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If you encounter a bug it should be entered on this page so that we do not forget to fix them.

Please create a sub-section for each bug and sign your entry with four tilde signs (~) after you have entered all the relevant details. However, before doing so, check this page first to see if it is already in the list.

Note! This page is not for articles you think should be improved.


Details to enter

At a minimum you should enter:

  1. A brief description of the bug
  2. The page(s)/article(s) you have seen it on
  3. A priority, High, Medium or Low. By way of guidance, any problem that shows up on more than 100,000 pages is a High priority issue. If it only shows up on a few pages or in a namespace other than main, it is of lower priority. There are other criteria that will be used as well.
  4. Status: [Not] Fixed, etc.
  5. The minimum amount of text required to provoke the bug if you have figured it out

As an example of the last point, the following was determined to be the smallest amount of text required to provoke a bug that is now fixed:

 | above = Bug Alugs 
 | data1 = {{marriage|Bill Clinton| October 11, 1975}} 
 | label1 = {{marriage|Bill Clinton| October 11, 1975}} 
Some more text to see what happens

Sorted bugs: "No such module" errors

028. The {{User sandbox}} template has a script error - PARTIAL FIX

The {{User sandbox}} template ( includes the following message:

Script error: No such module "AFC submission catcheck".

This message can be seen on

-- Viking (talk) 02:39, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

Also have the same bug on my personal sandbox. Here is a screenshot just in case. [1] Anders (talk) 17:32, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
Module:AFC_submission_catcheck is broken and can't be edited. However, since we haven't replicated Wikipedia's "articles for creation" process, perhaps references to the module in question should be removed from Template:User_sandbox. --Idris (talk) 17:51, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

I deleted the {{afc}} template from the {{User sandbox}} template. This eliminated the script error.

-- Viking (talk) 03:07, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the template still has bug # 037: several links to Wikipedia.

-- Viking (talk) 03:21, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

030. Script error on Category pages showing No such module "Cat main" - FIXED.

  1. There is a script error on certain Category pages.
  2. You can see it on the page:
  3. Low Priority (less than 50 instances):
  4. Status: Not fixed

Screenshot of issue: [2] -- Zurdo (talk) 01:48, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Module:Cat_main is broken. --Idris (talk) 02:26, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

This problem is also present in because it uses Template:Cat_main. The template claims to be used in over 100,000 pages.

-- Viking (talk) 19:43, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

I just fixed this. The database had an issue, so I renamed that entry to a parking table (+3000) and pulled in the correct module contents from Wikipedia. -- Crew (talk) 05:30, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

031. Script error on certain Highway Route pages showing no such module "Infobox road". - FIXED

  1. Module:Infobox_road is broken.
  2. You can see it on the page: Louisiana Highway 3125
  3. Template for "Infobox Road" is used on 18,000+ pages
  4. Status: FIXED.

Screenshot of issue: [3] -- Zurdo (talk) 05:30, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

OK, I fixed this when I fixed bug 032. -- Crew (talk) 15:39, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

035. Script error: No such module "Road data/browse". - FIXED

  1. Module:Road_data/browse doesn't exist; Module:Road_data appears to be okay.
  2. You can see it on the page: U.S. Route 81 at the bottom of the page.
  3. Unknown number of occurences
  4. Status: Fixed

-- Zurdo (talk) 06:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

-- This was another problem with the database where the page record(s) existed but the revision records did not. There was another once I got the module loaded. -- Crew (talk) 15:33, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Sorted bugs: Templates with LUA errors

[Category:Pages_with_script_errors] contains 1,580 pages and 15 subcategories.

-- Viking (talk) 23:11, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

008. Lua error in pages that use the {{Authority control}} template - FIXED

  1. The error Lua error in Module:Authority_control at line 346: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). appears at the bottom of any page that uses the {{Authority control}} template. The same does not occur for Wikipedia.
  2. You can see it in the Sandra Eisert page.
  3. Status: Not fixed.
  4. The minimum page probable just contains {{Authority control}}. It does!

The issue is possibly that the Wikibase Client/Lua extension is not installed. The error is complaining about this line:

     local item = mw.wikibase.getEntityObject()

The module mw.wikibase is not part of the base Scribunto package for Mediawiki 1.26.2 or 1.27.1 but could possibly be added separately.

(Crew (talk) 02:50, 27 September 2016 (CEST))

Fixed this by commenting out the #invoke! We can revisit this later.

-- Crew (talk) 20:36, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

009. Lua error in pages that use the {{Pp-semi-indef}} template - INTERIM FIX

  1. The error Lua error: callParserFunction: function "PROTECTIONEXPIRY" was not found. appears in any page using the {{Pp-semi-indef}} template.
  2. The Hillary Clinton page shows it.
  3. Status: An interim fix has been put in place.
  4. Probably just {{Pp-semi-indef}} by itself is enough. I won't add it here.

Also, the {{pp-semi|small=yes}} also causes the same problem and needs to be fixed. The Template:Pp-semi, that is.

This template invokes the Module:Protection_banner. That module requires the Module:Effective_protection_expiry which contains this line:

local rawExpiry = mw.getCurrentFrame():callParserFunction('PROTECTIONEXPIRY', action, pagename)

OK, the following:


should work, but produces this:

It is a version issue. I am using 1.26.2 on my test system at home and I see the same issues. 1.26.2 is the version currently installed. Wikipedia is on 1.28.2. It works with 1.27.1.

(Crew (talk) 04:45, 28 September 2016 (CEST))

NOTE! I put in a workaround to prevent this problem while Rifleman is working on other issues.

(Crew (talk) 22:47, 28 September 2016 (CEST))

-- Looks like this is fixed now that we have moved to 1.27.1 and I can revert the workarounds. (Crew (talk) 01:54, 10 October 2016 (UTC))

011. The {{Tracks Wikidata|...}} template produces a LUA error message

  1. When you use the {{Tracks Wikidata|...}} template you get this message: Lua error in Module:Uses_Wikidata at line 10: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. See Template:Coord
  3. Status: Not fixed.
  4. Probably this:
This page tracks the Wikidata property: Lua error in Module:Uses_Wikidata at line 10: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).

This is probably only visible in Template documentation, so is kind of low priority.

