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Bug report123:30, 13 July 2014
Good to meet you!015:14, 2 November 2013
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Quick question about your bot304:04, 31 January 2013
«no subject»006:09, 19 August 2012
Requesting help in adding slides on WE209:46, 29 April 2012
«no subject»507:17, 10 April 2012
«no subject»214:30, 7 April 2012
«no subject»409:07, 3 April 2012
Thaks002:05, 3 April 2012
Thanks for the maps604:08, 22 February 2012
WE Notes122:30, 19 February 2012
Wiki spam200:44, 16 March 2011
New Sandbox Thread501:27, 17 December 2010
Rename121:22, 28 November 2010
Thanks for the cleanup!004:29, 24 November 2010
Question regarding editintro100:16, 4 October 2010
File sync with Commons; collaborative video editing204:31, 1 September 2010
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Bug report

No idea if this has been mentioned before, but Kaltura:Video_uvtu85rymu returns an error message for me:

Detected bug in an extension! Hook KalturaNamespace::hPageHistoryLineEnding failed to return a value; should return true to continue hook processing or false to abort.


#0 /usr/local/mw-svn/includes/PageHistory.php(338): wfRunHooks('PageHistoryLine...', Array)
#1 /usr/local/mw-svn/includes/PageHistory.php(624): PageHistory->historyLine(Object(stdClass), NULL, 1, false, true, true)
#2 /usr/local/mw-svn/includes/Pager.php(296): PageHistoryPager->getEndBody()
#3 /usr/local/mw-svn/includes/PageHistory.php(142): IndexPager->getBody()
#4 /usr/local/mw-svn/extensions/kaltura2/KalturaNamespace.php(156): PageHistory->history()
#5 /usr/local/mw-svn/includes/Wiki.php(450): KalturaNamespace->view()
#6 /usr/local/mw-svn/includes/Wiki.php(63): MediaWiki->performAction(Object(OutputPage), Object(KalturaNamespace), Object(Title), Object(User), Object(WebRequest))
#7 /usr/local/mw-svn/index.php(116): MediaWiki->initialize(Object(Title), Object(KalturaNamespace), Object(OutputPage), Object(User), Object(WebRequest))
#8 {main}

Figured you might want to know :) Snowolf 05:30, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Snowolf (talk)05:30, 11 July 2014

Thanks for the report. (The Kaltura service has not worked properly for years, so the extension has suffered some bit-rot. I'll get it sorted.)

JimTittsler (talk)23:30, 13 July 2014

Good to meet you!

Hi Jim, good to meet you this week. I appreciate your work with {{MTime}} and hope it's possible to bring it to Wikipedia! Looking forward to connecting you with the Wikipedia Education team as well. -Pete F. 15:14, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

Peteforsyth (talk)15:14, 2 November 2013

Hi Jim Tried to insert your widget:WEnotes aggregator into my page but doesn't seem to be picking up anything (have some hash tag posts in twitter - you can see them at )

Cheers Michael.

Mverhaart (talk)23:40, 20 May 2013

The number of tags the widget can follow is very limited (because of the Twitter API) so it does not accept arbitrary tags.

I would have suggested using the Identica widget (which does accept arbitrary tags), but Identica is closing down at the end of the month, making way for the new service. I haven't made the time to create a widget yet.

So I don't have a good solution at the moment.

JimTittsler (talk)00:02, 21 May 2013

Thanks Jim. Micro-blogging while very useful seems to have undergone lots of changes of late. Maybe as Facebook/Google start to make inroads. Unfortunately twitter recently made some filter changes to their API for hash tags so when I used it in class only "selected" tweets came through. Actually made using twitter nearly useless to use as a teaching tool (in the end none of my students were posting tweets!).

Cheers Michael

Mverhaart (talk)01:43, 21 May 2013

Quick question about your bot

Hi Jim,

Just wondering if you could help me out with a wee query. I think your bot may have deleted our Albany Senior High School's featured project page:

I've replaced it but wondered whether there was some problem with it and something that needed changing to avoid further deletion? Unfortunately I couldn't glean any likely causes from the log! :(



HamishC (talk)00:26, 22 January 2013

Sorry, that appears to have been collateral damage. Someone had embedded a link to an essay writing service and the bot deleted the page rather than just the spammy revision. I can restore the page (and its history), but it would wipe out your new revision.

