MediaWiki:Sidebar problems?

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#1

I’m trying to change the sidebar in my one-click easy install MediaWiki. When I first went to MediaWiki:Sidebar, I saw what I guess is a default version, because I couldn’t edit the page. I could create it, and did. But the changes don’t seem to take effect - period. I just see the default (which seems to vary as I wander around - at least, the contents of the Toolbox change).

I’m confused, and the MediaWiki help doesn’t really help.

Help?

Thanks.


#2

What part of the sidebar are you trying to change? I’m able to add entries to the Navigation menu.

-Scott


#3

Hi Scott!

I tried to add a new section, with no visible results:

  • SEARCH
  • navigation
    ** mainpage|mainpage-description
    ** portal-url|portal
    ** currentevents-url|currentevents
    ** recentchanges-url|recentchanges
    ** randompage-url|randompage
    ** helppage|help
  • Operating Activities
    ** SpartanSprint|The Spartan Sprint
    ** FlightOfTheBumblebees|Flight of the Bumblebees
    ** TopOfTheWorld|Top of the World
  • TOOLBOX
  • LANGUAGES

I also just tried reordering elements:

  • SEARCH
  • navigation
    ** mainpage|mainpage-description
    ** portal-url|portal
    ** currentevents-url|currentevents
    ** recentchanges-url|recentchanges
    ** randompage-url|randompage
    ** helppage|help
  • TOOLBOX
  • LANGUAGES

with no results.

And I tried adding something to the Navigation menu

  • SEARCH
  • navigation
    ** mainpage|mainpage-description
    ** portal-url|portal
    ** currentevents-url|currentevents
    ** recentchanges-url|recentchanges
    ** randompage-url|randompage
    ** helppage|help
  • TOOLBOX
  • LANGUAGES

with no results.

I’m editing

http://wiki.adventure-radio.org/index.php?title=MediaWiki:Sidebar&action=edit

maybe I have the URL wrong, somehow?


#4

You may just have a browser caching issue. I’m able to bump Search to the top of the sidebar:
http://easywiki.scottdayman.com/wiki/MediaWiki:Sidebar

I’m not sure how many of those changes are legal within the sidebar (I’m not a wiki expert). The w: syntax doesn’t look right. Adding an entire new section may require more than just throwing in a few lines to the navigation section.

Here’s a page I’m using for reference:
http://www.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Sidebar

-Scott


#5

Not a caching issue; I just started up IE (had been using Firefox) and can’t see my changes. Search is still in the middle, not the top.

When you visit

http://wiki.adventure-radio.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Sidebar

do you see Search at the top?

Very very odd. (The w: syntax is probably wrong, but should at least display…)


#6

It’s interesting that the only difference between our two is that one line where I have DreamHost, and you have the w:. That help link I posted said something along the lines that incomplete entries will be ignored. How about taking that w: line out and see what happens?

-Scott


#7

Sure; I took it out. Now the only difference from “stock” should be that SEARCH is at the top.

No Joy.


#8

Did you have to create the page before you edited it?


#9

Yes, I had to click the Create tab before I could do anything. So this is certainly odd. I’ve now taken that DreamHost line out so our source is identical. Yep, this is odd.

-Scott


#10

Well. Hmm. You guys don’t provide support on MediaWiki, but … :frowning:


#11

I’m just a customer here. You could try to hit the mediawiki forums, or Google around a bit.

http://www.mwusers.com/

-Scott


#12

Thanks. Off I go…