook there isn't this problem. Here's a screenshot RandomTime 10:23, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
The "printable version" link was removed because all modern browsers (IE 5+, Firefox, Opera 7+, etc.) automatically apply the print stylesheet whenever you print, making the extra link mostly redundant. I reported the spotlight bug and that should be fixed soon. Thanks! --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:52, 8 September 2008 (UTC)
Ok, the FF3 "regular" Monaco print preview of our main page shows me a white banner-sized box overlaying the table, and a wikia spotlight in the lower left corner of the page; for wiki pages that take more than two printed pages, the spotlight is still in the lower left corner, obscuring the text there. The print preview of the "printable" version doesn't have the white box, but now the spotlight is in the upper left corner and obscures the page title. --◄mendel► 22:16, 8 September 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I've reported the spotlight issue. I'm not sure why that's happening on the main page though--the printable version and the version that shows up in the print preview should be approximately equal. I'll add that to the ticket. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:18, 8 September 2008 (UTC)
A fix for this should be coming shortly ... --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:54, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
This should be fixed now. Let me know if you still see any strangeness. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:49, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Boxes, boxes, boxes...

← Moved from GuildWiki talk:Community Portal#Boxes, boxes, boxes...

So, from out of the blue, there's a box around the Categories and Recent Changes stuff, inscreasing their size by a bit more. I have set my prefs to show 75 changes on RC, and I see only 24 (one less than one/third). Sure, without the box it isn't 75, but there's quite some more. And it looks out of place on Monobook, imo, but I'm a conservatist so I generally dislike sudden changes which don't seem to improve anything.
The category box looks a bit weird now. It's a box, and inside is another, smaller box (what did you expect, a bigger one?), and in there are the categories. Why these sudden changes? Sure, people will get used to it. But what was wrong with it in the first place? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 12:44, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

I think those are new "features" of MediaWiki 1.13. The double-box for categories doesn't make any sense whatsoever. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 13:43, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
This is the source for the category section from a random unique axe page, as you can see there are actually three divs enclosing the categories, two of which have the same id.

<div id="catlinks"><div id='catlinks' class='catlinks'><div id="mw-normal-catlinks"><a href="/wiki/Special:Categories" title="Special:Categories">Category</a>: <span dir='ltr'><a href="/wiki/Category:Unique_Axes" title="Category:Unique Axes">Unique Axes</a></span></div></div></div>

Removing just the outer div makes it display normally.
Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:56, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
(edit-conflict during content move)Look at the HTML source:
      <div id="catlinks"><div id='catlinks' class='catlinks'><div id="mw-normal-catlinks">
      <a href="/wiki/Special:Categories" title="Special:Categories">Categories</a>
Clearly, the duplicate ID shouldn't be happening. Override the CSS for that and put the box on the mw-normal-catlinks on the monobook.css. The error isn't happening on Monaco, and what with Wikia having announced that Monobook would not be supported any longer, getting help from them seems a long shot - well, it may actually be worth a try, because Monobook pages used to validate with 0 errors again last I looked, and this double ID is the single error now. --◄mendel► 14:53, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
DO NOT LIKE —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 14:56, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
From w:Forum:MediaWiki 1.13 upgrade#Duplications:
What you should be getting is <div id='catlinks' class='catlinks'><div id="mw-normal-catlinks">. I know of a problem on the old custom wowwiki skin - is this also a specific custom monobook skin? Edit: I see it affects uncyc, so it looks like wikis using their own custom skin have this problem. This does not affect wikis who just customize using local CSS --User:Kirkburn 15:43, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
--◄mendel► 16:05, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
This will be fixed soon (the change has been made, but it hasn't been deployed yet). As an aside, Wikia still DOES support Monobook and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We only, however, support it in your personal preferences rather than a site default. We are also not adding any new features or enhancements to Monobook. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:07, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Category box is fixed, noticed this earlier today (~4 hours ago, maybe?) but didn't think to post here until now. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:44, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

"What links here" still buggy

Further to this, the "What Links Here" at the bottom of the Image page is broken. I can see the HTML for the link, rather than a link. :) HimmTaeguk (T/C) 15:51, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
Oops, looks like that is been discussed above, NVM. HimmTaeguk (T/C) 15:54, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

