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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
Latest version 1.0
MediaWiki 1.21+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Hooks used


Internet Explorer compatibility: none for 6, partial for 7.

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The GettingStarted extension provides an onboarding process for new editors of Wikipedia.

Features[edit | edit source]

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).

Task suggestion API[edit | edit source]

Task suggestions are provided via the API. These task suggestions are optional and only appear if the wiki has appropriate task categories set. The GettingStarted API depends on lists of articles stored in Redis and populated from on-wiki categories, which can be configured. You may also exclude certain categories via wmgGettingStartedExcludedCategories in InitialiseSettings.php.

View the help documentation via /w/api.php?action=help&modules=query%20gettingstartedgetpages. The following are some examples of types of pages you call from the API:

Dependencies[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

GettingStarted uses Extension:EventLogging to log and Extension:GuidedTour to provide tours and tooltips. As of January 2013 they are required. Extension:CentralAuth is supported but not required.

The extension maintains its lists of articles in a Redis in-memory store. See README for the latest requirements and dependencies.

  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called GettingStarted in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
require_once "$IP/extensions/GettingStarted/GettingStarted.php";
  • Done! Navigate to "Special:Version" on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

See also[edit | edit source]