[WikiEN-l] #wikipedia IRC channel guidelines review

Phil Sandifer Snowspinner at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 21:55:47 UTC 2007

The relative failure of the IRC guidelines should be exhibit A for  
those who feel that things are improved by the addition of policy and  

IRC was not broken when this ham-handed attempt to fix it was  
enacted. Unsurprisingly, it is difficult to fix non-existent problems.

Phil Sandifer
sandifer at english.ufl.edu

You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a  
boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.


On Jul 30, 2007, at 12:35 PM, Mark Ryan wrote:

> Hello everyone.
> As a few of you may know, about 5 weeks ago some new guidelines were
> put into place on meta for the IRC channel #wikipedia. At the same
> time, the operator access list for the channel was emptied and started
> from scratch.
> The changes were quite unpopular, to say the least. A discussion
> thread was started about them on the foundation-l mailing list, but
> probably should have been started on wikipedia-l.
> Now that I am back from my holiday, I have opened a review discussion
> about the guidelines on their talk page on meta, which you can access
> at the follow URL:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:IRC_guidelines/wikipedia
> I would very much appreciate the input there of all people who have an
> interest in the guidelines, and indeed any users of the
> Wikipedia-affiliated IRC channels on Freenode.
> ~Mark Ryan
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