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Hey Aran,

is this the place where you make contact with other users then?

Ahhh, Bach. --The Duncan 06:20, 6 September 2010 (NZST)

Mediawiki programming help

Dear Nad, I have been taking a look at your work and you seem to have an impressive handle on mediawiki programming. I am working on a corporate project and we are looking for help with user interface/skinning and mediawiki extensions. We have a project deadline to meet over the next 6 weeks. If you would be interested and available for payable contract work, please contact me at

Kind Regards, Andi

Templates and passing vars

Nad, trying to get the google map extension to work with vars in a template, such that:

|FULL_NAME = Ashfield
|FULL_NAME_ND = Ashfield
|LAT = -33.8833333
|LONG = 151.1166667

<googlemap width="400" height="300" zoom="16" type="hybrid" controls="medium">
{{{LON}}},{{{LAT}}}, {{{FULL_NAME}}}

would work. It appears to be a problem:

and this appears to be somebody's solution??

what are your 2 cents? --Phalseid 06:39, 3 April 2008 (NZST)

I think installing an extension to generically process all variables in tags is a bit extreme, why not just hack your google maps extension in the tag function, or do an official patch on it which allows it to process the variables, eg

<php>$text = $parser->replaceTemplateVariables($text);</php>

You could make it do it based on a global such as $egGoogleMapsReplaceVariables --Nad 09:09, 3 April 2008 (NZST)

Treeview 5

Yo, Ive just put a suggestion up for this post. I suggest we may need to convert windows backslashes to forward slashes in extensions if this is a continuing problem --Sven 13:05, 3 April 2008 (NZST)


That fix for windows/unix paths was unbelievably obvious, why didn't I think of it... --Sven 14:18, 15 April 2008 (NZST)

Yea, that's what I was meaning about it only being an issue for the regex operating on the backslashes, not with the backslashes themselves. I only just got round to reading the treeview talk page and checking it out. You need four backslashes though because the regex expects it to be doubled so its not treated as escaping the following square bracket, and each of those two need to be escaped themselves since they're inside PHP quotes. --Nad 14:57, 15 April 2008 (NZST)

Simplesecurity glitch?

Aran, on my user page, which I want to start using a bit more again, there is a security setting and I can't figure out where that has been created. "Every action requires the user to be Milan". It was inheriting from cat:Milan/XMLWiki user pages and had security on the user page as well but I removed both settings and it's still locked down. Can you check it out please when you have minute? Cheers --Milan 11:04, 27 April 2008 (NZST)

Not a glitch, its getting it from Milan/Tree which must be transcluded onto the user page. You could remove the security from the tree page or not transclude it - but then I just thought, wrapping it in noinclude's should work I'll do it now and see. --Nad 12:20, 27 April 2008 (NZST)
Thanks, that looks to be working fine. I'm getting a little rusty on transclusion stuff it seems :-/--Milan 14:47, 27 April 2008 (NZST)
The templates an article uses are listed at the bottom of the page when editing --Nad 15:00, 27 April 2008 (NZST)


Hello Nad, I am trying to set up a number of intranets for NGO's that I am involved in and I would like to chat with about potential help/collaboration. Should we email each other or skype? Thanks, --Apap 06:40, 12 May 2008 (NZST)

You can email me on aran at this domain or skype id organicdesign (text only) --Nad 09:31, 12 May 2008 (NZST)


Hi could you please check I got a problem with my bot showing up in Recent Changes. Thanks!


I noticed your above extension only partially works with MW1.12 after a fresh upgrade. Any idea why, or what could be blocking part of the {{#css}} from printing? As it is, only some of the specified elements are visible, as through templates used on a page, but not the page elements, as if they're being overridden by Common/Monobook.css. If you ever upgrade to 1.12 you might see what I mean. -- Sasoriza 06:41, 1 June 2008 (NZST)

I have it running on 1.12 with no problems. The extension does not prevent other CSS's such as Common.css or Monobook.css from loading, it simply adds another CSS which is loaded before the main ones which means you will have to ensure that your CSS rules are more specific than the existing ones to prevent them being overridden (this is what I mean by "specific"). --nad 08:53, 1 June 2008 (NZST)
Also I've made a few changes to the code to allow files or in-line rules to be included, see MW:Extension:CSS. --nad 09:35, 1 June 2008 (NZST)

User Registration

nad, i have poked around MW and don't see any extensions to extend the fields that are collected on new account creation. any ideas? --Phalseid 10:08, 7 June 2008 (NZST)

