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Filtered and processed to-do items specifically for admins.

Only admins should edit this page with non-minor edits.

Please add to-do suggestions for admins to the general to-do page's Admins section. Thanks!

Items here may list who originally suggested the item on the to-do page.

Related: admin-how-to.


Per GTD, here are inbox items that seem reasonable and thus have been moved here by admins from the to-do page's Admins section.

Mirror server requests:

  • Note that requests from are for a mirror server run by neuro at
  • ...

next actions and projects

Per GTD, here are processed next-actions for admins, grouped by area/project


  • Pibb integration for the #microformats IRC channel. It is relatively simple to embed the Pibb chat widget into a webpage that bridges to the #microformats IRC channel. This would allow for greater access and transparency to the IRC discussions as well as allow people to participate using only their web browser. User:Chris_Messina 16:50, 31 Aug 2007 (PDT)
  • maintainer for mfbot. Ryan King has indicated that he no longer has time to maintain mfbot and would like another admin to pick up the maintenance and running of mfbot.

web site

home page

Main site home page:

  • The microformats2 page, should also be referred from the main page of the website like perhaps a new small right box in between "What are microformats?" and "Microformat specifications" saying something like "Microformat version" as a title and place both versions, the old one is the latest with a short description, and the new one should be imediately under the title, with the same description below.
    • +1 agreed. We need a home page redesign with at least this, maybe also @microformats tweets. Tantek 13:32, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

ex: Homepage with the right box implemented .


  • Update Blog-Theme to support microformats2: Publish the microformats theme on GitHub to enable community contributions. See IRC discussion:
    • Todo: Publish all theme sources on GitHub:


proper redirects to avoid dupes

Wiki area suggestion:

To eliminate this problem, the 2nd page, in the <head> section of the source code, should contain the following line <link rel="canonical" href="" />. This will tell Search Engines that this page is a duplicate content, thus it won't be indexed.

This implementation should be done on all other duplicate content pages of the website.

  • This sounds like a good request. Is there a MediaWiki extension/plugin for adding rel=canonical to redirect handling pages? - Tantek 13:32, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
    • MediaWiki has a config for this as of v1.21.0. Reference:$wgEnableCanonicalServerLink gRegor 01:14, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
    • IIRC new MediaWiki has an option to do real redirects as well Aaronpk 18:27, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

for site update to microformats2

update wiki skin to mf2


  • update the microformats MediaWiki skin from using hAtom (e.g. 'hentry' class name) to h-entry
  • update any other classic microformats markup in the skin to mf2
  • under a new MediaWiki version we may have to do this with the Vector theme instead of the current theme. I can do the same thing I did with the IndieWeb wiki here as well if that's where we end up. Aaronpk 18:27, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

more spec styling

We have specifications and draft specifications which add classnames to the body element ("specification" and "specification draft" respectively), which are then styled by the skin to look more spec-like.

We should do the same for stub specifications and update process accordingly as well.

IndieAuth login

  • install and make available IndieAuth login, as a replacement for OpenID login (previously requested by a while ago from User:DanC and User:Chris_Messina (especially for comments in WordPress). User:Chris_Messina 16:50, 31 Aug 2007 (PDT))

wiki problems

Problems with the microformats wiki that an admin needs to look at and resolve:

Password reset page problems

Password reset page doesn't work:

wiki documentation

Need more documentation about how we have the wiki setup, so more admins are able to fix/update it.

  • Update our mediawiki customization documentation with specifically:
    • What plug-ins/add-ons are installed?
    • What customizations / patches have been made to MediaWiki?
    • What special things does the microformats mediawiki theme depend on?
    • User:BenWard likely best knows these things.