It also appears you didn't completely restore that section... for things like "being a teacher at ASHS" and "Unconference ideas", but perhaps that was intentional.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

JimTittsler (talk)01:21, 22 January 2013

No problem Jim! Don't sweat it with restoring the old one, I'll most likely change it soon anyways.


HamishC (talk)03:15, 31 January 2013

Restoring is very easy (one advantage of a wiki, since it saves everything)... but it looked like you had already started and the restoration would have replaced your new version.

JimTittsler (talk)04:04, 31 January 2013

«no subject»

A request... visit my pages designed for MU OER PORTAL & give me feedback for improvement. Thanks & Best regards...Sujata

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)06:09, 19 August 2012

Requesting help in adding slides on WE

Hi Jim, I saw a couple of days before that you have successfully added slides to the WE.Could you please tell me if I should create a separate presentation for this to add it here?Or can I use my existing ppt that I already have ? It would be so kind of you if you could assist me in this Thanks in advance Balqis

Balqis Thaahaveettil (talk)10:39, 26 April 2012

Yes, at present you must author the presentation in WikiEducator, wrapping each "slide" in:

 <div class="slide">

A conversion tool is possible, but nobody has written one yet. And since the slide format is still very experimental and subject to change, it may be early for that tool to exist.

JimTittsler (talk)23:24, 26 April 2012

Hi Jim ,

I know that you are really busy but I am really thankful to you to for teaching me this.I will try it out soon.I would come again to ask my doubts (which may seem silly for a geek like you  ).

Thanks and gratitude 

Your Student and Neighbour on WE


Balqis Thaahaveettil (talk)22:31, 28 April 2012

«no subject»

Pl guide me about how u have created the widget for microblogging activities in the WE copyright course

Whether backend is MOODLE?

I need it desperately for my MU OER PORTAL. Pl teach me.

Dr Sujata Dhopte

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)14:50, 7 April 2012

I found U have created it as on 8th DEC through MOODLE.

Mumbai University can use it beautifully if U can gift me this art..exactly the way u created it.

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)15:02, 7 April 2012

The version using Moodle is an experiment that only works with the WikiEducator Moodle and is not ready for widespread deployment.

I recommend you use the widget which can pull data with the specified tag from the stream. A good example is available on the OER university page. For example, if you wanted to pull all posts with the #muoer tag, you could use:

{{#widget:JQueryUI}}{{Preknowledge|{{#widget:IdenticaTagFeed|tag=muoer|height=200}}|Title=Mumbai University #muoer Feed}}
JimTittsler (talk)01:15, 8 April 2012

At the outset thanks for the code. 1. Whether I can get access to WikiMoodle as Editor?

I mean we wish to put MU OER quizzes, activities on moodle.

2. Your experimental version is better than all available versions.Compliments for it.

Mumbai University is the most reputed & biggest University of India.I wish you should allow me to use this version for the benefit of crores of students belonging to this University apart from global students.

Best Regards

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)17:01, 8 April 2012
  1. No, the WikiEducator Moodle is used for the WikiEducator training courses and the occasional course offered directly by the OER Foundation.
  2. There are a variety of problems including licensing restrictions that make the WEnotes feature problematic at present. is definitely the easiest to use microblogging option. If you are interested in pulling data from your own Moodle, you might investigate the use of the RSS tag to display content in WikiEducator.
JimTittsler (talk)22:00, 8 April 2012

Thanks for being so genuine.

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)07:17, 10 April 2012

«no subject»

Edited by author.
Last edit: 14:30, 7 April 2012

Hi I wish to create Microblogging Space for my MU OER Portal. Pl advice me about the software to be used & overall how to go about it.

Regards Dr Sujata

The way u used the widget for microblogging activities in the WE copyright course[edit | edit source]

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)07:54, 6 April 2012

Hi Jim tried to use syntax from your blog of OCL4Ed widget syntax. Could't catch where to retrieve the data entered.....& even erasing previous entries.

