Our wiki is at the point that we need to create a page with a few official guidelines for contributing to articles and interacting with the community. What are good ways to improve the chances someone will be aware that these policies exist? So far my ideas are:
Customize the automated welcome message (doesn't reach anonymous users)
Link on the homepage (maybe not everyone looks at the homepage)
Link in the top bar of menus (but I think we can only customize a submenu of it, so people might not see it. Right?)
Depending on the age of your Wiki it might have inherited a Project:Simplified Ruleset page created by User:Default (=a staff bot) in 2006 (example). You can edit and/or (re)name that page as you see fit if the users on your wiki want something else, and then wikilink to it from relevant pages, e.g., a community portal. Some relevant pages are added to all new wikis, but I forgot where the master copy is (it's another wiki, not community central).
Ruleset is a technical term on my home wiki, policy is also a technical term, therefore I plan to merge this cruft into [[Project:Policy]] later (=if nobody on this wiki suggests a better plan). The project namespace can use Wiki terminology without causing confusion for the search engine for users only interested in the game terminology.
I'm not sure I understand your first point there Fandyllic.
MediaWiki:Community-corner and MediaWiki:Communitymessages-notice-msg work together.
MediaWiki:Communitymessages-notice-msg contains the contents of the wiki-wide notification popup that shows up in the bottom right corner of the window when you publish an edit to MediaWiki:Community-corner.