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Links for skins developers[edit]

i was noticed that there are two different links on this page that look like links about skin development:

  • under "Extending MediaWiki" headline there is "Skins - Change the look and feel of MediaWiki."
  • but under "Help for extension writers" there is "Skins: Manual:Skinning" that is usefull one

--Lig13 13:29, 7 February 2008 (UTC)Reply

Decision-making version of MediaWiki[edit]

Dear Sirs,

No doubt MediaWiki is superb platform for collaborative writing and editing. However I am trying to create “decision-making” MediaWiki website to collaborate in resolving social problems on all levels from global to local; a website resembling virtual brain and mind ( Doing this I’ve faced two problems: a) incorporation of formal decision-making model (algorithm) to guide collaborative decision-making process and b) set up an option for alternative decisions. (Keep in mind that collaborative decision-making process excludes voting by definition. Voting is an element of collective decision-making process, which is democracy. Opposed opinions are eliminated by voting in favour of majority. In collaborative decision-making process in case of opposed opinions should be elaborated two or three alternative feasible solutions, which will be verified in social practice. So there is no voting mechanism at all).

I’ve incorporated formal decision-making model as contents, instead of template, very unprofessional manor indeed. (I am Psychologist, not Developer or even Webmaster and can’t write templates). The second problem – option for alternative decisions is high above my limited knowledge in this field). Apparently, because of this reason I can’t promote my site.

I hope sooner or later collaborative decision-making platform will be created and could be of interest to your team to write such version of MediaWiki. Perhaps decision-making platform will be new generation of collaborative software, as making-decisions is more complex and complicate process compare with systemising information. I assume writing few specific templates could be the first step to create full such version.

Nevertheless my inquiry is could your team help me referring my case to Developer, who could be interested of creating of decision-making platform and create for me two or three such templates?

Thank you for your time and all you did to create such fantastic platform.


D. Tchurovsky


Hello - I am finding it a bit difficult to find the correct place to drop a technical suggestion: the mediawiki software list the timestamp of any edit in the page history, right? Would it be possible to update the software so that in addition (or maybe as an alternative, selected in preferences), the time is given as "X hours, X minutes, X secondas ago"? Cheers and keep up the good work! Ingolfson 08:49, 5 February 2009 (UTC)Reply

The Bugzilla page says: "All bugs in the MediaWiki software should be reported at This is also the place to request new features or enhancements to the software." (highlight mine). Good luck with your feature request. -- Jokes Free4Me (talk) 08:49, 7 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

Extension points[edit]

It says "There are 5 main extension points" but 6 are listed. I take it integration with S3 is the minor extension point? Perhaps we should say that. Tisane 06:57, 22 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

Extensions & Skins must be GPL?[edit]

Apparently Wordpress themes and plug-ins must be liscensed under GPL (see this).. is the same true for Mediawiki? --Frantik 20:58, 22 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

Its debatable - see the thread at mailarchive:wikitech-l/2010-July/048436.html . I'd lean towards they don't have to be gpl (based on that thread), but IANAL and don't understand the issues involved very well. Bawolff 17:37, 19 September 2010 (UTC)Reply


If one person starts a wiki, can they transfer ownership to another person? --TripleU 06:31, 29 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

Sure. To fully transfer ownership, you'd need to transfer control of the domain and the hosting. —Emufarmers(T|C) 19:13, 13 January 2011 (UTC)Reply

Links to consider when improving this page[edit]

Just a list of links I was keeping in my user discussion page for the day I (or someone else) start working on improving this page.--Qgil (talk) 21:05, 17 December 2012 (UTC)Reply

Beyond MediaWiki Core and extensions[edit]

If we want to call this a Developer Hub we need to go beyond MediaWiki core and extensions. We could start fixing this integrating an adaptation of the text we had a How to contribute (now cut because that page was getting too long and cluttered):

The MediaWiki community is maintaining more than 5 million lines of code, and counting. Become a MediaWiki developer. Code contributions are welcome!

