[WikiEN-l] Worst. Userbox. Ever.

MacGyverMagic/Mgm macgyvermagic at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 08:19:31 UTC 2006

On 2/6/06, Matt R <matt_crypto at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> --- Tony Sidaway <f.crdfa at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 2/5/06, David Gerard <fun at thingy.apana.org.au> wrote:
> > >
> > > Could someone please kill all userboxes conclusively, even the
> 'useful'
> > > ones.
> >
> > We should do this.  Really we should.  For the sake of the
> > encyclopedia these divisive things must die, and acquire a "shoot on
> > sight" status.  The community is torn in two by their very presence,
> > and I fear that only a software feature preventing the use of
> > categories and templates in userspace would work now.  If I want to
> > say that I'm available as a resource to those needing a speaker of
> > good French, passable Spanish and schoolboy Latin, I can create
> > wikiprojects for the purpose and add my name to them.
> Perhaps the divisive userboxes could die, but (at least) the language
> boxes are
> effective and useful for their purpose in a way that users adding
> themselves to
> lists in obscure parts of the Wikipedia would not be. (Also, many people
> find
> the use of templates to be very useful within userspace.)
> -- Matt
> Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Matt_Crypto
> Blog: http://cipher-text.blogspot.com

I totally agree with Matt here. The useful userboxes don't have to suffer
because some people like to create divisive ones and argue about them.
Babelboxes and boxes which show your abilities, computer settings and
geoprgraphical location are all quite useful and should be allowed to stay.


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