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The Directory needs more admins

To few admins working on this backlog and it has negative impact on regular contributors, they don't think the Directory seems to be very professional.

Here's a list of users that we propose:

Public bug trackers for FSF run websites

This issue have been posted on the Directory-Discuss mailing-list.

  • Matt Lee will set up a bug tracker for the FSD. He asked us to contact him 20th January 2017.
  • I contacted Matt 25th January and he told me that he would have a look at it.

AFAIK there are no pages on that deal with internal bugs and feedback and perhaps it should not: I vote for a dedicated bug tracker.

Meanwhile, we'll keep using this page.

Session data

I get this message after ~1 minute (should be at least 5 minutes) of inactive form editing:

Sorry! We could not process your edit due to a loss of session data.

You might have been logged out. Please verify that you're still logged in and try again. If it still does not work, try logging out and logging back in, and check that your browser allows cookies from this site.

One must note that this expiration is common practice in order to avoid fake authentication attacks. We must instead take the message at face value and think: "What can cause someone to stay various minutes editing a page? And how can we segment the edit so that this doesn't happen?"

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Click on the edit link of a page (or even the "edit with form" link).
  2. Do some edit but don't submit.
  3. Wait at least 10min without visiting nor browsing any page related to both the FSD and the FSF (because these are linked by a CAS, central authentication server/service).
  4. Submit the edit.
    • The message appears. From this point on, if you try to submit again, the data is sent as expected.

Remove duplications

Remove duplicated entries

The value of |Extension of= is displayed twice in some entries (one year ago perhaps 5 duplicated were displayed but John Sullivan and/or Joshua Gay managed to fix most of the duplicates either by himself or someone else). For example, "Add to Search Bar" appear twice there, but "Aardvark" appear only once.

The duplicates also affect lists that the entries are in, see this page for test purpose that I've set up:

       > I contacted Joshua in March this year about this and he responded.

       > "I will look into this. I am not sure why the redirects are making it
       > show-up twice. It shouldn't. However fixing it is not a simple matter of
       > removing them -- it is a bug in the software."

    Please report the bug to

    Dr Richard Stallman
    President, Free Software Foundation (,
    Internet Hall-of-Famer (
    Skype: No way! See

Remove duplicated short description ticket: [ #1205033]

Short description now appear automatically on software entry pages.

We had to copy the short description into the full description before thus creating duplicated text. The job to do now is to remove those duplicates. I added this to the Backlog.

Upload scripts

There should be a space dedicated for scripts that can be downloaded by FSD volunteer.

Debian Packaging System

From by Freephile:

The Debian Package Tracking System produces RDF metadata and is already included in DBpedia. For example, here's a 'Turtle' representation of the GIMP package

If all Debian packages are not in the FSD, they could be added by consuming their RDF. If we incorporate their data systematically, then our data becomes easily updated and synchronized by bot.

Semantic Forms

Broken text


The IRC resource is displayed twice like this on IceCat for example.

IRC general channel

Multiple category text broken


Create a Class link doesn't work

[Same issue as described here in]

  1. Click on Admin links
  2. I fill out all the fields, then click create. A page is displayed telling me that " Properties, template, form and category will be created. "

But nothing happens


Semantic search

Special:AdminLinks "Semantic search" is blank.

Comment: To fix all of the above MediaWiki debugging needs to be enabled. It is also good to see the PHP error log.  « Saper // @talk »  13:17, 27 January 2018 (EST)

Please set wgAllowUserJs to true

Personal JavaScripts are only available if $wgAllowUserJs is set to true. - wgAllowUserJs are set to true at but not at (see policy).

I cannot use they nice tool mw.loader.load('//'); in my User:David_Hedlund/common.js.
Hotcat is also pretty interesting: This code is MW version safe. It should run on any MediaWiki installation >= MW 1.15. Note that HotCat is supposed to run with or without jQuery, and also on older installations that do not yet have -

Add a list for inbuilt extensions

Each entry represent a list titled Extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons for this program (see |Extension of= in Template:Entry). We should add a Inbuilt extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons for this program. For example IceCat has plenty of inbuilt add-ons.


