MediaWiki – love the app, hate the documentation, a term used loosely.
Here is a normal set of steps it took to find the answer. What I was looking for was that special MediaWiki URl you need to use to edit the sidebar links of your site.
- Go to the bookmark I had for MediaWiki Handbook
- Type in the search box navigation links
- I get some results but there’s a big red border box warning at the top:
Important note: the instructions on this page may be out of date, incorrect, or unnecessary; for most requirements, the FAQ contains the necessary instructions. This page, however, explains some tasks not covered in the FAQ!
- Follow the link above for FAQ which looks like I am close, a heading of How do I change the contents of the navigation toolbar?
- But no, there is a fork in the docs, one for MediaWiki 1.5 and newer, which I take.
- But this is no answer, it’s the big old “This Page Has Moved”:
- Finally, many clicks later, I arrive at the correct area!
Basically it is a Special page you have to request off the root URl of your own wiki, MediaWiki:Sidebar, which you can edit to make the left side links your own.
I know MediaWiki is complex software, but the documents done by wiki are a sprawling mess (at least here there are forward links set up).
But perhaps it’s more of a user error, as I started form an old page. I will see what happens when I start using this newer URl for a MediaWiki documents bookmark http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Contents
But the experience highlights what happens when Wikis Get Big. They Get Messy. It goes with the territory. I can deal with it, but the average user….?
The post "Houston: We Have a MediaWiki Docs Problem" was originally rescued from the bottom of a stangant pond at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2007/04/houston/) on April 9, 2007.