Please Help.

Warm Regards

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)02:53, 7 April 2012

What is the back end for retrieving data feed by the blogger?

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)04:00, 7 April 2012

«no subject»


Help me in editing...creating new version of template AIMS. I wish to change the word AIMS. How to go about it?

Pl check my portal..MU OER PORTAL. do give me suggestions for improvement.



Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)17:47, 2 April 2012

I don't see a Template:AIMS so I'm not sure I understand your question.

There are two basic ways of modifying a template:

  1. Copy a snapshot of an existing template, creating a new one modified for your use
    • Edit the original to get the source
    • use your browser's Copy function to make a copy of the wikitext source
    • Cancel the editing of the original (not making any changes to the original, merely using the Edit function to get the wikitext)
    • Create a newly named template
    • use the browser's Paste function to populate it with that starting point
    • modify to suit
  2. Parameterize an existing template You can use the What links here item in the navigation sidebar to find how the existing template is being used. If you think (a) others may benefit from changing the first word and (b) you want to be able to track along with any changes made to the original template... then it might make sense to modify the original, turning the word you want to change into a parameter with a default value of the original word. That way current users of the original template would be able to continue to use it unchanged, but you would be able to specify a different "first word."

If you tell me the template you wish to start from and exactly how you want to change it, I can offer more specific suggestions.

JimTittsler (talk)23:09, 2 April 2012

Thanks for all the valuable quick response. Template:Aims I have put up it on the very first page of MU OER PORTAL.


Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)01:06, 3 April 2012

Because your use is not related to the original Template:Aims, I used method #2 above. I copied the Template:Aims to Template:MU_OER_Header and modified it for your portal.

JimTittsler (talk)02:02, 3 April 2012

GREAT help...thanks a lot...I cant believe that such friend is there somewhere across the globe....

Warm regards


Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)09:07, 3 April 2012

Thanks Jim for editing my OER4Ed page and showing me how to use link open in new window template have changed a few more links :0)

Playnice nz (talk)02:05, 3 April 2012

Thanks for the maps

Hi Jim,

That's amazing! One of my hopes is that when a user plops in the wrong lat/long, the map will get their attention and they can change it.

This is great. I see that it is implimented on all of the stream sites thus far.

Thanks for all of the work on this.



Dmccabe (talk)14:53, 14 February 2012

I figured out how to zoom. Is it possible to add a flag at the coordinates?

Dmccabe (talk)15:27, 14 February 2012

I changed the zoom level in Template:Infobox stream instead of in the underlying widget.

I've added a flags=lat,long,info,lat,long,info argument to the Widget:Map that takes triplets of latitude, longitude, and an info string to attach to the flag. I then changed Template:Infobox stream to place a flag on the specified coordinates (with a tag of the stream name).

JimTittsler (talk)23:24, 14 February 2012


That is perfect!!! Thank you so much. My student returns on Monday and should add more streams and bug photographs.



Dmccabe (talk)23:35, 14 February 2012

Jim, is it possible to force the page content to start below the map? It turns out that if we have fewer than 10 bugs on a page, the TOC does not reach the end of the map frame and the content slides up the side of the page. Thanks Declan

Dmccabe (talk)01:27, 22 February 2012

There are a number of ways to approach this, a couple are:

  1. build the magic __TOC__ word (or one of the {{TOC...}} words into your Rivers/Project Nav template so that the TOC and your The following are the most common invertebrates collected from this stream site. boilerplate are all in the same DIV with the map and the infobox
  2. change InsectSection so that it doesn't start until both left and right margins are "clear"

I've done the latter because it is easier... although the former might be more flexible depending upon how you end up using the insect templates (particularly on narrow mobile displays).

Indian Kill is an example page that currently has fewer than 10 insects. Is this the layout you are after?