Invalid HTML

The IceCat entry in the FSD is not valid.

84 errors was discovered. Can you please work to make the wiki valid?

I found out that IceCat add-ons like Snap Links Plus cannot be used to open multiple links for example. I really need it to work to work effectively.


Wikipedia have Portals, for example and

FSF staff tasks

Some work, like modifying the source files of MediaWiki, cannot be done by MediaWiki users themselves. I gather such tasks here so the FSF staff can help us fix them.

  • Clean up from inactive users said Tedt.
  • As discusses years ago, the fund-raising banner if counter-productive for the FSD developers. It will disappear if you block with uBlock Origin, the problem is that the toolbar will be place in the middle of the screen. Can you make this solution scalable?
  • The GNU FDL is linked to in the footer, where is the text "A copy of the license is included in the page “GNU Free Documentation License”." The FSF staff need to remove it, see for how to do it.
  • Donald. Can you please add something like this to "I've been contributing for the site since 23th November 2010."
  • The "JOIN FSF NOW" image to right top should use "https" in the link. Please let me know if I can do this myself, I don't fine where to do it.
  • Decrease the gap between the topics in the sidebar by modifying the corresponding CSS file. MediaWiki:Sidebar cannot be modified to do that and community users cannot modify the CSS, this has to be done by the FSF staff.
  • Content must be cached for many SpecialPages to be useful. For example Special:UnwatchedPages

Upload file

  • message when I hit the "Upload file" button: Could not create directory "mwstore://local-backend/local-public/[...]". Can you please check the user rights for "/local-backend/local-public/"?
    • Please add back the "Upload file" to MediaWiki:Sidebar once fixed.
    • Upload icecat_delays.png

XML update

Please study these XML outputs in IceCat

It's time to export the old add-on list from the FSD, then import the new list with 600̈́+ add-ons, then merge the extra field from the backup to it.

My example (look for differences) when I want to import 600 add-ons:

|Short description=Only enable JavaScript for sites you trust.
|Full description=The '''NoScript''' (aka '''NoScript Security Suite''') Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other Mozilla-based browsers.  Its aim is to allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Click-jacking attacks.  It is also useful to prevent Flash running on the browser.

But its main advantage could be the alerts given on its interface. There is an increasing number of Web sites that cannot run without non-free JavaScript programs downloaded and executed on the visitor's computer. Richard Stallman first raised this another concern with his article [ The JavaScript Trap], pointing out that most JavaScript programs are not freely licensed, and that even free software Web browsers are usually configured to download and run these non-free programs without informing the user.  So maybe NoScript could encourage people to keep informed about this related issue and [ take action].

Anyway, NoScript is an extremely valuable Firefox extension for security. Its unique white-list based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality...
|Homepage URL=
|User level=intermediate
|Extension of=IceCat
|Documentation note=Install NoScript and enable ‘Forbid scripts globally’ to improve the security of your browser by preventing 0day JavaScript attacks. This is a drastic option as it will render many websites unusable as they rely heavily on JavaScript. NoScript offers a whitelist you can use to selectively enable JavaScript for sites you trust, but this is considered [ especially bad for your anonymity] if you're using NoScript with Tor.
|Related projects=GNU LibreJS, NoScript Anywhere
|Version identifier=
|Version date=2015/05/23
|Version status=stable
|Version download=
|Last review by=David Hedlund
|Last review date=2016/04/21
|Is GNU=No
{{Project license
|License verified by=enyst
|License verified date=2013/03/24
|Resource audience=Users
|Resource kind=Forum
|Resource URL=
{{Software category
|Use=internet-application, security

Set empty default values

This is a Semantic MediaWiki issue.

I find that most of my problems concerning empty or missing properties in a template are helped by setting default template values. You might need to poke runJobs.php. Then you can query on the default value. So you might have Template:Software looking like:

Software license: None

Then you can pick out the pages with undeclared software license by ask'ing on None to get the ones that aren't declared.

