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

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sat Jul 5 00:30:56 UTC 2008

You are comparing apples with pears.

On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 11:36 PM, mike.lifeguard <mike.lifeguard at gmail.com>

> Something similar happened at Wikibooks. We want a way to count the number
> of books we have (as opposed to pages), and to list them. So Ramac and
> Pietrodn wrote http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AllBooks, which
> solves that problem quite well. The solution was rejected because it solves
> the wrong problem.
> The real problem is that the software has no way of knowing what a book is
> -
> that is, there is no thing in the database identifying books. That is the
> real problem, and once we solve it, we can implement many other solutions
> to
> problems which stem from that (some thoughts at
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mike.lifeguard/Wish_list). As
> disappointing as that is for the Wikibooks community (and especially the
> developers), it was the right choice. We should not implement an extension
> just because it was written - that is what has been proposed.
> Rejecting this solution is the correct course in this case because here too
> the wrong problem is solved.
> Mike
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