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Highly prioritized issues

Proof read

I have emailed already emailed to Donald and asked him to suggest the sysadmins to have a look on this. However, we must proof-read the FSF staff tasks section so the FSF sysadmins clearly understand the text so they can start working on this.

Indicate active IRC meetings

Fixed in

Semantic Forms

Property:Resource URL is of type string/text, this allows any value, even phone numbers, SIP, XMPP, etc. Perhaps we should use something along the lines of "Allows pattern" special property in order to avoid abuses. Property:Resource URL is the one currently used in the entry form when someone fills the "resource URL".


To "Edit with form" (Example:

  • The "License" (friendly name: "License and version") input field is too liberal, it accepts any value and if the value is a non-existing page, it currently creates that page." -- you can use that text. Only licenses listed in should be on our "License and version:" drop-down menu.
    • Possible solutions:
      1. Change type from combobox to dropdown. Attempted, but reverted due to issues.
        • This would make the form edit misbehave, as it would not find the already existing values in old entries that are set before the change. Thus, in the form edit, if an already existing entry/page has MPLv2.0 set as License parameter for {{Project license}}, then it won't find it since it expects License:MPLv2.0. Making {{Project license}} set this doesn't work (it was already tried), the only fix for the already existing entries seems to be a mass-replace, so that every call for {{Project license}} that is like this {{Project license |License=MPLv2.0 }} becomes like this {{Project license |License=License:MPLv2.0 }}. The bug described in this item doesn't affect the show/read tabs of each entry.
        • Must make sure that the allowed values for Property:License or for that license-related input only point to pages at the License namespace. For example, currently Property:License describes Boost as one of the allowed values, however it seems to refer to Boost, not License:Boost.

Upload scripts

There should be a space dedicated for scripts that can be downloaded by FSD volunteer.

Debian Packaging System

From by Freephile:

The Debian Package Tracking System produces RDF metadata and is already included in DBpedia. For example, here's a 'Turtle' representation of the GIMP package

If all Debian packages are not in the FSD, they could be added by consuming their RDF. If we incorporate their data systematically, then our data becomes easily updated and synchronized by bot.

Please set wgAllowUserJs to true

Personal JavaScripts are only available if $wgAllowUserJs is set to true. - wgAllowUserJs are set to true at but not at (see policy).

I cannot use they nice tool mw.loader.load('//'); in my User:David_Hedlund/common.js.
Hotcat is also pretty interesting: This code is MW version safe. It should run on any MediaWiki installation >= MW 1.15. Note that HotCat is supposed to run with or without jQuery, and also on older installations that do not yet have -


Wikipedia have Portals, for example and

XML update

Please study these XML outputs in IceCat

It's time to export the old add-on list from the FSD, then import the new list with 600̈́+ add-ons, then merge the extra field from the backup to it.

My example (look for differences) when I want to import 600 add-ons:

|Short description=Only enable JavaScript for sites you trust.
|Full description=The '''NoScript''' (aka '''NoScript Security Suite''') Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other Mozilla-based browsers.  Its aim is to allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Click-jacking attacks.  It is also useful to prevent Flash running on the browser.

But its main advantage could be the alerts given on its interface. There is an increasing number of Web sites that cannot run without non-free JavaScript programs downloaded and executed on the visitor's computer. Richard Stallman first raised this another concern with his article [ The JavaScript Trap], pointing out that most JavaScript programs are not freely licensed, and that even free software Web browsers are usually configured to download and run these non-free programs without informing the user.  So maybe NoScript could encourage people to keep informed about this related issue and [ take action].

Anyway, NoScript is an extremely valuable Firefox extension for security. Its unique white-list based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality...
|Homepage URL=
|User level=intermediate
|Extension of=IceCat
|Documentation note=Install NoScript and enable ‘Forbid scripts globally’ to improve the security of your browser by preventing 0day JavaScript attacks. This is a drastic option as it will render many websites unusable as they rely heavily on JavaScript. NoScript offers a whitelist you can use to selectively enable JavaScript for sites you trust, but this is considered [ especially bad for your anonymity] if you're using NoScript with Tor.
|Related projects=GNU LibreJS, NoScript Anywhere
|Version identifier=
|Version date=2015/05/23
|Version status=stable
|Version download=
|Last review by=David Hedlund
|Last review date=2016/04/21
|Is GNU=No
{{Project license
|License verified by=enyst
|License verified date=2013/03/24
|Resource audience=Users
|Resource kind=Forum
|Resource URL=
{{Software category
|Use=internet-application, security

Set empty default values

This is a Semantic MediaWiki issue.

