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Release status: stable
MediaWiki 1.22+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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Nostalgia is a skin that resembles the interface of UseModWiki, the engine that powered Wikipedia in its first year (2001).

It is currently used on the nostalgia wiki, showing the look and content of Wikipedia in late 2001. It was part of core MediaWiki until MediaWiki 1.21 , was removed in MediaWiki 1.22 (Gerrit #Ia6d73c) and is now available as a separate skin for posterity.

If you intend to use it with MediaWiki 1.22 or 1.23, use (respectively) the REL1_22 or REL1_23 branch, as git master is only compatible with master MediaWiki.


vagrant>Vagrant </>, install with <tvar

  • <translate> 1>download-link</> and place the file(s) in a directory called <tvar|name>Nostalgia</> in your <tvar|ext>skins/</> folder.</translate>
  • <translate> Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:</translate>
wfLoadSkin( 'Nostalgia' );
  •   Done - <translate> Navigate to <tvar|special>Special:Version</> on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed.</translate>

<translate> To users running MediaWiki 1.24 or earlier:

The instructions above describe the new way of installing skins using <tvar