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Early problem fixed[]

Copy of message I've just sent to Contact Wikia:

This appeared on the Yugioh Wiki when I clicked "Further results" at the bottom of a table, and I thought it was nothing I should be concerned about. But now I've got it on Familypedia, where we were not getting that problem before:

Permission error Special page

You are not allowed to execute the action you have requested.

Return to Family History and Genealogy Wiki.

The URL says

I've just got the same result when trying to use Special:Ask in the title of this forum.

I was wanting to find which Familypedia people died in 1880, a rather basic search. Anyone else get the same when trying to find more info in a table? --- Robin Patterson (Talk to me) 06:15, March 15, 2011 (UTC)

This was a bug that has been fixed. In other news, we're going to try a technical backend change to see if it A) fixes the form issue on this site and B) just improves overall query improvement. The backend change is putting the SMW-related tables on its own database cluster. This should alleviate database memory usage. --daNASCAT WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 21:00, March 15, 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, Tim. My "Contact" message received this reply (12 hours ago):

Changed in the newer versions of SMW, you now need the smwallowaskpage right to use Special:Ask. This has been corrected in the code last week, and will be going live with this week's release (sometime today/tomorrow)

-- Regards,

Chris "Uberfuzzy" Stafford, Wikia Community Support Team

--- Robin Patterson (Talk to me) 23:24, March 15, 2011 (UTC)


This conversation may be of interest now. We used to have images on our tree pages. Maybe we could try again?

Hi, maybe this can help:

Em ter, 22 de dez de 2020 16:53, Jacob Vos <> escreveu:


I have the category 'Thing', with form field 'Picture', with the semantic property 'ThingHasPicture'. Input type = 'Text', parameters 'uploadable, image preview', semantic property type = 'text'. All configured via Page Schemas.

I changed the Thing template to show the image, as follows (which works):


Now I want to have an #ask query, and one column showing the image (as thumbnail). So I tried: {{#ask: [[Category:Thing]] | ?Name | ?ThingHasPicture }}

However, this doesn't work. What should I do?

Kind regards, Jacob Vos

   Semediawiki-user mailing list

--- Robin Patterson (Talk) 00:39, December 23, 2020 (UTC)

Well, he has to use his "Thing" template to display the result of the query. Thurstan (talk) 03:30, December 23, 2020 (UTC)

Here, for those of you who don't subscribe to that mailing list, is the latest posting in that conversation:

Hi Jacob
I have just got it working on the SMW Sandbox. It is as I thought, yesterday I was doing it from memory. But you can see it working in the sandbox. The initial page can be found at

This is then called in a #ask query on this page

I hope that helps.


Code for the image page is :

An image taken in Regensburg in Germany, taken during the Semantic MediaWiki Conference 2018.
[[Fichier:Regensburg.jpg|néant|vignette|600x600px|this is a test image]]

Has country=Germany
|Picture=[[Fichier:Regensburg.jpg|néant|vignette|300x300px|this is a test image]]
|Has city=Regensburg

[[Category:Category 20201224]]

Code for that second link is :

[[Category:Category 20201224]]
[[Has country::Germany]]
|?Has city=City

And it looks like this:


Some of our pages already do that sort of thing. I want us to be able to do it again on tree pages. Charlemagne/tree used to look great, a good example to show Familypedia off. --- Robin Patterson (Talk) 03:42, December 24, 2020 (UTC)