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From: Reini Urban <rurban@x-...> - 2005-09-23 06:20:28
I had to opportunity to have a little chat with Jimmy Wales, the founder
of wikipedia, while he visited a conference in Graz, Austria.
We mostly talked about technical issues, I got some ideas, and he got
some ideas. I still have the impression that their engine is far behind
He basically wanted the GOOGLE_LINKS_NOFOLLOW feature to allow
authenticated users add links without this attribute.
Only anonymous editors should be punished with that.
We already have that for some time.
He told me that someone wanted to add Captcha support.
We already have that.
I told him why not to add PageChangeNotifications per email.
mediawiki doesn't support that yet, and there exists no plugin yet.
Just a notification to some IRC channel as I remember.
He liked the ideas to allow only a certain amount of links per edit as
anti-spam measure, he disliked SpamAssassin (as I do), but for small
wiki's it might make sense.
He was enthusiastic about WYSIWYG editors. I explained him the technical
difficulties, and that we are already working on the HtmlParser for one
and a half year, and that the external perl converter is written
together by some mediawiki folk and me. Maybe they will pick up the
HtmlParser.php step. I have almost no time to finish that, and I'm not
so excited about that.
He talked very enthusiastic in his official speech about the beautiful
colored diff. A library Jeff Dairiki has written for phpwiki and which
was adopted by mediawiki. He didn't know that.
Maybe more I cannot remember now.