User talk:Daveh/Archive 2013

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New Job[edit]

Congrats on your new job at the UESP. I'm not sure I can say why, but my intuition says this will be a great thing for the community. If there's any way that "kissing up" to you could benefit me, I can't see it at the moment. But what can it hurt? Seriously: I hope it will be a lot of fun for you. We know it will be challenging. --JR (talk) 06:53, 6 January 2013 (GMT)

Shutting Down UESP![edit]

If you are the same Jobatett from GMail then the one and only e-mail I received from you was last August in a minor matter. My e-mail is and has been working just fine for the last few years.... -- Daveh (talk) 00:15, 18 January 2013 (GMT)

sorting the error log[edit]

awk -vFS=']' '/\[.*\] \[error\] \[client .*\]/ { a[$4]++; } END { for (i in a) print a[i], i; }' < error_log | sort -n > errors.txt

This is from #awk. Lukish_ Tlk Cnt 04:56, 18 January 2013 (GMT)

Password change[edit]

Not sure if I can do anything about it but I can't remember my password for Catmaniac66. I remember my password to the email attached to it (same name) but can't get in THAT because its asking me for the answer to my security question it made me set up 3 years ago. It asks me where my honeymoon was. I'm 19 and unmarried. So I'm at a little bit of a crossroads. Any help? I could message you what I think the password is and you could tell me if it's just a variant of it. Any ideas would be helpful though. That I don't know the password when I've logged in multiple times very very recently is perplexing to me.--69.136.59.17 03:32, 22 January 2013 (GMT)

Well, I'm now as confused as you are, because according to our database, you haven't changed your password recently. Are you sure it wasn't something silly like the Caps Lock being on or the computer thinking your Alt or Ctrl key was stuck down? Try again, and then just to be doubly sure, type your password into a text editor, then copy & paste it to the password box on the wiki. If none of that works, is there any system that you regularly use under the name Catmaniac66 that you can log into to prove that this is really you? Your IP address looks to be correct, but given that you've lost both this password and your e-mail password, you'll understand if I want to make sure this isn't a kid brother playing a prank or something. :) Send me that, and what you want your new password to be (something temporary that you don't use elsewhere) to robinhood70@live.ca and I can change it. (Oh and nobody can tell you what your current password is, not even Dave, as passwords are encrypted.) Robin Hood  (talk) 04:38, 22 January 2013 (GMT)
The password should be the same thing, I just completely forgot it XD! I'll try some usual suspects and try to figure out some way of proving it. I totally understand that something has to check out. Now I just have to find it! This name is a ridiculously old screen name I use for all my site activities but I think this is the only one active. But I'm not planning on being too active currently so it's not a biggie. If I think of something more than a few days from now I'll just remember to leave you a message specifically. Thanks for the help!--69.136.59.17 02:16, 23 January 2013 (GMT)
There are other ways I might be able to verify your identity if you'd like, but they start to involve personal details, so I don't want to have the conversation on a public page, unless you're okay with that. The one way that occurs to me that might be easy for both of us is if you have a Facebook account that matches the real name you have in your preferences. If you do, you can send me a message there and that'll be plenty of proof of identity. Also, don't forget, even if you can't get at your e-mail right now, you can send me mail via the site, or a private IRC chatroom works too. Robin Hood  (talk) 04:00, 23 January 2013 (GMT)

Username question[edit]

I was wondering, can usernames of accounts that aren't active be usurped, similar to Wikipedia? Because there's a username I want to use, but it's taken by an account that isn't active at all. 71.53.205.96 21:13, 4 February 2013 (GMT)

That's not something we've ever done here before. It would have to be discussed on the Admin Noticeboard first, since they're the ones who would be doing it, probably with help from the database administrators. Unlike on Wikipedia, all our admins have rename user rights, which is the main feature required, but only the database administrators can tell if someone has logged in recently or not without doing anything. Robin Hood  (talk) 22:19, 4 February 2013 (GMT)

Image copy on other wiki[edit]

Hey, I've been told to contact you directly about copyright business etc. Well here's a link to a wiki that uses an (old) image from our site, without mentioning us anywhere. ~ Dwarfmp (talk) 19:26, 6 February 2013 (GMT)

