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From: John Lee
I've been emailed by newbies who weren't aware
of the existence of talk pages.
The monobook skin is designed by long-established users for long-established
users. It'd be great to make it more newbie friendly.
Even if you don't plan to block on a regular (or
even irregular) basis, you undoubtedly will have
to block at one time or another eventually
Well here yet again is an example of equating "blocking admins" with "all
I have been an admin for three years. I've blocked precisely one person (myself, to
happened), so your assertion just isn't true.
, and it's better to have a valid email address
for that eventuality. I can't see any downside at all to this.
The proposal is to retroactively force admins into having an email address and de-admin
if they don't. Admins who've previously prefered to keep their Wikipedia
activities on Wikipedia
are being told that is not allowed. That is a downside.
A further downside is that email fosters
- distrust - witness the dis-ease when Raul conducted the discussion about whether to
the Wikitruth website via email.
- unilateral behaviour - obviously if one person has the information only one person can
concern is "unwiki" uses of email, well, I'm not entirely convinced of the
efficacy of discouraging
admins from having valid email addresses WRT handling this >ostensible problem.
I'm not going so far as actively discouraging it, indeed I am comfortable with it
despite the downsides outlined above. However it is unreasonable to *demand* it.