Same subject, different bug

"There are no pages that link to this file (cached result; see <a href="http://guildwars.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Whatlinkshere/Image:Best_DPS.JPG">Special:Whatlinkshere/Image:Best_DPS.JPG</a> to be certain."
From Image:Best_DPS.JPG. Have fun. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:16, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Had to go to a different image, but I finally saw the problem. Here's the source:

The following pages link to this file: <ul><li>&lt;a href="/index.php?title=Image talk:WizardsTower.jpg"&gt;Image talk:WizardsTower.jpg&lt;/a&gt;</li></ul>

The < and > symbols within the list item are being converted to their HTML entity codes. This should not be happening. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:18, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Is this still happening? I'm not seeing it myself. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:07, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Try Image:Wizards_Folly_Tower.jpg, that's where I pulled the source from above. The one Viper linked seems to have fixed itself somehow. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:14, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks ... I've reported this. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:32, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
This should be completely fixed now. Let me know if you see anything strange. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:40, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Internal Error?

This occured to me a little while ago, trying to respond on M.mendel's talk page. Can anyone explain what just exploded? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:44, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

If you give the time & date when this occurred, it can help the operators determine where the php error listed at the top occurred. A computer program consists of little parts that use each other, and the part at the bottom (Main) uses the one above, and that uses the one above it, until 11 layers deep an error occurs. Knowing who was using what when the error occurs helps determine the nature of the problem. Next time somthing like this happens, copy and paste the whole diagnostic message (basically, everything in artcile space, but you can do a text copy & paste), note the server time (go by RC if you have to) and the page you were editing, and post it to central wikia's help forum or the freenode #wikia support chat. --◄mendel► 15:56, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
Around 14:20 UTC, 11 Sept. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:44, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
That was a temporarily glitch ... all should be well now. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:58, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
Is it really needed to post every little one-time error on this page? It seems like we shouldn't waste time reporting little hiccups, but only put major/recurring issues on this page (but that's just me, maybe Wikia likes chronicling every time the internet bugs out for a couple seconds)Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 22:03, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
That's why I suggested using irc (well suited to reporting small issues quickly) or the forum (helps determine how the big the issue is, i.e. if these little hiccups occur on many wikis, it is still major). --◄mendel► 22:06, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
If it looks like it's a widespread problem (eg. the entire site is inaccessible), then the fact that you're able to post again serves as a pretty good indication that the problem has been noticed and fixed. IRC is good in situations like that given that you can report them in real-time. There is also a Wikia channel on Skype that you can join if you're interested (it's much less active than IRC, but most of us live on Skype. So, I'm not saying that you should avoid posting about these hiccups (especially if you need to vent your frustrations), but unless it's a prolonged issue, or one that only happens intermittently, it's pretty safe to assume that we already know about it by the time you're able to post again. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:46, 15 September 2008 (UTC)


You have new messages on GuildWiki

Every wikia wiki I go to tells me this, and I don't - it keeps telling me until I click the link, bug? RandomTime 12:17, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

I've had this problem too, and was about to post it. Seems RT beat me to it.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 18:41, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
I have it too, mentioned it to KyleH already on IRC a couple days ago. He says that all the sysops were sent a message about the MediaWiki update, and that it should have appeared at the top of our talks with a dismiss button. I never saw the message, and so other wikis insist I still have them. --Shadowcrest 00:48, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
How un-wiki of them, leaving a self-destructing message like that. Why couldn't Wikia just have used a regular talkpage post like everybody else's welcome bot (you can use colored boxes on these)? I wasn't aware that the MediaWiki update was "your eyes only" information. ;-P --◄mendel► 06:42, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
Nope - I don't see a self-distrupting message, how annoying RandomTime 09:14, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
That's because it already self-distrupted.--Gigathrash sig G.jpgìğá†ħŕášħ 09:17, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
The message should have self-destructed ... is your new message notification gone now? We're working on a more public way to notify users of upcoming changes. Right now we post to the wikia-l mailing list, add messages on the forum on central Wikia, and occasionally send a special talk page message (usually targeted at admins so that they can relay the message using normal channels because we often get a lot of confused responses when we send one to everyone). Right now we're also working on a newsletter which, when updated, would show up in your local recent changes. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:39, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
May I suggest something? Just make a big list for each wiki what page to add stuff to, and then add a comment to that page when you have news (for newsletters, you can just say "The new newsletter is out" and list the headlines). The technically most elegant way to manage this would be to use a MediaWiki:Newsletter page that redirects to the page in question, the default would be the mainpage talk (remember the mainpage may have been changed by the wiki), and we would be able to set it to this noticeboard, for example. --◄mendel► 23:05, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Message is still there RandomTime 06:12, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Finally went away for me.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 22:05, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Ah, I finally figured out why this is happening. I think I fixed it ... you should now actually have a message on your talk page when you see the notification in question. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 18:59, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Site notice not staying "dismissed"