I find that most of my problems concerning empty or missing properties in a template are helped by setting default template values. You might need to poke runJobs.php. Then you can query on the default value. So you might have Template:Software looking like:

Software license: None

Then you can pick out the pages with undeclared software license by ask'ing on None to get the ones that aren't declared.

License issues

List incomplete IceCat add-ons

Free Software Directory:IceCat extensions (proposed)/FSD bugs issue 1

Add required text for License

For Create, when a user try to save the page with Homepage not filled out the text There were errors with your form input; see below. will appear on the Save tab. On the General info tab the text Homepage URL (required) cannot be blank text will appear.

However, there are no text that says that License fields must be filled if they are not.

List unapproved IceCat add-ons

We could reuse the source of so we can tweak to show only unapproved IceCat add-ons.

Entries with empty Licence fields should not be able to approve

It should only be possible to approve entries with filled License fields. This policy must include the automatic approval when pages are save.

License list is incomplete

How do we list all 251 licenses found in to "Edit -> Licenses" for entries?

The license list should only be a drop down menu

Currently the license list found under "Licenses" is a hybrid of a dropdown but you can also add text by hand there too. This is not good as only selected licenses will show up:

Therefore is should neither be possible to enter licenses in free text, it should be a dropdown menu only.

I added "Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0" to Lets see if it shows up.
Should be modified to string?


From I think this should be added to the page:

  • Click on "Create account" at top right in this wiki to create a Free Software Foundation Central Login Username. Log in.
  • Adding a description at you profile page is optional but not doing so might trick people that your user is inactive as your link text will remain red.

Related issues

Approved revs bug

On the main entry pages, there is a bug where if a page has had at least one approval, then a non-admin edits it, the main page shows the latest edit instead of the last approved revision.

Special FSD pages


Revision entry on plain oldiff page displays "$7"

The bug can be seen in the revision summary next to the page title. Go to the history of a page, and click on any of the links that are in the dates (example "15:14, 27 January 2018‎").

This applies to the

  • main namespace, example [1]: Revision as of 17:08, 25 November 2016 by David Hedlund (talk | contribs | block)$7
  • project's namespace, example [2]: Revision as of 07:36, 24 October 2016 by David Hedlund (talk | contribs | block)$7
  • template namespace, example [3]: Revision as of 16:09, 27 January 2018 by David Hedlund (talk | contribs | block)$7

It doesn't affect:

  • property namespace (example: [4])
  • category namespace (example: [5])
  • Software software pages do not display revision summary at all so they are not either affected (example: [6]).

The $7 comes from the revision-info message (which can be seen at MediaWiki:Revision-info).

Consistent CSS styling

Some custom templates have CSS style="" clauses scattered in them. One of such clauses was responsible for too narrow columns in the description. I'd suggest to:

  1. Check all local style clauses in our custom code
  2. Determine if they can be more generic. For example, colors, paddings, line widths should be unified to achieve visual consistency.
  3. A set of CSS classes should be designed to replace style clauses
  4. CSS class naming scheme should be decided
  5. New CSS classes should be introduced to MediaWiki:Common.css
  6. style clauses should be replaced with their class="css-class" counterparts.


  • The width values can be improved in {{Print entry}}:
    • <div style="float:left; width:60%; margin: 2px 4px 0px 4px;">
    • <div style="float:right; width:35%; margin: 2px 4px 0px 4px;">

Remove exposure of database strip marks from pages under License namespace

Currently some (if not most) licenses in License namespace have a "pre"/"nowiki" element in their call text to their associated template. This is problematic because the template itself already wraps the text in "pre", so the result is a exposure of the database strip marks.

When in the "Read" tab, pages in License namespace that are affected by this issue have a yellow triangle next to the start of the license text.

Make the license texts in License namespace preserve their initial space

Revisions 49613 and 49636 for the {{License}} template already implement a workaround for this issue, but this requires a mass replace in all calls to {{License}}, so as to replace |Full text= with |.

Make comments in License namespace point to license evaluation page of GNU project if they exist there

This should also add the benefit of having that page translated to the contributor or visitor/guest's language.

