[wp-hackers] users vs. usermeta

Dougal Campbell dougal at gunters.org
Wed Dec 14 17:05:53 GMT 2005

David House wrote:
> He's saying that those fields should be moved to users, and the
> usermeta table be left for plugins, if I've read that correctly. I've
> outlined the reasons for the current setup in my previous email.

Ah, I think I see what you mean. I think I read the original message 
incorrectly. Plus, I had a brainfart and thought that some of the fields 
were still in the users table.

What I was trying to say is that the fields like the ones relating to IM 
do belong in the usermeta table. They were moved out of the main users 
table for version 2.0 for a reason (table normalization). Any field 
which may not be populated for a significant number of table rows, is a 
good candidate for lookup tables like usermeta.

Dougal Campbell <dougal at gunters.org>

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