Forums: Index > Wiki discussion > Mediawiki software upgrade issues

This forum is for the listing of issues that have arisen from the installation of the MediaWiki v1.19 software update. Please list possible issues that can be traced to this upgrade below the line. Please limit this forum to listing the possible/known problems and please list the web browser you are viewing the site with when the issue is present.

Current issuesEdit

Article spaceEdit

User pageEdit

  1. The "see all" button under a user's achievement badge display box does not function.
    • Works for me. Got an example? Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
  2. User personal CSS is not being imported from /wikia.css, just /common.css
    • Is this still happening? If so, can you give an example of a user experiencing this issue? Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
      • yesIcon check Resolved. I moved my .css back to /wikia.css and it's working. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)
  3. The characters "A1B" show in the otherwise empty profile section of anon users and users who have not created their profiles.
    • Is this still happening? Example would be nice. Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
      • yesIcon check Resolved. I checked a ton of new user and anon pages. I don't see it anymore. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)




  1. Page editor hangs on load when creating new pages with the gadget "Add "purge" button to the "Wikia" skin's bottom toolbar for easy access" turned on. (FF, Chrome)
    • yesIcon check Resolved. Checked, it no longer hangs on load. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)


  1. Many achievement images display a black background, instead of the standard white background.
    • Known and ticketed. Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
  2. Uploading images to articles seems to be interrupted by a blank "Upload Photo" screen. The process does not advance from then. Tried in three web browsers, and the problem has been detected in all of them. (IE, Chrome, Opera)(intermittent)
    • Please provide screenshots of this if possible. Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
      • I have not had this happen. If anyone is still experiencing this, please screenshot it for us. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)

Log/Special pagesEdit

  1. Hide/show advanced recent changes and hide/show logs not showing on Special:RecentChanges. Elemets are now displayed as <r> (this is also present on the Wikia test wiki w:c:mediawiki119:Special:RecentChanges)
    • Known, ticketed and currently being worked on. Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
      • yesIcon check Resolved. Showing properly for me.  The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)
  2. When blocking a user and selecting the "other" reason under options, the block log will display it as "uther" instead.
    • Filed a ticket on this today. Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
      • yesIcon check Resolved. Not seen since July 8.  The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)
  3. After unblocking a user, sometimes the IP still needs to be unblocked manually, which is not working anymore after the upgrade.
    • The wording of this option was changed from 1.16.5 to 1.19. The new wording is "Prevent logged in users from editing from this IP". Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
      • We are seeing unblocked users stay blocked. Checking all block logs show all blocks removed, yet the user has to wait up to a day sometimes to edit again. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)
  4. List of about 50 unlinked files (probably old videos) still showing in Special:WantedFiles.
    • Interesting. Filing a ticket. Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)
      • yesIcon check Resolved. Log is clean.  The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)
  5. Recent changes auto-refresh script rendering new namespace sort pull-down menu unusable. (IE, FF, Chrome))
    • Being as this is a user-made script, it's not really a bug as far as the upgrade is concerned. I will poke Grunny to take a look at AjaxRC for you on this though. Rappy @fandom 17:52, August 20, 2012 (UTC)
      • We'd appreciate it if Grunny can do that, as it's still occurring. Also, I don't know if anyone else is experiencing this, but the new auto-refresh script that Grunny has us importing causes severe lag for me when the page refreshes. Browser unresponsive kind of lag. Checked in FF and Chrome, with FF lag being by far the worst. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:20, August 21, 2012 (UTC)



  1. Extension:Gadgets is not working

MediaWiki pagesEdit

  1. MediaWiki:Ipbreason-dropdown can not accept the header named Other (already added by the MediaWiki core software), as such it ignores the sub reasons and omits them from the drop down list when banning.
    • Was this possible before the upgrade? I can confirm that it doesn't allow options for an "Other" heading, but I believe that is a design flaw with MW software. The "Other" option is meant to show the edit box below for a custom block reason. Rappy @fandom 20:26, August 3, 2012 (UTC)

Resolved issuesEdit

  1. Pre-existing categories are shown as added when an edit is made. yesIcon check resolved
  2. Display of chat users is clipping, last person on the display is down (unlike the others). yesIcon check resolved
  3. The user who created the blog has the avatar, name and date in the middle of the blog name. yesIcon check resolved
  4. Recent changes (instead of Wiki Activity) is dispaying again in top right corner of screen (so Gadgets are working again?)
  5. Editing window in source mode shows two sets of buttons in the editing toolbar. (FF, Chrome, IE)yesIcon check resolved
  6. Editing window in source mode with toolbar turned off, overlaps editing field into edit summary, preview and publish fields (EditPageRail). (FF, Chrome)yesIcon check resolved
  7. Table of contents is collapsed, needs to be clicked on to unfold.yesIcon check resolved


Looks like it's been fixed? Jspoel Speech Jspoel 22:02, June 28, 2012 (UTC)
There's things we're finding that will need to be cataloged and fixed. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 22:03, June 28, 2012 (UTC)
Not all. Might be just my computer. If anyone else doesn't have the issues, then it is just my coputer. Energy X 22:04, June 28, 2012 (UTC)
Hmm... the last chat user is still down. Must be my computer, needs to be cleaned-up.

Downgrade to Mediawiki 1.16Edit

I just received word from Wikia Staff that due to the problems we're having with Mediawiki 1.19, our wiki has reverted to Mediawiki 1.16 again! So the problems should be over. They'll give it another try when they fix the issues they've encountered yesterday. Jspoel Speech Jspoel 13:48, June 29, 2012 (UTC)

Upgrade to Mediawiki 1.19Edit

We have been upgraded (again) to Mediawiki version 1.19. Please report issues above in this forum thread. Jspoel Speech Jspoel 00:25, July 3, 2012 (UTC)

Does the category glitch seem to be slightly alleviated? Many edits are displaying normally on Special:WikiActivity again. --Skire (talk) 00:34, July 3, 2012 (UTC)
I think so, I'm seeing it too. What a shame eh? Still some problems left though. Jspoel Speech Jspoel 00:43, July 3, 2012 (UTC)

About quotes clipping into infoboxes - I'm not seeing any at all --Skire (talk) 23:58, July 3, 2012 (UTC)

Neither am I and it shouldn't be an issue. It was an issue a while back due to a chrome update and only affected chrome users, but it was fixed at the time. So I have added a verify tag to that issue. User avatar tagUser Avatar talk 21:27, July 4, 2012 (UTC)

It's still Wiki Activity at the top-right of the page for me, not Recent Changes. --Skire (talk) 00:03, July 16, 2012 (UTC)

Resolution of problemsEdit

OK, so it seems we still have some issues since the upgrade. I'm not savvy enough to determine if all these are mediawiki related issues or are issues causes by some of the local content (eg java scripts). I don't want this to just drop, so how do we progress with these issues? The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 14:29, July 22, 2012 (UTC)

I'll send Wikia a mail tomorrow and ask if they can take a look at the list. Jspoel Speech Jspoel 17:58, August 13, 2012 (UTC)