I think there are hooks to extend that pretty easily, you need something done? --nad 14:01, 7 June 2008 (NZST)

MediaWiki parser

thought you might be interested in this article - M:Migration to the new preprocessor which provides information about the changes to parser.php --Sven 14:16, 9 June 2008 (NZST)

Wikimedia Toolserver

Check out your edits on wikimedia projects e.g. Nad on 'pedia. We need to check out useful tools and ideas from this, some documentation available here and here. --Sven 11:42, 11 June 2008 (NZST)

Test to see what the edit summary looks like --Sven 12:59, 11 June 2008 (NZST)
Yea I'd really like to tie bots and scraping (like that svn-commits chart or oil-price monitor etc) in to our workflow system so we can define streams of process-driven content similar to the toolserver idea. --nad 16:30, 11 June 2008 (NZST)

Yo, Ive successfully added a wikiDelete method, it may need a bit of work around capturing the correct $err message if a user does not have rights to access the page. The restore method is almost there but unfortunately I am working off line mostly this weekend if you see something obvious I am doing wrong. You can specify a specific revision, or all revisions to restore, will get the latest revision restoring first.

I also managed in the process of testing to submit incorrect token content which has stuffed up the local instance of the database when restoring one particular article, so I may have found a mediaWiki bug in 1.12.0 but need to document further. I want to create a test script which can do a pile of test actions so we can loop it through a set of wiki versions to test on. Here is the error message I managed to create;

Database error manually identified when attempting restore
Database error
A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:

    (SQL query hidden)

from within function "Revision::insertOn". MySQL returned error "1062: Duplicate entry '12' for key 2 (localhost)".

I think at the time I submitted only two name/value hidden fields my %form = (wpEditToken => $1, target => $title,. Anyway, I want to add a couple of other functions to upload/delete/restore files. The file restoration function may be covered by the generic wikiRestore function.--Sven 10:49, 15 June 2008 (NZST)

That's pretty heinous if you can construct a query that can stuff the db. Is it fixed by deleting the article again? --nad 12:39, 15 June 2008 (NZST)
Just for the article Sandbox on my localhost is the restore stuffed, and only when I try to restore all revisions, restoring the latest revision is fine. However when I created the problem I had posted fields that were incorrect, so I think it is likely to be a MediaWiki bug that I found, hopefully if I have time I can trace and document it. I still havent got the restore functionality going yet. --Sven 13:06, 15 June 2008 (NZST)


Extension:Marketresearch‎ and talk. --Phalseid 05:59, 11 July 2008 (NZST)

bug in csv2wiki

see --Phalseid 08:35, 12 July 2008 (NZST) Stability

Yo, I've made changes to to try to make the WikiEdit function a bit more stable. The issue has been the large conditional regex attempting to grab all relevant hidden key/value pairs on about line 114. As the interface changes subtly the regex occasionally fails. The modified approach just searches for the wpEDitToken key;

if ($response->is_success and (
			$response->content =~ m|<input type='hidden' value="(.+?)" name="wpEditToken" />|g
			)) {

then (inefficiently) tests and saves the other wanted keys. It has not been tested across multiple MW versions yet but should be much more stable. --Sven 08:43, 19 December 2008 (NZDT)

Cool thanks ;-) --nad 08:44, 19 December 2008 (NZDT)


nad, could you please 1) add the freemind mind map to, and 2) tell me why it is not working any longer on wx? thx! --Phalseid 00:39, 2 January 2009 (NZDT)

I don't know why thats not working, I'll have another look later --nad 09:17, 2 January 2009 (NZDT)
here is why it is not working....same on tmp...

MindMap II

please add this as well I think this will satisfy my Red Eye needs for now... --Phalseid 03:28, 3 January 2009 (NZDT)

where to put stuff

i want to put up info on the platform regarding intentional community. should it go here or on tmp? im not clear as to "why the difference", i guess --Phalseid 00:41, 2 January 2009 (NZDT)

an example is 1) the MW training material i am working with milan on and 2) this community mindmap governance issue. --Phalseid 00:43, 2 January 2009 (NZDT)
I'm not sure if these things belong in platform (check Documentation for a brief description of what role each document should be playing). Basically everything goes on OD except things which need to be kept completely private such as the coffee projects. The training material probably should be going into MediaWiki workshop or its talk. --nad 09:22, 2 January 2009 (NZDT)

Project red eye

nad: im hoping you have some down time waiting for decaf stuff, please check out and let me know $/clarification. thx --Phalseid 00:49, 2 January 2009 (NZDT)

