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How to: rename a file

How to rename a page for a file like: File:HelmutLeitnerPhotographsMarkDilley.jpg Manorainjan (talk) 15:35, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

I don't know of a way to rename files as they are more an object than a wiki page. I am also not sure why you would want to rename the file. ~~ MarkDilley
I can do that! What name do you want it calling? Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 20:23, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
Sean, please don't rename it without a fuller discussion, I would rather not have a repeat of Category:Inactive. Thanks, MarkDilley
OK, understood :)) I'm guessing the rationale by which Manorainjan wishes to rename it is simply for more accurate sorting in categories, ie, alphabetically. Afterall, if I wish to search for your mug-shots, I'd look under either D or M :pp Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 21:57, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
Oh, ok, so something that means the same, written differently - like File:MarkDilleyPhotographedByHelmutLeitner.jpg would work. Thanks, MarkDilley
Right ;-) I wish to name it 'Mark_Dilley_by_Helmut_Leitner'. The logic is, that a picture with the name HelmutLeitnerPhotographsMarkDilley would have to show Mr. Leitner and his camera in action. But we see only Mark ;-) Manorainjan (talk) 22:22, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
Is there any rename-Tag like the delete?
  {'{rename|my favourite name}'}
Cool, although I would prefer to keep the file name in CamelCase. Best, MarkDilley
WhatIsTheAdvantageOfCamelCase?Manorainjan (talk) 22:34, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

@Mark - yes, exactly. The image won't change, just the name of the file. Would 'MarkDilley_by_HelmutLeitner' fit your CamelCaseophobia?

@Manorainjan - no, we don't have a template requesting a file rename - feel free to create one if you wish. Re CamelCase - Mark likes to hang onto that with the same viggor that a starving dog hangs onto the butchers bones!! Don't even go there! :)))))

Oh, only sysops can rename files. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 22:49, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Sean You confuse me since WikiIndex has no list of sysops.Manorainjan (talk) 23:26, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Doesn't Special:ListUsers/sysop fit your need? --YiFei | talk 23:43, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Manorainjan, CamelCase is the original way links were written in wiki from 1996 to 2002. It is a smart way of linking and I like to keep the WikiEthos. :-) ~~ MarkDilley (suggested edit is ok, not the way I would prefer but acceptable.)

So we all got our conditioning. In my case (hehe) I once could not restore a needed backup, because the windows backup software wrote the files with öäü and blanks in the name, but the DOS-based restore part could not handle that.:-/ Manorainjan (talk) 23:26, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Mark, do we have your agreement for 'MarkDilley_by_HelmutLeitner' as the rename? Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 12:55, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Sure MarkDilley
I've done the rename. --YiFei | talk 09:32, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Template:Size broken

Please investigate I don't know why or how--I can't seem to figure it out and I'm rapidly falling asleep. :-/ Koavf (talk) 06:42, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

That's because of the unexplained(?) disappearance of Semantic MediaWiki. Please see User talk:MarkDilley#Back-end changes ???? - confusion in the mad house. We could either poke someone with shell access (eg. Emufarmers or Ray King) to re-enable that extension or disable the feature completely (pro: can be done immediately & reduce server load; con: no more Semantic Forms :( ). --YiFei | talk 08:07, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I quite like the Semantic Forms :ppp. But yes, follow the discussion on Mark Dilley's talk page as linked above. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 15:42, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Computer // Computers

(moved from User talk:Koavf) (moved to -> Category talk:Computers)

Logos of Category:Dormant wikis

I think it would be good practice to upload the logo picture file of any wiki that one categorizes as Dormant or worse. Because from there it is all to likely that the wiki will become inaccessible and so a logo that is only linked to will get lost.Manorainjan (talk) 13:53, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

That's an interesting thought. However, I'd be inclined not to agree – many wikis now automatically get stored by the InternetArchive WaybackMachine at Even if just the main page is archived, it will still store its logo, and we can hotlink to the logo on Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 20:09, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Category:Wiki Status / Template:WikiStatus

(moved from here: User talk:Hoof Hearted/Archive4 - 2014#Category:Wiki Status / Template:WikiStatus --Manorainjan (talk) 15:39, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

The stati 'Dead' and 'Inactive' are the same! What is the use of that? And is there a reason to delete a wiki entry altogether? --Manorainjan (talk) 19:11, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Dead might mean the wiki is no longer there. Inactive might mean that it is dusty, in that case Needs Love is a better status. Again, you find inconsistencies... please feel free to offer solutions! :-) ~~ MarkDilley
OK, I changed the description of Inactive to something not active for a year or longer. Somebody has to confirm 1 Year and update the rest of languages somehow. I did en, de, es, and fr. sv I can't and the others I do not even know their names ;-)
BTW: I changed colour of Category:Dead to black B-) --Manorainjan (talk) 21:00, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
IIRC, from the may discussions from many different editors here, that Category:Inactive should be depreciated, and we just use Category:Dead for those permanently vanished, but use Category:Dormant. Whilst dictionary definition for 'inactive' might describe some wikis; ie: 'idle' - the literal meaning of 'inactive' is whereby there are short periods of - say downtime. Dictionary definition for general adjective of 'dormant' has two complimentary meanings - 1. "quiet and inactive, as in sleep", 2. "latent or inoperative". A further biological definition of 'dormant' means: "alive but in a resting torpid condition with no growth". So 'dormant' basically means a lack of any activity for longer periods of time - hence why I personally prefer Dormant over Inactive for wikis which are still reachable, but havn't been edited for a long time. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 12:27, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Great! Than lets check 850 Wikis and sort them into one of the not depriciated cats ;-) Manorainjan (talk) 16:11, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
After you, Sir! :ppp
I think most of those will have been categorised into Inactive by changing their respective infobox template from {{Wiki}} to {{Inactive}}. I could run a Special:ReplaceText to change the first line (which is what was done previously in reverse, albeit manually on a wiki-by-wiki basis) - but that would then leave the status field open to major errors. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 16:35, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