{Crew (talk) 04:37, 27 September 2016 (CEST))

016. See messages about Expression Error at the bottom of some pages - FIXED

  1. At the bottom of some pages we see Expression error: Unexpected > operator. Expression error: Unexpected <= operator. Expression error: Unexpected <= operator. Expression error: Unexpected <= operator.
  2. See for example Peter Devine, Bum rushing
  3. Priority: Low so far.
  4. Status: Not fixed.
  5. Not sure if it is caused by the {{Short pages monitor}}
It was not caused by the Short pages monitor template but provoked by it in those cases where the latest revision of the page it was included in had a rev_len value of NULL. The actual reason was that code like {{#ifexpr:{{PAGESIZE:{{FULLPAGENAME}}|R}} > 1000|[[Category:Long monitored short pages]]}} would fail if rev_len was NULL (and not 0 or some other value.) We have an expensive fix and a quick fix. Checking which one is better. -- Crew (talk) 21:07, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
A small change to includes/Revision.php to deal with the fact that many rows in the revision table have a non-present rev_len field 'COALESCE(rev_len, 0) AS rev_len' -- Crew (talk) 02:13, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

025. The {{Internet Archive author|...}} template produces a LUA error message

  1. When you use the {{Internet Archive author|...}} template you get this message: Lua error in Module:Internet_Archive at line 573: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. See Revilo_P._Oliver#External_links

-- Viking (talk) 05:32, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

032. LUA error message on certain Highway Road pages using the Infobox Road module

  1. Lua error in Module:Infobox_road/map at line 16: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). is shown on certain Highway Road pages.
  2. See Nebraska Highway 13, Florida State Road 970
  3. Template for "Infobox Road" is used on 18,000+ pages
  4. Status: Not fixed

-- Zurdo (talk) 05:43, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

033. Lua error in Module:Location_map - NOT FIXED

  1. Lua error in Module:Location_map is shown on certain location pages.
  2. See Getafe, Bohol
  3. Low number of occurences (less than 20):
  4. Status: Seems to be fixed now.

-- Zurdo (talk) 05:56, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

See Prairie Dunes Country Club for error message stating:
Neither "Module:Location map/data/USA relief" nor "Template:Location map USA relief" exists. -- Zurdo (talk) 06:03, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

The linked page is still very broken. Thales (talk) 15:35, 26 August 2017 (UTC)

OK, this seems like two different issues. The issue around Prairie Dunes Country Club is fixed. The other wont be fixed until I get the Wikidata stuff working. -- Crew (talk) 16:22, 26 August 2017 (UTC)

034. Lua error in Module:Geobox_coor

  1. Lua error in Module:Geobox_coor is shown on certain location pages.
  2. See Getafe, Bohol
  3. Extremely low number of occurrences (less than 10):
  4. Status: Not fixed

-- Zurdo (talk) 05:56, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

039. Lua error in Module:Progress_box

Template:Progress_box complains about

Lua error in mw.title.lua at line 205: too many expensive function calls.

Several templates, including

complain about

Lua error in Module:Progress_box at line 57: too many expensive function calls.

-- Viking (talk) 23:11, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

040. Lua errors in {{Infobox_medical_condition}} template

Template:Infobox_medical_condition complains about:

Lua error in Module:Wikidata at line 511: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).

Lua error in Module:Uses_Wikidata at line 10: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).

Lua error in Module:Wikidata at line 905: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).

This template is also known as Template:Infobox symptom and Template:Infobox Disease. It is used by about 325 articles, including Abortion, Headache, and Pain.

-- Viking (talk) 04:38, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

I will attempt to fix this problem next by commenting out the use of #invoke:Wikidata or seeing if we can get the Wikidata LUA stuff to work under MediaWiki 1.27.1. There seems to be about 6000+ pages using this template as well. -- Crew (talk) 04:53, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
The problem is that it looks like this:
|  data4  = {{{field|{{{Field|{{{specialty|{{{Specialty|{{{Speciality|{{{speciality|{{#invoke:Wikidata|getValue|P1995|{{{style|FETCH_WIKIDATA}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
What I think that means is set data4 to the parameter called field, unless that is empty, in which case take it from Field, unless that is empty, in which case take it from specialty, unless ... otherwise #invoke Wikidata to get value P1995 passing style or FETCH_WIKIDATA. Sigh.
Looking at the history of this template on Wikipedia, it seems that Wikidata goes back a long way, so maybe it is not that hard to get it going under Lua on 1.27.1
Success. A little bit of searching turned up this:
I will install it in my local setup and check it out first. Give me a couple of days.
-- Crew (talk) 05:44, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
I have checked this out fairly thoroughly and believe that it can be done, but it will take a while yet.

056. Lua error in Module:Chessboard - FIXED

  1. Lua error in Module:Chessboard at line 294: invalid escape sequence near . is shown wherever that module is used to draw chess diagrams
  2. See Chess
  3. Template:Chess_diagram is used on 400+ pages
  4. Status: Fixed
I think this is fixed.

059. Lua error in Module:WikidataCheck

  1. Lua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 22: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). is shown in certain External Links and Reference sections, where a citation uses a template that uses Module:WikidataCheck.
  2. See List of Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduate dormitories, Eiffel Tower
  3. Template:Structurae is used on 1,000+ pages
  4. Status: Not fixed

-- Viking (talk) 00:57, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Yeah, I need to get the Wikibase stuff working. Soon. --Crew (talk) 01:48, 25 July 2017 (UTC)

060. Lua error in Module:Chem2 - FIXED

  1. Lua error in Module:Chem2 at line 73: invalid escape sequence near ^'. is shown in place of the chemical formula
  2. See Venus#Atmosphere_and_climate
  3. Status: Fixed

Thales (talk) 19:49, 22 July 2017 (UTC)

OK, I think I fixed it. It will take a while for the articles to be regenerated ... let me know if this is still a problem. --Crew (talk) 01:47, 25 July 2017 (UTC)

063. Lua error in Module:About-distinguish

  1. Lua error in Module:About-distinguish at line 61: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. See Zcash

Thales (talk) 07:03, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

064. Lua error in Module:Location_map

  1. Lua error in Module:Location_map at line 357: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. See Jandial

Thales (talk) 13:30, 26 August 2017 (UTC)

OK, looks like I have to invest some effort in getting the Wikibase stuff working. -- Crew (talk) 14:09, 26 August 2017 (UTC)

067. Lua error in Module:Infobox_body_of_water_tracking - FIXED

  1. Lua error in Module:Infobox_body_of_water_tracking at line 69: invalid escape sequence near ^[%s]*[0-9'.
  2. See Reelfoot Lake

Thales (talk) 00:16, 14 September 2017 (UTC)

OK, I know how to fix that. I should get it done tomorrow. --Crew (talk) 04:15, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
Finally fixed this. There was about 10 of those. -- Crew (talk) 03:41, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

