Template talk:Blog post

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Template:Blog post‎ is a bad idea. It doesn't make post-linking any easier, but adds a step to the learning curve. Including karma information is also a dubious step (it changes over time, old posts aren't ranked, and it's easier to just link only to the good posts). --Vladimir Nesov 12:27, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

It makes all blog links identical. If we want to eventually include formatting we can change one thing and all links are affected. I think that alone makes it worthwhile. Also, it helps when people are too lazy to add the URL link and it helps autolink user names to either the Wiki or LessWrong and people only have to remember the username. If the URLs change in the future, only one change is needed. The karma bit was mostly a test. I found it useful, but I see the problems with it. So, the karma bit is meh, but I think the template is worth discussing. I did not expect it to be mandatory, just useful for those who like that kind of thing. If you'd rather it not be there, fair enough. MrHen 17:15, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
In the rare cases where a comprehensive change proves necessary, it's possible to implement with a script. In most use cases, reduced usability is a more important factor. --Vladimir Nesov 19:21, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
Okay. I will revert the edits. I'll leave the Template itself up with this discussion copied into the talk page for future reference. MrHen 20:38, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
I don't see what in particular to be left as a reference here... The principle of keeping it simple doesn't need to be restated on this particular wiki. If it's OK, I'll remove the template in a few days, you can copy the code on a subpage of your user page. --Vladimir Nesov 23:03, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
That works. I know I'll look for it again in the future, so having it around somewhere will remind me why I never created it. The wiki expectations here are very different from the last one I worked on. MrHen 23:19, 8 January 2010 (UTC)