Techie Update Nov15 2012

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Short summary: liquid threads on talk pages, citation templates work, and the nice WikiEditor environment should (hopefully) be playing nice again.

Now with Liquid Threads[edit]

The first update this time is that I added Liquid Threads, so when you go to a Discussion page, you now have the option to "Start a new discussion", or, if there's a discussion already there, "Reply" (look for the swooping blue arrow). If you just want a "normal" talk page without the threading, use the "Add header" link (if there isn't a header already), or the "Edit↑" link if there is. If you've resolved an issue in a thread, you can use the "Summarize" link to add a top-level summary of what you got to.

Have a play and see how you find things. Let me know if there's any difficulties!

Getting citations to work[edit]

If you add something like this to your article, you'll have some nice references:

 Testing references<ref>Badger, John, et al. "Structural analysis of
  antiviral agents that interact with the capsid of human rhinoviruses."
  ''Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics 6.1'' (1989):
  1-19.</ref>
 <ref>{{#cite:author-date 
  | type=book 
  | translator-first=Gérard 
  | translator-dropping-particle=de 
  | translator-non-dropping-particle=la 
  | translator-last=Martinière 
  | translator-suffix=III 
  | editor1-first=Richard 
  | editor1-last=Jones 
  | editor2-first=Bob 
  | editor2-last=Johnson 
  | date=1999 
  | publisher=Publisher, Co. 
  | publisher-place=New York 
  | title=This work has a translator and editor, but no author}}
  </ref>

... so long as you also put

 ==References==
 <references />

at the bottom of the page. Check it out![1][2]

Note the two very different forms of references. The first is "free form", whereas the second uses a detailed template. The format of the citation templates is very similar to what's used on Wikipedia, so check that out for some hints. Hopefully you can make some progress using that stuff, together with the example here. I'll also help add some more examples as time goes by. (Or if this proves too tedious for your preferences, just use the free-form version!)

Some vague additional info on this extension is available at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:WikiCitation -- Also, please check out this page http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Cite/Cite.php for some details on how to use the <ref> ... </ref> tag and the <references /> section -- there are some subtle points that allow you to do cool tricks!

Also, hopefully a fix for the WikiEditor extension[edit]

Some users were reporting problems with the WikiEditor extension. I believe I've fixed that now. If you DO run into problems with the editor "hanging" or freezing your page, please try the following work-around. Go to "My preferences" and press save. If that doesn't work, please let me know, and I'll turn the extension back off.

Note, you can also disable the extension if you don't like it, via "My preferences > Editing". (Note, for some reason the editor is still invoked on Liquid Threads, even when disabled, I've reported the issue.)

References[edit]

  1. Badger, John, et al. "Structural analysis of antiviral agents that interact with the capsid of human rhinoviruses." Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics 6.1 (1989): 1-19.
  2. {{#cite:author-date | type=book | translator-first=Gérard | translator-dropping-particle=de | translator-non-dropping-particle=la | translator-last=Martinière | translator-suffix=III | editor1-first=Richard | editor1-last=Jones | editor2-first=Bob | editor2-last=Johnson | date=1999 | publisher=Publisher, Co. | publisher-place=New York | title=This work has a translator and editor, but no author}}