Every time I visit the main page, the site notice at the top comes up after I have clicked dismiss many times. Also, if I dismiss the message at the main page, regardless of what page I visit on the wiki, the site notice pops up again. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 03:45, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Make sure you have cookies enabled --Gimmethegepgun 03:53, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Cookies are enabled. Firefox 3, if that helps. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 03:55, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Well, it fixed itself apparently, w/e. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 19:40, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Images not loading

Is it just me, or are images not loading for anyone right now? I'm not getting any images. Did Wikia break something during the server move? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 13:47, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

(edit conflict) dammit, ishy. ^jo dudes. That's what i was gonna say. —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 13:48, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Some images load. the small profession icons work, some user signatures. Most don't (Quick access links has the profession icons showing for me at least) GW-Viruzzz 14:05, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Okay, I'm getting most images now, but the images on Assassin_Vabbian_armor/Male still aren't loading - they were uploaded last night, around 4 hours before the database move was scheduled. Maybe they didn't get cached properly before the move? Do we need to ask the user to re-upload them? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:40, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
I notified the user here. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:15, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

New and possibly related issue: image uploads are currently disabled (first noted here). What's going on, Wikia? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:20, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Just got a talkpage notice from Wikia, dunno if it's admins-only or not, so I'll post it here for everyone:
Hi everyone,

Due to a problem with our image server, recently uploaded images are currently not displaying properly. We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We are sorry for the inconvenience; we will send out another status update by the end of the day.

Thanks, The Wikia Community Team
Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:39, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
I've got it, so its not sysop only. Lord of all tyria 17:56, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
i got it too, and it's not only recently uploaded images that won't show these won't show for me either Kurtan 19:26, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Did anyone else notice? This message will expire on 13:37, September 24, 2008. Epic. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 19:34, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Hi everyone,

Earlier today we experienced a failure in our main file server, which caused some images to not display properly. While we were working to resolve that issue, we also temporarily disabled file uploads. All of those issues should now be resolved; however, it may take some time for our main file server to catch back up. Over the next few hours, images may take extra time to load, or you may need to refresh a page to see the images properly. We apologize for the inconvenience, but things should be back to normal shortly.

Thank you for your patience,

The Wikia Community Team
They're still borked for me. They still load extremely slow; loading User:Shadowcrest left a couple mini pictures with red-X's, and loading Bow/Gallery was a slow, red-X'd nightmare. --Shadowcrest 01:10, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
Everything should be back to normal now. Is anyone still having trouble? --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:13, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Image Upload - Internal Error

My apologies if this is just me doing something incorrectly, but I'm trying to update some of the missing pictures on the Ranger Elite Sunspear armor page. The first time I attempted to upload an image I got this error:

Internal error Could not rename file "/tmp/phpC2ze4M" to "public/9/91/Ranger_Elite_Sunspear_Armor_M_gray_head_side.jpg".

So I tried a second time and then got this error:

Internal error Could not rename file "public/9/91/Ranger_Elite_Sunspear_Armor_M_gray_head_side.jpg" to "public/archive/9/91/20080925200045!Ranger_Elite_Sunspear_Armor_M_gray_head_side.jpg".

Is this a user error (on my part) or a wiki error? (These errors were seen at about 3:00pm central on 9/25/08.) Shadowlance 20:31, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

It must have been a transient error. I tried again today (9/26/08) and the image uploaded without error. Shadowlance 12:46, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

"Wikia is sadly having problems. Our front end caches seem to have gone away. We are working to fix it as soon as possible."

