Summary: Enable or install string parsing wikimarkup
                    functionality on WMF wikis
           Product: Wikimedia
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Normal
         Component: Site requests

It is blatantly obvious that *some* form of string parsing functionality is
needed on WMF wikis - this is most clearly demonstrated by [[Category:String
manipulation templates]], an entire category dedicated to horrible abuses of
currently-enabled markup to allow such functionality. However, developers have
repeatedly stated that StringFunctions is not going to happen (bug 6455), which
leaves only the option of enabling some actual programming language.

It has been suggested that much of the functionality being performed by
templates should instead be moved to extensions, and while this may be true,
turning template functionality into an extension should be the last step, not
the first (or, rather, it can only work as the last step, and that's assuming
there's even sufficient inertia to pursue the functionality through the
extension's development, testing, and deployment; see bug 14207 and bug 15308
for a significant case of there not being such inertia).

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