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Updating Codex Pages 'Why?' (2 posts)

  1. Digital Raindrops
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    Posted 2 years ago #

    I while ago I updated the codex page for Child Themes, I wrote the Note: section about the twenty eleven Child Theme and the Dark Theme option.

    One of the edit options is to link to your WordPress username, but this was removed twice by the moderators, it has been bugging me for a while because if you are not getting credit then why bother?

    The argument might be about giving back to the community, my website is all about giving, with thousands of file downloads and all free content, the website runs at a big loss but it is a hobby.

    This is not really a complaint, there are lots of pages that have no examples or the code is out of date, some still have deprecated code, like caller_get_posts, should now be ignore_sticky_posts, if you edit a section then agreed no credit should be given.

    I just feel that if you are taking time out to add a section to help others then taking credit for that section should be optional, then a lot of the pages with no examples will get updated, self promotion for the author, helping other visitors.

    Looking at other WordPress forums the comment I often see is "I have looked at Codex and it has no examples" or "it is just to complicated to follow".

    I can understand that 'no credit' could be to limit the information on the popular pages.

    If you create a tutorial and add a link to the example, this also gets deleted with a comment to update the Codex page notes.

    Somewhere to post our examples linked to the Codex page and the WordPress profile of the author would be good.

    Something in this forum like the Plugins when you enter a tag it appears on the Plugin Page, this for Codex Pages would do?

    Regards

    David

  2. One of the edit options is to link to your WordPress username, but this was removed twice by the moderators, it has been bugging me for a while because if you are not getting credit then why bother?

    If you're updating the WP Codex for 'credit' then you're doing it for the wrong reasons :) No matter what, EVER edit you make is credited (on the back end) to your user ID.

    I just feel that if you are taking time out to add a section to help others then taking credit for that section should be optional, then a lot of the pages with no examples will get updated, self promotion for the author, helping other visitors.

    And WordPress feels otherwise. Even a change to core code goes through so many hands and touches that they're rarely attributed to anyone (you may get a 'props <whomever>' in an edit comment if you found a particularly nasty/cool bug, but that's pretty much it).

    The codex does not exist to link to your site for advertisement, or even support. The cidex is there to educate people on how to use WP, and nothing more. That we have external links at all means that we all do review and consider them once in a while to ask if this is really something beneficial to the codex.

    Jane explained it better (in passing) the other day and I wish I'd memorized her wording, cause it was aces. If you really want to help out on the codex, though, join http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-docs and bring this up there. That's where we all talk about the codex and how to browbeat it into submission.

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