GlobalUserPage adds a footer to ?action=view currently. It reads:
This is a global user page. The original page is located at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Example
Later changed to
What you see on this page was copied from //meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Example
This footer doesn't sit well with me.
- I don't really want an ugly footer on my global user page.
- It's an irrelevant internal implementation detail — why should I care where the page content lives, I'm interested in the user page content, not its location.
- The message can read with a remedial tone; you can imagine the footer reading "You're on a Web site. Using a Web browser. This is the Internet."
I'd like the disclaimer to be moved from ?action=view to ?action=edit (the edit screen), where people will actually be interested in where the page content lives. If the user is interested in editing the content, they'll then care about where the "original" page lives. Otherwise, it's a user page and it should be a decision of the user to note that the page is hosted on a central wiki.
It would also be nice if the edit disclaimer included a direct edit link to the page on the central wiki. It could read something like this (very rough wording... please improve!):
"Currently this user page is set to use your [[global user page]]: <link> (edit). Creating a local user page suppresses the global user page."