[Mediawiki-l] Template sharing question

John W. Foster jfoster81747 at verizon.net
Sat Apr 28 13:00:20 UTC 2012

On Fri, 2012-04-27 at 12:50 -0500, Jamie Thingelstad wrote:
I'm up for helping, but as I said I usually just copy the ones I want &
modify them to a generic status. I would certainly be willing to upload
the completed generic ones to Mediawikicookbook or any where else that
will work. I was actually thinking of maybe trying to get Mediawiki to
host them or figuring out a way to make them work from Wikimedia
commons. Just seems to me to be a worthwhile venture & I do not find any
reason to have specific website info in a template. That should all be
in the /doc subpage if you want that. I dont expect that there is an
extension developed for this but I figure we could adapt one that is
used for other media from or anyone with experience that may be of
assistence. Let me know. I will help. Perhaps "Instant Templates" ??

> I had bought mediawikicookbook.com and put a wiki up on it with specifically this idea... I never got time to do it and let the domain expire a couple of days ago. I'd be up for putting it back up and hosting it if a few others wanted to help build out a cookbook of templates... 
> I specifically was looking at a lot of Semantic MediaWiki templates.
> Interested? Ping me..
> On Apr 27, 2012, at 8:38 AM, John W. Foster wrote:
> > I'm wondering if there has been any suggestion to set up a template
> > sharing area in Mediawiki, or all Mediawiki based sites similar to
> > instant commons. I have noticed that there are a LOT of us , me included
> > that use the templates from other sites. I certainly don't have the
> > skill to write them myself so I usually just copy & paste them. However
> > if they are upgraded by the authors, I don't usually get the updates. It
> > seems this would be especially helpful to those maintaining translated
> > sites. I realize this would not work for all templates as it doesn't for
> > all media in commons. I use some original media & some from instant
> > commons. Template sharing should work just as easily, & it would assist
> > in growing Wikipedia more quickly. 
> > Any thoughts??

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