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  • The license list should only be a drop down menu
    Currently the license list found under "Licenses" in is a hybrid of a dropdown but you can also add text by hand there too.
    "input type=combobox" should not be changed to "input type=dropdown" in because the edit form will not remember the licenses previously used, so saving a form without manually re-entering license may delete the license names from the entry by default.
COMPLETED --LorenzoAncora (talk) --LorenzoAncora (talk) 14:41, 5 April 2019 (EDT)
Now users won't be able to insert arbitrary values in the License field. This discourages the insertion of non-free software and prevents the accidental pollution of the namespaces. I've also added new and more explicative help texts, based on the current structure of GNU packages.
  • Autopopulate License verified date field if it is empty.
COMPLETED --LorenzoAncora (talk) 14:57, 22 March 2019 (EDT)
The default value of the field is now the most recent date the server is able to produce, 0-padded for compatibility (MediaWiki >1.6).
  • There should be a space dedicated for scripts that can be downloaded by FSD volunteer. I suggest a link to a page in the side-bar that lists the scripts.
COMPLETED --LorenzoAncora (talk) 13:44, 28 December 2018 (EST)
OBSOLETE --LorenzoAncora (talk) 13:44, 28 December 2018 (EST)
  • Remove exposure of database strip marks from pages under License namespace. Currently some (if not most) licenses in License namespace have a "pre"/"nowiki" element in their call text to their associated template. This is problematic because the template itself already wraps the text in "pre", so the result is a exposure of the database strip marks. When in the "Read" tab, pages in License namespace that are affected by this issue have a yellow triangle next to the start of the license text, for example see
Link= Most of the licenses no longer present this problem, but are plagued by the presence of blank pages, malformed pages or non-SPDX redirects. Manual entry-by-entry analysis is required. --LorenzoAncora (talk) 15:15, 4 January 2019 (EST)
Reviewed today: from ACDL to Apache. Many blank lines, bad parameters etc. but no PRE tags found/fixed. --LorenzoAncora (talk) 15:38, 11 January 2019 (EST)
Reviewed today: from Arphic-PL to Boost-1.0. Same edits as before but also created a couple of redirects from empty licenses to the correct licenses, added missing license links and removed useless padding. --LorenzoAncora (talk) 15:38, 11 January 2019 (EST)
Link= After repeated analysis, it does not appear that the problem reported in the Active Backlog Task could compromise the functionality of MediaWiki. --LorenzoAncora (talk) 12:35, 8 February 2019 (EST)
COMPLETED/OBSOLETE --LorenzoAncora (talk) --LorenzoAncora (talk) 12:40, 8 February 2019 (EST)

search links

  • Fix search links: Fix links (multimedia, etc) at top of search results.

date command

Add: date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'

Copyright current year

Add the current year in /var/www/w/skins/Vector/VectorTemplate.php "Copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc."


"I think I would just use the ( one for any subdomain." - quidam


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)
It seems to work some how now asking for License:MPL  « Saper // @talk »  15:59, 8 August 2018 (EDT)

What links here?

We want the "What links here?" enabled in the sidebar, it's the standard procedure to maintain MediaWiki instances. It's not stored in I got this response from #mediawiki "It's enabled by default on normal pages. I'd say there may be an extension installed on that wiki that's hiding it. Moonbook,, has "What links here?". It's strange because it's not present in the original source code. it's not hidden with CSS or JavaScript"

IRC link text

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

IRC general channel
  • I attempted to fix this but it seems that something is interfering with the formatting. Strangely enough, if I make a simple page without the form, and use the IRC template, it works as expected. I don't know if this is the case, but I think there is some template interfering.--Adfeno (talk) 23:23, 26 January 2018 (EST)
  • As requested in #fsf IRC channel, here is the comment I made there, describing my studies so far:
    • It basically involves three templates (it might involve more, but I only researched three so far) {{Print entry}} {{Entry}} and {{Show}}. There is a fourth one ({{IRC}}) but I think we might be able to replace it ({{Print entry}} calls it, so instead of calling {{IRC}}: we can take the code from it and insert in the caller template).
      • I think that #replace will just mask the underlying issue. --David Hedlund (talk) 10:49, 27 January 2018 (EST)
    • I think there is so far the following possibilities:
      1. an issue between the templates used;
      2. an issue with the #ask: queries and the template result format;
      3. we have reached a setting limit that makes the formatting not work (perhaps a limit on the template result format, although I have tried to remove the call to {{IRC}} but it didn't work, we might have to make tests by simplifying the template result calls even further to see if this is indeed the problematic setting);
      4. an issue with the "IRC [level name]" properties when setting (#set:) or their query and display.
    I think we can make use of #nowiki or #- display parameters when querying for the "IRC [level" properties of an entry (this is queried for in {{Show}}) in order to take the property value in raw (example: but then we will need to change either {{Print entry}} or {{IRC}} (the first one is the problematic, so I recommend to test with it first) so that it removes irc: but also allows any other : (because the URL scheme allows port numbers).
    --Adfeno (talk) 08:47, 27 January 2018 (EST)
  • While MediaWiki understands IRC URLs very well, Our copy Semantic MediaWiki gets confused if a property of type URL has a protocol different from HTTP, this problem also happens if the property definition/setting is invisible (using #set:), but in all cases it works as expected if the protocol is HTTP. I don't know if this is a bug in Semantic MediaWiki (or MediaWiki) but this affects at least our copy of it. An example of the issue with IRC property can be seen in: --Adfeno (talk) 11:32, 27 January 2018 (EST)
  • As of SMW 2.5.1, http https and ftp URL schemes will be printed with double slashes, all other without:  « Saper // @talk »  12:49, 27 January 2018 (EST)
  • Fixed in [1]. --Adfeno (talk) 14:43, 2 November 2018 (EDT)

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