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Lewis Cawte
Chief Technical Officer, ShoutWiki
Your wiki should work properly, and that is my interest.
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Welcome, Lcawte, to ShoutWiki Hub!

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Issues on some articles in s:w:fr.24[edit]

Hi Lewis,
I have an error message like this on some page on s:w:fr.24. When I look for s:w:fr.24:Victor Rovner or s:w:fr.24:Jeff Ricketts (available articles in the wiki), I find this:
French 24 error message.png
Do you know the issue, and more, can you fix it please? Thank you for your reply. --LIMAFOX76 (talk) 16:02, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Extension Request: Story Paragraph[edit]

Arcane gave me a good idea for my site, and he also helped develop it. I know this extension is beta, but could you please install the extension Story Paragraph on http://writing.shoutwiki.com? The link for this extension is https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Story_Paragraph. DJ m0m0 (talk) 20:01, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Install[edit]

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Contribution_Scores hi lcawte may you add this to the repository as i would love this on my wiki.http://en.userwiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page --N64dude (talk) 18:48, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

Problem[edit]

Lcawte DISPLAYTITLE doesn't seem to work on my wiki. --N64dude (talk) 00:45, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

What do you mean? What happens when you try to use that magic word? What do you think that should happen?
DISPLAYTITLE is restricted by default — that is, custom titles must normalize to the same page title. So if you have a page about the cell phone manufactured by Apple, you could use {{DISPLAYTITLE:iPhone}} on that page to render its title "correctly", because for MediaWiki (and especially in its default configuration), "iPhone" and "IPhone" are the same title. But you can't change the title of the iPhone page to "Apple iPhone" with DISPLAYTITLE, because whereas "iPhone" and "IPhone" normalize to the same title, "Apple iPhone" doesn't.
Some wikis have a template, usually named Template:Title, which requires additional JavaScript code to work. This template allows to change the title of a page to any arbitrary name, but honestly, that's a pretty scary ability, as it tends to confuse people. With DISPLAYTITLE and its default restrictions, it should be relatively obvious what the page's real name is and thus you'll know how to link to it. But what about if the page is called "IPhone" but its title is displayed as "The best cell phone ever"? Yep, many users would try linking to [[The best cell phone ever]] and then wonder why it isn't working...
In any case, if you need either the DISPLAYTITLE restrictions lifted and/or help with implementing Template:Title for your wiki, let me know. --Jack Phoenix ShoutWiki Staff (contact) 12:49, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Can you help to implement it on my wiki please. --N64dude (talk) 17:07, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

By your wiki do you mean s:w:en.userwiki? I'm asking to make sure that I have the correct wiki; many ShoutWiki editors are active on multiple wikis and there are several prominent users who have started multiple wikis on ShoutWiki, too, and in such cases, it's not obvious what wiki or wikis they mean. ;-) --Jack Phoenix ShoutWiki Staff (contact) 20:39, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes Jack thats my wiki. --N64dude (talk) 19:27, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

All done, enjoy! --Jack Phoenix ShoutWiki Staff (contact) 20:03, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Jack :D --N64dude (talk) 23:13, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Can't make site backup[edit]

  • I'm not sure if you are the one to turn to with this, but the button to make a backup on the statistics page on my wiki is suddenly gone... Could you help me out? Also, Jack once made a backup for all the images for me too and that is also gone... Thanks in advance. Busey.pngoddguyBusey.png 16:43, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing the multiple uploads problem[edit]

I uploaded multiple images at once without problems today. Thanks, --Timeshifter (talk) 16:47, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Old request: Semantic MediaWiki[edit]

Hi Lewis,
I would like to ask you about an old Bugzilla request for upgrading Semantic MediaWiki. I know you've been quite busy recently, yet I think it should be great to update the SMW version up to 2.0 (last one). The actual ShoutWiki SMW version (1.8.0.1) has some issues, especially counting some property pages on statistics and I saw issues on Concept pages. Thank you for your answer. --LIMAFOX76 (talk) 11:29, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

