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Completed small tasks for admins

--Astaecker 13:15, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

all of the above done --A3li 20:22, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

Dated Template

A template to mark information as dated, or possibly dated would bevery useful.

eg. {Dated|2011-10-25|This information is probably out of date. If you can, please test and update the article}

would be more useful than

eg. {Warning|This information is probably out of date. If you can, please test and update the article}

Where the date is missing. Hangfire 22:07, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

This one was easy enough ;) {{Dated}} a3li

Translating URL resulting in error

Necessity to insert several URLs pointing outside in to the translation resulting in error. Seems like inserting URLs on the english page prompts captcha, but on translation page - it's not available, so can not pass verification, can not submit block translation. On the BIOS Update page search for "TODO" :)mitri 02:51, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

fixed :)mitri 16:40, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Updating page doesn't change percent of translation

Updating English page Gentoo Wiki:Sandbox does not affect percent of translation for existing translated articles :)mitri 02:51, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

<@a3li> pages need purging (as discussed in IRC) :)mitri 15:56, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Relationship with existing Gentoo Wikis

Duplicating effort and spreading documentation across more sites isn't beneficial, just increases the likelihood that things will rot or misinformation will be found. If the infrastructure for this site is good, I'd like to see the existing wikis folded into this slowly, with editing and culling as required. This may be difficult based on licenses --Mark alec 13:53, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

See Gentoo Wiki:Meetings/2011-10-17, topic 2. Astaecker 07:49, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Top level categories

Categories for several things like templates, hardware, software etc. Disi 07:14, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

See Gentoo Wiki:Meetings/2011-10-17, topic 4. Astaecker 07:49, 18 October 2011 (UTC)


Is there already some kind of policy decided? --Astaecker 08:19, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Internationalization (i18n):
As the "translate" extension is installed, I guess you decided on the "top (english) -> down (other languages)" approach.
How should the i18n-sites be named?
subpages: SITENAME/de / SITENAME/Deutsch
Translate extension's method
Astaecker vote
See Gentoo Wiki:Meetings/2011-10-17, topic 5. Astaecker 07:49, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
regular pages with i18n extension: SITENAME (de) / SITENAME (Deutsch)
Where to position the i18n-links? Goal: i18n-readers want to read the page in their language. --Astaecker 10:29, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
sidebar: unused space, non-distractive for english readers, but not-easy-to-spot for i18n-readers; Wikipedia's solution
top: easy-to-spot for i18n-readers, but distractive for english readers;
Astaecker vote
bottom: non-distractive for english readers, but not-easy-to-spot for i18n-readers
Use of Special:MyLanguage for internal links? --Astaecker 12:36, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
{{{Link}}} template to easy writing internal links.
Navigation: (the sidebar and the main page should be enhanced)
by categories
Astaecker vote. For example "main page" see
 : See Gentoo Wiki:Meetings/2011-10-17, topic 4. Astaecker 07:49, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
by index pages

Copy MediaWiki's User's Guide

How about copying Mediawiki's Users Guide here. This guide is intended to be copied to new wikis, see Mediawikiwiki:Project:PD help. We are already linking to parts of it in our help pages. --Astaecker 07:34, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

See Gentoo Wiki:Meetings/2011-10-17, topic 6. Astaecker 07:49, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Kernel configuration template

done {{Kernel}} --A3li 09:53, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

RSS/Atom extension

RSS/Atom extension: To follow the ongoing expansion, please install the RSS extension.

