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April 18, 2010

German Wikipedia now has a proper KDE article. Yours too?

Filed under: Uncategorized — kmi @ 02:46

Today I’m plagued by headache and somehow I had the weird idea that rewriting KDE’s German Wikipedia articles helps me distracting from the pain. Even weirder: it worked (up until I finished – now my head hurts again).

Well… I’m sure you’ve heard of KDE’s rebranding. Whatever you may think about it, it’s not going away for the foreseeable future. That said, often people (incl. KDE-affine distributors like Mandriva) still refer to SC4 as KDE4 and fail to understand that “KDE” is now the organization and I partially blame Wikipedia for it. Or KDE’s inability to prepare modifications for the main KDE articles for various languages in time for the rebranding announcement, to be more precise – I guess due being overworked.

Better late than never: I’ve split the main KDE article in two: KDE now only refers to the organization. K Desktop Environment is a new article that only covers the old releases 1–3. I reorganized and extended the remaining info in KDE. A separate article for SC4 already existed for quite some time, so no need for me to fiddle with it today.

So why did I write this blog post? To tell the world how great I am? Yes!
Just kidding.
Despite my main motivation to get distracted from my headache longer, I hope to have encouraged you to check your language’s Wikipedia article(s) if they need to be reworked as well and to rework them if necessary.

EDIT: For reference, I think linking to the English articles as well might be helpful.

  • KDE: Describes the organization and links to individual releases. Articles about the organization should give an overview about the project as a whole and the also explain KDE e.V.
    The KDE navigation at the bottom is nice, even though I doubt that individual articles for components like “KDEBase” are needed. IMO that causes only unnecessary  fragmentation and higher workload for maintainability. To counter that, I already merged all articles related to KDE’s PIM apps into Kontact a while ago.
  • KDE 1, KDE 2, KDE 3: English Wikipedia has individual articles for all major releases. Given the length of the KDE 2 and 3 articles, that was a good decision.
    You should check the length of already existing info about KDE 1–3 and ask yourself if you’re willing to write full-length articles about each major release. For German I think a single “K Desktop Environment” (1–3) article serves better.
  • KDE Software Compilation 4: Call the sub-chapters for 4.0–4.3 simply “KDE” and from 4.4 onward as “KDE SC”.

The English and German Wikipedia articles have a good selection of references. I should be easier to simply look there instead of doing all the research on your own.😉

5 Comments

  1. The french version is not in great shape too… I just hacked it a little to reflect some changes, but it is basically the same article as it was 5 years ago. I think it will need to be rewritten from scratch at some point, there is too many false/”was true but is now false” information to do a quick-fix (even if the article itself is quite long).

    Comment by Emmanuel Lepage Vallée — April 18, 2010 @ 03:57

  2. Nice work!🙂

    Comment by pano — April 18, 2010 @ 10:26

  3. I would make corrections to my home language wikipedia if I just would know how to make the splitting and redirectiong correctly in syntax.

    And should the main article “KDE” be someway linking in the top to KDE SC and K Desktop Environment (1-3 generation)?

    How about the 4.x series. Should they be called as KDE SC as well? Like KDE SC 4.1? Or is the KDE SC 4.4 the first version?

    Comment by Fri13 — April 18, 2010 @ 10:50

    • > I would make corrections to my home language wikipedia if
      > I just would know how to make the splitting and redirectiong
      > correctly in syntax.

      Splitting sadly has no syntax except copy and paste.😉

      > And should the main article “KDE” be someway linking in the
      > top to KDE SC and K Desktop Environment (1-3 generation)?
      That’s what I did. Check if your language’s Wikipedia has a “This article describes … See XY for …” template.

      > How about the 4.x series. Should they be called as KDE SC as well?
      > Like KDE SC 4.1? Or is the KDE SC 4.4 the first version?
      In English and German Wikipedia the whole 4.x article is called “KDE Software Compilation 4” with chapters that only refer to 4.4 as “SC”.
      I think I link the English Wikipedia in my blog post as well for reference.

      Comment by Markus — April 18, 2010 @ 11:13

  4. Hey Markus,

    Really thanks for doing this, such things make a difference!

    Cheers,
    Jos

    Comment by jospoortvliet — April 21, 2010 @ 20:00


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