wiki feature requests

handle feedback
spam fighting
  • Install AbuseFilter. This would allow admins to set up custom rules (similar to email rules like in Outlook/Thunderbird/Gmail etc.) that could be adapted to current spam on-the-fly.
  • Install TitleBlackList Extension and then block creation of pages with "http:" or ".com" in the title to stop spammers from creating autolinks in the IRC logs of wiki edits.
  • Consider additional anti-spam strategies: (from Tom Morris)
    • also: add reCAPTCHA setting for ConfirmEdit and SimpleAntiSpam (GPHemsley added them to the WAHTWG wiki on 2012-296)
semantic requests
  • Try adding to our wiki install to permit rel and class on links in wiki pages.
  • Add Extensions - especially those that help implement more microformats on the wiki itself!
    • Evaluate against Wikipedia's Version Page for a list of currently installed extensions on the English Wikipedia.
    • I'd personally advise getting Cite, ParserFunctions --JimboJW 13:38, 25 Sep 2007 (PDT) (Syntax Highlighting is done in Wiki 2.0)
    • HTML Profiles - allows people editing the wiki to add URIs to <head profile> TobyInk 16:52, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
      • +1 Tantek 09:58, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
    • Link Attributes - allows easy-ish setting of rel/rev/class attributes on links. TobyInk 16:52, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
      • +1 Tantek 09:58, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
  • add a class, noprint to the site's CSS, so that sections (such as "related pages" footers) can be made non- printing.
    • ‘noprint’ isn't so semantic, but we should get a proper print stylesheet, for sure.
  • Allow webcal://, javascript: (for posting favelets/bookmarklets on the wiki) and perhaps (other) x-protocols to be linkified
    • +1 Tantek 09:58, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Would be great to have a video template that embeds an object. Tantek 09:58, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Can we imply entry-title from h1? Tantek
misc requests


In the past there have been requests (e.g. on the lists) for an online forum for microformats discussions.

If there is an admin who's interested in helping run a forum (has the time to community manage it), take a look at:


Ongoing and as neeeded duties/tasks:

  • Delete spam and block spammers from the wiki.
  • Send emails to the microformats list(s) guiding the community per our mailing-lists guidelines.
  • Helped out with questions on IRC
  • Accepted / filtered comments on the blog (or posted!)
  • Help with web server matintenence:
    • Apache (reboot Apache if it hangs, debug Apache server problems)
    • WordPress (including upgrading installs as needed)
    • Mailman (clearing of internal spam queues)
    • MediaWiki (upgrades, help package mods for resubmission back to core)
  • Provide guidance to other admins
  • Remove pages awaiting deletion

waiting for

Per GTD, here are next-actions for admins that are awaiting some external dependency.

someday maybe

Per GTD, here are parked and otherwise deemed low-priority next-actions and projects for admins.

someday actions

  • Make the edit comment UI better — textarea, not single line box. (Dev Status: Might be impossible without hacking the core)

someday maybe projects

improved issue tracking

Issue tracking at is poor. The wiki is difficult to track, resolutions get lost. A proper bug tracking system is desirable: However, the adminstration overhead of our current infrastructure is too high for volunteers. Questionable whether maintain another custom install of something is the direct we want to move in.

  • I don't think this is worth pursuing - issue tracking systems are notoriously problematic, and at least with the wiki, editing/resolving many issues at once is far more efficient - and efficiency for microformats maintainers is an important priority since all this work is all-volunteer. Tantek 02:38, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I think there are a few benefits to having a tracker. The primary one is simply to track proposals and have an easy platform for people to suggest new ones. That way there is a decent place for a high-level overview of what is going on. But, all of the suggested solutions suck. If it is to be done, we should investigate a custom built tracker for our needs. Garbee 00:43, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Note that a few specs have started tracking issues on GitHub, e.g. h-entry Aaronpk 21:47, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Investigate possibility/feasibility of using Launchpad/Github/Google Code for spec issue tracking
  • Wiki is excellent documentation tool. Terrible issue tracking tool.
  • External services avoid large maintenance burden
  • Could better handle this todo list
  • Better handle issue resolutions
  • Better handle issue discussions
  • Evaluate options
    • Consider integration points with µ
    • Consider open standards a plus (OpenID)
    • Consider effort in porting existing content
  • Copy over issues from each wiki page as standalone bugs
  • Ensure that each spec editor is added with suitable authorities to manage issues
Custom Install of Trac
  • + Reliable
  • + Well Established
  • + Can customise to look like µ
  • + Flexible milestones etc.
  • + Hook into source repository of our choosing
  • + OpenID support
  • + Support whatever licensing we like
  • - Administration overhead

Need to check permissions structures. Can the hCard editor have control over /hcard, but not over /haudio? Do we care?

