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See Also[edit]

Links to wiki pages have been generously distributed throughout the article. They are nearly 50 in number. Should they all be "additionally" mentioned in the "See Also" section? Can my fellow contributors please help me on this ? Sanjiv swarup 00:45, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

the policy is that if the article is linked in the body, it should not be in the see also section. The see also section contains additional links. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 05:55, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

"Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary"[edit]

Not sure if this is a place to comment on this (or whether anyone will see it and reply...) but wouldn't it be a good idea to enable this by default for anonymous users (and perhaps newly created accounts). That might stop anonymous users from randomly editing articles. ~~ [Jam][talk] 12:22, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Go and Search buttons in Chick skin[edit]

Please excuse the cross posting -- not sure where this belongs.

The Go and Search buttons on the Chick skin spill over into the edit box (in which I am currently typing).

Could they be moved beneath the Search box (directly above the Toolbox label).

Robert Greer (talk) 14:01, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Rendering Math: "Recommended for modern browsers" setting[edit]

Why should I use this setting? What does it do? Where is it explained? CapnZapp (talk) 13:03, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Ditto. what is it? --Yjo (talk) 01:41, 15 May 2008 (UTC)


Is this page up to date? My misc settings seem to be a bit dfferent from what this page shows:

Threshold for stub link formatting (bytes):
Underline links:  Never Always Browser default

 Format broken links like this (alternative: like this?).
 Justify paragraphs
 Auto-number headings
 Show table of contents (for pages with more than 3 headings)
 Disable page caching
 Enable "jump to" accessibility links
 Do not show page content below diffs
 Show hidden categories

--Stefán Örvarr Sigmundsson (talk) 00:23, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Stub size default[edit]

What is the default value for "Threshold for stub link formatting (bytes):"? Thanks. -- Quiddity (talk) 18:24, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Admin help[edit]

Hey, I'm the admin on the Anglo-Saxon wiki, and we're looking to edit the user interface so that the user can select to see ƿ/ȝ in place of w/ġ in his own user interface. This would be the easiest solution to our wiki's font preferences amongst the number of users we have. Would anyone be able to help me in this? --JamesR1701E (talk) 23:32, 3 January 2009 (UTC)--JJohnson1701 (talk) 23:31, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

Add link from Special:Preferences[edit]

Could a direct link be added from Special:Preferences to either Help:Preferences or meta:Help:Preferences? It must be a common page for people to want help on. — Richardguk (talk) 17:54, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

Is there not one? Probably best to ask at WP:VPT - people there may know what would need to be done.--Kotniski (talk) 10:14, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
Done.This, that, and the other (talk) 07:00, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
The old discussion is at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 71#Add help links to Special:Preferences. Nothing was done then. It has been suggested again at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 135#Help link for Preferences. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:24, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
The recent discussion was archived at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 94#Help link for Preferences. MediaWiki:Preferences-summary was created with this message shown at Special:Preferences: "For information about the settings on this page, see Help:Preferences." PrimeHunter (talk) 00:48, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

What about Canadian English?[edit]

Does the recommendation against selecting "en-GB - British English" as the language option also include "en-CA - Canadian English"? Set theorist (talk) 21:13, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

