Full etymologies

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I think it's standard practice to include the entire "chain" of inheritance back to PIE, with all intermediate steps (although Dutch entries normally have Old Dutch rather than Frankish). As for cognates, the consensus seems to be to include sister languages that were spoken around the same time. So an Old English entry would not have a modern German cognate, or vice versa.

CodeCat00:53, 4 December 2012

Okay, I'll just keep to what I've been doing than. Wouldn't it be nice if we had some auto-mechanism for this?

Victar (talk)01:06, 4 December 2012

(Late to the game, but there you have it...)

I dimly recall some time back discussing the possibility of selectively transcluding etymologies, since these all build on one another. Japanese スプーン (supūn) comes from English spoon comes from Middle English comes from Old English comes from Proto-Germanic etc. etc. It'd be handy if we could create some sort of chaining mechanism, but ultimately, I don't think the Wiki software is robust enough for that, and our template "coding" language, as it were, frankly sucks donkey balls (apologies for the rudeness). If/when we ever get Lua, that might change, but I've long since stopped holding my breath.  :-| -- Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig 06:55, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Eiríkr Útlendi │ Tala við mig06:55, 12 February 2013

My donkey balls are offended by your rudeness. Actually, it's quite possible with our current infrastructure (i.e. transcluding subpages), just not worth the effort.

Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds23:32, 12 February 2013

I think I'd be worth the effort in the time it saves afterwards.

Victar (talk)04:54, 25 April 2013

In the intervening months, we *did* get Lua, so this should be quite possible, although I'm afraid I still don't see how it would be technically executed.

Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds04:57, 25 April 2013