Google Code

Chris Messina has ‘microformats’ on Google Code

  • + Reliably Hosted, minimal admin overhead
  • + Very flexible milestones/tagging
  • + SVN repository for test cases, libraries
  • - Can't be styled to µ
  • - No OpenID
  • - Ugly as sin
  • - No Public Domain license support

Ben Ward has ‘microformats’ on Launchpad

  • + BZR repository for test cases, libraries
  • + Public Domain License Support
  • - Not instantly intuitive
  • - Seems better suited to software than specifications
  • - Can't style like µ, but, quite pretty
  • - No OpenID
  • + Git repository for test cases, libraries
  • + Issue tracking is integrated
  • - No OpenID


Admins Mailing list deliverability

  • the last admins mailing was put in spam for by gmail for unclear reasons
    • it was labelled: 'security: did not encrypt this message link to '
    • Authentication-Results:;
      dkim=neutral (body hash did not verify) header.s=20161025 header.b=NpEH0xA1;
      spf=pass ( best guess record for domain of designates as permitted sender)

server migration project

The best option to upgrade everything on the server is to set up a new server and move everything onto it, then switch the DNS over when it's ready. Here is the current status of what we need to do in order to complete this.

This migration has been completed! Some notes and resources are available on GitHub (admin-only repo) Aaronpk (talk) 17:23, 19 July 2020 (UTC)


The home page and blog are powered by WordPress. Thankfully WordPress does a pretty good job of providing an upgrade path. We can move the wordpress files to a new server to test this out before doing anything live.

tasks that need a volunteer:

  • check that the theme works in a new version of WordPress
  • check that the current WordPress database can handle being upgraded to new WordPress

If you would like to help out with either of these, get in touch with aaronpk and he can provide you with a copy of the files.


MediaWiki has a good upgrade path that will run database migrations, so it should be possible to restore the database into a new copy of the wiki.

Things to check:

  • are there any extensions currently installed that we still need (some of them provide functionality that has since been moved into MW core), and do those extensions run under the latest MW
    • is there a new recaptcha plugin? some other way to prevent spam accounts?
    • (please list out more extensions here)
  • does the current theme work in new MediaWiki? and if not, do we revert to the default Vector theme?
  • I've reviewed the current plugins and made some upgrade notes on mediawiki_customization#Upgrade_MediaWiki as of 2018-10. gRegor 20:01, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

web server


HTTPS / TLS / SSL support:

  • Obtain and implement a TLS certificate (perhaps from Let's Encrypt?) for and 301 redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS.
  • Certificate is running, but http-to-https redirects are not in place, pending further discussion Aaronpk (talk) 17:27, 19 July 2020 (UTC)

upgrade PHP

  • Investigate an upgrade of PHP
    • PHP 5.6 active support ended 2017-01-19 and security support will end 2018-12-31 [1]. Upgrading to PHP7 might be a good idea currently. gRegor 19:40, 9 May 2017 (UTC)
    • +1 agreed. Pfefferle 17:58, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
    • this will be taken care of in the server migration project above Aaronpk 18:27, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
  • The server is running PHP 7.4 now Aaronpk (talk) 17:23, 19 July 2020 (UTC)

wiki problems

reCAPTCHA replacement

reCAPTCHA replacement needed

  • had to edit out the https from a link above to get this to save.
  • reCAPTCHA has been removed, account creation currently requires contacting an admin Aaronpk (talk) 17:23, 19 July 2020 (UTC)
MediaWiki needs updating

MediaWiki needs updating

  • Last time update attempt broke the theme, didn't have time time debug and fix. - User:BenWard
    • The IndieWeb wiki had the same problem, our resolution was to just drop the custom theme and switch to the default Vector theme. Aaronpk 21:48, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • The wiki has been updated, reverted to the default Vector theme Aaronpk (talk) 17:23, 19 July 2020 (UTC)