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Can anyone tell me why the infoboxes keep condensing down to an annoying mess? This is happening often on new pages even when I'm copying the templates and pasting. Before they were nice and linear from top to bottom, now they appear as a clump that you need to read from left to right. It makes changing anything within the infobox a pain since it takes longer to find things. Thanks for any input.
Artemaz (talk) 02:48, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

I know, it's horrible to check when editing.
It hasn't happened to any new pages I've written, fortunately. I use Monobook and the plain-text editor there (still number one!), so I assume it's a problem with the Source editor, VisualEditor, and/or the rich-text editor in the Oasis/Wikia skin. I assume some new bug/feature has decided to compress templates or something. Which do you use? I know it happens to you and User:Unknown user 11.
— BadCatMan (talk) 03:36, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

It never happens to me. I use Oasis, but I never use the visual editor; I always edit raw text.
~ Lhynard (talk) 05:54, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

Ugh, it also removes unused entries, so adding information to the infoboxes will require recreating the infobox every time.
— BadCatMan (talk) 07:31, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

I have not experienced this either. What browsers are y'all using? I'm using Firefox 41.0.2.
Moviesign (talk) 13:14, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

I usually use source editor with Chrome but just made the Abi Talid page with Firefox and it still compressed the infobox.
Artemaz (talk) 14:47, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

Good news: I created the Markos Silverhammer page the same way I always do, but did not add the info box. After saving the page, I went back in and pasted the infobox template and filled it in and saved the page again. When I did a test edit on the page the infobox remained nice and linear. Not sure why, but that works for me!
Artemaz (talk) 20:05, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

Totally agree... yucky to edit... I have given up on User 11... trying to fix all the infoboxes with FIVE new pages a day... blah... but I use Firefox and have had no crushing problems.
Darkwynters (talk) 02:56, November 19, 2015 (UTC)

I lost track of how many times I've asked User 11 to use caps in his infoboxes, etc.
Artemaz (talk) 03:30, November 19, 2015 (UTC)

I had this happen once to me already when I was editing the mongrelman page and I've only been editing stuff for a few days now.
Gem Hound (talk) 07:43, November 19, 2015 (UTC)

Mongrelman looks fine to me now. Did you redo the infobox? I have Firefox 42.0, and have had no issues that I've seen.
— BadCatMan (talk) 10:31, November 19, 2015 (UTC)

Ya, I replaced the info box when it happened, I think it was when I first created the page. I use Google Chrome 46.0.
Gem Hound (talk) 19:06, November 19, 2015 (UTC)
I believe I have found the issue, at least with Google Chrome, as I tested it about 10 times in a row with the same result. When you just click on the regular edit screen, edit, whenever you change over to the source code popup, add something to an info box and update the edit page you are working on, your infobox gets crushed. A series of screenshots to prove I have tested it:

Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2

I put the line "Hello my name is Bob!" into the caption just for use as an example(not uploaded) Screenshot 3

This is the result when you open the source editor again: Screenshot 4

This happens whenever you add information to the infoboxes using this editing screen. If you are going to edit the infoboxes, I find editting straight from the source code as being the best way to edit the page without collapses. I noticed this when I was updating Oryndoll's infobox.Gem Hound (talk) 09:44, November 21, 2015 (UTC)


Ahhh, nice find, Gem :)

- Darkwynters (talk) 18:11, November 21, 2015 (UTC)
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