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Better, central default for MediaWiki:Edithelppage
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The current default for the "editing help" link after the submit buttons in edit window is a local "Help:Editing" page. It should instead point to [[mw:Help:Editing pages]] by default (I can make the page translatable as soon as this is done).

The link is often red on new wikis, or replaced by placeholders (like's cheatsheet superseded by WikiEditor's help), which led to its removal via [[Extension:Vector#FooterCleanup]] (where enabled).
Making the default link useful will allow to split the edithelp disabling out of FooterCleanup and to make the rest default (or at least core).

Version: 1.21.x
Severity: enhancement



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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to High.Nov 22 2014, 1:35 AM
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It would be nice where possible Default links shouldn't point outside the install. (To provide a consistent base environment - some of us are known to run it in closed off environments)

Do you mean people accessing intranet instances of MediaWiki without access to the internet/WWW? Sounds like a negligible edge case, in all the others the link would work.

Wikis in need of a "consistent base environment", i.e. (I guess) a local page with wiki-specific stuff, can change the default.

Bumping priority. We just had a guy on MediaWiki-General complaining that their "Help:Editing" page is empty and that it's silly.

I submitted Ic0469c6c to change the default to the page. This will likely require customizing the local pages on many WMF wikis - is anybody willing to look into that?

For reference, here is a list of wikis that have not customized this message (as of june 18):

I sent an email to wiktech-ambassadors. Not sure if that is sufficient.

We will include this information in the next issue of [[m:Tech/News]], which has around ~150 subscribers and a couple of village pumps on its global delivery lis — this should be just enough.