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Time stamps on edits

Not only are the edits that I'm doing appearing at the wrong time on the recent changes page (out of order, not being posted until well after the edit, etc.), but the time stamp they are being given is actually in the future. The clock at the top of the page is properly in sync with my computer clock, but my edits are being given time times of +3 or so minutes. G R E E N E R 03:10, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

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User Greener Recent Changes.jpg G R E E N E R 22:40, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
I experienced this a day before yesterday. The edit i did on an image, adding a {{user image}}, showed up on my contributions and RC about 5 minutes after the edit was done. Showing that i'd done movefile before adding the tag, when i actually did it before. - J.P.User J.P. sigicon.pngTalk 09:54, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Now the timestamps seem to be ramdomly 3-4 minutes ahead of what the real time is :S - J.P.User J.P. sigicon.pngTalk 10:19, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
The clock at the top of the page is made via code that runs on your computer, so obviously it will be in sync with your computer's clock. Does the RC time match the time in the timestamp (+- hours for timezone)? Because if not, it is really weird, otherwise your offset might be wrong in your user settings. poke | talk 19:18, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
The RC clock can alternate between syncing with my computer clock, which I've checked is proper, and running a few minutes ahead. As such, the servers for the wiki can tag an edit as being done after subsequent edits, or before previous ones. I can make the RC clock show an earlier time than the last edit it shows me. G R E E N E R 19:31, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
It would be nice if you could ignore the clock at the top (because, as I said, it has nothing to do with the server), and answer my question instead. poke | talk 20:27, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
GW2W is also experiencing this issue. -- pling User Pling sig.png 00:57, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Sorry poke, but I had ignored the clock at the top of the page, I just may not have expressed it properly. There are four "times" that seem to be at play.
  • The first (the clock a the top) can be ignored as you said.
  • The second is the clock shown on the Recent changes page after "Show new changes starting from..." which is the one which alternates between being on my time, and being ahead by 5 minutes.
  • The third is the time stamp given to edits, which seems to alternate from being stamped in the future to being stamped in proper UTC time.
  • The forth is the chronological edit number, which really can do some weird things when it conflicts with the third time.
Case in point. Take a look at the history of this page You'll see that there have been three edits by Erszebet on Jan 23rd. Comparing the total changes from Oct 3rd to 19:57 on Jan 23rd you get this comparison. Note that it says there are two changes time stamped at 19:55 which somehow occurred later. The number given to the changes keeps the chronological order, even though the time stamps are wrong.
The only sense that I've been able to come to is if there are two servers which are taking turns in handling the edits, with one giving time stamps that are 5 minutes off of the other.
I hope I've been somewhat lucid, as I'm exhausted from renos atm. G R E E N E R 01:39, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

More database errors

Those database errors that people were experiencing seem to have cropped up again. I've been getting the same issue with error messages, doubled-up time stamps, etc. -- Hong 14:39, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, confirmed here too. Seems to be happening on every single page I visit. --User Wandering Traveler Sig2.png Traveler (talk) 16:33, 26 February 2011 (UTC)
Hi there, thanks for your feedback on the wiki. Please provide us with as many details as possible, e.g., what pages, what errors, time and location, etc. This would greatly help me get an idea of the big picture and I can then proceed with more information. Thanks again! --Stephane Lo Presti talk 18:40, 21 March 2011 (UTC)
8:00-8:10 UTC 22 March. All pages I visited showing the error. Response time is very slow (sometimes >1 minute before page comes up; my own ping of other sites is good; other wikis respond faster — even ones where I have scripts running).
Specific error is the same on every page (talk, main, feedback, history pages, diffs, previews, edits — doesn't seem to matter):
"Database error
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A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:
(SQL query hidden)
from within function "SiteStatsUpdate::doUpdate". MySQL returned error "1213: Deadlock found when trying to get lock; try restarting transaction ("."
Thanks for taking a look at this. (I'm not too bothered by the SQL error; I am wondering why the response rate of the wiki has slowed.)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 08:10, 22 March 2011 (UTC)
Oddly enough, I haven't gotten any of the errors on any page in quite a while. I'm not sure if its because of Chrome or just a stroke of luck. I'll test it out with a few other browsers once I'm on my main computer again. --User Wandering Traveler Sig2.png Traveler (talk) 18:30, 23 March 2011 (UTC)
I'm getting the deadlock errors with just about every edit. -- Wyn User Wynthyst sig icon2.png talk 15:59, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
Im using chrome and still receive them at the bottom of the page.--NeilUser Neil2250 sig icon6.png 16:01, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
Getting deadlocked in Firefox. User Felix Omni Signature.pngelix Omni 16:04, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
...Okay, now its deadlocking over here too. Every page, from the looks of it. :\ --User Wandering Traveler Sig2.png Traveler (talk) 16:59, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

