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-- 13:44, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Re main page edit

Re this change could you please summarize the meaning of the planned change, here, please? Thank you. --Gryllida (talk) 21:50, 2 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sure! No problem! (writing from my non-staff account right now) At the end of the month, I am planning a technical change that will be made to the mobile site which will treat the main page like any other page on the wiki. As a result mobile main pages (using the Minerva skin) will no longer run the PHP optimisations of MobileFrontend. More information in this the newly scheduled tech notice.
The change I made on your behalf was a good faith edit to avoid disruption to the English Wikinews project, by adding a compatibility stylesheet in Template:Main_Page/minerva.css that applies styles for the Minerva skin only so that your project doesn't need to do anything to prepare for this change (unless t wa. You should feel free to expand these, revisit them or even remove them entirely (although I'd be interested in your thinking around this choice). Please use this test url to see how wikinews looks enwikinews before and after the upcoming change.
There is more background if you need it on mw.org and phab:T32405 phab:T138622 phab:T246401. Hope that helps and happy to answer any follow up questions! Jdlrobson (talk) 15:50, 3 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for explaining, Jdlrobson. But I must say: the newer version will make things visible on the main page which we do not want to be visible. If there is a way to stop that from happening, could you please tell us? Is it just because of the CSS rules?
•–• 15:57, 3 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Followed up here. Gryllida (talk) 07:05, 5 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]