Help:Special Case Workarounds

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A few issues appear to require special handling in a set number of cases. In the event that the regular way of doing things fail, this page may provide other possible ways of performing the same action.

Pages beginning with /, or containing //

The wiki software doesn't like double slashes together, and typically merges them into a single slash. Thus, these pages seem to survive whatever is thrown at them, since actions always seem to "miss" them, instead aiming at the version of the page that has only a single slash.

Thankfully, this is only software-based, and can be circumvented. To do so, you will need to perform some "URL hacking".

Accessing content of these pages

The safest and most effective way of accessing the content on these pages is to URL hack your way into the edit page. The URL form for any edit page is:

http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php?title=Page_title&action=edit

Where Page_title is the name of the page you're intending to affect (including namespace). Any spaces in the page title must be replaced by underscores. Once in the edit page, it's probably best to recover any information locked within and store in on another appropriate page.

Deleting these pages

The same URL structure will allow a sysop to reach the deletion page for any particular page, regardless of the page title, although the action parameter will be different:

http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php?title=Page_title&action=delete

Where Page_title is the name of the page you're intending to affect (including namespace). Again, any spaces in the page title must be replaced by underscores. Reaching the page title via this means has been proven to work in all cases.

Other actions

Most actions on the wiki can be performed by accessing the page directly via the URL, in all cases it is simply required to change the action parameter. Other actions:

Action Parameter
View Page view
Viewing History history
Page Protection protect
Page Unprotection unprotect
Add to Watchlist watch
Remove from Watchlist unwatch
Purge the page cache purge

Undeletions and Moves do not appear to be possible using URL hacking, as they are handled by specific Special Pages. This may imply that such actions cannot occur on pages which contain double slashes. It's for this reason we recommend that users use the edit hack to extract all the content, then request a sysop delete the page.

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