Help talk:Editing

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Hypertext metaphor

How can we find out what - if anything - links to a specific heading in the article? These links (e.g. [1] will be broken when we edit the heading. If many articles link to the one I'm editing, going through them all is not feasible. Should I run a search for (going back to the example) "detailed_usage_example" and "detailed usage example" or are there any other ways to do it? -- Karol (talk) 20:48, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

It seems your link is already broken :). One strategy I try to use to avoid this sort of issue is to link to redirects instead of directly to the section headings. Then you can limit “What links here” to just redirects and the list is a bit more manageable. For example at the redirect Udisks points at Udev#Udisks. But this strategy would only really be appropriate for high profile sections that deserve a redirect. Of course the other thing is to try and put a bit of context in when making a link so that it is still useful even if it gets broken. Vadmium (talk) 01:34, 24 October 2012 (UTC).
Just some quick references: MetaWikiPedia:Help:What_links_here#Limitations and workarounds, MetaWikiPedia:Help:What_links_here#Finding external links to a page, Wikipedia:Help:What_links_here#Limitations, Wikipedia:Help:What_links_here#Finding_external_links_to_a_page. -- Kynikos (talk) 10:38, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Where to add warnings about unintended wikification?

I'm talking about [2]. Should I put it in Help:Editing#Links? -- Karol (talk) 19:05, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

Editor assistants: userscripts, external editors...

Currently there is only a note about wikEd in Help:Editing#Editing, but we could make a whole section about this. I'm not sure where to put all this...

We could also mention some tips for using external editors. For example, when using Pentadactyl, it is enough to press Ctrl+i in insert mode to open the current text field in external editor. The external editor command can be configured on per-site basis, which is useful to set the filetype for syntax highlighting when editing a text field from [3]. Edit: Actually, we could just link to wikipedia:Wikipedia:Text editor support for this one...

-- Lahwaacz (talk) 11:36, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Yeah I like the idea, it could be a 2nd-level section (at the bottom I guess) called "Reading and editing aid tools" (should be enough catchall).
In Wikipedia:Wikipedia:User_scripts (which you had already linked in your post below) there are also other editing tools, but I think those 3 would be a good start.
We may overlook the fact that this page is only about "editing" and for the "reading" part there would be a separate page... Or maybe we could indeed create a similar section in Help:Reading for the reading aid tools.
-- Kynikos (talk) 14:11, 4 September 2014 (UTC)


I'm also considering a feature request to enable support for userscripts and user-stylesheets (see $wgAllowUserJs, $wgAllowUserCss, $wgUseSiteJs, $wgUseSiteCss, note that the latter two are true by default). This would make the installation of userscripts much easier and more portable, as currently we can only use Greasemonkey scripts. There are many userscripts widely used on Wikipedia, some of them conflict with Help:Style or rely on Wikipedia templates, but most of them are really useful.

-- Lahwaacz (talk) 11:36, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Good luck with this one, but you'd have my full support :D -- Kynikos (talk) 14:11, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Feature request submitted in FS#46699. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 18:07, 13 October 2015 (UTC)
Implemented, closing. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 21:53, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

Interwiki links

Regarding Help:Editing#Interwiki links.

Using a piped link with a label should be reserved for abbreviating longer URLs.

Surely s/URL/label is meant? How long is too long?

For Wikipedia the short w:Arch Linux interwiki link is available.

When should this be used? I think we should only have one prefix for Wikipedia.

Larivact (talk) 13:08, 24 December 2017 (UTC)