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Please make any comments about the skin here.

Vote[edit source]

Should we change STOWiki's current skin to the new Vector skin? (see preview links below)

  • Remember, the skin can still be adjusted when it reaches the live site. In fact, members of the community can more easily test their own adjustments when it's here.
  • Also note, unfortunately, that at least for the time being, a change to the new skin will mean the old ones will not be available after the change.

Notable changes from last version[edit source]

  • This version is fixed width.
  • It no longer uses an embedded font or random backgrounds, so no extension is required any longer.
The skin is good as is or needs only minor tweaks. Blend it more with STOfederation. Make it more unique and less like STOfederation. I abstain.
  1. Eyes User-Eyes-Sig.png 18:07, 24 August 2012 (UTC)
  2. Butts 16:23, 24 August 2012 (GMT-8)
  3. Archabaddon 00:00, 25 August 2012 (UTC)
  4. Akira-sensei 10:13, 25 August 2012 (UTC)
  5. Rɪᴘʟᴇʏ[<span=help title="Ripley's Talk Page">T|<span=help title="Ripley's Contributions">C] User Ripley Sig.png 18:37, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
  6. Ani Kai 05:04, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
  7. DWolf2k2 00:05, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
  8. Peregrine Falcon 06:17, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
  9. Svpaladin 13:14, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
  10. Richardhendricks 14:50, 31 August 2012 (UTC)
  11. Jcskifter 04:35, 1 September 2012 (UTC)
  12. Rayfire 04:52, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
  13. Ryan Hoots 15:58, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
  • add your sig on a new line above to support the current skin (#~~~~)
  1. Avalon304 22:38, 24 August 2012 (UTC)
  2. Sumghai 02:39, 25 August 2012 (UTC)
  3. GalaxalGamer 20:49, 3 September 2012 (GMT)
  • add your sig on a new line above to support more blending with STOfederation (#~~~~)
  1. Cris333 12:53, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
  • add your sig on a new line above to support less blending with STOfederation (#~~~~)
  1. --Three of Seven 19:35, 31 August 2012 (UTC)
  • add your sig on a new line above to abstain (#~~~~)

Information[edit source]

This is a proposed default skin change for STOWiki to a heavily modified version of Vector.

Quick summary: Our current skins (STOfederation, STOklingon, STOborg) are fully custom, meaning their code, styles, and images are all unique. The code being fully custom opens us up to problems during software upgrades we wouldn't otherwise have, and sometimes it creates compatibility issues we can't solve (wikEd, for exmaple, won't work here). So far, I've worked with our hosts, Curse, to fix coding incompatibilities with the software upgrades, but the process has often not gone smoothly, leading to long delays. Also, it takes more time to update the skins and setting up ways for the community to help with this are more difficult. (So far, I've been doing the work myself.)

This modified Vector skin is proposed as a way to solve these problems. With no code changes to the Vector skin, we only have style and image problems, which we can fix without coordinating with Curse. The wiki already provides the tools we need for the community to test changes, and we admins can easily deploy desirable changes.

Preview links[edit source]

Compatibility information[edit source]

  • Compatibility problems with new versions of MediaWiki fall into two types:
    • Coding incompatibilities can be very serious, leading to delays or serious bugs, and can only be fixed with the help of Curse. This make this kind of problem difficult to fix quickly, and it's much more difficult for the larger community to help fix (since it all happens on the backend of the wiki, which we don't have access to).
    • Style incompatibilities are, at worst, annoyances. (A common example is white text on a near-white background.) The community can diagnose these problems and then test and deploy fixes without any need of Curse's help. We've typically been able to fix style problems within 24 hours of them being reported.
  • Our current skins (STOfederation, STOklingon, STOborg) are fully custom skins, very vulnerable to both coding and style incompatibilities when the MediaWiki software is upgraded.
    • Currently, the current skins have both coding and style compatibility issues with the next version of MediaWiki (1.19), but I haven't yet investigated how serious these are or how difficult they will be to fix.
  • The modified Vector skin has minimal vulnerability to coding problems (the supporting extension is not essential, nor has the PHP code for the Vector skin been modified), but style incompatibilities are still a risk.
    • All known style compatibility problems with 1.19 have already been fixed.
    • That said, my 1.19 sandbox still needs many of its extensions updated, and that could potentially introduce a few more style issues.

Technical information[edit source]

  • This is based on the Vector skin packaged with MediaWiki, the software our wiki runs on.