[WikiEN-l] Don't template the newbies either
saintonge at telus.net
Mon Jul 9 08:04:13 UTC 2007
Todd Allen wrote:
>David Gerard wrote:
>>It's from a search engine spammer, but the point stands. Templating is
>>not only insulting to the regulars, it's insulting to all recipients.
>>How about some RFA opposes: "Too much templating, no conversation."
>>That should get the goldfarmers off the templating kick.
>A spammer (who indicated in that post an intent to spam some more) feels
>insulted by getting told to knock it off? Terrible thing, terrible
>thing. Most websites block linkspammers on sight without notice or
>appeal. Warning linkspammers and vandals at all is nicer treatment then
>they'd get most anywhere.
Sounds like you don't get it. Perhaps, over time, this guy would get
into trouble anyway. For now he's just an example of how people are
treated - not just him but others who rund afoul of someone's pet
rule. When you talk to people with templates and threats, or prejudge
that a person is a spammer or some kind of other offender, your
behaviour is no better than what you allege this peron to be doing.
Using templated threats as a first line of approach works only to keep
away thin skinned people who might otherwise become good editors if they
had half a chance. This will also drive away experts who have something
to add to their areas of expertise, but who haven't the time to be
talked down to by clueless admins.
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