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Developer Wishlist Survey: propose your ideas[edit]

At the Wikimedia Developer Summit, we decided to organize a Developer Wishlist Survey, and here we go:

The Wikimedia technical community seeks input from developers for developers, to create a high-profile list of desired improvements. The scope of the survey includes the MediaWiki platform (core software, APIs, developer environment, enablers for extensions, gadgets, templates, bots, dumps), the Wikimedia server infrastructure, the contribution process, and documentation.

The best part: we want to have the results published by Wednesday, February 15. Yes, in a month, to have a higher chance to influence the Wikimedia Foundation annual plan FY 2017-18.

There's no time to lose. Propose your ideas before the end of January, either by pushing existing tasks in Phabricator or by creating new ones. You can find instructions on the wiki page. Questions and feedback are welcome especially on the related Talk page.

The voting phase is expected to start on February 6 (tentative). Watch this space (or even better, the wiki page) - SSethi_(WMF) January 21st, 2017 3:07 AM (UTC)

"Purge" button[edit]

I have an old preference saying "Add a "*" tab to the top of the page which lets you purge the cache of the page." The "*" (asterisk) tab, which supposedly reset the cache, either no longer works or is no longer there. Right now, I have clickable icons indicating to refresh pages, especially in Wikinews Main Page and Newsroom. A clock button enabled via user's preference is nice, but I've also often used "Purge" button for any page. I want to take this to the "proposal" subpage, but seems to me that it's a technical issue also. Change to "Add a "Purge" option to the top of the page, which purges the page's cache", shown in multiple sister projects? That way, the "Purge" button issue is fixed. --George Ho (talk) 00:05, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

@George Ho: Sorry, I'm not quite following. Are you saying that gadget doesn't work right so we should replace it with... something? --Pi zero (talk) 01:01, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Yes. But I'll rephrase concisely: The "*" preference thing doesn't work because "*" is no longer there. The other sister projects replaced "*" with the "Purge" button. Replacement may be needed, i.e. "purge", but it can be accessible via preference and the "More" scroll, which has the "Rename". I'll rephrase further if you want. --George Ho (talk) 02:34, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
@George Ho: Unless I'm mistaken, the Gadget is still here: Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets. Are you saying that you have this option checked and it is still not working? —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:42, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Re-checked my "Preferences" page: the option is checkmark-ed, and the gadget is still not working. --George Ho (talk) 02:45, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Alternatively, you can remove the defunct "*" tab option without replacement as there is the clock purge link already in the "Gadgets" tab of Preferences menu. Nevertheless, having a replacement would have been better, but I think I might be fine without a replacement for now. --George Ho (talk) 00:30, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

Almost a month later, what to do about the broken gadget, especially when checkmarked? --George Ho (talk) 00:36, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

JavaScript not working for one account[edit]

Personal JavaScript is not working when I use user:acagastya. Even HotCat is not working. But it is working for user:Agastya. What could be the reason?
acagastya 07:12, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

(Note: As I recall, this was resolved by removing customized javascript, some of which had broken, I think due to changes to the software platform.) --Pi zero (talk) 22:49, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

Template:Picture Select[edit]

Hello, i'm from the Dutch Wikinews and have troubles to introduce the "template:picture select" on that language version (it's nowadays a test-project in the incubator but not for long anymore). To be honest, I have copied the template from the French Wikinews (see here the template). The problem is that the "tabs with numbers" to switch from image to another image are not showed. I don't know what is missing, but maybe someone from here can help me?

--> Our template= SEE HERE

Thanks in advance, greetings, --LIVE NIEUWS (talk) 22:41, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

@LIVE NIEUWS: Greetings. It looks as if that template uses tabber. That's a bunch of javascript in our MediaWiki:Common.js, which I admit I know little about. In fact, looking at the page, it seems as if tabber is more than half of it. You'll find some unnecessary try blocks around parts of our Common.js, which I put in a while ago for debugging purposes and never removed. If I were setting up a new project, I think I would put the tabber code into a mandatory gadget (and eventually I may try to do that here, in fact, but javascript is such a finicky language I hesitate to tamper with something that works). --Pi zero (talk) 22:57, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
Also try to install the template at some point in Spanish Wikinews without success. The configuration of this template should require something more complex for its operation and that until today I have never been able to find out. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 23:03, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
Thank you very much @Pi zero: and @AlvaroMolina: for your help! I will wait a little bit until de Dutch Wikinews is out of the Incubator, so it has its own Wiki. It will be easier to try to fix this and create a MediaWikiCommonjs. Hopefully it works then. --LIVE NIEUWS (talk) 10:24, 10 April 2017 (UTC)


This user's (not me) user page waits for deletion since 2011. (talk) 11:09, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

How do I add to the "sources" for an article that I myself contributed some content?[edit]

I am a complete newbie. I didn't even know this place existed until yesterday when a Wikipedia request showed "sister" projects. After reviewing I found very, VERY few articles, so I decided to write one. It's now waiting for review, but in the mean time I have realized that I myself contributed a few small bits of data to the article and I'd like to "do it right." However, it's not at all clear to me how I can add myself as a contributor to the story.

For those interested, the article is titled "Vintage VW Enthusiasts Converge At Kelley Park in San Jose, CA" and my contributions were that I attended one of the events cited and am familiar and can confirm the various small comments about such things as "Red Barn" which are not contained in either of the two sources I cited.

Rtroy (talk) 17:50, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

@Rtroy: I think you are talking about original reporting (OR). You might want to read about it, before someone explains you about it in detail.
acagastya 17:58, 22 April 2017 (UTC)