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Bug 2727 - Special pages don't have keys/legends or help links
Special pages don't have keys/legends or help links
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Special pages (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal normal with 3 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-07-06 20:06 UTC by Bovlb
Modified: 2006-07-04 09:20 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Bovlb 2005-07-06 20:06:48 UTC
A recurring question (see and
w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Help_desk&diff=17909119&oldid=17904644) is about what certain indicators used on special pages (like "top" and "m") 
signify.  From the resounding silence on the matter on the Help Desk, I infer that there is no facility to add explanatory text or links to special pages.

I propose that we add such a facility (or document it better and use it if it exists).
Comment 1 Ilyanep 2005-07-23 17:44:07 UTC
Yes, I agree. Perhaps even a help file within the mediawiki software might be
useful. For example, I installed mediawiki on my intranet server at home, and
was wondering for a while what the red exclaimation marks were on the RC page,
until I noticed they were watchlisted pages [and this didn't happen in
wikipedia]. I'm adding my vote for this.
Comment 2 Bovlb 2005-09-11 02:05:51 UTC
I think you'll find the red exclamation marks are "unpatrolled pages".  

I've found (after installing MediaWiki for myself) that it is possible to add help to at least some of these pages.  See [[MediaWiki:Recentchangestext]], and its friends at 
Comment 3 Rob Church 2006-07-04 09:20:54 UTC
Edit the system messages to customise interface text for each page. You can
either add a brief description there, or link to a custom page in the help

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