Summary: Footer message list should be editable through a
                    message page
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Normal
         Component: User interface

On enwiki we were noticing some issues with the footer, namely, that under
Vector we get an awkward linebreak after the "Contact us" link. The problem
comes from Vector not simply concatenating the footer messages and their li
elements in one long ul, but instead having the "Privacy policy" and "About
Wikipedia", etc. in a separate ul after the copyright boilerplate.

Currently this is because the list of elements to put in the footer seems to be
hardcoded somewhere. When looking for a way to address the problem as visible
in Vector, Prodego and I realized that it would probably require developer
intervention, and we agreed that the best solution would probably be to allow
the list of footer elements to be defined in its own message, e.g.
[[MediaWiki:Footer]], with a "$1 $2 $3 foobar" setup or some such; I thought
that the sidebar's setup (i.e. [[MediaWiki:Sidebar]]) would be good to emulate
in that regard.

This should be an uncontroversial change, and it'll replace a current hack (the
"contact us" code present in enwiki's [[MediaWiki:Wikimedia-copyright]]) with a
general solution that will accomodate future changes.

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