HacDC Wiki:Suggestions

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Suggestions for changes to HacDC wiki. Feel free to add your ideas!

Incoming Suggestions

add DPL
Dynamic Page Listing enables the creation of, well, dynamic search results within a page. For example a list of the last 5 monthly meeting pages that updates on refreshing the page. DPL has many uses and can play a key role in moving toward a semantic wiki. You can create standard tables (forms) and pull the contents willy-nilly. It's useful and fun for the whole family! ...well, except for Bob, but he's just a grump.

Adding DPL will require a server admin.


Successful

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Examine User Defaults - Dec2013
Mediawiki installs with a very conservative set of defaults for user preferences. Most users will never (speaking from experience) bother to change them. I'd like to suggest turning on 'add page to watchlist' for all edited pages, and email user when notifications are triggered. There are others I'll return later with a list.
  • ON - E-mail me when my user talk page is changed
Leave at least one path open that other editors can contact a user.
  • ON - Enable section editing via [edit] links
On busy pages, reduces editing conflicts.
  • ON - Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary
Summaries are a major help to heavy users and often alleviate misunderstanding for all users. This will encourage their use.
  • ON - Add pages I edit/move/create to my watchlist
A must, pretty much a cornerstone of collaboration.


CSS - whitespace
add whitespace:pre-wrap; to the CSS, perhaps under p.
This will alleviate the problem in the editing layout where users have to add additional empty lines in order to control spacing.


CSS - tweak headers
In a long, long standing tradition the default CSS on Mediawiki has a peculiar take on header formatting. H4 all but disappears in the text, H3 is bolded while H2 is not. It's just weird I tell ya'. I'm not graphic designer, but maybe bolding them all would be more clear. ...and maybe decreasing the line spacing between the header and its text...?? (yes you can laugh at my OCD)

Header 2

some text

Header 3

some more text

Header 4

yep, even more text

The headers could use more help but maybe this'll do...?


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Suggestions that either we simply cannot do or will not do. Please provide the reason for moving a suggestion to here.