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Proxima's (initial) support of criticism[edit]

(Proxima is no longer an administrator, so I moved these comments from the project page to here. Lumenos 23:50, 22 June 2010 (EDT))

Are the articles on wikis to be sympathetic, critical, both, or "neutral"? ~~ Lumenos

Wikipedia supposedly uses the "neutral" approach.
This offers much opportunity for censorship and edit waring. ~~ Lumenos
Wikinfo deals with edit wars by making the main article sympathetic, and posting a link at the top of that article, to an article devoted solely to criticism.
This sort of policy sounds like it might work here, if y'all agree. ~~ Lumenos
It's cumbersome at Wikinfo but it's better than not allowing criticism at all.Proxima Centauri 01:34, 30 August 2009 (EDT)
I actually would have preferred entire pages for criticism like MarkDilley suggested but I'm not sure if that is possible while leaving the articles OpenEdit. Lumenos 23:50, 22 June 2010 (EDT)

Misc issues[edit]

I've looked briefly at your suggested guidelings and it looks like something that we can discuss. Frankly I've had trouble with those who want me fired before and I know them, I think they're just trolling me. I'd rather stay an admin here but if things go wrong there's plenty for me to do elsewhere online or offline. Proxima Centauri 03:11, 29 August 2009 (EDT)

Do you know if the owners of WikiIndex support a consensus approach? Is the opposition pretty much out of luck as far as any disagreement with you, in other words? Lumenos 04:59, 29 August 2009 (EDT)
I don't mean to pry, but when you say "fired" does that mean you are a paid employee? Lumenos 04:59, 29 August 2009 (EDT)
If you have already decided on what conditions you are willing to work here, I'd be interested in that. If the owner agrees or disagrees to your terms, then we will have some official policy. I don't see this as democratic but it would save time, if that is what it comes down to. Lumenos 04:59, 29 August 2009 (EDT)
Lumenos seems to have one agenda here, and that is fairly clear when one looks at L's contribs.
I think the general policy here is to simply describe wikis, not to engage in petty arguments about their worldview. Huw Powell 07:14, 1 September 2009 (EDT)
It doesn't look like Proxima has any serious intentions of leaving, so the subject of this thread is concluded, as far as I am concerned. I will quote your accusations on your talk page, and respond there. Lumenos 05:32, 3 September 2009 (EDT)

I applaud your attempt at making clear to everyone what our policies and guidelines are. All too often one person thinks one action is the obvious common-sense right thing to do, and that one thing is, and always has been, the policy; while someone else thinks the same thing about some conflicting action. Best to get everyone on the same page before some emergency erupts.

However, although I think "documented rules" are better than "unwritten rules", I think a more important principle is "Keep it simple". Also known as wp:Wikipedia:Avoid instruction creep.

Is there is a better wiki somewhere for discussing the *potential* kinds of rules that a wiki *could* set up? One that could calmly discuss the pros and cons of a particular policy, and its impact if all/most/some/none new wikis adopted it. Perhaps MeatballWiki ? --DavidCary 00:28, 3 September 2009 (EDT)