And I thought those lazy back-end slave servers were bad. I need to refresh pages at least three times before getting anywhere. :\ Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:47, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

We had some issues with the caching servers over the weekend. You shouldn't be seeing this anymore. If you do, let me know. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:08, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Polls?

I'm using Firefox 2, and I can vote on a Poll as much as I like. The downside? My vote doesn't count. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 10:16, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

That's okay Viper, you're still valuable. --Macros 11:46, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
I feel so much better now.. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 11:49, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh, that issue. Takes no votes on either ff2 or ie7 for me. --◄mendel► 14:31, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
I've filed a ticket on this issue. I'll let you know when I hear anything. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:10, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
We're about to release a new poll extension which will replace the current one and fix this issue. I believe that the fix will be deployed on Tuesday. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:44, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
The new poll extension is now deployed. Are poll votes being registered properly now? --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:51, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
The one on Entropy's page won't let me change my vote still. Not that I want to, just using that as a testing point --Gimmethegepgun 22:59, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Ack, I lied ... it's not out yet. Sorry! --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:04, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Liar :'( --Gimmethegepgun 23:05, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) The poll fixed (somewhat)! <poll> Does this poll work for you? Yes No I see my vote only after I reload the page I see my vote only after I reload the page several times I see my vote only after I reload the page several times and purge the page cache </poll> purge page cache I wonder how many votes we'll get for "No"... --◄mendel► 11:08, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

It's still broken for me. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 13:32, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Yep, had to purge before it would show up. But then, Kyle did say that the new version hasn't been rolled out yet. (It's not letting me change my vote, either.) —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 13:33, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Dr Ishmael, it's been mention on the #wikia irc channel that they've been pushing new code, so I tried the test poll I had set up in my sandbox and it worked (it hadn't before). That made me assume that the new code was live. If it is, and if old polls work (somewhat), then the vote registration works now, but the creating of polls is somehow broken? or maybe they need the proper age before they work? --◄mendel► 18:55, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
I was able to change my vote just now, but I still had to purge the page before it registered. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:28, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Weird. I purged twice, voted ~5 times. It didn't register the vote. However, I have voted Vabbian on Shadowcrest's talk page. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:41, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
I voted, purged twice, and nothing registered sometime this morning. Now I come back and my vote now registers. O_o Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 20:04, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
What happened before they broke completely was I'd click an option and the page would reload (no vote); I'd click again and the page would reload, and the vote would register. Now it just says "Please wait, registering your vote" and reloads the page each time, with it not counting. Might show up after a long time like Cress' does, but... --Shadowcrest 20:46, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
pfft i got a database error --Balistic Pve (T/C) 23:56, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
Hey ... quick update on this. We're developing a new poll extension to fix this problem. I'm sorry it is taking so long, but every time someone tells me that it's ready, I find a new problem with it. It should be ready relatively soon though. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:49, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Kyle, could you pass a feature request to the dev team that the poll includes any anchor in the tag (such as #Polls.3F) when it reloads the page? Polls further down a talkpage are a pain because the extension currently doesn't. --◄mendel► 06:39, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

To add to the list of current problems, votes are also broken totally. I click on one of the circles to vote and nothing happens. Not even a progress bar to indicate that a request was sent. It's as if it was preemptively blocked. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 21:26, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Hi! I just got word that the new poll extension is ready, so I have enabled it out on GuildWiki. On some pages, you may need to purge the page (append "?action=purge" to the address) in order to get the poll to render correctly the first time. Give it a shot, and let me know if you notice any oddities (other than the extension doesn't truncate the percentages to a reasonable number of significant digits). Entropy (and anyone else using the Monobook and IE7 combo): polls will probably still be broken for you until we fix the javascript issues. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 22:22, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
When I submit my vote, it takes a little while (1-3 seconds generally) to take it along, but it now works. Using FF3 on Vista here. Cheers <3 --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 12:38, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
VISTA??!! O_O Panic.jpg RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:27, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
Sue me. XP was more expensive to get on my new pc, and Vista works ever since SP 1. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:13, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
I do find it annoying that XP is more expensive than Vista... THOSE BASTARDS!!! I'm still not switching unless they give away free RAM with the OS. "Virtual Memory too low." notice is equivalent to your PC throwing profanities at you. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 19:10, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Search Box