Just as a note, I added a attribution link to the image there today. --Alfwyn (talk) 19:37, 6 February 2013 (GMT)
I found another site with at least some of our images copied, here. I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to let you know when I find these things, so let me know if I shouldn't ~ Dwarfmp (talk) 16:09, 10 February 2013 (GMT)
My sense was that Daveh wanted to take control of such matters during a past conflict that became heated. In the past couple of months, I've behaved a few other times as I've seen some other experienced editors do, similar to Alfwyn's action described above. In the above case, I sent an email to the contact address for the site, saying it looks like they have a great site and community, that I understand some of the images on that page may have been taken from UESP, that I have no official role with UESP, but that I believe "we" are fine with them using the images if they attribute, and linked them to our example of how to attribute. I guess I ask Dwarfmp's same question, but from the other side: if that's overstepping, please let us know. --JR (talk) 14:49, 16 February 2013 (GMT)
The reply to my email:
Thank you VERY much for bringing this to our attention! We try to keep up with crediting as best as possible, but sometimes mistakes happen when trying to meet those deadlines. I feel like we emphasize fact quality so much with our writers, that we overlook quality with proper referencing, from time to time.
Be that as it may, I hope you find the corrections suitable. If not, please let us know and we will go back in and make the right corrections.
http://elderscrollsotr.mymiddleearth.com/?s=the+gray+fox
We go to your site every week as a staple of fact checking and reference (esp. with lore) and enjoy it VERY much. Thanks for all you do for the Elder Scrolls Community. Maybe at some point in the future, we can help each other out. Let us know if you're interested at all. Are you familiar with our podcast? If not, I'll leave you our feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SkyrimOffTheRecord
Hope you enjoy and don't be a stranger. It was nice to hear from you and make a contact :) -- Joe Rojas "Evarwyn" / Creative Dir. / Quest Gaming Network / http://www.questgamingnetwork.com/
Thanks for the quick correction! -- Daveh (talk) 15:06, 17 February 2013 (GMT)
I replied to him with a link to General:Links and told him we'd be glad to add his site if he wants to suggest a category and short description. I think what we want is to absolutely avoid any warnings or threats, even implicitly. If someone refused, I'd let Daveh know about it and stop there. --JR (talk) 02:06, 17 February 2013 (GMT)
If you find UESP content used elsewhere with improper attribution a (friendly) notice to the site as well as notice to the admin board here is perfectly fine as a first step. If that doesn't work I would prefer handling any additional actions myself. -- Daveh (talk) 15:06, 17 February 2013 (GMT)

DragonFont[edit]

Hi, I'm Vuh.

I'm administrator Polish Elder Scrolls Wiki. I would like to ask, would you let me use your dragon fonts on our Wiki.

@font-face {
        font-family: 'DragonscriptRegular';
        src: url('/w/extensions/DragonFont/dragon_script.eot');
        src: url('/w/extensions/DragonFont/dragon_script.eot?#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),
             url('/w/extensions/DragonFont/dragon_script.woff') format('woff'),
             url('/w/extensions/DragonFont/dragon_script.ttf') format('truetype'),
             url('/w/extensions/DragonFont/dragon_script.svg#DragonscriptRegular') format('svg');
}

Vuh (talk) 09:47, 10 February 2013 (GMT)

I'm sorry that you took the time. I've got the font from another source.

Vuh (talk) 21:24, 13 February 2013 (GMT)

New bot request[edit]

As you can see in the Community Portal discussion, Jak has proposed a new bot, and it has been supported by the community. When you have a moment, can you please add Wabbajak to the bot group? Thanks! Robin Hood  (talk) 20:40, 15 February 2013 (GMT)

Done! -- Daveh (talk) 13:22, 18 February 2013 (GMT)

Dragonborn Weapon[edit]

I noticed that the list of Unique Dragonborn Items does not include the Blookskal Blade. The enchantment is unlike any other so it does belong there correct? Thanks a lot! soccerdef11 21:15, 17 February 2013

I think the Bloodskal Blade will end up on an artifact page, whether that's the Skyrim one or one for Dragonborn I'm not sure. It's listed with a few other that aren't on the Unique page, at the top of the DB:Weapons page. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 21:35, 17 February 2013 (GMT)

MW search suggestions in namespaces[edit]

Someone pointed out that your search suggestions include multiple namespaces -- something that isn't apparently available in the native implementation of search suggestions.

If you didn't patch MW to do this, could you provide a HOWTO? If you patched this in, could you share the code?

