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Can't create user page (edit filter tripped)[edit]

Hi; I recognized your username from Wikipedia. I just created an account here, and tried to create a user page with a navbox and some userboxes. However, I tripped a Blackhat SEO Spammer edit filter and have no idea why. Thanks for any help and all the best, Miniapolis (talk) 01:53, 8 January 2021 (UTC)

Please see my response here. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 01:59, 8 January 2021 (UTC)

Is it true?[edit]

Do my eyes deceive me? Have you returned? Cork (yak) 13:55, 4 April 2021 (UTC)

I stop by, y'know! - David Gerard (talk) 16:02, 4 April 2021 (UTC)
Have a beer, or not if you are a quitter sober. Cork (yak) 16:10, 4 April 2021 (UTC)

Just sent you an email[edit]

I'm extra extra busy right now, but if it's urgent I'll see what I can do. I tried to informe the other members too. GeeJayK (talk) 17:55, 4 November 2021 (UTC)

Your book got cited[edit]

At around 50:24. Thought you might find it interesting. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 00:32, 1 February 2022 (UTC)

That video is awesome and I heartily endorse it - David Gerard (talk) 16:30, 1 February 2022 (UTC)


Whenever I add a new category to an article the article itself doesn't show up in the category. I've noticed the same for new pages; they aren't shoeing up at all on Categories. I brought this problem to Bongolian and he told me that the software for it was broken and you might know what would need to be done to fix it. What can we do? BJA2112 (talk) 20:59, 13 May 2022 (UTC)

sounds bizarre. Do you have example edits where this didn't work? Or did it work after a delay? - David Gerard (talk) 21:03, 13 May 2022 (UTC)
I created Category:Historical_countries about a day ago and added a few articles to it (See Belgian Congo, East Germany, Rhodesia, and others. It still shows no articles. Perhaps the cache is stuck?
Also, no one's been able to upload a file for a couple of weeks now. Typical error message is:
Could not store file "/tmp/php3tn89l" at "mwstore://local-backend/local-public/c/cc/Img-9944.jpg".
Maybe some temp space is full on the server and it needs a good restart. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 22:23, 13 May 2022 (UTC)
ah yeah that'd do it. looking - David Gerard (talk) 00:11, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
images disk is in fact full. not sure why that fucks categories tho - David Gerard (talk) 00:12, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
Another example is Category:Theocracy, which initially did not not fill at all, then filled with only 3 of several pages (e.g., Theocracy itself does not appear). Bongolian (talk) 00:22, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
right, i deleted some deleted images and some thumbnails. There's 400 MB of space left. I could upload an image. But that's temporary, cos basically the disk is full. Not thinking about it tonight, will tomorrow. No idea on categories - David Gerard (talk) 00:26, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
This is just an idea, but the wiki software has a job queue, are jobs to update things running properly or is something stuck? There's maintenance scripts that could list the state of things and run or put back abandoned things. This may or may not be useful depending on how things are configured. --ApooftGnegiol (talk) 01:44, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
Thank you, David, for helping us out. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 02:15, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
Thank you, David. Yes, there seems to be a queueing problem. The other problems that I have noticed are 1) Changes to watched pages no longer result in email notifications to people watching them. 2) The search engine is not updated, so new pages no longer autofill in the search box but typing the whole page name in the box does get one to the relevant page (e.g., typing "Wandj" in the box shows nothing, but "Wandjina" goes to the page in question). Bongolian (talk) 03:46, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
running runJobs.php by hand right now, and it's ... doing a lotta stuff - David Gerard (talk) 13:03, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
still running jfc - David Gerard (talk) 13:40, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
Looks like it's fixing email notifications, search box problem, and categories problem. Bongolian (talk) 14:44, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
so basically it's cleared the massive backlog, and is now doing stuff in real time. (I've still got it running from a command line.) How are things looking? - David Gerard (talk) 22:34, 14 May 2022 (UTC)