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Should this be called Wiki code?

  • HTML comments in Wiki pages. I'd like to be able to add comments to a page for authors and editors that are permanent, not like discussions on a Talk page. Things like "Note the layout of this table; if you want to add an item, do it this way..." or "Someone included this example here, but I think it's better on this other page, so I moved it there", and so on.
    • Why permanent? What would be the point of that?
      • I mean "permanent" only in the sense of "saved with the rest of the text"--of course, it's just as editable as the rest of the text as well.
    • Yes please! This is something that I've been wanting several times. --Pinkunicorn, Lee Daniel Crocker
  • Anchors and internal links like#this.
    • Anchors within a single page would be great, but inter-page anchors are probably not a good idea. One possible implementation could be: [#foo] ... [$foo], where the hash is the reference and the dollar is the target. I'd really like to have that on the Wikipedia FAQ page.
    • Redirects to anchors would be wonderful! For example, there was disagreement on whether there should be a seperate Anarchist page or whether it should redirect to Anarchism. Instead, we could redirect to Anarchism#Anarchists. The reader gets the proper information and full context, and the writers don't have to summarize Anarchism and Anarchist in each other for context.
  • Currently ISBNs appear in a page as "ISBN 123456789X (Amazon, Pricescan)" and this is hard-coded into the wiki.pl script. The link to Barnes and Noble is not explicit in the displayed text. I'd like to see this changed as follows (not just for Wikipedia, but for vanilla UseMod as well):
An ISBN link on a page simply appears as "ISBN 123456789X", and links to an external script, for example:
The isbn.pl script could present a standard page that looks roughly like this, where the vendor name itself links to the book's page on the vendor site:
Some standard copy here, blah blah ....
Amazon - blah blah ....
Barnes and Noble - blah blah ....
Pricescan - blah blah ...
With the ISBN code decoupled from the main script, it's easier for a site to implement their own policy regarding book linkages without messing with the vanilla wiki script. UseModWiki upgrades would no longer impact vendor selection. Unlike the current version, all links are explicit and there is room to explain why those vendors were chosen (or why some were left out), and room for a brief description of the vendor. --loh
  • Misspelling redirects. It's useful for searchers and browsers to have misspelled entries which just redirect to the correct spelling, but we want to discourage misspellings in the actual entries, which simply using #REDIRECT doesn't do. Thus the nomenclature #MISSPELLING_OF [[Correct spelling]] would allow us to mark any pages which link to a misspelling, and correct them. See also Page titles to be deleted/Talk