Help:Editnotices

Editnotices are message boxes shown above the edit window when a user edits a page. All users can create editnotices for their user and talk pages, but editnotices for other namespaces can be created and edited only by administrators.

To use editnotices, you should have a basic understanding of the concept of Wikibooks namespaces; that is, a set of Wikibooks pages whose names begin with a prefix recognized by the MediaWiki software, followed by a colon, or in the case of the main namespace, with no prefix.

Some of the message boxes you see when editing a page (or viewing the source of a protected page) are not editnotices; instead, they are MediaWiki interface messages.

Editnotice links

When a page is edited red or blue links are often displayed at the top of the page looking like this:

Page notice

Or like this:

Book/group notice   Page notice

They are links to the group and page editnotices of the page. Administrators always see both links, even if the notices have not yet been created, since they can create and edit the editnotices. Normal users only see the red "Page notice" link on their own user and user talk basepage, since they can create and edit such notices. Normal users also see blue links to group and page notices if they already have been created, so they can find and view the source of the notice. But normal users still can't edit those notices, except the ones in userspace.

See also the section Hiding the red links below.

Editnotices

When creating editnotices, the template {{editnotice}} can be used for formatting; see its template page for how to use it. See Category:Editnotice templates for specialized editnotices.

User and user discussion

Insert as an edit notice for a user page as {{Editnotice userpage}}.

For example:

This appears on top of the editing box screen when people would like to edit your page. The ExampleUser part will automatically change to your username.

Anyone can create an editnotice for a user or user talk page. (But editnotices for user subpages can only be created by administrator.) User page editnotice names take one of these forms:

User:Example/Editnotice
User talk:Example/Editnotice

You can create an editnotice for your own user or talk page with a preloaded {{editnotice}} template by using these links:

Create your user page notice
Create your user discussion page notice

Other namespaces

Editnotices for other namespaces and for user subpages can be created and edited only by administrators. There are three main types of editnotices:

Namespace notices – Displays on all pages within a namespace.
Group notices – Displays on a page and all its subpages. Useful for having a notice for an entire book.
Page notices – Displays only on the page it belongs to.

Editnotice names take one of these forms:

Namespace notices – See below.
Group notices – Template:Editnotices/Group/<Full page name of the root page or book name>
Page notices – Template:Editnotices/Page/<Full page name>

Creating editnotices

To edit a namespace-wide editnotice, click on the respective link below. To create an editnotice for a page, enter the page name after the slash or colon and click "Create". For your own User: and User talk: pages, you don't need to type anything, just click "Create".

Page names are case sensitive— if the page shows the first character as capitalized, then it must be capitalized when entered here.

Number Namespace Namespace editnotice Create page editnotice
0 Main: (book) Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Main

1 Talk: (book talk) Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Talk

2 User: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/User

3 User talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/User talk

4 Wikibooks: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Wikibooks

5 Wikibooks talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Wikibooks talk

6 File: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/File

7 File talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/File talk

8 MediaWiki: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/MediaWiki

9 MediaWiki talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/MediaWiki talk

10 Template: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Template

11 Template talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Template talk

12 Help: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Help

13 Help talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Help talk

14 Category: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Category

15 Category talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Category talk

102 Cookbook: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Cookbook

103 Cookbook talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Cookbook talk

108 Transwiki: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Transwiki

109 Transwiki talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Transwiki talk

110 Wikijunior: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Wikijunior

111 Wikijunior talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Wikijunior talk

112 Subject: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Subject

113 Subject talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Subject talk

To request the creation of an editnotice if you are not an admin:

  • Open the edit window of the page where you want to create an editnotice
  • Place this request on the page: {{editnotice talkpagename}}
  • Preview the page and follow the link to the editnotice's talkpage.
  • On the editnotice's talkpage write up the exact markup you want for the editnotice, then place an {{editprotected}} request above it

Another way to find the link for an editnotice is to:

  • Open the edit window of the page where you want to create an editnotice
  • Place this code on the page: [[{{editnotice pagename}}]]
  • Preview the page and follow the link to the editnotice

Batch of identical editnotices

If you need to display a batch of identical editnotices, please create a single template which you then transclude in each editnotice, to allow easier modification and maintenance. You can place such templates in Category:Editnotice templates.

