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Wookieepedia has just been upgraded to MediaWiki 1.14. Please ask any questions and report any bugs here. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 13:13, 28 April 2009 (UTC)


Since we're pretty well settled into 1.14 now, I've updated the sitenotice to point to a summary of new features:

  1. The Image: namespace is now called File: due to a change in the MediaWiki defaults. Wikia could have forced the software to stay with Image: but Wikipedia made the change, so we might as well do it too. Friendly droids have processed nearly every page to reflect this. Image: will still work, but please don't use it any more. We don't know when or if it will ever be turned off, and we like standards compliance anyway. This is how MediaWiki works now. Please, for the love of Katarn, update your sigs.
  2. Administrators (and only administrators for the foreseeable future) can now move files to new filenames. Use {{FTBR}} to request a move. Please don't go too nuts with it, unless you plan to update the affected pages yourself.
  3. A new "invert selection" button on the Special:Undelete page makes it easier for people without the oversight ability to hide revisions. Don't be surprised if you see apparently random deletions and restorations of prominent pages on the Recent Changes as we are able to take our "deny recognition" policy to a new level.
  4. Image use syntax now has a "link=" parameter that can be used for internal or external links. (We can ignore Wikimedia's copyright paranoia at that external link there, but this is something that should only be used in special cases like templates and sigs.) Again, this is something you can update your signatures to use, and we can get rid of lots of byte-wasting and CPU-eating CSS and HTML coding.
  5. If anyone else thinks any change listed here is particularly notable, I'll add it to the summary. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 13:33, 11 May 2009 (UTC)


What exactly is Media Wiki 1.14?--Ashoka Tano 14:20, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

  • MediaWiki is a software suite for wiki operations produced by people operating under the aegis of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wookieepedia, along with all the other wiki sites hosted by Wikia, and all the Wikipedia family sites, and frankly most good non-Wikia/Wikimedia wikis, use some version of MediaWiki to function on the web. 1.14 is the latest stable public release of the software. If you don't understand any of this, you probably don't need to worry about it or comment on it. If you notice anything weird happening that wasn't weird before the upgrade was announced, then report it here under "bug reports." Thank you. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 15:53, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
  • This User Creation Log... is that specifically for users who register through Wookieepedia's registration page, or all of Wikia? JorrelWiki-shrinkableFraajic 20:01, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Just out of curiousity: how exactly fo you move the images? MauserComlink 07:57, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
    • I believe it is currently an sysop only feature, so admins are the only ones who can move images at the moment. Grunny (Talk) 08:06, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Is there a way how a normal user can request a file move? Maybe a template like {{imr}} or something similar, because every now and then I see images files that are poorly named or could be updated after a page has been moved? Pranay Sobusk ~ Talk 15:52, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
    • That's a really good idea, actually. If nobody else makes one first, I'll whip up a template when I get off work later today. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 18:12, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
      • {{FTBR|reason|New filename without namespace prefix.extension}} -- Have fun with it. Sorry it took a bit longer than I expected, but it uses all kinds of neat tricks I just had to learn as I went along. Don't go too nuts. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 01:32, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

Bug reportsEdit

  • I just noticed something in the "latest activity" thing on the sidebar that apparantly happened -1 seconds ago --Jinzler 15:16, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
    • This has happened to me before the update as well. When my web connection is particularly fast, I can see my latest edit as made -2 seconds ago. MauserComlink 15:55, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
      • I'm not exactly sure if the specific reason behind it is this update, but it's only started happening for me after the update was installed. CC7567 (talk) 15:58, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
        • I'm pretty sure this has happened to me before that. And no, that doesn't bother me at all. MauserComlink 16:02, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
  • I'm not completely sure, but I think the Editcount got messed up; it no longer shows anything under "all wikis", just a bunch of zeros. CC7567 (talk) 15:56, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
The edit count problem has been resolved now. Thanks for reporting it. Angela@fandom (talk) 13:58, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

General rantingEdit

I'm a little annoyed. Whilst looking to see what all was changing with the new system, there was no one place where everything new was listed. IT's a small thing, but I dunno, I would rather have all the info right before me than having to link surf. Jaygo Katarr 15:05, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

  • You're not the only one who's annoyed. There's plenty for us all to get used to. For example, I think this whole "Image:" to "File:" thing is just silly. But there is a central page with all changes, located here. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 15:38, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
    • Moving from Image to File isn't silly; you can upload more than just images. What would really be silly here is a sound file or a PDF in a namespace called Image. --Michaeldsuarez (Talk) (Deeds) 16:04, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
  • Thanks Darth. I hope that helps everyone else, too. Jaygo Katarr 15:39, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
  • It's a bit annoying, yes, but I guess we just have to get used to it now.
P.S. You can purge the thread about the same question I started.MauserComlink 16:23, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

It just occured to me that maybe we should task some bot with replacing all instances with Images: with File: on all pages, just to avoid confusing new readers and editors. Any thoughts? MauserComlink 17:06, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

  • I'm under the impression that's already been done, since I've seen KillerRoboLeia3000 going around doing just that. -- I need a name (Complain here) 17:42, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
    • It has been done on all current and former featured and good articles and current nominations. Doing it on all exty-bazillion articles on Wookieepedia is a bit more monumental a task than I want to occupy my computer with right now, but we may coordinate something with all the bot-owners later on. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 18:44, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
      • Well if we're really going to go with changing everything to "File:" I can set Whistler to start working anytime. I might just add it to my general "clean-up" script. —Xwing328(Talk) 02:08, 1 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Ooo they added a link parameter for images finally, and supposedly let us move images :) —Xwing328(Talk) 02:02, 1 May 2009 (UTC)
    • Already migrated {{Eraicon}} to the link parameter from the old fullurl kludge and successfully tested image moving. :-) -- Darth Culator (Talk) 02:33, 1 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Is the "?" instead of red links something new to this "upgrade"? Or did I miss something?—Darthtyler (Talk) 00:41, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

That's an option under "my preferences" -> "Misc" -> "Format broken links like this (alternative: like this?)". -- Darth Culator (Talk) 00:46, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

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