[WikiEN-l] Userboxes: A radical proposal

Drini drini wpdrini at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 03:26:47 UTC 2006

Exactly. There's no problem about writing "I like chocolate strawberry
ice cream" on your userpage. It's the template namespace pollution
that creating an userbox for that sole purpose that causes the
problem. And if an user feels so strong about chocolate strawberry ice
cream, why limit himself to an 8-word userbox? write a paragraph in
your own words about why is it such a good ice cream flavor.

On 2/18/06, Jimmy Wales <jwales at wikia.com> wrote:
> I agree.  The more I think about this, the more I refine my view of what
> I think is "the problem" with these userboxes.  "The problem" is not
> people's self-expression, the problem is that by having these things in
> the Template namespace we are implicitly suggesting that these are
> endorsed by the Wikipedia community, and that plastering a bunch of
> advocacy stickers on your userpage is the right and normal way to be a
> good Wikipedian.

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