[WikiEN-l] Userboxes: A modest proposal.

Snowspinner Snowspinner at gmail.com
Fri Feb 17 15:52:29 UTC 2006

I would like to see all userboxes done through substitution instead  
of making TfD weep openly, which this would do.


On Feb 17, 2006, at 10:48 AM, David Gerard wrote:

> I've suggested this on the workshop page of the Tony Sidaway RFAr
> (which is basically the AC case that had *better* deal conclusively
> with the userbox issue) and I present it here for your esteemed
> dissection.
> Ignoring procedural matters (the AC has yet to make policy that it
> isn't damn sure  is already consensus), here's a proposal:
> "The Arbcom recommends to Jimbo a declaration as policy:
> * Rather than permitting all userboxes and disallowing only the worst
> ones, policy shall follow the model on de: and move to certain
> userboxes being permitted and all others limited or forbidden.
> * Userboxes for human languages spoken and for geographic location are
> unlimited.
> * A user may display three other userboxes, whether by template, page
> transclusion, code substitution, image or other means. Other userboxes
> may be subject to deletion discussion on WP:TFD, except those
> susceptible to speedy deletion under T1."
> Cutting the Gordian knot.
> * de: has Babel and location only and has yet to collapse in user
> civil war. I deliberately didn't include "and others per community
> consensus" as
>     (a) purported "community consensus" going against the actual aims
> of the project was how we got into this mess;
>     (b) any attempted "community consensus" on the subject of
> userboxes has become a festering mess of sockpuppets, meatpuppets,
> getting the vote out, wheel warring, process-addict querulousness
> versus hipshooting IAR and several multi-volume fantasy epics' worth
> of flamewars.
> * The "or other means" takes care of the userbox warriors.
> * Where you take bad userboxes to kill them is spelt out.
> Note also that my own userpage would presently fall afoul of this one.
> Please discuss.
> - d.
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