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Any mediawiki users here? Some question about infobox

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Panupat, May 31, 2012.

  1. Panupat

    Panupat Well-Known Member

    Just starting to use mediawiki. Still studying about how to get an infobox into my own wiki installation. Following this guide...


    It told me to create a page Common.css. Does this css file got loaded on its own? Is there any special codes I need to have it loaded?
  2. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    It's been awhile since I've messed with MediaWiki, so it's possible things have changed. But, IIRC, you just need to create the page "MediaWiki:Common.css" and save your custom styling to it. MediaWiki should import it on its own.
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  3. DeltaHF

    DeltaHF Well-Known Member

    Apologies for possibly de-railing this topic as I can't answer your question, but I do feel obligated to warn you about getting in too deep with MediaWiki. It is very difficult to manage or customize, and became a significant administrative burden for me and my staff during the four years or so I used it as part of my site.

    Having said that, if you can't get help here and do continue working with MediaWiki, you may find this forum helpful (despite the fact they're using vB 4 and not XenForo!). :)
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  4. ForestForTrees

    ForestForTrees Well-Known Member

    Interesting... I've had a much better experience with MediaWiki. It requires contributors to use Wikitext (like BBCode, but more powerful and complicated), which I find users are becoming less tolerant of. However, contributing to a wiki is a significant commitment anyway. One needs to learn about conflict resolution and other norms of the community if one is going to participate in the group writing project. In that sense, the technical hurdle of the wikitext might be a good screening tool.

    The forum mentioned above, mwusers, is a little dead, though. I find that more responsive support from developers, etc., can be had from the mediawiki-l list sponsored by the Wikimedia Foundation. It's archives can be searched on gossamer threads.

    I think Common.css gets loaded on its own. Just Google it.

    The wiki I contribute to and administrate can be found at http://www.tmswiki.org/ . It's a little rough, still, because all of the pages were brought over from an archive by a PHP script that had to translate from the HTML to the wikitext. Since the HTML was human modified (from a Wetpaint wiki), this did not go smoothly.

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