[WikiEN-l] Fwd: [Wikitech-l] New features

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 20:54:49 UTC 2008

Some details are being sorted out now, but this is live and can be used.

- d.

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From: Tim Starling <tstarling at wikimedia.org>
Date: 22 Feb 2008 06:11
Subject: [Wikitech-l] New features
To: wikitech-l at lists.wikimedia.org

Put __HIDDENCAT__ on the category page to hide that category from the list
 at the bottom of the article pages. This feature is intended to reduce the
 clutter from maintenance categories like [[Category:Articles with
 unsourced statements since December 2007]].

 A feature to show the hidden categories for a page has been proposed, and
 is entirely possible in the backend, but the user inteface details have
 not been sorted out yet.

 Red links now display text from [[MediaWiki:Red-link-title]] in their
 title attribute. By default, this is "(not yet written)" after the
 destination name. This feature is intended to inform casual readers of the
 nature of a red link.

 Red links now point to action=editredlink instead of action=edit. The new
 action is more lenient in displaying edit permission errors, to avoid
 offending readers who are blocked and clicked a red link with no intention
 of editing.

 Specifically, it redirects to the view page if the user doesn't have edit
 permissions, thus requiring the user to explicitly click the "edit" tab in
 order to see a block message.

 The new parser is now live on all Wikimedia wikis.

 The format of various MediaWiki namespace messages has been changed, to
 allow templates and parser functions in a much more intuitive way, similar
 to ordinary articles. Some local messages have hacks to work around bugs
 in the old parser, these hacks will need to be removed.

 -- Tim Starling

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