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Latest comment: 6 years ago by Michael Ten in topic Child skins?

skins for various user groups[edit]

Hello, has someone informations about skins for various user groups ? Where can I see which user has which skin in active mode ?

I want something like a red background for an admin user and a green background for a normal user. Are there extensions for my problem ? I found nothing


Sorry bad english ... i know :-) Johannes741 15:23, 10 August 2010 (UTC)Reply

Wann endlich in Deutsch?[edit]

Es wäre ungeheuer notwendig, wenn es diese Erläuterungen endlich auch in deutscher Sprache gäbe. So gut kann das amerikanische Englisch der Durchschnittsdeutschen nicht sein, um hier keine Fehler zu begehen.--Jens Rusch 06:49, 25 September 2009 (UTC) -Reply


Looking for information on the new Vector theme now in use at Wikipedia. This page does not reflect the change. --Erikmoe 18:40, 19 May 2010 (UTC)Reply

It does now. Cheers, The Doctahedron, 03:01, 19 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Paint it black[edit]

Hi all,

I think that a skin with a dark background will save energy, as opposed to the current black text on white background. The search engine Blackle uses a dark background. Maybe we should try using an energy-saving skin (based on Vector) on Wikipedia etc.?


The Doctahedron, 03:04, 19 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Painted it in Blackle style: Manual:Gallery_of_user_styles/Darkvector by User:Abhi_M_Balakrishnan

"User types"?[edit]


I'm going to change this page in a second, but I wanted there to be a place to discuss the change, and for others to know why I did it.

The configuration of "user|developer|administrator" might be sort of helpful, but it's very divisive, and buckets people into groups to which they may not always subscribe. For example, the first-time administrator (one of the most common visitors to this page) would not think to look at that column, they would look at the users column. Typing people rather than actions is not super-helpful.

With that in mind, I'm changing it to remove the "user type" column and expanding the "action" column. If you have a problem with that, feel free to revert, but I'd very much appreciate an explanation.

Thanks! --MarkTraceur (talk) 14:59, 14 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Detect skin on templates[edit]

Hello, are there any way to detect skin? I want to take actions on templates depends on current skin. -- 00:12, 27 April 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hello anonymous user, as far I know there is no way to detect skins in MediaWiki. --Wiki13 talk 14:01, 28 April 2014 (UTC)Reply

Does MediaWiki license allow me to make Skins and sell them commercially?[edit]

Is this a problem?

Further more, is using MediaWiki in commercial or proprietary manners a problem?

Dotspire (talk) 04:34, 29 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

Yes, you can charge money for your skins and as far as I'm aware, this isn't a violation of the license terms (but I Am Not A Lawyer). I encourage you to do your own research on the GNU General Public License, version 2 license terms (since it's the license under which MediaWiki core and many extensions and skins are available).
Using MediaWiki commercially is not a problem in any way, shape or form — plenty of sites out there do that already (i.e. ShoutWiki, Wikia, wikiHow, ...). --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 07:49, 5 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

Child skins?[edit]

Does MediaWiki have a method of doing something like child skins that are in WordPress? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Michael Ten (talkcontribs) 06:33, 5 November 2015‎

@Michael Ten: Yes and no. Yes, Extension:Theme exists and allows you to define themes (essentially prebuilt CSS customizations on top of an existing skin); see, for example, the Dark Vector theme and compare that to what the ordinary Vector skin without customizations looks like. Admittedly I'm not sure how the WordPress equivalent works like, so this may or may not be what you're looking for. --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 07:49, 5 November 2015 (UTC)Reply
@Jack Phoenix: Thanks for reply. Just saw it now, or just saw it again. 🖖 Michael Ten (talk) 18:27, 18 March 2018 (UTC)Reply

Writing a Skin vs Updating Common.css[edit]

Hi, can I ask for some opinions on something? I've been tasked with re-branding our company MediaWiki instance to reflect the company branding throughout. We're largely happy with the functionality and layout of the Vector skin, but we'd want the styles to be updated throughout.

Does writing a custom skin give me any advantage over updating Common.css, or vice versa? Is there a generally preferred or recommended approach to this kind of job?


--Dshinks (talk) 13:49, 13 September 2017 (UTC)Reply