[WikiEN-l] Userboxes: A rational proposal

Fred Bauder fredbaud at ctelco.net
Sat Feb 18 20:01:48 UTC 2006

Yes, this confused me. A template is part of the encyclopedia.  
Userboxes are more self-expression. Separating them out will help.


On Feb 18, 2006, at 12:29 PM, Steve Bennett wrote:

> On 2/18/06, Fred Bauder <fredbaud at ctelco.net> wrote:
>>> 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
>>> one.
> Is this true? It's a fairly bold statement...is there evidence for it?
>>> 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.
> That seems reasonable - encyclopaedic templates and userboxes should
> probably not be mixed. We could always create a "user template:"
> namespace too.
> Steve
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