[Foundation-l] Sooo, who wanted to recruit new users again? ; -)

MZMcBride z at mzmcbride.com
Tue Jun 7 06:33:09 UTC 2011

Ashar Voultoiz wrote:
> On 07/06/11 02:09, Kim Bruning wrote:
>> Currently, we're getting some amount of traffic on
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Paul_Revere
>> Once we have given thanks and praise to Ms Palin for sending us so many
>> potential new recruits; we can start explaining to everyone who shows up how
>> wikipedia works, and how they can contribute constructively.
> I have inserted {{welcome}} at the top of the talk page.  This is much
> better at welcoming new users than 15 lines of templates.
> Be bold!

I've partially reverted you. Those templates at the top of the page are
horribly obnoxious, but they also provide utility to WikiProjects and the
broader encyclopedia itself.

Instead of removing the top templates entirely, I put them in a collapsed
box. I liked your idea of using a welcome template, but {{welcome}} uses
phrasing such as "Hello, Paul Revere, and welcome to Wikipedia!", which is a
bit awkward. I substituted the template contents into {{hello world}}
(essentially hijacking that unused template) and then modified the contents
to be a bit less awkward and more fitting.


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