User talk:AaronPeterson

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Thanks for your recent updates to the usability and other pages... keep at it! Meta still needs a bit of housekeeping, after many years and changes of purpose. +sj+ 01:09, 21 Jul 2004 (UTC)

glad to help[edit]

glad to help. I'm learning so much by stumbling across documentation. I even found a page that says mediawiki isn't a CMS... hehe.. we are using it as a CMS right here!


Hi, welcome to Meta. You might want to have a look at some of the pages we already have here to avoid duplication. For example, WikiWar could perhaps be merged with Edit wars. Also, we already have many help pages, which you'll find linked to from Help:Contents. Pages like MediaWiki Markup already exist at Help:Editing. I noticed you wrote we don't support back links. Have a look at the category system which might provide you some of the functionality you were looking for with pages like Please Fix. Another note, we don't use =first level headings= as the page title is a first level heading, so headings you add to a page should start with ==2nd level== instead. Hope that helps. Angela 16:00, 22 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Fourth level headers[edit]

Yes, fourth level headers work. In fact, you can go down to six. We don't have a voice conferencing system, but the next best thing is IRC, and there are a number of Wikimedia IRC channels that you might want to consider visiting. Angela 16:40, 22 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I have stoped using first level headers here, however I use them on my personal home page because they look better (but this is a style sheet issue) AaronPeterson 12:32, 5 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Use of this wiki[edit]

Hello Aaron, welcome on meta-wiki. before you start creating pages, please make yourself familiar with the purpose of this wiki. meta-wiki is no general purpose wiki but has a few cleary defined uses: organizing wikimedia foundation and its projects, providing information about wikimedia and its projects and creating the mediawiki user's guide. pages like Compression fit in neither category (we already have wikipedia articles in xx languages about this subject you can link to if needed). for personal comments please use the talk pages. greetings, --Elian 00:38, 23 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Sentence-style capitalization[edit]

Page "User Styles" moved back to "User styles". Please respect our sentence-style capitalization rule for page names and header names.--Patrick 10:05, 23 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I responded on his page, I am now grudgingly respecting the non-sentence-style-non-title capitalization rule.. and most of the time for header names AaronPeterson 12:31, 5 Sep 2004 (UTC)

New pages[edit]

Hi Aaron, welcome to meta! Thanks for contributing so many of your ideas here. Please spend as much time merging your new pages into old pages, as you do creating more new pages. In general, we have too many small policy and philosophy pages, rather than too few... and people are much more likely to read what you contribute if you find a way to merge your thoughts with the ideas of those who have come before you. Cheers, +sj+ 05:39, 15 Aug 2004 (UTC)

The navigation system is what is broken, I do try to merge my thoughts with those before me, however, small pages allow for better mixing, and I actually break up pages that are too big, puting them into multiple pages of manageable size, and linking between them so that they are findable! AaronPeterson 12:30, 5 Sep 2004 (UTC)



internationalization is part of Template:Hc. See the wikisource of Help:Contents for an example of how to pass parameters to it. This is also described in the editorial guidelines. Please discuss things before reorganizing them.--Eloquence

I really don't know what to do with you. Why do you create User contributions when there already is an existing, more comprehensive page in the Help: namespace (where it belongs), clearly listed in the table of contents? And why do you mix your personal feature request into a description of a feature? Feature requests exclusively belong on Bugzilla so the developers can track and organize them. They should not be put into random wiki pages.

A handbook needs to be done in an organized, structured manner. Stream of consciousness insertion of random thoughts really doesn't help.-Eloquence

I responded on his talk page, It just plain doesn't make sence to have feature requests be exclusively on the bugzilla... and that is true that they should not be on random wiki pages.. they should have good names, that aid in tracking.

MediaWiki feature list[edit]

There's enough work left to be done in the Help: namespace without you messing things up further. It has been a huge pain in the ass to import the help pages to Wikinews, because there are too many internal links to Meta, and because not all relevant pages are in the Help: namespace, for example. Your edits to the feature list are unhelpful. This page is directly referenced from the MediaWiki website. It needs a decent introduction, not a separate, crappy little "Choose MediaWiki" page that would just end up accumulating the same content and sounding like an advertisement. That page should be deleted. Please leave the feature list introduction as it is.--Eloquence 08:16, 15 Dec 2004 (UTC)

??? WTH? that "feature list introduction thing is off topic and poorly worded... Mine wasn't great, but I'm trying to be on topic. Please keep the page content somewhat resembling the page title...??? is that too much to ask?? AaronPeterson 06:20, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Comment on my talk page

The page needed work, and I do like the state of the page now better than when we started. Working together isn't easy... and we may have to compromize some things, or work on solving a problem rather than bickering about it. The namespace seporation of content is icky... it makes the content hard to write and maintain. We need to create a script that can move pages to and frow between namespaces... and a... (I don't know how to describe it sucinctly... ) way to make the link "bob" link to "help:bob" first, then if that doesn't exist, "bob" in the main namespaces... We need to have the links reference their own namespace first, so that they can be moved.. and so that there arn't namespace conflicts... I want to have the "help" namespace reserved for help on my wiki! I don't want mediawiki documentation in that namespace!!!
Also, lets try to keep content on-topic... if another page links to "feature-list" but it's really supposed to be a "why mediawiki" page, then make a "why mediawiki" page...
I'm going to think about these issues sommore, and we'll wiki war... er... work together later, thanks for the critisism.. I'm glad to know you care. 06:34, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)

1) Namespace separation: Please work within the constraints of the current software instead of demanding changes to it. The separation of content into the Help: namespace is absolutely essential for importing the help documents into other wikis, including Wikimedia's projects. Any violation of that separation has to be fixed manually during the import process. That is just not viable and not scalable. Only the Help: namespace ensures that we can run a script and easily extract all the required pages. Any page that is MediaWiki documentation must therefore be in that namespace. Whether you want to use the Help: namespace for something else in your project is irrelevant. You are free to run any kind of search and replace script on the Help: pages before importing them, to change the "Help:" namespace to something else. But our work has to be oriented towards the most common user, and that will be someone who sets up a MediaWiki installation from scratch, and who does not want Help:Contents to point to a blank page, but to the actual documentation. Enforcing namespace separation is the best way to do that.

2) MediaWiki feature list introduction: The purpose of the introduction is to give people who come there from some crucial links for comparing MediaWiki to other wiki engines. Unless we create a comparison matrix or something similar, there is no need to do this on a separate page, and it is only confusing and distracting. Feel free to edit the introduction down a bit, but please keep all the links, and perhaps add more.--Eloquence 02:07, 18 Dec 2004 (UTC)

pre play[edit]

I suggested adding pre { overflow: auto; } to the css, which makes individual scrollbars for each pre section in firefox, but apparently people didn't like the idea. it doesn't work in IE as written, but there are workarounds. Dredging it back up, I guess. - Omegatron 05:40, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for creating... updated Share watchlists with hopes of ideas for community in One-year plan. here 06:53, 17 November 2005 (UTC)[reply]

Cascading stylesheets[edit]

Hello AaronPeterson. Please note that I've redirected Help:Cascading style sheets to existing documentation at Help:User style. Feel free to edit that page, which is in dire need or rewriting. :) // Pathoschild (talk/map) 06:08, 23 April 2006 (UTC)[reply]

"Having mediawiki version to be one of the Variables"[edit]

^^ That feature actually exists - it's {{CURRENTVERSION}}, which produces 1.43.0-wmf.1 (8e1947e).
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