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Are the Babel services at the IF Archive available, now? If they aren't, do we know when they'll be? --Eriorg 10:30, 8 April 2008 (PDT)

  • I've heard nothing about when they plan to implement it. I do remember hearing when I first started adding babel links to IFWiki that it was a chicken-and-egg problem. That is, in order for babel support to be useful, IF sites (like IFWiki, IFRO, IFDB, Baf's, Shadow Vault, IF-Reviews, etc.) have to link to it first. Of course, the other side of that is that there's not much push for IF sites to provide links to a service that doesn't exist yet, is there? I do feel heartened that IFDB, at least, is using IFIDs, which I see as another step on the road to getting Babel on IF Archive. I also see Emily's IF Cover Art Drive as another forward step to Babel. I suppose, eventually, there'll be a tipping point where the effort of implementing Babel at the Archive will be worthwhile. But we're probably not there yet. -- David Welbourn 11:58, 8 April 2008 (PDT)


In the meantime, waiting for when/if ifarchive implements babel archive, why not link to IFDb? It supports linking by ifid (eg. http://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?ifid=HUGO-25-29-7A-07-04-06 ) and has a wealth of information on a host of games. Currently it's almost everything babel archive should have been. And more. --Divide 01:00, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Yes, we should probably add that in somewhere, although I prefer to refer to that site's abbreviation as IFDB, all capitals, as it does. Hm, and a link to IFDB would not be a Babel link, so, hmm. This will require a bit of rewording. But I'll edit the template. Thanks for the push. -- David Welbourn 02:36, 29 November 2009 (UTC)