069. Template:Gutenberg doesn't work

  1. The links fail to point to Project Gutenberg
  2. See Barsoom#External links

Thales (talk) 01:05, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Yes, you are correct. It will take some effort to figure out the problem. -- Crew (talk) 02:45, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

070. Template:OSM_Location_map doesn't work

  1. Script error: The function "coord2text" does not exist.
  2. See October 2017 Northern California wildfires

Thales (talk) 00:40, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

OK, it looks like the Maps extension is missing ... I will add it soon. -- Crew (talk) 03:36, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Sorted bugs: Wikipedia links

010. The {{marriage}} template contains links to, likely others do too - FIXED this one

  1. The {{marriage}} template contains a hard-coded reference to, and other templates likely do as well. These will cause redirects back to Wikipedia.
  2. Check Template:Marriage and click edit.
  3. Status: FIXED.
  4. The smallest example likely includes the {{marriage|John Doe|October 11, 1977}}

John Doe (m. 1977)

Hover over to see what it says.

Unfortunately, a bug with the special variable {{BASEPAGENAME}} appears to prevent this problem from expressing itself here.

(Crew (talk) 03:28, 27 September 2016 (CEST))

013. The Module:Asbox module includes references to Wikipedia and - FIXED

  1. This module claims that it affects 1.9M pages. It is used in the various stub templates. The references to Wikipedia need to be changed to Infogalactic.
  2. See Module:Asbox and click edit.
  3. Status: FIXED, although some issues exist with the Infogalactic:Stub page.
  4. Priority: High because it affects so many pages.
  5. See below

(Crew (talk) 01:38, 28 September 2016 (CEST))

017. Most of the Wikipedia: namespace pages did not come across

  1. Although some of them are not interesting, most of the Wikipedia: namespace pages did not come over.
  2. See Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion
  3. Priority: Medium
  4. Status: Not fixed.
  5. Probably simply dropped by the code pulling things over.

Many of them should end up in the Infogalactic namespace. I have pulled over Wikipedia:Stub and placed it in the correct place, but others will need to be pulled over. Probably need a query to find all the pages in the database that contain the string [[Wikipedia:...]].

Actually, what happened was that the setting $wgSitename is used as the name of the namespace that is namespace number 4, but out $wgSitename is "Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core" and that upsets things.

It is also causing links at the bottom of each page to not work.

I have to figure out how to deal with them because they are full of references to Wikipedia etc.

There are also 973,403 of them, with only about 100,000 being redirects. This will take a long time to fix manually, so I need to come up with a database method of fixing them.

(Crew (talk) 02:00, 5 October 2016 (UTC))

023. The {{BLP}} template points to wikipedia

Priority: High

The Caitlyn Jenner article has a "Biography of Living Persons" template at the top. This template asks users to report repeatedly-added potentially libellous content to a wikipedia page, not an infogalactic page.

-- Viking (talk) 06:00, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

The template is

-- Viking (talk) 06:38, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

I have partially fixed it ... still more work to do.

-- Crew (talk) 02:31, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

024. Wikipedia Special:PermanentLink broken, with misleading explanation

The oldest edit summary in the Revision history of "Template:BLP" contains a link to a wikipedia page. The revision history is:

The link (as written by the wikipedia editor) was probably to a wikipedia Special:PermanentLink Special:PermanentLink/702428803

Wikipedia should translate this link to an old version of Jimbo Wales' User talk page:

Infogalactic translates this link to:

which provides a message that:

The revision #702428803 of the page named "Main Page" does not exist.
This is usually caused by following an outdated history link to a page that has been deleted. Details can be found in the deletion log.

Can the database used by wikipedia to lookup a Special:PermanentLink be imported into Infogalactic? If so, the links can be made to work.

If not, can the message be changed to something like:

The revision #702428803 of the page named "Main Page" does not exist.
This is usually caused by following an outdated history link to a page that has been deleted. Details can be found in the deletion log.
This can also be caused by following a Wikipedia history link.

-- Viking (talk) 05:06, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

Just noticing this. Let me look at the Special:PermanentLink stuff and how to fix this page. There seems to have been a few ages for which the revision info did not make it, so maybe this was one of them. (See above for other such pages that have been fixed now.) -- Crew (talk) 15:57, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

027: The welcome message to new editors is broken - Interim FIX

  1. There is a link error in the Welcome message placed in the pages of new editors. Also, it refers to Help pages that do exist but which are riddled with Wikipedia links.
  2. See your own page.
  3. Priority: High, as it affects our credibility with new editors.
  4. Status: Not fixed.

The following is the sort of welcome message new editors currently get:

Welcome to Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core! We hope you will contribute much and well. You will probably want to read the [Help:Contents help pages]. Again, welcome and have fun! Crew (talk) 11:44, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

The text [Help:Contents help pages] should be [[Help:Contents| help pages]]. However, before that is fixed, the Help pages need to be worked over and all references to Wikipedia changed to Infogalactic and any references to Wikipedia concepts we do not agree with should be fixed/removed. Eg, Neutral Point of View.

The actual message comes from the json file in the ConfirmAccount extension, so that can be fixed quickly. However, I don't want to do that until we fix the help pages.

-- Crew (talk) 16:10, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

To fix the problem, you would have to edit MediaWiki:Confirmaccount-welc. --Idris (talk) 17:12, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for that link. If we restart Apache will it revert to the version encoded in extensions/ConfirmAccount/i18n/confirmaccount/en.json? -- Crew (talk) 19:58, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
We currently have $wgUseDatabaseMessages set to false because of the performance hit it causes and the fact that we are currently not using memcached, so I will likely have to modify the json file, and then ensure that the correct translations are provided when we support other languages. (See$wgUseDatabaseMessages for discussion around the performance hit.) -- Crew (talk) 20:23, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
Okay. That makes sense. --Idris (talk) 22:51, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

I have fixed it as mentioned above, but we are cleaning up the Help pages as well. Not sure how long that will take.

029. Most user pages are not derived from Wikipedia

The User: space pages, including the user sandbox pages, have a footer that says

This article's content derived from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (See original source).

"See original source" is a link to a top-level page with the same username.

But there is no guarantee that a Wikipedia username and an Infogalactic username belong to the same person.