I'll need a lot of clarification for this one, some mockups would be good... I can't really know $ until I know exactly what needs to be done, but off the top of my head it looks difficult, probably $500-$1000 --nad 09:24, 2 January 2009 (NZDT)

forget this for now...see above.. --Phalseid 03:29, 3 January 2009 (NZDT)

widgets on demo

aran, plese create and set Folder permissions /extensions/Widgets/compiled_templates/ folder should be made writable by web server (this is where Smarty stores pre-compiled template.) please verify by checking (scroll to bottom) thx! --phalseid 13:44, 9 February 2009 (NZDT)

But I thought you had agreed that Milan was now developing the demo, is he planning on implementing these widgets as part of his presentation? does he know this? what are you planning here? --nad 20:09, 9 February 2009 (NZDT)


Hi Nad, your new version of this extension has overwritten a couple of things I had added to it:

  • a couple of bug fixes (two minor ones, corrected with a replace, and one major: the list of results was always showing one less result than the total returned by the DPL query), and
  • a text suggestion for the query window (redirects = exclude | include| only)

Here[1] you can check the differences I introduced. As I'm not sure if you left them out on purpose, I'd like to wait for a confirmation from you; feel free to reintroduce them if you agree. Your extension is being used at, that has a lot of titles with accented characters, that's why these bugs could be discovered. Needless to say how much we appreciate this extension, thanks a lot for it. Capmo 22:57, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Sorry about that, not sure how your str_replace fix works, but I'll take your word for it! re-implemented it just now, thanks ;-) --nad 02:03, 20 March 2009 (UTC)


Hi Nad, I saw your Recent Changes extension. I agree that fragmentation is a big problem in the wikisphere. Recently I created the (experimental) RPED extension to help address that very concern. Let me know if you want to collaborate on other projects for data exchange among wikis. Regards, Tisane 09:09, 26 March 2010 (UTC)


I just downloaded the SimpleSecurity svn. And it's not handling Images, as in it's allowing them to be put into pages. It's also allowing their thumbnails to show up in searches. Smile Lee 13:28, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Chloe in the snow

AGI Manhattan

I read the whole thing today (could not watch the videos due to lack of BW)... holy crap! But did you see this? Automated Unintelligence I love it! --Infomaniac 13:45, 13 August 2010 (NZST)

mail problems

Having a bit of trouble connecting to my od mail account in the last few days. On further investigation this looks a bit fishy:

Rob-MacBookPro:~ rcar004$ host has address mail is handled by 5
Rob-MacBookPro:~ rcar004$ ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
Request timeout for icmp_seq 0
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=50 time=326.814 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=50 time=247.202 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 3
Request timeout for icmp_seq 4
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=50 time=318.341 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 6
Request timeout for icmp_seq 7
64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=50 time=285.733 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=50 time=308.877 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=10 ttl=50 time=332.087 ms
--- ping statistics ---
11 packets transmitted, 6 packets received, 45.5% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 247.202/303.176/332.087/29.139 ms

Dropped packets and the server doesn't seem to be accepting my password (same as od unix login 'rob'). --Rob 00:52, 17 October 2010 (PDT)

We've done a major server move, see News, I didn't realise you were using OD mail, I'll set up your account now, but you'll need to either email/skype/IRC/TXT your pwd, or email me your pub RSA key so you can shell in yourself and set your pwd. --nad 01:04, 17 October 2010 (PDT)

Selenium extension

Hi Nad,

Thanks for the interesting link. I'm specifically interested in running Selenium tests from the wiki, i.e. using the wiki as a selenium test archive.

Is it likely that the Selenium Extension still works?

Cheers, --Dan Bolser 01:10, 4 April 2011 (PDT)

The last state it was in it was working, we had some test tests running in this site, but the extension and framework are no longer installed. --nad 19:50, 7 April 2011 (PDT)

Private work for adeft

  1. why is so slow? Extensions? DPL? Caching? Server?
  2. how to get to show up on the left hand navigation. I thought I did it right. Once we get that, need to figure out some basic style stuff, and get it working on /wiki (same domain as above)
  3. backup script- TBD
  4. update star menu with transparency layers
  5. I added to /dev above. They want the navigation to appear ABOVE the article title. I screwed around with

and got it to look right, but when you edit with the above, it screws up the tabs and looks shitty. i read the talk page on and it was talking about hooks, so i bailed. Basically, what would it take to get this extension to work in Vector with the breadcrumbs showing up ABOVE the title and not overwriting stuff like in

--phalseid 09:13, 23 February 2012 (PST)