Release status: beta
|Implementation||User interface, API|
|Description||Delivers task suggestions to new editors and shows editors how to complete those tasks|
|Author(s)||Munaf Assaf, Matthew Flaschen, Pau Giner, Kaity Hammerstein, Ori Livneh, Rob Moen, S Page, Sam Smith, Moiz Syed|
|License||GNU General Public License 2.0 or later|
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The GettingStarted extension provides an onboarding process for new editors of Wikipedia.
- UX/UI described in more detail at Onboarding new Wikipedians
GettingStarted provides several interfaces for suggesting introductory tasks to newly-registered editors, and it uses guided tours to show them how to complete their first edits.
If CentralAuth is installed, GettingStarted users are redirected back to their internal referrer (or the main page, if there was no referrer) post-registration. After users are sent back, they are provided with an invitation to either edit the current page or take a suggestion of something easy to edit.
Without CentralAuth, the above is the same, but the standard core interstitial page letting you change your preferences (or click a link to return) shows. The link to their internal referrer is modified to include a GettingStarted parameter (triggering the above-mentioned invitation).
- Download and place the file(s) in a directory called
- Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
- Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.
This module cannot be used as a Generator.
- suggested pages to work on
- or simply related pages.
Suggested pages are optional for the GettingStarted new user experience and they only appear if the wiki has appropriate task categories set. GettingStarted stores lists of articles in Redis, populating them from on-wiki categories such as English Wikipedia's All articles needing copy edit according to the configuration in
$wgGettingStartedCategoriesForTaskTypes. You may also exclude certain categories via
$wgGettingStartedExcludedCategories. On the Wikimedia cluster, configuration settings in InitialiseSettings.php determine their value.
View the generated API documentation for the gettingstartedgetpages API module on English Wikipedia. The following are examples of types of pages you request from the API:
- Get 10 random pages, related to Earth
- Get a single random page that needs copy-editing.
- Get three random pages needing copy-editing, in XML.
- List of MediaWiki messages used (English Wikipedia version)
|This extension is being used on one or more Wikimedia projects. This probably means that the extension is stable and works well enough to be used by such high-traffic websites. Look for this extension's name in Wikimedia's CommonSettings.php and InitialiseSettings.php configuration files to see where it's installed. A full list of the extensions installed on a particular wiki can be seen on the wiki's Special:Version page.|