...thanks, I should have been more specific - how can I access referrer url field from the extension code? I realize it might be more of a php question rather then MW.
kind of expected this to be put into $wgRequest object since referrer is part of the HTTP request header, but I couldn't find it there.
Which hook can I use for the following? (in the case it looks reasonable)
$wgHooks['somehook'] = 'run_greeting';
$msg = function_of(somehow_get_referrer_url());
How can I get referrer url for the incoming visitor?
I would like to add links to pages which i think people might want to look at depending on the query they've typed in the search engine and depending on the page they were landed at.
...Frequently I notice that google and others are not matching pages perfectly.
Most of you probably have heard of WikiTrust , a tool that colors parts of
MediaWiki pages based upon a calculated trust value. The demo  is quite
impressive. I think this would especially help us to spot "subtle" vandalism
But WikiTrust could also solve another problem that has been coming time and
time again, and has been discussed again recently in the German community: how
to determine the main authors of an article, and how to find out who put a
specific statement into an article. Tracking and assessing authorship is
something many people are interested in, and I think I can speak for a lot of
people in saying that we would really love to have that on the German language
Wikipedia. It would be particularly helpful for print version, the method
currently used by PediaPress is more than doubtful, and is getting ripped apart
on the Verein's mailing list currently.
WikiTrust is getting more and more mature, and Luca de Alfaro and his team have
been working hard on making it a lot more efficient. The one thing that still
worries me is the fact that it would require quite a bit of storage space.
Anyway, Luca really wants to integrate it into Wikipedia and other WMF wikis --
and so do I. I think that, besides being a useful tool to the community, it
could also boost our credibility in academia, because authorship becomes much
more transparent. Compare what WikiGenes  does . I want that for
Wikipedia. Not for making authors more prominent, but making authorship more
So, what would it take? Where could we try it? what are the concerns?
PS: I can try to supply some technical details if required, I hope Luca will
save me from getting stuff wrong :)
I was wondering if anybody had come up with a mod for mediawiki that
shows the volatility of a wiki page graphically - by some metric,
either by number of lines per week edited vs total length, number of
contributing editors, or some other such measure.
I guess what I'd like to see when I go to a wiki page is some idea of
stability - that I could look in the upper right hand corner and see
how many authors there were, how many reverts there were, or something
else that gave me at a glance how controversial a given topic was.
IMO this would go a long way towards - if not legitimizing wikipedia -
giving people an idea of how controversial the topics were, and
depending on the metric, give administrators an idea of whether or not
intervention is required..
Anyways, does something like this exist, and if so, is there a way to
make graphs like these display on each page when you go to wikipedia?
I've been doing a lot of work with history merges in the last few months. I
started on place names, but then branched out to planets and other fields.
However I've found some pages whose page history has been lost. I have
collected some info about these pages, as well as other page history
It would be good if the old history of these pages, especially important
pages like Canberra and Glasgow, could be retrieved from the deletion
Will the deletion archives ever be cleared again, and if so, under what
conditions? About 99.99% of what is in there is garbage, but there is
probably valuable history in there that has been deleted by careless admins.
For example, the history of the article Turin up to Feburary 2006 was gone
due to someone trying to fix a cut-and-paste move. See:
Also, less seriously, I am curious about the page history of:
as listed on Wikipedia's lamest edit wars. It was deleted for a good reason,
but the history would be fun to read.
I would be very interested to receive an automatic notification whenever
Wikipedia/Wikimedia is updated with a newer MediaWiki HEAD revision.
Or, if automatic notifications are not possible, I would like to know
whether there is any page where such updates are discussed that I could
check via RSS.
NSK Nikolaos S. Karastathis, http://nsk.karastathis.org/