[wp-docs] New page policy discussion

Owen Winkler ringmaster at midnightcircus.com
Wed Mar 2 23:02:28 GMT 2005


I don't have a problem with many of the points mentioned regarding 
naming policies and standards.  My main concern is the implementation of 
that policy.

Empower the users as editors.  Add to these standards a list of special 
tags (like {{Stub}}) that can be applied to pages that need review by 
someone more knowledgeable, and explain to authors how and when to use them.

Leave heftier operations - like merging, splitting, and moving - to 
admins.  Let users mark these pages for admin review and tasking.

One specific point to add to the standards is that links that go nowhere 
should be allowed and *not removed*.  They provide a placeholder for 
people to find things to work on.  If they're such a problem for users 
who find blank pages and don't know what to do, let's create a better 
"This is not written yet" message.

I also want to reiterate that I think that it's very inconvenient, 
counter-wiki, admin-intensive - choose your adjective - to insist on 
User: pages.  It creates a lot more work for everyone in the end, and 
doesn't appear to me to substantially increase the quality of the content.

Your original message is not in this email client, which is not a 
surprise to me.  It is likely related to my misuse of pop3, rather than 
a list-server issue.


Carthik Sharma wrote:
> Hi Owen,
> I tried to get a start on New Page policy discussion in an early
> thread [1] that I mentioned on this thread earlier. While it continues
> to the use the sub-page-of-userpage system, it specifies how new pages
> will be created/named and so answers at least a few of the questions
> you ask in this mail. Would you care to comment/improve on that thread
> I started. Feedback is always welcome. Once we can reach an agreement,
> we can avoid frequent re-discussions of old topics of this kind, and
> move forward with the tasks at hand.
> [1] http://comox.textdrive.com/pipermail/wp-docs/2005-February/000007.html

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