It's the problem of the English Wikipedia not
knowing what it wanted
from knowing it wanted something. Some wanted stable
form of an article), others wanted protection but editable, others
enhanced review of content before publishing, etc.
Pending changes, as
software package, is a bit of an amalgamation of all
the things the
community requested. Unfortunately, we never agreed on what exactly it
supposed to be. The Foundation put plenty of
resources in the product,
we were like a focus group trying to describe the
any concrete idea of what we were missing with the
product we had.
Any chance it would be agreed in the future? There are at least three
working versions on big projects, German, Polish, and Russian Wikipedias
(though I believe in Russian Wikipedia it was recently killed by users
trying to set records and consequently reviewing 500 articles per hour, but
at least the idea was nice and worthwhile to discuss); it has also been
implemented on smaller-scale projects like Hebrew or Hungarian Wikipedias
and other projects. Anybody wanted to hear how it works over there? My
impression as a user of pending changes tool for three years was that it is
a really convenient tool saving editors a lot of time and capable of giving
the readers an idea on the state of the article.