Splitting up wiki pages considered harmful

Rafael Villar Burke pachi at rvburke.com
Fri Mar 28 08:43:37 CDT 2008

Adrian Buehlmann wrote:
> On 28.03.2008 13:13, Mads Kiilerich wrote:
>> I do however agree with TAH that splitting pages up behind-the-scenes 
>> like it is done on ProjectsUsingMercurial makes it less intuitive how to 
>> edit the pages. If I see something on a page and wants to edit it then I 
>> should be able to press edit and then be able to edit it. With the 
>> alphabetical ordering the page is easy to read and navigate, and if the 
>> source was on one page it would be easy to edit. Splitting into subpages 
>> based on initial letter seems artificial and without any benefit.
> Ok. I disagree, but well then :(
I think splitting the TipsAndTricks page is indeed a nice idea, but I'm
not sold to the idea of splitting the ProjectsUsingMercurial  one for
the following reasons:
- the list makes sense, IMHO, mainly as a marketing tool to advertize:
¡hey, a lot of great and/or big projects are using Mercurial, and you
can do it too!, not to be used as a software directory (or this is a
secondary use case, IMHO).
- that's why the ordering shouldn't also be purely alphabetical, but
relevance based (and its second level ordering could well be
alphabetical), as you want people to see the key projects soon, not a
bunch of small and unknown projects that start with A...
- with the split it gets more difficult to grasp how many and how
important are the projects that use Mercurial.

Anyhow... thanks for doing all that work on the wiki contents. It makes
it more usable.


Rafael Villar Burke

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