We'll look into doing this now we've just upgraded to 1.24. --Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 16:14, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much. As tested in a personal home wiki, it seems that unlike the previous versions, the 2.0 installation is specific for each wiki. You'll have to use Composer separately for each Semantic wiki. Installation seems quite, simple, may be the upgrade is a little bit more complicated. Cheers --LIMAFOX76 (talk) 21:27, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
Hi Lewis, just a reminder as there are some updating issues with this version of SMW; properties appear then disappear with no apparent reason. Even if I do an Edit/Save without modification, the issue still exists. The SMW version is now 2.3, according to the main SMW wiki site. Thank you very much. --LIMAFOX76 (talk) 11:36, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

Vandalism[edit]

Hello, this message, already I it put to Cook, but it has not answered, like that that I you put to you, I suppose that your, you will not be inactive, Cook, this one inactively for time.

1 Vandal one (I am sure that it is only, because his IP address changes, but not for ranges, sinó that changes it with a program that surely he arranges in his computer.) there is vandalizado the page of Jack Phoenix's discussion and they are different IP'S, not for ranges, because the range is different, sinó because they are programmed by the computer of the user, this already goes from bad to worse, because, when the users, undo the editions, it returns to vandalizar. The content that it has put till now, for vandaliar is " Very nice site " or something like that, then, I ask for help him with this, because this one Problem, already multiplying this one (I want décir, that the vandalism repeating itself) and I ask for a checkup him to the IP'S that exist vandalizado, to see if my suspicions are true (my suspicions they are that it treats itself of same it presents, only that programming in the computer multiple IP'S) or that treats itself about another person. In this case, I ask for a solution him, I suggest him: 1-In the case of which my suspicions are accepted, so, would be necessary to go blocking the IP'S while they continue appearing, because in another wiki, I pass that a blocked IP, he said to me that IP and I was programming I suppose that he programmes them with his computer, there must be programs like that. Also I ask you, that pìense another solution, if the mia does not prove (I it created that if, that there will be another solution). 2-En the case of which they are different persons, also I ask you to think a solution and I think the same one that in the first case.Thanks in advance--Libros (talk) 17:40, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Staff members[edit]

Staff members, does not publish much. What happens?. Thanks in advance--Libros (talk) 16:52, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Re: Job e-mail[edit]

I agree in how you do things. --DeviantSalens 17:42, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Would you rename me?[edit]

Hi Jack Lcawte,
would you rename me "鯉色マッリ"(Carp-Marisa) to "カルサヴァ" in both ShoutWiki and my wiki? Because present name may cause some trouble between me and user of the site.--T-カルサヴァ (talk) 09:02, 4 December 2014 (UTC) - rewrite T-カルサヴァ (talk) 09:05, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, I wrote from different account. T-カルサヴァ and I are same for the reason that I couldn't change name, I took new account. --Carp-Marisa(鯉色マッリ) - talk 10:03, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

※This massage is written again from Jack Phoenix's talkpage. Because he has left from about 2 weeks ago.

No. Unfortunately we are not currently able to rename accounts. For now the only thing you can do is make a new account. If you want Steward rights switched to this new account, let our support team know by using Special:Contact. --Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 09:26, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Rights transfer[edit]

Hi Lewis, following our emails (Re: BrunelRacing / WomenInEngineering Wiki's [#1351]), I'm writing to confirm I am the account holder of User:Andyli95. Please remove/transfer the rights from this user to admin-br if possible please? Thanks, Andy Li 13:29, 26 January 2015 (GMT)

Bad Webcomics Wiki[edit]

Bad Webcomics Wiki is getting seriously hit with pagemove vandalism still. Any chance you can revert it all and maybe put a lock on page moving for the moment? Maybe even promote someone to admin so they can fix it faster? DentsAndDings (talk) 23:11, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Most of the admins are still active, including Oddguy. You should ask him if you want admin rights... --Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 23:18, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
The last one was a joke suggestion, but if you could kindly help me in reverting the mess since both admins are offline and the vandalism is still progressing. DentsAndDings (talk) 23:27, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the help, but could you make it possible for people to edit again? You made it so that only admins can edit. I asked Jack a few days ago but he hasn't responded. Also, there is something wrong with the sidebar. It doesn't look the way I set it to look. Busey.pngoddguyBusey.png 10:07, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
    • You need to be more patient. We're looking at taking backups and things so that if the same thing happens as it did last time, we can rollback the site quicker. The sidebar is an issue that I've requested someone look into. --Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 14:59, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks and sorry. I'm nagging you because my users are nagging me. I'll tell them to calm down and wait. Busey.pngoddguyBusey.png 22:37, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Sidebar is fixed fyi. Memcached went away rather stealthily. --Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 22:41, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Independent domain[edit]