Parts of it may be appropriate at MeatballWiki, but much of it is specific to this wiki and its editors and administration. I'm responding to some conflicts amongst the administration and editors here. I've gotten some support from Proxima both here and on my talk page, and no objections thus far. Again, I apologize for my embarrassing blunders on your talk page. I'm usually not that absent minded. Lumenos 08:40, 3 September 2009 (EDT)
Do you know if the owners of this wiki favor a consensus approach to resolving conflicts or developing policy? By that I mean involving and inviting the community of administrators, editors, and readers to collaborate to develop policy, etc? I think that fact would illuminate a description of the policy to a great degree. It would also save me a lot of time trying to derive consensus if this won't be allowed anyway. Lumenos 08:48, 3 September 2009 (EDT)
As far as keeping it simple. Well, do you want me to just make up some rules? :-) Lumenos 09:54, 3 September 2009 (EDT)
I put a notice at the top saying, "For a few simple guidelines, see WikiIndex:Guidelines. For other guidelines, see Category:Guidelines." There is not much there however. People get fairly heated with this stuff and I think there is a need to address issues of how to properly go about attempting to "force" one's will, when people don't agree. So I see policy solely as a means to resolving conflicts. Lumenos 09:54, 3 September 2009 (EDT)
I don't mind if you want (me) to move some or all of it, but one problem is that it would give me some work to do because I may fix all the "interwiki" links I created, to it. (I've created links to specific sections in it.) I do that to divert people's aggression, into a constructive means of building consensus. So when a squabble breaks out, I send someone the link and I say, here Genius, you know how everyone should act make up some rules for us. :-) Which they usually don't do, but thus far I've been pleased with the progress of one wiki article. Someone who was protective of the wiki, agreed to a criticism section and they actually posted it themselves. They also have been allowing a link to a sort of "rival wiki". Lumenos 13:03, 3 September 2009 (EDT)

How to do this sort of thing[edit]

You talk on the talk page, find areas that people agree on, and eventually make the "article". The way this is being done is a disaster. A mess. And Lumenos is linking to it as a "policy" page on user talk pages. Huw Powell 01:02, 6 September 2009 (EDT)

Find me something closer to a policy page and I will link to that. It clearly states the lack of clear policy. Lumenos 03:36, 6 September 2009 (EDT)
And my user page clearly states that I have no special power here other than "reason". Lumenos 03:38, 6 September 2009 (EDT)
Yeah, but maybe no one cares what you want the policy of WI to be, other than you. Huw Powell 05:51, 6 September 2009 (EDT)
Dear Huw Powell,
You talk on the talk page? Is that so? Many editors here came from wiki that didn't have a talk page (such as, for example, the original wiki). If that is really such a good idea, then maybe a written guideline would help us, explaining why that works better than the alternatives.
maybe no one cares what you want? Did you really intend to sound this rude?
what you want the policy of WI to be? Are you reading the same page I'm reading? From reading this page, phrases like "... standards should be established ..." and "Please keep in mind that these "policies" may change" make it sound like the writer is not trying to push through any particular policy. Rather, it sounds like that writer is curious as to our actual policies, and is pointing out various areas where a clear written policy might be a good idea.
a disaster. A mess. This is a wiki. Therefore, if you see a disaster, please fix it. If a page is unfixable, slap that Template:Tl template at the top. With respect, --DavidCary 02:35, 9 September 2009 (EDT)
Hi David, "Many editors here came from wiki that didn't have a talk page" - but those of us who have editing wikis that have discussion (talk) pages for years have no way of knowing that. It's like that "real name goes in the mainspace" thing - had I known that I would have simply used a common pseudonym I employ when I signed up.
"maybe no one cares what you want" I'm looking for where I said that, was it the edit comment? Yeah, sorry, that Lummykin guy gets on my tits with his often incomprehensible approach.
I guess part of the "disaster/mess" comment is a result of my being involved in working out policy pages on their respective talk pages on a wiki that is more active than this one. We used a draft version in the project page, and headers in the talk page that made it clear what was being discussed in each section, and it worked well, and left a clear record behind of how the project page came to say what it says. I guess you guys are just used to working in a way that seems very foreign to me. Where might I find more information about this mode of working? Oh, and where is this "original wiki" I keep reading about? Best regards, Huw Powell 17:06, 11 September 2009 (EDT)
Is there something stopping you from going to an official policy discussion page and doing what you suggest? Or is mine just a bit too interesting for Huw to resist ;-)? Lunemos 15:01, 12 September 2009 (EDT)
What I find lacking in say, Wikipedia's policies:
  • No reliable sources, for their claims. It's a policy about what some powerful editors would like "the policy" to be. Doesn't necessarily reflect how the machine actually functions. Which brings me to my next point. Lumenos 15:03, 12 September 2009 (EDT)
  • Failure to distinguish between stated "policy" and the actual behavior of the administration or editors. Lumenos 15:03, 12 September 2009 (EDT)
This page is mostly not my recommendations on policy. It is an outline of issues that have been sources of conflict here. There are many links and quotes to what I have found the administration saying or doing. You can post your "policy recommendations" in talk pages, if you wish. I would think you might have better luck posting them on this "policy article", but, then again, when you do that, it makes it look like more of a legitimate collaborative project, doesn't it? It is understandable that this would be a fear of yours, given my interest creating criticism pages for controversial wikis. Lumenos 04:43, 9 September 2009 (EDT)