A bot reports all changes to the irc channel. As i'm not so much an irc user, I still hope for a rss extension. --Astaecker 09:56, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Reading its description page, it displays an RSS feed. How would you use that to track progress?
With RSS I don't have to check "Recent changes" myself, KDE Akregator (or whatever) is doing it for me. --Astaecker 11:20, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
There's an atom feed already available: Can you use that? --A3li 11:25, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Ha, didn't know, Mediawiki has a default atom feed. Nice. Done. --Astaecker 11:28, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Enhanced preformatted template for code blocks

done {{File}} and {{Code}} --A3li 09:53, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
How about a syntax hightlighting enhanced {{File}} template ? See this for an example. For this, we need the SyntaxHighlight GeSHi extension. --Astaecker 07:48, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
More than one line for the RootCmd and Cmd? Disi 09:41, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
{{Cmd|line1<br/>line2}} should work --A3li 10:36, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
hey, that works but the line spacing goes weird in the last line, I saw Astaecker set up some custom Cmd for more than one command, is that going to become available? Disi 07:11, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Done --Astaecker 12:48, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
could you include a <nowiki> tag for the commands, codes and shells? Disi 08:48, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
That would disable any formatting people could make to highlight certain parts in the code. Not sure we want this --A3li 10:36, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Template for stdout/stderror terminal messages --Hwoarang 10:10, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
use {{GenericCmd}} --A3li 10:36, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Note template

Notes template, and probably different templates for each type ( warning, important, information ) like those we have in gorg-xml

done? {{Note}} and {{Warning}} are available --A3li 10:35, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
any way to increase the padding around the template environments, especially below them? Using them makes a page look rather busy (for example). --Hypnos 06:00, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Spacing should be the same as for one regular paragraph now. --A3li 12:53, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Add link to kernel guide to kernel template

How about a "how to configure the kernel" link in {{Kernel}} template caption bar? Also a "how to edit a file" link in the file template caption bar? --Astaecker 09:17, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

The new content boxes can display additional links. I've added a sample link to {{Kernel}}. Not sure if we need that for editing files, I expect people to know that. Maybe link to a Category:Editors if we have something like that one day. --A3li 12:50, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Nice. We should do it even for File and link to nano, because this is at the moment the default editor. This will be good for newbies. Pros will never click on the link. --Astaecker 12:57, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Unlock templates

Unlock templates. As long as the beta wiki is password protected, please unlock the templates, so everybody can enhanced the templates. The fear of abuse is in this phase IMO counterproductive. I, for example, wanted to write some template documentation. --Astaecker 09:24, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

for the time being unlocked. just don't break them. Oh, and if you want to use the standard transcluding mediawiki template doc stuff, please don't use that ugly "i" icon. ;) --A3li 10:36, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

InfoBox templates

I suggest templates for an infobox in the top-right corner of the article. The templates have different purposes:

  • External docs: Link to common high-profile external documenation, like Wikipedia (most often it is better to link Wikipedia instead of writing your own introductions) or Gentoo documentation (good howtos).
  • Article status: Tag articles as "wikify" (article needs formatting), "outdated", "delete" (article can be removed) or add open Todo items. This helps readers finding out, if the article is worth reading. Editors have work items.
  • Talk status: Tag discussions as open or done to help readers and article editors finding open discussions.
  • User boxes: To show information about yourself, contact infos, your role (e.g. developer) and your spoken languages (for translation effort).

The templates are stacked in one single infobox.

You find the templates at my user page.

Note: I will change "Infobox" to the camel case "InfoBox" to be in line with {{MessageBox}} and {{ContentBox}}.

--Astaecker 09:05, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

Small tasks for admins II

Make user private sandbox pages with a link in toolbox section or next to the login at the top of the page for easy discoveribility. --Rei4dan 21:27, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

The global sandbox is linked in the navigation bar now --A3li 14:20, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Use "My " just in the first of the links in top-right corner, making it shorter and without repetition: My talk, prefereences, watchlist, contributions. --Rei4dan 12:57, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

This is part of the mediawiki strings that I'd rather not change. --A3li 14:20, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

USEflag template

maximum 20 USE flags is not enough... TeX Live

Split the use flags into function groups. See Wine. Astaecker 09:01, 23 November 2011 (UTC)
cheers, I hope that makes sense how I grouped them :) Disi 11:32, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Split Category:Server_and_Security

Could we split the category Category:Server_and_Security to Category:Server and Category:Security? /Ni1s 14:59, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

I second that motion. On Gentoo we know these two are not the same and you can mix and match these two together or with other settings. --Hook 17:46, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