Hi, I have bought the domain bkdrum.com and currently it is forwarded to bkdrum.shoutwiki.com. I would like to use bkdrum.com as THE domain for my wiki. Please let me know what should I do. -- Muhammad2017 (talk) 09:46, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

Presumably help with spam?[edit]

Special:Log --Saftzie (talk) 18:57, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Would you still be able to?[edit]

Hey, would you still be able to help me with this issue? I know I am responding late, but I've tried fixing it myself, but it is clear I am missing some kind of template installation that is not letting the (Hide/Show) option happen on infoboxes, etc.? MusicNation (talk) 19:50, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps mw:ResourceLoader/Modules#jquery.makeCollapsible has the info you need. --Saftzie (talk) 20:31, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
How might I go about installing that, then? I mean, I put all of the Hidden/Hidden top and Collape/Collapse top, etc. templates on my Wiki and it still is not working. MusicNation (talk) 20:47, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
There's nothing to install. It's provided by default in MediaWiki. As Lcawte asked before, a link to a page where you think it's broken would help a lot. --Saftzie (talk) 20:48, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
This template is where it does not work, for one. And then there are others, but I would assume if that one gets fixed, the others would, as well. MusicNation (talk) 21:07, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
Try now. --Saftzie (talk) 21:09, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
Excellent. I will apply this to other templates now! Thank you! MusicNation (talk) 21:12, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
NP. --Saftzie (talk) 21:13, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
Do you mind telling me where I'd install it on this template? MusicNation (talk) 21:15, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
In class="tracklist {{#ifeq: {{{collapsed}}}|yes|collapsible collapsed}}", where collapsible collapsed are used as classes, change them to mw-collapsible mw-collapsed. {{{collapsed}}} is a replaceable parameter name, so that stays as it is, unless you want to change it. Collapsible content works on elements specified with those classes. mw:ResourceLoader/Modules#jquery.makeCollapsible has more info if you want to get trickier. --Saftzie (talk) 21:49, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
Again, thank you so much! Those two templates were pissing me off without collapsing! You are a miracle worker! MusicNation (talk) 22:02, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

A little thing.[edit]

Hello.

this user is admin on this wiki (ShoutWiki Hub). And my question is:

Can you giff me the admin right please?

I can help:

PD: On the past, I used the account Libros, and I can help with the wiki.

(I change my account beccause in shoutwiki IS NOT POSSIBLE rename accounts).

Regards.


--Pastelerohelper92 (talk) 08:57, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

API returns invalid date format[edit]

I know you really don't need another problem right now, but using the API to query the recent block

http://www.shoutwiki.com/w/api.php?action=query&list=users&usprop=blockinfo&ususers=Netkeeper

returns a non-ISO time for blockexpiry, "20160818213400" instead of "2016-08-18T21:34:00Z". I haven't checked an exhaustive list (or other blocks), but the other timestamp in the same API (blockedtimestamp) returns an ISO time. Before the upgrade/rollback, both times were ISO, as I believe they're intended to be. --Saftzie (talk) 22:59, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Just to be clear, I'm wondering if knowing this helps figure out (part of) what went wrong. --Saftzie (talk) 23:16, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
I went digging around the API some more. It seems not-ISO for that value is consistent with other MW versions. Oh, well. --Saftzie (talk) 12:04, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

OVH Montreal[edit]

