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404 Error When Publishing Changes[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_14_6) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/76.0.3809.132 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/en/Draft:International_Student_Exchange?action=edit

Hello, I am trying to publish an update to my article, however, I am receiving a 404 error each time I click "Publish Changes"

Eleanore36 (talk) 16:13, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

Eleanore36, this is supposedly fixed. Please leave a note on my user talk page if you're still having this problem. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:05, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Copy/paste anomalies[edit]

Bug report VisualEditor
Description Copy/paste anomalies
Intention: move a paragraph with its references to another spot in the article
Steps to Reproduce: Edit article LiMux. Select the last paragraph in the article. Cut.
Results: The page flashes and scrolls, but the text is still visible.
Expectations: Text would disappear without scrolling and be pasteable. It is not.
Page where the issue occurs
Web browser Chrome 77.0.3865.90
Operating system Windows 10
Skin Monobook
Notes: This is one of various anomalies. If you edit the source strange red markings appear around the paragraph. Attempting to cut the text without the ref instead cuts the text, etc.
Workaround or suggested solution

Lfstevens (talk) 17:49, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

Lfstevens, it seems to work for me (I didn't try to save it). Which paragraph did you try to move? (Please ping me.) Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:33, 1 October 2019 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): The final paragraph. Saving wasn't a factor. Tried again just now. Attempted to cut the final paragraph. Got the flash and the cut didn't take. Lfstevens (talk) 05:01, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
Lfstevens, I think this is supposed to be fixed now. Please ping me if it's not. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:04, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Changes in a few weeks[edit]

mw:Parsoid (thing that makes the visual editor possible) is going to change in late October and/or early November. It "should" all be invisible, but if you all start seeing weird results, (not just on a WP:THURSDAY, because I think this will ultimately be a config change rather than code on the normal deployment train), then please {{ping}} me. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:30, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

Lagging on publishing changes[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/77.0.3865.90 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Miss_Earth_United_States&action=edit&section=1

Sarahlopez546 (talk) 05:18, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

help[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/76.0.3809.132 Safari/537.36 OPR/63.0.3368.107

I can't add an image because it already 'exists'. I have tried changing the name of the image to no avail.

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/en/User:Noireallymeanit?action=edit

Noireallymeanit (talk) 09:26, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Cut[edit]

Bug report VisualEditor
Description Cutting text and a trailing ref
Intention:
Steps to Reproduce: What did you do? Describe how to reproduce the problem, so another person could follow your steps
  1. First
  2. Then
  3. Finally

Please mention if it's reproduceable/if you attempted to reproduce or not.

Results: What happened?
Expectations: What were your expectations instead?
Page where the issue occurs Add URL(s) or diffs
Web browser Latest Chrome
Operating system Windows 10
Skin Monobook
Notes: If I extend the selection beyond the ref, correct behavior is restored
Workaround or suggested solution Extend the select, then clean up

Lfstevens (talk) 06:57, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Adding invalid dates[edit]

The editor allows invalid dates to be added. It could be one of the citation insertion bits but a number of websites just give a numeric date in the cites. As an example from soompi.com it allows |date=1531510450 to be input. See this edit. Keith D (talk) 21:08, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

Having trouble enabling visual editor[edit]

I can't enable visual editor. 
Bug report VisualEditor
Description
Intention:
Steps to Reproduce:
Results:
Expectations:
Page where the issue occurs
Web browser
Operating system
Skin
Notes:
Workaround or suggested solution

LemonsForever (talk) 20:47, 24 October 2019 (UTC)

Visual Editor not working on English Wikipedia[edit]

Bug report VisualEditor
Description Not showing up on English wiki works on other wiki
Intention: Use visual editor
Steps to Reproduce: edit any article

Please mention if it's reproduceable/if you attempted to reproduce or not.

