User talk:Roger

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MS-DOS (and Atari ST)

I noticed you de-linked the "MS-DOS" platform on some pages. I suppose there's a good reason for that, but I'd like to know it. Is the "MS-DOS" (and "MS-Windows", too?) platform so different from Spectrum, Amiga, Apple II, etc. ?

  • The focus of this wiki is Interactive Fiction; I think it's important to define the boundaries beyond which we shouldn't stray. One of those boundaries, it seems to me, is computers and operating systems. As far as I can see, there's nothing to warrant IFwiki articles on 'MS-DOS' or 'MS-Windows' -- we simply have nothing relevant to say about them -- and therefore it's pointless to create links to such non-existent articles.

Also: I'm not too sure about the redirect from Atari ST to Atari. There were two very different computers by Atari, the Atari XL/XE etc. and the 16-bit Atari ST (a bit like Commodore 64 and Amiga); we wouldn't want to confuse them. --Eriorg 13:06, 15 August 2006 (EST)

  • Yes, I'm sure that they were different machines, but, does it really matter? It's not the place of this wiki to write definitive articles about Atari versus Atari ST; wikipedia has already done that for us. As far as I'm concerned, a single (minimal) Atari/Atari ST page which then links to the detailing info at wikipedia is a much better solution than either (a) non-working links, or (b) attempts to replicate the perfectly valid material that's already available. -- Roger 14:17, 15 August 2006 (EST)