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Yes, hi, I recently made a my own wiki, but I don't seem to the admin as I cannot access the 'Special:SiteSettings' page. It tells me I'm not an admin. Is that a paid feature only. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sodisna (talkcontribs) on October 26, 2013 @ 8:56 a.m. EDT.

What's the name/URL of your new wiki so that I (or Mr. Koren) can check? Besides, once you create a Referata wiki (paid or not), you are made a founding admin/bureaucrat—and those rights alone should mean access to the site settings page in the first place. Wonder if that was a database generation error? --Routhwick (talk) 14:04, October 26, 2013 (EDT)
I figured it out, I wasn't logged in. I assumed that we would be automatically logged in. However, I have a question, is it possible to drop-down (or Collapsible Tabs) menu on the sidebar? As like the ones on Mediawiki's site. I look around and is appears it needs an extension of some sort. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sodisna (talkcontribs) on October 27, 2013 @ 10:56 a.m. EDT
If this early 2011 thread on is any indication, then you're correct. The drop-down/collapsible sidebar requires the Usability Initiative extension, which this service currently does not provide.
If nothing else, I'll bring it up in the Requested features section tomorrow (along with several more concerns) and we'll wait for Koren's say on the matter. --Routhwick (talk) 19:14, October 28, 2013 (EDT)


Hello! I have been trying to create a website, but I can't. I entered e-mail address, confirmed it, and write to me that you should accept e-mail.

When are you gonna add new featured sites?

By the way, what requirements (if any) are there to be on the featured sites? I'm the bureaucrat of a forked wiki from Wikia, and we've grown to around 480 pages so far. Da Nerd (talk) 19:04, October 24, 2013 (EDT)

If and when Mr. Koren gets around to it again. Thankfully, WikiApiary has a fairly comprehensive list of Referata wikis, if you'd like to check it out.
By the way, if you want to get it added, what's your site's name? (I'm running the Dixwell Dossier at this moment.)
Absent Koren and Dennis, I've been busy fighting spam on this central site for weeks—as an admin. About time Koren looked into CheckUser. --Routhwick (talk) 19:46, October 24, 2013 (EDT)
The one I was referring to was the SpongeBob Fan Wiki; I have recently founded YouTV and the Unicode Wiki. -Da Nerd (talk) 10:12, October 25, 2013 (EDT)


Updating skins usually works out just fine for me, but for some reason on my most recent wiki the pages have the new skin, but the main page doesn't. heeelp Da Nerd (talk) 16:57, November 6, 2013 (EST)

Huh, it seems that doing Ctrl+F5 solved the problem. Da Nerd (talk) 16:59, November 6, 2013 (EST)


I'm not sure anyone reads these anymore, but is there a way to have multiple URLs redirect to one wiki? Thanks! -Da Nerd (talk) 21:52, November 19, 2013 (EST)

I still do; it's only a matter of when I have any nerve to reply. By the way, you can: first, you'll have to pay for the Ad-Supported level to receive a single custom URL, then you can purchase several more in bulk from a hosting service. --Routhwick (talk) 15:57, December 18, 2013 (EST)


On the Referata WikiFarm - what is the video markup like, if it is allowed. Best, MarkDilley (talk)


Can someone please add NoTitle to my wiki? I need to use it for the main page. Thanks, UnfazedEveryman (talk) 03:08, June 27, 2015 (EDT)

Disowned by site, then capcha hell.

I went through the process to create an account and confirm my email. I am rd0rd0. I created Chattanooga Semantic Wiki. CSW then would not let me log in but claimed I do not exist.

I then tried to sign up again, but got the worst captchas I have ever seen, in 5 or 6 tries -- *totally* undecipherable what the text is supposed to be.

The Subject/headline box just above, BTW, is far too narrow top to bottom for the text to fit in it, so one must type it in mostly blind.