(Not just a random request. I'm the release manager for the MW tarball.) -- MarkAHershberger (talk) 20:16, 2 March 2013 (GMT)

I don't recall having to do anything special to get it work. We did have a bunch of custom search stuff in our UESPWiki:UespCustomCode extension but I'm pretty sure we no longer use any of the search related changes in it since v1.19 and moving to Lucene. Could it be that the Lucene search suggestion implementation uses $wgNamespacesToBeSearchedDefault while the default MySQL search suggestion doesn't? My notes from our Lucene setup doesn't show anything obvious other than the list of namespaces in the all_content parameter in lsearch-global.conf. I'll dig into it a bit more and see if any of our custom changes/extensions are coming into play here. -- Daveh (talk) 20:36, 2 March 2013 (GMT)
I did a quick review of things. Our modification to the MediaWiki files is currently limited to the three files list here and are not related to searching at all. The custom search changes in our UespCustomCode extension have been disabled and I don't see anything that would impact which namespaces would be searched. Offhand I don't recall ever having to do anything special to get the suggestions working with all our namespaces with Lucene (we never used suggestions previously). -- Daveh (talk) 21:15, 5 March 2013 (GMT)

Wiki API not returning certain data[edit]

Hi there. I have been making use of the wiki API for this little project I've been working on. You can see an example of the stats here. But I've run into a critical issue. For some reason the list=recentchanges api isn't returning information concerning page moves. It only returns:

{"type":"log","ns":6,"title":"File:MW-quest-Place-Zainab Camp.jpg","rcid":1189347,"pageid":147052,"revid":0,"old_revid":0,"user":"Jeancey","timestamp":"2013-02-17T22:52:26Z","logid":1037956,"logtype":"move","logaction":"move","move":{"suppressedredirect":""}}

instead of the expected output:

{"type":"log","ns":6,"title":"File:MW-quest-Place-Zainab Camp.jpg","rcid":1189347,"pageid":147052,"revid":0,"old_revid":0,"user":"Jeancey","timestamp":"2013-02-17T22:52:26Z","logid":1037956,"logtype":"move","logaction":"move","move":{"suppressedredirect":"", "new_ns":the_new_namespace,"new_title":"the_new_title"}}

as the api does on other wikis I deal with. This makes it impossible to tell where pages have been moved to in the API. Do you have an idea why this is the case? Thanks Moussekateer (talk) 23:29, 26 March 2013 (GMT)

Off-hand no. The base wiki code is mostly unmodified so the only thing that might be causing it would be our UespCustomCode extension, although that shouldn't affect the API calls at all. It could be a bug in MediaWiki v1.19.3. Do you happen to know which MediaWiki versions you've confirmed as working? Either way I'll do a little digging in the code and see if anything obvious shows up. -- Daveh (talk) 23:33, 26 March 2013 (GMT)
The ones I know are confirmed working have either 1.20.2, 1.18.6 or 1.16.5 installed. Thank you for taking the time to have a look. I'll try to see if it is indeed a bug or if anyone has had experience with this before. Moussekateer (talk) 23:44, 26 March 2013 (GMT)
What parameters to api.php are you using to get that output? I tried testing it on www.mediawiki.com but I don't get anything past the timestamp field. They are running v1.21 so see if they output the expected format or not. -- Daveh (talk) 23:58, 26 March 2013 (GMT)
I am using these parameters api.php?action=query&list=recentchanges&rcprop=user|timestamp|title|ids|loginfo|redirect&rctype=edit|new|log&rcdir=newer&rclimit=500&format=json. Moussekateer (talk) 00:15, 27 March 2013 (GMT)
Possibly relevant: try it with format=xml or format=xmlfm and you get an error message:
<error code="internal_api_error_MWException" info="Exception Caught: Internal error in ApiResult::setIndexedTagName: Bad parameter" xml:space="preserve"/>
Doing a little more tracing, it didn't like the "loginfo" property in rcprop. Robin Hood  (talk) 05:03, 27 March 2013 (GMT)
Hmmm that does seem to be the issue. But the loginfo parameter is the one that contains the information I need unfortunately. Double checked and the auto generated api docs here do list loginfo as a valid parameter so not sure what's going on... Moussekateer (talk) 21:54, 27 March 2013 (GMT)

Request for abuseeditor rights[edit]

So I sent you an email a couple weeks ago and I'm not sure if you've seen it or not (or it got lost), and thought I might ask here. I'd like to have abuseeditor rights so that I can make changes to the filters without having to go through an admin or Jak, since I keep catching words that should be added or sites that should be whitelisted. Thanks for considering. Vely►t►e 00:21, 27 March 2013 (GMT)

I'm hesitant to give out any admin related rights to anyone without getting feedback from other admins and editors. I would have you post this request on the admin noticeboard. If there's no objection from anyone there I have no problem giving you access. -- Daveh (talk) 14:31, 27 March 2013 (GMT)
Will do. Thanks for replying. Vely►t►e 17:45, 27 March 2013 (GMT)

Memory Allocation[edit]

Hello. I have halved the size of the Solstheim map image (sent to you via e-mail) and uploaded it here under File:User-Roger-Solstheim Map 02.jpg. However, it seems the server is unable to allocate enough memory to create a thumbnail, as indicated by the warning on a gray background when trying to view the thumbnail of that image. Is there any way to fix that or am I supposed to divide the image in several parts? --Roger (talk) 17:50, 7 April 2013 (GMT)

