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Unicorn

What is the invisible pink unicorn doing in the background there? Sj (talk) 20:08, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

A unicorn is our project mascot.--laner (talk) 22:31, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Requests

Can Shell Request and New Project Request pages be moved to project (Wikitech:) namespace please? Wikitech recentchanges used to be very easy to skim, now there's a lot of noise in main namespace. --Nemo 13:05, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I believe this will be fine. I'll see about doing that soon.--Ryan Lane (talk) 17:42, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much. --Nemo 18:55, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

For those trying to read RC in the meanwhile, you can:

Thanks to Rillke for the tip. --Nemo 14:27, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

I'm still waiting for an administrator to help. Default RecentChanges have been unusable for over an year now. --Nemo 12:03, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Suggestion

As a new user, I think it would be more intuitive if the sidebar's help section had two links, "Labs help" linking to Help:Contents, and "Production help", linking to How-To (or better targets in case I'm missing something). Btw is there a proper page to make suggestions/proposals like this? --waldir (talk) 10:50, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Another suggestion: it could be nicer to use this query rather than the current one for the "projects" link in the main page. --waldir (talk) 11:36, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Done, except the "projects" link because I don't know how to translate it to an {{#ask call in wikitext... it required me to set limit=0 which defaults to 50 rows. :( --Nemo 06:24, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Tool-labs

Please add links to toollabs and important subpages. It starts now to become very important and Nova_Resource:Tools is a very good way to hide it. --kolossos (talk) 09:23, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Done. --Nemo 06:24, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

File:Wikimedia labs logo.svg

Logo is not transparent, overwrite with commons:File:Wikimedia_labs_logo.svg. --Nemo 07:25, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support, it should be simply deleted. --Ricordisamoa 20:51, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
Tried, but bugzilla:71735. --Nemo 06:04, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Signup messages improvements

MediaWiki:Openstackmanager-shellaccountnamehelp is extremely unhelpful: "A shell account name is required. It must start with a-z, and can only contain lowercase a-z, 0-9, and - characters." It's quite hard to enter here something that doesn't make you get an error "There was either an authentication database error or you are not allowed to update your external account." I suggest to add two bullets here or to the error message above:

  • If you already had a SVN account with the same username, ask it to be created manually by sending this information to ops-requests@rt.wikimedia.org.
  • If that's not the case, ask someone to verify from a labs instance whether the shell username is taken, by issuing the command groups $username on a shell.

--Federico (talk) 15:45, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Done. --Nemo 06:04, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Change the welcome notification icon

Currently, the welcome notification icon is an exclamative mark, as if it was a warning about something which went wrong (maybe because the system is designed to make the signup fail so if you register it's an error? ;-) see above). I don't know where this error resides but it must be changed. --Federico (talk) 15:49, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Shell access for spammers?!

Special:PrefixIndex/User:Larygloria <- none of these should have shell access, but two currently do. pirsquared (talk) 19:07, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Leaflet for Wikimedia Labs at Wikimania 2014

Project Leaflet WikiProject Medicine back and front v1.png

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

• Tech projects/Tools, which may be looking for either users or developers.

• Less known major projects: Wikinews, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, etc.

• Wiki Loves Parliaments, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves ____

• Wikimedia thematic organisations, Wikiwomen’s Collaborative, The Signpost
The deadline for submissions is 1st July 2014
For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:
Project leaflets
Adikhajuria (talk) 10:57, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

After toolserver

where can i find these links?

Reza (talk) 09:41, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Debian and Ubuntu

Someone asked in IRC, what the recommended OS is to most easily run MediaWiki. I looked at this page, and guessed that we were running Ubuntu as main server distribution. I gather that is no longer the case, and that we've mostly moved to Debian now? If so, I'd suggest re-sorting the links in the "OSs" section on the main page (and possibly updating, or at least {{old-doc}} tagging, the linked-pages). Thanks :)

(oh, and possibly Debian could/should be mentioned at mw:Upstream projects, too? OSs currently are not mentioned there, and it was my first stop whilst looking for info.) Quiddity (talk) 18:29, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Very belated response. All Wikimedia production MediaWiki installs are at this time running on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) hosts. Debian Jessie is the preferred OS for non-MediaWiki hosts, but we still have a mix of Debian and Ubuntu. The decision to switch the preferred OS from Ubuntu to Debian came part way through the HHVM migration project. Thus far there has been no serious discussion of rebuilding the MediaWiki servers in the fleet on Debian. --BryanDavis (talk) 04:33, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

Wrong link shown under 'See Also' section

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Main page redesign, tools

Like the redesign. However, the "official" tool list is ... suboptimal, for several reasons. As it happens, I recently made an alternative view of Hay's tool directory. I think it would help to link to either of those instead of, or in addition to, the standard list. --Magnus Manske (talk) 15:30, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

There is task T115650 about the general topic of a catalog of tools as well. I think everyone will agree that the current "dump all the things in a giant list" UI is not the best that could be found. The last time I looked at the source for Hay's directory it was still opt-in and omitted many of the tool accounts which I think would need to be rectified somehow before making it or a derivative cannonical. The first step in moving towards a better directory should probably be to gather and document some use cases and requirements for an improved interface. If we know what we want the system to do for the various user groups (people looking for an existing tool to do X, people looking for an existing project to join, people wanting to start a new project, ...) it will a lot easier to evaluate the various existing systems and either choose one to start enhancing or borrow ideas from the make something new. --BryanDavis (talk) 18:26, 30 January 2016 (UTC)