[WikiEN-l] More editing of user pages, please (was Arbcom has completely lost its mind)

MacGyverMagic/Mgm macgyvermagic at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 13:57:02 UTC 2006

On 2/9/06, Steve Bennett <stevage at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/9/06, MacGyverMagic/Mgm <macgyvermagic at gmail.com> wrote:
> > It makes people happy for a reason. It gives them their own little
> corner on
> > the site which is "theirs". If anyone was able to edit my userspace, it
> > would no doubt kill the formatting I like so much, and who is to say the
> > links I need to work effectively will remain?
> > If editing of userpages wasn't discouraged, who says we wouldn't get
> more
> > disputes (which are now confined to other  pages). If there's things
> clearly
> > unacceptable for userpages like rants, attacks, and certain disruptive
> > things, we should simply state those outright and take action against
> those
> > who break those rules.
> By the same token, we should feel free to edit user pages when they
> cross certain boundaries. Preferably clearly defined ones.
> Editing other people's user pages at other times doesn't seem to have
> much benefit. If someone writes on their page their beliefs and
> standards (as Jimbo does), and someone else edits that, what does the
> page mean afterwards?
> Steve

My point exactly. Like with deletion templates, you should be able to trust
what's in someone's userspace as their opinion. Allowing editing without
VERY strict rules will give POV pushers, vandals and people with an axe to
grind free play.


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