[WikiEN-l] [Fwd: Re: Deletion of large pages]
snowspinner at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 05:36:47 UTC 2008
On Feb 4, 2008, at 12:31 AM, Tim Starling wrote:
> NavouWiki wrote:
>> Desysop east for improving the encyclopedia by technically
>> precluding the
>> deletion of the main page? The proposal is garbage.
> Desysop East718 for out-of-process deletion of the main page and
> destruction of the page history.
East718's actions seem to me a well-intentioned if somewhat hasty
response to an accidental main page deletion that happened because of
a misunderstood joke in #wikipedia-en-admins. (One user inadvertently
led another user to believe that deleting the main page was now
impossible, and suggested he try it to see. User #1 thought User #2
knew he was joking, User #2 did not know that #1 was joking, and non-
It was a dumb and overreacting solution, but it was well-intentioned
and largely harmless (as I don't think the page history of the main
page is all that interesting.) And it does help protect against the
really bad admin vandalism where important pages are history merged
(as opposed to an important page and a trivial user subpage) - a
security hole that has been existent for years and remains an easy way
for somebody to do substantially irritating damage to the project.
Still probably unwise, but not insta-desysop material.
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