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Figure out what to do with the footer area in responsive Vector
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We need to figure out what to do with the footer area in responsive Vector. Considerations:

  • Eliminate the sentences that nobody reads --> shorten to "Terms of use"?
  • Trim off some of the duplicate links --> some are already in the sidebar...
  • Remove the powered by/Wikimedia project icons?

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•Eliminate the sentences that nobody reads --> shorten to "Terms of use"?

Sounds good; the footer is very cluttered as-is and this would definitely be a welcome change.

•Trim off some of the duplicate links --> some are already in the sidebar...

Duplicate -- how so? In the screenshot the only duplicate entry I can see is "About Wikipedia"; while Wikipedia might link to its about page on the sidebar (MediaWiki:Sidebar), you cannot assume that everyone else does this. We need to take into account that the same sidebar is used for responsive and normal/desktop mode (and I don't see that changing anytime soon), and I'd be willing to bet that most third-party sites out there do not link to MediaWiki:Aboutpage in their MediaWiki:Sidebar.

•Remove the powered by/Wikimedia project icons?

They're a nice touch and I'd rather keep 'em there, but in the long run this might be the way to go, unfortunately. While on Wikimedia wikis there are only two buttons (powered by MW/a WMF project), this isn't always the case for third-party wikis:

  • on translatewiki.net there are two buttons (powered by MW/powered by Semantic MediaWiki) and the string "Powered by netcup - netcup.de – Webhosting, vServer, Servermanagement" (only on the Vector skin, it seems)
  • on most ShoutWiki sites there are three footer buttons: license/powered by MW/hosted by ShoutWiki; the "powered by Semantic MediaWiki" button is displayed in addition to these basic three buttons on wikis where SMW is installed, such as Stargate Wiki Sémantique
  • but WikiApiary takes the cake with its six (!) footer button images: license/powered by MW/powered by SMW/served by Linode/powered by MariaDB/monitored by WikiApiary
  • Eliminate the sentences that nobody reads --> shorten to "Terms of use"?

The direct link to CC BY-SA is important.

  • Trim off some of the duplicate links --> some are already in the sidebar...

"About Wikipedia" seems the only duplicate.

  • Remove the powered by/Wikimedia project icons?

Let me think... No.

  • Remove the powered by/Wikimedia project icons?

Let me think... No.

That isn't thinking.

  • Remove the powered by/Wikimedia project icons?

Let me think... No.

That isn't thinking.

I spared you a thought process that involved predicting the impact such a change would have on Wikimedia's brands through centuries.

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The footer is no longer a problem on mobile screens given the menus are now moved to the top and can be hidden.
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Desktop_improvements?useskinversion=2&useskin=vector

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