I just talked to our technical team and they're aware of current deadlocking problems. They're working on it as we speak. Thanks for your patience! --Stephane Lo Presti talk 17:04, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for letting us know.
(FYI the SQL errors and slow downs were frequent about the same UTC time again; same message, same symptoms...everything took longer to process, although diffs/submits took the longest)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:33, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Hello again, Our asura team of technicians fixed a hardware issue. So are people still having the deadlocking issues? --Stephane Lo Presti talk 18:27, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

May that have to do anything with this? 18:34, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
No, since the wiki and the game are on separate servers. -- Wyn User Wynthyst sig icon2.png talk 18:36, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
What Wyn said ^^ --Stephane Lo Presti talk 18:37, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
T__T What is it then? Please fix that, too. 18:37, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Don't know if it's related, all pages have been extremely slow the last few days. Takes up to a few minutes for one to complete. Painful to make edits sometimes when this happens. I tried alternate access paths (via level3 and with no improvement. 19:04, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Database errors version 1,000,000

They're back, and performance has once again been crap starting over the weekend. By crap, I mean one minute load times, or even just time outs, as well as the database errors. -- Wyn User Wynthyst sig icon2.png talk 08:24, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

i keep getting this error on the wiki

moved from Feedback talk:Stephane Lo Presti#i keep getting this error on the wiki ...

A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:

   (SQL query hidden)

from within function "SiteStatsUpdate::doUpdate". MySQL returned error "1213: Deadlock found when trying to get lock; try restarting transaction (".

i hope this is the right place to post this.. i used to just tell Emily, feel free to move it to the "right" place...-User Zesbeer sig.png Zesbeer 08:14, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

I'm getting the exact same message at the bottom of each page. Easy to miss unless you scroll down on a page, or find that very rare short page. Load times are often in the minutes. This has been on and off the last few days. -- Ralmon -- 17:07, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

Slow Load Site

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Is it just me / my house, or is the side loading slow for everyone? - Stimpson J Kat 15:42, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Is what you are experiencing similar to what is discussed here and here? --Silver Edge 21:08, 27 March 2011 (UTC)
Nope, just... really slow load times... like 5-10 mins just to load the main page 3-5 for any other page.
That might be just you. I have been vocal about load times in the past and I have never seen anything as bad as what you are seeing. At worst, I get a response within 1-2 minutes. If anything loads more quickly for me, it's the main page.
I suspect you are getting the worst of both: something on at your end (router, computer, ISP, anti-virus, browser anti-script stuff, ...) and sometimes a slow-responding wiki.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 23:29, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Actually i have been having the same problem. super long load times, like 10-15min. It seems to be getting worse every day and its definately not coming from my side cause i had 2 friends test to see if they load faster and theyre having the same problem. Sometimes the page doesnt even load and its only happening to the wiki. youtube and other sites load instantly for me, so my connection is working fine. This has been going on for about 2weeks now. I've never had such bad load times before in my life. Maybe its got something to do with my location? (middle europe) PS: i probably won't come back to respond cause it took me over 30min just to get to post this comment84.52.172.30 17:00, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

Yeah whats up with the sites? It takes like 5-10 minutes to load now, every other site loads in seconds like normal. It's just gw wiki and the gw 2 site that are really slow.
I wonder what browser people are using while getting the slow load times. It just took me 10 minutes and 50 seconds to load the front page with firefox 4.0, and then I tried IE 8 and it loaded in less than a second. 22:54, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
I don't think it's browser-dependent; I've had problems with FF3.x, FF4.x, IE7, and IE8.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 01:02, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
I agree that it probably isn't browser related, I'm using Firefox 4 and have seen no slow loading times at all. --Rainith 01:07, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
Maybe it isn't browser related, but while talking in forums I've heard two other people mention after I brought this up that using a different browser than usual allowed them to load immediately. One of the two reported that their normal browser took 20 minutes to load while starting at the same time. A third person mentioned that they cleared all their history/cookies/etc, and was able to load it immediately (once, before being unable to so much as refresh it). For me, the wiki's load times are better now *knocks on wood*, but the issue seems to come and go through the week. 22:57, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