OK, run the replace for the first line only. Whatever remains in the Category:Inactive will have to be checked manually. Actually I expect a resurrection 1 out of 100 ;-) Manorainjan (talk) 17:29, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

That isn't the best idea. If one does run the automated text replacement, they'll be no way of checking which ones are dead and which are dormant. I honestly think they all need to be done manually :((( Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 19:21, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
OK Manorainjan (talk) 19:31, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
I knew it: Only 19 'inactive' entries checked and already found one active! :-) Manorainjan (talk) 21:33, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
I second what Sean said, manual is the way to go. Regarding "Dead" vs. "Inactive", no consensus was ever established on which to use. We've been using both simultaneously. I again reiterate that we should NOT populate active categories with dead wikis! So, since you are changing these wikis over from the Inactive template to the regular Wiki template with a "Dead" status, please blank the main topic parameter. Thanks! --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 01:35, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
So, You reiterate we should....not...Better You substantiate with arguments. I do not agree with that. To shift from inactive to dead is not a loss of information but a clarification. The 'blanking' of category information is a loss of information. Then one could delete the entries of dead wikis as well. But I understood, that I do not have a licence to kill here. Userpages of spammers get deleted but no wiki entries ever. If an entry should be preserved it should also be traceable. So, cats should remain connected with them. There is no use of not killing the entry if I kill the information that leads to the entry. So, what is so bad about this 'population'? Manorainjan (talk) 01:52, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
The problem is that an index of dead wikis is about as useful as a phone book from 1965. It's of historical interest, but little practical use. --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 02:10, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
I do keep old phone books. ;-) In fact it is a speciality of my home town to issue an address book. I collect those of different years and I use them once in a while. I'm paying prices for really old ones. I'm afraid Your phone-book allegory did not serve Your purpose very well because real phone books take real space which kept category tags do not take at all. Manorainjan (talk) 11:06, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
That said, I am in favor of keeping listings for dead wikis. It shows how hard it is to keep one going, how many fall by the wayside, and what topics have sprung up over time. I'm just not in favor of including dead wikis in categories. This has been status quo here for years. That's not to say that we can't change it, but should we? --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 02:16, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
So again You iterate Your distaste for leaving the dead wikis in their categories. But where is the argument to act upon? In order to delete or hide information in a wiki one needs quite a good argument. That should be more than "I do not see the use". You need to explain the specific danger or burden of relatively high weight. A distaste will not do. Manorainjan (talk) 11:06, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Manorainjan – I've got other work to do right now, so I'll try and answer your concerns later today. Prod me if I forget! Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 11:43, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

"It's of historical interest, but little practical use." Does history not have practical uses? Leucosticte (talk) 23:07, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

MarvelZuvembies concerns

You may well be right that no 'formal' concensus has ever been reached over the Dead vs Inactive debate (but then we arn't Wikipedia!). However, even going back to 2006 I noticed some of the founding editors of WikiIndex questioning the wisdom of using the term 'inactive' (and the categorisation of the same) for genuinely dead wiki. I have had MANY other editors question me (either on my or their talk page, or maybe on the category or template talk page) over the same issue. It seems very clear to me that this issue needs to be answered one way or the other. I would have to say that there is maybe a kind of 'organic' concensus to support much more clarity over this; and being as Mark tells everyone to BeBold (and indeed, above in this very conversation, he states NeedsLove is more appropriate than Inactive) — I have done just that!

Re the 'Dead' issue — I have never found any previous concensus on the need to basically obliterate all identifying features of a dead wiki – such as its wiki engine, language, etc. I am especially concerned that the present way also assigns both its logo and its subject matter into Room 101!!!! Our current way of identifying 'Inactive' wikis (which use Template:Inactive) is about as useful as an ashtray on a MotoGP motorbike! The name of the wiki, with NO other identifying features – what use is that? It is also massively biased towards Wikia wikis – those never die, they just fester and rot into eternity – but are (now) being categorised into Category:Dormant. Whereas, other smaller wiki farms might not have the resources to keep abandoned wiki alive are forced to delete them – hence Category:Dead.

