[Foundation-l] Fwd: [Wikitech-l] Implementing the Babel extension

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 08:49:01 UTC 2008

I forward this on behalf of Niklas as he is not subscribed to this list and
had it bounced.

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From: Niklas Laxström <niklas.laxstrom at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 8:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikitech-l] Implementing the Babel extension
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Cc: wikipedia-l at lists.wikimedia.org, Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <
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On 02/07/2008, Casey Brown <cbrown1023.ml at gmail.com> wrote:

> We try to use very few with our system on Meta-Wiki.
>  <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:User_language>

It is still using one per language, which means hundreds of them. Now,
which is easier: copying hundreds of templates periodically, or
installing an extension that can be updated the normal way. Especially
for wikies outside of WMF which do not use many bots, if any.

>  One of my main problems with the babel extension is that I don't think
>  it gets rid of the *huge* number of categories that need to be created
>  (otherwise you have ugly redlinks).

There is already a switch to have less categories, requested by me for
example. What comes to creating the category pages... this is the
first time I see anyone bringing it up.

> The system on Meta-Wiki greatly
>  reduces the number of categories, but I've been told that the
>  extension's developer was completely against any changes to the
>  extension (I didn't hear it directly from him).

It looks like you are spreading FUD about the extension AND the
developer without checkking the facts first. I would be offended if I
were the developer in question.

Niklas Laxström

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