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Re the template to show on every page[edit]

Can you tell me how to do that? At the bottom of every page. Like this (See the {{testing}} at the bottom?)
•–• 06:53, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

@Acagastya: I know you've asked me a similar question previously. If you want it at the top of most pages, you would need to modify the MediaWiki:Sitenotice page. If you want it at the foot of most pages, I guess that you could modify the MediaWiki:Copyright page, but that might not be a popular change. For both these pages you need admin powers and consensus to change those pages. If you are able to view either page, you should see it has the same text as you see at the top or foot of most pages. Beyond that I couldn't tell you because I'm not a coder. Green Giant (talk) 23:09, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
that would change it for everyone. That is not what I want. However, I think I have thought how I could use it. Still would require someone's help to change copyright page. (talk) 03:02, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Well, it looks tricky. I tried this on my local wiki -- this is what I did: {{#ifexist: User:{{#USERNAME:}}/footerTemplate | {{User:{{#USERNAME:}}/footerTemplate}} | }}. And it works perfectly how I want it to work. Only if we had "Extension:GetUserName" enabled. (CC @Gryllida: maybe that could make our task easier without having a need to use scripts -- well, in your case, regarding recent changes you could just dump {{Special:RecentChanges}}(at the bottom of [[Mediawiki:Cpoyright}} and preview the output. Don't save it, else it will affect everyone.) Now all I need is that extension to be installed.
•–• 05:17, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Harder than that. It is decomposing every single wikilink, so "{{ping|CherryBubbles}}" produces "@[[User:CherryBubbles|CherryBubbles]]:"
•–• 07:59, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@Acagastya: The arrangement you describe, where it looks for User:{{#USERNAME:}}/footerTemplate, seems less than ideal because anyone could create such a template. If only the user themself or an admin could activate the feature, that would seem ideal. If only an admin could activate it, that would seem less ideal but likely still better than allowing just anyone to.

All this is closely related to what I want to do with the dialog-based feature I should be working on now, a device to provide context-sensitive information to templates. --Pi zero (talk) 12:13, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

@Pi zero: I knew you would say that, but I don't know why you would want to prevent that, it does not affect everyone after all.
•–• 12:30, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Article suggestion[edit]

I will be working on Colombia's election and Japan's earthquake articles. But could you suggest me some articles (as many as you can) to write about? Don't worry about finding the sources, just tell me about the story, I will see what I can do. We need to bring back the lead section to only one football story, so I need to write at least three more stories (excluding the two mentioned above).
•–• 22:23, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

@Acagastya: I guess you could write about some of the following non-football news:
  • Donald Trump has proposed a new US Starfleet (or Space Force in his words);
  • The former Israeli minister who apparently spied for Iran - he has been charged today I think;
  • The World Health Organization has recognised "gaming addiction" as a "mental health condition";
  • The unfortunate death of some immigrants during a chase by US border guards in Texas;
  • The Saudi-led assault on the Yemeni port of Hodeida;
  • The arrest of the Audi CEO as an extension of the Volkswagen emissions scandal;
  • There has been a major fire in a Nigerian market;
  • In Nigeria, a traditional ruler was killed in Enugu, and there have been some arrests;
  • In the UK, there is an ongoing trial of alleged members of a banned neo-Nazi group;
  • In Iran, a Sufi man has been executed for a bus incident that killed security personnel;
  • There is a battle going on in a Libyan oil region involving the warlord Haftar;
  • The Taliban have restarted fighting after an Eid ceasefire;
  • The king of Thailand has gained control of a $30 billion fortune that was administered by a government agency for much of the previous 80 years;
  • There is instability in the stock markets, especially in Asia as a result of the tariff battle between the US and China (I note that Pres. Trump has just asked the US Trade Rep. to look at adding billions of dollars of tariffs on Chinese goods);
  • A UK regulator has sharply criticised KPMG for poor audit work done for some major companies;
  • Google has announced it will buy a big chunk of shares in, a major Chinese online retailer;
  • is going to create a thousand new jobs in Ireland;
  • Linked to that, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has been declared the richest man in the world by Forbes;
Hopefully that will be enough to keep you going for a couple of days but I'll have a look for more potential articles tomorrow evening if I can. Green Giant (talk) 00:00, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

regarding how you review[edit]

I have noted multiple times that you replace {{Review}} with {{Under review}} and I am curious -- why do you do it? I always wanted to ask you, but never got time to. The reason I can think of is that it prevents accidental publishing -- one can not review an article which is not marked for review.
•–• 19:10, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

I haven't done that for a while now but in the past I did it for that very reason. I think it was you who pointed it out in April. Green Giant (talk) 19:20, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Never got to ask you. But since it was in my head today, I asked.
•–• 21:51, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
No harm in asking. :) —Green Giant (talk) 21:53, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
I really wish I was not sleepy right now. Spent 3/4th of the day on my local wiki, and missed out writing so many things. Any chance you would be able to review some politics-related articles tomorrow, UTC? And if yes, when do you expect me to submit the articles?
•–• 21:57, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I should be able to review some tomorrow. I prefer not to put a deadline, so just finish them when you can and let me know. This time I’ll try to be on IRC too. —Green Giant (talk) 22:09, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

looks like pi will be afk today. So I think you really should join IRC, ping me when you join, and we will start working together. (talk) 11:53, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

<checking in> Though likely very busy today, I'm not completely afk. <thinks of Miracle Max distinguishing between completely dead and mostly dead> --Pi zero (talk) 13:30, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
I should be free in the next hour or so (waiting for my computer to install updates). Green Giant (talk) 13:53, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Will try to submit the election article in 90 minutes.
•–• 16:25, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Ping me when that article is publisshed -- I will share the sources for this Colombia article. By the way, it is one the last day.
•–• 17:20, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
See this.
•–• 17:47, 20 June 2018 (UTC)