[WikiEN-l] Userboxes: A radical proposal

Jeffrey M. Smith wikipedian at jeffsmith.us
Sun Feb 19 01:48:50 UTC 2006

On Saturday 18 February 2006 13:28, Jimmy Wales wrote:
> This is why I've become more and more convinced that the right thing to
> do is to take any and all userboxes which don't fit some very very
> narrow "practical" uses into people's personal userspace. 

Have you seen [[Wikipedia:Userfying userboxes]] ?  That policy proposal says 
that you think it's a good idea, but whether or not you've actually said this 
seems to be challenged.  One valid problem with that proposal is that it 
encourages userbox templates to be recreated as sub-pages in the user 
namespace, which would again make them available as templates for use across 
multiple user pages.  (While this might be fine for non-POV userboxes, I'd 
imagine you'd have the same objection to POV templates in userspace as you do 
for POV templates in the template namespace.)

> If I wasn't such a slow editor, and if I knew how to run a bot, I'd be
> likely to create a huge massive stir by going through every single
> template in the problematic categories and edit every single user page
> to subst them and/or move them to user space, deleting them all as I go.
> Please no one else do this... yet. :)

Well, with the T1-justified deletion spree of politics or belief-oriented 
userboxes[1] paired with [[User:Pathoschild]] 's efforts to subst the 
contents of these deleted userboxes onto user pages, I think this is already 
taking place.

[1] http://tools.wikimedia.de/~interiot/cgi-bin/queries/en_del_userbox

[[User:Jeffrey Smith]] <wikipedian at jeffsmith.us>

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