This just means that the temp drive is filled up. This happens periodically, and it just has to be flushed. Now would be a good time to flush it. And Daveh, any idea why this keeps happening? You could probably set up a script to clear the temp drive monthly (or however frequently is necessary). • JAT 19:08, 7 April 2013 (GMT)
Thanks for the map...I haven't had time to reply to your original email this weekend. There is a cron script to clear the temp space and it looks like there is at least 1GB free on all content servers /tmp. Given the large size of the image it could be too large for the thumb nail creation programs. I'll take a look and see if I can narrow it down. The map itself is great and can definitely be used for the map application. -- Daveh (talk) 01:29, 8 April 2013 (GMT)
I am unsure if it will help, but googling brought up that $wgMaxShellMemory (defaulted to 100 MB) in LocalSettings.php should be increased. Why would "unable to allocate enough memory" be reported if it was a problem with temp space? --Roger (talk) 13:54, 8 April 2013 (GMT)
Roger: you're right, that was indeed the problem. I temporarily increased the value on one of our servers and then refreshed the page and the thumbnail generated properly. Robin Hood  (talk) 02:02, 1 May 2013 (GMT)
Thanks, but, assuming you have changed it back, thumbnails of other sizes can't be generated now. AFAIK, Igor van Dame's and my sandbox are suffering from this. --Roger (talk) 15:46, 3 May 2013 (GMT)
Dave: thoughts on making this a permanent change?
I'll look into this further this week and see if I can find a better/permanent solution. -- Daveh (talk) 13:05, 2 June 2013 (GMT)
Roger: I was able to repeat the process for Igor vanDame's sandbox, but even at 300MB, yours still causes an error. Since I'm not overly familiar with our hardware specs, I didn't want to play around too much. You may want to convert to a smaller resolution on your end and upload a new version. Robin Hood  (talk) 20:41, 3 May 2013 (GMT)

Check User Privileges[edit]

And while we're putting you to work anyway, can you grant Check User privileges to Alpha Kenny Buddy, Dwarfmp, and Legoless per this discussion. Thanks! Robin Hood  (talk) 19:50, 7 April 2013 (GMT)

Done! -- Daveh (talk) 13:56, 8 April 2013 (GMT)

Use of Google Map API for Arena Map work[edit]

I'm at the start of a long process to provide interactive maps for all 400 cities in Arena. I have viewed with interest your implementation of the newer TES titles in Google Maps and I would like to do the same for Arena. I have some experience working with ESRI ArcGIS program but will need some guidance on custom maps following your guidelines.

I can pop onto IRC chat, or can connect to any ventrilo/teamspeak/mumble server you may have access to to discuss this further. I cannot email you because you are not part of the Users group. Thanks in advance for you help. Igor van Dame (talk) 03:39, 9 April 2013 (GMT)

You can e-mail directly if that works. Note that I'm in the process of rewriting the site maps to use the v3 Google maps API. The existing maps and new ones will be free to use. The original maps have a good design walkthrough at Oblivion_Map_Design. Whenever I get around to finish the v3 maps I'll try and do a similar article. -- Daveh (talk) 12:08, 9 April 2013 (GMT)

Creative Commons Licensing[edit]

Hi Dave, could you possibly take a look at this Administrator Noticeboard post that I made some time ago.There has been no response to it at all yet. I originally posted it on UESPWiki_talk:Copyright_and_Ownership, but was advised in IRC that it would get more immediate attention if moved to the AN. As I mentioned in the original comment, I'm happy to help with remedying the situation, but I don't want to "jump the gun" and go doing this without proper approval. Thanks for your time. Daric 22:06, 10 April 2013 (GMT)

GMT Moved Forward[edit]

The clocks went forward an hour in Britain a few weeks ago, so should the GMT post times be moved an hour forward as well?--DCChuckles (talk) 14:40, 8 May 2013 (GMT)

I think you're confusing GMT with Western European Time, which is used by Britain in the winter months until it transitions to Western European Summer Time. GMT doesn't change. • JAT 18:17, 8 May 2013 (GMT)
Ah, okay. Damn, I'm British, I should know that.--DCChuckles (talk) 19:33, 8 May 2013 (GMT)

Filing a claim against Sony for not issuing bug fixes[edit]

Today I filed a complaint with econsumer.gov (the international form of the Better Business Bureau) against Sony for failing to provide bug patches for known bugs in their games.

My claim came out of frustration with so many games, including Oblivion, having unpatched critical bugs.

My goal is not to start a class action lawsuit demanding money, but rather to start one requesting Sony (1) create viable bug reporting and (2) release patches in a timely manner.