Quite probably. I can't imagine that any of the non-US variants of the interface pages are maintained to the same level of attention that the US variants are. BTW en-CA is a new one on me: must have been added fairly recently. --Redrose64 (talk) 21:31, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
I have added "en-CA - Canadian English" as not recommended. That option did not exist when I wrote in October that "en-GB - British English" is not recommended. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:26, 2 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. Why are these language options available, if they are not configured? What needs to be done to configure the interface messages for each language option? Is there a link to documentation available somewhere? Set theorist (talk) 21:02, 2 April 2012 (UTC)
There are thousands of wikis using the same MediaWiki software as the English Wikipedia. MediaWiki has hundreds of language options with default MediaWiki messages. The English Wikipedia has made customized versions of many of the default messages, but usually only for the standard "En - English". These customized messages often give better information specific to the English Wikipedia, for example links to policy, process and help pages at the English Wikipedia. The editors of the English Wikipedia are not bothering to customize these messages for hundreds of languages. Users who choose "British English" or "Canadian English" are in the same situation as those who choose German or Chinese or whatever: They see the default MediaWiki messages for the chosen language. The reason British English or Canadian English is not recommended while nothing is said against German or Chinese is that the only benefit in British or Canadian English is a few words with different spelling, while the disadvantage of losing the customized English messages is considered significant. "Canadian English" may be a good choice at the German Wikipedia or Chinese Wikipedia if you have to go there and prefer Canadian. Those wikis will probably only customize MediaWiki messages in their own language, so you get the default MediaWiki message for any of "standard", British or Canadian English. I don't know whether it's technically possible to disable the option for British or Canadian at the English Wikipedia, but it would be a bit drastic. Users who have chosen them at another MediaWiki wiki would probably find it strange if they were not available here. See also Help:System message. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:47, 2 April 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for the very clear explanation. From mw:Localisation statistics I see that only a very small number of system messages are localized for the different English variants (32 for en-GB and 20 for en-CA, out of 2748 system messages altogether). There should be a system setting so that when using English Wikipedia with a variant English language option (en-GB or en-CA), the system messages default to the standard English option as customized in English Wikipedia, rather than the default MediaWiki message. Only if a particular system message is not customized by English Wikipedia would the system choose the localized version from MediaWiki over the standard English MediaWiki software version. Then it shouldn't be too hard for editors (manually) to take care of the remaining few discrepancies, where the customized English Wikipedia message contains words whose spelling needs to be localized. And even before this manual step is done, the situation would be closer than at present to what users should see when they choose a variant English option.
Also, where is it possible to read (or edit) the message files containing lists of all system messages:
  • from MediaWiki, in standard English;
  • from MediaWiki, in a localized language;
  • in English Wikipedia, in standard English;
  • in English Wikipedia, in a localized language?
I presume all but the first would be listed as differences from an earlier list. Set theorist (talk) 11:02, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
I'm Danish and don't understand the big fuss about variants of English. It sounds like a good idea if a wiki had a configuration option saying that en-gb and en-ca should show customized messages in en when en-gb and en-ca are not customized. It would probably require a change in the MediaWiki software. See Wikipedia:Bug reports and feature requests. I suspect this request would be considered minor and not get much attention from developers.
See meta:Special:AllMessages for the default MediaWiki messages. The English Wikipedia can change them in the MediaWiki namespace which can only be edited by administrators. For example, the message at top of page histories is MediaWiki:Histlegend for standard English, and MediaWiki:Histlegend/en-gb for en-gb (which simply transcludes the standard English in this example). MediaWiki:Histlegend/en-ca has not been created (even though it's a blue link) so it displays the default MediaWiki version shown at PrimeHunter (talk) 13:46, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
US/CA/GB differences will never be settled, so long as we disagree on such things as 3 April 2012 vs. April 3, 2012, whether "football" means just kicking the ball or can it be thrown as well; how the colors/colours red and white should be arranged (and whether blue should be there or not) etc. - Let's Call the Whole Thing Off. Anyway, English Wikipedia doesn't have any MediaWiki pages which have been customised for en-ca, and only a few are customised for en-gb. --Redrose64 (talk) 14:56, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
And the two en-gb cite error messages call the en messages— I created those as a test that seems to be working. Wikipedia:Database reports/User preferences shows the top language setting is es, and only three messages have been translated. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 12:58, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
These distinctions are important.
Doesn't it bother you to no end that a Microsoft browser has a "Favorites" tab that does not rename itself?
Why do we need to look at spelling errors all day long when it can be avoided?
Varlaam (talk) 16:40, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Colors on links[edit]

Somewhere there is a preference to make the links appear in color, green for links to redirects, red for empty links, etc., and my preferences are set that way, but I know other editors who do not have the links in colors. Where is this preference set? --DThomsen8 (talk) 12:26, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

See Help:Link color, especially the Scripts at the end. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 12:34, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. I am using the scripts already. What is the default for a newbie who has not set any preferences? Are there colors? --DThomsen8 (talk) 13:08, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
See top of same page. --Redrose64 (talk) 20:33, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
See the guide at User:Anomie/linkclassifier. If you want to change the default colors, see the link at the top of the "Legend" section, and the instructions ("Alternatively, you can copy the [...]") in the sentence directly above it.
(Note: I checked your pages, and you've only got the script installed in your monobook.js - if you're still using monobook, that's fine, but if you've switched to the current default skin of vector, you'll need to put the script (and any customized css) in the appropriate subpages. You probably know that, but just in case ;)
There are a few other handy tweaks, in my user style customization tutorial, which might help. -- Quiddity (talk) 20:47, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 3 September 2012[edit]

please change user name to VentureCapitalFundraiser VentuureCapitalFundraiser (talk) 15:04, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

You seem to be looking for this. Unfortunately, the promotional tone of your username won't go over very well. Please see this page as well. Thank you for your time.