FSF staff tasks

Please do not work on the other issues so we have to update them on this page, we like to merge them to a dedicated bug tracker first.

Some work, like modifying the source files of MediaWiki, cannot be done by MediaWiki users themselves. We gather such tasks here so the FSF staff can help us fix them.

A dedicated bug tracker for the Directory

This page has to many bugs to effectively organize them. We need a dedicated bug tracker for the Directory.

The concept for public bug trackers for FSF run websites has been posted in Directory-Discuss mailing-list.

Matt Lee said that he back in January 2017 but nothing happened and he never replied!

Semantic MediaWiki

Link text

IRC (temporarily fixed)

The IRC resource is displayed twice like this on IceCat for example.

IRC general channel
  • I attempted to fix this but it seems that something is interfering with the formatting. Strangely enough, if I make a simple page without the form, and use the IRC template, it works as expected. I don't know if this is the case, but I think there is some template interfering.--Adfeno (talk) 23:23, 26 January 2018 (EST)
  • As requested in #fsf IRC channel, here is the comment I made there, describing my studies so far:
    • It basically involves three templates (it might involve more, but I only researched three so far) {{Print entry}} {{Entry}} and {{Show}}. There is a fourth one ({{IRC}}) but I think we might be able to replace it ({{Print entry}} calls it, so instead of calling {{IRC}}: we can take the code from it and insert in the caller template).
      • I think that #replace will just mask the underlying issue. --David Hedlund (talk) 10:49, 27 January 2018 (EST)
    • I think there is so far the following possibilities:
      1. an issue between the templates used;
      2. an issue with the #ask: queries and the template result format;
      3. we have reached a setting limit that makes the formatting not work (perhaps a limit on the template result format, although I have tried to remove the call to {{IRC}} but it didn't work, we might have to make tests by simplifying the template result calls even further to see if this is indeed the problematic setting);
      4. an issue with the "IRC [level name]" properties when setting (#set:) or their query and display.
    I think we can make use of #nowiki or #- display parameters when querying for the "IRC [level" properties of an entry (this is queried for in {{Show}}) in order to take the property value in raw (example: but then we will need to change either {{Print entry}} or {{IRC}} (the first one is the problematic, so I recommend to test with it first) so that it removes irc: but also allows any other : (because the URL scheme allows port numbers).
    --Adfeno (talk) 08:47, 27 January 2018 (EST)
  • While MediaWiki understands IRC URLs very well, Our copy Semantic MediaWiki gets confused if a property of type URL has a protocol different from HTTP, this problem also happens if the property definition/setting is invisible (using #set:), but in all cases it works as expected if the protocol is HTTP. I don't know if this is a bug in Semantic MediaWiki (or MediaWiki) but this affects at least our copy of it. An example of the issue with IRC property can be seen in: --Adfeno (talk) 11:32, 27 January 2018 (EST)
  • As of SMW 2.5.1, http https and ftp URL schemes will be printed with double slashes, all other without:  « Saper // @talk »  12:49, 27 January 2018 (EST)
Multiple software categories (temporarily fixed)

Not only are the text merged but also the URL in the link. For IceCat: <a href="/wiki?title=Category/Programming-language/C_C%2B%2B_javascript_rust&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Category/Programming-language/C C++ javascript rust (page does not exist)">Programming-language:C C++ javascript rust</a>


Remove duplication

Remove duplicated entries

The value of |Extension of= is displayed twice in some entries (one year ago perhaps 5 duplicated were displayed but John Sullivan and/or Joshua Gay managed to fix most of the duplicates either by himself or someone else). For example, "Add to Search Bar" appear twice there, but "Aardvark" appear only once.

The duplicates also affect lists that the entries are in, see this page for test purpose that I've set up:

       > I contacted Joshua in March this year about this and he responded.

       > "I will look into this. I am not sure why the redirects are making it
       > show-up twice. It shouldn't. However fixing it is not a simple matter of
       > removing them -- it is a bug in the software."

    Please report the bug to

    Dr Richard Stallman
    President, Free Software Foundation (,
    Internet Hall-of-Famer (
    Skype: No way! See

Remove duplicated short description ticket: [ #1205033]

Short description now appear automatically on software entry pages.

