Release status: stable
|Description||Encourages users to edit articles similar (by categories) to the one they just edited.|
|Author(s)||Bartek Łapiński and Łukasz 'TOR' Garczewski|
|Last version||1.21 (2012-08-23)|
|License||GNU General Public License 2.0 or later|
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It finds and suggests another article that may need attention or improvement when a user saves an edit. It is designed to help users decide what to do next, and boost the number of edits on a wiki.
The suggestions are only displayed when saving in the main (article) namespace, and will not show up on talk pages, project pages and other namespaces.
By default, the message is set to appear after every five qualifying article edits. The frequency of messages can be adjusted by a global variable (see the Configuration section below).
The following requirements must be satisfied for the EditSimilar extension to work.
- MediaWiki 1.17 or newer
Licensing and downloads 
Download the extension from the Subversion repository and save it into the extensions/EditSimilar directory of your wiki. If you have shell access to your server, you may do the following to download the extension.
Warning: Before you download read Requirements or you might install the wrong version:
cd extensions svn co http://svn.wikimedia.org/svnroot/mediawiki/trunk/extensions/EditSimilar
The extension is available under the GNU General Public License 2.0 or later.
The software is provided as-is. Updates will be made according to the needs of Wikimedia wikis; or where critical vulnerabilities are discovered.
- Download the latest snapshot and extract it to your extensions directory.
- Installation can now be verified through Special:Version
- You also have to perform some basic setup. Edit the MediaWiki:EditSimilar-Categories article and populate it with category names you designate as "stubs". For example:
* Stub Category 1 * Stub Category 2 * Stub Category 3
Those will be needed to determine relevant or suggested articles.
Apart from editing MediaWiki:EditSimilar-Categories page, you can set additional parameters:
- $wgEditSimilarMaxResultsPool - this is the maximum pool of results to choose randomly from (defaults to 50)
- $wgEditSimilarMaxResultsToDisplay - this is the maximum number of chosen results to display (defaults to 3)
- $wgEditSimilarCounterValue - this specifies per which number of edits show the results' message (defaults to 1, which means that every time results are found the message is shown)
- $wgEditSimilarAlwaysShowThanks - whether to thank for an edit even on no results (unset by default, set to true if you want to have that)