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The technical section of the village pump is used to discuss technical issues about Debatepedia.

Debate software proposals and modifications, ongoing list:

Will and Marjan tasks:

  1. Move search box up to beneath the "navigation" box.
    1. The code isn't written for this to be done. The most I can do is put it on top. -William Wnekowicz 18:46, 29 November 2007 (CST)
  2. Create a "create new page" button in the navigation box between "editing policies" and "browsing guide". Link to Debatepedia:Creating new pages.
    1. This was a database issue. Changed in MediaWiki:Sidebar -William Wnekowicz 18:51, 29 November 2007 (CST)
  3. Move IDEA home up.
    1. This was a database issue. Changed in MediaWiki:Sidebar -William Wnekowicz 18:51, 29 November 2007 (CST)
  4. Citation templates.
  5. New debate functionality should be made more clear in relation to regular debate creation function.
    1. A bunch of changes here in the SpecialSearch.php file. Bypassing $wgMsg's for some outputs. Also fixed link for 'help' and changed link name to 'Navigation and searching' on help page. -William Wnekowicz 22:41, 29 November 2007 (CST)


  1. Radio functionality.
    1. Most probably an issue with server settings. Works on preview page with the same files.
  2. Preview page.?
  3. Background box pencil icon require clicking twice - Vinod.
  4. The references section should be made into one box with the following arrangement of double equal sections
    1. References
    2. See also
    3. External links
  5. Instructional cues should be deployed in new subquestion sections.
  6. New debate creation vs. regular page creation should be clearer.
  7. Get rid of subquestion background boxes? Or is there a use?
  8. Question mark icon next to QuadOne icons (possibly in place of background box) that links to an explaination of the software.
  9. Table of contents should be automatic.
  10. Search function. Is something wrong with the search function, as Noel appeared to indicate?
    1. Most likely a problem with the search index from merging databases. Can be fixed by running maintenance scripts in the /maintenance folder.

Non-technical fixes:

  1. Taking steps to ensure that people are less likely to screw up tables:
    1. Spacing at bottom of content box between content and subsequent table code (four spaces)
    2. Table code cues.

Longer-term projects:

  1. Eliminate all visibility of the table code when editors click one of the pencil icons.
  2. Voting options. - One of the purposes of the site is to determine where users stand, or to get them to take a stand. One way of pressing this point would be to have them not just vote, but actually give the main rationales for their vote (this could be a window that pops down right under the vote circle/box); almost a test or check that individuals are actually thinking. This could then go into a new page, where all of the user’s positions/votes and rationales are presented in the respective pro/con format.

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