Results: 100 percent not working on english Wikipedia
Expectations: Visual editor to work
Page where the issue occurs English Wikipedia
Web browser Chrome Latest Version
Operating system Windows 10
Skin default skin
Notes: works on all other wikipedias except english
Workaround or suggested solution Use another wikipedia or normal editor

71.169.160.57 (talk) 10:47, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

Universal Studios Japan[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/77.0.3865.120 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Universal_Studios_Japan&action=edit&oldid=913128374

2601:206:4080:A680:4466:635C:B031:D04B (talk) 05:40, 2 November 2019 (UTC)

update the name of Rockliffe parkway and bus route no longer services the museum.[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/77.0.3865.120 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ottawa/Rockcliffe_Airport&action=edit

198.84.217.108 (talk) 01:03, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

 Done but make future request at the talk page (eg Talk:Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport) BrandonXLF ([email protected]) 02:40, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

Difficulty properly formatting[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Android 9; Tablet; rv:68.0) Gecko/68.0 Firefox/68.0

While I was discussing an AFD, I was unable to format links outside of the Article namespace, and it was difficult to format my comment.

LukeTalk 02:00, 11 November 2019 (UTC)

Universal Studios Japan[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/78.0.3904.97 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Universal_Studios_Japan&action=edit

2601:206:4080:A680:185B:4642:F31F:4C89 (talk) 05:09, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

I can't save![edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/78.0.3904.108 Safari/537.36

I worked on this article for 3 hours but I can't save!!!!!! Please HELP!!

JakeTheIV (talk) 19:59, 27 November 2019 (UTC)

Regarding adding of two castes in India i.e.Devesar and Prashar[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/78.0.3904.108 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/en/Aryan?action=edit&veswitched=1

Sharmaadvocatevivek (talk) 08:40, 28 November 2019 (UTC)

Adding to the Edit box the Template:NoWiki code[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_11_6) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/78.0.3904.87 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Help:Editing&veaction=editsource

Wouldn't it make sense to add the Template:NoWiki code somewhere to the Edit box? I keep forgetting how I can make a url/square brackets/accolades appear without them invoking a template or so. Thy

SvenAERTS (talk) 02:38, 29 November 2019 (UTC)

Error contacting the Parsoid/RESTBase server (HTTP 403)[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/78.0.3904.108 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=97.7_Record_FM&action=edit&redlink=1 Error contacting the Parsoid/RESTBase server (HTTP 403) during publishing

Jiame Josh (talk) 22:04, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

@Jiame Josh: Thank you for finding this error. We've now fixed it. Sorry for the disruption. Jdforrester (WMF) (talk) 16:00, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

Deactivate[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 7.1.1; Moto E (4) Plus) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/77.0.3865.92 Mobile Safari/537.36

I want to deactivate this account. So please solve my problems

Gufran Raza (talk) 17:53, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

Population density in square miles.[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/78.0.3904.108 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/en/Gda%C5%84sk?action=edit Can't change the population density per square mile in the infobox section.

JanekD30 (talk) 18:23, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

Because it's auto calculated from population_density_km2. Also see Template:Infobox_settlement. MarMi wiki (talk) 21:24, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

editor has lines mis-spaced[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/78.0.3904.97 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/en/2019%E2%80%9320_Crystal_Palace_F.C._season?veaction=editsource&section=12#Player_statistics

Using Chrome to edit page, there is a dummy blank line in editor window. Cursor position on screen when editing then does not match the logical position within the data, so editing mistakes will happen.

Spike 'em (talk) 09:59, 4 December 2019 (UTC)

example of visual editor problem
All the lines below "Stephen Henderson" are mis-spaced, so I can type on that blank line and it puts text in the next real row about "Vicente Guita". I have tried resizing browser width to no avail. Spike 'em (talk) 10:08, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
Actually, if I make browser window so wide that the 3rd line (starting "{}_inside_ref_in_frwiki">VE producing {} inside ref in frwiki[edit]

Hi. I tried to report this problem on Phabricator, but quickly closed without investigating... On frwiki, it has been several weeks/months that VE is creatings things like <ref>{}}}</ref>. The {} (Aujourd'hui means today) is supposed to be initialized with the date where the reference has been added (it's the access date). The template doesn't define this default value in the TemplateData (cf. API call: "autovalue": ""), but in some situations it seems to be added nonetheless by VE. Any idea on where to look and how to fix this problem? --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 18:56, 30 December 2019 (UTC)

