Someone at 220.127.116.11 wrote in revision 26 of Suggestions for Wikit Diffs Discussion:
- Very interesting and beautiful site. It is a lot of helpful information. Thanks!
LV Just an observation. Today, 2006/March 14, the wiki has 15602 pages reserved, with 7578 of those either totally empty or effectively empty.
Lars H, 2008-11-11: While trying to understand why several of the pages LV added to Graph editors (thanks!) got numbers around 6700, despite him apparently creating them today when we're approaching 22000 pages, I made a curious discovery: the pages between 6305 (2Dcbuilder) and 8170 ([Zwik]) — many of which are empty and not linked to by anything — appear to be in alphabetical order! Even today that is a noticable section of the wiki page-space. Does anyone know how that might have happened? (Some change in Wikit seems likely, but what?)It's also curious that all of them seem to have sensible names, because if one just types in page numbers from other ranges at random and end up at empty pages, then a significant portion of these were created from substitution brackets in Tcl code that at some point in time got malformatted as paragraph text. It appears these pages were all deliberately mentioned at some point in time, but many were not filled in with content, and now also the mentioning of them seems to be gone.AK: Page numbers and titles are reserved on first mention in a pair of brackets. Even if the page is not filled in at the time. It stays reserved even if the unfilled link is removed before the page is filled in. I seem to remember that LV had a lot of such unfilled links on his page. Not right now, but at some point in the past.Lars H: Mystery solved! Indeed all those pages appear to have been assigned due to revision 14 of Larry Virden; see http://wiki.tcl.tk/_diff/16?V=14&D=13#diff0. No software change (e.g. starting to assign numbers to pages before they have been saved) needed, just a huge chunk of content.KBK 2008-12-15 Oh, yeah. Larry started to wikify the the FAQ files - with a page for each package in the software directory. Jean-Claude at the time was afraid that the Wiki wouldn't be able to handle it, scolded Larry for starting a project that would triple its size without consulting him, and deleted the pages in progress. As you see, a trail was left behind. Fortunately, Larry has persisted, the Wiki's current custodians are much more amenable to the project, and the dead pages are resurrected from time to time.
Scott Beasley 12-02-2008: THIS IS THE BEST LANGUAGE WIKI. Had to say it.