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Dec 4, 2012, 12:40 PM
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On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM, Amir E. Aharoni <
Re: Customization of welcomecreation on different wikis
[In reply to]
amir.aharoni [at] mail> wrote:
> (Spun off the Advertising changes to MediaWiki messages in core.)
> 2012/12/4 S Page <spage [at] wikimedia>:
> > I wrote a little script last night to check for the existence of the
> > old and new messages, and it seems there are 205 wikis that did
> > override welcomecreation (!!?), so ideally someone should find the
> > [[Wikipedia:MediaWiki messages]] or [[Village pump (technical)]] page
> > for those 205 wikis, or otherwise contact their admins. The list of
> > wiki messages is at
> > <
> This made me feel very \o/.
> Research about current customizations of messages on projects is
> probably the number one thing that I'd like to see happen in the
> Wikimedia dev community.
> These customizations didn't go through the thorough user testing
> process of the kind that your team does, but they are nevertheless a
> wonderful source for ideas for improvements that can be useful for any
> language, and for identifying things that communities need and the
> software doesn't provide out of the box.
> > I'm curious if any of those 205 wikis are doing inventive "Welcome
> > aboard, now read a tutorial/say hi/fix a page/play in the sandbox"
> > things. It's an area our team (Editor Engagement Experiments) cares
> > about.
> In the languages that I know (Hebrew, Russian, Catalan) - yes, mostly.
> The most inventive is probably the Hebrew Wikipedia (
> https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Welcomecreation ), which has a
> lot of graphics. It has three big buttons:
> 1."writing style tutorial for beginners" (equivalent of Wikipedia:Tutorial)
> 2. "adopt-a-user" (equiv. of Wikipedia:Adopt-a-user or Teahouse) /
> "Help Desk" (equiv. of Wikipedia:Help desk)
> 3. Special:Preferences
> Most customized welcome pages say a few words that are specific to the
> project, such as "Welcome to the Russian Wikiversity. Sign up to your
> One message was just a punctuation correction that was made to its
> primitive 2005 version. Things like this happen a lot, too.
> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
Interesting. Yeah, I clearly need to set up a global notification for the
relevant projects. :)
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