On Wed, 02 Feb 2005 11:48:10 -0800, Brion Vibber <brion(a)pobox.com> wrote:
Mark Williamson wrote:
Do you not realise that because of this, these
changes will not be
Do you not realize that actual human beings have to expend time and
effort to make the software work at all? It doesn't happen by magic.
It's not as though the default state of the software is constant change,
and there's a bunch of nasty people sitting there stopping it from
moving. There is a limited amount of available developer time, and time
spent on one thing comes out of time that could be spent on another (bug
fixes, performance tweaks, maintenance, adding new wikis).
While I realize all of this, I'm not the one who is in control of the
system, and I have already suggested that the MediaWiki namespace be
automatically updated to a LanguageXX.php file. However, my coding
skills are limited to HTML and qbasic, and it takes quite a while to
learn a new language.
Unfortunately in this situation not everything gets
done as quickly as
we might hope. Yes, that fact sucks, but it's a fact. One alternative
would be to slap up any old file and have things constantly break
completely because the files are wrong. When this happens people
complain at us, so we don't generally do that.
According to you, not only does it not get done as quickly as we might
hope, but apparently it may never happen at all. Not getting done
quickly is fine with me, I understand that people are busy, but not
getting done at all isn't a good thing at all.
I'm sorry if explaining this fact and giving tips
on how to get a
language file update accepted and installed faster has offended you.
I don't remember you doing that.
Unfortunately I don't see you doing anything to
help, like testing files
and checking them against the CVS branches. And I certainly don't see
you coding up an alternative message store system that would eliminate
most of the need to update syntax-sensitive code files (which is the
painful part). When you can do that, please post again and include
1. That's because any code I ever write for you or anybody else, at
least in the near future, could only be HTML or very rusty qbasic. 2.
I have already recommended an alternative message-store system.