Discuss-Dubious (t/c) 15:36, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Editing the introductory section only[edit]

There was a flag that let me do this. What happened to it? It enabled an extra [edit] on the right.
I used that extra [edit] all the time.
It is particularly valuable when you want to edit the lead sentence of an article which is 200K in size.
Varlaam (talk) 16:31, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

The checkbox is on the "Gadgets" tab at the top of the "Appearance" section. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:33, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Signature/wiki markup check box text is confusing[edit]

I can't be the first one to get confused by the idea that an *un*checked box enables wiki markup, given that an unchecked box typically signifies absence or negation. The text is technically clear enough for someone who knows the system they're talking about and reads it carefully, but for a new user unfamiliar with what exactly wiki markup is the idea that "checking the wiki markup box" results in a plain text signature that bots like user:SineBot will correct after every Talk post is not clear at all. I think the text could be reworded to make it clear that checking it enables plain text signatures, and maybe to even include a a reminder about what Wikipedia considers best practice with regard to signatures. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tcraven (talkcontribs) 02:54, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

The message comes from MediaWiki:Tog-fancysig. But it seems clear enough to me: "If checked, the above markup will be used for your name when you sign ... including any Wiki markup". --Redrose64 (talk) 16:10, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
I would like to believe that I was subconsciously baiting SineBot by forgetting to sign my post complaining about being SineBot shamed due to an unintentional plain text signature, but I really have no excuse. I'm sure making Talk page signatures automatic has already been discussed at length? Thomas Craven (talk) 03:12, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
There have been several discussion about making talk page sigs automatic; but has always been decided against. There are times when a talk page edit should not be signed - these include amending an existing post (per WP:TPO or WP:REDACT), adding WikiProject banners or other header items (as here) or setting it up as a redirect (as here). --Redrose64 (talk) 16:10, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Time offset - please add capital of one of top 2 most populous countries in the world[edit]

In preferences for time offset please add Asia/Beijing. Why would Shanghai be listed and not Beijing?Sthubbar (talk) 22:15, 22 March 2013 (UTC)


I've noticed that whenever I go to my Preferences settings, there's no direct link to the Sandbox at the top. Is this a bug, or is there some purpose for this (maybe it's just my browser, which is Internet Explorer 8). It doesn't bother me in any way, but I'd like for this to be clarified. 069952497aComments and complaintsStuff I've done 00:55, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

This is deliberate, implemented deep within the core MediaWiki software as a security measure. Because your email address is displayed on the preferences page, no "gadgets" or "user scripts" are loaded; among them is the gadget that adds the "sandbox" link. This ensures that a compromised gadget or script cannot misuse your email address. -- John of Reading (talk) 07:24, 29 March 2013 (UTC)


I imagine our page as an overview, while meta maintains details. — CpiralCpiral 23:10, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

For example, as I read the questions on this talk page, I tweek the proposed page. I assume they read meta, and then asked us a good question. In this way I see an overview approach as acceptable. — CpiralCpiral 06:19, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Note: This was implemented on April 24.
I agree that it is an improvement over the soft-redirect to meta, that was all we had for many years.
The only tweak I would suggest, is to further embolden/highlight the link to the meta page, so that newcomers are not confused. Otherwise, the initial italicised line could be mistaken for a disambig hatnote, and skipped over. –Quiddity (talk) 20:49, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

User profile: all options[edit]

  • Basic information
  • Internationalisation
    • Language:
  • Signature
    • Existing signature:
    • Signature:
  • Email options
    • Email (optional)*
    • Email confirmation:
    • Your email address was confirmed on $2 at $3.; where $2 is the date and $3 is the time
    • Enable email from other users
    • Send me copies of emails I send to other users
    • Email me when a page or file on my watchlist is changed