I'm trying to limit the number of top level categories. Of course Server and Security are two different things, but very much related. They're staying together for the time being for the sake of simplicity. —a3li 20:56, 31 March 2012 (UTC)


We need a way to deal with spam. --Alec 01:32, 16. Nov. 2011 (UTC)

Please report the occasional spam on IRC, or via email. I don't think there's anything else that needs to be done right now. —a3li 10:19, 6 July 2012 (UTC)


Would be cool to have one, like VIDEO_CARDS :) --Disi 09:53, 23. Nov. 2011 (UTC)

These will probably be added as they are needed/useful. /Ni1s 22:52, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
Done, see {{INPUT_DEVICES}}. Astaecker 07:06, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

see also at top of the page?

I am really a little pissed about that :/ Radeon AutoFS, see also my comment in the talk for AutoFS. I think, if, then those links would better fit under Links and not Radeon is a grafic-chip, see also Link to other wiki Disi 14:17, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

I moved the references to the Links section Disi 10:44, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

"Best practice" for a new document

I miss a template for a good article. Similar sections a named differently f.e. (Links, External Links, References). in several documents.

  • It should be defined what belongs into a "good" document, and what does not.
  • How to handle external references, do we name all URL's separately at the end of a document or not?
  • which sections should appear in a gentoo-wiki document.(f.e. Introduction, Installation, Configuration, Troubleshooting)
  • How to write (1st person, 3rd person)

Since if it is not defined before, we end up in mass rewrites after some time. We could however create a template or a best practice for new documents, a reference, I bet many users would read it before contributing into this wiki. It is also a good help for those who never made a wiki document, they actually search for reference documents. --Needle 09:52, 26. Nov. 2011 (UTC)

Agree with Needle --Wimmuskee 11:38, 03 December 2011 (CET)
I am also in agreement with this and think this should be decided fairly soon before a large number of articles are written (and then require correction). Personally I find the biggest problem with reading is that the style of written articles is all over the place. Especially in regards to the aspect (1st, 3rd person). This would also make the wiki appear much more professional. Although all users may not adhere to this strictly, it would then allow policing of articles. --Feystorm 21:08, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
"me too" and it would also help to have rules of engagement spelt out properly. The approach at Wikipedia (The Editors - dah dah dah dum) is probably a bit over the top for this but a bit more obvious policy on dos and don'ts would help everyone. Gerdesj 20:19, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
I want to undersign this idea. I have just started writing my first article on this wiki, and was looking for general formatting regulations. I can even contribute in creating such set of rules (I have some editorial experience), but in my opinion it definitely should be started by a developer. Also let me post some links how our friends from Arch try to achieve this: here, here or here, also this or this (I hope it is not prohibited to link to their site in this context :)). --Gorkypl 22:46, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Well why don't we have at it? Gentoo Wiki:Guidelines? /Ni1s 21:17, 8 March 2012 (UTC)
That's good. I am happy with that :) Needle 23:43, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Article wish list / Requested articles

As this "Suggestions" page is more about technical stuff, maybe it would make sense to have a counterpart on the content side.

Users can request for articles they want to read about in w.g.o and uninspired authors can take a look there to create new fantastic articles.

--Mrueg 15:21, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

I have started one at Gentoo_Wiki:Requested_Articlesyngwin 06:42, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

weird heading at bottom of page

There seems to be something wrong with the font for headings?!? The same template is used but the font appears larger: see Tuning and Monitoring: screenshot Disi 11:38, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

It's not just the heading, the whole bottom part of the Radeon page has a bigger fontsize. — yngwin 11:42, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
OK, I fixed it. The emerge template was used inline in a list item, which made the wiki engine mess up the HTML markup. — yngwin 11:50, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

GRUB2 template to add to commandline

Could you create some template to add parameters to the commandline using /etc/defaults/grub? Like {{GRUB2|blubb.peng=1}} and it adds the text on how to change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and to run 'grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg' etc. Disi 14:36, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Something like here: Bootloader Disi 14:42, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
Is this OK? {{GRUB2}}? Disi 09:18, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