-- Viking (talk) 22:25, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

036. Help:Attached KML references/uses Wikipedia linking throughout.

  1. In articles with a related KML file, a display box for Bing maps and Google maps is provided; this box utilizes "" linking.
  2. Refer to U.S. Route 81 and Help:Attached KML
  3. Template:Attached KML is used on 8,000+ pages
  4. Not fixed

-- Zurdo (talk) 06:54, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

037. The {{User sandbox}} template points to wikipedia

The {{User sandbox}} template has several links to wikipedia. This template is designed to be used at the top of all user subpages.

-- Viking (talk) 03:21, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

047. Featured Article feature links to wikipedia - FIXED


   {{Featured article}}

tag on pages like openbsd redirects to wikipedia when you click on the star in the top right corner. --Less (talk)

never mind, fixed it myself after reading up on MediaWiki Templates --Less (talk)

Sorted bugs: File uploading and image bugs

019. Uploading graphics files produces an error - FIXED

  1. When you upload a graphic, at the end you see the following error message: Error creating thumbnail: /usr/local/bin/convert: not found
  2. Try uploading a graphic.
  3. Priority: High, as it might prevent editors from uploading graphics.
  4. Status: FIXED, Rifleman installed Imagemagik.

(Crew (talk) 05:58, 3 October 2016 (UTC))

048. The File Upload licensing choice dropdown has zero options.

On the Special:Upload page, there is a "Licensing" dropdown. This dropdown is not populated currently. --Less (talk)

053. The Upload File Wizard seems unable to upload graphics that have svg as the second last component - FIXED

If you try to upload a file called Second_national_flag_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America.svg.png, the Upload File Wizard prevents you from doing so and seems not to like the .svg in the name. It also does not let you upload .ogv files and a few other useful ones.

I think it is a bug in the PHP that drives the Upload File Wizard. They are possibly not checking for .svg being at the end of the string.


The real issue here seems to be that MediaWiki converts uploaded SVG files to PNG's because of browser compatibility issues and when you download such images from Wikipedia they have .png as an extension. These cannot be uploaded to a file with a .svg extension. You need to upload the actual .svg file.

Exploring more -- Crew (talk) 16:16, 1 April 2017 (UTC)

OK, I fixed this a while ago. -- Crew (talk) 02:00, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

054. The ImageMap extension does not seem to work - FIXED

Articles like the one on China use the imagemap tag which requires the ImageMap extension. This extension seems to be loaded but it still does not word.

It was an image problem. -- Crew (talk) 17:11, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

057. File uploading appears to be broken - FIXED

Any file I try to upload, it thinks it's empty.

Priority: High

Thales (talk) 01:25, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

Working now.

058. Some Images not fully loading on pages - FIXED (on an individual basis)

Some images aren't fully loading on the pages, e.g., the map on Moscow Kremlin, or not loading at all, e.g., the coat of arms of Nizhyn here.

Thales (talk) 18:23, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Manual purging the image page (and possibly also the linking page fixes it).

Thales (talk) 04:43, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

061. Some Image Overlays not respecting transparency

Some image overlays, most notably with the chess template aren't respecting transparency, e.g., up-left arrows here, the number on the right here, and Berolina pawns here. Note, unlike the above bug, purging the image pages doesn't help here.

Thales (talk) 04:43, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Can you say more please. I looked at the first image an could not see a problem. Doesn't mean there isn't one, however. -- Crew (talk) 02:04, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
No problems. I can see what you mean now. -- Crew (talk) 02:05, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
It is strange. Both of the UR and UL SVG files have the correct backgrounds. Something must have screwed up in their conversion to PNG files. -- Crew (talk) 04:01, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
So, I don't believe that because I took a look at the html and it is sending the svg files to the browser. It's also apparent on different browsers. -- Crew (talk) 02:50, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

066. Some svg's not properly converting to png for display

Some svg's (which contain simple geometric shapes) aren't properly converting to png's for display, e.g., File:ArrowUp.svg and File:Disc_Plain_black.svg.

Thales (talk) 20:50, 3 September 2017 (UTC)

Yes. The original SVG is OK, because I can display it by clicking on it. It does seem to be the utility used to convert an SVG to a PNG that is the problem. That also raised the issue that the SVG should not need to be converted because all browsers these days support SVG. I will look at it soon. -- Crew (talk)

071. Can't create thumbnails for files with dimensions greater than 25 MP

  1. Error creating thumbnail: File with dimensions greater than 25 MP
  2. For example, File:Italy. Papal States, 1860-1868 (NYPL b14896507-1535566).tiff

Thales (talk) 03:08, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Unsorted bugs

001. Coordinates display incorrectly - FIXED

  1. Many infoboxes that include coordinates cause coordinate display to screw up and increase the width of the infobox. The word #coordinates and what looks like a template invocation is left behind (see below)
  2. The Göttingen page no longer shows an example.
  3. Status: Completely fixed.
  4. This might do it: 71°39′S 12°15′E / 71.650°S 12.250°E / -71.650; 12.250Coordinates: 71°39′S 12°15′E / 71.650°S 12.250°E / -71.650; 12.250

The following shows what is left behind in at least one page:

{{#coordinates:51|32|02|N|09|56|08|E|type:city(116891)_region:DE-NI |primary |name=

(Crew (talk) 05:17, 26 September 2016 (CEST))

This also happens on The problem with its infobox was so bad it was messing up the entire page formatting. Now it only returns an error in the coordinates display like the one above.

51°30′22.86″N 00°07′54.63″WCoordinates: 51°30′22.86″N 00°07′54.63″W{{#coordinates:51|30|22.86|N|00|07|54.63|W| |primary |name=

The Edit window shows this message- Warning: Page using Template:Infobox organization with unknown parameter "opponents" (this message is shown only in preview). Rectified (talk) 17:55, 26 September 2016 (CEST)

It also shows up on Bööler Pass with:

{{#coordinates:47.307271|N|8.084093|E|source:dewiki_region:CH-AG_type:pass|||| |primary |name= }}

Another page contains this:

{{#coordinates:34.6892|N|135.2693|E|source:wikidata|||| |primary |name= }}

Hmmm, it appears that the following extraneous stuff is in our version of the {{Coord}} template:

 |inline, title
 |title, inline
  |#default={{talk other||primary}}

and is causing the problem. I am going to delete it. Don't know how it got there. The Wikipedia version does not contain that extra material.

I have removed it and most pages seem good now..