Someone would put Mix106.3 instead of 1CBR[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/13.0.4 Safari/605.1.15


Bassie f (talk) 20:59, 30 December 2019 (UTC)

thk[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/79.0.3945.88 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Richboyofsocialmedia&action=edit

Richboyofsocialmedia (talk) 13:09, 2 January 2020 (UTC)

Request for change name[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/79.0.3945.88 Safari/537.36

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/en/Lake_Kharfak?action=edit

the name is Kharfaq Lake

Saleemullah pPasha (talk) 14:41, 5 January 2020 (UTC)

dina[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.140 Safari/537.36 Edge/18.17763

HRE kyinyot


62.16.165.158 (talk) 20:37, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Error contacting the Parsoid/RESTBase server (HTTP 400)[edit]

Bug report VisualEditor
Description Error contacting the Parsoid/RESTBase server (HTTP 400)
Intention: Student was trying to create a references section in their userspace
Steps to Reproduce: I'm posting on behalf of a student - they were trying to add a reflist template to their sandbox and instead got an error message. I've asked them if they were still having the same issues, but I wanted to post here as well.
Results:
Expectations:
Page where the issue occurs
Web browser
Operating system
Skin
Notes:
Workaround or suggested solution

Shalor (Wiki Ed) (talk) 14:36, 21 January 2020 (UTC)

Parameters being added by default?[edit]

Hi there, I wish I had more examples of this, but I keep seeing, in BLP articles, blank |death_date= and |death_place= parameters being added by default (I assume) by the Visual Editor. An example here. Is this by design? Cyphoidbomb (talk) 18:45, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

Cyphoidbomb, those parameters are added because someone marked them as either "suggested" or "required" in the template's TemplateData. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:57, 24 January 2020 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): Hi there, I appreciate the explanation. Do we need these parameters added by default to every biographical article? They could be there unused anywhere from 0-100 years. Seems unnecessary unless a person dies. Should I ask elsewhere? I'm not a big fan of VisualEditor making AWB-like actions on the backs of unsuspecting novice editors and I've reported similar issues before. Thanks and regards, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 04:20, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
That decision is entire under the control of local editors. Edit Template:Infobox person/doc#TemplateData if you want to change it. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 06:30, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): Thanks kindly. Regards, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 18:58, 26 January 2020 (UTC)

Cannot save my changes on the wiki page[edit]

Bug report VisualEditor
Description Cannot save my draft page User: Sunita Singh Choken
Intention: Creating a wiki page for a mountaineer, Sunita Singh Choken
Steps to Reproduce: Each time I try to publish my changes, I get an error - Error contacting the Parsoid/RESTBase server (HTTP 400)
  1. First
  2. Then
  3. Finally

Please mention if it's reproduceable/if you attempted to reproduce or not. --> Yes reproducible

Results:
Expectations:
Page where the issue occurs
Web browser Chrome Version 79.0.3945.117 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Operating system Mac
Skin
Notes:
Workaround or suggested solution

Mountaineers JC (talk) 04:27, 23 January 2020 (UTC)

Mountaineers JC, is this a recent problem? The servers are unhappy right now. You might try again in an hour or two. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:58, 24 January 2020 (UTC)

Error publishing my Username's description[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; CrOS x86_64 12607.58.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/79.0.3945.86 Safari/537.36

It won't allow me to submit and publish changes. A message "Error Parsoid/RestBase Server HTTP 400" keeps popping out.

ShepBranson (talk) 21:06, 27 January 2020 (UTC)

I want to delete this page[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/13.0.4 Safari/605.1.15

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Bassie_f&veaction=editsource

Bassie f (talk) 00:37, 29 January 2020 (UTC)

How to save my notes in my Sandbox?[edit]

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; Trident/7.0; Touch; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; Tablet PC 2.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/en/User:Figbird/sandbox?action=edit

Newbie, question

Figbird (talk) 06:00, 29 January 2020 (UTC)