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Bug 4775 - "Help:Editing" page didn't get loaded from distro
"Help:Editing" page didn't get loaded from distro
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Documentation (Other open bugs)
All All
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2006-01-28 00:24 UTC by Rich Morin
Modified: 2006-02-22 22:55 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Rich Morin 2006-01-28 00:24:59 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.
Comment 1 Rob Church 2006-01-28 00:35:10 UTC
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
to date.
Comment 2 Rich Morin 2006-01-28 00:53:59 UTC
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.
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2006-01-28 04:50:10 UTC
There are no such instructions on downloading, as there aren't any appropriate 
distributable pages.
Comment 4 Rich Morin 2006-01-28 06:05:23 UTC
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?
Comment 5 Rob Church 2006-02-22 22:55:08 UTC
Default main page content updated; now has links to the user guide.

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