JimTittsler (talk)03:49, 22 February 2012

Hi, I liked the WE Notes, which are great tool for microblog. I am creating a page on problem based learning where collboration like WE Notes can be helpful. Can you guide me please. --Ravi limaye 08:52, 17 February 2012 (UTC) is my present page . The outline required for Problem based learning is: -Problem is defined -Groups collborate to pen down the known facts and for unknown facts they find resources and provide links -WE Notes can be a great tool for interactivity for that group -Subsequently the final report emerges as another wiki page. Do guide me. --Ravi limaye 08:52, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Ravi limaye (talk)08:52, 17 February 2012

WEnotes is a bit of an experiment at this stage, and isn't really ready for widespread adoption. As an alternative, I would recommend using alone. That has the advantage that you start with a clearly defined Creative Commons license on all of the posts. There is a Widget that you can use on a page to bring in all of the activity for a particular tag. There is an example on the OERu page.

Another alternative is the LiquidThreads feature that is built in to WikiEducator. The discussion page of every page allows threaded replies... which may be helpful in following the chain of message and responses in a group that is working asynchronously. Users have the option of having new messages mailed to them (by setting the LQTemail option on the Gadgets page of their preferences.

JimTittsler (talk)22:30, 19 February 2012

Hi Jim

Im doing some research into wikispam and preventative measures, and notice Wikieducator seem to have it fairly well under control. Ive looked into the extensions Antibot, Spamblacklist (default settings), but was wondering if you were willing to share any other methods you employ to help combat this. Manual deletion and rollback of pages is a real pain and am looking to find a combination of, or standalone solution to this annoying problem. Any ideas you would be willing to share would be most appreciated

Thanks Steph

I see by your profile you are an active Ham. Its something I havent done for a while but my call sign was zl2bje, zl7bje (chatham islands) and used to be actively involved in county hunting. Went to the US in the early 80s to attend NAZCHEQ North America Nz County Hunters Eyeball QSO. Had a blast :O)

Hesperidesnz (talk)07:46, 8 March 2011

Hi Steph,

I have not found any reliable automated schemes. We fairly recently started using SpamBlacklist which stops some obvious types, but doesn't deal well with the form currently in vogue where the spammers seem to be trying to build a network of interconnected wiki/CMS sites all with spammy messages. If you do discover automated methods that work and don't inadvertently inconvenience the users I'd love to hear about them.

On WikiEducator it really amounts to having the community alert me when they spot something wrong, or just resigning myself to spending some time being "curator." I watch Special:RecentChanges, Special:NewPages, and Special:NewFiles for things that look out of place. I have (Python) scripts that allow me to delete pages from spammy authors (and block them). I also have a script that periodically checks new account creations for suspicious ones (such as varying the number of '.' in a gmail address to create a new account). Hopefully as WikiEducator grows, so will the number of people willing to be curators/librarians.


P.S. Yes, ham radio has been fun since I grew up in the central US, went to school in Boston, worked in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, and then Gisborne and now Te Anau. Interesting how different the HF bands sound from each location, although my prime interests now are satellites and software-defined radio. I also volunteer my services to provide system administration for NZART.

JimTittsler (talk)22:01, 8 March 2011

Thanks Jim

The only other way I had found to control actual links to the outside and to not be a convenience, was to build up a custom string of URLs you dont want and add that into $wgSpamRegex, but the effort involved in trolling the spammy pages and harvesting the links almost wasnt worth the time involved. Anyway, Ive been on a bit of a mission trying to find some answers and SpamBlacklist certainly cuts down the amount of manual deletions you need to do and thanks for the insight on how you manage this here.

I have a background in Radio, working at ZLB Awarua for the NZPO back in the day when they seemed to have their fingers in all sorts of pies, CW being my primary mode of communication! A rather outdated skill now :)


Hesperidesnz (talk)00:44, 16 March 2011

New Sandbox Thread

That was an interesting error.

JimTittsler (talk)22:37, 16 December 2010

Sure enough.

JimTittslerTest (talk)22:52, 16 December 2010


JimTittsler3 (talk)22:52, 16 December 2010

I don't like this.

JimTittslerTest (talk)22:54, 16 December 2010

Double plus ungood.

JimTittsler3 (talk)22:53, 16 December 2010

A test reply.

JimTittslerTest (talk)01:27, 17 December 2010


Could you delete my user page and rename my user account to ""? Thanks! Helder 15:29, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Heldergeovane (talk)13:09, 25 November 2010

Ok, done.