I also have very deep concerns about deleting the subject matter from dead wiki – what is the rationale for that????? BTW, I'm not having a personal attack at you MarvelZuvembie – I'm just tired and frustrated on why we seem to keep going back to the lowest common, historical denominator! I have massive respect for your input here. :)))) Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 11:43, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

No worries. I didn't take it as a personal attack. :-) I was being fairly blunt in my statement of my concerns. This is a small enough group and we've been around each other for a while, so I didn't feel a particular need to sugarcoat it.
As far as the previous practice of removing all categories from dead wikis, I assure you that it is there. When I started doing that, I was imitating what had gone on before. In fact, it is intrinsic to the very template. Switching to the Inactive template will remove these wikis from most categories, except for "dead wikis."
For me, the more important question is, what do we want to do going forward? Again, to reiterate the joke for those who haven't seen it, including dead wikis in category lists is about as useful as keeping around a phone book from 1965. How frustrating is it, when looking for a particular topic, to click on several category members and find that none the wikis in that category are currently active. I don't object to changing our minds (or, if you prefer, settling our minds), but I thought before we go about doing a massive overhaul of WikiIndex, we might want to talk about it. I know, too late, it's already begun. ;-)
In practical terms, it wouldn't be so bad to include dead wikis in categories. At least it shows in the infobox that they are dead. (It might be good to highlight that fact a little more clearly, perhaps with a bold header or footer?) And it does give a sense of historical interest in a topic when you included the dead wikis along with the live ones. Also, most categories here aren't so huge that you would have to click through several dead wikis to find a live one. So, I can see arguments for both ways of doing things. Previously, there had been some question as to whether or not to keep dead wikis on the index at all, but most of us (myself included) favor keeping them around.
So for me the question becomes what we see as the more important purpose of WikiIndex: is it a directory or is it a reference guide? I believe using the Inactive template furthers the first purpose, while merely changing the status to Dead favors the second. --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 19:57, 6 August 2014 (UTC)


moved from User talk:Hoof Hearted/Archive4 - 2014#Template:Inactive Manorainjan (talk) 15:43, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Template:Inactive boilerplate is not marked as depreciated. WikiIndex:Community portal shows 'Inactive' in the right column under Guidelines. Manorainjan (talk) 10:24, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

I feel strongly that it need not be removed. ~~ MarkDilley

The problem that MarvelZuvembie is pointing out is the main problem. We do not want categories to contain dead/inactive wiki. For example, adding the inactive template here: AgileEdge Wiki takes away all the categories from the page except category inactive for those that want a record of wikis that have been. Having them in active categories doesn't help anyone. Changing the template is a simple edit, rather than removing all the categories. If we can find a solution to this issue in the framework of getting rid of template inactive, that would be a possible step. ~~ MarkDilley

You write "Having them in active categories doesn't help anyone."
  1. For one: What is an active category? I would say, that every category in which one can place an entry is an 'active' category. So, to call an category active does not bring us anywhere.
  2. Secondly no one can know what would be helpful for an other. The evidence about the total uselessness can not be supplied. But I can supply evidence for the opposite: Out of about every 20 Entries which I checked in order to remove the inactive tag I found a 'resurrected' wiki. I was never a supporter of the death penalty. I know, that things change. It may take time but it does. To leave informative entries about wikis which are dead for now will increase their chances for new live.
  3. It may be a annoyance to some of our visitors if they search trough the index and find every second entry in certain category to be dead. Rather than removing such entries from the category and render them unfindable I suggest to mark them in the list with a '†'. Like that they do not disturbe the ones who are looking for active wikis only. Manorainjan (talk) 19:15, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

For example of what I mean of Active having AgileEdge Wiki in Category:Wiki English is deceptive if it is a dead wiki. It is not a wiki any longer and it is not an english wiki. ~~ MarkDilley

So the language of the text in the archive changes from English to something else? ;-) And when my mother dies, she is not my mother any more? And when the Wiki dies, the entry about that Wiki is dead as well? I should remind You of the fact, that most Wikis are not telephone books. Most Wikis keep a lot of information about dead persons like: Carl Friedrich Gauss. Now let us see the 'active' categories he (his entry) is in: {Kategorien: 1777 births 1855 deaths People from Braunschweig Deists 18th-century German mathematicians 19th-century German mathematicians Mental calculators Differential geometers German astronomers German Lutherans German physicists Optical physicists German scientists Number theorists People from Brunswick Recipients of the Copley Medal Recipients of the Pour le Mérite (civil class) Braunschweig University of Technology alumni University of Helmstedt alumni University of Göttingen alumni University of Göttingen faculty Members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Fellows of the Royal Society Corresponding Members of the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences Honorary Members of the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences Members of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art Vesta} What do we learn from this? That en.wikipedia has the same problems as we have: double categories! (2*People from Braunschweig, my hometown ;-) Manorainjan (talk) 19:40, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

I think we have to spend some time thinking about what it is we want here and what is the diff of our thinking around it.~~ MarkDilley
Ah, I see you are wanting to bring some Wikipedia thinking here. An idea of WikiIndex is that it is an active wiki of wiki. One of the compromises we made earlier on was to keep dead wiki but not put them in categories of active wiki. (I was on the side of keeping them, not so sure anymore!) That compromise was to put them in their own category (inactive) - dead was added later on and we never solved the duality of the problem that created. As with any wiki, we can change our mind, which I think would take a few more comments from active people - because we are not in majority agreement with this. :-) ~~ MarkDilley
Speaking directly to the issue of overlapping categories, I'd like to point out that we are not Wikipedia. There are no overcategorization or duplicate category rules in effect here. The object here is to make Wikis easy to find. With this in mind, some wikis may be included in both a category and its subcategory. While this may be messy from an administrative perspective, it is hopefully useful for navigation. --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 20:15, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

