The languages bar is used to switch a wiki page to a different language.
We have always placed this language bar at the bottom of pages. But as I've written a few times here over the years, placing it at the bottom is a huge usability problem
, because when the page content is longer than what the visitor's screen can show, the language bar is invisible
That is true for most pages on the wiki.
So how are the visitors who do not understand English to know that the content can be switched to their language??? Because to get to the language bar, they have to scroll the page way down to the bottom.
For most MediaWiki based wikis on the Internet, the language bar is either placed in the left sidebar (Wikipedia) or at the top
One example is the RepRap wiki: https://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap
Last week I kind of lost patience with this
and unilaterally decided to change it. This is a huge job, there are thousands of pages with the languages bar at the bottom. I can't edit them all, and I doubt we'll have enough volunteers to help. But I decided to start anyway, and I changed the most important pages, that is, the Main Page
and the ones that are linked in the Users Documentation sidebar.
I propose that when we edit existing pages, we take the habit of moving the <languages/>
tag to the top of the page.