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Blocks vs. Nodes

Hello. I strongly feel against the use of Nodes instead of Blocks on this page but, of course, there are others who feel the other way around. So I'd like to discuss this first before making any other edits in that regard.

I believe Blocks would have been more appropriate for this article because the target audience of this wiki are Minetest players, who may or may not be developers themselves. Some, if not all, would also have been familiar with MineCraft, where the term Block is also in use. Developers have a separate wiki at, although even there, Nodes are also sometimes referred to as Blocks, especially when in the context of "block-types". I think, for the sake of simplicity and user-friendliness, we should tone down the technical jargon and continue referring to them as Blocks. After all, since it looks like a block and acts like a block, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be called a block.

However, I'd also like to hear feedback from those who prefer the use of the term Nodes. If there are no objections after a week, though, I'll go ahead and revert the changes of revision 2823. Salamangkero 00:29, 9 June 2013 (CDT)

I totally agree with this. IMO the use of Nodes instead of Blocks is in general a bad try to differ from Minecraft. Minetest differs in so many ways from Minecraft, that it is just ridiculous to do so. Lets stay at Blocks, everyone knows what it means and where to look up.
The usage of Nodes makes it unnecessary complicated. --BlockMen 19:10, 15 June 2013 (CDT)
I don't think how this change is crucial to Minetest development. It just changes stuff for the sake of change, which is bad. If you want to call them either blocks or nodes I don't care, but to be truly consistent, you would have to change every single API call that has "node" in the name (register_node, env:get_node, nodeboxes, etc.) I disagree with this change, not even taking Minecraft into account. Kaeza 15:37, 17 June 2013 (CDT)
I'm afraid there are a couple of misconceptions raised here:
  • The move to use Blocks instead of Nodes is not done simply "for the sake of change". As mentioned above, it is straightforward and more readable by non-dev users, which, I think, is the intended audience of this wiki. Also, the original term used in this page was Blocks until it has been changed (without much explanation) to Nodes. Now I think that is something more in line with "changing stuff for the sake of change".
  • The use of the term Blocks would be limited to this wiki. This change will have no bearing on the the dev side or any APIs, not even "for the sake of consistency". This change is NOT crucial or, in any way, related to Minetest development. This is a wiki, a resource targetted for players of this game. Again, devs have their own wiki, if your concerns stem from a developer's POV. Salamangkero 21:27, 17 June 2013 (CDT)
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