FWIW, if we start tallying numbers of dead wikis here, I'd like to point out that there are currently 132 wikis in the oft-forgotten Category:Cannot connect. --MarvelZuvembie (talk)

I think it's beneficial to keep the articles about dead wikis. One never knows when they might come to life again. Leucosticte (talk) 21:32, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

I 100% subscribe to that! Therefore I'm still objecting Your deletion request of that Wiki which You (co)founded: But this Discussion was not about deleting Wiki entries. It is about the use of the template:Inactive. Manorainjan (talk) 08:53, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Back to the actual topic: While trying to find out about the history of this place I hat to come to SwitchWiki and changed status to Archived because it was. But the preceding Wiki which I only found by taking a detour to WikiIndex:History where it was mentioned, I found buried under the notorious Template:inactive, even though it is archived too and roots for our own history. There You can clearly see the nonsense of this template! This template turns our ambition to preserve Wiki history into a laugh! Manorainjan (talk) 09:09, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

deleted entry

Once upon a time the policy seemed to be to delete inactive Wikis... User talk:Peu#File:43 Best Blogs.gif and not every sysop knows about the current policy... So, before we finalize our thoughts about categories, the more fundamental policy regarding deletion or not should be agreed upon and communicated. Manorainjan (talk) 14:02, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

"Once upon a time the policy seemed to be to delete inactive Wikis... " -- I don't think that was ever the policy Manorainjian :-) ~~ MarkDilley
Mark is correct, we've never had a policy to delete dead wikis. What might have happened in this particular instance is that may have been a casualty of the server crash way back when :-? Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 14:53, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
So then, where is this entry, if not deleted? User talk:DavidCary#The ACC Bible Quizzing Wiki. Manorainjan (talk) 15:33, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Sean ponders "What might have happened in this particular instance is that may have been a casualty of the server crash way back when." ~~ MarkDilley
May it be, that this Wiki got deleted too? AWikiLogo.JPG. Manorainjan (talk) 19:42, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I could imagine that a server crash deleted that wiki as well. My reasoning is that it was input in May 2006, 4 months after creation of wiki. ~~ MarkDilley
Please be more precise. 'creation of wiki' refers to which Wiki? When was this crash? Was it before or after May 2006? Manorainjan (talk) 20:15, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Can't be more precise. I do know several years ago (4-5) we had a server crash and once in a while we find things missing. (Creation of the wiki that would use the wiki logo you are referring.) ~~ MarkDilley
When was this crash? I suspect Mark is referring to the 2007 server failure; WikiIndex:Admin Notes has a few more details. --DavidCary (talk) 10:07, 24 April 2015 (PDT)
"delete inactive Wikis ... where is this entry, if not deleted? User talk:DavidCary#The ACC Bible Quizzing Wiki
Huh? Are we talking about (a) wiki such as "The ACC Bible Quizzing Wiki" (still online as of today), where their sysop created a WikiIndex page linking to their wiki, and then changed their mind and specifically asked WikiIndex to delete the WikiIndex page linking to that wiki, in accordance with our WikiIndex:OptOut guideline, or (b) wiki that have gone offline?
While I think wiki sysops who request (a) are misguided, I think we should respect them and delete the WikiIndex page that they wrote. (Alas, it's often not easy to distinguish between a request from the actual sysop, vs. a fraudulent request from some troll when the actual sysop wants a WikiIndex page pointing to them).
In case (b), my understanding is that the closest thing we have to policy is our WikiIndex:FrequentlyAskedQuestions which links to WikiIndex:How do you categorize a wiki that is no longer, which says to change the Category:Wiki Status on our page, *not* delete our page about that now-offline wiki.
How can we help wiki sysops, such as myself, keep our wiki online and help each other recover from problems that knock our wiki offline, when we delete all the evidence that offline wiki ever existed?
How can we make our policies, guidelines, and tips easier to find? --DavidCary (talk) 10:09, 24 April 2015 (PDT)
Finding guidelines DavidCary: is it hard to find these things now? Koavf (talk) 19:16, 24 April 2015 (PDT)


It appears to me, that it is not so clear for many for whom this Wiki should be of use.

  1. People who look for answers in a specific topic and therefore look for a specialized Wiki
  2. Wiki-people from other parts of the Wikisphere who are looking for new field of activity
  3. Wiki-traveler on a WikiTourBus-Stop
  4. People with too much time like You an me ;-)
  5. Wiki-refugees looking for asylum
  6. Sociopath, SPAMer and SCAMer looking for new victims
  7. Philanthropist looking for worthy projects
  8. Sociologist studying dynamics of the web 2.0
  9. ....

In how far can we foresee what will be of use and what not? Manorainjan (talk) 20:47, 6 August 2014 (UTC) Wiki engine?

