[Mediawiki-l] Article IDs on Wikinews
frankie at frankieroberto.com
Sat Feb 25 20:30:44 UTC 2006
Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but here goes.
On Wikinews, we've started to talk about whether there could be any way
to expose unique identifiers for news articles, rather than having to
rely on page names. (See:
This is important because:
a) Without a unique identifier, it's impossible to tell when an article
has moved. This is a particular problem for the RSS feed - without a
unique ID, articles that get moved appear twice (or more).
b) It should be possible to have two articles with the same headline.
As I see it, there are two possible solutions. The first would be to
just address a) by exposing an ID in the RSS feeds (in the <guid>
sub-element of item), without altering the URLs.
The second way would be to alter the URLs so that they're at
en.wikinews.org/wiki/8986456, allowing more than one article to have the
I realise that both solutions would probably require a major re-working
of the underlying MediaWiki architecture.
Is there any chance that such a change could ever be implemented? Or are
there any other workarounds to the problem?
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