Note: The big messed up infobox problem was fixed on Sunday after Rifleman and I found the problem. (Crew (talk) 01:22, 27 September 2016 (CEST))(Crew (talk) 04:42, 28 September 2016 (CEST))

002. Poem module not installed - FIXED

  1. Pages with the <poem>...</poem> do not render correctly and the poem tags are left on the page.
  2. The Sonnet page shows an example. The same does not occur on the equivalent Wikipedia page.
  3. Status: Fixed. The module was installed but not enabled. I enabled it, and now poem tags work.
  4. There is no need for a smaller example.

The following shows what turns up in the page:

This example, On His Blindness by Milton, gives a sense of the Italian rhyming scheme:

When I consider how my light is spent (a)
 Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, (b)
 And that one talent which is death to hide, (b)
 Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent (a)
To serve therewith my Maker, and present (a)
 My true account, lest he returning chide; (b)
 "Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?" (b)
 I fondly ask; but Patience to prevent (a)
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need (c)
 Either man's work or his own gifts; who best (d)
 Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state (e)
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed (c)
 And post o'er land and ocean without rest; (d)
 They also serve who only stand and wait." (e)

(Crew (talk) 06:10, 26 September 2016 (CEST))

Fixed now.

(Crew (talk) 05:15, 4 October 2016 (UTC))

003. NUMBEROFARTICLES special statistic does not work

  1. Pages with the {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} template do not work and it reports a vastly smaller number of pages than there actually is
  2. The Proposed_Main_Page shows this
  3. Status: Not fixed.
  4. There is no need for any smaller example page

(Crew (talk) 06:10, 26 September 2016 (CEST))

This appears to be because the site_stats table is incorrect with respect to the umber of articles and some other values.

-- Crew (talk) 05:38, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

004. The portal namespace does not seem to exist - Mostly FIXED

  1. The Portal: namespace does not seem to exist because weird stuff happens for pages in that namespace
  2. The Portal:Restaurants/box-footer page shows the problem
  3. No need for a smaller example page.

(Crew (talk) 06:10, 26 September 2016 (CEST))

We understand what has happened here:

  1. The Portal namespace is not defined in LocalSettings.php
  2. Some of the Portal pages have been inserted into namespace 0 as Portal:<some-name>
  3. Others have been inserted into namespace 100 as <some-name>
  4. Some exist in both.

This will be fixed in a while.

(Crew (talk) 12:50, 10 October 2016 (UTC))

I have fixed this. It turned out simply to require some definitions in the LocalSettings.php file. However, I still have to deal with those pages in namespace 0.

-- Crew (talk) 03:18, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

005. Egyptian hieroglyphs not displaying-FIXED

There is an extension that need to be installed. -- Crew (talk) 02:45, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

006. Math symbols not displaying in tables - FIXED

  1. Help:Displaying_a_formula has a group of what appear to be LaTeX or similar calls that are not functioning. Many are font, subscripts, and superscripts, others are equation formatting. They occasionally show up as red-letter errors on other pages like Quantum Mechanics and Partial Differential Equation. Might be a missing LaTeX module or two. Rectified (talk) 18:32, 26 September 2016 (CEST)
  2. Status: Unknown.

Can you be more explicit? I looked at that page and most things render OK. I did see this error message, however:

Failed to parse (unknown function "\backprime"): \prime, \backprime, f^\prime, f', f, f^{(3)} \!, \dot y, \ddot y

This bit is fixed now as texvc is defined. -- Crew (talk) 15:55, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

(Crew (talk) 23:36, 28 September 2016 (CEST))

After the move I now see things like:

Failed to parse (Missing texvc executable. Please see math/README to configure.): E = h \nu\

(Crew (talk) 23:06, 2 October 2016 (UTC))

Interesting that it didn't show on your end before. texvc is the error in Quantum Mechanics. There are a bunch more of these further down the page. texvc is the missing code on Maxwell's Equations is worse now. Some of the formulae on Maxwell's Equations displayed before; others had errors about subscripts and things like "\frac" and "\backprime" noted above. Rectified (talk) 12:29, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

found texvc

IMPORTANT: The content of this page is outdated. If you have checked or updated this page and found the content to be suitable, please remove this notice.

texvc is one of many external programs that are necessary for the typing of formulas in MediaWiki. This program is mentioned in the manual of the installation of MediaWiki, see Math.

texvc is a shortened version of TeX validator and converter.

Rectified (talk) 02:46, 4 October 2016 (UTC)

I see this page discusses this exact problem

How can I help? Mistaben (talk) 02:00, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

I'm seeing the same thing. For example look at the Torus page. It appears to be LaTex code, which is free. Cloudswrest (talk) 02:16, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

I have been looking at this and it does not seem to be a texvc problem because the strings 'Failed' and 'unknown function' do not appear in it. The problem seems to be upstream of texvc. -- Crew (talk) 15:53, 5 November 2016 (UTC)
After looking at it some more and trying texvc on the command line and reading the source code, it is some sort of texvc problem. The texvc source definitely understands \scriptstyle and \backprime but only in TEX mode or something. I am not an ocaml programmer so I am only guessing what stuff in that crazy language means. -- Crew (talk) 02:19, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Updated. It is because the version of texvc is out of date and we should build a verion from the path extensions/Math/math and use that. Just run strings on texvc and grep for scriptstyle. If you do not see it, you have the wrong version of texvc. However, building it requires ocaml. -- Crew (talk) 04:40, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
That reminds me- the problem may not be restricted to texvc. Pick a page with math on it, like Acceleration. Copy an equation and paste it back in again in a different place, so now there are two identical versions. The original one should still display in Preview, but the second 'instance' generates a red-lettered 'PNG' type error. Rectified (talk) 02:38, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Do you mean like this?  s = v_0 t+ \frac{1}{2} at^2 = \frac{v_0+v}{2}t or this?  s = v_0 t+ \frac{1}{2} at^2 = \frac{v_0+v}{2}t
That looks fine. I had seen examples where the identical copied instance would not render, could not reproduce that now. But make one tiny change (e.g. d for v) from  s = v_0 t+ \frac{1}{2} at^2 = \frac{v_0+v}{2}t to  s = d_0 t+ \frac{1}{2} at^2 = \frac{v_0+v}{2}t

and no go. Rectified (talk) 05:05, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

OK, I have now gotten this working on my home Linux system with many of the equations that do not work. It came down to having the correct packages installed. Now I have to figure out what the equivalents are on FreeBSD. -- Crew (talk) 04:34, 11 November 2016 (UTC)
Many of them are now fixed ... but there are still one or two issues.

Awesome! PNG conversion failed is the only error left in this short tour-

Not Quite Fixed

After installation of the texlive-full package and some more space we got this fixed. You might have noticed a problem along the way with broken links to the images of equations, but that is gone as well.

