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Hmm... OK, I can't find a proper place to e-mail this... so here's my e-mail pasted here. Revert at will, but I'd think having a pointer on where to report emergencies should be somewhere on wp.wikidev.net. Message:

From: Jesse Adelman (someone@boldandbusted.com) aka NightMonkey on WikiPedia/WikiDev
To: Some Admin at Wikipedia
Subject: FYI: Disk space on yongle critical

Hi. As Wikipedia has slowed to a crawl since being slashdotted (and finally having MySQL connection issues), I've been watching the Ganglia. I know that people must be working on things, but just in case you didn't see it...it appears that yongle is quickly running out of disk space:


Also, it appears to be having other interesting statistical anomalies today (mem_*, bytes_out).

Jesse Adelman

P.S. I tried to find an "admin@wikipedia.org" or similar address - but this is the best I could find. Apologies if it is incorrect.
--NightMonkey 04:17, 29 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Thanks. Being looked at.:) MySQL on Ariel got a signal 11 and stopped. Restarted happily on request. Jamesday 05:27, 29 Jul 2004 (UTC)


Before I forget about it, thought I'd jot it down: the wprc IRC bot produces broken URLs for pages that include a slash in the title (like User:Brion/Tilde bug). It uses %2F, which for some reason results in 404 errors o' death. -- Brion 05:22, 5 Aug 2004 (UTC)


Will Larousse and its predeccessor be kept in storage? I know the first server Google was on is in some computer museum now, I'm sure we could find an archival home for our history. -- user:zanimum

-- Actually I fixed a bad fan and swapped out the bad drive and was going to put it back into service. Perfectly good server. -- user:Solar


I know its in the ToDo list to fix the webalizer.

  • We noticed that by a lack of statistics mostly about the frontpage and side entrys to , people tend to ad external commercial statcounters like statcounter.com and extremetech.com.
  • External counters records IP numbers from visitors and the anonimity of the users on wikipedia is gone.
  • We removed some and are still looking for script to detect the stats scripts, that can search on "hidden" and "invisible"

Request: is it possible for the mean time to install PHP stats , like bbclone on the servers ?

Reg: mion Mion 09:58, 14 February 2006 (PST) mion@autopi.nl

SUN Fire T1000 Servers

I found this SUN machine to be very appropriate for Apache servers, since it's made to handle multi threaded environments, I was thrilled by the benchmarks, Take a look at this address: http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/t1000/benchmarks.jsp#b , Wikimedia might want to purchase these systems for their next hardware upgrade as these are VERY cost effective and perorm much faster than equaivalent hardware in its price range.

we are already evaluating the T2000. So far it has not been nearly as fast for us as the benchmarks claim, but we're working with some PAE people from Sun to see if we can fix this. more details: http://community.livejournal.com/wikitech/16665.html?nc=7. k.


I wanted some simple but nice message boxes in here, and this looks nice to have: mw:Template:Mbox. It is a meta-template though, and it may require quite a few template pages to be copy/pasted over from mediawiki.org. Or is there a better way to get it? Like it? Dzahn 09:50, 11 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

We have a similar (although more minimalistic) {{Note}} here on Wikitech. I added class messagebox to it to give it a little more body. Maybe that can suffice? Krinkle 15:24, 11 April 2012 (UTC)Reply


What is the invisible pink unicorn doing in the background there? Sj (talk) 20:08, 21 December 2012 (UTC)Reply

A unicorn is our project mascot.--laner (talk) 22:31, 21 December 2012 (UTC)Reply


Can Shell Request and New Project Request pages be moved to project (Wikitech:) namespace please? Wikitech recentchanges used to be very easy to skim, now there's a lot of noise in main namespace. --Nemo 13:05, 4 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

Yes, I believe this will be fine. I'll see about doing that soon.--Ryan Lane (talk) 17:42, 21 May 2013 (UTC)Reply
Thank you very much. --Nemo 18:55, 21 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

For those trying to read RC in the meanwhile, you can:

Thanks to Rillke for the tip. --Nemo 14:27, 14 August 2013 (UTC)Reply

I'm still waiting for an administrator to help. Default RecentChanges have been unusable for over an year now. --Nemo 12:03, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply


As a new user, I think it would be more intuitive if the sidebar's help section had two links, "Labs help" linking to Help:Contents, and "Production help", linking to How-To (or better targets in case I'm missing something). Btw is there a proper page to make suggestions/proposals like this? --waldir (talk) 10:50, 27 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

Another suggestion: it could be nicer to use this query rather than the current one for the "projects" link in the main page. --waldir (talk) 11:36, 27 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

Done, except the "projects" link because I don't know how to translate it to an <nowiki{{#ask</nowiki> call in wikitext... it required me to set limit=0 which defaults to 50 rows. :( --Nemo 06:24, 7 October 2014 (UTC)Reply


Please add links to toollabs and important subpages. It starts now to become very important and Nova_Resource:Tools is a very good way to hide it. --kolossos (talk) 09:23, 31 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

Done. --Nemo 06:24, 7 October 2014 (UTC)Reply

File:Wikimedia labs logo.svg

Logo is not transparent, overwrite with commons:File:Wikimedia_labs_logo.svg. --Nemo 07:25, 20 June 2013 (UTC)Reply

Support, it should be simply deleted. --Ricordisamoa 20:51, 23 June 2013 (UTC)Reply
Tried, but bugzilla:71735. --Nemo 06:04, 7 October 2014 (UTC)Reply

Signup messages improvements

MediaWiki:Openstackmanager-shellaccountnamehelp is extremely unhelpful: "A shell account name is required. It must start with a-z, and can only contain lowercase a-z, 0-9, and - characters." It's quite hard to enter here something that doesn't make you get an error "There was either an authentication database error or you are not allowed to update your external account." I suggest to add two bullets here or to the error message above:

  • If you already had a SVN account with the same username, ask it to be created manually by sending this information to ops-requests@rt.wikimedia.org.
  • If that's not the case, ask someone to verify from a labs instance whether the shell username is taken, by issuing the command groups $username on a shell.