If you can think of any way to facilitate getting Sony to agree to these requests, please let me know.

If enough people join together in this issue, hopefully we can save all future gamers the abject frustration of critical bugs in games.

If you would like to discuss how to spread the word to other PlayStation user groups, or even to other platform manufacturers such a XBox, Nintendo, etc, please let me know. You can reach me at thomwblair@gmail.com

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thom Blair III 184.5.147.237 19:16, 31 May 2013 (GMT)

Wikitaxi and Kiwix[edit]

Will UESP wiki be on Kiwix and Wikitaxi as offline reader, it should be only 3 or 10 MB text only since is not so large as real Wikipedia.Will someone make XML dump pages-articles.xml.bz2 — Unsigned comment by 88.207.105.177 (talk) at 12:16 on 9 June 2013

Note that this follows on a CP discussion. Robin Hood  (talk) 16:01, 9 June 2013 (GMT)
I just did a quick trial run on content3, and if we don't filter the content at all, the compressed file is actually just under 50 MB, while the uncompressed file is 254 MB (for current revisions of each page, not a full history). I suspect filtering it to just content with no talk pages or user pages would probably cut that size down to about 20/80 MB, but that's just a ballpark figure. The process took about three minutes and didn't produce any noticeable lag on the wiki. Robin Hood  (talk) 18:35, 9 June 2013 (GMT)
Nice...since having some sort of offline content is a common request I'll look into this a little more this week. See the a CP discussion for further comments. -- Daveh (talk) 13:27, 10 June 2013 (GMT)

() How did you filter and remove unwanted pages like user and talk pages another final fantasy wiki is trying to create XML dump. — Unsigned comment by 88.207.106.103 (talk) at 07:58 on 14 June 2013

I used the command line backup that looks like:
  php dumpBackup.php --current --filter=namespace:0,2,6,8,10,14,102,104,106,108,110,112,114,116,118,120,122,124,126,128,130,132,134,136,138,140,142,144,146 > file.xml
Just edit the namespaces according to which ones you need to export on your wiki. The numbers for the built-in MediaWiki namespaces can be found here. The ones higher than 100 are our custom namespaces. -- Daveh (talk) 13:27, 14 June 2013 (GMT)
Thanks but they say that wikia doesn't give them access to the server.I have imported final fantasy wiki in Wikitaxi and has no errors, you can try importing it. http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_Wiki:Offline_Viewing — Unsigned comment by 88.207.106.103 (talk) at 02:52 on 15 June 2013‎
Perhaps you could import unfiltered XML dump, perhaps filter removed some necessary features.Final fantasy wiki was imported unfiltered and is working fine. — Unsigned comment by 88.207.106.103 (talk) on 9:20, 15 June 2013
If you don't have access to the server's command line you can always use the Special:Export page although you are limited to exporting pages in smaller batches by category. -- Daveh (talk) 13:29, 15 June 2013 (GMT)
Did you try email to author of WikiTaxi perhaps he can solve Meta Template errors. — Unsigned comment by 188.252.134.126 (talk) at 06:06 on 17 June 2013‎
On Kiwix mainpage it says that it supports ZIM format, a highly compressed open format with additional meta-data, so porting UESP wiki to ZIM should solve metadata problem in Wikitaxi.109.60.94.157 14:57, 28 December 2013 (GMT) Xand
Author of kiwix will make ZIM file but he needs HTML dump, I provided XML dump, discussion is here: 188.252.135.56 07:14, 6 January 2014 (GMT) Xand
http://sourceforge.net/p/kiwix/discussion/604121/thread/661e649c/
Can someone make HTML dump of the wiki author of Kiwix needs it to create ZIM file, discussion is on kiwix mainpage, forums, open discussion, UESP wiki on kiwix 188.252.135.56 06:56, 7 January 2014 (GMT) Xand
While I and a couple of others are capable of it, this is the sort of thing that's probably best left in Daveh's hands, so I've removed your note from the Community Portal in favour of the one here. Robin Hood  (talk) 07:51, 7 January 2014 (GMT)

Solitude map[edit]

Hi Daveh, just a message for you. I've uploaded the map of Solitude several days ago. (Sorry for being late to let you know, due to a crash with the thumbnail.) File:SR-map-Solitude.jpg As you can see here. Although I didn't get the missing part of the map, I just finished the work with some Photoshop tricks. If you think this map looks just okay now, then save yourself some trouble~ If you've got the missing part successfully, just let me know. It would be welcome too. I can make the perfect vision without much trouble. I still keep the original PSD file in my computer. Dreamshadow (talk) 00:06, 11 June 2013 (GMT)

RegexFunctions[edit]