Mercenary movement problem

moved to HELP:Ask a game question#Mercenary movement problem

Signature Preferences - Bad Input

As per Help:Ask_a_wiki_question#Signature_Preferences_-_Bad_Input. -- My Talk Lacky 06:28, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Also, I did receive a bad input error when I tried to add my email to the preferences or try to change my signature or anything on that page. My support ID is: 212427778028365748 Kaisha User Kaisha Sig.png 22:39, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
It would be good if you could include the exact time when the error happened, so you can be found more easily in the logs. poke | talk 07:25, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
The time the error happened would have been around the time I posted on the Ask a Wiki Question page, which is (according to the signature) around 13:10 UTC. However, I tried updating my signature several times, so the original time it displayed the error probably would have been between 2-5 minutes earlier.
I just tried it again (the time is 08:39 UTC), with Jioruji Derako's suggestion here, however, it still displays the error. My Support ID Number is 5294648598172261904 -- My Talk Lacky 08:42, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Actually, the time that it happened for me is the date that I wrote on here as well. Which was 22:39 of April 4th. At 8:50 I just tried this [[User_talk:Kaisha|<span style="color:navy; font-family:Lucida Calligraphy;">Kaisha</span>]] [[File:User Kaisha Sig.png|link=User_talk:Kaisha]] and I got the bad Input. Support ID for that is: 5294648598171634091 . Seeing a similar id for both of us, kind of makes me wonder if it's server side some where. Kaisha User Kaisha Sig.png 08:54, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Just tried to edit the sig page... received the bad Input again. Support Id Your support ID is: 5294648598992159172 Happened at 12:30 pm Central time. Kaisha User Kaisha Sig.png 17:32, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Hi, can you try to edit your email address again please? Please let me know if it is working now. --Stephane Lo Presti talk 16:30, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Yay! So far good! I got, "A confirmation e-mail has been sent to the nominated e-mail address.

Before any other e-mail is sent to the account, you will have to follow the instructions in the e-mail, to confirm that the account is actually yours." Instead of the usual Bug. :-) I got the email and it now works! Thank you! Kaisha ^ User Kaisha Sig.png 17:42, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Lucky/Unlucky acquisition page

Went to the Lucky/Unlucky acquisition page and my avg surf shield found a black-hole backdoor virus on that page. said the virus was made by houseofownage. might wanna look into that asap. thanks for keeping us safe and secure! 14:13, 1 May 2011 (UTC)Syn

[alt+shift]+[c] - doesn't work across all spaces

There are some wiki keyboard shortcuts that work across the wiki: [alt+shift]+[t] takes you to a talk tab, [alt+shift]+[h] is the history tab, and [alt+shift]+[e] is the edit tab. Some universal shortcuts also work everywhere (e.g. to get to watchlist, recent changes, preferences, my user page, my user talk, etc.).

However, [alt+shift]+[c] only works in Main and Template spaces; it does not work in Guild, Project, or Feedback spaces. It should take you to the primary tab for the article (respectively, the tabs entitled Guild, Project, or Feedback). I suspect this is a syntax/stylesheet type of fix that does not require backend support. Thanks.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:43, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

E-mail user not working

I am trying to send e-mails through the wiki but I am getting an error every time.

"Mail object returned error: error_log(/var/log/httpd/mediawiki.log): failed to open stream: Permission denied"

I am a registered user with a confirmed e-mail address and I have tried using different browsers and disabling internet security programs. My preferences appear to be correct to my knowledge. I tried testing it with my friend too and it wouldn't let me send it, although he checked his e-mail account and it showed up anyways. Why is it saying it's not sending through the wiki but somehow going through directly to e-mail?

Thanks --The preceding unsigned comment was added by Belieber2169 (talk • contribs) at 05:38, 27 May 2011 (UTC).

I experienced this yesterday but it went through on the next try. Did you try again? Anyone experiencing this? (don't forget to sign! ;) --Stephane Lo Presti talk 16:26, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
Errors sending email pop up from time to time, usually when the wiki is experiencing other slow downs (see other reports above). What was different about this last report is that the emails went through (talk to Gaile; she can tell you how many and when (since they were sent to her). — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 16:40, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
Interesting, my email didn't go through at first. I'd like to hear from other people having the same problem, with details about when exactly this happened. That'd be super helpful. --Stephane Lo Presti talk 16:42, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Mediawiki update broke Landmark lists

moved from Help:Ask a wiki question#Landmark lists got broken

Is it just me not adjusting one of my settings, or has the new software broken something in the templates used for them? On every region page, the list of landmarks is either a series of errors or HTML code that hasn't been applied. ~Farlo Talk 19:15, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

