Some time today (Wednesday) Wikia rolls out several new tools. One is a set of automatic welcoming templates. The talk page message, one minute after the contributor's edit, is signed by the admin (or Wikia staff member) who's edited the wiki most recently, and a user page is created.
We can customise them:
- MediaWiki:Welcome-message-user is the welcome message that's left for logged-in contributors.
- MediaWiki:Welcome-message-anon is the welcome message that's left for anonymous contributors.
- MediaWiki:Welcome-user-page is the user page that's created for logged-in contributors.
- MediaWiki:Welcome-user -- You can use this page to change the signature that's left in the welcome message, or to turn the feature off. There are three settings for this page:
- @latest -- This is the default setting. This means that the message will be signed by the latest admin to make an edit on the wiki.
- Username -- If you replace @latest with a contributor's username, then all of the messages will be signed by that contributor.
- @disabled -- This turns the feature off, so nobody gets a welcome message. If you turn it off, you can turn it back on again by replacing this with @latest or a username.
Only admins can edit MediaWiki pages, but anyone can use their talk pages to suggest desirable improvements.