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Aug 31, 2011, 2:31 PM
Post #4 of 4
On 11-08-31 09:02 AM, Thomas Dalton wrote:
Re: [RFC] Drop actions in favor of special pages and wiki pages
[In reply to]
> On 31 August 2011 15:32, Chad <innocentkiller [at] gmail> wrote:
>> I *hate* action urls. They overly complicate Article and related classes, and
>> date from a time before special pages existed. While on the one hand I think
>> the cleanup recently to make Action classes and move the code out was a
>> positive thing...I agree the better course of action is to kill them
>> entirely. Of
>> course, things like action=edit should work as back-compat for near eternity
>> (supporting action=foobar redirects to Special:Foobar/Title would take very
>> little code).
> We should probably be commenting on the wiki, but I'm at work at the
> moment and this is quicker. While it may well be true that special
> pages are better from a programming point of view, I much prefer
> action urls from a user point of view. I quite often get to pages by
> modifying urls rather than clicking links (why load an article before
> editing it when you can go straight to the edit page?) and I find it
> much easier to do that with action urls than special pages. If nothing
> else, it means the edit page and the article page are next to each
> other in the alphabetical list of recently viewed pages that appears
> when I start typing.
And that's one of the reasons why my proposal preserves the use of
action urls and makes them and special pages one and the same.
I considered the arguments pro-action and pro-specialpages when I wrote
this up and took them all into account.
~Daniel Friesen (Dantman, Nadir-Seen-Fire) [http://daniel.friesen.name]
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