Wikinews:Water cooler/proposals

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Default search[edit]


Currently, we're cofigured so that by default, Special:Search looks at mainspace and portal space. This is currently inappropriate, I suggest, because our portals are not maintained and are not nearly as useful, to anyone, as our categories. Most of our topical redirects from mainspace go to categories rather than portals (though there are still a few that go to portals merely because they haven't been updated).

I suggest we change the default for search to mainspace and category space instead of mainspace and portal space. --Pi zero (talk) 03:26, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

  • I certainly Support the change. Even were we to have maintained portals, categories makes more sense as a search target unless we were pushing out a couple of dozen articles daily. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:16, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Hmm, how times change (I always thought portals were stupid, and people used to love them so much for no apparent reason) </reminiscing>. Bawolff 02:59, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support After so much argument, in the end it was apathy towards them that deprecated portals by default. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 00:04, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Yes, please. Gryllida 09:22, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support --Ochilov (talk) 16:38, 13 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support I too believe portals should not be considered useful anymore. Wikinews has a small community and so it was almost impossible to mantain all these portals. Diego Grez (talk) 00:48, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - I fondly recall the good old days of active portals. Alas there time has passed. Brian |(Talk) 12:29, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
"I know engineers — they love to change things." (Leonard McCoy) --Pi zero (talk) 02:18, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Although I can't tell from the phabricator page, which looks like so much gobbledygook to me, I see from Special:Search that the default search has, in fact, been changed. --Pi zero (talk) 23:31, 28 January 2015 (UTC)


Is this cat, for the island Haiti and the Dominican Republic share, desirable? It would basically contain most-to-all articles on both nations, so a DPL page may be an alternative. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 18:28, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Well, some time back I created a Category:Korean Peninsula. --Pi zero (talk) 19:59, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Inspire Campaign: Improving diversity, improving content[edit]

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All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive, positive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign and help this project better represent the world’s knowledge! MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:22, 5 March 2015 (UTC)