[Wikimedia-l] "Contribute" box on wikimediafoundation.org

Risker risker.wp at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 03:06:51 UTC 2012

On 29 April 2012 22:53, MZMcBride <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:

> Hi.
> A few months ago I created "Template:Contribute" at
> wikimediafoundation.org.[1] It displays above the edit window whenever a
> logged out user presses the "Contribute" (previously "Edit") tab.
> There were some concerns that this message was still too obscure, so I've
> now implemented a "namespace notice" via a MediaWiki gadget. When viewing
> any page in the Talk namespace, you'll now see the contents of
> "Template:Contribute" below the page title. The relevant code can be found
> here.[2]
> MZMcBride
> [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Template:Contribute
> [2]
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Gadget-NamespaceNotice.js
> MZM, do you think you could make it more clear where exactly the links go
to?  It's not clear that it is taking the user to another project where his
message will be publicly accessible.  I am familiar with one case where
someone clicked on one of those links, expecting that his message would go
directly to the WMF and not be publicly available on Meta.  While there's
something to be said for users having to be net-savvy, I think we're all
just a little too used to open discussion on public forums, where there's
no telling who might decide to respond and put their two cents in.


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