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[edit] Herein goeth anything regarding the technicalities of the wiki

FAQs & Problems:

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If you've written, or are using, some extension or script that either might give others problems or is giving you a problem, then either describe it or link to it on this page.

If you've written some piece of code that you want help with, ask here with linkage.

If your browser acts up with some code,ask here.

In short, anything techy, ask, tell or link on this page.

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[edit] Gadgets, part 42

The gadgets (at least the ones I use, being HotArticleRate, HotCat, plus a few other things I set in my preferences) have been working properly for at least a week. Has anything been fixed?--JorisEnter (talk) 14:32, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

I haven't actually touched a thing. I assume magic beans - David Gerard (talk) 16:49, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
I've been blowing on a tiny whistle every day at noon for the past week or so, so it could be that - though it'd just be a side effect of my whistle ensuring the sun rises and sets as it should. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 16:56, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
Aaaaaand... they're down again.--JorisEnter (talk) 12:27, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
(it's three minutes later and all gadgets appear to be working again. Dafuq?)--JorisEnter (talk) 12:31, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Unable to receive emails

Joking about email alerts on my talk page aside, I haven't actually been getting emails from RW for some time. I didn't receive an email for FuzzyCatPotato's post on my talk page on June 26th. On the 29th or 30th I changed my email from the official Foundation-supplied one back to my personal one. I received no confirmation email, even after clicking the "Confirm your email address" button in Preferences. No, it isn't in my spam folder, nor has it been misfiled by a filter. As far as Gmail is concerned, I simply never got it in the first place. An hour or two ago I requested another confirmation email, and I still haven't gotten anything. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 20:22, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Eh, from what I know RW emails get lost quite often.--JorisEnter (talk) 20:29, 12 July 2016 (UTC)
GMail is still sending our email to Hell. Need to work out this SPF thing, which involves Trent fiddling with the DNS - David Gerard (talk) 12:58, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
I don't know what any of that means, but I appreciate you responding, since I know troubleshooting the wiki isn't exactly your favorite thing. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 17:06, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
Oddly enough, I just now got emails alerting me to Owlman's posts to my talk page... from June 30th. Progress! Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 05:23, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
All the other emails I never got suddenly came in all at once. RW emails in general appear to be working now, since I just asked for and receiving a confirmation email in the span of a minute. That being said, Gmail doesn't seem to like our email servers very much:
RationalWiki email flagged.png
Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 07:22, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Gmail understandably gets really suspicious if someone else sends mail to their servers claiming to be from RationalWiki really, really shouldn't be using a address to send mail. What's wrong with something like wiki at ? Thrawcheld (talk) 21:33, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
[MASSIVE FACEPALM] I literally had not noticed that it was doing that. CORRECTING! - David Gerard (talk) 22:44, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Right, from: address is now A test message to myself got through straight away. So yay - David Gerard (talk) 22:51, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Signature length restriction

I somehow can't revert to my older signature, because the textbox in the preferences refuses to take more than a certain amount of characters. Was that intentional?--The (((Kigel))) (talk) (mail) 04:57, 17 July 2016 (UTC) 04:57, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

Not sure what happened, but you can always create something along the lines of User:Kugelschreiber/sig in which you dump your favourite signature and then change the thing in your signature box to {{User:Kugelschreiber/sig}}.--JorisEnter (talk) 07:50, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
Thx, I'll try just that.--The (((Kigel))) (talk) (mail) 18:12, 17 July 2016 (UTC) 18:12, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Did anyone else suddenly get ALL THE EMAIL?

Looks like GMail is talking to us again. I'm glad there wasn't actually a raging dumpster fire on my talk page ... - David Gerard (talk) 07:45, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

I am in the process of receiving 299 emails, most of which are going into my RationalWiki folder at the moment.--JorisEnter (talk) 07:57, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
And as soon as 299 had been reached Gmail went on to bump that up to 522. Good grief.--JorisEnter (talk) 07:59, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I got a large number of emails, basically multiple emails for most or all of the pages that I follow. Bongolian (talk) 08:00, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Also got a whole bunch. They were stuck in some queue on a server somewhere. I told David this wasn't working early this year, but he didn't believe me and nothing changed. Guess something finally got fixed somewhere. (talk) 10:50, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Using other languages and using a logo on a wiki

I have different languages enable on my wiki and it's all working fine, except I'm thinking I'll run into a problem later on when the titles of articles will be the same across those languages. One solution would be to put something in parentheses to indicate what language the article is in, which will work okay, but I'm just wondering if there's another way. I noticed when I clicked on your Russian translation of your main page that it has the prefix ru. How do you enable that option? Also, how do you put a logo up in the left-hand corner of the page? (talk) 18:12, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Well Mediawiki has a page on multilingual preferences.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 20:38, 24 July 2016 (UTC) 20:38, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
I'll check it out. I noticed another thing: RationalWiki doesn't have a www prefix on its main page and mine does. Will that affect the way it works for me? (talk) 21:15, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
I got my logo up now. The languages are working fine, I just put a little something in parentheses after the name of the article so I don't fill up too many slots. For some reason I'm liking the idea of having it all centralized, which is great, but the one thing I wish I could fix is having a different sidebar for every language. In other words, the list of languages shows up on the options in the sidebar, but I'm trying to figure out how to make everything above that be in the language that is selected. I don't even know if it's possible to do that if it's all centralized the way I have it. (talk) 01:41, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Election Endorsements Rejected

Feeling very emotional and insecure here. I have tried to endorse candidates in the RW election, but all my attempts have been rejected as harmful. I've sniffed my armpits and huffed into the palm of my hand to check my breath. I wiped well this morning and even bathed. I just can't fathom the rejection. Surely you must be doing something wrong. Any tips (asked the leper of his best friend)?— Unsigned, by: Epsilon3 / talk / contribs

What do you mean by "have been rejected as harmful"?--JorisEnter (talk) 13:24, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
Hah. You gotta wipe 'til you see bright red on the paper, sonny! Reverend Black Percy (talk) 13:28, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

It won't let me reply in this page, either.— Unsigned, by: Epsilon3 / talk / contribs

On talk pages, please sign your comments using four tildes (~~~~) or by clicking on the sign button: SigButt.png on the toolbar above the edit panel. (You can indent successive talk page comments using one more colon (:) for each line.) Thank you. The edit filter marked your edits as spam for some reason. I think I've fixed it now.--JorisEnter (talk) 18:23, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Default time for reference tooltip

It's currently 200ms. I'd bet most visitors don't know that reference tooltips exist (go to any article and hover over a reference) and so are less likely to look at our sources -- which in turn makes it seem like RW just puts a source there to look legitimate without being legitimate. I think the default time should be changed to 0ms, so that mousing over any reference immediately pull up the source.

Herr FuzzyKatzenPotato (talk/stalk) 14:42, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

Why the hell not. They only work when gadgets are enabled though - and those don't work half the time.--JorisEnter (talk) 15:30, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
We could try that, sure. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 11:40, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
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