My recommendation would be a most enthusiastic Yes. 

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM, Matthew Flaschen <> wrote:
Does it make sense to move the GettingStarted extension's HTML inside
the extension.

Right now, the CSS is in the extension

But the HTML uses MediaWiki:gettingstarted-msg, and the default value of
that is 'An administrator on {{SITENAME}} should customize this message
by editing [[{{ns:MediaWiki}}:gettingstarted-msg]].'.

Basically, the CSS is implicitly depending on HTML outside of the
extension, with the default message being a placeholder.  This leads to
inconsistencies if we're not careful.

With Munaf's latest styling (, it should be
possible to have default chrome HTML (everything outside the three
columns), with a transclusion to another page. In English Wikipedia's
case, that include would be the Copyediting/Spelling & grammar/Add links
columns, populated by SuggestBot initially.

Does it make sense to put that outer HTML with an include as the default

Matt Flaschen

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