I assume that on a change took place which caused some or all Wikis hosted there to change to other URLs and a specific engine. But I have no clue what the name of that engine is. BackupPC wiki is an example for such Wiki. Also I would not know how to find the afflicted pages.Manorainjan (talk) 14:00, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

The wiki engine is likely a sub-project of Allura. I'll work on It. --YiFei | talk 14:31, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Created – Category:Apache Allura :) Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 21:46, 8 August 2014 (UTC)


Moved to -> Category talk:Wiki Status


Template:Whois – Does anybody knows, what this is about and how it works? Manorainjan (talk) 21:22, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Looks like it's a link to find where an IP address originates from. Eg. Whois: --YiFei | talk 23:54, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Informing the entries

Currently I'm adding German Wikis. And in case of new entries I inform the people of that Wiki that their Wiki is now on our Index. I think that should be the general rule to tell them they are indexed here. Not only because maybe they do not want to be indexed ;-) Rather because they got a chance to update their entry themselves. This could also generate new users, active ones. Manorainjan (talk) 23:19, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm a bit disappointed about the total lack if feedback on this idea. Was such discussed any time before? Manorainjan (talk) 22:46, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Welcoming is roughly the idea, I support it. ~~ MarkDilley

In the turn of attempting to create new entries and to fill the structured data and in connection with the above I found that it would help to have an account on the new Wiki, because many of them are not Category:OpenEdit. Often one can not communicate with any person on that wiki without opening an account, because most do not fill 'About', 'Impressum' or so. But on the other hand nobody wants to create hundreds of personal accounts all over the wikisphere. So I thought it may be a solution to open formal, impersonal accounts like ''. What Do You think? Of course they should all have the same password ;-) And who will get to know this? And what kind of eMail might get connected to this and how to manage an email account collectively for purpose of email-verification mails? Manorainjan (talk) 22:46, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Interesting idea, can using one of the throw away email systems work? ~~ MarkDilley
I expect, that over time, means 5 years or so, it would result in thousand accounts. therefore I do not think one should throw away the connected email account. Why would one want to do so? Ad it would require another marker in our entry of the Wiki where an WikiIndex account was set up, like Category:OurAccount So that, in any case one has need to change something like connectes eMail address, one would find most of this accounts. BTW this creation of accounts with the Name or similar would increase the awareness of WikiIndex as an institution.Manorainjan (talk) 10:39, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
This proposal seams to be connected: Proposal:WikiIndex Pages on indexed Wikis. Manorainjan (talk) 21:40, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Most people I index know about it, so yeah. Sweetie Belle (talk) 02:19, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
I appreciate 'that' (informing WikiPeople about their pages here). I find that more necessary in case of people than in case of Wikis. With Wikis it is rather a tactical draw which is to benefit the quantitative and qualitative growth of WikiIndex. With People it got to do more with personality rights Manorainjan (talk) 22:03, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Criteria for Wiki People pages


I shall move this discussion here: WikiIndex talk:People pages but keep the pointer so that this discussion may be 'endless' but not forgotten like most others.


-> Ongoing discussion on the wrong place:

Should we have a criteria for wiki people pages, and if so, what should it be? Sweetie Belle (talk) 23:26, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

I remember a discussion on this very issue a little while ago. I think there are two basic criteria. 1./ any person whom has made edits here on WikiIndex can have a page in this category, and 2./ any other person in the wiki-sphere who is either notable or interesting. So basically, we don't really want to be listing every single editor of every single wiki - as that will be a sure-fire way of readers of this WikiIndex category loosing interest in 'sifting the wheat from the chaff'. HTH :) Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 12:37, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Besides Your excellent memory, is there any link to the then discussion or a help page where the result of that discussion was formulated?Manorainjan (talk) 13:33, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
I saw that some discussion about that was going on here: User talk:Abd. Manorainjan (talk) 21:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Criteria I agree that there need to be some guidelines and "interesting" is a good start. Koavf (talk) 06:57, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Istn't interesting a totally subjective judgement? If interesting should become a criteria it needs criteria that define when somebody becomes interesting. So, it does not help, not even for a start. Otherwise the criteria was: "I found that person interesting, so I created the page." Manorainjan (talk) 08:48, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
We have discussed it before, although I don't have the link handy. At the time, my objection to creating pages for Wiki People other than oneself was that it is prone to abuse. As I recall, not everyone else felt the same way. I still have reservations about it, and indeed, there have been potentially libelous things written about Wiki People earlier this year. --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 20:17, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
It is not whether or not to create WikiIndex:People pages. We got people pages already and since long. The question is, what kind of people should get pages here. It is also not, what should be written on the page. That too is another discussion. Manorainjan (talk) 22:10, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
That said, I'm still missing ANY criteria here at all. Notability is similarly vague as 'interesting' is. For example: If we would set a criteria 'Any person who founded a Wiki which got at least 1.000 content pages and lasted at least a year' that would be 'criteria' not opinion. Verifiable facts, You know? And I did not mean to suggest this very criteria. It is only an example. I also did not mean to say it should be only one criteria or how many criteria any given candidate had to meet. I'm writing this only to demonstrate what criteria is in contradiction to opinion. Manorainjan (talk) 22:10, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Wiki People pages were originally generated by the people themselves. I think it should stay that way. That's my criteria. --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 21:15, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
CoreyShields just asked me to delete his page, which he obviously did not create himself. So, it wasn't that way earlier either. Manorainjan (talk) 14:55, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
That at least would be a criteria, one criteria amongst many possible and certainly not usable as the only one. For example, if I conclude for me, that Lydia Pintscher should have a page here, because of her fascinating work for Wikidata, I would not wait until she has time or interest to dig into WikiIndex and finds out how to use Sweeties latest-user-info template. On the other hand, it if becomes a hype, that every user of Wookieepedia finds it funny to have a page here, I would not think that will be helpful to our purpose. So I call Your criteria a supporting argument but not a sufficient one. And Your supporting 'argument' in the fashion of 'it was always like that' I do not consider an argument at all. Manorainjan (talk) 23:05, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

