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Welcome to the Technical Assistance reading room. Get assistance on questions related to MediaWiki markup, CSS, JavaScript, and such as they relate to Wikibooks. This is not a general-purpose technical support room.

To submit a bug notice or feature request for the MediaWiki software, visit Phabricator.

To get more information about the MediaWiki software, or to download your own copy, visit MediaWiki

There are also two IRC channels for technical help: #mediawiki for issues about the software, and #wikimedia-tech for WMF server or configuration issues.

Creating Book Pages[edit]

I am a new user and I am still not familiar with how to correctly create pages in a book. I received this as a comment: Pages should be created as a subpage - e.g,. "Book Name" and "Book Name/Chapter Name" and NOT as "Chapter Name".

It seems that the pages are fixed. Can I create /Chapter Name/ instead? Is this equivalent to Book Name/Chapter Name? --Rjbfigueroa (discusscontribs)

Renaming Book Pages[edit]

How do I rename a Book Page? When I change the name of the Book Page, it seems that the link to the old page is broken and I have copy the old content to the new page that was created as a result of renaming. TIA!

--Rjbfigueroa (discusscontribs)

@Rjbfigueroa: Can you give an example of a page you wanted to move, and where you wanted to move it to, so we can see what happened?

Fwiw, here's how to move a page, if you're using Vector skin (in the desktop interface, rather than the mobile one): View the page you want to move (not its talk page). There should be a control bar at the top of the browser, and way over on the far right of it there should be a dropdown menu. The only option on that menu should be either "rename" or "move"; use that. --Pi zero (discusscontribs)

Global preferences available for testing[edit]

Please help translate to your language.


Global preferences, a highly request feature in the 2016 Community Wishlist, is available for testing.

  1. Read over the help page, it is brief and has screenshots
  2. Login or register an account on Beta English Wikipedia
  3. Visit Global Preferences and try enabling and disabling some settings
  4. Visit some other language and project test wikis such as English Wikivoyage, the Hebrew Wikipedia and test the settings
  5. Report your findings, experience, bugs, and other observations

Once the team has feedback on design issues, bugs, and other things that might need worked out, the problems will be addressed and global preferences will be sent to the wikis.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! --Keegan (WMF) (talk) 00:24, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

I cannot reviewe pages anymore[edit]

Is this a bug? PokestarFan • Talk • Contributions 00:14, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

@PokestarFan: Hi. I had to look this up in the user rights log. It seems QU removed your reviewer rights on 12 December, with log comment "Removing reviewer flag. Repeated bad edits being autoreviewed and needing subsequent fixes". --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:39, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
That's right. With hundreds of semi automated bad edits still waiting to be fixed, I removed the flag to prevent further damage. Your bot like activities were accepting previous vandalism edits requiring hand fixing and you were unresponsive to requests to stop.

I was considering blocking you actually but settled for damage limitation. If you agree to not use automated edits via your account then you can have the flag back. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 21:44, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

@QuiteUnusual: Ok I will promise not to do bot-like activities. PokestarFan • Talk • Contributions 15:51, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
I like to bring an example. There were few chess articles that had a backlog in special:pendingchanges and were edited by you after a few ip edits. That range of IP users, now globally blocked, had entered malware links amid other, although somewhat decent, edit. You're edits was an impediment from my outright rejecting the (pending) malware edits. I had to go into the history, reject the Ip edits, and accept your.. That was a bit of a trip. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 17:27, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Please test pings in edit summary[edit]

1. Read this:

"You can notify users in edit summaries. They will get a ping just as if they had been mentioned on a wiki page. phab:T32750"-- meta:Tech/News/2018/10

2. Sign up at using a different user name and password (not the one you use here). You may create multiple accounts if you like, just put a note on their user pages.

3. Edit a page and put a username link in edit summary. Confirm that you are receiving the notification correctly.

4. Test at different pages and in different ways.

5. Report bugs to Phabricator.

6. Share this comment with other people on other wikis, in different languages.

--Gryllida (talk) 23:53, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Template for cover page[edit]

Do you have a template for cover page which can have contents and cover image in itself. The template should be like these templates but applicable for the first page of the book. I need to translate it for Persian Wikibooks. --Doostdar (discusscontribs) 16:46, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

@Doostdar: Fwiw, if I understand what you're asking (misunderstandings are easy), I don't know of such a thing. Note, there's no one way that all our books handle covers. Afaik, some books don't really have a cover image; on some books the main page of the book (the one whose name is the name of the book) has the cover image and the table of contents; on some books, the main page has the cover image while the TOC is on a separate page; on some books, the main page has the TOC while the cover image is on a separate page. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 18:06, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, today it's made like this: The Cold War/Cover or like that: Inkscape/Print version. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 19:19, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Too bad. It seems that Wikibooks needs such a template. --Doostdar (discusscontribs) 08:10, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
@Doostdar: I do not entirely understand what sort of template you are asking for. It's true, as I've mentioned, that we do not have one single format that all books use; but even if you are describing something that only some of our books would want to use, I'm not sure what it is. Is there an example somewhere of the sort of thing you have in mind? --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 11:27, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
@Pi zero: As we have some default templates for navigation in middle pages of the book, the first page can have predefined templates too. I don't have a specific algorithm for the fore-page in my mind but something like this can be O.K. It has title, preface for the readers, cover image, printable version, pdf version, chapters, caption for each chapter, other images. Apart from, it has two labels, one for development stage and one as featured badge. --Doostdar (discusscontribs) 13:27, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
@Doostdar: This is where I admit I start getting uncomfortable. The variety of ways a book main page might be formatted is really unbounded. A favorite of mine (I partly redesigned it myself a few years ago) is this; but even that is just something that worked for the particular book. And there is always a bit of a learning curve to using a template in the first place, and for overall formatting of a page like this there's a lot of inflexibility implied by a template. So we'd be saying, put in effort to learn to only be allowed to do it a certain way, instead of designing your own book main page. I could imagine this as a task for a semi-automated assistant. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 14:44, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Notification from edit summary[edit]