I would prefer to keep a professional, not conversational tone, on the Wiki - so avoid 'what the heck'. Also better to use passive voice I think, instead of directly addressing the reader. (But, people might disagree) Zakalawe (talk) 13:18, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
- I fully agree, but I think that's my fault, however, in this case it's simply that it all started out as a private PM exchange between omega95 and myself a while ago, when he asked a few questions - in response to my feedback to his code, so it was indeed conversational in the first place, and only ended up here afterwards. As you probably have noticed, I usually copy/paste stuff over to the wiki to preserve possibly useful contents-I think this applies here and that the article should qualify, I just didn't bother to clean it up or make it less conversational. On the other hand, it obviously takes much less time to use copy/paste - so it's a compromise obviously. Then again, making the point (as well as responding to it) obviously takes longer than fixing the article instead :-) --Hooray (talk) 14:10, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
- This is actually pretty true: If all our discussions/responses (forum, devel list) were to be written in a certain style, we could directly reuse stuff without having to edit things later on. Gijs also keeps reminding me that he doesn't approve of the personal style whenever I paste things here, but I'm just not eager to fix up every conversation that may contain useful stuff. Also, I have been told several times already that my responses tend to be too impersonal and too generic in nature... --Hooray (talk) 18:00, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
- Maybe it would make sense to look at it the other way around? Write a wiki article to answer a question and link to that article in the forum. You can then add some personalized stuff to your post to elaborate on things that aren't necessarily useful to anyone else.
- Just a crazy Thursday evening idea :-)
- Gijs (talk) 19:25, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
- Actually, that's not even all that crazy. In fact, a few articles got started that way even years ago, such as Howto:Start using vectors and hashes in Nasal which was also written in response to some questions that omega95/redneck raised back then. So, I'm aware that this route is better, but obviously it's also a matter of available spare time. Still, it is true - the community (and our docs!) would be in excellent shape if were to adopt this as the standard practice to respond to "new" questions in a future-safe way.--Hooray (talk) 20:44, 24 October 2013 (UTC)