The statement on Alonzo Jackson's page was requested by Alonzo herself during my interview with her on Internet Relay Chat as a joke. I could add a footnote if possible but I don't know how the reference markup works here. Sweetie Belle (talk) 21:42, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Just add a URL inside single square brackets, without any spaces or url page names. And I sort of agree we need to ease off on the creation of wiki people pages. If someone is significant in say Uncyc or Wookiepedia, but are unknown elsewhere in the wikisphere, then they should not be included here - unless there are other over-riding reasons for their inclusion. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 21:34, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Still 'significant' is no practical criteria. It is totally POV just like 'notable' or 'interesting'. 'Operates a wiki farm' is an objective criteria.Manorainjan (talk) 21:56, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Manorainjan - what is your purpose of editing here on WikiIndex? You seem to be constantly criticising our methods and policies (or lack of policies) here on WikiIndex! Whilst I agree there are one or two issues which are in need of being updated; you seem to be questioning every aspect of the way WikiIndex is being operated.
Or am I misunderstanding you? I accept and respect that English is not your first language, and maybe you arn't as proficient as your mother tongue in expressing certain issues – which we all must make allowances for. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 12:06, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
For that, if at all, You better open a separate 'discussion' in another place and shift it there because it is not at all about criteria for Wiki people pages. Manorainjan (talk) 13:11, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps you'd like to state exactly what criteria you would like for creating new pages for wiki people. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 12:06, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
I did not yet make up my mind for a set of relevant criteria. What I', doing by now is, to parse the stream of contributions here and sort out criteria and opinions. By now on the criteria side there did not come much. Most people here had deeper and longer involvement in the Wikisphere than I had. But I'm trained so see what real criteria are. So that's the division of labour at the moment.Manorainjan (talk) 13:11, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

I say, Sweetie Belle has the right idea, insofar as something (even if unethically defamatory) is usually better than nothing. We should strive to have articles on all wiki people who are of enough interest that someone bothered to create a page about them. Leucosticte (talk) 20:03, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Sweetie Belle created many pages that were defamatory, pages that gave real names and birth dates, including for one user who is, from the date, about 13 years old, and, as well, highly subjective and unsourced and unattributed opinions about people. This is not a complaint about Sweetie Belle, who was provided no guidance.
The idea that something is better than nothing is based on an "inclusionist Wikipedian" concept. The goal expressed here treats the overriding purpose of the wiki as "articles." On people. Which is about the most hazardous undertaking imaginable. Wikipedia has enormous difficulty with it, in spite of massive resources.
In other current editing, what is being shown is a usage of the wiki to vent grievances about other wikis. Wikis may be founded for that, which has long been done, and it's ordinary. However, it is *not* ordinary to use WikiIndex for this. This kind of activity creates a need for maintenance and supervision. Normally, wikis allow individual activity, and clear guidelines allow users to understand what is acceptable and what is not. Ultimately, allowing WikiIndex to stray from its clear primary purpose could destroy that purpose. Over this kind of activity, it already seems we lost Sean. --Abd (talk) 21:40, 24 December 2014 (UTC)
Deletions For what it's worth, I've deleted some of these blanked biographies. We need to establish some criteria for inclusion, which shouldn't be identical to any on Wikipedia. One thing we definitely can't do is make hit pages or dox someone. I also don't have a beef with what Sweetie Belle is doing as such--I think she's trying to be helpful and document the Wikisphere but there has to be some kind of limitation on who is and isn't included and how we write about others. Koavf (talk) 04:00, 25 December 2014 (UTC)
Sweetie Belle, after all, asked the question here, and was not given clear guidance.
WikiIndex as an index of wikis has a clear mission. As a compendium of criticism of wikis, not so clear. As a collection of biographies of "wiki people," with no clear definition of that, and no biography guidelines, it's a setup for problems and conflict. What you say we "definitely can't do" was never made clear, and it was done.
I blanked those pages as the first ones I looked at that seemed to have relatively serious problems. They may also have had good content, but the problem is, then, that determining what is "good content" can be quite a bit of work. When the goal is improving articles, that's normal for wikis, but is that the goal? The existence of birth dates made pages into revelations of personal information. If the person themselves reveals this with an intention of publicising it, not necessary a problem, but I don't think they were referenced. On Wikiversity, as a custodian, I'd have considered keeping what was okay and revision-deleting the rest. I'd also provide wikitext to the creator of the page on request. People hate having their work deleted, I know I do! There were many more pages created by Sweetie Belle, I haven't completed looking. --Abd (talk) 01:31, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
Blanking I wrote to Sweetie Belle on her talk and e-mailed her directly. If anyone requests they be undeleted or userfied or whatever else, I'll do it (or any other admin). Koavf (talk) 01:35, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Koavf. Starting to look around, Brony Denza was another Sweetie Belle creation. I found Brony Denza by looking at the contributions of User:Llwy-ar-lawr ‎. It is clear that conflicts at other wikis are being brought here, and gossipy articles will encourage that. Basically, is WikiIndex a site for gossip about Wikis and especially Wikipeople? Very tempting. I could write volumes about, say Wikipedia, ArbCom shenanigans, administrators who blatantly violate policy and nothing is done, users who do the same and who are protected because they are doing the dirty work for certain administrators, and on and on. With diffs, evidence, yatta yatta yatta. I won't, because I don't think WikiIndex is the place for that -- if, indeed, it belongs anywhere. I generally write about WMF wikis on WMF wikis, as on Wikimedia Meta-Wiki and Wikiversity, hopefully appropriately. If I were completely banned, I'd write on my own wiki, not inflict the drama on users here. I'm tagging pages for deletion.... --Abd (talk) 01:55, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Gossip One nice thing about this venue versus a WMF wiki is that you can have commentary and asides but we should probably strive for some fairness or parity. If a wiki is awful, it's not necessarily a problem to say that but making an entry only for the purpose of denigrating it seems a little much. And especially so when making one for a wiki user. There's a point where it becomes too much but I'm definitely interested in hearing what others think about appropriate and inappropriate commentary... Thoughts, anyone? Koavf (talk) 06:01, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