Deleting a wiki

I set one of my wikis for deletion - does that free up the wiki's URL name if I decided to re-create it? --Xcb86w (talk) 17:44, July 4, 2016 (EDT)

Wiki leadership style questionnaire

To the tireless contributors, admins, stewards, and other leaders on Referata:

  1. How do you respond to any awkward or inconvenient questions there may or or may not be about your style?
  2. How do you react to those who discuss, debate, or critique your decisions, including when they ignore rank and explicit instructions to move the discussion, debate or critique to another venue?
  3. What happens when someone says something that comes off as questioning your authority or the authority of someone or something you support?
  4. What do ex-members of the community say about you?
  5. How do you treat ex-members of the community?
  6. How do you respond to someone saying that you should add information to, or remove information from, any credentials you may have, at this time or in the future, on your userpage?
  7. Do you now, or will you ever, have any personal information on your userpage, such as your real name, or your accomplishments in the physical world, such as an academic degree?
  8. How do you respond to difficult, dysfunctional, or odd situations?
  9. How do you respond to unclear communication and to propaganda techniques?
  10. Do you use information about aspects of workplaces to understand people and situations on the Internet?
  11. What is your relationship with barnstars awarded for extensive, painstaking or tireless contribution?
  12. Do you have any sort of policing mission, no matter how metaphorically this term may apply, and if so, in what way?
  13. What, if anything, is your relationship with the arts and humanities, and with that which is supported by qualitative methods?
  14. Does your team have a higher turnover rate than rival or competing teams?
  15. The last time you switched to a wiki, how many of your peers kept in touch with you?
  16. In disputes in which you were able to win, but not easily, did you always win, or have you ever folded um'?
  17. Are you now, or have you ever been, banned, however temporarily, from editing any wiki where you now have, or ever had, the ability to ban even one person?
  18. What have you ever stopped or imposed, or now stop or impose because a vote of the community has not yet been taken on it?
  19. How do you treat disputes between editors with only IP addresses for identifiers, and those with accounts, and disputes between admins and non-admin account holders?
  20. How do you treat disputes between editors with different degrees of hard work and establishment than each other, especially when one party loses interest for approximately 72 hours during a long, complex content dispute?
  21. What happens when someone claims that you're using propaganda techniques? 06:08, May 5, 2017 (EDT)

Service Level: Semantic Search Function (Special:Ask) dysfunctional

Hi there, on the wikis in the <name> domain the semantic search function renders database errors even on the most simple query or no result where there should be one. See example here. What is the issue? --Stoettner (talk) 11:55, April 16, 2018 (UTC)

Why is my wiki not indexed in search engines?

Why? Viggo Jackson (talk) 18:15, October 24, 2018 (UTC)

Require new version of MediaWiki

Hello, I found that Referata use MediaWiki 1.26.4 (1e8caeb), but my old wiki use MediaWiki 1.32.0. If an administrator read this message, does it can update to the new version, because some elements are missing, and I need those... --Minteck (talk) 21:01, February 10, 2019 (UTC)

This server uses PHP 5.6.40, and it can only go up to 1.26.4. Just like the PowerPC Mac can only go up to 10.4.11 if not lucky enough for 10.5.8.

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I've noticed some glitches after all that hacking stuff happened. For some reason, when I try to view the main page of my wiki, it redirects me here. When I try to use the wiki's alternate URL, it makes me download a "" file.

Also, I can no longer upload the logo, and the custom favicon isn't showing up. What do I do? Gfdgsgxgzgdrc (talk) 22:23, May 27, 2019 (UTC)

I have no clue what to do about this. Apparently, Referata was hacked because there was a Site Settings vulnerability where the hacker was allowed to upload any file (including .php files), according to an anonymous user of the main MediaWiki website on Yaron's talkpage. I think you might not be able to upload any logo or favicon because of the image validation. Meanwhile, don't assume that all of the compromised backend code has been cleaned out. Let's hope for the best of Referata. Tellie (talk) 01:05, May 28, 2019 (UTC)