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Plenty of pages where 1/1 is set to be D. I'm so used to 1/1 being C, 9/8 being D, 5/4 being E, etc. so much that the D scales look very out of sync. And they really are out of sync with solfege columns, which start with "do" which is C. What to do?! PiotrGrochowski (talk) 16:11, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

Where do you see 1/1 set to D? The only time I've seen that convention is on the Porcupine pages... Mike Battaglia (talk) 06:53, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
Interval lists like 53edo#Intervals. PiotrGrochowski (talk) 06:56, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
I guess that's an Ups and Downs convention, I don't know why Mike Battaglia (talk) 07:05, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
I'll make sure to remove any D starting scales from Ups and Downs Notation with the K**e curse removed. PiotrGrochowski (talk) 07:08, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

Dead Links

I've noticed that there's many links around the wiki that seems to have been lost to the world, especially Yahoo group links, so I'd just like to ask what we're going to do with most of the dead links --CritDeathX (talk) 21:24, 17 March 2020 (UTC)

There are many ways to deal with it, my (currently) preferred ones: try to find the contents searching for the title (being hopefully not just "here") and replace the link or (if you know how) find it by the URL in the Wayback Machine. You may also help others to deal with it by marking it as such: add {{dead link}} to make the pages appear on Category:Pages containing dead links. Thanks --Xenwolf (talk) 11:28, 1 June 2020 (UTC)


(Not sure where to post this so I'm putting it here)

Currently, the process for naming commas/intervals/temperaments seems to be that the person who "discovers" it gets to name it. Now this might have historically been fine, but consider that nowadays, I can just run a Python script overnight and come up with literally *millions* of commas and temperaments not yet named on the wiki. Do I get to name them all?

Maybe there should be a more democratic process for naming things. On Talk:1729/1728 we are currently just having a poll, which seems good enough! But I suggest that if you want to name something, you first post the proposed name on the talk page (with your reasoning) and then once a consensus is reached the article can be updated.

- Sintel (talk) 15:46, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

This seems reasonable enough to me. If a comma/interval/temperament name is established elsewhere by multiple people other than yourself, I suppose you couldn't be faulted for adding the name to the wiki as a fact. But if you're just making it up yourself on the spot, a more considerate thing to do would be to solicit input from the community.
My sense is that our culture leans toward collective ownership of these ideas, and that the majority of contributors here do not believe that the first person to describe the value of a given comma/interval/temperament thereby has earned an exclusive right to name it.
I also see that many of us recognize how the proliferation of somewhat crazy comma/interval/temperament names has negatively impacted us. I am not innocent of contributing to this problem myself (sorry about that).
I note that some systematic comma/interval/temperament naming schemes exist, such as the one for color notation or for Sagittal, and so to large extent every one of them does already have at least one name. The goals of such systems may include obviating the need for individually naming these commas/intervals/temperaments. But I don't think it's realistic to expect that we'll achieve the threshold of buy-in to any one of these systems, so we'll always need the non-systematic names. And so every comma/interval/temperament is going to end up with multiple names. So it goes.
I think you could add your proposed name to the main page, so long as you disclaim it as merely your proposal, not as established fact. Then it would be good to also start discussion on the corresponding Talk page as Sintel suggests. The ultimate goal would be working toward establishing a name as fact, whether by something close to democracy, or at least by something close to oligarchy. --Cmloegcmluin (talk) 16:32, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Expired certificate

I've added a security exception for this site, but this is going to kill traffic and possible donations if it keeps going on. Bootmii (talk) 00:00, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

According to Mike Battaglia, "FYI, aware of the SSL cert error at - should be fixed when Tyler is back next week." (posted to FB group "Xenwiki Work Group" 2018-12-24) -- Spt3125 (talk) 00:25, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
Should work now - Mike Battaglia (talk) 03:07, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

The security certificate expired again. Bootmii (talk) 23:54, 31 March 2022 (UTC)

It's fixed again. I wrote an email to the maintainers of the wiki and additionally got a confirming reply as well. --Xenwolf (talk) 08:59, 2 April 2022 (UTC)

Moving migration FAQ lower down on the page?

Should the opening lines on the wiki’s front page still be “Check out this list of anticipated Frequently Asked Questions regarding the recent migration of this wiki”?

Wikispaces shut down 4 years ago, so I don’t think it’s still necessary to have this front and centre at the very start of the front page.

It might be sensible to move it to the bottom of the page, still there in case someone needs to refer to it, but not the very first thing a reader sees.

What do you think? --BudjarnLambeth (talk) 03:23, 15 April 2023 (UTC)

Agreed, I would move the message at the end of the "Welcome to the Xenharmonic Wiki!" section, remove "recent" and rephrase it as the "migration of this wiki from Wikispaces". --Fredg999 (talk) 02:02, 26 April 2023 (UTC)
Done. FloraC (talk) 06:15, 26 April 2023 (UTC)

Scale trees

Is there a language other than JavaScript for writing in-page apps that work on MediaWiki wikis? Should we have an app for browsing scale trees replace the tables on the scale pages which make them unnecessarily long and intimidating to read? —- Moremajorthanmajor (talk)

Lua is also supported.

CompactStar (talk) 06:35, 22 May 2023 (UTC)

iOS misidentifying numbers as phone numbers

On many pages of the wiki, iOS misidentifies numbers as phone numbers and converts them to links, which can be disorienting because they look indistinguishable from links to other wiki pages. Here is one example:

Squarespace allows you to prevent it doing this to your website, by injecting a short line of code:

I was wondering whether MediaWiki has anything similar we could use?

--BudjarnLambeth (talk) 05:23, 26 January 2024 (UTC)