Next step is probably getting MathJax working.

Prolix124c41 (talk) 11:18, 6 January 2017 (UTC) List_of_dimensionless_quantities has errors in a table. First example is

Failed to parse (PNG conversion failed; check for correct installation of latex and dvipng (or dvips + gs + convert)): V = \frac{ n_d - 1 }{ n_F - n_C }
OK, this is probably another package that needs installing. I will try to look at this on the weekend. --Crew (talk) 17:03, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

All seems to be working

All math stuff seems to be working now.

Issues remaining are some references to pages in the M: namespace. Will have to figure that out. -- Crew (talk) 15:11, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

007. The {{dab}} template leaves behind the string in a page - FIXED

  1. If you add the {{dab}} template to a page it inserts the text __DISAMBIX__ under the disambiguation warning. If you check the equivalent page on Wikipedia it does not appear. It appears to be a MediaWiki magic word because the Special:ExpandTemplates shows what is shown below when you paste the contents of the Template:Dab page into it.
  2. This can be seen on the Two-striped mabuya page.
  3. Status: Solution found, fixed.
  4. The above page is about as simple as it gets.

The following shows up in one of the Expand Template boxes:

  Detect and report usage with faulty "type" parameter:
--><!-- Do nothing, valid "type" --><!-- 
  Magic word for disambiguation pages:

For example, this is what you see on the page:

(Crew (talk) 02:50, 27 September 2016 (CEST))

Found the issue. This requires that we install the MediaWiki Disambiguator extension: [[4]]

Installed and the correct things done in LocalSettings.php.

(Crew (talk) 04:15, 9 October 2016 (UTC))

012. Many of the Infogalactic: namespace pages have mostly disappeared - FIXED (mostly)

  1. If you try to look at many of the pages that had Infogalactic: as a prefix they can no longer be found. This is a known problem.
  2. See Infogalactic:Editors' guidelines
  3. Status: Fixed with some database changes.
  4. Priority: High (we need this fixed before we go live)

This is a known problem and we think we know what the issue is. It should be fixed in the next few days.

014. Some templates use the {{SITENAME}} special template and our sitename screws it up

  1. Some templates include the {{SITENAME}} special template but it screws up because we have a long string as our site name and our $wgMetaNamespace name.
  2. See Template:More_footnotes as it shows it right there.
  3. Priority, maybe medium
  4. Status: Partially fixed. It no longer has the line break in it but does have an invalid link because our sitename has problems.
  5. See below, but we might have to define a short name and a long name.

(Crew (talk) 05:18, 28 September 2016 (CEST))

There needs to be an additional Magic Word/variable called LONGSITENAME so we can include that in special places and leave the Sitename as Infogalactic.

(Crew (talk) 15:13, 3 October 2016 (UTC))

There are two problems here:

  1. Our current $wgMetaNamespace is set to "Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core" but it should not be.
  2. We want to put the tagline under each page's title and it currently defaults to Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core which is set from $wgSitename, and we have $wgSitename set to "Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core". I think we should add a new magic word as described above so we can separate out the three functions, and have proposed a fix, but it is under discussion at the moment.

015. Wikidata access does not work and Wikidata page does not exist

  1. Some pages use Wikidata but that does not work and causes the ugly LUA message No URL found. Please specify a URL here or add one to Wikidata.
  2. See this page ... see also TBD
  3. Priority: Medium
  4. Status: Not fixed
  5. See below

No URL found. Please specify a URL here or add one to Wikidata.

We may have to pull in some missing pages and Lua modules.

018. Several templates, eg Template:Pp-pc1, do not exist and give strange errors when you try to edit them - FIXED known ones

  1. When you go to Template:Pp-pc1, or Template:Pp-dispute you get the message shown below
  2. See Template:Pp-pc1.
  3. Priority: Low, not sure how many pages it is on.
  4. Status: Fixed three. If you come across more, add them to the list
  5. Not sure how to fix. Also, when you try to save, you get another error

The thing that alerts you is that a page will have Template:Pp-vandalism as a link at the top somewhere. If you click that link you will see the message below.

The revision #619983053 of the page named "Template:Pp-pc1" does not exist.

This is usually caused by following an outdated history link to a page that has been deleted. Details can be found in the deletion log.

When you try to save to this page, you get:

[95d99894] 2016-09-29 01:31:22: Fatal exception of type MWException

This appears to have been due to database corruption in that the page table had an entry but the pagecontent table did not.

I have parked the original entry in the namespace 6010 in case we want to recover it and recreated Template:Pp-pc1.

(Crew (talk) 01:31, 5 October 2016 (UTC))

List of templates with problems and their status:

  1. Pp-pc1 - Should be fixed now
  2. Pp-dispute - Should be fixed now
  3. Pp-vandalism - Should be fixed now
  4. Pp-semi-blp/Pp-blp - Should be fixed now
  5. PP-semi/Pp - Should be fixed now
  6. Decdeg - not fixed
  7. Infobox map (Read talk before fixing)
  8. RailGauge (should be redirect to Template:Track gauge) -- Hmmm, this one has problems.
  9. Country_data_Republic_of_Crimea -- Fixed
  10. Country_data_First_Portuguese_Republic -- Fixed
  11. Redirect-confuse -- Fixed
  12. Outline_footer -- Fixed
  13. Chemical elements named after scientists -- Fixed but this template does not exist on Wikipedia
  14. File:Sabaton - Carolus Rex LTD.jpg -- not a template, but has the same problem -- Fixed
  15. File:Glassy carbon and a 1cm3 graphite cube HP68-79.jpg -- Fixed
  16. Periodic_table_(alkali_metals) -- Fixed
  17. Template:Flagdeco/doc -- Fixed
  18. Maeotian marshes -- not a template, but has the same problem -- Fixed
  19. Template:Puzzles -- Fixed
  20. Template:Bishops of Worcester -- Fixed
  21. Template:Canada macroriding -- Fixed
  22. Template:Canadian federal election, 1980A -- Fixed
  23. Template:Canadian federal election, 1984A -- Fixed
  24. Template:Canadian federal election, 1993A -- Fixed
  25. Template:Canadian federal election, 1997A -- Fixed
  26. Template:Canadian federal election, 2004A -- Fixed
  27. Template:Canadian federal election, 2006A -- Fixed
  28. Template:Canadian federal election, 2008A -- Fixed
  29. Template:Canadian federal election, 2011A -- Fixed
  30. Add any more you see here.
Damn, I thought I searched for all articles that did not have a revision associated with it, but it seems like we have more. I will use that to figure out how to find more of these. I will fix it in a day or so. -- Crew (talk) 02:13, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
OK, we have a (large) list of pages where this problem exists and will be working though it over time with something like ForkBot. --Crew (talk) 23:07, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

020. The timeline tag does not work - FIXED

  1. Timelines do not display properly, for example [here] and [here].
  2. Priority: Medium--it's important, but there aren't timelines on most pages.
  3. Status: not fixed
  4. It's working on Wikipedia pages, but not here with precisely the same text. Is the template missing?

