[WikiEN-l] Userboxes: A radical proposal

Alphax (Wikipedia email) alphasigmax at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 08:10:29 UTC 2006

Angela wrote:
> On 2/18/06, Steve Bennett <stevage at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  What is the worst possible thing that could happen if we removed
>>userpages altogether? Not user talk pages, but "hands off it's mine"
>>user pages.
> You can take away user pages, but you won't remove the desire for
> users to express themselves and explain who they are. I expect we'd
> see signatures becoming more like mini-user pages rather than being a
> link to a user page if you did this. I think the main danger here
> would be losing a sense of community if there was no way of finding
> out anything about a person and everyone became anonymous. We need to
> remove the "hands off it's mine" view of user pages, not remove the
> user pages. It's not the pages themselves that are the problem.

I am reminded here of the incredibly intricate signatures present on
Uncyclopedia, including postnominals which indicate what awards a user
has won...

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