 Gadget850 talk 10:48, 3 May 2013 (UTC)


If this page has links in the subsections to the respective Special:prefs and Meta:prefs subsections, then it could act as an intermediary, the go-between for the simple Special:prefs descr., and the detailed Meta:prefs descr.. But there is a problem if the browser, does not open new pages in a new tab. For example, concerning Preferences → Editing → Details = meta:Help:Preferences#Editing, here is the problem: If this page acts as an intermediary—it grows more tempting after my recent edit—and the user Clicks Gadgets to go to special:myprefs#Gadgets, then left arrow to go back here, then clicks on a meta:prefs#Gadgets, then that obliterates the special:myprefs#gadgets page in the browser history. (As a comparison, the new "live preview" option at that Editing link preserves the pages "in front" when you do a Show preview.)

The alternative is making the reader read the whole page or handle the whole page. I'd rather not. In fact, we might get more edits to subsections if we keep the links to the respective subsections. After all, the selections documented here are just opinions. I think they are notable as per the most questioned ones on the talk page, or the most mentioned ones on other talk pages. But we may lack notable opinions, or have un-notable opinions. So I'm thinking these opinionated omissions or inclusions may be better corrected by lots of editing the links help facilitate.

Documenting the possible confusion would be a drastic step, caused by my recent edit (the links to meta:prefs added to the subsections). If the browser opens links in a new tab because it is set to do so, (or if the user Ctrl- or Cmd-clicks), then there is no problem. Personally, I like the links, but then I don't like over-documenting. Should we provide a possible confusion for those unfamiliar with this common browser behavior? — CpiralCpiral 19:49, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Other tools[edit]

I wonder if the recent edit is acceptable. By creating the section Other tools, I meant to do two things. 1) Distinguish the two talk pages: ours, and Wikipedia talk: Special:Preferences. 2) Make room for other editors to share comparable tools, or highly favored tools, not on the Specdial:Preferences page. By having a section Other tools, this page comes of its own, becoming an overview of Special:Preferences, but perhaps representing the most remarkable tools (or patches) at WP:Tools#Browsing and editing also. Other tools only has one sentence now, but... — CpiralCpiral 00:01, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 3 June 2013[edit] (talk) 15:51, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:20, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

List ALL the special:preferences defaults[edit]

We need to mark the defaults.

I asked above, years ago, what the default stub-size is (never answered). I've seen dozens of threads at VP and Helpdesk, asking what the defaults are for different aspects. There was this recent thread at WP:VPT#Proposal: mark default gadget as "default".

Ideally we mark the defaults, in the mediawiki core, so that all wikis can benefit. (Versus, us hacking together a custom fix).

Marking ALL the Special:Preferences defaults, on every tab, would be helpful. There's the "Restore all default settings" button-of-doom which wipes out all our customizations (except email-address, afaik), but often I'll want to make sure that I'm seeing a page the way most other editors do, eg. setting thumbnail size defaults (What are they currently? 220px?). I know I've changed a few options at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing, but I'm not sure which...

A few defaults are mentioned in the page itself, and a few are mentioned at Help:Preferences and mw:Help:Preferences, but not many, and the docs are not always up-to-date. It would be best if they were all marked within the Special:Preferences page/tabs itself, and automagically updated when a sysop changes the default itself.

I think bugzilla:17188 is asking for this, but seems to be forgotten about (I shall prod at it, now). The only other bugs I can find that touch on this, aren't specifically aimed at this question, though some do mention it in comments within. (bugzilla:18961, bugzilla:33327, bugzilla:33695).

How to mark the defaults[edit]


  • A coloured-text marker, e.g. "(default)", as suggested by User:קיפודנחש at the VPT thread, which is possibly the best method. Place it either after the check-box/form-field, or after the description.
  • A mouse-over tooltip. Marking checkboxes are "default on" or "default true" or "default checked". Downside: Requires user-discovery.
  • That used by [about:config] in mozilla projects, where user-customized items are marked in bold text (but that would probably be a lot more complicated to implement, and isn't immediately intuitive).

Question: Any there any other ways you can suggest?

