Last modified: 2006-02-22 22:55:08 UTC
The edit page has a link to an "Editing Help" page, which it expects to be located at "Help:Edited".
However, on our vanilla MW installations, this page is empty.
That's correct, we don't ship with help content at this time due to a lack of
clean, internationalised help pages which aren't under some weird or useless
licencing terms. There's been some discussion about it, but not a lot of action
How about putting in pages that (a) give instructions on
downloading the versions you DO have and (b) link to
Wikipedia's versions? Admittedly, this is not a perfect
solution, but it is easy and would help in many cases.
There are no such instructions on downloading, as there aren't any appropriate
The issue at hand is that new users should be provided with help pages. Someone clearly has recognized this fact, because
each edit page has a link to an "Editing Help" page. Unfortunately, this page is empty. In a perfect world, this could be
remedied by the instantaneous creation and translation of "clean, internationalised help pages which aren't under some
weird or useless licencing terms". Sadly, however, this isn't a perfect world. So, what CAN be done?
Getting the user to a page which is actually helpful seems like a good start. The "Help:Editing" page on Wikipedia looks
fairly clean to me, although it has a few curious omissions. It may not be internationalized or licensed usefully, but neither
of these is a show-stopper for putting in a link to it. As Voltaire cautions us, "The best is the enemy of the good". How
about putting in something good (i.e., helpful), while we're waiting for perfection to arrive?
Default main page content updated; now has links to the user guide.