By the way, how do you feel about the RationalWiki article (and those other four wikis) having pages for constructive criticism? The clock is ticking and you never know what Dilley may spring on us next. You might consider what happened the last time y'all just ignored his recommendation and continued in your squabbling. And you might consider one of his other recommendations (which I support, if that matters). Lumenos 04:57, 9 September 2009 (EDT)

This is how I choose to react to Dilley's decision to move those articles to talk pages. He has spoken in that location before; maybe he will respond there. I think he has more incentive to consider my questions, in that location, rather than when you post un-constructive complaints on talk pages. So that is my way of doing this sort of thing. Good luck in yours. Lumenos 04:43, 9 September 2009 (EDT)

Dear Huw Powell,
Yes, I also find Lumenos often incomprehensible. . I don't know what "the clock is ticking" refers to.
"I'm looking for where I said that" On most web browsers, Ctrl+f helps you find text on the current web page.
"where is this "original wiki" Somewhere in the WikiIndex is a link to the WikiWikiWeb.
I think most of the "quirks" you see at WikiIndex are merely the result of this being a low-editing-traffic site; and so the quirks and "temporary" experiments of the most recent two or three editors color this wiki much more strongly than at higher-volume wiki.
"... have no way of knowing that... had I known that I would have ... Where might I find more information about this mode of working?" When you say things like that, it makes me think that you wish someone had written down these unwritten traditions we have at WikiIndex. Please help us write these things -- and please do persuade us to consciously discard unproductive traditions and add better traditions.
Dear WikiIndex editors,
Huw Powell's suggestion to "find areas that people agree on" and "used a draft version in the project page" sounds like a good idea. So I moved discussion from the main page to the talk page at WikiIndex:Blocking Policy ( [1] ).
Should we do the same "move discussion to talk page" with this WikiIndex:Policies and Guidelines page? Should we merge User:Lumenos/WikiIndex (unwritten) policies into this talk page also? --DavidCary 09:41, 25 September 2009 (EDT)
Parts of User:Lumenos/WikiIndex (unwritten) policies might work for this talk page but I mixed policy proposals with observations of the administration and editors. I'm gonna separate all that. I'm really confused as to what policies are currently in force and what role I am being permitted or invited, to play here. I'm attempting to minimize drawing attention to myself, by editing for WikiIndex off-site, and so that I can post things after I have had more time to develop them. Then I will post the policy proposals as subpages of this talk page. Lumenos 18:36, 25 September 2009 (EDT)
The other part of this is observations of WikiIndex. These are to help new editors know what is permissible or preferable here, by both editors and administrators. This is the "unwritten policy", so to speak. I will post these as subpages of my user page, if that is okay. That way I will only take up a section here, which will have links to the subpages. Maybe once a week or once a month (depending on my activity) I will merge the latest versions of these subpages with my own edits. This is to minimize "edit spamming" of Recent Changes. Lumenos 18:36, 25 September 2009 (EDT)
If anyone agrees with these proposals we could move them out to this talk page and I might directly ask some of the more involved admins (Felix, DavidCary, and Proxima if she still works here) for their votes, comments, or changes. If at least one of them agrees with a proposal and there are no objections, move them out to policy page with the names of all those editors and administrators, who support the policy. Put a history link to the exact version they signed, so the policy can still be changed without misrepresenting them. If we get a number of these, then I might ask the other administrators to vote, comment, or change these policies. This would probably take a number of months, if there is any interest. Lumenos 18:36, 25 September 2009 (EDT)
These "policy negotiations" may serve only as an agreement between myself and anyone I am having a conflict with. Or my proposals might not garner much interest. That is not a failure as far as I am concerned; I enjoy doing it just for the mental exercise and to understand wiki policy, morality, law, etc. I probably shouldn't go into my grandiose views on the potential of wikis, as I'm sure y'all think I am an obsessed nutjob, without me adding more fuel to the fire. (-; Lumenos 18:36, 25 September 2009 (EDT)

