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Bug 17975 - Special pages: Users and rights: clarify MY vs. not MY
Special pages: Users and rights: clarify MY vs. not MY
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Special pages (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest trivial (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: mac.med02
: design
Depends on:
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Reported: 2009-03-14 06:11 UTC by Dan Jacobson
Modified: 2013-06-27 22:30 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

See Also:
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

Screenshot from Special:SpecialPages (111.09 KB, image/jpeg)
2009-10-16 20:08 UTC, mac.med02
Still the same... (129.52 KB, image/jpeg)
2009-10-25 23:56 UTC, mac.med02

Description Dan Jacobson 2009-03-14 06:11:38 UTC
On Special:Special pages
we see
  * Users and rights

Well some of these, like
    * Preferences
would be better titled
    * My preferences

Even when one is the Sysop, it turns out that 'change password' is also really jist 'change my password'.

On the other hand, 'user contributions' is not just 'my contributions'.

These all need to be untabgled via proper 'My's prepended if applicable.
Comment 1 Dan Jacobson 2009-03-14 06:12:31 UTC
> untabgled
Comment 2 mac.med02 2009-10-05 19:26:29 UTC
Should be fairly easy.
Comment 3 mac.med02 2009-10-05 19:32:13 UTC
It does say My Preferences on Special:Specialpages, and User Contributions doesn't say my anywhere...
Comment 4 Dan Jacobson 2009-10-15 07:07:27 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> It does say My Preferences on Special:Specialpages
On the very top, yes: 
My talk My preferences My watchlist My contributions

But not in the middle under "Users and rights". There it just says "Preferences".
Comment 5 mac.med02 2009-10-16 20:08:17 UTC
Created attachment 6676 [details]
Screenshot from Special:SpecialPages

Under "Users and Rights", it does say "My Preferences", "My watchlist", etc. At least for me.
Comment 6 Dan Jacobson 2009-10-17 19:01:53 UTC
Indeed it does... only for the English Wikipedia, not for Mediawiki!
Comment 7 mac.med02 2009-10-25 23:56:08 UTC
Created attachment 6711 [details]
Still the same...

on the English Wikipedia, still seems like it is right to me.
Comment 8 Dan Jacobson 2009-10-26 01:02:18 UTC
Yes it does on the English Wikipedia, and yes that is very good.

However this bug tracking system is for the MediaWiki software, not just English Wikipedia.

Therefore my wish is that this feature of the English Wikipedia be "backported" into the MediaWiki Software.

Hence I file this bug on the bug tracker of the Mediawiki Software.
Comment 9 Umherirrender 2012-12-06 18:09:27 UTC
[[MediaWiki:Preferences]] is created locally, which can be backporting.

But the "my" from the personal bar was removed, so this maybe is not a good idea to have it in core.
Comment 10 Isarra 2013-01-28 01:16:03 UTC
'Your' or 'own' would probably make more sense the context of interacting with the software. It's talking to us. We're talking to it.

Apparently we've all gone insane, but at least it's not inside our heads as part of us yet. Is it?
Comment 11 Trevor Parscal 2013-02-27 20:07:31 UTC
I think that most uses of "My" in a label indicates poor information design. It's a crutch that people use when they've done a poor job at organizing information. Perhaps they got so used to it from it's use in Microsoft Windows, but in a sea of links, having a few be prefixed with "My" is just sloppy.

That's not to say that the use of "Me" is inferior to "You", we just need to organize things so that information that has to do with the user in particular is together and clearly distinguishable from everything else.

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