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Username Change Request 2[edit]

I'd like my username on the wiki to be changed from "Jack ac jensen" to "jack_ac_jensen" - I tried the latter during my account setup and it didn't work. If the underscores are an issue, than you can just omit it. Thanks! Jack ac jensen 02:04, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

The name is unfortunately impossible with MediaWiki. The first letter of a wiki username has to be uppercase, and the wiki interprets underscores as spaces. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 16:54, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
Would it still be possible to capitalize some characters? Is “Jack AC Jensen” possible? Sorry for the inconvenience, I am new to the Wiki. Jack ac jensen 11:13, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
Done! --AKB Talk Cont Mail 18:00, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

ESO Wrathstone PTS Release[edit]

Wrathstone (update 21) is out today on the ESO PTS server:

  • uespLog -- Guilder trader interface needs to be completely redone.
  • Turn off sales logging/display (/uespsales off).
  • In uespTradeData.lua delete/comment lines 1868-1929 (-- The following is copy to -- End of copy...).
  • File Uploads -- Done!
  • Champion Points -- [Done!]
  • Skills -- [Done!]
  • Skill Coefficients -- Done!
  • Items -- Done!
  • Icons -- Uploaded!
  • Maps -- Done!

-- Daveh (talk) 14:44, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

images.uesp.net is slow[edit]

The server images.uesp.net, where images are hosted, is awfully slow at times. Right now every image takes like 8 seconds to start downloading, and then a lot more to actually download. Tried this from different ISPs. --78.30.10.162 12:06, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

There was a temporary issue on files1 for a few reasons including the RAID being checked/rebuilt and backup scripts piling up adding to the IO wait time. A bunch of changes were made to prevent this from occurring again or at least minimize the impact. -- Daveh (talk) 14:49, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

Block Needed[edit]

Spambot: Special:Contributions/13.90.142.160

--Rook (talk) 17:10, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

Done. Robin Hood  (talk) 18:54, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Page in Arabic[edit]

Hi there, Below is the Arabic version of the UESP logo (By:Saleh) which would be great for a new UESP in Arabic website.

UESP Logo Arabic.png

We are a small expanding group willing to translate The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Page to Arabic.

We initially wanted to translate a large portion before submitting a post, But it came to our knowledge that it would be best to do it now.
Me MajidAlammari (talk) and 1Septim and four other translators (Saleh, Mohammed, Rasheed, Sa'aad) would love to know what to do next.

Kind regards, -Majid

I can setup a new translation wiki this week and get you started for editing! -- Daveh (talk) 14:04, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
[Thank you so much Dave! You honor us!, As I am sure you know, Arabic is written from Right to Left which obviously requires the template to be different, I can say that I am certain that you already have this in mind but the possibility that we may be required somewhat advanced coding skills seems quite intimidating for us all] Majid 15:50, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
So I've setup the new Arabic UESPWiki at https://ar.uesp.net . I've made MajidAlammari the admin for that wiki and have added 1Septim as an editor. Anyone else that wants to edit that translation can make a wiki account and MajidAlammari can give them the "Translator" permission. There's probably a lot of special work to get the Arabic version working correctly but just let me know if you need help with anything. I've imported the current revision of all MediaWiki and Template pages but there's nothing else there at the moment. -- Daveh (talk) 20:23, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
[Greetings Dave, Thank you for this kind service and we will work hard to complete our project.] — Unsigned comment by 1Septim (talkcontribs) at 05:28 on 6 February 2019‎
[This looks great Dave! Thank you!, We sure all are excited to get work! also is it possible to change the logo to the Arabic version? I made a change to the dimensions of the image above to 400x400, or should it be uploaded separately?] -- Majid 06:38, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
I've updated the Arabic site to use that logo although it will need to be reuploaded to 165x159 pixels in size. If you want to keep a higher resolution logo you can upload a new image. -- Daveh (talk) 15:59, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi Dave, Hope you are doing well! I have updated the image dimensions to as you said above, If you may update it now it would look proportionate. And here is an update about the wiki, We decided to start working in this order, starting with Morrowind after it Oblivion > Skyrim > Daggerfall > Arena > Online, And about the other titles we still haven't decided yet. Here is also a work-in-progress example of what a main page would look like Morrowind and also a lore book 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon one, If you checked one of the pages you can see that the tables/boxes are in the way of things and should be moved to the left on every page, It would be great if you directed me to a method that could help with this issue and also a way to translate the "developer/Release Date/etc..." because I tried and the cell line disappears, lastly if you can please point out how to edit the list under sections so I can translate it?. Thank you so much, Dave, for enabling us this opportunity to be a part of the UESP, Please let us know if you have any advice, Have a great evening. --Majid (talk) 22:11, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
Will try to answer all your questions:
Great work and if you need more help just let us know! -- Daveh (talk) 18:04, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, Dave, Everything looks much better now!, except the logo which I found out I can't actually change myself, I already updated the dimensions to 165x159 of the logo above as you said, So you could help us set it up. I also found out that I could import pages with the templates which is way better than a simple copy and paste, Unfortunately, I find it inefficient but also convenient since we won't have anything missing whilst editing. Is there perhaps a better method to importing pages rather than manually typing everything in? I hope we aren't causing any inconvenience to you, Dave, We really are passionate about this project, I hope you have a great afternoon. --Majid (talk) 19:21, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

