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Homepage: interactive tutorial module
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While the newcomer homepage has a "tutorial" module, which just contains a link to a tutorial, and a "help module" that contains links to other help pages, one idea is to allow learning right on the homepage itself. Perhaps a module can contain short tutorial slides that the user can flip through or interact with on the homepage, without being directed to another page.

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Because the team is prioritizing "newcomer tasks" (T227728), this additional module would not be a priority until later in the year (if at all).

A user on enwiki recommended a module that would show a "tip of the day" or a "rule of the day" so that the homepage contains fresh learning content each time the user visits.

These tips should follow very precise guidelines, to avoid:

  • minor editing cases ("how to edit an article about Uzbek rugby"),
  • tips about edge cases ("you can custom Monobook, you know?")
  • outdated advice ("don't forget to leave a message on a given user's talk pages so that they are aware of this conversation" used to be true; "use [[user:Foo]] to ping Foo will soon be outdated with Reply tool's improvements and a direct access to pings),
  • very advanced advice (use {{button{{fullurl:Category:Bar|action=edit}}}} to create a button that edits Category:Bar's description)
  • partial information ("There is only True Way to edit the wikis: wikitext. Never click "edit", always use "edit source".)
  • no-context advice (Don't forget to activate Gadget:Baz in your preferences. It rocks!)

In short, guidelines should be about:

  • universal tips, that works all the time and across time
  • being short and concise
  • not topic related
  • linking to a clear help page