Developer Hub update[edit]

After polishing How to contribute, I want to start working on the update of this Developer Hub. Some key ideas:

  • It needs to reflect all the software development activities and not only MediaWiki core & extensions. In fact there are many better entry points that should be promoted.
    • Gadgets (including userscripts), Mobile, Templates (focusing on the upcoming Lua-based), Bots, Skins, Extensions & Core.
  • It needs to offer language-centric pages to attract developers with certain skills to the right projects.
    • PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Python, Perl, MySQL, Java... What else?
  • It needs to identify top projects welcoming developer contributions. Being a "top" project is not enough if you are not ready to handle new contributors and patches properly. The list might change based on the current situation and priorities.
    • The mobile apps seems to be good candidates with a good track of welcoming contributors. What else?

And probably more, but getting these 3 pillars right the rest will be easy.--Qgil (talk) 18:44, 8 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Recently a discussion started on wikitech-l ([1], [2]) about Developer Hub simplification, and it was decided to take it here. Following the main outline of the proposed ideas, we could have:

  • Developer Hub: a general overview with a very focused selection of links

to send people to appropriate places. Less is more.

  • /Get started (or similar name): intro for newcomers with relevant links.
  • /Reference (or similar name): what developers need on a regular basis.

Developer Hub and Get started should be more concise and visually pleasant, satisfying new developers. Reference is for usual suspects, so it could have more beef and links in order to have everything in one place.--Qgil (talk) 18:28, 27 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Just adding that IMO reference docs should have more links not because they can afford to be less user-friendly, but precisely because they're supposed to be index-like material. E.g. Manual:Code. So detailed descriptions (I assume that's what you mean by "beef") don't fit here, as I see it; instead, that should be spread across the specific components linked to from the reference, which would only contain a brief description of each item.
Also, I reiterate the question I posed in the wikitech-l thread: how should Manual pages be reconciled with this approach? Currently most of them are pages about specific components (e.g. configuration variables or specific files or classes, such as Manual:LocalSettings.php), several are long, beefy descriptions of complex subsystems (e.g. Manual:Messages API, Manual:Skinning), and only a handful are reference-type indices (e.g. Manual:Code). Personally, I think the second type should be split into smaller pages (perhaps part of the "get started" group?), all interconnected, instead of attempting to describe the whole system. That's what hyperlinks are for :) --Waldir (talk) 21:02, 27 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
Ref more links in reference docs yes, this is what I meant (but you said better). I think we can plug Manual pages under Reference, or even make it the same thing (?). Here and now I want to focus on improving Developer hub page and putting together a decent /Get started page. I have no opinion about organizing Manual pages but it is better to keep both discussions separate. Most Manual pages won't be linked from these two pages anyway. If you want to work in that direction be my guest.  :) --Qgil (talk) 00:24, 1 March 2013 (UTC)Reply
Agreed. I'm more interested in working in the Manual/reference documentation, so I won't pollute this thread with more about that (hopefully the wikitech-l discussion will continue, and in any case I added this as a topic for discussion in the Amsterdam Hackathon. That said, I will of course offer my thoughts and suggestions on the refactoring and "get started" work you or others might do, and help out in small ways if I can. --Waldir (talk) 17:05, 1 March 2013 (UTC)Reply
Good! And same here: let me know which page(s) to watch and I will help at least with feedback.--Qgil (talk) 20:54, 1 March 2013 (UTC)Reply
For future reference, here's a list of previous discussions regarding the structure of Manual: pages: Project:Manual#Structure --Waldir (talk) 21:06, 6 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

With all the diversity and complexity of projects in the Wikimedia /MediaWiki context, a high level overview would be really welcome. Sumana sent this good example: Roadmap for learning Rails.--Qgil (talk) 17:38, 21 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

re: your "Gadgets (including userscripts), Mobile, Templates (focusing on the upcoming Lua-based), Bots, Skins, Extensions & Core.[edit]

That's a good way to think about it, but new potential developers don't know what that division means. Maybe this page could offer some leading questions, e.g. (with everything linked):

