Wiki-Links are not pretty
I would suggest to mark some links to known wikis like the Wikipedia with the icons that look like the favicons. So that you can see at first sight that this is a Wikipedia-Link or Wiktionary. Why? Right now you have to somehow add information about the wiki you are linking, because with Main_Page you only see the linked word.
- Obviously not.
- Yeah you see a general icon, but it says nothing about the link.
I also would suggest to make a clear distinction between well-know websites and those that users can contribute.
See above, the icon looks differently than e.g. for Wikipedia. But it looks the same for every wiki-link.
The new linking with images should be easy because there allready is a general icons for all links. Sure, everybody could make this by himself somehow, but I think this would be a great help if those link look the same on all Moin wikis. -- vinci 2005-03-23 10:16:57
So your suggestion reduces to "favicon per Interwiki link".
- for some, at least. would help A LOT.
This is discussed on ExtensionProposals/FavIcon
There is one problem with the proposed solution - icons are not clear user interface. In a good user interface, there are few familiar icons. User interface with many strange meaningless icons is unclear and confusing. Such interface need usually text labels or tooltips to explain itself. Even worse, the wiki icon might look like one of the icons used by moin, or by a custom theme. Since we have no control on the favicons used by other wikis, and on the icons used in custom themes, all interwiki links should use the same link icon - as it is now. For example, is HelpOnLinking a page from SmileWiki or the local HelpOnLinking?
I don't see that favicon's used as described are such a bad idea from a usability point of view. There are used elsewhere in the UI of browsers in drop-down menus. And, in that case, the user has no ability to select those favicon's, but in a MoinMoin wiki, the favicons are controlled by a configuration file so that any confusion (which to me seems remote) could be handled if need be. Additionally, those links already include the tooltips described above that would assist a user if they saw a favicon that was unknown.
- When used in browsers, the icons are not scattered all over the page like in typical wiki page, but show in a menu or a list of bookmarks. Usually there are no other icons in the menus but the sites icons, so there is no confusion.
Perhaps such favicon's would be visually distracting vs. all text, but the option already is included in MoinMoin to turn link icons off in general.
If we want to add more information about the link source in a clear way, we can render the wikiname with the link, like Wikipedia:Main_Page, or Main_Page (WikiPedia), but some people would not like the wiki name as it distract the flow of reading.
We can also add more information in the link html title. Today it shows only the wiki name, it can show a short description:
Main Page from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
-- NirSoffer 2005-03-23 15:18:36