Posted on May 7, 2011
New MediaWiki extension: Ratings
A few weeks back I started work on a new MediaWiki extension to provide decent rating functionality. The reason: I got sick of all the crappy rating extensions out there and decided to write one that both works and has sane code. The new extension is called “Ratings“.
The Ratings extension provides a tag extension that when embedded in a page allows users to rate different “properties” of the page. Quite simple. It also adds a votesummary hook which allows embedding a summary as seen below into pages for any property of any page.
The extension is written in such a way it’s easy to add additional types of rating (interface) elements. It exposes 2 API modules, one to obtain all rating data needed on a page, and one to submit votes.
It’s not quite finished yet, as I can’t get the rating interface quite right. I tried 2 jQuery rating star plugins, both messing up their position in the page after onload. Therefore I have not made any release yet, and definitely recommend against using this extension on any production wiki. I’m not planning to put any more time into this issue (I already wasted some hours on it >_>), so feel absolutely free to fix the layout issues (you can contact me for details, or try out the extension yourself and spot the obvious), or to put in your own favourite rating element. (source code)