[Moin-user] The sad state of themes

Rick Vanderveer rick.vanderveer at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 12:46:57 EST 2008

I applaud your efforts, and agree with everything you say!  As a
non-programmer, it's difficult at best to try and merge in diffs by hand.  I
agree that if a theme (or macro, or whatever) is going to be compatible with
the latest version, to upload a new complete version, not a diff.

Thanks for your efforts, the themes page does look a lot more useful!


On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 9:52 AM, John Goerzen <jgoerzen at complete.org> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I recently went to find a theme for my new MoinMoin install, running
> 1.8.x.  I got terribly frustrated because so many of the themes on
> moinmo.in/ThemeMarket are so old that they haven't worked with the
> stable MoinMoin release for about 2-3 years now.
> Another frustration is that there are a ton of themes that maybe would
> work with the current release, but only if they are patched to do so.
> These patches are presented in various ways, from diffs to "edit the
> file here" instructions.  Why are people not just uploading new
> versions?  This is incredibly unfriendly.  Can't we get "click and
> install" like other web apps have?
> After some discussion on #moin, I reorganized ThemeMarket to at least
> indicate compatible versions, so people running the current MoinMoin
> releases can find themes that work.
> Since then, at least one other person has edited that page to list a
> 1.6.x theme as "compatible with 1.8.x" because there is a patch on a
> discussion page 2 links down that makes it work.  That despite the
> fact that the main page for that theme says it only works with 1.6.x.
> To me, it should only be listed as compatible with 1.8.x if the
> tar/zip file you download works out of the box.
> Making people jump through tons of hoops to make it work on the
> current release is not at all friendly.
> Comments?  Should I revert that change?
> -- John
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