() You should be able to change the logo...just upload a new image to the same image as linked above. Does that not work? I've already imported all Templates to ar.uesp.net so you shouldn't need to re-import them (I believe it won't let you overwrite an existing template). I assume you're aware of the https://en.uesp.net/wiki/Special:Export and https://ar.uesp.net/wiki/Special:Import pages? You can list multiple pages to export although large groups may crash the importer so keep to smaller chunks and verify with RecentChanges exactly what you've successfully imported. --

That was my original assumption but it did not work, Somehow. And Yes, I am aware, But it turns out I was wrong about missing templates. Also I am sure you are aware of the new #uesp_ar channel that Alpha_Kenny_Buddy already set up for us, Dave, I and my group will ask for help there. Thank you so much for your help Dave :). --Majid (talk) 01:56, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
Slight problem with inter-wiki links. Unlike e.g. pt:User:Legoless, ar:User:Legoless actually creates a redlink to the Arena namespace rather than adding a link to the sidebar. —Legoless (talk) 21:27, 8 February 2019 (UTC)
I just looked into it and there's really no nice way around that issue. The only viable solution I can see is to change Arena's namespace shortcut to something different (or remove it altogether). Either way, we have to track down all existing links using the shortcut and change them. Links themselves should be doable by bot. (Note: HnB can't do it, but HoodBot and CyrusBot should both be able to manage it using something like this to find all pages linking to Arena space, then checking all links on each page to see if any are [[AR:...]] links.) Getting users used to a new prefix is another issue.🤔 Also, there's the question of what to do about the existing files and categories with "AR" prefixes. Renaming all of those would be a fairly large job. Technically speaking, most of the alternatives we might choose are also used by other languages, though I don't think we need to worry too much about having UESP in Aragonese (AN) or Araucanian (ARN), so those might be viable options.
Checking over the rest of our namespaces, we also have conflicts with some other languages, though none of them seem likely to become issues (the most common is probably Turkish). Here's the full list of language vs. namespace conflicts: BM = Bambara, BS = Bosnian, LG = Ganda, LO = Laotian, OM = Oromo, SH = Serbocroatian, SI = Sinhalese, SK = Slovak, SR = Serbian, TR = Turkish. So, despite the conflicts, I don't see any reason to change any of those namespace shortcuts. Robin Hood  (talk) 04:52, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
I'm in favor of either removing the shortcut altogether (but leaving files under the AR name) or switching to AN (despite the confusion with Administrator Noticeboard). Neither option is very appealing, but it looks like we have to choose. —Dillonn241 (talk) 06:51, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
Update: I converted nearly all of the AR: shortcuts on the wiki to Arena:. I'm leaning toward just removing the shortcut, since a lot of times we end up changing them to the full link anyway and moving all of the files to match seems like a lot of work for one letter change. —Dillonn241 (talk) 07:37, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
After some discussion in Discord, and with Cyrus and HnB having replaced all the existing AR links, I went ahead and removed AR as a namespace shortcut (including "AR talk", which was totally unused anyway). Any future links to AR will result in language links in the sidebar, as you can see on User:RobinHood70/Lamed. We can keep an eye on any accidental attempts to use AR shortcuts by monitoring this page, at least until there are so many legitimate language links that that becomes impractical. :)
For those that may want Arena shortcuts in the future, the {{AR}} template is still available. If there's strong desire to do so, we can always add AN or ARN or what have you at a later time, though contrary to my original message, I don't think there's any pressing reason to do so right now. Even if we do, it wouldn't necessarily require that we update all AR uses in files and templates, though to avoid confusion, it would probably be best. We can burn that bridge if we ever come to it, though. Robin Hood  (talk) 20:09, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
I am sorry this has caused you inconvenience guys, Your work is immensely appreciated :). --Majid (talk) 01:56, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
No problem! It's better we figure out these issues now rather than after the Arabic wiki is well-developed and you're trying to make a whole lot of language links! Robin Hood  (talk) 20:27, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Block Needed[edit]

Spambot: User:Duziak--Rook (talk) 17:14, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Done. Robin Hood  (talk) 17:30, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

ESO Wrathstone Release[edit]

Wrathstone (update 21) is out today so here's the usual update.

  • uespLog -- Updated to v1.80.
  • Files -- Done!
  • Skills -- Updated!
  • Skill Coefficients -- Updated!
  • CPs -- Updated!
  • Items -- In progress...
  • Maps -- Done!
  • Icons -- Done!
  • Achievements -- Done!
  • Collectibles -- Done!
  • Quest Data -- Done!
  • Book Data -- Done!
  • Recipe Data -- Done!
  • API -- Done!