JimTittsler (talk)21:22, 28 November 2010

Thanks for the cleanup!

Thanks Jim for being on top of this cleanup!

Kubke (talk)04:29, 24 November 2010

Question regarding editintro

Hello Jim,

I am trying to create a series of input boxes (see template) but am unsure how to use the editintro widget. I'm trying to create something similar to this registration form, but am not sure how to create a widget: {{#widget:EL4C Registration}}.

Any suggestions?

Bnleez (talk)15:22, 2 October 2010

The editintro parameter allows you to reference a page that is included as explanation or introduction before the inputbox form. You can find complete documentation on the inputbox extension for details.

The E4LC registration page is a special case where the editintro page references a widget Widget:EL4C_Registration which renders an inputbox as a more traditional web form based on some known (and hard coded) form fields. On submission it copies the fields into the standard wiki textbox and submits it. It is not a general purpose solution.

Because of security concerns with the way widgets are built from PHP and Javascript code, creating them is restricted to administrators. While it might be possible to build a more general purpose solution that properly sanitized the various form fields (and form types, available options, etc.) I don't know of anyone that has implemented that.

JimTittsler (talk)00:16, 4 October 2010

File sync with Commons; collaborative video editing

Dear Jim,

Wayne mentioned that "if you use the identical file name of an image on the commons -- it will first prioritise local files of the same name -- if it doesn't it exist -- it will pull the commons image metadata in WE for serving on a WE page." and referred me to you for the technical details. Can you give me some pointers?

Besides, I have tested the OOImport today and find it useful, even though I rarely use OO. Do you know of a similar converter for TeX2wiki? I also intended to test the collaborative video editing feature today and set up a test page for that, but even the display of the videos does not work for me (nor of those at the gallery). I am on OS X 10.5.8 and have tried Firefox, Opera, Safari and Camino - all permanently display the rotating icon indicating "Buffering".

Thanks for your help!


Daniel Mietchen (talk)22:00, 16 August 2010

Sorry, I rarely notice the Talk pages since there is no email notification.

Recent (>1.11?) versions of MediaWIki allow specifying arrays of foreign repositories. $wgForeignFileRepos has some documentation. You can make your local MediaWiki instance cache assets pulled from the remote repository for a specified period.

No, I don't know of a TeX2wiki online conversion tool.

Yes, the Kaltura collaborative video tool has been broken for the past month (WikiEducator status). Their bug tracker has been down all that time and they have not been responding to email. Unless you really need the collaborative feature of Kaltura, I would advise using one of the other video sources like (using or uploading a movie in Ogg format to the MediaWiki Commons.

JimTittsler (talk)01:39, 19 August 2010

Yesterday Asia Jędrzejewska-Szmek has published an alpha version of a LaTeX to wikitext tool. It is written in Python 3.1 so it will run on most platforms. A couple of quick tests suggests it is a good starting place, although at least for my pages a couple of figures weren't handled correctly and there was a bit of hand cleanup needed.
JimTittsler (talk)04:31, 1 September 2010

New LQT Thread on User talk page


JimTittsler (talk)02:07, 6 November 2008

This is a reply.

It doesn't seem consistent between User talk pages and other talk pages.

JimTittsler (talk)02:08, 6 November 2008

What about after clearing the NewTalk?

JimTittslerTest (talk)03:45, 21 May 2009

Odd that they've chosen to let you edit old posts in the middle of a thread.

JimTittslerTest (talk)06:04, 16 February 2010

A reply to an old LQT thread.

JimTittslerTest (talk)01:01, 4 August 2010

My reply didn't appear here... but is visible to another user.  :-(

JimTittslerTest (talk)01:04, 4 August 2010

Hello Jim!

I am interested in computer history, and recently I have been watching old Computer Chronicles programmes. I am curious if you are that very Jim Tittsler I saw in a 1985 programme dedicated to the releases of Commodore Amiga and Atari 520ST. You didn't mention working for Atari in your biography at all. I hope you will answer! Thanks! --Atariforever 00:39, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

Atariforever (talk)00:39, 5 March 2010

Yes, that's me in an earlier life.

JimTittsler (talk)22:14, 25 July 2010
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