We can either look at those pages as partly-built, poorly-constructed houses that need to be fixed and completed, or as houses that need to be condemned and demolished to make way for an entirely new house. Usually there's something that can be salvaged, even if it's just a substub.
Do we want to have some kind of BLP policy that says we shouldn't say negative stuff about users? Even Wikipedia says it's okay to tell the facts, as long as the page is balanced and the facts are verifiable. I just don't think poorly-written BLPs matter nearly as much as people think; even Seigenthaler didn't suffer any harm, that we know of, from his inaccurate Wikipedia bio, other that his own psychological distress once he stumbled upon it. Leucosticte (talk) 23:40, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
The issue that is often not considered is efficiency, and maintainability. Wikipedia has a mission, and that mission aims for a high level of completeness, within certain standards of neutrality and verifiability. Wikipedia has a huge user base, with many hundreds of active administrators, and still has massive problems with reliability. Content may violate policies for years before being noticed. WikiIndex has a far simpler mission, in concept. However, the WikiIndex mission was never carefully defined, such that different users have used the wiki differently. Sweetie Belle came here and began adding lots of "information," which included personal data ("doxxing") and gossip and opinion. Again, this is not a criticism of Sweetie Belle. Leucosticte added tons of personal material about himself, his wife, their plans, their drama, etc. How much of this was appropriate for WikiIndex? Koavf has deleted some of the pages on his wikis. What was the basis for that?
There are no standards, so there is no basis either way, and that is a formula for senseless dispute and waste of time. This is, in my view, one of the biggest problems with wikis, as the reality of wiki process has become clear over the years. Without some mechanism for stop-loss, maintaining wikis can become a massive waste of time. I started looking at Sweetie Belle's work, and realized very quickly that this was a huge can of worms. I could make up my own standards, Leucosticte can make up his, and they all could be radically different.
Small example. Darthipedia has a section titled "Current administration." It had 10 persons listed. However, there are, shall we say, some discrepancies. Current bureaucrats: Right now, there are two. Gonk is not a bureaucrat, and Gonk has not edited the wiki since 2009. But the account was created in 2011, like most of the accounts, perhaps in a move away from Wikia. Gonk, in fact, has no permissions at all (not even "User.") Darthipedia provides false information in their own compiled lists, it's part of the game. So does WikiIndex repeat the false information?
I edited the index page to show links to the Special pages displaying user rights. Otherwise there is maintenance to be done. And for every wiki there can be decisions like this. What information is to be on a WikiIndex page? And how is all this to be maintained? If pages are so designed, there will be little to maintain. Or if pages are full of the latest news, they can become obsolete quickly.
What may have been missed is that there is a place to talk about the topic of a page. On Wikipedia, Talk pages are restricted to development or decision-making about *content*. However, if people want to gossip about a site, if it is to be done on WikiIndex, it could be done on the talk page, and *signed*. And then there would be simple behavioral guidelines, but, generally, one could place an opinion there that a wiki sucks, or that the administration is fascist, or whatever. And WikiIndex can also decide if it wants to allow anonymous criticism like that. My recommendation is not. It leads to a complete lack of responsibility.
My suggestion would be to develop standards for wiki listings, common standards. If users create listings following those standards, they should be able to count on their work not being wasted. Sweetie Belle put a lot of work into compiling birth dates, if I assume she did not just make them up. Who knows, though? In any case, I dislike that anyone put so much work into pages that are then whacked because they are privacy violations. If there is policy, then, okay, the user violates a clear policy, easy to find, it's fair that their work is lost.
If someone really wants to write a screed on Bad Administration somewhere, it can be written in their user space here -- as long as policy permits it. That could be referenced from the Talk page for the wiki involved. Within the WMF, we allow a great deal in user space on Wikiversity, even studies of possibly problematic administrative practices. As long as these don't become personal attacks, they are permitted. So far, anyway!
Of course, WikiIndex can continue as it has, a typical wiki, consuming far more labor than needed for the task, burning out administrators and users, with periodic flame wars and drama, and then long periods where Anything Goes, until someone notices. --Abd (talk) 04:55, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
"if pages are full of the latest news, they can become obsolete quickly." That's why it can be good to preface stuff with "As of 2014..." Talk pages are usually for discussion of proposed improvements to the article, not general discussion of the article's subject. Leucosticte (talk) 05:28, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Why even bother with "as of 2014"? Why not show the links to up-to-date lists? Set and forget. What Leucosticte says is "usually" so is so for Wikipedia, where the article is the whole purpose of the wiki and article subject discussion is fundamentally off-topic. What actually happens in article-focused wikis is that the article is unattributed and thus is presented as "fact." Sure, you can look at history, but is the editor presenting neutral information or their own opinion? On Wikipedia, then, policy requires verifiability, and having a large user base, the wiki can move toward verified information. Those are not WikiIndex conditions.