License issues

List incomplete IceCat add-ons

Free Software Directory:IceCat extensions (proposed)/FSD bugs issue 1

Add required text for License

For Create, when a user try to save the page with Homepage not filled out the text There were errors with your form input; see below. will appear on the Save tab. On the General info tab the text Homepage URL (required) cannot be blank text will appear.

However, there are no text that says that License fields must be filled if they are not.

List unapproved IceCat add-ons

We could reuse the source of so we can tweak to show only unapproved IceCat add-ons.

Entries with empty Licence fields should not be able to approve

It should only be possible to approve entries with filled License fields. This policy must include the automatic approval when pages are save.

License list is incomplete

How do we list all 251 licenses found in to "Edit -> Licenses" for entries?

The license list should only be a drop down menu

Currently the license list found under "Licenses" is a hybrid of a dropdown but you can also add text by hand there too. This is not good as only selected licenses will show up:

Therefore is should neither be possible to enter licenses in free text, it should be a dropdown menu only.

I added "Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0" to Lets see if it shows up.
Should be modified to string?

Remove duplicated text in license link in form

"License:MPLv2.0" should go to not

 (which currently show as the page have not been created as it is not valid).

Please check if other licenses in the list are affected as well.

Steps to reproduce:

License notes

I added this to Addendum: Some of the 3rd-party filters (simple data files) in this software are under non-free licenses. However, it is not clear that the works in question are actually subject to copyright or that the licensing terms could apply. As such, we urge you to use redistribute those filters with caution that someone may try to claim copyright on the works.

However, this message did not appear in


From I think this should be added to the page:

  • Click on "Create account" at top right in this wiki to create a Free Software Foundation Central Login Username. Log in.
  • Adding a description at you profile page is optional but not doing so might trick people that your user is inactive as your link text will remain red.

Related issues


LibreJS add new lines to MediaWiki -

Approved revs bug

On the main entry pages, there is a bug where if a page has had at least one approval, then a non-admin edits it, the main page shows the latest edit instead of the last approved revision.

W3M / text based browser is hard to use forms

report from mailing list:

I just managed to submit an entry for my "dtas" software, but it was a bit painful since leads to a "loading..." page which requires JavaScript.

He noticed that the javascript was trying to load a specific page, so he loaded it himself ( and was able to edit the form.

Special FSD pages


OpenSearch installation error

Free Software Directory search can be installed from but not from Free Software Directory search (I approved this entry for this test purposes only). --David Hedlund (talk) 23:56, 16 April 2015 (EDT)

Revision entry on plain oldiff page displays "$7"

The bug can be seen in the revision summary next to the page title. Go to the history of a page, and click on any of the links that are in the dates (example "15:14, 27 January 2018‎").

This applies to the

  • main namespace, example [1]: Revision as of 17:08, 25 November 2016 by David Hedlund (talk | contribs | block)$7
  • project's namespace, example [2]: Revision as of 07:36, 24 October 2016 by David Hedlund (talk | contribs | block)$7
  • template namespace, example [3]: Revision as of 16:09, 27 January 2018 by David Hedlund (talk | contribs | block)$7

It doesn't affect:

  • property namespace (example: [4])
  • category namespace (example: [5])
  • Software software pages do not display revision summary at all so they are not either affected (example: [6]).

The $7 comes from the revision-info message (which can be seen at MediaWiki:Revision-info).

Consistent CSS styling

Some custom templates have CSS style="" clauses scattered in them. One of such clauses was responsible for too narrow columns in the description. I'd suggest to:

  1. Check all local style clauses in our custom code
  2. Determine if they can be more generic. For example, colors, paddings, line widths should be unified to achieve visual consistency.
  3. A set of CSS classes should be designed to replace style clauses
  4. CSS class naming scheme should be decided
  5. New CSS classes should be introduced to MediaWiki:Common.css
  6. style clauses should be replaced with their class="css-class" counterparts.

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The copyright and license notices on this page only apply to the text on this page. Any software or copyright-licenses or other similar notices described in this text has its own copyright notice and license, which can usually be found in the distribution or license text itself.