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Welcome to the Administrative Assistance reading room. You can request assistance from administrators for handling a variety of problems here and alert them about problems which may require special actions not normally used during regular content editing. Please be patient as administrators are often quite busy with either their own projects or trying to perform general maintenance and cleanup.

You can deal with most vandalism yourself: fix it, then warn the user. If there is repeated vandalism by one user, lots of vandalism on a single page, or vandalism from many users, tell an admin here, or in #wikibooks (say !admin to get attention).

For more general questions and assistance that doesn't require an administrator, please use the Assistance Reading Room.

Hi Artix here[edit]

Hi all,

If you have noticed, I've been globally locked. It was a good run though. I was falsely accused of sockpuppetry that is being unblocked. An appeal is in t he works for an unblock. Unfortunately, the sock block quickly spiralled out of control as other users decided to hunt across wiki and block me on several other wikis. Thus it was proper for a lock by a steward, as it was not worth continuing as a user with this username.

Much thanks to several users who made my time on wikibooks awesome. Shoutout to Atcovi, Pi zero, and QuiteUnusual for being friendly people and helpful to my enrichment. It was awesome editing the articles for the Guide to the Lord of the Rings and the Inheritance Cycle. Some day perhaps, I will come back and finish those books. Cheers. It was a pleasure.

Template / style help[edit]

The Muggles' Guide book chapter pages make use of a template Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Book/Page which is intended to show the page / chapter before and after the current chapter as links, which it does quite handily... but in the process, it overlays this forward / back text on top of the breadcrumbs, making it difficult to get back up one level to the book, or two or three levels to the project page. I don't understand the template system here well enough to correct this... is there a brave scriptmonger willing to take this on? Chazz (talk) 17:06, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

Please specify which pages need edits.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 01:15, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
The issue is with all the book chapter pages, has to do with a template used on all of them. Example: Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Books/Deathly Hallows/Chapter 5. The template is used like this: {{Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Book/Page|prev=Chapter 4|next=Chapter 6|tab=5|title=Fallen Warrior}} The text that the template puts up overlays the breadcrumb link that allows the user to step up a level to the book overview page. Chazz (talk) 01:29, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
(This all reminds me, I've been meaning to develop a major upgrade of my navlist template suite.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 03:17, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
I'm going to mention that the book template {{Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Book}}, as used in Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Books/Order of the Phoenix, seems to also have a problem - possibly an unclosed style tag - because while it exhibits the same overlaying of the breadcrumbs, the text that is affected, and that vanishes if the breadcrumbs happen to win the race, is the entire list of chapters. And that list is also coming up in a smaller than usual font... Chazz (talk) 03:13, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

Bug in MediaWiki processing?[edit]

Hi, appears MediaWiki processing has a bug which puts "&" in a URL where the character should be percent-encoded as "%26". Instances of the error are visible in the page source of any page in the book. With Firefox I open a page and right click on "View Page Source". That opens a window where ampersand characters appear as &. Anyone who can edit the MediaWiki software should be able to correct this easily. Regards, ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 16:15, 11 May 2019 (UTC)

Hmm. @Bawolff? --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 17:59, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
& is perfectly correct in HTML, and has different semantics then %26. (& tells the html its an & in the url, as in a separator of query parameters, where %26 is used to escape & to tell the webserver that a query parameter has an & in it that's not a query parameter separator. Most browsers would treat a plain & as if it was & in a url, and I'm not sure about the status of that in HTML5, but at least in earlier versions of HTML, a plain & in a url in the html source was technically invalid html). Bawolff (discusscontribs) 13:55, 14 May 2019 (UTC)


Not sure if this is the right place but this IP Special:Contributions/ has continued to vandalise Ancient History/Greece/Minoan Civilization after a final warning. Rubbish computer (discusscontribs) 13:13, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

@Rubbish computer: It's worse than that; the url appears to be a source of both legitimate edits and vandalism; there clearly is going to be collateral damage from a block. How I noticed this: The most recent edit to that page, when I looked, was an apparent rollback by you, but in fact it rolled back two edits by the same IP, and while the second of those was vandalism, the first was a constructive edit that you had sighted. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:30, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
Though I see all but one of that IP's edits today have been vandalism. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:37, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
I've given them a one-day block; that will stop the vandal from continuing in real time, and may draw the attention of someone at that IP who can take measures on that end, without inconveniencing legitimate editors from there for very long. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:39, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
Cheers for the response and action taken Pi zero. Rubbish computer (discusscontribs) 15:45, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Has the Reading Room Discussion Index bot stopped working?[edit]

The last entry in the index is from 12 Feburary, even though there were active discussions in various rooms since then. --Duplode (discusscontribs) 15:42, 19 May 2019 (UTC)