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Captcha update

Due to the fact that the current Math CAPTCHA’s have low effectiveness in combating spam, I decided to change it to QuestyCaptcha which is stronger to deal with spambots. -Matttestzh (talk) 10:45, 21 June 2022 (UTC)

QuestyCaptcha is now being dynamic, instead of having limited static questions which spammers can crack all the questions easily and load them to a spambot. The new Captcha now also have no cultural challenges. One of the example of the new CAPTCHA implementated:
  • Please provide the eighth character from the sequence bb290be68f
Humans can easily identify the answer “6” while spammers need to make a special handler to deal with it to spam automatically, if they target For-Test Wiki. This is very unlikely for now. -Matttestzh (talk) 07:35, 27 June 2022 (UTC)

Inactive Rights Removal - 2022-07-01

The rights of the following users will be removed on or after 2022-07-01 if they do not return to activity:


Matttestzh (talk) 03:26, 25 June 2022 (UTC)
On behalf of the steward team
Rights  removed from 2 users according to TestWiki:Inactivity policy. Users are free to re-request their rights at all time. -Matttestzh (talk) 02:47, 1 July 2022 (UTC)

AbuseFilter extension

Anyone else wanting the AbuseFilter extension adding? It would probably be beneficial as we could use it to prevent spam and bad edits. Zippybonzo (talk) 19:38, 26 June 2022 (UTC)

This is placed On hold like most extensions request. It will be tested in For-Test Wiki Beta soon. -Matttestzh (talk) 05:34, 27 June 2022 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done due to a database error. I am investigating on the issue now. Matttestzh (talk) 10:37, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
Matttestzh Have you tried typing /mw-config? LisafBia (talk) 09:31, 19 July 2022 (UTC)
 Done The AbuseFilter extension is now enabled and the bug is fixed. Thanks for all the help. -Matttestzh (talk) 10:04, 19 July 2022 (UTC)

New XMPP channel

I am happy to announce that a new XMPP channel is established at fortestwiki@conference.syn.rip. Here is an official guide on how to setup. There are also several advantages on XMPP over IRC:

  1. XMPP is decentralized. In XMPP, you can choose your own server provider just like email. IRC, on the other hand, forces everybody to be based on the same IRC network (e.g. libera.chat, freenode).
  2. You can still receive messages while offline in XMPP like email, that the XMPP server will save the messages and your client will then download them when you are back online. However, the messages sent through IRC at the time you are offline won’t be seen by you after you are back online, unless you use a bouncer.
  3. No leakage of IP address by default. All stuffs that the participants know will only be your nickname, while IRC requires a cloak to stop the leak of your hostname/IP.

Please note that this group chat is subjected to the policies. Therefore, please be civil when chatting in the group. Have fun when testing! -Matttestzh (talk) 09:02, 27 June 2022 (UTC)

Inactive Rights Removal - 2022-07-11

The rights of the following users will be removed on or after 2022-07-11 if they do not return to activity:


Matttestzh (talk) 10:32, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
On behalf of the Steward Team
Rights  removed from 2 users according to TestWiki:Inactivity policy. Users are free to re-request their rights at all time. --Matttestzh (talk) 02:10, 11 July 2022 (UTC)


Hello, I can't confirm my email. Can you help me please? AlPaD (talk) 16:01, 6 July 2022 (UTC)

Hi AlPaD, welcome to the For-Test Wiki community! Please check your talk page about the error and how to resolve it. Matttestzh (talk) 02:07, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
@Matttestzh Hello, my email address has been confirmed but I'm not receiving emails. AlPaD (talk) 15:20, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
I am sorry but this cannot be resolved. The reason why it is not received is that your email provider block emails from our website host (myht.org) and consider it as potential spam. The only advantage with an email currently is to reset your password, which can be done with assistance by the system administrators. I aim to get this informed on the sitenotice soon since I tested it with some major email providers but most of them block the domain. --Matttestzh (talk) 05:03, 8 July 2022 (UTC)
@Matttestzh OK, thank you very much! AlPaD (talk) 09:23, 8 July 2022 (UTC)

Twinkle Extension

Hi! Would it be possible to add the Twinkle extension here so we can test anti-vandalism tools? ApexAgunomu (talk) 09:44, 8 July 2022 (UTC)