(un)fold code button

A button to (un)fold large code and file template blocks, to maintain readability. ----Hypnos 04:45, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

There will be a built-in solution in MediaWiki 1.18, see --Astaecker 15:37, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
MediaWiki 1.18 is out. See the manual for details. --Astaecker 14:39, 9 December 2011 (UTC)
Updating to this version is scheduled for next maintenance —a3li 10:19, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
done —a3li 19:09, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Resume numbered list

When trying to use a RootCmd or <pre> environment within a numbered list, the list counter gets reset to 1. Thus I ended up using bullet lists. (via email)

RESO CANTFIX —a3li 19:09, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

<ref> and <references /> tags for references

IMO, the wiki needs <ref> and <references/> tags, e.g. for quotations from other websites. --Mekeor 21:10, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

I second that - just add the Cite extension. Gerdesj 17:33, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
Scheduled for next maintenance —a3li 10:19, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
done —a3li 19:09, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Small tasks for admins

Make watchlist atom feed respect settings and send news items for every edit if asked for expanded watchlist. --Rei4dan 19:02, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Please elaborate on the problem. --A3li 14:20, 23 November 2011 (UTC)
RESO NEEDINFO —a3li 19:09, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

server slow

It sometimes takes up to 20 seconds loading a page on, do others experience the same problem? Disi 15:46, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

It indeed seems like the Wiki slowly outgrows its current hosting. We'll be moving the service to other machines during a planned maintenance next month. —a3li 10:12, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
This wiki is still pretty slow in my experience... Fturco 08:26, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
RESO FIXE —a3li 19:09, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Cannot translate articles to Italian

I'd like to start translating articles to Italian, but I don't really understand how to do that. It seems to me that I have to go to Special:Translate and:

  1. Select a page to translate
  2. Set Italian as the language
  3. Click Fetch
  4. Select a phrase to translate
  5. Translate the text
  6. Click Save page

But this way I get the following error message: You're not allowed to edit pages in the ``Translations'' namespace (protectednamespace).

I asked Alex Legler (a3li, Gentoo wiki project leader), and he said me that translations are not enabled yet, as per the front page news item. I was not sure that news item was still relevant, because it's almost one year old, but it was instead. Fturco 10:58, 28 October 2012 (UTC)
nothing to discuss here —a3li 19:09, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Minor problem with the Bug template

It seems there's a minor problem with the Bug template. For example, when using:


We get: "Gentoo  bugtracker: known bugs" (please notice that betweek "Gentoo" and "bugtracker" there are two spaces. This should be easy to fix. Fturco 14:41, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

Done. Please use the template's talk page next time. Thanks. Astaecker 15:38, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

Relationship with existing Gentoo documentation

Talk status
This discussion is done as of Sep 26, 2011.

Will it be possible to somehow incorporate the existing Gentoo documentation into this wiki, perhaps have this as the user editable version, with revisions pushed to the guidexml docs with are the official "reference" and are verified to be of a certain quality by the documentation team. --Mark alec 13:53, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

