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Alsee (talkcontribs)

The tips on how to post a good question currently says:

  • If you know that information, mention whether you are editing with the visual editor (you directly edit and format the a article) or with wikitext code (you edit the code that builds the article).

That is poorly worded, confusing and arguably factually erroneous. I suggest one of these two versions:

  • If you know, mention whether you are editing with the visual editor (graphical editing mode) or with wikitext (text editing mode).
  • If you know, mention whether you are editing with the visual editor (graphical editing mode, links look like this) or with wikitext (text editing mode, links look like [[this]]).
MMiller (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thanks for the suggestions, @Alsee. I'm tagging @Trizek (WMF), since he is managing that page.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thank you for the suggestion. I've used the first one and added some links.

Alsee (talkcontribs)

Note that I changed "wikitext code" back to "wikitext". That phrasing is not normal usage outside of Foundation, and would be an inconsistent and poor choice for public consumption.

A search for wikitext on EnWiki gives 117,499 hits, while a search for "wikitext code" gives 329 hits (a ratio less than 0.003). Most of those 329 hits use the phrase to refer to a specific string of wikitext, many search hits were written by a staff member or were incidental in bulk copypaste of text written by a staff member, some are false-search-hits, some are in a technical context contrasting wikitext from lua or other programming language.

Referring to wikitext as wikitext code really is virtually non-existent English usage outside of the Foundation.

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