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RationalWiki:Technical support

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Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Fix it!

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.

Special:ProtectedPages is broken (sticky)[edit]

When I try and use this page this message (or something similar) comes up:

Internal error

[34f7892f1a5a4dcc619cf39f] 2017-07-21 15:28:42: Fatal exception of type "MWException"

Christopher (talk) 15:29, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

@Tim Starling The FCP Foundation (talk/stalk) 18:07, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
Still not working! Christopher (talk) 13:01, 22 August 2017 (UTC)

@David Gerard Just a guess, but Google turns up this page, which claims to "implement[ ]Special:Protectedpages". I figure it's worth a shot but don't know how to implement it. Thoughts? FᴜᴢᴢʏCᴀᴛPᴏᴛᴀᴛᴏ, Esϙᴜɪʀᴇ (talk/stalk) 02:52, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

@David Gerard Pssst! (also incase ping failed) oʇɐʇoԀʇɐϽʎzznℲ (talk/stalk) 16:24, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
Sorry, I've decided I'm not doing any sysadmin on RW that isn't the site literally being broken, for my own peace of mind and continued digestion. I did literally quit, you know. Trent took on the job last time I actually quit, perhaps ask - David Gerard (talk) 12:00, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

Note to self: https://github.com/tuirgin/tributaries-wiki/tree/master/includes/specials https://github.com/tuirgin/tributaries-wiki/tree/master/includes/specialpage Herr FuzzyKatzenPotato (talk/stalk) 12:39, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

@FuzzyCatPotato I think you forgot. ClickerClock (talk) 13:27, 5 October 2017 (UTC)
@David Gerard Frankly I'm not sure how to implement special pages like this. Do you have any reference material to point to? [1] FU22YC47P07470 (talk/stalk) 20:33, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Subsection link (sticky)[edit]

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

What r u talking about? ClickerClock (talk) 04:45, 10 September 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. FuzzyCatPotato!™ (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. Fuzzy "Cat" Potato, Jr. (talk/stalk) 17:07, 4 September 2017 (UTC)
This is not a result of the recent upgrade. This has been an issue for years.—CheeseburgerPlate (talkstalk) 17:09, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Meta tags for description and image[edit]

Any chance you could add description and image metatags to RationalWiki? Currently google search results or link expansions in apps like Discord look bad, very conservatively. A rational stance would be to maximize the exposure and nice-of-use for other people thus adding metatags. My humble suggestion would be for the image take the first image in the article (if any) for description take the first paragraph, ignoring the quote if it's there as the first paragraph. If it's at all possible, now I feel bad whenever I try to spam my friends with links to Rational Wiki because they look so dull. NoJohYouAreTheDemons (talk) 09:20, 5 October 2017 (UTC)

We have a couple of options. We can go the Semantic Mediawiki route with: mw:Extension:Semantic Meta Tags, and Summary Cards or just leg it with mw:Extension:WikiSEO. @FuzzyCatPotatoClickerClock (talk) 11:14, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
@ClickerClock As part of trying to get an active techbase: Please suggest edits to the RationalWiki github accordingly. Fuzzy "Cat" Potato, Jr. (talk/stalk) 05:22, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Email is broken[edit]

It's not emailing copies of emails I sent to other users. ClickerClock (talk) 06:10, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

Never mind, its just in the spam folder but...
From: Mail Delivery System <MAILER-DAEMON@rationalwiki.org>
Subject:Undeliverable: RationalWiki email from user "ClickerClock"
To: retracted email

This is the mail system at host apache3.rationalwiki.org.
I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.
For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.
If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
delete your own text from the attached returned message.

                   The mail system
retracted email: host gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com[2607:f8b0:400d:c0b::1a]
    said: 550-5.7.1 [2600:3c03::f03c:91ff:fe7a:f3c3] Our system has detected
    that this 550-5.7.1 message does not meet IPv6 sending guidelines regarding
    PTR records 550-5.7.1 and authentication. Please review 550-5.7.1
    https://support.google.com/mail/?p=IPv6AuthError for more information 550
    5.7.1 . q50si2670357qtf.477 - gsmtp (in reply to end of DATA command)}}

^ the error message.

ClickerClock (talk) 09:45, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

@David Gerard: The email is actually on fire, judging by this. Tech help pls! 32℉uzzy; 0℃atPotato (talk/stalk) 05:23, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Page Steve Bannon edits blocked as vandalism[edit]

My edits to page Steve Bannon has been blocked due to a pattern of vandalism on that particular page by other users. My edits are as follows:

Stopped clock[edit]

Being a self-proclaimed populist with anti-establishment views, Bannon DID try and push for a 44% marginal tax cut on the highest earners in the country [1], presumably in a roundabout attempt to try and bankrupt his old colleagues in the EEEVEL Liberal media. He also broke rank by openly opposing possible military action in North Korea,[2] but his resignation leaves the future of the Land of the Morning Calm uncertain.

Please clear up this situation at the earliest convenience. Lord Zedd (talk) 02:43, 17 October 2017 (UTC)User:LordZedd 2:42 PM (UTC) 16 October 2017

I gave @LordZedd autopatrolled status; it will enable edits on the page. Bongolian (talk) 03:58, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
  1. https://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/steve-bannon-pushing-for-44-percent-marginal-tax-rate-on-the-very-rich/
  2. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/08/17/steve_bannon_rules_out_a_military_option_in_north_korea_and_contradicts.html