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This topic is intended as a repository for any accumulated knowledge about the Answers skins (minimally documented at w:c:help:Help:Wikianswers).

I will start the list and anyone can add anything they know below.

Main page stuff
  • New Questions list:
    <div class="ActivityFeedNewOnly" style="color: #888"><activityfeed size=30 hideimages=true shortlist=true />
  • Recently answered/edited list:
    <div class="ActivityFeedEditsOnly" style="color: #888"><activityfeed size=30 hideimages=true shortlist=true />
  • Random question link: [[Special:Randomincategory/Un-answered_questions]]
  • Meet the Community (avatars):
    <randomuserswithavatars count="9" row="3"></randomuserswithavatars>
  • Number of questions answered:
    {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Answered questions}}
  • Number of questions un-answered:
    {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Un-answered questions}}
  • Percentage of questions answered:
    {{#expr:{{formatnum:{{PAGESINCATEGORY:Answered questions}}|R}} / (({{formatnum:{{PAGESINCATEGORY:Answered questions}}|R}} + {{formatnum:{{PAGESINCATEGORY:Un-answered questions}}|R}})) * 100 round 0}}%
Javascript modifications
MediaWiki stuff
  • Auto anonymous welcome message: MediaWiki:Welcome-message-anon-answers2
  • Auto registered user welcome message: MediaWiki:Welcome-message-user-answers2
Pitfalls
  • Alot of MediaWiki: pages don't work on the Answers skin.
    • MediaWiki:Sitenotice definitely doesn't work and Wikia has no alternative (I asked at Special:Contact).
    • Sitenotice code:
Add this into MediaWiki:Common.css to enable the Sitenotce: #siteNotice { display:block; } The staff were wrong then. It works on Fable Answers. ☆The Solar Dragon☆ 10:00, July 27, 2010 (UTC)
  • Common overrides at MediaWiki:Common.css may not work and there may be an answers alternative to MediaWiki:Monaco.css (MediaWiki:Answers.css?, MediaWiki:Answers2.css?), but it is unreliable.

-- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 1:48 PM PST 20 Jul 2010

On UnAnswers, Mendel has produced a great skin hack for the answers skin, to make it much more usable (he did this for the previous skin as well, but he did it just before the new skin was introduced). The page about it is c:unanswers:User:M.mendel/mendelbook2. I've uploaded a screenshot of It's current form (the screenshots at the page are slightly out of date) here. Worth a look at if you use the answers skin -- RandomTime 21:28, July 20, 2010 (UTC)
That should be helpful. It would be nice to move some basic Answers skin change info to this page, otherwise this page will end up just being a list of scattered pointers. Still, all info is welcome. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 6:27 PM PST 20 Jul 2010
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