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AnswersAskAutocomplete
Answers Autocomplete
Autocomplete Ask Box
TypeJavaScript
DescriptionAdds autocomplete feature to the ask box in Answers Wikis
ScopeSite wide
Author(s)UltimateSupreme
Updated14:13, September 10, 2013 (UTC)
Code/code.js
SkinsOasis
ExamplesActive on Naruto Answers
LanguagesN/A


AnswersAskAutocomplete adds an autocomplete feature to the ask box in Answers Wikis. This reduces, if not completely prevents duplicate questions being created again and again on your answers wiki. It also might be used as a replacement to the search box which is less prominent than the Ask Box.

Installation

See Help:JavaScript and CSS Cheatsheet for basic information about where you put JavaScript codes to make them work. See Help:Including additional JavaScript and CSS for more information about importArticles()

If you are an administrator of a wiki who would like to apply this script to your entire wiki, you should import the code. You can copy/paste the following into your wiki's MediaWiki:Common.js to install the script:

importArticles({
    type: "script",
    articles: [
        "w:c:dev:AnswersAskAutocomplete/code.js"
    ]
});
importArticles — Best Practices for installing JavaScript on Wikia
The importArticles statement is designed to combine multiple HTTP requests into a single data transfer, allowing multiple scripts to load and execute faster. If you've been installing several different scripts, your JavaScript file has probably accumulated unnecessary import statements. Click "Expand" to learn how to efficiently batch import scripts to speed up performance and make your code look cleaner.

If your JavaScript file has several lines of code that say importScript, importScriptPage, or importArticles, you may be able to combine them! By batch importing a collection of scripts with a single import, your JavaScript code will load faster and look cleaner. Consider the example below. On the left is an example of what your JavaScript file might currently look like. On the right is how you could improve that code.
Multiple imports — messy and slow
One import — clean and efficient
importScriptPage('AjaxRC/code.js','dev');
 
importScript('MediaWiki:localScript.js');
 
importArticle({
  type: 'script',
  article: 'u:dev:FloatingToc/code.js'
});
 
importScriptPage('page1.js', 'wikiname');
 
importScriptPage('page2.js', 'wikiname');
importArticles({
    type: 'script',
    articles: [
        'u:dev:AjaxRC/code.js',
        'MediaWiki:localScript.js',
        'u:dev:FloatingToc/code.js',
        'u:wikiname:page1.js',
        'u:wikiname:page2.js'
    ]
});
Note: In this example, pay close attention to the placement of commas and other punctuation. For people who aren't familiar with programming (and even those who are!), a common mistake when writing code is to accidentally delete, forget, or misplace critical symbols like commas or quotation marks. This can cause a syntax error that breaks the code. Carefully follow the convention shown here when using importArticles.
But there's much more to importArticles than just this! For more examples and advanced usage, see the help page at Help:Including additional JavaScript and CSS.

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