John Rumford (talk) 01:30, 4 October 2016 (UTC)

The Ancient chronology template looks OK, but there is a <timeline> tag in there that might need an extension loaded. I will have to search.

Yeah, I think it needs this extension: [EasyTimelines]

(Crew (talk) 05:03, 4 October 2016 (UTC))

I have started working on getting EasyTimeline installed and working. -- Crew (talk) 16:10, 6 April 2017 (UTC)
Fix this just now. Needed the EasyTimeline extension installed plus a couple of minor mods to fix some paths. -- Crew (talk) 13:39, 7 April 2017 (UTC)
Looks like there is an issue with a font still. -- Crew (talk) 13:43, 7 April 2017 (UTC)


Fixed now, I believe. It was an issue of getting GDFONTPATH passed to Ploticus ... had to mess with the PHP. -- Crew (talk) 15:03, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

It's still broken here. Thales (talk) 04:23, 14 June 2017 (UTC)

021. Special:Protected Pages database error

As an autoconfirmed user, I clicked on a link to

The page was formatted "normally". But the firstHeading was "Database error", and the mw-content-text was "A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software."

-- Viking (talk) 16:09, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

I am getting the same when I try to rename a protected page. This appears to be the error:

SELECT  pr_id,page_namespace,page_title,page_len,pr_type,pr_level,pr_expiry,pr_cascade,log_timestamp,log_user,log_comment,log_deleted  FROM "page","page_restrictions" LEFT JOIN "log_search" ON (ls_field = 'pr_id' AND (ls_value = pr_id)) LEFT JOIN "logging" ON ((ls_log_id = log_id))  WHERE (pr_expiry > '2016-10-09 16:26:50 GMT' OR pr_expiry IS NULL) AND (page_id=pr_page) AND (pr_type='edit')  ORDER BY pr_id LIMIT 51  
Function: IndexPager::buildQueryInfo (ProtectedPagesPager)
Error: 42883 ERROR: operator does not exist: text = integer LINE 1: ..."log_search" ON (ls_field = 'pr_id' AND (ls_value = pr_id)) ... ^ HINT: No operator matches the given name and argument type(s). You might need to add explicit type casts.

Which is pretty hairy. I think I can see what it is, but will have to consult with Rifleman. I think the quotes around pr_id above are wrong, but not sure. It looks like ls_value is of type text and pr_id is of type integer so probably pr_id needs to be converted in Postgres while in MySQL automatic conversion occurs.

-- (Crew (talk) 16:19, 9 October 2016 (UTC))

My guess is that ls_field = 'pr_id' is okay, but ls_value = pr_id is not OK. The error message is complaining that a string is being implicitly cast to an integer. My guess is that pr_id is a string, and ls_value is expecting an integer. Does this language have an explicit cast from strings to integers? -- Viking (talk) 16:41, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

-- Yeah, I agree with you. postgresql does have explicit casts, which the code should be using for portability. Rifleman will fix it, I believe. (Crew (talk) 23:06, 9 October 2016 (UTC))

022. Unknown/Unrecognized property 'format' when saving some Template changes - FIXED

  1. Got this when trying to comment out the #invoke in Template:Pp. Occurs in the doc section of a template usually. Prevents changes to the template from being saved however.
  2. Won't mention any templates
  3. Priority: Medium. Only effects templates that are having problems.

The problem is a difference between 1.26.2 of the Wikimedia code we started with and 1.27.1. In 1.27.1 they introduced a new property in the TemplateData extension that the 1.26.2 version did not understand but we pulled a lot of templates from Wikipedia already running 1.28. The crazy thing is that 'format' : 'inline' is the default, so it can be left out for backward compatibility.

It can be fixed by removing that format statement from the json section.

Looks like I have to fix this soon, because the Refimprove template uses it as well, but I have removed it for now.

-- Crew (talk) 20:42, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

026. Database query error message - FIXED

  1. Message "A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software." on page
  2. Also found the same error message on
  3. Priority: Medium (since it may be related to bug 006 regarding not being able to display math symbols).
  4. Status: Fixed
  5. Note, the corresponding Wikipedia page shows status of math rendering modes, including PNG images, LaTeX, and MathML.
  6. Suspect that the MathML converter may not be installed.

Pollux (talk) 22:54, 14 October 2016 (UTC) Pollux

Fixed, I think

I believe I have fixed the database error. There was a missing table in the database. The remaining issues with the MathML page relate to the error about rendering (see Infogalactic:Bug_list_for_editors#006._Math_symbols_not_displaying.) -- Crew (talk) 14:44, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

038. The {{GAN_backlog_elimination_drive/clear_queue}} template has an expression error

Priority: Low. This template was created for a Wikipedia project to eliminate a backlog of Good Article Nominations.

Template:GAN_backlog_elimination_drive/clear_queue complains about an

Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "{".

-- Viking (talk) 19:24, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

This is probably because this template is missing: Wikipedia:WikiProject Good articles/GAN backlog elimination drives/March 2011
If you follow the rabbit hole deep enough you run up against that template.
-- Crew (talk) 04:32, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

041. Youtube URL is rejected as spam by 'Save page'

  1. Happened on the Miles Mathis page and on this page
  2. Priority and Status: Don't know the priority or status
  3. The text you wanted to save was blocked by the spam filter. This is probably caused by a link to a blacklisted external site. The following text is what triggered our spam filter: you USS3KAE (Broke up the link here.) Rectified (talk) 15:08, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

042. The SyntaxHighlight extension is not installed - FIXED

  1. The SyntaxHighlight extension, used in articles that include computer program code, is not installed.
  2. See the Samba (software)#Early history article.
  3. Priority: Medium
  4. Status: FIXED.

-- OldCaliber (talk) 04:23, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

043. Creation of categories and updating of category lists does not work

  1. When you add a new category with [[Category:Some New Category Unknown to Man]] the appropriate tables are not updated, and when you add that category page(Category:Some New Category Unknown to Man, it does not get the list of pages that link to it.
  2. You can see this with any new page that adds a category indication.
  3. Priority: Medium
  4. Status: Not fixed.

