Wiki Cleanup

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Revision as of 08:57, 19 March 2009 by Zout (talk | contribs) (added HTML Tags without content section)

Wiki Cleanup TODO List

Splitting off discussion sections

Some of the pages had already had the discussion split into separate pages in MoinMoin but there's plenty which are still on the main article page. If you search for "discussion" you can find pages containing "==Discussion==", the heading should be removed and all the discussion underneath goes on the Talk: page. Don't accidentally move the categories too.

Fixing up the old `` hack from MoinMoin

We used to write things like "CamelCasePage``s" and those got converted as "[[Camel Case Page|CamelCasePage]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s". If you search for "code" you can see the ones like this and clean them up.

BackLinks and FullSearches

BackLinks and FullSearches didn't work any more in MoinMoin and now they're gone completely in MediaWiki. The equivalent of BackLink is Special:Whatlinkshere/Page_Name and FullSearch was mostly used for categories and we have real categories now. The pages need updating to remove the MoinMoin specific stuff and to point people in the right direction. You should be able to find them by searching for "fullsearch" and "backlink". In some cases the pages which used to be listed by FullSearch don't have the necessary categories, in which case they should be added (you can use Special:Whatlinkshere to find the pages which need adding to the category).

Accidental spaces at the beginning of lines

There was a minor bug with the conversion script which added a space on the line after "----", which makes the next line appear as preformated text. Those are hard to search for so we just need to remove them as we find them. There are probably also cases where there is deliberate preformatted text that would be better using "<code></code>".

Duplicate titles

MediaWiki handily includes the page name as the title, so we generally don't need the "=Title=" sections. Identical ones were removed by the conversion script, but non-identical ones didn't. If the title doesn't provide any more information than the page name, we should remove it. If the title is better than the page name, we should probably either rename the page or reword the introduction to the page. Again, these are hard to search for so just fix them as you find them.

Removing "Author" sections

Saying someone is the author gives it a sense of ownership and makes other people feel less entitled to edit it, which isn't want we want. This is a wiki so anything people don't want editing mercilessly should be a subpage of the user's page. The "Author" sections rarely list all the authors and you can find out who edited the page (and exactly what they changed) by looking at the history anyway. These are easy to find by searching for "author" and "authors".

HTML Tags without content

Some pages have "<span id="oldversion"></span>" or similar HTML tags without content. They can and should be safely removed.


Here's a good example of a page with several of the problems above: Release_Release_Relationship - the title, FullSearch, the space after "----" and there is no "Release-Release Relationship" category yet either!