 Done You can now enable the gadget at Special:Preferences. -Matttestzh (talk) 10:14, 8 July 2022 (UTC)
Thank you! ApexAgunomu (talk) 10:28, 8 July 2022 (UTC)

Abuse filter

Hello. how about introducing Abuse filter? Thank you. Buel (talk) 16:02, 9 July 2022 (UTC)

Was mentioned my myself above, seems to be on hold due to a database error. Zippybonzo (talk) 17:07, 9 July 2022 (UTC)
Zippybonzo is correct. Any technical assistance is appreciated since I am not really an expert to PHP. In the future, I may consider to resign my sysadmin rights if there are any technical volunteers who is an expert, and focus on my position as a community steward. --Matttestzh (talk) 06:13, 10 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I understood. Buel (talk) 17:35, 15 July 2022 (UTC)
 Done The AbuseFilter extension is now enabled and the bug is fixed. -Matttestzh (talk) 10:55, 19 July 2022 (UTC)

New IRC channel

Hi, I am happy to announce that a new IRC channel is established at #fortestwiki connect on Libera.Chat. The old XMPP groupchat will drop its function soon, due to severe spamming some spammers and terrible moderation by me, as I am always inactive. The new IRC channel will remain open to all visitors now. -Matttestzh (talk) 09:01, 15 July 2022 (UTC)

I don't know how to create account on irc. Buel (talk) 17:37, 15 July 2022 (UTC)
Hi, sorry for the late response. You can connect to IRC by clicking the green connect button above, and the webchat will load. Actually, you don't need a password to connect to IRC, but if you want to reserve your nickname not to be used by others, please follow the instructions here. To stay connected to IRC even when you are offline, you can download the IRCCloud app (that's the easiest way) and register an account there, or use an IRC bouncer like ZNC. --Matttestzh (talk) 05:11, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I could join.Thanks Buel (talk) 01:55, 11 August 2022 (UTC)


Hi, I am happy to announce that I have successfully upgraded For-Test Wiki Beta to MediaWiki 1.38. If there are no further issues or bugs being discovered, I will apply the upgrade here as well. If you have encountered any issues there, please report it here in the community portal. Thank you. -Matttestzh (talk) 07:58, 23 July 2022 (UTC)

The upgrade to MediaWiki 1.38.2 have been launched by the sysadmin team. Should you encountered any bugs or issues, please report it here in the community portal. Happy testing for all! -Matttestzh (talk) 07:54, 25 July 2022 (UTC)

MediaWiki 1.37 features still appear in Mobile view

@Matttestzh Hello! I saw that Special:Contributions from the mobile view still has MediaWiki 1.37 features. Could you fix this? Thanks! AlPaD (talk) 06:21, 27 July 2022 (UTC)

Hi AlPaD, which exact MediaWiki 1.37 feature does it contain? I am assuming this is caused because the extensions aren't upgraded to MediaWiki 1.38, but I would like to understand the issue in a more detailed way just in case. I will perform a full extension upgrade soon. --Matttestzh (talk) 23:45, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
The upgrade for the MobileFrontend extension is  Done. Let me know if the problem persists. -Matttestzh (talk) 09:10, 28 July 2022 (UTC)
@Matttestzh Thank you, the problem is fixed. AlPaD (talk) 12:27, 28 July 2022 (UTC)

Autoconfirmed rights

Matttestzh I sent you a message about this on IRC, but it appears that autoconfirmed is granted upon account creation. This might be related to the upgrade, maybe not, and it can go under it's own section if it's not. Is the autoconfirmed granting upon creation intended? Justarandomamerican (talk) 00:28, 28 July 2022 (UTC)

This isn't related to the upgrade but rather the default settings of mediawiki. To let users here to test freely, I have decided not to change it some time ago already unless there are increasing amounts of vandalism/spam here. --Matttestzh (talk) 05:27, 28 July 2022 (UTC)
Didn't know that DefaultSettings.php granted autoconfirmed upon account creation. Thanks for the response. -- Justarandomamerican (talk) 12:57, 28 July 2022 (UTC)


Hi, I am happy to announce that as of 30/7, all admins can check their own IP addresses provided by a modified version of the extension CheckUser. As the right CheckUser-limited is currently added for all admins, admins can test on the function at Special:CheckUser.

