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- 2 Duplicate Citations: Merge these together -- Fireballsky (talk) 21:38, November 21, 2020 (UTC)
Questions[edit | edit source]
Request for science help re: gancyclovir[edit | edit source]
I'm wondering if any more scientifically knowledgeable folks can help me with Gancyclovir. It's one of many pages that have no references at all and probably I'm best equipped just to tag them for cleanup, but since the entry only contains two claims, I thought I could track down refs to verify them. Ha ha. I found these studies which (if I understand them correctly) make opposing claims about its effect on microglial: "The antiviral drug ganciclovir does not inhibit microglial proliferation and activation" (2015) versus "Antiviral drug ganciclovir is a potent inhibitor of microglial proliferation and neuroinflammation" (2014). Is anyone available to help either revise the page (if I'm correct that maybe these are conflicting results that require qualification on the page) or confirm for me that the latter ref (or some other ref?) suffices to verify the entry's current claim that gancyclovir "also reduces microglial activation." Thanks much. Canele (talk) 17:45, 15 April 2019 (EDT)
Broken citation template?[edit | edit source]
Hi all. I'm suddenly having trouble using the "Cite web" template. In particular I'm trying to add https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Polymyalgia-Rheumatica as the reference for all the material I've added so far to the Polymyalgia rheumatica page I just started. But both in Visual Editor and in source code editing, I can't get the "Cite web" template to populate as a reference--it doesn't work at all in VE now and when I try source code, it adds all the info to the prose of the entry, rather than creating a footnote. Anybody have an idea what might be going on? I've used this extensively before (just for one example, see the HIV/AIDS page) and those references remain properly formatted so I am really stumped. Thanks for any advice! Canele (talk) 15:21, July 5, 2019 (EDT)
Done Now working.
Auto-signing section headers[edit | edit source]
Hi, starting a new section on a talk page automatically adds a signature to the header, with no possibility to remove it during the same edit. This is a very annoying feature. Can we get rid of it? Guido den Broeder (talk) 19:18, September 15, 2019 (EDT)
http to Secure https -- Fireballsky (talk) 17:58, October 21, 2020 (UTC)[edit | edit source]
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There is a technical website issue that needs to be resolved. Currently, http and https are both being used in the URLs throughout the website.
This means that some users will land on non-secure pages (http w/out "s").
All pages need automatically redirect from http to https. This will keep everything secure, and improve SEO and organic search traffic.
I am not very familiar with the wiki platform, so I can't give specific details on where to make the changes. However, it looks like it's covered on here...
The above link goes over the dangers of having "http" URLs, and also talks about settings to auto-redirect everything to https (secure).
Create and submit XML sitemap -- Fireballsky (talk) 18:22, October 21, 2020 (UTC)[edit | edit source]
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A technical site improvement involving XML sitemap. This is a file that shows all the pages on a website. You then submit it to Google (Google Search Console) so Google can do a better job of displaying the website's pages/content in search results.
I don't believe me-pedia currently has an XML sitemap, because it would likely be found here - https://me-pedia.org/sitemap.xml
It looks like the instructions are here - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AutoSitemap
After there's a sitemap file created, we will need to submit this file in Google Search Console. To do this, go here - https://search.google.com/search-console/welcome, in the URL Prefix section, add "https://me-pedia.org". Then verify using one of the methods provided. After that, you will see a Sitemaps section on the left. Here you will be able to add the URL where Google can find the XML sitemap.
After this, you'll want to create a second property in Google Search Console. This time, add the URL "http://me-pedia.org" (<<< w/out the "s"). Then do the same steps as above.
Let me know if there are any questions.
Duplicate Citations: Merge these together -- Fireballsky (talk) 21:38, November 21, 2020 (UTC)[edit | edit source]
There are a lot of instances where the Reference section will show the exact same citation (word for word) multiple times. I've even seen the same citation listed 5 or 6 times.
For instance, the Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria citation is listed (3) times in the Reference section of the Immune system page - []
Supposedly, there's a tool to fix these...
microglia A type of immune cell, called a macrophage, that lives in the brain. For historical reasons, macrophages have different names based on the part of the body that they normally live in. Macrophages that normally live in the blood are called monocytes. Macrophages that normally live in the skin are called Langerhans cells. Macrophages that normally live in the liver are called Kupffer cells. And macrophages that normally live in the central nervous system are called microglia. Microglia were originally classified as glial cells, under the assumption that the cells had a merely structural function, before it was realized that the cells were in fact immune cells. As the "sentinel cells" of the central nervous system, microglia survey their environment for abnormalities such as infection or tissue damage, and then initiate an immune response to fight the infection or repair the tissue damage.
myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.