On 31/12/06, Steve Bennett <stevagewp(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Asking permission? No. But the current situation looks
to me like:
1) Developers randomly without any warning make unannounced changes
that affect users.
We try to avoid doing this wherever possible - Tim in particular is
very good at alerting wikitech-l and wikipedia-l in advance of making
changes, e.g. to the blocking mechanism, earlier this year.
Sometimes, stuff slips through the net, and what seems major to users
is not so major to us.
unannounced changes that affect users.
Not our fault, I'm afraid; discipline them accordingly.
3) Users get peeved due to their feeling of
powerlessness, and not
Not our fault.
4) Developers consider this unfair.
Well, it is!
How do you think this can be improved?
Encourage administrators with poor aesthetic taste not to make changes
to the sitewide CSS without consulting users. I thought this was the
usual precedent on your wiki?
No longer an official forum because it's not suitable for tracking bugs.
Is there a running changelog accessible from Wikipedia
centralised place where highly visible changes are logged?
The Wikipedia Signpost has a "bugs, repairs and internal operational
news" slot each week, which includes software changes; I used to
maintain that bit before I disappeared in August, and Simetrical now
does a sterling job of it (although it's not necessarily fair to
expect that he will continue to do so), providing a damn sight better
description of most things than I ever did.
This isn't necessarily particularly official, either, but since you've
got a committer updating it...infer what you like. There's always the
Subversion log. Oh, but of course...non developers don't apparently
like opening their damn browsers.
I would disagree with that assertion, too.
That's odd, because it seemed to me that your previous post perpetuated it.