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Herein goeth anything regarding the technicalities of the wiki

  • Problems with accessing/editing the wiki
  • Problems with MediaWiki/HTML/CSS/Javascript/etc.
  • Questions about RW's configuration/extensions/servers/etc.
  • In short, anything tech-y goes here

External links:

Semi-frequent updates about RW's technical status are available at RationalWiki's blogspot.
To view or suggest changes to configuration files and MediaWiki extensions, see RationalWiki's GitHub.


Users with Tech rights: see Special:ListUsers/tech
Users with root on the servers: David Gerard (dgerard@gmail.com) and Tmtoulouse

If your IP is blocked from editing as an open proxy: You need to go to your provider about it. The lists we use are xbl.spamhaus.org, dnsbl.tornevall.org, all.s5h.net. If your IP is on one of these lists, then your provider has a serious problem they need to resolve. We cannot get your ISP out of the blacklist.

Subsection link (sticky)[edit]

What extension does Wikipedia use to get the subsection links next to each subsection title? FuzzyCatPotato of the Rapturous Cellphones (talk/stalk) 13:39, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

What r u talking about? ClickerClock (talk) 04:45, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
I think Fuzzy means the "§" link that appears next to the headings, that links to the anchor for that heading. (once again, memorising the ASCII code for section signs comes in handy!) —Kazitor, pending 08:28, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

@FuzzyCatPotato, yall happy now?

See the main article on this topic: Goat § What to do with a Goat and a stool

Encyclopedia § EtymologyWikipedia's W.svg See the Wikipedia article on Encyclopedia § Ancient times. —ClickerClock (talk) 05:24, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Not what I meant... I mean, that's really good :) But I recall there once being a § link next to the actual sections on a page. I'm not sure where it went. —Kazitor, pending 05:35, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
I have no idea what you mean. —ClickerClock (talk) 05:44, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Like, on the page there is a heading that says "Subsection link (sticky)". Next to it, either before or after the "edit" link, there was a single, grey "§" link that appended the appropriate anchor to the URL, e.g. §. —Kazitor, pending 06:13, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Screenshot? —ClickerClock (talk) 12:34, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

Subsections playing up (sticky)[edit]


I've seen this a few times, it was this revision and the wikitext seems normal. Christopher (talk) 09:33, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

The error occurs when a subsection is immediately before the end of a page. I'd bet that this is a result of the MediaWiki upgrade, but I've really no idea. The FCP Foundation (talk/stalk) 17:06, 4 September 2017 (UTC)
And as these edits should make clear, this only occurs on certain pages. It could also be a template -- maybe something didn't close a div or a span and it's fucking with the subsections. Mʀ. Wʜɪsᴋᴇʀs, Esϙᴜɪʀᴇ (talk/stalk) 17:07, 4 September 2017 (UTC)
This is not a result of the recent upgrade. This has been an issue for years.— Spinning-Burger.gif (talkstalk) 17:09, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Trying to Add Content to Alt-Right Section but It Won't Let Me[edit]

I've been trying to edit the subsection "Men are Under Attack" on the Alt-right by adding a quote from a book ("Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House" by Mike Wendling) that I think summarizes the alt-right's views on women and feminism quite well. However, every time I try to add it, the website won't let me, saying that it's "harmful" and "spam", even though it really isn't. I'm just inserting a quote from a book that just sums up the alt-right's beliefs but does not condone or endorse them in any way. Here is the quote in question:

They are also opposed to feminism. (...) Some even say that giving women the franchise was a terrible mistake. Many embrace the old conservative lament that "these days" things have "gone too far" and call for a reaffirmation of traditional values. At the same time, other alt-righters are obsessed with porn and the promise of sexual freedom offered by "pick-up artists."

Could someone please tell me how to add the content? NotYourAverageBoN (talk) 00:45, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

I'm not too acquainted with the relevant filters, but I do know there are a lot of false positives. I've added you to autopatrolled so you should be able to make the edit. —Kazitor, pending 06:20, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

Spam user names[edit]

Not being a wiki-technical person, could the name filter system use 'several numbers in the user name' as part of the filtering process? 'Several consonants in a row' might also be feasible (but would have a few false positives - the Knightsbridge effect). Anna Livia (talk) 11:11, 15 May 2018 (UTC)


When I go look at the block log for PacWalker, it shows an internal system error. Cruise Control Manual! 00:15, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

I'm getting it too. Something about the timestamp needing 14 characters. Perhaps we should ping a tech. Boredatwork (talk) 10:02, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
I see no problems. Last entry on 2015-10-24. —Kazitor, pending 11:30, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
I got the problem when I checked it too. 𝔊𝔬𝔞𝔱-𝔈𝔪𝔭𝔢𝔯𝔬𝔯 𝔅𝔦𝔤𝔰 (𝔴𝔬𝔯𝔡𝔰 𝔬𝔣 𝔴𝔦𝔰𝔡𝔬𝔪/𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔰) 13:52, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
If some are seeing it and some aren't, could it be a Browser/OS issue then? I'm on Windows 10 (blegh) and chrome here. Boredatwork (talk) 14:07, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
Library Windows 7 Chrome and (very old) IE shows error message. (talk) 13:49, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
iPhone SE Safari shows the error. Christopher (talk) 14:19, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I doubt it has anything to do with the user agent (why would it?). I get the error if logged out (technically, when looking at it from a private window). Note the following lines:

#1 /srv/rw_common/core/languages/Language.php(2436): Language->internalUserTimeAndDate(string, boolean, User, array)
#2 /srv/rw_common/core/languages/Language.php(3929): Language->userTimeAndDate(integer, User)
#3 /srv/rw_common/core/includes/logging/BlockLogFormatter.php(62): Language->translateBlockExpiry(string, User)

Something about your time settings. Mine's Australia/Sydney, FYI. —Kazitor, pending 22:59, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

This belongs in technical support.— Spinning-Burger.gif (talkstalk) 23:35, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Assistance with an AfD[edit]

I am attempting to create an AfD for Glynn Harrison, however an older AfD already exists. Is there some way this could be resolved without deleting or editing the older AfD? ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 17:56, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

Try differentiating it with the year of the new one. RoninMacbeth (talk) 18:52, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
@RoninMacbeth Allow me to clarify my problem somewhat. I do not know how to make a new AfD article that links back to the template. Or how to manually create AfD articles in general. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 19:00, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
@GrammarCommie see {{Article for deletion discussion}}Kazitor, pending 23:24, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
@Kazitor I'm afraid that I'm still a bit confused. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 23:38, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
@GrammarCommie Create RationalWiki:Articles for deletion/Glynn Harrison 2018 or whatever with content {{subst:afd2|pg=Glynn Harrison|text=[whatever you want to say]}} —Kazitor, pending 23:46, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
@Kazitor Thank you, and my apologies for being such a dolt at this process. I'm still learning a few things here and there. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 00:06, 2 June 2018 (UTC)