‫בתאריך יום א׳, 22 בדצמ׳ 2019 ב-8:20 מאת ‪effe iets anders‬‏ <‪
effeietsand...@gmail.com‬‏>:‬

> I remember bringing this up several years ago at Dutch Wikipedia, and from
> what I recall, there were people that don't want the import function to be
> active on their wiki for more fundamental reasons (they don't want old
> versions to exist that were not created on their own wiki).
>

Not a problem. If a community wants to disable the import function, it will
be possible to do this when a default is defined.


> It sounds like you want to do this as a workaround for poor access to
> documentation (it's hard for people to figure out how the function works
> and how to request stuff) - is that correct?


Not quite. I don't want to make the search for documentation easier. The
best software features are not those for which documentation is good, but
those for which documentation is unnecessary. So I want to make the search
for documentation as unnecessary as possible by making a default that will
provide most wikis' needs without even having to ask.

This feature is not only a matter of reading and applying documentation,
but also the need to write code and waiting for it to be deployed, being
dependent on far-away system administrators. This also should be as
unnecessary as possible.

The import function is mostly needed these days by smaller wikis that want
to import templates and documentation pages, and not for importing old
versions of pages. Every new small wiki that discovers this has to go
through this step of searching for documentation, and asking for
configuration changes. If there were some defaults, it wouldn't be
necessary.

(And when templates will be global, there will be even less need for
importing, but there's some time until that happens...)
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