[Wikiur-l] EN Wikizine - Year: 2008 Week: 45 Number: 101 Tech flash

Saqib Saud wisesabre at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 09:31:04 UTC 2008

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Year: 2008  Week: 45 Number: 101 Tech flash


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As you all noticed the most visual form of the fundraiser has shown up on
the wikis in the form of a very large banner. The banner is the main way
to get people to donate. This fundraiser is the banner exceptional huge
and not universally appreciated.

Erik Möller, the Deputy Director, has posted a statement about this topic;


All projects must do there part to help with the fundraiser by displaying
the banner to all there users by default. But that does not mean that on a
personal level you need to keep that banner in your face until the end of
the fundraiser with is announced to run until Wikipedia Day.

=== How to hide the banner ====

==== Personal ====

Include the following code to your *personal* CSS;

/* Remove fundraiser banner and sitenotice */
#siteNotice, #fundraiser, .fundraiser-box { display:none; !important; }

Example; If your username is "Joe" and you use the default skin "monobook"
the your personal CSS-page is [[user:Joe/monobook.css]]. That can be an
unborn page if you have never done that. If you use a different skin, like
"Modern", then it is [[user:Joe/modern.css]].

Do *not* include this to the site skin, only to your personal one if you
wish to hide it.

==== Include an extension to your wiki ====

You can create an option (gadget, extension) for the users of your wiki to
hide the banner with an option in the user preferences section.

You need to do 3 things (well, maybe 4) and have admin access.

1) Copy the contents of
[[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadget-HideFundraisingNotice.css]] to your local wiki
(name after the - can be localized)
2) Create a page with a description to show in Special:Preferences (e.g.
[[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadget-HideFundraisingNotice]], again: can be localized
after the -)
3) Add to your local [[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition]]-page ([1],
where the first part is the name of your description page, second the
actual script page).

This should do the trick and make the option appear in
[[Special:Preferences]]. If it doesn't, you might want to

4) perform a null-edit on your local
[[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition]]-page (edit the page, don't change
anything and save).

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Gadget-HideFundraisingNotice.css
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Gadget-HideFundraisingNotice
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition

Using this option is better then editing the personal skin because a menu
in the preferences  is more easy for users to make use of it.

Take first a look at the gadget (can have an other name) section of the
user preferences menu on your wiki to see of this gadget is maybe already
installed. It is at least live on the English and Dutch Wikipedia.

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