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This is just a wishlist. Those who help with the tech side of things can decide whether they can grant our wishes (and they together with the community can decide if they should grant them.)

Enable Firefox users to add an Appropedia search to their toolbar

Currently if viewing Appropedia, and you select "Add Appropedia (English)" from the search menu, it comes back with the warning:

Download error
Firefox could not download the search plugin from http://www.appropedia.org/Opensearch_desc.php

--Chriswaterguy · talk 19:05, 6 March 2007 (PST)

Wohoo! I think it is fixed. The code is somewhat undeveloped, and I think that there may be some functionality built into mediawiki (since there is already atom and rss feeds) that we are not using. For now the additional fix came just from excluding the rewrite of opensearch_desc.php, by adding to .htaccess the following code-
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/opensearch_desc.php
--Lonny 17:27, 11 May 2007 (PDT)

Add bigger edit toolbar

Add bigger edit toolbar, like Wikipedia now has. This includes a redirect button, which I'd find useful. There might be other useful things to add as well, in future, so it would be good to document here. --Chriswaterguy · talk 17:34, 30 April 2007 (PDT)

Note WikEd. Note also that there seem to be some bugs with WikEd... --Chriswaterguy · talk 00:19, 4 November 2007 (PDT)

List poisoning for the wiki and/or forum?

Only if it's easy... Is it worth doing list poisoningDEPRECATED TEMPLATE - PLEASE USE {{W}} INSTEAD. on the wiki and/or forum? This could possibly reduce the impact of email harvestingDEPRECATED TEMPLATE - PLEASE USE {{W}} INSTEAD. by reducing the value of any list of email addresses harvested from the site. Not sure if it would actually make a difference... It also assumes that some people will not adequately encrypt their email addresses - a safe assumption, especially if we assume that sophisticated email harvesting bots can figure out basic encryption (e.g. fred AT domain DOT com, or use of NOSPAM as part of the address). The relevant lists of email addresses would need to be somewhere that's not noticeable/obtrusive to a human web surfer.

It would also be a bit of a contribution by us to the global spam problem. --Chriswaterguy · talk 22:46, 17 May 2007 (PDT)

Image upload...

Image uploading needs a wizard, or at the very least some prominent warning notices. Images are being uploaded without license and attribution info.

At the Wikmedia Commons upload page, Commons:Project:Upload, questions are asked in large font. Hard to miss. And on clicking through (if logged in) a further warning in red stands out from the other text, saying "If you do not provide suitable license and source information, your file will be deleted without further notice. Thanks for your understanding."

--Chriswaterguy · talk 07:48, 2 November 2007 (PDT)

Special license namespace(s)

Special namespace(s) for valuable material only available under non-GFDL licenses. In particular for non-commercial licenses - e.g. FAO content falls under this category.

We need to get legal advice, but we're thinking that non-GFDL licensed content would:

  • have a clear notice at the top,
    • highlighting that "this doc is controlled by non GFDL licensing"
    • naming and linking to the applicable license
    • warning against copy/pasting content from the non-GFDL content into GFDL pages.
  • be protected from edits because "all contributions are GFDL", and the other license may not allow divs. (If the license does allow divs but is non-commercial, one option is to allow edits, with contributions falling under that license. My - Chriswaterguy's - initial thoughts are to maintain the focus on the more open pages, i.e. GFDL. We could just suggest that relevant info be quoted, but not excessively, and cited. Paraphrasing and taking the ideas are also acceptable - again, its by far the best approach to cite the source.)

Note, if it's protected, with a warning against copying large sections, then there shouldn't be any derivs being made, and the "no-derivs" versions shouldn't be an issue. I.e. don't need a separate namespace for CC-nc-nd-sa and CC-nc-sa.

Name: NC: for non-commercial?

PDF creation extension

Priority: Low (not urgent)

If we install mw:Extension:Pdf Export (or something like that), will that make it easier for someone who wants to print/publish our material? --Chriswaterguy · talk 13:09, 3 November 2007 (PDT)

Dreams - things we'd like but don't know if we can do

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mw:Extension:FlaggedRevs, when it's ready, looks like a more efficient way of doing stable versions...?