[WikiEN-l] Userboxes: A rational proposal

Matt Brown morven at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 15:27:49 UTC 2006

My concern is that newbies don't stay new, and that this whole thing -
both the userboxes and the war against them - is not going to give
them a great start.

I think to a degree Wikipedia has reached that stage Usenet did, where
suddenly the influx of new people is beyond the rate at which they
tend to acclimate to the older culture.  There are so many newbies
that a newbie-culture can develop without having to join the existing

My thoughts: move all userboxes to user: space, so that they are
obviously not official and not part of the encyclopedia project
proper.  Then ignore them except for awful examples.


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