Previous contents were moved[edit]

The above discussion is relevant to the content of the project page before Dilley "seconded" Bob suggestion of replacing the page with a sentence. It was very long and many prolific editors and administrators commented on it. Dilley has asked that I slow down, but I may be permitted to develop the page further. It can now be found at User:Lumenos/WikiIndex policies (and drama) ~~ Lumenos 11:03, 14 September 2009 (EDT)

While I am flattered that my comments now grace the project page, it is possible that a little more consideration might have been in order before they were unilaterally imposed.--Bob M 14:05, 14 September 2009 (EDT)
Well, is it better than before? I don't aim for perfection, only improvement. I plan to merge in administrative comments from the original. I'm not really sure what you or Dilley want, but feel free to revert, merge, or do whatever. Any "unilateral" edit in a wiki is subject to peer review and alteration. Lumenos 16:03, 14 September 2009 (EDT)

Irrelevant content[edit]

"Spam and irrelevant content will be mercilessly deleted."

Since I have been critical of article protections, I've been accused of "spamming" Recent Changes, by Dilley and then Felix. Ordinarily I would think Felix' rules are not in reference to what I was doing, but I'm not sure, given this (enraged?) reply. "Assume good faith." That would be nice. But my question is about the "irrelevant" content. Are you referring to talk pages, or only articles? It sounds sorta uum.... over the top, to say we are going to "mercilessly" remove something that is merely irrelevant. It is just weird after being accused of trolling and all these things. It is kinda intimidating. Maybe it is not meant to be. Lumenos 22:15, 17 September 2009 (EDT)
Twisting my words again, are you? Feel free to put milder words in that rule. It's just a proposal. I went out and put it directly on the actual page because nobody else would, but it's still just a proposal. As a wise man said, this website should be always under construction. Felix Pleşoianu | talk 00:58, 18 September 2009 (EDT)
Thank you for rewriting the policy proposal, telling us that this is not an official policy, and that you don't mind non-administrators editing it. I didn't know your intentions on those three subjects, until now. Lumenos 00:36, 23 September 2009 (EDT)

"Noncommercial" spamming[edit]

Category spam[edit]

We should probably have some criteria for a wiki to be included in a category. I propose it be that the wiki has at least so many characters devoted to the category subject, since this is relatively easy to measure by copying text into a text editor (if anyone cares to check). Only problem is it may be difficult to find the pages on these subjects. Lumenos 00:36, 23 September 2009 (EDT)

It would have to be an arbitrary number, say 15,000 characters on the category subject? Lumenos 00:36, 23 September 2009 (EDT)

Edit spamming[edit]

Putting too many links to a single favored wiki unless it happens to contain information pertinent to the subject being discussed. For example, Wikipedia or MeatballWiki, are often cited regarding policy, definitions, etc. Lumenos 00:36, 23 September 2009 (EDT)

Hijacking Recent Changes[edit]

A proposal that there shall be no specific rule against "hijacking" (spamming) Recent Changes, but that this would regulated by:

  • The "commercial spam" policy.
  • "Edit spam" policy.
  • An etiquette policy on making the first edit right so it doesn't have to be corrected.
  • WikiIndex inclusion policy. So long as the subject is otherwise appropriate for WikiIndex, I see no reason to make a specific rule against hijacking Recent Changes.

Lumenos 00:36, 23 September 2009 (EDT)