[mythtv-users] Wiki Week - an appeal

match at ece.utah.edu match at ece.utah.edu
Thu Aug 3 23:40:48 UTC 2006

> On 8/3/06, match at ece.utah.edu <match at ece.utah.edu> wrote:
> > I'm sorry, but I believe that the added confusion far outweighs the
> > advantage of including this old info.

To which John relied:
> Not if properly organized.  It costs nothing to keep around
> and provides utility for those who do/can not upgrade on
> your forced march schedule.

We're not that far apart in our thinking, but there is such a thing 
as over-organizing, and over-sub-categorizing. How many separate 
categories do think is needed?... Let's see... 0.13 was a good 
release, I remember running it, so let's start there. That would 
make... 8 separate categories? It's already too difficult to keep up 
the Wiki, that's why we're crying for content. (all tongue-in-cheek, 
please don't be offended by my mannerisms or over-the-top examples)

There's not that much obsolete content anyway, lets just move 
everything that pertains only to releases earlier than the current 
release and one version back, off onto it's own page. Almost nobody 
needs to see it anyway. Keep the "Wiki proper" current with 
submissions that pertain only to current releases. That's just 2 
categories... "current" (which is the real Wiki) and "everything 
else" (which might be useful to somebody, but doesn't belong in 
"current" (which is the real Wiki)). 

The Wiki should be a well-oiled machine. That's what we maintain,  
that's what we contribute content to, and that's what we keep 
current. Anything that's not current should be removed and replaced 
with current content. The "everything else" page would just be a bone-
yard for old info, just in case someone needs it, or if someone wants 
a historical perspective on how we got to the current releases, but 
it would not be maintained. Maintenance would consist of throwing old 
obsolete information culled from the Wiki into it.

IMNSHO (opinions are like belly-buttons... everyone's got one) even 
though some folks might be running an older version because it "just 
works" at the first sign of distress they should be encouraged to 
upgrade, not just for the sake of upgrading, but to further 
development, provide feedback, and because eventually it's just time. 
No one running a release earlier than 0.18 should expect very much 
support from the community (just my opinion again, so calm down...)

If everyone just keeps running the old versions, then it's time to 
call it version 1.0 and move on to other projects, because this one's 
finished (as in completed).


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