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:: Your point is indeed entirely valid, but the point of having such "articles" is not to "write articles" but to solely collect pointers. Bugman summed it up nicely when he eloquently pointed out how such "collections of pointers" are indeed pathetic when looked at as "articles" but depending on your interests highly useful when it comes to bootstrapping new articles or even new features:
:: Obviously, YMMV and you will find more people who agree with you than you may think - but once you have a certain interest, and once you want to work on something related to that area, you will appreciate the finer points of having an aggregated or even "curated" list of such pointers.
:: As a matter of fact, there are a handful of recent developments and features that used to be such "collection of pointers" long before a single line of code had been written (often, even long before the corresponding contributor was contributing or even around in the FG community), which includes the [[Compositor]] (via [http://wiki.flightgear.org/index.php?title=Project_Rembrandt&diff=117372&oldid=83297]), the [[Canvas]] (via [http://wiki.flightgear.org/index.php?title=Canvas_Properties&oldid=29198]), or the recent Nasal GC improvements ([[How_the_Nasal_GC_works]]), the [[Howto:Canvas View Camera Element|Canvas View Camera Element]] or [[Howto:Extending_Canvas_to_support_rendering_3D_models]] - this isn't meant to be an exhaustive list, but maybe you see a pattern emerge:
::these articles will indeed be pointless to the majority of people not contributing or not interested in the corresponding topics (like you obviously), but to the few who are interested in these topics, they are actual enablers and they help pave the way for new features, and shape new functionality, much more than you may realize. And please feel free to review my list of wiki edits, to see that I am indeed able to write genuine articles beyond collecting quotes. We've had this discussion dozens of times on the forum, so it's kinda moot to repeat it again and again - but this isn't about writing articles, it's about collecting pointers - the target audience is a completely different one obviously. And the great thing is seeing how these pages can indeed become obsolete, by seeing actual developments that are in line with the original discussion and ideas, deprecating those in the process, and making these articles obsolete - like it happened when the [[Canvas]] system suddenly turned into something more than just a random idea page, i.e. something with its own portal and sub-forum.
::So yeah, please be my guest and humor me by telling me these pages are redundant and outdated, I see the proof that they do work every once in a while, and sometimes in a rather remarkable fashion which is also backed up exchanging dozens if not hundreds of private messages with the very few people interested in these "collections of quotes" (e.g. [[Canvas]] or [[Compositor]]). Again, also no offense intended or taken - but you might want to check some of your facts, or simply look at the history of some of the features added to FlightGear by people who never were core developers in the first place. --[[User:Hooray|Hooray]] ([[User talk:Hooray|talk]]) 11:09, 8 January 2020 (EST)
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