I agree. This would relieve Gentoo Documentation from a majority of documentation, such as GCC Upgrade is a good example (although this upgrading has been resolved). This would also provide Gentoo users more recent and up-to-date documentation. The only documentation I see as toss-up, are the Gentoo Install documents and Ebuild Writing documents -- which should remain standardized. However, the pro with going Wiki on these, the Gentoo Documentation group would only need to take a snapshot of a current wiki -- similar to Gentoo and Sabayon or System RescueCD. ;-) This is really long over due, but not too late! Signed: Roger 19:00, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
Keep in mind, that the doc team is not interested, see ML column at Gentoo Wiki:Progress#Content / Scope
Astaecker 19:14, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
It isn't about being against anything. License-wise, this should be okay, since the current license in use by the majority of documents is the same, just a lower version. From the legal document of the CC-BY-SA, it mentions something about allowing later versions so I believe that we can use the content of the gentoo documents and put it under the 3.0 version on the wiki. I also don't mind that this is done, but for a documentation development point-of-view, keeping the master in a wiki might not be a best option. There is quite some documentation development being done off-line (used to be even more offline than online, but things change ;-) I would personally rather see more specific documents be moved from the main site to the wiki (such as the logcheck one).
--SwifT 17:11, 26 December 2011 (UTC)
/start rant
Okay, I am new to the Gentoo project and the conflicting/outdated documentation is driving me crazy, specifically all the stuff only using nvidia-drivers and I apparently have to use nouveau since nvidia-drivers don't support GeForce2 according to some documentation, and I came across one document that said that it does support it. I could probably use the man pages, but the docs are supposed to make setup easy. There are a few other examples, but that one is the biggest.
/end rant
So, since there is no apparent page to explain this, I have set up a (hopefully) temporary "inconsistency-/differences-between-versions page" for the Documentation just before I wrote this comment. I am just posting to draw attention to it and let people know that it is there.
post scriptum ad persona de Gentoo/Documentation: please, PLEASE, use this page to edit documentation -- Preceding unsigned comment by User:Jamiahx
The wiki is not a bug/improvement tracker for the documentation, file bugs on instead. I deleted the article. Also, please sign your comments in the wiki. Thanks, —a3li 20:52, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
If you don't know which driver to use, what you should do is ask on the Gentoo Forums, and once you have the answer, edit the wiki. For official documentation, file a documentation bug. If there is a discrepancy in the wiki, it's probably better to add it to its Talk Page. (Although I think having some consistent way of reporting problems in the wiki like you outlined is a good idea) --Alec 20:58, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
The talk page is the canonical page to raise problems with an article. Or, this page if it's a concerning multiple articles. —a3li 21:13, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
I think the only thing still holding us back a bit for moving most documentation to the wiki would be the need for translations. If there is anything that I can help with to find a way of supporting translations on the wiki, I'd love to hear it. --SwifT (talk) 06:39, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
We are now moving documentation to the wiki since that translations are now well supported and the infrastructure is providing us with everything needed. --SwifT (talk) 09:20, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
id like to say the docs to wiki was a terrible move, it should of been the other way around, so the official acknowledgements are.... the community! tada.. like the user up there said, the outdated/buggy materials on are driving me nuts. why are we importing this insanity to the wiki? the featured ati documentation is garbage, the radeon wiki page is a gem. 666threesixes666 (talk) 03:31, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
You are free to fix articles you feel need fixing. —a3li 15:35, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Template documentation rework

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I reworked all templates and its documentation to get some improvements. As an example see {{Error}}.

  1. Testcases (/testcases subpage):
    1. Add testcases for every parameter (using {{Testcase}}.
    2. Put testcases, which are for debugging only (e.g. checking for mandatory parameters) in <noinclude>-tags, so they will not be transcluded.
  2. Documentation (/doc subpage):
    1. Add consistent headings (Parameters, Usage, See also)
    2. Fill out the missing pieces (intro description, parameter description, etc.)
    3. Transclude the /testcases subpage to showcase the usage of the template.
  3. Template:
    1. Check for mandatory parameters and print an error message (using {{Error}}).
    2. Put the whole template code in <includeonly>-tags, so you don't see the often ugly template visuals. As each template page transcludes the /doc and so the /testcases subpage, the showcasing testcases of the /testcases subpage are seen also on the template page.