← Moved from Talk:Main Page/editcopy

The new search box is a stepback because the removal of the "Search GuildWiki" text is not guaranteed. It can occur that the text remains in the field while clicking on it forcing you to first mark the whole text and then deleting it before you can enter the search text. This error happens in mozilla-based browsers (the others not tested) and can possibly be fixed by using the "onmousedown" instead of the "onmouseup" event handler within the js-file. Even though the error appears very rarely a removal of the text would be a better option than the status quo, the fixing would be the best. 77.182.224.91 13:46, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

menu bug

the side menu has a strange bug on the submenus: for both news and support we have a link that says "edit this menu". HTML div tags appear around this and I'm pretty sure they don't belong there. I'm sure when this started however. —JediRogue 19:13, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

checking other browsers: that menu option doesn't show up at all in firefox or opera. I see it only in IE. 129.21.28.24 19:16, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
I tested with IE7, it is not there for me as anon. Maybe because you are a sysop? --◄mendel► 19:46, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
The "edit this menu" item has always been around since the beginning of Monaco skin, however, recently it starts to treat html tags as pure text, causing my hack to float special stuff to the right to fail as described above. A long time ago I had suggested that those special menu items ("more..." and "edit this menu") to be given special classes so wiki admins can CSS-style them differently , unfortunately that does not seem to have been implemented yet )-: -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 22:31, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, those links only appear for sysops ... looks like PanSola fixed it when he nuked the changes he made to that link. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 23:25, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
Kyle, can you put in a feature request to add a class for the "edit this menu" and "more..." links? That way we can CSS-style them to be on the right side since now the HTML hacks no longer work )-: -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 02:36, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
PanSola, if all you want to format is the <a> tag, then you can select based on the href= attribute. Would that be sufficient? --◄mendel► 03:53, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
Ideally I'd want to format the DIV outside the anchor, since A is an in-line element. Also, selection based on href= would only work for the "edit this menu" link, and not the "more..." link, since the href for the more... item can be the same as a regular menu item. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 19:06, 8 September 2008 (UTC)
The original problem is fixed, but tweaking the skin for this is pretty low priority, so it may be a while before we are able to spend some time on it. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 19:07, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

not uploading .bmp files

"Permitted file types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg, ico, ogg, pdf, xcf, svg, mid, jl, odt, ods, odp, odg, odc, odf, odi, odm." on the ipload page suggests that there is a technical barrier to uploading other file types, but just now a user has uploaded .bmp images. Is there a way we can actually prevent that from happening? --◄mendel► 11:18, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

If it let it through then I guess not. All I know is that if you try to upload a differnent extention it will usually say it can't. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 18:44, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
This is very odd, because even on Special:Version it doesn't list bmp as an allowed extension, and I am getting the ".bmp" is not a permitted file type warning when I try uploading one, even with "Ignore any warnings" checked. That user should not have been able to upload them. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:49, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
I just tried and I don't understand how it happened either. You can't have a mismatching file extention; you can't upload a bitmap file. Hrm. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:00, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
Is it one of the three upload pages that does (not) work? Does monaco have a java/javascript upload dialog? --◄mendel► 20:18, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
I tried on all three uploads, the normal, the mega, and the supersized. I don't know anything about Monaco though. Seeing as new users would start out with Monaco, it makes sense to check that first! Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:20, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
I think I've uploaded things with different file extensions before, but don't quote me on that. I can't upload .bmp images in monaco. --Shadowcrest 23:52, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
Someone has uploaded Image:Start.exe, an executable file. That's potentially extremely dangerous if it's a malicious program, since anyone could open it. Felix Omni Signature.png 06:11, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
This is extremely disturbing. I want to know how people are getting around the filetype restriction. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:13, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
I cant go into specifics now, but I just wanted to let you know, both of these issues have been reported to the Wikia Staff, and we hope to have the problem fixed soon. --Uberfuzzy 06:30, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
Good to know this is being worked on. I'm not stupid enough to click on one, but, you know, this is the internet, and shit happens. --Macros 22:34, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
Has this been fixed yet? --Macros 15:29, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
Yes, this was fixed a few weeks ago. Sorry for not following up on it. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 18:24, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Problem with using the "Back" button of Opera

I'm having a quite annoying bug with the new skin: when i want to go back, i have to press the back button 4 times before i really go back. this is caused by the Ads at the bottom of each page: everytime i click back, one of the ads disappears, only when they're all gone the browser goes back to the last page.

