When our wiki host, Miraheze, announced the rollout of MediaWiki 1.38, one of the things included was Vector 2022, a major visual upgrade our wiki's decade-old default skin, Vector 2010. We were eager to try it, but unfortunately, we quickly discovered that Vector 2022, as-is, features a narrower viewport for page content, breaking the formatting of many of our wiki's pages, including the Main Page. Thus, we decided to not adopt the new skin.
Since then, however, two new gadgets have been introduced that:
- Widen Vector 2022's narrow viewport
- Style the article toolbar to more in-line with Vector 2022's visual style
These two gadgets are called Vector 2022 Widener and MediaWiki 1.39 Article Toolbar respectively. To see what these change, see the #Examples below. With these two new gadgets in tow, we are revisiting the question of whether to adopt Vector 2022 (plus gadgets) as the default skin for all users of the wiki. The site-wide adoption is currently scheduled for August 9, 2022 JST.
The wiki staff has been testing Vector 2022 with these two gadgets for weeks now, and so far, we've found no issues. Ahead of the official adoption however, if you'd like to try Vector 2022 with these gadgets for yourself, you can do so under your User Preferences. First, enable the Vector 2022 skin under the Appearance tab. Then, you can enable either gadget under the Gadgets tab.
Post-adoption, if you'd like to continue using the legacy Vector 2010 skin, you will still be able to select it as an option under your User Preferences as long as the skin is still supported.
Just to be clear, the new skin is for our desktop site only. This upgrade does not affect the mobile version of our wiki since it uses a different skin entirely, Minerva Neue.
What do you think about making Vector 2022 our wiki's default skin? Let us know in the discussion page. If there is a community consensus, then we will proceed with making Vector 2022 the default skin for all users.
Vector 2022 with both gadgets
Vector 2022 with Vector 2022 Widener gadget only
Vector 2022 with MediaWiki 1.39 Article Toolbar gadget only
Vector 2022 unmodified