Any comments? - Astaecker 14:58, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

As there is no feedback, I will update all templates next week. Astaecker 04:57, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
Done. Astaecker 08:54, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Template for generic inline code

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I looked Help:Gw.com_cheat_sheet and it seems we don't have a proper way to add generic inline code. uses a specific template called Codeline, and we also have something similar, but for another purpose: the Path template. In my opinion using ''foo'' is not correct in that this uses an italic font where a monospace font is needed instead. Also, as you can easily notice, it's the only entry in the table that doesn't use a template, but I cannot understand why such an exception was made. What do you think? Fturco 16:43, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

+1 by me. Some remarks about an implementation:
  • The template shouldn't be named "Codeline" like in, because this template should also cover other usecases like referencing parts of commands, etc. Also the name is to long for an often used template. Maybe "var".
  • The styling should be distinguishable from other inline template, like {{Path}} and {{Key}}. This can also mean, that we change "Path".
We don't strive to be template-complete with We add templates, where we see need.
-Astaecker 11:03, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
If not adding a specific template like I proposed we can instead use <code>foo</code>, but definitely not ''foo''. The advantage of using a template is that, if the need arise, we can change the way inline code looks like by just editing the corresponding template in a single place; otherwise we have to look all over the wiki articles in search for inline code to alter. Anyway I can't find a proper, short name for this new template. Perhaps it's way too generic and we should stick with the <code> tag. Fturco 14:36, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
I'm in favor of a template. Just wanted it to be done right. What do you thing about renaming the "Code" template to "CodeBox" and using the "Code" name?
-Astaecker 16:03, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
Perhaps we can:
  • Rename "Code" to "CodeBox", "File" to "FileBox", "Kernel" to "KernelBox"; these three templates are very similar, so I think it's better they all have the same suffix
  • "Code" template name is not used now, so we can use it for generic inline code
  • Rename "Path" template to "File"; directories, links, devices, etc. are all files in Linux, aren't they?
  • "Kernel" template name is not used now, so we can use it for kernel options such as CONFIG_MODULES
  • "Path" is not used now; it may be used if the need arises
At the end we would have Code/CodeBox, File/FileBox and Kernel/KernelBox. Yes, I like symmetric things :)
There would be a lot of work to fix things, but I'm ready to work on it. What do you think? Fturco 16:58, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
I like the Code/CodeBox and File/FileBox combos and renaming Kernel to KernelBox makes sense.
I don't like Kernel for CONFIG_* stuff. First, CONFIG_* stuff is not very user friendly (not descriptive, useless for make menuconf/*config ), and second, it has the same rationale as Code (highlight a snippet). So I would left Kernel unused.
So, I'm in favor, but we should get the others onboard. I thing, the change is too big for a "be bold and do it" approach.
-Astaecker 08:20, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

I was thinking, as I finally looked into adding some text around here, that I had seen somewhere a neat in-line entry, similar to what the {{Key}} does here. However, that doesn't have monospace (currently), and obviously is intended for something different. I'd like to use it particularly for paths, and of course commands, too, in places where it doesn't really warrant the usual big box. There is the {{Path}}, but it lacks the 'box'. What comes to the <code> tags, I see at mediawiki it does the box at least, but here they don't.
It's quite annoying that I can't remember where I saw the formatting I'm thinking of, or if it was the {{Key}} here...
Anyblue, just some thoughts!
—-— Chiitoo (talk) 14:26, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

<code>asdf</code> LGTM. Hello71 (talk) 22:27, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Use of color here is confusing

The link colors being used on this wiki are confusing. In article text, a darker purple link is to a page that you haven't visited yet (or that doesn't exist), and a lighter purple link is to a page that you have visited. In the navigation menu in the left margin, the meanings are reversed: a lighter purple link is to a page you haven't visited, and a darker purple link is to a page that you have visited. This needs to be changed to be consistent, in line with almost-universal conventions (for color schemes that use different shades of the same basic color, darker links tend to indicate pages you haven't visited yet and lighter links pages you have), and more informative (links to missing pages should be a different color than existing pages you just haven't visited yet). In case it matters, I'm using Firefox 17.0.7 on Gentoo Linux. - dcljr (talk) 07:26, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Actually, come to think of it, I'm not sure that "convention" I just described parenthetically above is correct. What is certainly true is that unvisited links tend to (and should) "stand out" more than visited ones. Apart from the inconsistency I've brought up already, I must point out that having an "all purple" link color scheme is highly problematic, since historically (i.e., from the beginning of the Web) purplish links have meant visited links and bluer links have meant unvisited links. I think the vast majority of people coming to this wiki will expect that. Unfortunately, blue links here mean external links! Madness! [;] We need to discuss a new color scheme... - dcljr (talk) 02:35, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
The link colors were messed up from a theme change a while back. I fixed external links, redlinks and unified the navbar link color. —a3li 11:30, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Add svg to $wgFileExtensions

File:Gentoo-logo.png -- This is not right. Converting an SVG into PNG to upload to MediaWiki.

