Sat 11th April 2009, 1:47am
QUOTE(emesee @ Fri 10th April 2009, 5:26pm)
I don't know if they have been discussed/voted upon.
Interesting theory you posit, that emoticons can somehow be better than simply just text in communicating underlying intentionality. It seems it could very well be.
There is an extension, at least partially (sans edit summaries?) for this purpose, which you and others may or may not be aware. http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Emoticons
I didn't know about that. Do you know of any MediaWiki-using site that has availed themselves of this patch?
If MediaWiki software was originally written to not support emoticons (how stupid is that, considering it's a software package INTENDED for collaboration?
) then that may explain why WP started out without it. But it doesn't explain why, after all this time, they haven't added it, per the program patch you link. They have plenty of programmers, paid and volunteer.
This feature lack on MediaWiki software also explains why Encyclopedia Dramatica, of all places, also has no emoticons. BBS systems all have them, but Wikified systems that run with MediaWiki don't.
Of course, as a mere user of MediaWiki sites, all this does me no good at all to know. I can only opine that the people who developed the software, and who now make it available for projects, have completely missed the boat on this issue.
Which is not surprising, because they are all programmer geeks.
What else should we expect?
But programmer geeks meet real world eventually. For instance, has Novell picked up the wiki-emoticon patch for any of its Wiki-projects?