--Federico (talk) 15:45, 3 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Done. --Nemo 06:04, 7 October 2014 (UTC)Reply

Change the welcome notification icon

Currently, the welcome notification icon is an exclamative mark, as if it was a warning about something which went wrong (maybe because the system is designed to make the signup fail so if you register it's an error? ;-) see above). I don't know where this error resides but it must be changed. --Federico (talk) 15:49, 3 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Shell access for spammers?!

Special:PrefixIndex/User:Larygloria <- none of these should have shell access, but two currently do. pirsquared (talk) 19:07, 1 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

Leaflet for Wikimedia Labs at Wikimania 2014

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

• Tech projects/Tools, which may be looking for either users or developers.

• Less known major projects: Wikinews, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, etc.

• Wiki Loves Parliaments, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves ____

• Wikimedia thematic organisations, Wikiwomen’s Collaborative, The Signpost
The deadline for submissions is 1st July 2014
For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:
Project leaflets
Adikhajuria (talk) 10:57, 25 June 2014 (UTC)Reply

After toolserver

where can i find these links?

Reza (talk) 09:41, 12 April 2015 (UTC)Reply

Debian and Ubuntu

Someone asked in IRC, what the recommended OS is to most easily run MediaWiki. I looked at this page, and guessed that we were running Ubuntu as main server distribution. I gather that is no longer the case, and that we've mostly moved to Debian now? If so, I'd suggest re-sorting the links in the "OSs" section on the main page (and possibly updating, or at least {{old-doc}} tagging, the linked-pages). Thanks :)

(oh, and possibly Debian could/should be mentioned at mw:Upstream projects, too? OSs currently are not mentioned there, and it was my first stop whilst looking for info.) Quiddity (talk) 18:29, 4 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

Very belated response. All Wikimedia production MediaWiki installs are at this time running on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) hosts. Debian Jessie is the preferred OS for non-MediaWiki hosts, but we still have a mix of Debian and Ubuntu. The decision to switch the preferred OS from Ubuntu to Debian came part way through the HHVM migration project. Thus far there has been no serious discussion of rebuilding the MediaWiki servers in the fleet on Debian. --BryanDavis (talk) 04:33, 23 March 2016 (UTC)Reply
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Main page redesign, tools

Like the redesign. However, the "official" tool list is ... suboptimal, for several reasons. As it happens, I recently made an alternative view of Hay's tool directory. I think it would help to link to either of those instead of, or in addition to, the standard list. --Magnus Manske (talk) 15:30, 29 January 2016 (UTC)Reply

There is task T115650 about the general topic of a catalog of tools as well. I think everyone will agree that the current "dump all the things in a giant list" UI is not the best that could be found. The last time I looked at the source for Hay's directory it was still opt-in and omitted many of the tool accounts which I think would need to be rectified somehow before making it or a derivative cannonical. The first step in moving towards a better directory should probably be to gather and document some use cases and requirements for an improved interface. If we know what we want the system to do for the various user groups (people looking for an existing tool to do X, people looking for an existing project to join, people wanting to start a new project, ...) it will a lot easier to evaluate the various existing systems and either choose one to start enhancing or borrow ideas from the make something new. --BryanDavis (talk) 18:26, 30 January 2016 (UTC)Reply

Main Page move to project space

I support moving it to Wikitech:Main Page--it should be in the project namespace. Koavf (talk) 02:38, 24 September 2017 (UTC)Reply

I'm weakly opposed because there is no major benefit at this time. Just like Meta-wiki and Mediawikiwiki and Outreachwiki have their main pages in mainspace, it keeps things simple. But willing to be convinced either way. :) Quiddity (talk) 04:30, 24 September 2017 (UTC)Reply
(Addendum) Note I'm not claiming Enwiki as another good precedent (it's not!) as that project has an unambiguous usage for mainspace, whereas these kinds of meta-ish/documentation-ish projects have a fuzzier structure. E.g. The current list of project namespace pages is very small. Deciding what should be where is quite subjective, with different people favoring categories or namespaces or sub-pages for organization.
Additionally a known drawback to changing, is it would create incoming redirects from hundreds of external locations. For that reason I doubt other meta/docs-ish projects would be in favour either. HTH. Quiddity (talk) 04:39, 24 September 2017 (UTC)Reply

Citation Hunt tool to Galician wiki

Hi, I don't have found were to post this, sorry if this isn't the corret place. I wanted to know where I can ask to translate Citation Hunt to Galician and Galician Wikipedia. Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 12:37, 27 October 2017 (UTC)Reply

@Elisardojm: The CONTRIBUTING.md in the project's GitHub repository links to https://translatewiki.net/w/i.php?title=Special:Translate&group=citationhunt. If you need more information, you can try talking to @Surlycyborg: who is the maintainer of the tool. --BryanDavis (talk) 22:57, 27 October 2017 (UTC)Reply
@BryanDavis: Thank you very much! Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 23:18, 27 October 2017 (UTC)Reply