Prominent Simple English Wikipedia Link on en.wikipedia
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Author: kevinjduke

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I already have a bugzilla file on this but it was incorrectly filed, so refiling...

I have strong support from the community to add a simple English link on all articles on en wiki with a simple counter part.
Support is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_%28proposals%29/Archive_10#Simple_English_Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_%28proposals%29/Archive_17#Simple_English
(these links will die when archived, a permanent link is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Penubag/Simple_English#Simple_English)

Basically, my initial idea was to have a template on all en wiki pages saying that a simple conterpart existed 20% opposed, but when I showed them [[Image:Simple English Sidebar3.png]] this proposal, there were no opposes.

Although we have a simple english link on our en.wiki page, it is so hidden that no one can expect a little kid to find the link, [[Image:Simple English Sidebar3.png]] this simple proposal should fix the problem and the community agrees.
Thanks


Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement

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bzimport created this task.Via LegacyJan 29 2008, 1:18 AM
bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJan 29 2008, 1:20 AM

bugs wrote:

*** Bug 12527 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJan 29 2008, 1:23 AM

kevinjduke wrote:

yes, I refiled this bug, my other one was a complete mess

brion added a comment.Via ConduitJan 29 2008, 1:31 AM

Currently the Simple English Wikipedia is not really supported, and is often considered an embarrassment and a mistake. Would recommend against pushing it with extra-prominent links unless there's some very firm intention to publicly support and push this wiki on the foundation's part.

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJan 29 2008, 1:37 AM

kevinjduke wrote:

(In reply to comment #3)

Currently the Simple English Wikipedia is not really supported, and is often
considered an embarrassment and a mistake. Would recommend against pushing it
with extra-prominent links unless there's some very firm intention to publicly
support and push this wiki on the foundation's part.

Users at the village pump agreed that making the link more prominent will attract new users and editors. By this, the Simple English can finally live up to foundation standards. By providing the link, more people will be attracted to improve it.

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJan 29 2008, 12:30 PM

danny.b wrote:

What stops you from using JavaScript in [[MediaWiki:Common.js]] to add such feature? I know, some users don't have JS on, however better something than nothing, right?

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJan 29 2008, 5:26 PM

kevinjduke wrote:

(In reply to comment #5)

What stops you from using JavaScript in [[MediaWiki:Common.js]] to add such
feature? I know, some users don't have JS on, however better something than
nothing, right?

I'm not sure if this comment is directed towards me, but the purpose of my proposal is not to help me (I already know that there is a simple english link), but to help kids that do not have user accounts with their monobooks enabled.

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJan 29 2008, 7:09 PM

danny.b wrote:

You don't need to have user account to see that link. If any admin will put necessary script in MediaWiki:Common.js, the prominent link will appear to everybody who doesn't have JS off (or unless somebody overrides it in own script).

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJan 30 2008, 7:39 AM

kevinjduke wrote:

(In reply to comment #7)

You don't need to have user account to see that link. If any admin will put
necessary script in MediaWiki:Common.js, the prominent link will appear to
everybody who doesn't have JS off (or unless somebody overrides it in own
script).

Oh, well, I'm not an admin or anything.

demon added a comment.Via ConduitJun 17 2008, 3:49 PM

WONTFIXing this. Like I said on bug 12527:

...how would it be done?

$wgHasSimpleVersion? English is the only language with a simple version
(afaik), so any changes to the code would need to be not-English-centric
(ie: usable across all languages). This being said, until/unless many
projects have simple versions, I'd suggest WONTFIXing this

A code change to add a box to Simple (that would need to be disabled on all wikis *except* enwiki) just isn't worth the effort. It's too "specifically-for-enwiki." As I (and Danny B) suggested, get it added to [[MediaWiki:Common.js]]. If there's consensus, you can find an admin to add it.

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