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Master List Of Articles, etc. Edit
I am new to this site and love it and hope that you can help me -- point me to who to talk to in case you are not him/her.
I am looking for a list of all wiki items. For example, when one clicks on the 'random page' -- where does 'random page' pull from? Some kind of master index if you will.
If this does not exist, I would be willing to help create one.
I think this site rocks and has been very VERY helpful for me. I'm a C programmer and I found this about a month or so ago -- I never knew how awesome vim can be.
Thank your for your time and I hope that you can help.
EDIT: An ultimate goal of mine is to make 'flash' cards for the rookies out there (and for the guys who need refreshers). For example, one side of flash card would list command: %s%^xxx%yyy%g and on the other side would say: Changes first the letters of all lines that are xxx to yyy
- All pages are in a database operated by the software (MediaWiki), and each page has an id number. Clicking random page makes a random number that indexes into the list of id numbers. Technically, the way to list all the articles is to click "Special pages" in the sidebar, then use one of the items in the "Lists of pages" section. In practice, that's not much use because there are over 1700 articles -- pages in the "main" namespace, that is, not counting user pages and talk pages. Furthermore, for historical reasons each page has a "VimTip" redirect like VimTip1 so tip numbers can be used to find a tip. That means there are another 1700 VimTip pages in the main namespace.
- The tips originally were at www.vim.org but the site there was not editable. An author could create a tip, but any corrections or additions were done by adding comments at the bottom, with more comments to correct the mistaken comments. When spammers got active, the tips at vim.org were moved to here. Unfortunately the result is that there is a lot of obsolete and misguided stuff, and tips that should be merged. A fantastic amount of work has been done to clean it up, but there is still a lot to do. Most of us are only fixing problems as they arise, although we hope to do something more significant later...
- There are two category pages that provide lists: Category:VimTip and Category:VimTipProposed. If a new page is created, we call it a "proposed tip" and discuss what should happen to it. Many new tips these days are duplicates of other pages or do not have desirable advice so we would like someone to move any useful content from the new page to an existing page so we can replace the new page with a redirect to the main page and not have duplicated or misguided content. The backlog is very long, but you can see the list at Vim Tips Wiki:New tips.
- Various other options are available if someone desperately wanted to list all tips. However, what is really needed is a list of all good tips, and that is more challenging. JohnBeckett (talk) 01:33, September 2, 2014 (UTC)
RESPONSE: Ok -- Can you please point me in the right direction to help out on this? I am not sure how much I can do at a time, but would like to help where I can. Icehouse15 (talk) 12:45, September 3, 2014 (UTC)
- I'm not sure what I can do. A list of 1700 pages would not be useful, and we do not have a list of "good" tips. If you are looking for tips in reasonably good shape for flash cards, you could examine the tips that have been on the main page. We don't update the main page any more because it takes too much effort, but useful tips were used and the archives may be handy: Vim Tips Wiki:Featured Tip and Did you know. Also see From Vim Help which shows interesting points from Vim's help. JohnBeckett (talk) 04:13, September 6, 2014 (UTC)