[uf-discuss] Re: Wiki

Paul Bryson paul at msn.com
Thu May 4 06:29:30 PDT 2006

Tantek Çelik wrote:
> [1] In Wikipedia they have used the convention of lang.wikipedia.org which
> has had the VERY unfortunate side-effect of requiring more than one login
> per language that you are editing.  There are some Wikipedians with 100+
> logins *just for Wikipedia* because of this problem.  I've spoken with
> several Wikipedia folks and they lament having chosen that pattern and would
> choose differently if they had the chance to do it over.

The decision to use the convention lang.wikipedia.org is not the 
problem.  The problem is that they didn't bother to make a centralized 
login database.  I cannot fathom the lack of thought that went into this 
decision, and they are paying dearly for it now.  Considering the scope 
of Wikipedia, the amount of effort required to change which database is 
checked for login credentials is trivial.

That being said, I certainly can't see the Wikipedia convention making 
sense for the Microformats site.


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