When displayed

Editnotices are displayed when editing a page, but their content can also be useful when just viewing a page so they are also displayed in these cases:

  • Page notices are displayed on top of .css and .js pages in MediaWiki space. See for instance the notice at the top of MediaWiki:Common.css that begins "This is the CSS for all skins". The namespace notice is not displayed and MediaWiki space doesn't have group notices.
  • In any namespace, when a non-admin "views the source" of a protected page, or an IP-user views the source of a semi-protected page. The group and page notices are displayed, but not the namespace notices.

When the editnotices are shown in "view mode" the loading system feeds them "notice action = view". This can be used inside the editnotices like this:

{{#ifeq: {{{notice action|}}} | view
| <!--A non-admin is "viewing the source" of a protected page-->
| <!--A user with sufficient rights is editing the page-->
}}

Hiding the red links

If you don't want to see the red "Group notice" and "Page notice" links, then add the below markup to your personal CSS, then wait a minute, then bypass your browser cache.

/* Hide the red "Group notice" and "Page notice" links. */
.editnotice-area .editnotice-redlink { 
  display: none !important;
}

If you don't want to see any of the "Group notice" and "Page notice links, then use this markup instead:

/* Hide all the "Group notice" and "Page notice" links. */
.editnotice-area .editnotice-link { 
  display: none !important;
}

Listing editnotices

Technical details

Wikibooks namespaces
Basic namespaces Talk namespaces
0 Main Talk 1
2 User User talk 3
4 Wikibooks Wikibooks talk 5
6 File File talk 7
8 MediaWiki MediaWiki talk 9
10 Template Template talk 11
12 Help Help talk 13
14 Category Category talk 15
102 Cookbook Cookbook talk 103
108 Transwiki Transwiki talk 109
110 Wikijunior Wikijunior talk 111
112 Subject Subject talk 113
Virtual namespaces
-1 Special
-2 Media

Anything put on the pages MediaWiki:Editnotice-0 through MediaWiki:Editnotice-15, MediaWiki:Editnotice-102, MediaWiki:Editnotice-103, and MediaWiki:Editnotice-108 through MediaWiki:Editnotice-113 will appear as an editnotice for every page in an entire namespace. Editnotice-0 is for mainspace pages, Editnotice-1 for the talk space pages, Editnotice-2 for user space pages, etcetera.

The template {{editnotice load}} has been put on each of those MediaWiki namespace pages. The template causes each article to use a subpage specific to it as its editnotice rather than using a namespace-wide editnotice.

The editnotice load system uses two methods of storing the editnotices:

  • For User and User talk space the editnotice is stored as a subpage of the user or talk page named /Editnotice. This method allows users to edit these notices.
  • For all other namespaces and for user sub-pages the editnotice is stored as a subpage of Template:Editnotices. Template:Editnotices and its subpages are protected by the MediaWiki:Titleblacklist so that only administrators can create and edit them.

Although all of the namespaces could initially store editnotices directly as MediaWiki messages, this was found to cause performance issues as the MediaWiki namespace grew. The display of MediaWiki editnotices for namespaces that have the MediaWiki subpage feature has been disabled; even though an editnotice can be created as a MediaWiki message for these namespaces, it will not show. For consistency, and to keep the MediaWiki namespace clean, all editnotices are now stored as subpages of Template:Editnotices. This means we again can create editnotices for all namespaces.

Group notices stored as Template:Editnotices/Group/... can be created for pages in all namespaces except File (image), MediaWiki, Subject, and Transwiki. The reason is that those namespaces don't have the MediaWiki subpage feature, thus group notices would not be meaningful in those namespaces. The talk spaces of those namespaces understand subpages and can use group notices, although group notices are usually not meaningful there either.

Emailnotice

Emailnotices allow registered users with a confirmed email to display a custom message at Special:EmailUser for their username. Emailnotices are located at Special:MyPage/Emailnotice (uses). The system was implemented in MediaWiki:Emailpagetext.

Related templates

  • {{editnotice}} – A template for making editnotices.
  • {{editnotice pagename}} – Returns the pagename for the editnotice for the current page.
  • {{editnotice talkpagename}} - Returns the talkpage name for the editnotice for the current page.
  • {{editnotice explanation}} – For editnotice talk pages. Explains how editnotices are protected, and optionally shows a CSS customization parameter.
  • {{editnotice load}} – The template that is doing most of the editnotice loading and also displays the small "Group notice" and "Page notice" links.
  • {{editnotice userpage}} – For use on userpages.
Last modified on 2 April 2011, at 16:47