I see it too, seems to have something to do with dpl.–User Balistic B d-dark.pngalistic 19:24, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, but it's not affecting all #DPL calls, just this one (or at least, everything else I've spot-checked is fine). — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 19:29, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
I can replicate the problem using {{ #dpl: | category = All explorable areas | category = Shing Jea Island locations }}, {{#dpl: | category = starter weapons }} , and {{#dpl: | category = weapons | titlematch = A% }} . So either all are infoboxes are doing something odd or there's something odd going on with the latest mediawiki and the DPL extension. — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 19:43, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Wish I knew what any of that meant, but here's to getting it fixed. Thanks for moving it to the right area as well. ~Farlo Talk 20:48, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

I'm keeping my eye on this, please also provide exact details about the issue (exact page, code) so that I can report it. (I have no idea what the bug is referring to as a non-expert) Thanks!--Stephane Lo Presti talk 20:50, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

An amazingly quick reply from A-Net, which kicks ass. You can see the effects yourself: Ascalon, The Jade Sea, Kourna, The Tarnished Coast, and every other region page. Why do we have this complex template thing going? Why not just type out the landmarks like the rest of the lists? ~Farlo Talk 21:01, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
The problem is identified, and a fix will hopefully come soon. Until then, we just have to accept these errors :/ poke | talk 21:17, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Well that's good to know. I suppose it's not something that any of us, or admins rather, could fix? Also, has the new update killed your GWWT, cause those are amazing? :D ~Farlo Talk 21:32, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
No, we requested an update of DPL as this will probably/hopefully fix the problem. So now we can just wait ;)
And about GWWT, it should still work fine when you are using the Monobook skin. It's not compatible to Vector as of now. poke | talk 21:35, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
I just bothered looking at the skins again, I had no idea Vector was the new one Wikipedia used too, it looks sooo much better! :D. However, is the background image missing because it isn't available in Vector or what? I rather liked that design. Sorry if I'm making this more of a discussion than should be here. ~Farlo Talk 22:06, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Vector isn't designed to have any background image, no. poke | talk 23:06, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
Is this part of this problem? If not, anybody know how to fix it? --MushaUser Musha Sigc.png 03:39, 4 June 2011 (UTC)
Yes, it's symptom of the same issue. You can manually setup your feedback page, as Konig and I have done. (If you have a lot of suggestions, I can do it for you. I'll check your suggestion page when I have some uninterrupted time; if you don't have a manual fix in place, I'll put one on your talk...or on your feedback page itself, if you want to give me permission to do so.) — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 03:50, 4 June 2011 (UTC)
Sure. Any help would be appreciated. Once the manual fix is in place, though, what happens to it once this bug is repaired? --MushaUser Musha Sigc.png 09:11, 4 June 2011 (UTC)
Nothing should happen since you're no longer using the template. Everything should stay the same, and you'll just have a static list unless you revert back to the template when it's fixed. ~Farlo Talk 09:13, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

(Reset indent) So, it seems that the dpl issue only pops up for unformatted dpl results. If you apply an explicit formatting on it, it will still show up. I've applied the fix to the landmarks template and also for user feedback pages. Are there any other areas with issues? --JonTheMon 16:45, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for taking care of that (I had some sandboxes that were unaffected, but I couldn't figure out why).
Landmarks and Suggestions were the biggest areas. The quest lists and anything associated with skills seems to be okay (they always have explicit formatting, albeit hidden behind other templates). I'll keep an eye peeled. — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 16:57, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

"Could Not Open Socket"

On most pages where tags and/or external links are involved (in other words, any page with a REcaptcha verification), I cannot seem to edit. I simply get a white page with "Could not open socket." This has happened while attempting a revert at User:Wafflez, as well as trying to tag File:Mineral Springs infusion.jpg and File:MiniatureGhostlyPriestScreens.png. Any ideas; is it just on my end? --User Wandering Traveler Sig2.png Traveler (talk) 05:05, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

Actually, am I just an idiot; is this related to the above? --User Wandering Traveler Sig2.png Traveler (talk) 05:06, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
I've actually been having this problem as well. As you said, it's only when I'm forced to use the bloody Captcha. No idea what it is, but it sucks. ~FarloUser Farlo Triad.pngTalk 05:15, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
Likewise. User Ryuu R.jpgRyuu  *bite* 05:19, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
Same here. Kind of annoying because you can't revert vandalism that removes external links. User Felix Omni Signature.pngelix Omni 06:09, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

List of Elite Skills

The List of Elite Skills is messed up completely when I look at it. It's very high from top to bottom because all the columns are extremely high and compressed to the left instead of nicely aligned as the other skill lists. There's also a big white area to the right of the columns. Worth mentioning, no other kind of lists/skill lists on the wiki does this to me. Anyone know why? --Jackie 08:42, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Someone forgot to put "| categorize = n" on the infoboxes on the Healing Burst skill history page. Fixed. - Tanetris 08:54, 22 June 2011 (UTC)