Thanks. –Quiddity (talk) 05:02, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

In Commons:Special:Preferences there are superscripted d markers for the default options. That might be the best solution, for now.
Any knowledgeable admin want to make a test-account-with-default-preferences (to check the current defaults against), and update our mediawiki page(s) to use this? (wherever that would occur) –Quiddity (talk) 21:28, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
Update: I've started a thread at mw:Thread:Project:Support desk/User Preference descriptions - Where stored & changed, and where documented? - How to mark the "defaults"? which hopefully has all the details in one spot, and as clear as possible. –Quiddity (talk) 20:09, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Quick edit summaries[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
I'm moving this discussion to its proper place at MediaWiki talk:Gadget-defaultsummaries.js#Removing_unsourced_content. Please comment there, rather than here, sorry for the inconvenience. — TransporterMan (TALK) 16:12, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

At Preferences:Gadgets:Editing there is a checkoff preference for "Add two new dropdown boxes below the edit summary box with some useful default summaries". When enabled, one of the quick preference selections is: "Removing unsourced content". Due to a change in WP:BURDEN back around October, 2012, this summary is inadequate and its use would be, arguably, a violation of policy, which says, "When tagging or removing material for not having an inline citation, please state your concern that there may not be a published reliable source for the content, and therefore it may not be verifiable.[1]"


  1. ^ When tagging or removing such material, please keep in mind that such edits can be easily misunderstood. Some editors object to others making chronic, frequent, and large-scale deletions of unsourced information, especially if unaccompanied by other efforts to improve the material. Do not concentrate only on material of a particular POV, as that may result in accusations that you are in violation of WP:NPOV. Also check to see whether the material is sourced to a citation elsewhere on the page. For all of these reasons, it is advisable to communicate clearly that you have a considered reason to believe that the material in question cannot be verified.

Could it be changed to read "Removing unsourced content, no published reliable source may exist, thus perhaps not verifiable", which would now seem to be the minimum statement allowable for this particular edit summary? (Just for the record, let me note that I am on the record at the WP:V talk page as feeling that this requirement is ridiculous, a position which I still maintain, but I'm not trying to be pointy by making this request, but truly only trying to help editors avoid stepping into a pitfall by using the tools provided by WP.) Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 14:05, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps it would be simpler for it to removed instead? To save anyone else having to do the search: the list is hard-coded in MediaWiki talk:Gadget-defaultsummaries.js, so that's where the edit would be needed. -- John of Reading (talk) 14:54, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.


The gadgets tab seems to be missing. As a result, I cannot use Twinkle, HotCat, or any other tools I usually edit with. 069952497a (U-T-C-E) 12:51, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, me too. What's going on? --FutureTrillionaire (talk) 13:24, 14 July 2013 (UTC)
Discussed at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)#Where is Gadgets ? PrimeHunter (talk) 13:35, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

How to turn off new banner[edit]

Recently a new banner has appeared, taking more than 10% of the height of my display.  There is a hide button which by itself takes up 2 of the 5 lines (40%) of the message.  This hide button is only useful if Javascript is enabled, but displays even when Javascript is disabled.  I thought I had turned off banner prompts in my Preferences, but I can't find the button.  Thanks, Unscintillating (talk) 12:26, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

There are different types of notices. Maybe you think of "Suppress display of the fundraiser banner" under Gadgets. For the current banner and many others (I cannot say what you will miss in the future), try adding this to Special:MyPage/common.css:
.mw-dismissable-notice {display: none;}
PrimeHunter (talk) 13:01, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Date-Format Preference Not Honored on Talk Pages[edit]

Within my user preferences, I've chosen YYYY-MM-DD (ISO 8601 / big-endian). Yet my signature and others' in Talk pages appears as DD-MM-YYYY ("European" / little-endian). History pages are showing my correct preference, as is my watch-list.

