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Bug 8570 - Install the VariablesExtension extension
Install the VariablesExtension extension
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 7865
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2007-01-10 18:18 UTC by jquinn
Modified: 2007-01-17 10:09 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description jquinn 2007-01-10 18:18:07 UTC
This would be useful to allow a template to "pass" values (such as formatting
data) besides just its wikitext to containing templates. I'm sure there would be
other uses. It is a very simple, fast extension and thus highly secure, and also
there would be little reason for overuse/abuse.
Comment 1 Rob Church 2007-01-10 18:18:56 UTC
Do we have a URL?
Comment 2 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-01-10 19:39:19 UTC
[[m:VariablesExtension]].  Tim has expressed dislike for this idea in the past, so possibly 
Comment 3 Rob Church 2007-01-11 00:58:15 UTC
I agree with Tim Starling on this point.
Comment 4 jquinn 2007-01-13 17:45:58 UTC
Hey guys, I'm a newbie and I have no idea who Tim Starling is, what his issues
are, or where to look for his comments. OK, I just googled him and I know the
former (he's the honcho here, at least for MediaWiki parser functions) but that
doesn't help me with my latter two questions. A link would be great; even better
would be if such chatter happened on Meta [[m:Talk:ParserFunctions]] or
[[m:Talk:VariablesExtension]] (also, where appropriate, at
[[m:Talk:StringFunctions]]), where mere mortals can see it.
Comment 5 Rob Church 2007-01-13 20:07:08 UTC
I rather suspect that Tim's point was not one of performance, or anything else,
but of furthering this nasty trend of taking wiki markup somewhere it should not
be going. That's certainly my objection.
Comment 6 Andrew Garrett 2007-01-14 09:02:59 UTC
Strongly agree with Rob, Tim, and all the other people with a clue on this.

By the way, this is "a place where mere mortals can see discussion"; it's just
not a place where "mere mortals" (also known as part of our userbase who don't
choose to become involved in technical discussions) look. That's fine, but this
is the place for technical discussion, not meta.
Comment 7 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-01-14 18:48:41 UTC
(In reply to comment #6)
> Strongly agree with Rob, Tim, and all the other people with a clue on this.

Please don't insult our users.
Comment 8 jquinn 2007-01-17 09:38:21 UTC
Hey, I just found [[7865]] (I don't know how to link here yet, so maybe that
should be [[bugzilla:7865]], since I can't edit it later) which is the original
bug for this. (Sorry, the search defaults to only open bugs, which is why I
didn't see it before). If you had just marked this bug as a dupe before, my
objections about "mere mortals" would have been irrelevant.

As to the substantive issues, see my comment at that bug. I suspect that given
the flaming going on here, though, that people's opinions on this have already
ossified, which is a pity.
Comment 9 jquinn 2007-01-17 10:09:33 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 7865 ***

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