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Editnotices are large message boxes that are shown above the edit window when a user edits a page. This is often used to convey important notices and messages, such as warnings and reminders. The Sims Wiki has adopted a sophisticated editnotice system, modelled after the one used on Wikipedia, that allows for more flexibility with editnotices.

Creating editnotices[edit source]

Editnotices are usually created using the {{Editnotice}} template, which uses {{Metabox}} as its base, as is standard on The Sims Wiki. However, this is not a requirement, and editnotices can utilize any template, or even be in plain text.

Editnotices are stored as individual pages that are then transcluded into the top of the page where they are needed. These pages can be edited like any other page. In most cases, only administrators are able to create and edit editnotices, as they are part of the interface and subject to abuse.

There are three main types of editnotices:

  • Namespace notices: these are displayed for all pages in a given namespace.
  • Group notices: these are displayed for a specified page and all of its subpages.
  • Page notices: these are displayed for only a single page.

These three types of editnotices are all stored as subpages of Template:Editnotices. These are then further organized into subpages by type, and then by the namespace or page they are configured to appear on. For example:

User, User talk, and Fanon editnotices[edit source]

Editnotices can also be displayed on one's own user page, user talk page, and fanon page. Unlike the other three main editnotices, anyone can create and edit them (in other words, you do not need to be an administrator to create and edit them), and they are not stored as subpages of Template:Editnotices, but as subpages of the user/fanon page in question. For instance:

  • To create a userpage editnotice for User:Example, edit the page User:Example/Editnotice.
  • To create a user talk page editnotice for User talk:Example, edit the page User talk:Example/Editnotice.
  • To create a fanon editnotice for Fanon:Example, edit the page Fanon:Example/Editnotice.

Quick links to creating editnotices[edit source]

You can create an editnotice for a page by going to the page you want to create an editnotice for, clicking on "Edit", and then looking at the top-right corner of the page. You should see links that look something like this:

Page notice

or like this:

Group notice   Page notice

You will only see these links if you have the permission to create these editnotices.

You can also use the table below to navigate to the relevant pages. To create an editnotice for a page, enter the page name and click "Create". Page names are case-sensitive. For your own User: and User talk: pages, you don't need to type anything, just click "Create".

Namespace number Namespace Namespace editnotice Create page editnotice
0 Main: (article) Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Main
1 Talk: (article talk) Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Talk
2 User: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/User
3 User talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/User talk
4 The Sims Wiki: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/The Sims Wiki
5 The Sims Wiki talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/The Sims Wiki 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
110 Forum: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Forum
111 Forum talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Forum talk
274 Widget: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Widget
275 Widget talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Widget talk
710 TimedText: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/TimedText
711 TimedText talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/TimedText talk
828 Module: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Module
829 Module talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Module talk
3000 Fanon: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Fanon
3001 Fanon talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Fanon talk
3002 Game guide: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Game guide
3003 Game guide talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Game guide talk
3004 Custom content: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Custom content
3005 Custom content talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Custom content talk

Advanced[edit source]

Hiding the editnotice links[edit source]

If you don't want to see red "Group notice" and "Page notice" links and prefer to only be able to see them when those pages actually exist, add the following to your personal CSS:

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

If you want to hide those links entirely, use this instead:

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

Technical explanation[edit source]

MediaWiki supports editnotices as a part of the MediaWiki namespace. Editnotices can be configured as namespace notices. On Wikipedia, this method was found to be inefficient as the MediaWiki namespace grew in size, resulting in performance issues.

The current editnotice system replaces the namespace-specific editnotice pages in the MediaWiki namespace with {{editnotice load}}, which causes pages to use a subpage specific to it as its editnotice, rather than a namespace-wide MediaWiki namespace.

Group editnotices and subpages[edit source]

Group editnotices do not work in namespaces that do not have subpages enabled, as such a feature would not be useful. Subpages are enabled in all namespaces on The Sims Wiki. Subpages can be enabled or disabled for each individual namespace using the ManageWiki interface.

List of editnotices[edit source]

See also[edit source]