[wp-hackers] Some Thoughts/Enhancement Ideas In And Around The Category Side Of Things

mark waterous mark at watero.us
Mon Feb 15 01:52:12 UTC 2010

> From: wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com [mailto:wp-hackers-
> bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Mark McWilliams
> Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2010 4:16 PM
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> So, please do tell, are you an Example #1 fan or an Example #2 fan?
> I'll let you know where I am, I'm in the Example #2 group, as with
> many others.

It doesn't matter which group anybody is in. Neither is of more or less
benefit than the other. The difference is so minute, and the arguments so
hashed over that I'm bowing out of this conversation after this.

> Eh, and when did I say anything like that either? So what you're really
> trying to say is that it's *my* fault WordPress doesn't do anything
> with /category/ and it's *my* fault/stupidity to even think about linking
> it? - Just because you don't, it doesn't mean many other out there are
> going to follow you, they might want to follow my option!

My point was simple: Your visitors should have NO need to be trying to find
pages on your site by altering the URL they are currently visiting. By
'your', just to be clear on this, I mean anybody who runs a web site, not
just you and Mike. If a visitor has to alter the URL in any way to find a
page, then your site has failed in providing an adequate navigation
structure to begin with, and no amount of user friendly control over the URL
is going to save your visitors from leaving.

As many people have pointed out, if this is that important to you, create
some rewrite rules or a plugin to provide the functionality you require. The
reason it is discussed for this long is not because the larger majority of
WordPress users out there want it, it is because a small crowd of dissidents
won't stop arguing the same points OVER and over and OVER again.

> I'd disagree, I think this is important in itself!

We all have that option. I'm not on anybody's side, I'm just happy that
they're concerned with other things than this.

Mark Waterous
(mark at watero.us)

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