Hey Daveh, I user recently pointed out (which I have confirmed) that the 1.4.2 version of RegexFunctions has a security flaw (this is the version we use), and that upgrading to 1.4.3 which fixes the flaw. Some official confirmation of the flaw came from The Media Wiki page on RegexFunctions. :) Jeancey (talk) 04:01, 18 June 2013 (GMT)

Thanks for letting us know, Jeancey! I'll upload the new version tomorrow unless Dave gets to it first. Robin Hood  (talk) 04:43, 18 June 2013 (GMT)
And done! Robin Hood  (talk) 18:01, 18 June 2013 (GMT)

Google+ Button[edit]

Hey Daveh. Thought I should point you towards the discussion going on currently about the Google+ button in the sidebar. —Legoless (talk) 02:36, 4 August 2013 (GMT)

Search Issues[edit]

Hello Dave. It appears our search function has ceased working. The predictive results is completely non-functioning, and typing in anything that would not automatically transfer you to a page will result in zero search results coming up. For example, here is the search results for Tamriel. I don't know if it's a temporary problem or not, but I felt the need to alert you to this regardless. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 01:57, 22 August 2013 (GMT)

Thanks for the reminder. I had to reboot content2 this evening and the lsearch service was not properly set to restart automatically. I've manually started it and things appear to be working but let me know if lingering or other issues remain. -- Daveh (talk) 02:32, 22 August 2013 (GMT)
It's working for me again, thanks for the swift response! Another user who reported the issue on the admin noticeboard claims the same. I don't know Thanks again! --AKB Talk Cont Mail 02:38, 22 August 2013 (GMT)

cs.uesp.net[edit]

It appears to be down. Maybe you already know but I figured it wouldn't hurt to tell you. Thanks :) --Morrolan (talk) 13:04, 23 September 2013 (GMT)

content3 is just slow right now due to a backup of MySQL replication. It should be randomly fast/slow for the next day or two until it catches up and then should be fine. If it doesn't get better after then I'll look into it further. Thanks!
Quick Additional -- Slow downs on content3 just now were also apparently due to another misbehaving MSN bot. Blocking that cleared things up a lot. -- Daveh (talk) 13:06, 23 September 2013 (GMT)
It just woke up. Thanks :) --Morrolan (talk) 13:13, 23 September 2013 (GMT)

tumblr[edit]

Hey, I tried contacting you via email about the account, but I keep getting failure notices; the emails don't deliver. I'm still interested in helping run in. Vely►t►e 17:26, 1 October 2013 (GMT)

Yes, I was expecting an email from you...do you think the issue is on your end or mine? dave@uesp.net is the easiest way to reach me and I'm not aware of any issues with it at the moment (served through Google Apps email). Anyways, I'll try emailing you tomorrow with some details about the UESP Tumblr account.-- Daveh (talk) 02:37, 2 October 2013 (GMT)
I'm not sure whose end it's on. I know I tried emailing you a long while ago about abuseeditor rights via the emailuser function, but never got a reply, so that may have been a failure as well as these recent emails. I don't recall having the issue with sending emails to anyone else. Vely►t►e 02:50, 2 October 2013 (GMT)
I could forward the error email to Avron to send to you, if you'd like to see the whole thing, but here is the start of the most recent email error reply that I received, without including the email's contents:
I have received your email though and that seems to be working fine. Vely►t►e 19:17, 4 October 2013 (GMT)
There are a few settings that I can't change: Blog icon, blog theme, and displaying author's icon on blog posts. The first two could be changed whenever, but we could definitely get something UESP-themed there. For displaying author's blog icon, I personally think it's a bit odd and would like that to be hidden (which I guess would be unchecking the box that looks like this). I don't have access to change the settings though (nor do I care about access). Vely►t►e 18:29, 5 October 2013 (GMT)

The Furniture Store[edit]

Hey, Dave. I was browsing through my excessively large mod collection on my hard drive (if there can be such thing as too many Morrowind mods), and I found and finally played around with your Furniture Store, which is an absolutely awesome mod, though giving you praise for it isn't the main purpose of this message. What I'm here for is to give you a courtesy message requesting permission to use parts of this mod in the creation of one that I am currently planning out and would possibly benefit from the use of said mod in it's creation. You'd get your due credit in the documentation, of course. Whether for or against my request, many thanks for a reply, and you deserve praise for such a cool mod. -damon  xoxo 04:03, 2 October 2013 (GMT)

Many thanks...its one of those things I've forgotten about. Feel free to use the mod or parts of it as needed...good luck! -- Daveh (talk) 11:53, 2 October 2013 (GMT)

Password help?[edit]

