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Editing Wikipedia articles using Firefox - difficulty with text search on editing page[edit]

I recently converted from Internet Explorer to Firefox, and have been very happy with Firefox for a number of reasons (the convenience of the tabs, the ability to change text size in any webpage, etc.)

Everything was wonderful until I tried to edit a Wikipedia article in Firefox. When I'm reading an article and find a part I want to change, I go to the edit page, and click CTRL+F to locate the sentence I want to edit. Firefox doesn't allow me to do this - i.e. the text search feature doesn't seem to allow you to search within text input fields. I've searched various internet discussion forums to find a solution to this, but with no luck.

Surely, surely, there is a way of doing this? I really don't want to have to go back to Explorer, but this is such a terrible flaw in Firefox that it looks like I might have to.

Does anyone know the solution?

Palefire 13:13, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

This page may not be watchlisted by too many people and I am an IE user myself. I'd suggest you ask this question either at the reference desk or the village pump. You are likely to get a quicker reply there -- Lost(talk) 15:18, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

What you seek is at Wikipedia:Tools/Browser tools/Mozilla Firefox/Search within Textarea Extension with regex. Check also the parent Wikipedia:Tools/Browser tools/Mozilla Firefox. jnestorius(talk) 15:21, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

And indeed see also Wikipedia:Browser notes#Mozilla_Firefox jnestorius(talk) 15:54, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
I installed the extension and it works perfectly. Thanks a million. Palefire 15:57, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Reset Password Without Email Address[edit]

How can you prove that you are the owner of the username if you did not enter an email address with your username and are therefore unable to get a new password emailed to you?[edit]

There's a link to download SQL dumps from -- is it down? Is it still (or ever) available?

Wikipedia Visitor Browser Statistics?[edit]

Where can browser statistics for visitors to the Wikipedia sites be found?

Can this be made available if not already so? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:01, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

hereGeni 14:58, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Read Block?[edit]

Hi. I was recently blocked from Wikipedia for disruptive editing. Could that possibly have something to do with the fact that I often get a "could not connect to" error? I mean when I try to edit logged in (or immediately after logging out), it says that I "can't edit", but "still read" pages on Wikipedia. But I get this eerie feeling that somebody doesn't want me to even read. Is there anyone in the Wikipedia power structure that can selectively deny access to the site? Or is it just something technical about Wikipedia's/my network connection? Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:05, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

P.S. If there's some rule that I should refrain from editing Wikipedia, don't waste your time telling me that. Cause I'll simply ignore it!....... (talk) 05:08, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Could not connect is normally a hardware issue - e.g. your ISP or Wikimedia servers having troubles. This is unrelated to the concept of blocking which prevents users from problematic editing the encyclopedia, but not from reading it. Please try to remain civil with your comments, because some people may be troubled by comments like "I'll simply ignore it". Thanks.  7  06:15, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
p.s. - in the future please use this link to find out how to ask questions and get answers.  7  06:16, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

There is no facility that allows you to be blocked from reading Wikipedia, even by sysops or stewards. The only ones who can ban IP addresses from even reading Wikipedia are sysadmins, and they'll only do it if you're seriously draining Wikimedia's resources (e.g., running an aggressive bot of some kind that's reading tons of pages in a short timeframe). Some users will normally get error messages from time to time due to various system failures, not because anyone's blocked you. —Aryeh Gregor (talk • contribs) 16:51, 8 April 2010 (UTC)


please i need to know what is in TM's twitter,facebook,youtube channel What is the kind of posts ? What is the responses and the number of it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:51, 31 October 2012 (UTC)

Newer figures[edit]

Why don't you provide newer figures of the size of the wikipedia database? -- (talk) 11:42, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

MariaDB or MySQL?[edit]

It was widely reported that the WMF replaced MySQL with MariaDB in 2013, yet this FAQ still lists MySQL only. Has MariaDB completely replaced MySQL or are they both used?Greenman (talk) 21:46, 10 July 2015 (UTC)