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First off: This is not about people's opinions regarding Wikia's new skin. Please use Forum:Wikia's New Look for this purpose.

This topic is for collecting (technical) issues which arise when using the new skin, i.e. templates or features which work with the current skin (Monaco) but are broken with the new skin. Basically I'm trying to create a list of things which I (and/or other CSS/JS-capable users) need to look at. Whether we like it or not, Wikia is dead-set on forcing the new skin through, and I'd rather not have the site half-broken when FNV hits.

So, please list whatever you've noticed to be broken here, no matter how small it may be. -- Porter21 (talk) 17:32, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the reports so far. I've added a new section with two tables listing the issues as well as the progress made fixing them. Feel free to help out with that wherever you see fit.
I have marked issues which have already been addressed as well as the few which I'm willing to take on - I'm not willing to support Wikia's new skin any further than that, I hope you understand. That aside, if anyone has questions, feel free to contact me. -- Porter21 (talk) 12:23, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Reports[edit source]

Things I've noticed so far:

  • {{Games}} doesn't work - no icons at all. Also not sure where to put the icons right now.
  • Portals/main page need slight adjustments to better use the existing space. Nothing major though, mostly tweaking font sizes and/or putting stuff in more columns to make better use of the increased width.
  • Images used in "featured article" boxes on portals need to be changed to plain images without the "thumb" option to avoid that ugly image attribution showing (unfortunately Wikia's new ToS disallow that I simply remove them globally via CSS.
  • News listing on MyHome, ehm, "WikiActivity" looks screwed up.
  • Some navboxes (like {{Navbox Operation: Anchorage}}) now have some visual issues due to reduced article width.
  • Disabling the "edit" button of archived talk pages no longer works.
  • ArchiveTool no longer works.
  • Auto-refreshing RC no longer works.

-- Porter21 (talk) 17:32, October 5, 2010 (UTC)


  • The tables at Fallout 3 weapons currently extend into the WikiaRail. Those tables have always had width problems, but this might cause issues if Wikia actually decides to fill up the rail.
  • External links no longer show an icon to differentiate them from normal links. ~ Gardimuer { ʈalk } 21:08, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

Not really an issue with the new skin, but it is related; Wikia recently deleted some help pages (See; http://community.wikia.com/index.php?title=Forum:Editor_moved_all_help_pages&t=20101005182201, response is somewhere below). Shouldn't be hard to fix it, all of the dead links now redirect to Help:Content and can be found in Special:WantedPages. --Light Daxter - Talk 21:37, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

The Ajax auto-refresh RC code should be fixed with this;

function importScriptPage (page, server) {
var url = '/index.php?title=' + encodeURIComponent(page.replace(/ /g,'_')).replace('%2F','/').replace('%3A',':') + '&action=raw&ctype=text/javascript';
if (typeof server == "string") url = (server.indexOf('://') == -1)?'http://' + server + '.wikia.com' + url:server + url;
return importScriptURI(url);
}

But I don't know if it goes into the wikia.js or anywhere else (according to PCJ "The retard(s) that designed Oasis did not see fit to implement importScriptPage (and yes I reported this the first week of beta), so you will have to implement it yourself: ") --Light Daxter - Talk 20:16, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

  • Template:Newsarchive lost its border and background color because class .toccolours is not included in the new skin. Also, it is squashing Template:Newsintro because of the reduced page width ~ Gardimuer { ʈalk } 04:17, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • In the navigation menus, there are no submenus. They just go to the main portal or category page. --Rooker75 06:13, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
    This is as designed by Wikia. -- Porter21 (talk) 12:23, October 21, 2010 (UTC)
  • There's no direct link to the page history of a user talk page.--Gothemasticator 02:53, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
  • Actually, there's no links on any pages to the page history.--Gothemasticator 02:54, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
  • OK, page history is under "my tools" which is a clickable drop-down menu at the bottom right of the page.
  • I lose the search bar on some pages. If you block a user the search bar is gone.
  • And what's up with deleting a page kicking you back out to the home page?--Gothemasticator 03:10, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
  • The buttons for marking problem reports as fixed, closed or requiring staff help don't respond to clicking, they still work after switching to monaco. --Anon talk 03:24, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
Annonnimus, the Problem Reports feature is being phased out by Wikia, which is why it will no longer work. Gothemasticator, the location of page history links and the searchbar is something controlled by Wikia. If you dislike the current configuration then you should submit your feedback to the staff using Special:Contact, because there is very little that admins on local wikis can do about that. ~ Gardimuer { ʈalk } 14:12, October 10, 2010 (UTC)


  • I'm not sure if I'm the only person having this issue, but the mini-history feature (unsure of the actual name, but I'm referring to the drop down history in the top left of articles) appears behind templates (such as the upcoming template), and seems to "mix" with the article content, making the history and content nearly unreadable. --StrikerBack 11:13, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
Alright, it looks like that's happening on every wiki and is due to a recent change by Wikia, so nevermind. --StrikerBack 12:02, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
  • The hungarian page it doesn't change to monaco style, only a basic css. what sould I modify?--Tink81 12:58, October 22, 2010 (UTC)
    MediaWiki:Wikia.css is the CSS page for the new skin. Simply copy our contents to the equivalent on the Hungarian wiki, at least the templates etc should work then. The skin might still look a little different though - I believe the skin here was set up using that ThemeDesigner thing, don't think that'll transfer over. -- Porter21 (talk) 13:58, October 24, 2010 (UTC)

When marking a new page as patrolled, there is no "back to page" button available.--Gothemasticator 03:41, October 30, 2010 (UTC)

I'm afraid that's something we're not able to fix - it's up to Wikia. I believe their current policy is to have bugs with the new skin reported to Special:Contact, so it'd probably be best to do that. -- Porter21 (talk) 06:02, October 30, 2010 (UTC)

Added Oasis support to the script which disables the editing of archived talk pages. Please let me know if you run into any issues. -- Porter21 (talk) 23:58, November 24, 2010 (UTC)

List of issues[edit source]

Issues affecting multiple pages[edit source]

Description Priority Status Fix comments
{{Games}} does not work high Yes -- Porter21 (talk) {{Games}} is now inserted in top-right corner of article area.
ArchiveTool does not work low Yes -- Porter21 (talk)
AjaxRC does not work low Yes
Disabling edit options on archived talk pages does not work low Yes -- Porter21 (talk)
Images in featured articles need to have "thumb" option removed. medium
Help pages recently deleted by Wikia show up on Special:WantedPages low
External links show no icon high Yes
Link autocomplete has no background medium Yes
Templates using CSS class "toccolours" lack background & border (found to be affected so far: Template:Newsarchive, Template:Newsheader, MediaWiki:Recentchangestext) medium Yes -- Porter21 (talk)

Issues affecting single pages[edit source]

Page Description Priority Status Fix comments
Special:WikiActivity News listing does not display correctly low Yes -- Porter21 (talk) News listing removed
Fallout 3 weapons Table extends into WikiaRail low
Fallout Wiki Layout of "Did you know" section is screwed up. low Yes -- Porter21 (talk)