I am working this issue. Under discussion among the volunteers.

044. Source code blocks do not display correctly on various pages - FIXED

  1. Source code blocks on numerous pages do not display correctly.
  2. Example pages: C++, Comparison of Java and C++, Common Lisp.
  3. Priority: Medium
  4. Status: FIXED.
  5. Example (from C++):
#include <iostream>

int main()
	std::cout << "Hello, world!\n";
Yes, this is because of Bug 42 above. I have been busy on other issue, currently the Categories issue. -- Crew (talk) 16:06, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
I have this working elsewhere. I hope to transition this to the main site soon. -- Crew (talk) 23:03, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
OK, I have this working here now. -- Crew (talk) 03:41, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

045. Account creation email - spam, content and flow

  1. Description: Account creation emails are been flagged as spam and the user password should not be sent as plain text.
  2. Example pages: Not applicable.
  3. Priority: High
  4. Status: Not fixed.
  5. Example: Not applicable.

Aditional Information

  1. When sending emails to outlook the header "Received-SPF: None ( does not designate permitted sender hosts)" is added.
  2. InfoGalactic's emails need a sender like Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core and, now it is [unknown].
  3. The first password or a temporary password(in case of recovery) should not be sent in a email as plain text.
    • A link to a page receiving a token should be sent in those cases. The token should be random generated, have a expiration time and invalidated after used.
  4. The origin IP address shown on the emails is to technical and irrelevant in most cases, if needed it could be at the end of the email.
Thank you for this information. We will get it fixed. -- Crew (talk) 01:19, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

046. Recent Changes does not show not-so-recent changes

As of 22:30 UTC on January 1, 2017, the following URL produces a Recent Changes page with exactly 30 listings, with the oldest change dated 18:18 UTC on December 31, 2016:

I expected the output to include more listings (perhaps up to 500) from a longer period of time.

-- Viking (talk) 22:40, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Refreshing the page 11 minutes later (after 3 pages, including this Bug List, were edited), produced a Recent Changes page with 33 listings. The oldest change was still dated 18:18 UTC on December 31, 2016. Thus, the problem is not a limitation to 30 pages.

Did the Recent Changes feature "forget" about changes before 18:18 UTC on December 31, 2016?

-- Viking (talk) 22:46, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

049. Today's Featured Infogalactic Article of Aug 15, 2004

Looks like a bug in {{pd}}

File usage The following 2 pages link to this file: Peer review Infogalactic:Today's featured article/August 15, 2004

Add "Infogalactic" to the Edit window spell checker? Also, the peer-review image is as unverifiable as peer review itself. Rectified (talk) 09:15, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

050. Special:MergeHistory doesn't function properly

Special:MergeHistory doesn't function properly. For example, if you try to merge User:Idris/sandbox01 into User:Idris/sandbox02, it won't succeed; instead, it states, "A database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software." --Idris (talk) 13:50, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Yes. I tried this with the test version and I got the same error. I had some debugging switched on but it did not show me the SQL error like I expected. More investigation required. -- Crew (talk) 12:34, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

051. - FIXED

prefer spelling Infogalactic over InfoGalactic

052. Main Page says "Village pump", not "Galactic boardroom" - FIXED

On the Main Page, the Village pump section should be renamed to the Galactic boardroom. -- Viking (talk) 19:23, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

Fixed. --Idris (talk) 21:53, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

055. The account request page won't submit unless the bio and credentials are at least 10 words

The text on the page claims the bio is optional and that Infogalactic welcomes anonymity.

Thales (talk) 08:07, 10 May 2017 (UTC)

062. E-mail notifications about old edits

I received an e-mail notification today about an edit that another user made to my user talk page. The edit in question was made on the date mentioned in the e-mail. This would be fine, except the edit was made in October 2016 (over nine months ago.) -- Viking (talk) 19:36, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Confirm same. NeitherNor (talk) 22:32, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Yeah. We were not running cron jobs to force those out. As part of an effort to clean things up I have been running the various jobs. Will convert them to cron jobs soon. -- Crew (talk) 02:57, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

065 User problem publicly citing infogalactic using iPhone

I don't THINK this is a real bug, but it could be (no page finds on iPhones?), so I thought I'd raise the flag.

A Gab user in USA cited reasons for citing to Wikipedia instead of Infogalactic "There is no Infogalactic iPhone app, so to post a link to Gab I have to (a) close Google with the Gab window open, (b) re-open Google, (c) search for "Infogalactic," (d) go to Infogalactic's homepage, then (e) search for my term.

Often I don't find it (e.g. no page for "dekulakization")

It turns out that Dekulakization did exist, but I updated it. However, I have asked around for the development of an iPhone app for Infogalactic. -- Crew (talk) 02:56, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

068. EasyTimeline 1.90 doesn't work

EasyTimeline 1.90

Timeline generation failed: 1 error found
Line 23: ScaleMajor = unit:year increment:200 start:-3200 gridcolor:grid1

- Scale attribute 'grid' invalid. Unknown color .

For example, Template:Ancient_Near_East

Thales (talk) 17:52, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

I wonder if it relates to Wikipedia using a more recent version of EasyTimeline -- Crew (talk) 15:14, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
OK, I looked at it briefly and lots of other Wikis see this problem. Looks like some serious debugging is going to be needed. -- Crew (talk) 15:37, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
I have reproduced this issue in the VM I have set up for these things, so now I can debug it outside of the main site. It will take a day or so to find the time. -- Crew (talk)
I have made some progress on this. There is a locale issue with the Perl code, but I know how to fix that. I am now working on debugging the issue with the unknown color. -- Crew (talk) 04:29, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
OK, I think it is fixed now. The issue eventually came down to a couple of things. I upgraded to a more recent version of and fixed some issues with it. Also, it seems there are some maps with ISO-8859-1 chars in them so I converted them to utf8 so that the MAP HTML stuff will load. There may still be a residual problem in that in testing I noticed that my test runs with EasyTimeLine failed reliably one in three times. I have not imported a fix for that yet. -- Crew (talk) 22:34, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
Information I have to hand suggests that there are some 22 timelines that had failure, but I do not know which pages they relate to. I am going to change the code to give me more information and then delete all the timeline graphics we have so far (forcing them to be regenerated) so I can find out which ones are causing problems. -- Crew (talk) 02:42, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

Bugs 001-071 already exist. The next bug # should be 072