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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.

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Images in new page not displayed[edit]

Ref page Bicycle Locks.
One image displays. None of the others display. Clicking the failed images goes to en wiki commons as it should to view the images as they were stored. IsItDownRightNow says there only a 404 error from the faulty image address. In that case, how does clicking it display it at wiki? Gurus please comment.Armchair (discusscontribs) 10:45, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Sorry folks!
Solved it soon after!
The failed images could not handle 200 pixel widths.
For some reason, one image could.
Increasing all image widths to at least 250px solved it,
but still does not explain why the images were correct
and in place when the page was first saved. Regards to all.
Armchair (discusscontribs) 11:06, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

@Armchair: Btw, in your initial question, as an alternative to an external link,
[ '''Bicycle Locks''']
one could use wikilink markup,
[[Bicycles/Equipment and Accessories/Locks|'''Bicycle Locks''']]
--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:30, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

I thank you for your kind suggestion. I think I may have mentioned something about all that on my Editing Wikitext pages.
Armchair (discusscontribs) 15:26, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Improved search in deleted pages archive[edit]

During Wikimedia Hackathon 2016, the Discovery team worked on one of the items on the 2015 community wishlist, namely enabling searching the archive of deleted pages. This feature is now ready for production deployment, and will be enabled on all wikis, except Wikidata.

Right now, the feature is behind a feature flag - to use it on your wiki, please go to the Special:Undelete page, and add &fuzzy=1 to the URL, like this: Then search for the pages you're interested in. There should be more results than before, due to using ElasticSearch indexing (via the CirrusSearch extension).

We plan to enable this improved search by default on all wikis soon (around August 1, 2017). If you have any objections to this - please raise them with the Discovery team via email or on this announcement's discussion page. Like most Mediawiki configuration parameters, the functionality can be configured per wiki. Once the improved search becomes the default, you can still access the old mode using &fuzzy=0 in the URL, like this:

Please note that since Special:Undelete is an admin-only feature, this search capability is also only accessible to wiki admins.

Thank you! CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 18:21, 25 July 2017 (UTC)

Redirecting a page to another[edit]

Can somebody please remind me how to redirect a page?
Armchair (discusscontribs) 15:15, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

@Armchair: Use #REDIRECT[[Target page]] :) --George (Talk · Contribs · CentralAuth · Log) 15:58, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Thanks George, that did it.
Armchair (discusscontribs) 18:00, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

PrefixIndex Gadget[edit]

I would like a gadget that gives me an option at the "tools" section of the left sidebar to visit Special:PrefixIndex/{{FULLPAGENAME}}, where FULLPAGENAME is the full title of the page, namespace and subpage included. So, if I was at User:Test/Some book/Some chapter, I would get Special:PrefixIndex/User:Test/Some book/Some chapter. PokestarFan • Talk • Contributions 15:09, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

I had already seen this one on the French Wikipedia. It could be useful to get all subpages. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 16:02, 16 August 2017 (UTC)