Extension talk:GettingStarted

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What does the extension actually do?[edit]

Could someone please add a description of what the extension actually does? Looking at the system message linked from the description it looks like the special page just transcludes w:en:Template:Opentask-short which in turn is updated by a bot? How is the special page different from a normal page with the template in it? I'm very confused. --Nemo 20:38, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

For now it just does, plus restyles the page, removing/hiding some elements (like centralauth) and changing others (like the returnto link). In the future, it will be used as a scaffold for also doing the job SuggestBot is doing (gathering and filtering lists of tasks by type). If you're perturbed by the fact that an extension is being used for fairly minimal functionality, keep in mind we're still an experiments team, and we always aim to release something to users earlier rather than later, even when it's minimally viable. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 22:09, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
I've updated it now, btw. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 09:03, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

How to customize the content & queries?[edit]

Hi, looking at http://test2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:GettingStarted and wondering how can that text and queries be customized. I like the feature but as it is it's not really helpful for mediawiki.org. Still, we could use or create other categories and query them.--Qgil (talk) 06:09, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Deployment[edit]

Though the extension might be fully translated, please note that w:Wikipedia:GettingStarted wasn't translated to Dutch prior to deployment of the extension. It is available in a handful languages, or, in most languages not. Experienced users on the Dutch Wikipedia were shocked or scared by a red link to w:nl:Wikipedia:Aan de slag. Please reach out to ambassadors on all projects where GettingStarted is going to be deployed to guide them to translating w:Wikipedia:GettingStarted. Thanks for your understanding. Ad Huikeshoven (talk) 08:14, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

Does the extension really not have (translatable) documentation/help pages here on mediawiki.org yet? O_o --Nemo 08:24, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
That is not the point. The point is twofold: they are not translated yet and the communities haven't been told they need a translation for their project preferably prior to deployment. Ad Huikeshoven (talk) 09:31, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
Sure. I just consider translatable documentation on this wiki a requirement, not the only thing to do. --Nemo 09:35, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
Extension:GettingStarted is fully updated has been around quite a while. If you want to mark it for translation please be bold. Ad is talking about the local help page linked to from the revision tag. As always, the solution to a red link is to create the page. Thanks, Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 00:28, 17 February 2014 (UTC)
Well, I'm just speechless at this answer, I'll unwatch this page and be done with it. --Nemo 13:39, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

What decides from which categories suggested articles are chosen?[edit]

This extension is implemented on most (all?) Wikipedias. What system messages, settings or similar decides from which categories the suggested articles are chosen on a specific site (i.e. on a specific Wikipedia)? /NH (talk) 06:27, 20 April 2015 (UTC)