198.100.145.75 reverse resolves to chirp.shoutwiki-servers.com hosted in OVH's Montreal data center with a DNS authority ns1.skizzerz.net and ns2.skizzerz.net. 198.100.145.75 has been the source of IP spam in the past. I'm kind of wondering what the story is there. --Saftzie (talk) 12:07, 4 October 2016 (UTC)

We actively spam ourselves to see how alive our community is. I'm not actually sure, but I'm going to have a guess and hope I remember to file a Phabricator task about it when I get back from work. It may be that the anonymous spammer is using HTTPS, which is the only reason I can think of for it to go through Chirp. We've had some email spam from Vertex before, although this was through one of the forms so I guess it needs a little more validation as the address was probably just random@vertexsIPgoeshere. With this case, it would make sense if the IP header isn't getting forwarded somewhere in the horrible chain of servers for HTTPS requests
User (DNS, etc) -> Vertex (HTTPS forwarding) -> Chirp (SSL Termination) -> Vertex (Varnish) -> Monolith (Backend) -> Grunt (Database) -> User (Browser)
It was initially set up as a test, and has been a sort of hidden feature for most wikis for a while. Once we sort out how we deal with the remaining issue (sub.sub.domains.com), I'll probably move it to Vertex as it makes more sense. I'll have to look more into the forwarding theory, though... --Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 12:37, 4 October 2016 (UTC)
This pretty much confirms my suspicions. --Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 12:51, 4 October 2016 (UTC)

CEO?[edit]

Who's the CEO of shoutwiki? Jello chitchat! 03:07, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

No CEO. Two directors. https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09749047/officers --Saftzie (talk) 04:01, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
As the very resourceful Saftzie said - we don't have a CEO. The company has two people legally responsible for looking after it, but we have no appointed head other than when required by our articles in our board meetings. Our board chair alternates each meeting.
Is there any particular reason you ask? If you need to discuss something regarding the company, you can email me (or Richard). If I think it needs to be referred to Richard, I can sort that out, etc.
--Lewis Cawte (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 01:25, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
I was mostly just wondering, thanks --Twilight~Sparkle This is MY book, and I'm gonna READ IT!!! 23:45, 15 December 2016 (UTC)

Castaway2000[edit]

Hi Lcawte, I'm having problems editing on my account Castaway2000 because every time I try and hit the edit button it doesn't work. It makes no sense to me, and is beyond frustrating. I was referred to you by Rock-O-Jello because you're one of the directors here.

But when I edit with my IP I don't get this error. it makes zero sense. 73.11.240.169 00:40, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

OK, I forgot to add more details but what adds to the confusion is that 30 minutes ago I could message Saftzie, and now I cannot because of stupid "Session timeout" errors. See this image, because I keep getting this error on my Castaway2000 account: files.catbox.moe/cgcqrv.png 73.11.240.169 00:43, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Adoption request[edit]

Mind looking over my adopt request for AWA please? This is MY book, and I'm gonna READ IT!!! 00:42, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Cook Isn't Responding[edit]

I didn't understand what Cook879 meant when he said "ping me when you've made a database dump". Did he meant by email or talk page? I did say I made a database dump, but yeah. Castaway2000 (talk) 02:01, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Sorry for the late reply, but he probably meant by email (support@shoutwiki.com). --This is MY book, and I'm gonna READ IT!!! 17:14, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Wiki deletion[edit]

Hey, Lcawte, could you do me a favor and delete http://spongefan.shoutwiki.com please? --This is MY book, and I'm gonna READ IT!!! 17:12, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

I went ahead and deleted spongefan.shoutwiki for you, it's removed from ShoutWiki now. :-) SamanthaNguyen (talk) 22:29, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Special:CreatePage[edit]

Hi, could you please add this extension so that others can use a special page to create articles on Green Day Wiki? Thanks. Castaway2000 (talk) 19:56, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

As someone who spent a fair amount of time working on the CreateAPage extension back in the day, I can assure you it's not coming back anytime soon. The code is very ugly and buggy and the upload form stuff hasn't worked properly in years. Sorry. :-/ --Jack PhoenixShoutWiki Staff (Contact) 08:39, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Testing[edit]

Testing per request SamanthaNguyen (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 00:26, 7 March 2017 (UTC)