I realized when trying to log on from another computer earlier today that I'd forgotten my password to this account. Unfortunately, I also neglected to provide an email address when registering, and the password is needed to add one even if I'm already logged in on this computer. Would it be possible for you to either a) reset my password or b) add an email address to my account so I can do it myself? Xolroc (talk) 23:35, 28 October 2013 (GMT)

I'll reset your password to something temporary, but I'll need to know your e-mail address anyway so that I can send your new temporary password back to you. If you don't want to post it publicly, I'm in the UESP chatroom, so you can PM me on IRC, or you can e-mail me. I may be AFK for a bit, but I should be able to do it within the next hour at most. Robin Hood  (talk) 00:49, 29 October 2013 (GMT)
Just for Dave's info, this has been done now. Robin Hood  (talk) 01:32, 29 October 2013 (GMT)

Inappropriate edit on General Tullius's page.[edit]

This morning I was looking up on General Tullius on here, when I did I found the following words that I can remember: during sex with a bear because he has a gay relationship with it. I was able to take it off of there but I'm worried that who ever did it might come back and add an another inappropriate thing on that page. I don't know if they did so on other pages but I hope not. But I would like to request that people should be clear that just because there's an edit button there doesn't mean they should add what they want. Please and thank you. AThiefWithNordicBeauty (talk) 00:28, 26 November 2013 (GMT)

The person who made that edit, and many others similar is a vandal and has been banned, and the edits reversed. This is an unfortunate consequence of having a free-to-edit wiki, but there are measures to prevent the most extreme language from being added to pages, but vandals will always find a way to disrupt. Only pages with a history of disruptive edits end up with protection, but Tullius may qualify for some minor temporary protection at this stage. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 00:38, 26 November 2013 (GMT)
Thank you for taking care of the perpretrator. I hope that it never happens to this site ever again. AThiefWithNordicBeauty (talk) 14:53, 26 November 2013 (GMT)

Morrowind Map Down[edit]

Hey Dave! I wish I ever had anything but bad news to bring you, but the Morrowind Map seems to have stopped working, as pointed out in the linked to report. I checked it out myself, and I concur, the map is not functioning for me either. I tested out our maps for Oblivion, Shivering Isles, Skyrim, and Dragonborn to ensure that whatever the issue is hasn't taken them down as well, but I found all of them all functioning as expected. I'm aware that you recently updated map code, and judging by the timing, I would assume the update and this issue are related somehow. Of course, you probably came to the same conclusion already, if you don't have some other insight on the issue I would be unaware of. Hope that this problem can be resolved swiftly! AKB Talk Cont Mail 14:28, 27 November 2013 (GMT)

Thanks...I'm posting an update/question in the given thread. -- Daveh (talk) 14:31, 27 November 2013 (GMT)

Minor Map Issues[edit]

I've just been converting some of the map URLs on content pages to Map Link (though I'm not intending to do archival stuff or anything else where keeping the old URL probably makes more sense), and one of them has brought up a minor issue in the current map code: in a link that combines a search and a zoom, such as this, the zoom runs, and the search parameter is displayed in the search box, but the search doesn't actually run. Instead of just seeing the Gondola icon, you see all the icons.

Another really trivial issue that that same link brings up is that the + in the URL doesn't get converted back to a space in the display text. Robin Hood  (talk) 23:25, 27 November 2013 (GMT)

Ah yes....should be easy fixes once I dig into it a bit...thanks. -- Daveh (talk) 00:05, 28 November 2013 (GMT)
Should be fixed now (you may need to reload the map page to force the update of new code). Hopefully I didn't break anything else.... -- Daveh (talk) 00:57, 28 November 2013 (GMT)
Yup, I noticed the fixes kick in while testing my re-write of the Map Link template. Thanks! Robin Hood  (talk) 03:19, 28 November 2013 (GMT)
Errr...something's not quite on the text replacement: Shardrock Robin Hood  (talk) 03:24, 28 November 2013 (GMT)
Fixed the issue with multiple plus/spaces in the string. -- Daveh (talk) 20:08, 28 November 2013 (GMT)

Possible blog problems?[edit]

Hey, boss. I think there might be an issue with the blog. The other day Nocte Canticum posted a post, and as you will observe on the main page, the post exists, but the text that makes up the body of the post is non-existent. Then, just moments ago, I wanted to make a post of my own, and I previewed my post to check the formatting and everything... Same issue. Think you can poke around a bit and see what the issue is when you have a moment? Thanks. -damon  xoxo 22:45, 14 December 2013 (GMT)

