https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=61163

Ori Livneh <o...@wikimedia.org> changed:

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--- Comment #21 from Ori Livneh <o...@wikimedia.org> ---
(In reply to Tisza Gergő from comment #11)
> it is a stable extension successfully deployed on several high-profile wikis

No, it is not. The extension is "clearly not welcome by a majority of editors",
per the Foundation's own assessment. It is only a narrow a view of success that
omits this criterion.

> That AFT was not welcome by three large wikis (or not welcome by the majority
> of the editors on those wikis, anyway) is no reason to think that no other 
> wiki
> will have a different opinion.

That AFT was not successful at being broadly compelling to users is no reason
to think that no other feature will. The volume of space that AFTv5 occupies is
not measured in kilobytes or pixels, but in the cognitive load that it adds on
developers and users.

"The important point is that the cost of adding a feature isn't just the time
it takes to code it. The cost also includes the addition of an obstacle to
future expansion. Sure, any given feature list can be implemented, given enough
coding time. But in addition to coming out late, you will usually wind up with
a codebase that is so fragile that new ideas that should be dead-simple wind up
taking longer and longer to work into the tangled existing web. The trick is to
pick the features that don't fight each other." - J. Carmack

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