[1] [2]

Hello71 15:06, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

If we get any more SVGs, maybe. —a3li 15:35, 2 January 2014 (UTC)


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i vote a3li set this up =D 666threesixes666 (talk) 01:44, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

OpenID might become supported when the new identity stuff is deployed. —a3li 15:35, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Infobox user overlay template

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It would be a nice to add information about the user's overlay there --Mrueg (talk) 10:06, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

Done. See {{InfoBox user}}. Astaecker (talk) 08:18, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

The "enabled per default" USE flag in the USEflag template

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The {{USEflag}} template has a column named "default". I find it hard to say if a USE flag is enabled per default or not, the problem is you do not know which gentoo profile a document writer is using, or the document reader. We should define which gentoo profile is meant by "default" in this template. I have been assuming the "default gentoo profile" is meant here, which is very minimal, but a desktop will user assume the "desktop profile" is meant, which has already more USE flags enabled "per default". Which gentoo profile should we assume as mandatory for this template, so we have a baseline for further editing. I would suggest we should use the minimal "default gentoo profile" as a basis for this template, but I am open for other solutions. Needle (talk) 21:26, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Good point. We should agree on a profile. I vote for a "default profile", based on assumed usage:
  • For most articles, we should default on the "desktop" profile, because it's the most common used one (including "gnome" and "kde" subprofiles), I guess.
  • For the articles in the Server & Security category, we should default on the "default" profile, again because it's the most common used one
Astaecker (talk) 08:37, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
That's fine with me, and easy enough for anyone else to follow. Needle (talk) 19:32, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Templates need to be localized

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Text formatting templates, such as Template:Note or Template:Warning, need to be either automatically localized, or need standard localized versions (e.g. something like "Template:Note/ru" or "Template:Примечание") available for translators to insert manually. — tetromino 19:22, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

I experimented with it. Some solutions:
  • Separation of code and text by using subpages. The templates can be protected and translators can still update the text in the subpages.
  • For automatic localization using subpages I found no way to address the subpage (relativ or absolute) inside the template to fetch the translations, because after transclusion all variables ({{BASEPAGENAME}}, etc.) apply then to the target page.
  • Translate the text (and only the text) with the translate extension works, but the <translate> tags around the text of the original english template will get transcluded and displayed in the target page. No problem with translated templates. Works too for english pages, if we use the english localized template version ({{Template/en}}).
  • Translate the text without the translate extension we can use for each text string a parameter. The localized template version calls main template, passes through all parameters and add the translated text parameters.
  • No separation. The template gets big and the code is harder to read.
  • Automatic localization means, all translations are in the template. Technically we can use a switch function and e.g. User:Astaecker/Lang subpage template to detect the wanted language.
I prefer the "translate extension" solution, because of the quality control of the translations. --Astaecker 11:08, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
Translate extension is now in use. --SwifT (talk) 09:21, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Success Stories

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A new category in which users can put their machine configuration.

It is nice to divide docs by hardware/software, but seeing a complete working machine of people is something that makes things much clearer. --Alonbl 23:51, 12. Nov. 2011 (UTC)

You can create categories yourself. —a3li 15:35, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Provide direct links to Help:Formatting and Gentoo Templates on Edit Page

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When editing a page, I always go stumbling along trying to find a dumb template or how to format something as the direct links to these pages are not always published on the page I'm editing. Except for the basic "Help" link, which doesn't do much good. How about placing at least two of the most popular Help pages (Help:Formatting and Gentoo Templates) right on the page that is being edited by a user so he/she doesn't have to waste time trying to hunt them down. (Although by now I have most of Help:Formatting memorized, some of Gentoo Templates are new.) The full links follow.

