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February fund drive notice[edit]

On Friday 18 February 2005 at 00:00 UTC, the message below needs to go live on this page:

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-- mav 21:22, 16 Feb 2005 (UTC)

So, this stays up until March 4th then? Are we about to be slashdotted Monday morning? --Connel MacKenzie 02:41, 18 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Links to pronunciation guide and edit layout explanation[edit]

One of the things that many paper dictionaries have on every page are short reminders of the phonetic alphabet and of common abbreviations. I notice that editors are hyperlinking the infrastructure words "IPA" and "SAMPA" in pronunciations to Wiktionary:Pronunciation key. (Internally) linking infrastructural words is considered a bad thing by some editors. (Eventually, if all words were given an IPA pronunciation, every article in the entire main namespace would have a link to Wiktionary:Pronunciation key.) I also notice that Wikinews uses the site notice to good effect. I propose that the site notice be modified to include links to our entry layout and pronunciation key, as follows:

Entry layout explainedPronunciation key

I'm posting this here rather than being bold because (a) this is, as all system messages are, a protected article; and (b) changes made here will be highly visible, and I want to ensure that there is consensus for such a change. Uncle G 23:41, 19 May 2005 (UTC)

  • I think including a short pronunciation guide across the bottom of the page is a great idea. Print dictionaries usually only deal with one or two languages though - we'd need lots of symbols to cover all of our languages. I think we have a few choices:
    1. Just put the English symbols for now.
    2. English plus the most common of the other major European languages.
    3. Something customizable from the user's Preferences page.
    4. Base our choice on what languages currently have many pronunciations here.
  • Even for English we'll have to be careful to choose words which are pronounced with equivalent phonemes in all dialects. That means watching out for the w:cot-caught merger and words which use either /æ/ or /ɑː/ depending on dialect. — Hippietrail 05:48, 20 May 2005 (UTC)
    • The fifth choice is outlined above: Don't include any symbols explicitly, but do include a hyperlink to our pronunciation key page. I am not aware of a way to customize what is displayed from the "interface language" section of preferences, which would be how to implement option 3. And I think that whatever subset of symbols we select will be considered inappropriate for some. Also note that we have three separate pronunciation systems: IPA, SAMPA, and "AHD", which makes for a lot of symbols. ☺ Uncle G 13:20, 20 May 2005 (UTC)
  • I don't particularly like the notion that this would be on every page at the top. Wouldn't this be more appropriate to add to MediaWiki:Editing? --Connel MacKenzie 14:10, 20 May 2005 (UTC)
  • I think this idea is impractical. In addition to the fact that we already have at least three acceptable pronunciation systems we also need to consider whether we would require the user to scroll down to the key. If it is to become something that stays fixed in position, it would just use up so much more of a page. Eclecticology 22:44, 22 May 2005 (UTC)
    • I don't see what is impractical about the proposed text given above. No scrolling or fixed positions are required, moreover. I'm tempted to actually make the change to demonstrate, because there seems to be some misunderstanding of what I'm proposing here, and how small and simple it is. Uncle G 27 June 2005 18:49 (UTC)


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This belong here perhaps, not clogging recent changes? --Connel MacKenzie 22:15, 18 Jun 2005 (UTC)


Why isn't MediaWiki 1.5beta1 italicised? 24 27 June 2005 17:39 (UTC)

  • Use "view source" and find out. ☺ Uncle G 27 June 2005 18:24 (UTC)
    • Um, yes I know how it's like that. I want to know why. 24 27 June 2005 19:41 (UTC)

New version[edit]

Could we use the new version of this notice, with the pretty progress bar, like this? --King of All the Franks 13:11, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

The progress bar looks nice. Gerard Foley 22:15, 18 December 2005 (UTC)


I tried to add the thing that meta has for this page, but nothing happened. Does this still work? --Connel MacKenzie T C 18:06, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

lower case MediaWiki messages[edit]

  • Halló! I would suggest "never ever use lower case MediaWiki messages". This is against both against "portability of code" principles and against "easy maintainability". Best regards Gangleri | w: Th | T 18:15, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Heavy vandalism?[edit]

Can I ask what this "heavy vandalism" is exactly? Gerard Foley 00:23, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

IRC link[edit]

Can someone please change the IRC link to point to Wiktionary:AOL instead? Thanks, Beland 18:49, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

These links don't work on the secure server[edit]

Well, just that, they don't. Now technically anyone who's logged in securely has probably already read those, but still... Garrett 05:26, 5 May 2006 (UTC)


Hello, good news! Thanks to FreedomFighterSparrow and Brion, unregistered users can now hide the sitenotice again. Previously, they were forced to see it continuously.

In all cases, please use the sitenotice with care, and keep in mind that occasional visitors see sitenotices on all their visits, if they visit less than once a month or they don't click "dismiss" and save a cookie. Nemo 15:43, 24 March 2015 (UTC)