This only happens in Opera, tested it with both Safari and IE and had no problems.

*update* ok, it's getting worse... now it ranges from 5 times up to 9 times!
also, the page sometimes keeps loading something, but i can live with a sandclock next to my mousepointer.
btw, sorry for not signing before, i'm new to editing TerminatorBS 22:13, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
The bug is gone, either you did it or the new update of Opera i just downloaded =D
i can now go back with only 1 click again. Thanks =) TerminatorBS 01:14, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Uploading OpenOffice 2.4 .odt file impossible

I want to upload an OpenOffice.org 2.4 text file (extension .odt), but I get this error: The file is corrupt or has an incorrect extension. Please check the file and upload again. The file is neither. I have uploaded files like this before. What gives? --◄mendel► 02:12, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

I haven't been able to reproduce this error myself (either here or on one of my test wikis). Is there any chance you can email me the file at <math>[email protected]</math>? --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:07, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Signature edit conflicts

These days I often get an edit conflict with myself. The "old" version is my post with ~~~~ at the end, and the "new" version is my post with the signature on it (ie. after it changes the tildes into my signature, timestamp, etc.) It is amusing the first time or so, but now it's just annoying. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:22, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

This is the first time I've heard of such a problem, but I can make an educated guess as to why it might be happening. I'll get our engineers to look at it. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 20:09, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
I get edit conflicts with myself when I double click save. Is that the same? --Macros 21:16, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
I've had it a few times weeks ago.. It's sometimes because I double click save when i-net is being slower than a sluggish snail in a bag of salt mixed up with concrete, and other times just completely random. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:44, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

gamewikis.org

I thought it was part of wikia's contract to keep gamewikis.org updates, http://gamewikis.org/ shows a godaddy parked URL message and http://gw.gamewikis.org/ gives me an Opendns error RandomTime 17:01, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up. Apparently there is a problem with the domain's auto-renewal with GoDaddy. We're working on fixing that right now ... --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:14, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
Ok, thanks RandomTime 17:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
This issue has been resolved (as if that wasn't obvious already) --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:36, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, my homepage is still gw.gamewikis.org based, so I noticed it when it came back RandomTime 19:21, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Recent changes watom feed

The link in the toolbox shows up wrong - instead of just "watom", it has "& lt;feed-watom& gt;" (but without the spaces between the & and lt/gt). ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 00:20, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Screenshot ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 03:47, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
I found it, thanks! I know what's causing it, and I have reported it. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 21:36, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
This seems to be fixed now. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 04:33, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

undeleting

A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was: 
/*id=20081021152242*/ (SQL query hidden)
from within function "ExternalStorageUpdate::doUpdate". MySQL returned error "1062: Duplicate entry '26-165466' for key 1 (10.8.2.200)".


I got this error after undeleting a page. The undeletion succeeded, but I've never seen this before. Did I break something? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 15:24, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


I got the same problem, and only the second line was different: " /*id=20081021162206*/ (SQL query hidden)" for me. I edited Talk:Unyielding Aura when it occured, edit did get through. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:27, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
We had a bad code release yesterday morning, which I believe is responsible for both this problem and the javascript problem above. Both should be resolved now. Let me know if you notice anything strange. --KyleH<staff /> (talk) 17:44, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
My IE7 still doesn't display the side and top navigation. Do I need to do anything funny to make it work again? Or should it fix itself automatically when it's supposedly "fixed" at the source? RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 18:13, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
I can get the bars to display sometimes. If they don't, refreshing repeatedly brings them up eventually, and then they stay there mostly. My personal .JS, though, seems to come and go as it pleases. :C Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 18:40, 22 October 2008 (UTC)