Looking at the blog's database, I can tell you that Nocte's post is there in its entirety, so the information is being saved, at least. I don't see a post from you, but I'm guessing that you aborted the save when the preview didn't work? Beyond that I can't help, but I thought I'd at least provide you with that much reassurance. Robin Hood  (talk) 23:55, 14 December 2013 (GMT)
Oh, Dave, I'm just poking around a bit more, and it looks like the initial save is taking place, but something's failing when it tries to parse the text into HTML. In the evo_items__type table, Nocte's post has the text entry, but the entityencoded and htmlbody entries are blank. I'm guessing that updating those would fix the problem in the short term, but the question, of course, is what's causing the failure in the first place. I'll leave them alone so you can see what I'm talking about, though, and figure out what the best way to proceed is. Robin Hood  (talk) 00:06, 15 December 2013 (GMT)
Probably ought to reply so you don't waste effort unnecesarily, but yeah, the reason my post doesn't exist is because I never bothered to save it, since it wasn't visible anyway. -damon  xoxo 00:09, 15 December 2013 (GMT)
Thanks...it may be some PHP issue due to upgrading to PHP 5.3 a little while ago. -- Daveh (talk) 03:22, 15 December 2013 (GMT)
Is there a solution to this issue? I was hoping to do a few things on the blog while I have some free time. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 23:31, 22 December 2013 (GMT)
Unfortunately I haven't had time yet...I've been travelling for two weeks for work and then the power was out here most of the weekend. Combine that with all the usual Christmas time stuff doesn't leave me much time but I'll try to squeeze some minutes here and there to look at it. Hopefully it is a simple issue and a 5 minute fix. -- Daveh (talk) 21:53, 23 December 2013 (GMT)

() Update: I ended up looking at it, and managed to find a solution. Reading about on this suggested that a plugin was causing the issue, which turned out to be accurate. I resolved it by disabling the Autolinks plugin. The plugin in question made it so links are clickable, although links are still clickable with it now disabled. Re-enabling the plugin blanks out all of the blog entries, not just new ones, so I'm leaving it off. For now, the blog works again. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 19:42, 30 December 2013 (GMT)

Tumblr[edit]

Hey, are there any plans to add the UESP Tumblr to the sidebar? Vely►t►e 21:40, 17 December 2013 (GMT)

Yes actually, I just haven't had time to do it yet (feel free to do it if you have time). -- Daveh (talk) 21:41, 17 December 2013 (GMT)
I added it, but neither of us can add that fancy image you have with the other social media pages I believe. However, it is on the sidebar now. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 21:46, 17 December 2013 (GMT)
The tumblr icon is rounded, but I can't find one without colored edges. The one they use on their twitter feed might be an alternative (here), though its square. Vely on IRC voiced his support if a rounded one can't be found. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 22:07, 17 December 2013 (GMT)
I just grabbed one off the web (before seeing Silencer's reply) and uploaded it. If we want to change it to something else, that's easy enough. Robin Hood  (talk) 22:32, 17 December 2013 (GMT)
Looks alright to me, I just had too much time on my hands. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 22:41, 17 December 2013 (GMT)

Cartographer/Mapuser rights[edit]

I just went ahead and changed the coordinates of Japhet's Folly (see here) in the database. But I guess for transparency reasons it would be better if I were a Cartographer, or stop doing things like that if I shouldn't. I don't think there is any formal application procedure. --Alfwyn (talk) 17:47, 18 December 2013 (GMT)

I've added you as a Cartographer...its basically available to any admin or senior editor who needs/wants it. -- Daveh (talk) 17:49, 18 December 2013 (GMT)

Oblivion map bug[edit]

When searching the map, the Oblivion map seems to be only displaying the Oblivion Gates on the western half of the map. Tried different browser, problem persists. When not searching anything, all gates are normally displayed, but looking for them by zooming in and scrolling is very inconvenient. Bulvik (talk) 14:09, 20 December 2013 (GMT)

I believe this is just due to the limit of displaying 50 search locations at a time on the map and the first 50 gate locations happen to be on the Western half of the map. I was going to tell you to just hit the "next" button in the search results but it seems to be not displaying for some reason (which I'll fix shortly) but you can use this link for the same effect. -- Daveh (talk) 14:15, 20 December 2013 (GMT)

Report Ad Broken[edit]

An anonymous user mentioned that the "Report Ad" feature was broken; I checked, and it's broken for me as well. I'm assuming this is a PHP 5.3 issue. I was going to poke at it a bit, but it appears I don't have permission to save the file on dev (at least...I didn't check anything else). Robin Hood  (talk) 05:10, 22 December 2013 (GMT)

Thanks for the note...I've been wondering why I've been getting less reports (usually one or two a day). -- Daveh (talk) 21:54, 23 December 2013 (GMT)

56 mixtures to learn all base effects is partially incorrect.[edit]

Discussion moved to Skyrim talk:Alchemy#56 mixtures to learn all base effects is partially incorrect.


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