-- Daveh (talk) 17:43, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

MediaWiki Upgrade to v1.25[edit]

I've copied the wiki to https://dev.uesp.net/ and upgraded it to 1.25 for testing and preparation of upgrading the live wiki sometime in the future. Haven't done much testing yet but so far only a few minor things needed fixing and haven't seen anything big in the MW release notes. My notes for the upgrade can be found at User:Daveh/Wiki_Upgrade_1.25. Note that while the wiki and images are copies other things the wiki may links to are not copies (thinking specifically of the ESO Character/Build data).

Anyone know if we are using any functions in the DynamicFunctions extension? It is no longer maintained and I would like to remove it or move its functionality to MetaTemplate/UespCustomCode. -- Daveh (talk) 13:03, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

I've never seen any of those functions in use, though you or RobinHood would have to do a database search to be sure. My bet is they are not used. #rand looks somewhat useful, the others not so much. I'd like to see them kept through our custom extensions though. —Dillonn241 (talk) 15:13, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
I searched through all wiki text and found that we use everything except #ip (which is good as that may be a security concern). For the upgrade I'll move these over to one of our own extensions and remove DynamicFunctions. -- Daveh (talk) 16:04, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
I actually commented on this on the talk page for the upgrade. Depending how you did your search, you may have found old revisions of pages. I'm not aware of anything currently using #skin or #rand, but I could be wrong. The search for current revisions only is fairly taxing on our database servers, so I limited it to namespaces where I thought usage was likely. I think the only thing in current use is #args, but only on my and the bots' user pages. It's a nice-to-have, since it provide the bots' log filtering options, but not critical. If you feel like moving it over to one of our extensions, that's probably the ideal solution, but if it goes away completely, that's fine too. Robin Hood  (talk) 23:31, 11 March 2019 (UTC)
Moved the 3 features from DynamicFunctions to MetaTemplates was little work. So far I haven't encountered any major issue on the dev wiki for this update. Barring finding anything I'd like to do the live update early next week. -- Daveh (talk) 16:17, 14 March 2019 (UTC)


() Upgrade Scheduled for March 21st -- I plan to do the upgrade this Thursday morning EST. There should be no downtime or read-only time unless something goes wrong. Check here for updates exactly when it is started/finished. -- Daveh (talk) 14:03, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

Adding Twitch and Clothing Shop to Sidebar[edit]

UESP's Twitch has been slowly growing quietly on its own, to the point that I think it's appropriate to add to the sidebar. Alongside that, I think it'd be a good idea to add the clothing shop to it, to let people know where they can get their UESP digs at. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 13:06, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

Twitch definitely (and with an icon). I'd like to see Daveh's opinion on the shop before I form an opinion; there is money involved so it's unlike all the other links.
Since we're changing the community section, I also want to do something about the Chatroom link, which I tried to change before without luck. I wanted it as an (info) link after Discord but the code doesn't support two links. Instead, I propose this order:
  • Community Portal
  • Forums
  • Blog
  • Chatroom
  • (icon) Discord
  • (icon) Facebook
  • (icon) Tumblr
  • (icon) Twitch
  • (icon) Twitter
  • Merchandise
  • Contact Us
  • Links
Chatroom is moved up next to the Discord link. You'll also notice I moved Contact Us down next to links. It's not all that useful of a page, mainly serving as a help guide for how to email other users, with redirects to the Administrator Noticeboard and Community Portal as well. I'm hesitant to remove it entirely, but replacing it with Administrator Noticeboard and having that next to Community Portal is an option to consider.
Merchandise could be changed to Shop or Clothing Shop, but Merchandise sounds best in my opinion for what it is. —Dillonn241 (talk) 15:13, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

Delete account[edit]

Hi, please could my account be completely deleted. I can't see a way to do this myself. Thanks. — Unsigned comment by Cooksey87 (talkcontribs) at 11:30 on 14 March 2019

Sorry, the MediaWiki software doesn't support deleting an account. Robin Hood  (talk) 12:49, 14 March 2019 (UTC)
Do we have Extension:DisableAccount? That seems like a possible alternative. --Enodoc (talk) 15:13, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
That would probably work for deletion requests. Will add it for the 1.25 update later this week. -- Daveh (talk) 15:07, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
That extension only prevents a user from logging in or using their account, there's no documentation that says it removes their username, which can't happen with MW. Every user does have a right to vanish (ps it's not actually a right), which basically involves renaming the account to something random. However, this still leaves a link back the original username, and all personal details need to be removed by the account holder before this happens or they will remain. The extension is defunct because there are other methods to stop a user logging in via blocking them and then $wgBlockDisablesLogin, but again this leaves the account name intact. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 01:20, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Isn't it more or less a moot point in this instance regardless? What is there to bother deleting when the account's sole edit to the site is to say they don't want the account anymore? Any personal information such as the IP and other account information could only be seen by presumably someone who is an administrator or has server access and can look under the hood anyway, so there's nothing really to say in this instance other than "if you don't want the account then don't use it". -damon  talkcontribs 16:14, 19 March 2019 (UTC)