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Hey Elliott, it's Borror. I'm currently on my girlfriend's computer and can't remember my password... XD Anyway, I don't know if your back yet, but I'll leave you a message here. There have been a few vandals on the wiki while you were away.

I have obviously reverted/deleted the edits, but I don't know how to ban IPs, so I leave this to you. Most of them were creating pages like Talk:Home/ or Talk:Level/ but there was that blanked a page and wrote "Gay" (how bright from him). I guess this one will get a more serious ban. :o

PS: The post template seems broken... 17:54, August 14, 2007 (EDT)

Post temp isn't broken, regarding banning - first, visit this page and make an entry according to what you're doing and why: Known vandals. I'd make an entry for either 'annoying' or 'medium' vandalism, and probably give him a 7 day ban at most, escalate it to something higher (with a new entry and such as well) if he does it again when he can edit again in 7 days. Regarding the technicalities of banning an IP, see Special:Blockip.

As well, I'm pretty sure it's a bot - the adding of the trailing slash indicates he/it things the pages are a directory, a human would have quickly learned that the pages on the wiki aren't actual served content, hence no trailing slash like a folder, but a bot wouldn't know that. elliottcable (talk, site) 01:45, August 16, 2007 (EDT)

Unlocking of page / increasing of permissions on DDO wiki

Hi Peerless,

I've been doing some work over on the DDO wiki site around updating a lot of loot and quests, and am about to start uploading maps for quests as I go. I've come across a snag in that I've edited a nested template ( to position the map where I want it, but the template in which that one is nested, ( is protected, and so I can't put the variable i've added into that template to have it passed to the nested one.

Is there any chance you can either unlock that page ( or give me permission to edit it so that I can make the appropriate change?

(Sorry about putting this on both meta and DDO talk pages, wasn't sure if you had both watched!)

Thanks, Andy.

Andy Murtagh 09:50, August27, 2008 (GMT+1)

I'm consistently amazed how this site continues to grow without guidance - everytime the most prolific contributor stops, well, contributing... somebody else appears from nowhere to take his place!

In any case, I'm not usually the one you'd go to for this sort of thing nowadays, I haven't been active in, what, a year? Maybe even two? But I've upped you to superuser status, that should allow you to edit that page. Given your current level of contribution, you may be a prospective admin, you'd have to try to get one of the more active admin's attentions for that (I prefer not to meddle this late in the game).

Thanks for your contributions, and best of luck in your endeavors! elliottcable (talk, site) 05:50, August 27, 2008 (EDT)

Hi Peerless,

Thanks for that, I'll have a check and see if I can edit that page now, I appreciate your stepping in, I'm aware from looking at your talk that there hadn't been a post in a year or so, but I wasn't sure who to go to as your name is still first on the "Contact The Admins" page. Who's running things on the DDO Wiki now? If there's any chance of you supplying me with a list of the current hierarchy then I can coordinate there with regard to any future changes / projects.

Also, whatever changes you made to permissions weren't enough, still can't edit that page, but I understand if you don't want to make any other changes or move to anything higher!

Thanks for your help, sorry to bother!

Thanks, Andy.

Andy Murtagh 15:05, August 27, 2008 (GMT+1)
Hey Andy, if you have an active DDO US account, you can contact me via the DDO forums. I'm usually in charge of the wiki (content-wise) but I'm a little busy with RL. I didn't check the Recent changes in a week and I'm amazed of the activity going on right now. If you want, I'd like to discuss something with you and I'd prefer IM because it's much mfaster. Do you have an MSN account by any chance?

Anyway, I'll unlock the quest template for you. Borror0 15:31, August 27, 2008 (EDT)

Hi Borror0 & Peerless,

Peerless, thanks for all, looks like the man I need to talk to has presented himself! On a side-note, is there any way you can manually confirm my email addie for me? I've re-requested the confirmation mail several times now and it just won't arrive for some reason =/ Thanks again!

Borror0, thanks for the reply, I do use MSN, will stick a post now on your own talk so we can leave Mr. Cable un-bothered!

Thanks, Andy.→ Andy Murtagh 23:22, August 27, 2008 (GMT+1)

Sorry about the lack of a fix, the wiki DB seems to have gone boom right when I submitted the page. It's taken care of now, and Borror0 also seems to have unprotected the page in any case. (On that note, I'd suggest re-protecting such a relatively high profile page to superuser-only edits). To confirm your e-mail address, I'd have to dig into the database - I know exactly why it won't send you the confirmation mail (postfix retardation, it's been a problem since I first set up the wiki ages ago). Not much I can do about it without digging up my administration login details for the system itself, and I don't know if it's even still SSH-accessible after all this time. So, yeah, sorry, but there isn't really much I can do. E-mail notifications are kind of out unless I can get that fixed. I suggest you do what I do - use an RSS feed reader and the recent changes/watchlist RSS feeds. Andy, you had a little bug with the post template, in the future, you might want to use the {{subst:p}} substitution template (hover over the purple infobox when editing a page to see a summary of its use) to prevent that annoying bug showing itself. elliottcable (talk, site) 20:29, August 27, 2008 (EDT)

Hi Peerless, sorry I'm relatively new to Wiki editing, and as much as I think I'm picking it up quite quickly, I'm not sure what bug you mean! Nor do I see any purple info boxes while I'm editing a page? Am I missing something? Andy Murtagh 08:35, August 28, 2008 (GMT+1)

Screenshot of the purple box on the editing page

The bug is that with the actual {{post}} template, if you don't have numbered arguments on some random posts, it will fail to parse and you'll end up with something like this, where the content shows up in the signature field and your signature doesn't show up at all. The {{SUBST:p}} template fixes that (also makes it a bit quicker to type). elliottcable (talk, site) 11:15, August 28, 2008 (EDT)