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One of the main ideas behind this new project page is to try and bring together things that help with the customisation of Wikipedia (cool!) and, in particular, the English language Wikipedia. This has been inspired by discussion at WP:TS and other areas whereby many people have called for decent information about using CSS to override the template style and use their own preference. Not being a Wikipedia CSS guru I've left that bit for now, but I've made a start and hope that others can add some CSS and JavaScript tweaks that they find useful. violet/riga (t) 14:25, 28 August 2005 (UTC)

Relationship to Wikipedia:WikiProject User scripts[edit]

Maybe the JavaScript tweaks section could just be a link to Wikipedia:WikiProject User scripts, unless you think there is some major difference. We are not so user-friendly as this page(yet), but we would be delighted to work on it, and linking that section to us would help and encourage us(and everyone) to help do this. Thanks! JesseW 07:41, 29 August 2005 (UTC)

I certainly see you guys as being the main people behind this page, and I think that it would be great to have this as a showcase for the final versions of your work. violet/riga (t) 21:17, 30 August 2005 (UTC)

Question about templates in signatures[edit]

I'm wondering why it is OK to have User page templates but not to have regular templates (Re: the more complicated options). Isn't it the same amount of stress on the server if the same template is loaded thousands of times for the signature, even if under a User subpage? Wouldn't a better suggestion be to use: {{subst:User:Name/sig}} ? Then it only loads when the signature is made. Am I missing something here? -- MicahMN | μ 06:16, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

I don't think it is possible to use a template in a signature any more. It gives me this error: "Your signature contains one or more reserved expressions; please remove them." Please correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think it is possible to use a template, and I'm going to remove it from the help page. -- MicahMN | μ 15:54, 5 January 2006 (UTC)

Cleanup request[edit]

I'd like to suggest a merge of the tiny bits of scattered (some outdated) information at meta:Help:Preferences#Skin and meta:Help:Preferences#Providing your own CSS and meta:Help:User style and Wikipedia:Customisation to a single location. thanks :) --Quiddity 00:51, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

Lost amethyst[edit]

JFTR, this was an old discussion on WP:VP/T, now archived -- Omniplex 08:13, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

The skin amethyst was apparently deleted, I had recommended it on Wikipedia:Customisation for legacy browsers without CSS. There should be a skin not depending on CSS magic doing its stuff the old way with pure XHTML, no WP:HIDE tricks, if possible no unnecessary translations of HTML 3.2 entities to UTF-8, and proper name= anchors for <references/>.

Willing to help test and maintain a legacy skin: Omniplex  12:41, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

The skin was removed because it had something wrong with it, if memory serves. I expect the exact reason is detailed in the release notes for 1.6 or the commit logs. 22:11, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
1) it looked terrible, 2) it was monumentally broken in every browser I tried it in, 3) the author didn't seem to have any interest in fixing or maintaining it. It would have been particularly ugly in browsers with poor CSS support; try the old Classic or Nostalgia skins, or the totally-blank-slate MySkin for that. --Brion 00:43, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Apparently I was "moved" to Classic, no problems with that - I could do without the "insert UTF-8 char." JavaScript zoo on my legacy browser with (normally) disabled JavaScript 1.1, but nice to have for legacy browsers would be a waste of time. However a hidden reset-button would be fine to accelerate the insertion of action=raw results, poor man's variant of external editor. Omniplex  02:02, 17 March 2006 (UTC)


I can spend hours and hours trawling through Wikis. Sometimes I would start from flags and end up in British Royalty. I wish there was a way for users to rate articles by their interest (1 to 5 stars) and some algorithm searches for articles that would interest the user. I'm thinking something similar to what Netflix is doing with their recommendations.

Or maybe a way for people to list their favorite articles and for other people to look at them. like —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

Some good ideas. The place to propose them would be Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals) so more people get a chance to discuss them. :-) --Quiddity 07:41, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

incorrect spelling of customisation??[edit]

is that spelling supposed to be like that or is it misspelled? Dfritter4 04:50, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

It's the British English spelling. See Wikipedia:Manual of Style#National varieties of English for the guideline. :) —Quiddity 06:40, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
The page is called Customisation but the first paragraph has (only) 'Customization' multiple times. According to the guideline I'll fix the consistency. ---- Mike Blackney 00:29, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Sig help[edit]

The Updater discussion

How do I turn this into my proper sig? And why does burgundy look like pink?...The Updater 09:47, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Esperanza has disbanded, so you should remove that element. For the rest, see Wikipedia:Sign_your_posts_on_talk_pages#Customizing_your_signature and Wikipedia:How_to_fix_your_signature. Burgundy isn't a specified color in Web_colors#X11_color_names. Please ask help questions at the Wikipedia:Help desk in the future. Thanks. —Quiddity 20:04, 11 January 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)

Customisation: Minority language fonts and variants[edit]

Could the CSS for an individual language Wikipedia be altered so as to change the base font, or provide somehow an option of two?

Does a customisation of an individual User just affect the text on their UserPage, or could it be worked so that that the font choice feeds through to any page that User views on the particular Wikipedia?

I am hoping to head off a vicious edit war that is endangering the whole of one minority language Wikipedia!

Howard Alexander (talk) 21:49, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

HTML Test Page for Skins?[edit]

I was been looking for a dummy HTML test page so that I can test CSS changes without having to every single different page to see how all the elements are rendered.

Even if such a thing is not updated, it would greatly the development of new skins as it would minimize the need to load every single special page to find that one element, etc. LynxSnowCat (talk) 15:58, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Creating a page[edit]

Can't create page or locate where to start Carbadise (talk) 12:07, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:How to create a page. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 12:11, 21 January 2017 (UTC)