Anyone know where I could report this bug or request this feature? Anyone know why Wikipedia defaults to a non-ISO format, and where can I discuss changing this default? Thank you! Startswithj (talk) 02:09, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

History/Watchlists are pages that are generated from a database, on each page-load, so can be formatted in any way we each prefer, with equal ease.
On the other hand, talkpages and articles contain plain text, that is usually served from a Cached copy, and is often ambiguous in format (eg 02-02-2002), so it would be far more complicated, and far more resource-intensive, to attempt to reformat for every user. Hence that won't ever be configurable. [I have hazy memories of parts being configurable, back in 2005-2008? I'm trying to repress those arguments/discussions. See here and here, and dozens of the archived talkpages here, if you'd like some frustrating reading.]
As for why Wikipedian signatures use little-endian, I would guess we settled on it for reasons of "most important data-point closest to the comment itself" (ie time of day), but I'm not sure where or when the specific discussion(s) occurred.
HTH. –Quiddity (talk) 05:14, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
The page was wrong. I have fixed it.[1] PrimeHunter (talk) 10:59, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for that page-correction and link to existing JS feature, @PrimeHunter!
If there still exists a current forum for discussing WP's ongoing decision to default to little-endian dates, I'd love to be pointed to that place.
Best regards to all, cheers. Startswithj (talk) 17:55, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

UTC clock, up-to-date documentation[edit]

As was noted in 2008, this page seems out of date in what it lists. There is still an entry for "Change the default thumbnail size"; I can't find that among the options presented, however.

Of greater importance to me is the behavior of the excellent clock that displays UTC time in the personal toolbar. This is invaluable; it allows me to look at a timestamp and compare it to the clock, then compare that to my local time, all without having to do any calculations. The unfortunate thing is that the clock disappears on my Watchlist and when viewing Difference between revisions pages. Actually, in checking just now, it seems to have disappeared altogether. Are there choices in preferences that disable it? Thanks for any help.—D'Ranged 1 VTalk 06:34, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Update. I had chosen one of the Beta features, "Compact personal toolbar"; apparently it took the same space as the clock. One I de-selected it, the clock came back in all the needed places. Should I have a go at updating the documentation about what choices are currently offered? (Since it's been out of date for four years.)—D'Ranged 1 VTalk 14:54, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure it's a good idea to try to maintain details of gadgets here. Gadgets are wiki-specific, in our case the English Wikipedia, but users of other wikis may use our help page. Gadgets can be edited, added or removed by local administrators with no input or testing from developers. A given gadget may have issues with some browsers, settings, etc. Special:Gadgets shows the clock gadget is at MediaWiki:Gadget-UTCLiveClock.js which loads code from mw:MediaWiki:Gadget-UTCLiveClock.js, so the place to report issues would be mw:MediaWiki talk:Gadget-UTCLiveClock.js. Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering has the option "Thumbnail size" for me. Don't you have it? PrimeHunter (talk) 22:45, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Thank you; I do. I was looking for it elsewhere. The tab is named "Appearance", but the url is "-rendering". The documentation lists justifying paragraphs under the same tab, but it's actually on my Gadgets tab in a Appearances section. If other wikis have different options, I think it should be up to them to create their own help pages. Not having accurate documentation is frustrating. There are enough things for new editors to try and figure out without having to deal with incorrect documentation on top of it.D'Ranged 1 (talk) 01:15, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Updating the non-gadget info is fine. Justify paragraphs and some other preferences were removed by the developers in February. See Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 123#Removed preferences. Some users wanted justify paragraphs back and a gadget was created at the English Wikipedia. Individual wikis can only make gadgets and not add options in other places in preferences. Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets already has a description line per gadget. It is this I don't think we should add details to here. But "Make paragraphs justified" should certainly be removed from Help:Preferences#Appearance. Same for any other options which are no longer present. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:45, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

Disabling new media viewer[edit]

I need to view images in the old style, not this new system where images are so small. At MediaWiki, they say that I can change this in my Preferences but I don't see an option to view images in the traditional style. This new system doesn't allow users to zoom in and so I can't read text on images that, in the old system, I could enlarge. Where is this option to disable this new feature? Thanks. Liz Read! Talk! 21:25, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

"Enable Media Viewer" is now a default and can be changed at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering. mw:Multimedia/About Media Viewer still describes the former system where it was a Beta feature. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:15, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 10 August 2014[edit]

Punlok007 (talk) 08:38, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Null request; no action. --  Gadget850 talk 10:51, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 9 April 2015[edit]

Jy4825312 (talk) 02:14, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Kharkiv07Talk 02:29, 9 April 2015 (UTC)