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wikieditor-toolbar-help-content-signaturetimestamp-result: Parse error at position 19 in input:
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Author: rogerchrisman

Error observed on on November 14, 2012, time of this posting.

Edit page has a dropdown Edit help feature above the edit field. I think this is a WikiEditor feature called the Magic Bar. In that click the "Edit" drop down item (between "Special characters" and "Cite", towards right end of bar). At left of dropdown frame is now a scrollable selection area. Scroll to bottom of that and click on the item labeled "Discussion" in there. The two examples of signatures there under "What you get" in right column contain, above the expected example, this error message:

wikieditor-toolbar-help-content-signaturetimestamp-result: Parse error at position 19 in input:

Hope this helps. Cheers, Roger

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It also occurs at Thai Wikipedia.

Still valid.

  1. Be logged in
  2. Go to
  3. Click v Help
  4. Scroll down to "Discussion"
  5. Click it

See under "What you get":

wikieditor-toolbar-help-content-signature-result: Parse error at position 19 in input: Username (talk)

and others.

This is not Firefox specific (I can reproduce it on Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62).

I installed the extension in my copy of MW and added the code

if( p === 'wikieditor-toolbar-help-content-signaturetimestamp-result' ){
	console.log( mw.loader.getState( 'mediawiki.jqueryMsg' ) );

right before the line return mediaWiki.msg( p ); from the function $.wikiEditor.autoMsg[1]. After reloading the page a few times I noticed the following:

  • Every time mediawiki.jqueryMsg was "ready" the error occurred
  • Every time mediawiki.jqueryMsg was "loaded" there was no error

So, this bug (as well as T54479, and probably the one described on T53321 comment 12) only happens when the module "mediawiki.jqueryMsg" changes the behavior of the function "mediaWiki.msg" (also known as "mw.msg"). This shorthand is used by WikiEditor since 2010 (see r75491#115), but on
Change-Id: I0d220692262356a12e2f1c0ce30cf6f090428332
the format of the shorthand was modified from "plain" (which WikiEditor was using) to "text".

It is likely that using
return mediaWiki.message( p ).plain();
would solve this.


Change 82092 had a related patch set uploaded by
Use mediaWiki.message( ... ).plain()

Change 82092 merged by jenkins-bot:
Use mediaWiki.message( ... ).plain()

He7d3r set Security to None.
TheDJ added a subscriber: TheDJ. probably dealt with this in a more sustainable way, and I think we should revert the above patch with in order to avoid recurring problems like: T62695: {{SITENAME}} not parsed: "Publish to {{SITENAME}}" as message box title when $wgDefaultUserOptions['wikieditor-publish'] = 1

I notice that this messages

  • wikieditor-toolbar-help-content-signaturetimestamp-result
  • wikieditor-toolbar-help-content-signature-result

Still have non parseable #{{special:mypage}} inside the signature message. These messages should probably be mass replaced and parameterized, just as we have done with the namespaces and the thumb keyword at some point.

Change 260952 had a related patch set uploaded (by TheDJ):
Remove non-working #{{special:mypage}} from help

Change 260952 merged by jenkins-bot:
Remove non-working {{#special:mypage}} from help

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