  • Help:Formatting Pretty much memorized here, but a good one for most others!
  • Special:PrefixIndex/Template: I think this is the one?
  • Help:Gw.com_cheat_sheet Actually, this is more what I'm talking about compared to the 2nd one above as it's more structured (easier read) like the Help:Formatting page! Lacks many of the templates/commands though.

Signed: Roger 19:09, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

With the being down for months on end, I don't think we need that anymore. Editing help is both in the toolbar and the footer. The Formatting page is reachable via the latter. —a3li 15:35, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Alphabetic sorting [this wiki in general]

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Wherever i go (into one of these 6 sections: Core, Desktop, Hardware, etc..), there's a list of items (some not even on topic?) and just items, no explanation which is the most popular or such. Also the Letters (A, B, ..) are way too big for the one/two items shown there. I recommend doing a list like:

  • AwesomeWM: Tiling window manager, useful for hardcore users. Fast....
  • GNOME: Used by the majority of users, Linus Torvalds used it before he switched to...
  • XFCE4: Light, fast, classic, simple, powerful.

Get me? Of course you do; i'm just being the first one pointing this out. (And i am new to wikis, too, so sorry when i'm doing something terribly wrong.)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Linuxrocksrulers (talkcontribs)

You can create these yourself —a3li 09:16, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

'Link' template for translated pages

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{{Link}} solves a problem with linking to translated pages, see the Rationale section. I would like to have some feedback before moving the template in the Template namespace. Astaecker 15:19, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

would [[Special:MyLanguage/Kernel|Kernel]] do the same trick? :)mitri 22:58, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes, but only if you're logged in and set your language in the preferences. In every other case - e.g. you're are just visiting to read an article (not logged in) - [[Special:MyLanguage]] defaults to english. Astaecker 06:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
I prefer using plain mediawiki links, and displaying English first, as it always has the latest contents. Should the user absolutely require the contents to be translated, they still are only one more click away of such a version if available —a3li 15:37, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

video extensions for vblogging & sexyness

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ok hi yeah, systemd wiki page is a nightmare. and i could easily youtube a walk through that 1000 words would not explain.

666threesixes666 (talk) 06:43, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

no thanks. —a3li 15:37, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Migration Gentoo Handbook to here wiki

Dear wiki-admins,

is anyone here who have some idea for the migration Gentoo Handbook to here?

i've sent request to get repository for the one or more year ago, but i didn't get privilege to access source tree to translate Gentoo Handbook directly (of course I know that there are some dangerousness to give access permission to any person). instead, i received some positive reply that there's being working progress of something to make easy to translate. I can't find yet Gentoo Handbook from a wiki, but I want to help If there are many thing we have todo for migration.

Humm .............................................--Darkcircle (talk) 13:08, 7 February 2014 (UTC) <--- looks like the handbook to me.666threesixes666 (talk) 07:01, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
The complete handbook was/is an effort of rewriting the handbook again. The current Gentoo handbook is not available on the wiki yet, but that might change in the (near) future. --SwifT (talk) 08:46, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
It's moved, btw --SwifT (talk) 19:11, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

add links to main page

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I again request links to Recommended_applications, Gentoo_Wiki:Requested_Articles, Category:Open_discussions, Special:PageTranslation, & Category:Stubadded to main page to accelerate wiki development & encourage contribution.666threesixes666 (talk)

I suggest Contributing_to_Gentoo is also linked on the main page. 666threesixes666 (talk) 01:22, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
My opinions (as a regular user): Definite "yes" on Contributing to Gentoo, weaker "yes" on Recommended applications, Gentoo Wiki:Requested Articles, and Category:Open discussions, "no" on Special:PageTranslation and Category:Stub. - dcljr (talk) 06:12, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Not creating link lists like the left sidebar anymore, sorry. —a3li 15:37, 25 December 2014 (UTC)