https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6455

--- Comment #125 from MZMcBride <b...@mzmcbride.com> 2010-11-23 06:16:45 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #124)
> It should change it really, as we now know that (a) there is continuing user
> demand for this functionality (b) nothing is happening or likely to happen
> towards providing it in any other sensible way than the one proposed (c) the
> use of the very inefficient workarounds without ill effect, the use of the
> proposed functions on Wikia, etc. prove that this functionality will not (as
> feared) damage performance. Presumably sysadmins don't have completely closed
> minds, and are capable of listening to users and arguments and taking a second
> look at past decisions...

Hahahahaha

You're obviously not very familiar with Wikimedia's software development
processes. Right now, some of this ParserFunctions mess (and its use in high
use templates like "Template:Cite") cause page renderings to take upward of 30
seconds on a large article. And still nobody cares.™  If you think a bit of
whining (or is it whinging?) in bug comments or attempting to rally some folks
on a village pump is going to push anything forward, you're insane. You'd be
better off trying to raise some money for a grant, to be honest. (Though not
really; Wikimedia is apparently trying to stop accepting money with strings
attached.)

If you wrote an extension that implemented JavaScript into MediaWiki templates
that also doubled as donation-related software, you might be able to attract
some attention to this bug before the 12th of Never. ;-)  Otherwise, it's
probably best to save your energy for battles you can possibly win.

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