Want to improve the look of wiki pages?
Great! Create a wiki account, modify your User CSS to see thechange, join the design mailing list and share your idea. If you're making extensive changes you can package them into a "skin". See category of unsolicited wikipedia redesigns
Want to improve the way wiki pages work?
You can do a lot in client-side JavaScript code and CSS. Create a wiki account, modify your global.js. All wiki pages load jQuery, there's a JS API with lots of utility functions and the ability to call the MediaWiki Web API. You can share your code with others and turn it into a gadget .
Want to fix or improve the code?
Create an account so you can create a bug or update an existing one. Install MediaWiki (it's easiest to grab the MediaWiki-Vagrant virtual machine) and start hacking. Get an account on our code review system gerrit and offer your fix for review.
Want to add a new feature to MediaWiki?
Maybe it's doable in client-side JavaScript, otherwise you're probably looking at writing an extension in PHP. Install MediaWiki (it's easiest to grab the MediaWiki-Vagrant virtual machine), adapt one of the sample extensions, and start hacking. Talk to developers on IRC in #wikimedia-dev
Want to automate some wiki maintenance task?
You can write a script or bot that interacts with MediaWiki pages. You can develop it in a variety of languages. If it's useful, we provide "tool labs" infrastructure for running some scripts and bots.
Want to remix all the information that users have contributed to Wikimedia projects?
We have APIs for that, and complete data dumps, and the Wikidata project filled with facts. (But now this is bleeding over into the Web API part of How to contribute)

MW offers so much it's hard not to add too much. Anyway, just "thinking aloud" -- SPage (WMF) (talk) 06:29, 10 January 2015 (UTC)Reply


hi , i need help in Extension_talk:Lua#Problem_in_Lua_Install

Thanks , فلورانس (talk) 22:46, 2 July 2013 (UTC)Reply

Following updates[edit]

This page mentions some communication venues, but only in terms of "discussion" and not in terms of "see what's going on" or "join the community" or "follow the last updates" of development, code review and so on. How to become a MediaWiki hacker has even less. Is this information really irrelevant? Is it placed somewhere else? For the last hour or so, I've been looking for a place where to add a notice that on #wikimedia-dev you may not find all the updates you expect, as the discussion and even the bot updates are fragmented to multiple channels (now not only for obscure libraries and repos but also localisation extensions [3]), but I didn't find any appropriate one. I could just add some pointers from the detailed descriptions of the channel(s). --Nemo 13:50, 2 August 2013 (UTC)Reply

Most of the IRC information has been moved to m:IRC/Channels#MediaWiki_and_technical. I'm not sure that's very clear about how to follow updates, either. It contains phrases such as "Updates from several repositories" for lack of more precise information. We can't really tell people "go read the wikibugs code to find our where stuff happens". It would be useful to come up with a one-sentence summary of where MediaWiki development can in effect be followed. (Bawolff raised this on #wikimedia-tech just yesterday, if I remember correctly.) --Nemo 20:18, 11 June 2018 (UTC)Reply

I need wiki templates code for wikia[edit]

I been ask to remove my user page from wikipedia can i get the code for all the templates so that i can see all my work in wikia or other mediawiki wikis?

Itzcoatzin (talk) 01:33, 20 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

Special:ExpandTemplates. --Nemo 07:43, 20 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

Future of this Developer Hub in relation to / Dev namespace[edit]

The Engineering Community Team has committed to T101441 Goal: Integrate new Developer hub with for the next quarter. One of the blockers is T313 Future of the current Developer Hub at I have just posted a proposal in that task. Your feedback is welcome, there (preferably) or here. For general background, see (talk) 10:38, 11 June 2015 (UTC)Reply


One of the bullet points in section Overview literally reads: "Bug reports and tasks for most projects are managed on Fabricators of tokens for sex. Live photo shoots." The text in bold is a valid link to Phabricator and is inserted in the code using {{ll|Phabricator}} template. This vandalised version persists since 29 September 2020. As I don't know how to fix it myself, I write here such that somebody more experienced could fix it instead. JozumBjada (talk) 13:45, 17 July 2022 (UTC)Reply