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Untitled[edit source] it possible, to inform Forum Administrators when new threads are opened? (RSS, Push-Mail, topic-subscription...) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) . Please sign your posts with --~~~~!

Unfortunately this is not possible (yet); you might also be interested in the extension's talk page on, where there was some discussion about e-mail notification features on WikiForum. --Jack Phoenix ShoutWiki Staff (contact) 13:08, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

... is it possible not only to show a forum thread on another wiki page, but also to use it on this other page (that means, that users do no have to go to the spezial wikiforum page, but can leave their replies directly, where the forum thread is embedded)? -- 11:50, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

...we're actually looking for the same functionality as]] 11:50, 13 March 2014 (UTC). Is it possible to add an id-parameter to the <WikiForumList> parameter? That would be a great way to embed specific discussions in another wiki article.

Admin error[edit source]

...I have a problem: I am administrator in my mediawiki and have installed the WikiForum and I have the wikiforum-admin permission. When I enter the page to add a category I get the error message:

Du hast nicht die Berechtigung diese Aktion auszuführen.

(english: You do not have the permission to do this action) How to fix this? 10:18, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi there,
Is this a ShoutWiki site? If so can you give us a link and your user account. If not, you probably want to ask at the official MediaWiki site, as that is the go-to place for MediaWiki help.
Best regards,
--Cook879 ShoutWiki Staff talk 15:08, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Special:WikiForum not found?[edit source]

Hi! I just started the migration process from wikia to the ShoutWiki and am very excited. I have a test wiki working, but when I try to navigate to set up forums through Special:WikiForum page specified on this page, I get an error that says:
No such special page You have requested an invalid special page.
Is there a step I'm missing to set up my forums?QQ (talk) 07:01, 15 April 2017 (UTC)

You need to ask to have the extension installed. FYI, there are other extensions that provide forums. Hub forums use DPLForum, not WikiForum. --Saftzie (talk) 17:54, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi QQ, if you can tell me the subdomain of the wiki (e.g if the wiki is at, the subdomain would be at video), I can install WikiForum for you :) SamanthaNguyen (talk) ShoutWiki Staff

I have two wikis I would love to get forums on, Streitstadt & Stepcity (both waiting on wikia infodump before migration). I'm not familiar with wikimedia forums, but having options is very exciting!! I was wondering about functionality; rather than a chain of wiki edits, I would like more traditional forums (reply boxes, clear reply separation, list which subforum latest replies are for) more like this:
Forum UI Goals.png
I was looking at the open source Vanilla Forum as an option, as it seems to be exactly what I'm hoping for, but I don't know if it would work here? Any help would be appreciated! QQ (talk) 15:52, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

We have an extension called WikiForum that's open-source and maintained by social tools developers (which includes 2 ShoutWiki staff members, Jack Phoenix and me). Check it out here: It has a similar traditional forum interface and can be customized with CSS as well! SamanthaNguyen (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 16:01, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
The forum posting structure looks like exactly what I'm hoping for!
For the exterior, is it possible to have the thread reply notifications include subforum reply info? Additionally, is it possible to use visual icons to indicate new activity? In our current forum, the starred icon is set to change for logged user if there's unviewed activity, which really helps keep replies from getting lost.
Forum UI Goals 2.png
The subforum info is most important, but both would be fantastic. Thank you so much for all your help!
QQ (talk) 16:20, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
If I'm understanding that you're referring to have built-in support for both Echo and email notifications (but correct me if you're not actually referring to those type of notifs), there isn't any, but it's something that'd definitely be nice to have. Admittedly it might be a while before Echo notifications are implemented, since it can be a bit complex ( is the link to a patch that implemented Echo support inside another extension called SocialProfile - you can see what the changes are like by clicking on the files listed, where the red is deletion and the green is additions to the code).
If you're referring to the last post info column that isn't implemented yet, although you can still click on the forum and then see the list of threads (but I'll admit that that navigating like that isn't exactly as fluid as it should be). As for icons, unfortunately that's not implemented yet either. sorry! I'll try working on it and hopefully this feature can be integrated. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! We also have a help page at Help:WikiForum, along with some technical documentation at mw:Extension:WikiForum, plus a GitHub mirror of the repository at SamanthaNguyen (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 17:00, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
Not referring to email notifications, though they sound cool, not a big priority :) I'm mainly trying to replicate a few of zIFBoard functions, since those features have been working fine to keep activity clear.
Forum UI Goals 3.png
Just as you said, those features include a linked name to the last post within it's subforum (you can see in the ss, that links even takes you directly to latest post) within the new reply column info , and the nice visual reminder icon change to the left.
These features would be very nice! But even without them, I would love for the forum to be installed on my new streitstadt & stepcity wikis. Thank you so much!! QQ (talk) 17:49, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
I'll mark down both of these feature requests and put it on our Phabricator workboard! If in the future you want to submit a feature request, you can also create an account at and then create what's called a task at and add "WikiForum" as a project in the project field of the task creation form. Phabricator is basically a system for managing software feedback and bugs. Also, I've now installed WikiForum on both wikis :) SamanthaNguyen (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 18:19, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
They've now been created at and You can also press subscribe (on the right white sidebar) and you'll get notifications on that site whenever there's a new update (such as someone comments on it), and customize your notifications in your preferences (click the arrow next to your avatar in the header > Settings > Email > Email Preferences) SamanthaNguyen (talk) ShoutWiki Staff 18:28, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

Availability on Shoutwiki's wiki[edit source]

This extensions is on request (it seems)? The page doesn't tell if the extension is preinstalled, or anything. I think it should add this info.

I suggest a new category "extensions on request", or something like that, to find them easily. One could think, reading the page, that's alreay activated on each wikis. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by PERCE-NEIGE (talkcontribs) 12:49, 5 March 2019‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with --~~~~!