[pmwiki-users] Re: pmwiki-users Digest, Vol 3, Issue 1

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Fri Sep 2 09:17:19 CDT 2005

On Thu, Sep 01, 2005 at 07:03:13PM -0700, H. Fox wrote:
> On 9/1/05, Radu <radu at monicsoft.net> wrote:
> > I wonder why everyone is trying to copy wikipedia instead of simply
> > using mediawiki.
> Regardless of what MediaWiki (or any other project) does, I think
> someone who's just starting to use PmWiki would be better off
> (happier, more satisfied) having free links by default and automatic
> WikiWord links as an easy-to-set option.

Hear, hear! 

My suggestion to have WikiWords disabled by default has almost nothing
to do with "copying wikipedia" -- indeed, duplicating wikipedia and
mediawiki has never been a goal of mine, nor do I think that it's
the "gold standard" that everyone else should be emulating.  PmWiki 
has a different audience, and different goals.

My wish to disable WikiWords by default was simply so that new authors
and administrators don't have to deal with the inevitable questions
of preventing things like "CPUs", "PhDs", "McDonald", "WebCT", etc.
from being turned into links, or the subsequent pain of always
placing ` or [=...=] with false wikiwords.


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