Still, per our commitment concerning privacy, stewards do not have the permission to view other users’ IP address, and this is proved at Special:ListGroupRights. If you encountered any bugs or issues here, please report them here. Happy testing! -Matttestzh (talk) 04:58, 30 July 2022 (UTC)

@Matttestzh: Hello, at Special:ListGroupRights it says that stewards can add the group "Check users", and Check users have the permission to view other users’ IP addresses. Doesn't that make stewards able to check users’ IP addresses? --Kristiannumber1 (talk) 14:02, 25 October 2022 (UTC)
I am sorry that I didn't update this thread regarding this previously. Let me make some clarifications here:
This is no longer true starting from 03/09/2022, when I modified the Privacy Policy because of previous vandalism/disruption. The IP logs will be kept for 3 months and stewards has the permission to view it for countervandalism and sockpuppet investigation purposes (the rationale will be given when stewards add checkuser rights ro their accounts), then deleted from our database. If you don't want your IP address to be saved in our database (this would mean vanishing your account too), please file a request to stewards via TestWiki:Contact. -Matttestzh (talk) 09:04, 26 October 2022 (UTC)
Okay, thanks for the response. --Kristiannumber1 (talk) 10:25, 26 October 2022 (UTC)

ApexAgunomu's request for permissions

Admin request

I can't edit the Request permissions page right now so I thought I would ask here. I was wondering if I can have my admin privileges back and do more advanced testing. I will be responsible and not use any bad words anywhere here. Thanks. ApexAgunomu (talk) 21:57, 30 July 2022 (UTC)

I will take some time to review this request (as I am quite busy these days), including checking your recent logged actions and your edits being caught by the abuse filter. Steward remind all bureaucrats here, really, should feel empowered and comfortable in giving opinions/questions to the request. It is also advised that if consensus is reached, bureaucrats should feel empowered to action and handle the request on its own. -Matttestzh (talk) 08:44, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
I'd be willing to carry out this request on the condition that you agree to a ban or voluntary restriction from project namespace, as there is relatively recent disruption there (nonsense and adding apparent test categories to the Community Portal). Justarandomamerican (talk) 13:32, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
That sounds like a fair condition to me, and I'd agree to it. ApexAgunomu (talk) 13:35, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
Alrighty, I'll now allow Matttestzh and other bureaucrats time to comment. If neither comment within a reasonable timeframe, I'll add sysop to your account, and you would be banned from project space, to be enforced by a partial block. Justarandomamerican (talk) 13:44, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
Steward’s follow-up and input here. Justarandomamerican, I will  concur with your assessment. If there are no other issues pointed out by other bureaucrats for 2 more days, it will be closed as done, with a partial block placed. ApexAgunomu, if you need any assistance from bureaucrats/stewards, please instead leave a message on their talk page but not commenting here on the community portal. -Matttestzh (talk) 01:22, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
That works for me. Thanks and if there are any concerns, I will do my best to address them. ApexAgunomu (talk) 01:27, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
I do have another question. Could I also become a bureaucrat in 2 days, or should I wait awhile longer before asking that? ApexAgunomu (talk) 16:01, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
In spite of being a testing permission, the bureaucrat group can also grant admins and bureaucrats to other users, assist stewards, as well as guiding the wiki and maintain its operation, so it is only granted to very trusted users. I will advise you to make tests grounded with the policies after being granted with the sysop permissions, then to request bureaucrat after 2 weeks or so. Your edits and logged actions will be reviewed at that time, and the bit may be granted to your account. --Matttestzh (talk) 23:49, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
Okay. I will show that I can be a responsible admin here. ApexAgunomu (talk) 23:55, 1 August 2022 (UTC)

Since it has been 2 days now and there haven't been any concerns or objections, does this mean I can become an admin before too long? ApexAgunomu (talk) 23:25, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

 Done. Please ensure you follow our policies, especially the Testing policy. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask at Community portal or on the talk page of any steward. Happy testing! --Matttestzh (talk) 23:39, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

I moved the bureaucrat lart to the Request Permissions page as it seems to belong there more. ApexAgunomu (talk) 17:58, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

CSS Question

Hi, I tried making a personal css page [[User:ApexAgunomu/common.css|here]]. But the text effects won't show up, even after I cleared my cache. How do I fix this? ApexAgunomu (talk) 02:02, 27 August 2022 (UTC)

Email disabled - 2022-09-14

Considering that most of the major email providers block emails sent from our host and categorize that as spam, I have decided to disable the email function (Special:EmailUser and the option to recover your password via email). The wiki email function also have privacy issues as all mails comes through our mail server, in which our server’s host may be able to see all the mails.