We had to copy the short description into the full description before thus creating duplicated text. The job to do now is to remove those duplicates. I added this to the Backlog.

Semantic search

Special:AdminLinks "Semantic search" is blank.

Comment: To fix all of the above MediaWiki debugging needs to be enabled. It is also good to see the PHP error log.  « Saper // @talk »  13:17, 27 January 2018 (EST)

Import templates

Templates to display "EST" or "EDT"


No template works if copy/pasted directly from Wikipedia, not even those which print the current time zone offset in North America, either they require a setting to be passed, or they simply fail to find some string. Fortunately we managed to make Template:TZAbbrev which also has a default value that allows easily spotting for problems, besides accepting an optional parameter for testing, the documentation is in the template's page.


Add a new name space: Project

I suggest a new name space "Project". All pages in Free Software Directory:Participate/Project Team could be moved to it.

The Move function never finish

The Move (More -> Move) page loads forever when I hit the "Move page" button despite that the page has been moved.

What links here?

We want the "What links here?" enabled in the sidebar, it's the standard procedure to maintain MediaWiki instances. It's not stored in I got this response from #mediawiki "It's enabled by default on normal pages. I'd say there may be an extension installed on that wiki that's hiding it. Moonbook,, has "What links here?". It's strange because it's not present in the original source code. it's not hidden with CSS or JavaScript"

Invalid HTML

The IceCat entry in the FSD is not valid, 28 errors:

W3M / text based browser is hard to use forms

report from mailing list:

I just managed to submit an entry for my "dtas" software, but it was a bit painful since leads to a "loading..." page which requires JavaScript.

He noticed that the javascript was trying to load a specific page, so he loaded it himself ( and was able to edit the form.

OpenSearch installation error

Free Software Directory search can be installed from but not from Free Software Directory search (I approved this entry for this test purposes only). --David Hedlund (talk) 23:56, 16 April 2015 (EDT)

Session data

I get this message after ~1 minute (should be at least 5 minutes) of inactive form editing:

Sorry! We could not process your edit due to a loss of session data.

You might have been logged out. Please verify that you're still logged in and try again. If it still does not work, try logging out and logging back in, and check that your browser allows cookies from this site.

One must note that this expiration is common practice in order to avoid fake authentication attacks. We must instead take the message at face value and think: "What can cause someone to stay various minutes editing a page? And how can we segment the edit so that this doesn't happen?"

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Click on the edit link of a page (or even the "edit with form" link).
  2. Do some edit but don't submit.
  3. Wait at least 10min without visiting nor browsing any page related to both the FSD and the FSF (because these are linked by a CAS, central authentication server/service).
  4. Submit the edit.
    • The message appears. From this point on, if you try to submit again, the data is sent as expected.

Upload SVG files

We want to upload SVG files but Special:Upload says: "Permitted file types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg, webp."


Inactive bureaucrats

date command

America/New_York is the zone for Boston, we checked it up with IANA, the developer of the Time Zone Database (tzdb)

  • We added this text to To see the meeting start time in your time zone, run this in GNU bash: date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'"
  • The text should be added to the RSS/Atom feed by used by RSSBot[thekyriar that currently reads this in the #fsf channel:
RSSBot[thekyriar: (notice) FSF blogs posted a new article: Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: February 2nd starting at 12:00 p.m. EST/17:00 UTC<Add: To see the meeting start time in your time zone, run this in GNU bash: date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'"> ( )
"If you would like to help update the directory, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST (16:00 to 19:00 UTC).<Add: To see the meeting start time in your time zone, run this in GNU bash: date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'">"

Bot messages for IRC meetings

  • The RSSBot[thekyriar could be used to print this message in the channel every hour on the IRC Friday Meetings: "We're are entering the x hour of the free software directory meeting. If it is your first time joining us, please check out the participation guide"

Upgrade history

It seems unprobable that the Semantic MediaWiki issues appeared on their own, most probably MediaWiki extensions got updated and some things do no longer work as before. Would be good to know the history of upgrades to identify changes that has been made and how they have affected this wiki.  « Saper // @talk »  10:58, 27 January 2018 (EST)


New Antifeature

I want to add "officeonlinesystems PDF editor online" ( to the Antifeature as an example for one of the following

please read about the program and tell me which section that match best.

Programs that are incompatible with

The programs listed here has bugs that affect compatibility when you browse this website:

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