If you are afraid of losing your account if your password is forgotten, you can either post a SHA-256 committed identity/public OpenPGP keys on your userpage, or confirm via email. For the latter option, please email me using the email you would like to use to recover your password for the future, to fortestwikimatttest@riseup.net. Then I will provide you with instructions on how to link the email into your wiki account.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Matttestzh (talk)
As part of the sysadmin team
10:19, 14 September 2022 (UTC)

Bug with VisualEditor

When I try to edit a page with VisualEditor, I get this message: "Error contacting the Parsoid/RESTBase server: (curl error: 60) Peer certificate cannot be authenticated with given CA certificates". Kristiannumber1 (talk) 13:44, 25 October 2022 (UTC)

The bug is now  fixed by changing the value of wgServer into plain HTTP address. However, this would make all connections to be HTTP by default. Therefore, during log in, please confirm that the connection is secure (HTTPS header) before submitting the form to ensure that your passwords are safe. Matttestzh (talk) 11:27, 29 October 2022 (UTC)

Inactive Rights Removal - 2022-11-07

The rights of the following users will be removed on or after 2022-11-07 if they do not return to activity:


Matttestzh (talk)
On behalf of the Steward Team.
08:15, 31 October 2022 (UTC)

Protection levels

Hello! Could you please fix the protection level "Allow all users" so that the protection can remove more easily? Thanks! AlPaD (talk) 15:36, 18 November 2022 (UTC)

Hi @AlPaD: Sorry for replying late. I am afraid I don’t really get your point. Can you explain with in more detail - about what is meaning to “fix” the protection level? -Matttestzh (talk) 10:20, 23 November 2022 (UTC)
Hello @Matttestzh: I meant, could you restore the specific protection level so it's easier to remove the protection from pages? AlPaD (talk) 05:40, 24 November 2022 (UTC)
@AlPaD: I have restored the protection level “Allow all users” and thus the stated problem should be fixed. If it’s still not working, please leave a note here. Thank you. -Matttestzh (talk) 04:52, 11 December 2022 (UTC)
@Matttestzh: Hello! Sorry but it's not fixed, the problem is that the specific protection level is missing, could you please look it again? Thanks! AlPaD (talk) 21:05, 20 December 2022 (UTC)
I am sorry for the late response because I’m busy launching the recent MediaWiki 1.39 upgrade. The problem is now  fixed. Feel free to ask for a follow-up if the problem occurred repeatedly. -Matttestzh (talk) 09:00, 23 December 2022 (UTC)
@Matttestzh: Thank you very much! AlPaD (talk) 11:32, 24 December 2022 (UTC)

Extension request

Please install the extension MediaWikiChat, so people can test sending messages with the extension and moderating the chat. Kristiannumber1 (talk) 16:00, 25 November 2022 (UTC)

@Kristiannumber1:  Done, users can now test the extension at Special:Chat. -Matttestzh (talk) 09:06, 8 December 2022 (UTC)
@Matttestzh: Thanks, can you also make it so that administrators can add the "chat moderator" and the "users blocked from chat" groups? Kristiannumber1 (talk) 17:48, 8 December 2022 (UTC)
 Done, administrators can now promote users to the ‘chatmod’ group for testing, or when requested by users at TestWiki:Request permissions. -Matttestzh (talk) 04:41, 11 December 2022 (UTC)

Requesting steward rights - Kristiannumber1

Inactive Rights Removal - 2022-12-23

The rights of the following users will be removed on or after 2022-12-23 if they do not return to activity:


Matttestzh (talk)
On behalf of the Steward Team.
06:40, 18 December 2022 (UTC)
Rights  removed from 2 users according to TestWiki:Inactivity policy. Users are free to re-request their rights at all time. -Matttestzh (talk) 09:10, 23 December 2022 (UTC)

Request Permissions Tab

How do I get a Request Permissions tab and system on my wiki? Elijah Wilder (talk) 16:22, 12 January 2023 (UTC)


How do I request steward permissions? I understand that that rank is NOT a testing rank. --Elijah Wilder (talk) 12:40, 13 January 2023 (UTC)

See TestWiki:Stewards AlPaD (talk) 13:15, 13 January 2023 (UTC)