What Wikiversity has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate is that it is possible for a wiki to actually study and discuss topics, neutrally. This is largely my design, though following general ideas found in Wikiversity from its foundation. As a result of procedures we have developed, conflict is very low on Wikiversity, for such an active wiki covering a very wide range of topics.
Most conflict that remains is personality-based, we had some drama this year from ... Leucosticte and a rogue sysop. We dropped the sysop, and Leucosticte went elsewhere, finding that the community resisted hosting extremely hot topics -- the kind that people go ballistic over, readily, as on RationalWiki, which became seriously emotional over Leucosticte. He could have created educational resources on his favorite topics, but the community, mostly me and the most active sysop -- required ethical guidelines be in place first. So, here on WikiIndex, it is possible to create "discussions of wikis," and guidelines can be developed. The discussion should not be in top-level mainspace, which should be reserved for *wiki information,* and, I'm suggesting more standardization of what WikiIndex presents there. Subpages and Talk pages and Talk subpages can be used for other material.
Much of the original wiki community loves drama. Besides the characters who love to fight, there is another contingent that can sit back and judge them, while, all the time, maintaining structures that create conflict. As wiki people mature, they leave. It's a setup. --Abd (talk) 14:03, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, has there been any progress on creating ethical guidelines at Wikiversity? Or, once the immediate crisis had been dealt with, was there no impetus anymore for creating those guidelines?
What I find is that often, after content has been deleted for being too provocative, you can come back later and add similar content in a different form and in a different place on the same wiki, under a different username, and no one will care. The ChildWiki, BoyWiki, and NewgonWiki pages got deleted from this wiki. Well, what happens when someone else creates an AgeOfConsentWiki and presents similar material, with a different tone? In the case of RationalWiki, part of the problem was that people were surfing over to Nathania and finding galleries they didn't like; but I see BON users making similar arguments as what I made, and getting away with it, because they don't connect their online identity to controversial real-world identities. Leucosticte (talk) 16:18, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
As to Wikiversity, no. You were offered an opportunity to work on guidelines, it would have been supported. Nobody else is active trying to create material that is so controversial, AFAIK. Wikiversity is big enough that I certainly don't know everything going on. There are *rough* guidelines in precedents. One of the ways to create guidelines is to explore the controversial area, with caution and consultation. You actually started that. You created a page that was, my opinion, beyond the pale, and you asked about it. I saw it and knew what could happen, I tagged it for speedy deletion and a sysop agreed. But then you were attacked anyway, and the attack continued on Wikiversity after you left to take your suicide method marbles to Wikibooks. By the way, how is the Wikibooks project going? I looked. I didn't notice that you were doing anything lately. --Abd (talk) 20:47, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Those pages, my opinion, will come back. Those are or were wikis. Unless WikiIndex develops an exclusion policy, they should be listed, my opinion. The policy should be simple, or it will lead to extended disruption and waste of time. You don't care about waste of time, Leucosticte. Care to tell people why not?
People may get away with all kinds of things until it's noticed. There is no real way to ban BONs, so they don't bother trying. You haven't pointed to anything specific, what do you think I should do, go to RW and look at all anonymous edits? You have always made arguments with some level of sense, just with a screw loose, something missing about how society actually functions, how it's put together. So that some IP makes some argument similar to you, no big surprise. Lots of people have screws loose and lots of people have arguments with some level of sense. And this is all distraction from the topic here, standards for WikiIndex. The classic wiki way, which is your way, Leucosticte, is "no standards except if I'm the owner, then I decide whatever I want and I name the bureaucrats, etc." And mostly you decide to let people do whatever they want, such as you decided that, really, you'd give the most outrageous user from RatWiki sysop privileges, just to show what a good guy you were. You had nuke enabled, were you surprised by what happened?
What you did on Nathania was deliberately create a gallery of photos that would look to someone naive like a page of child porn. There is a word for what you do, and you found a rule that declares that anyone who describes what you do, with the accurate word, Loses the Wiki Game. The word is "trolling." You do what will upset people, deliberately. I remember the first time I got your ass unblocked on Wikipedia. Remember what you had done? You were ostensibly working to create democratic structure on Wikipeda, but decided to have some fun. And you have done that over and over. So what is your goal here? --Abd (talk) 21:04, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Fortunately, at the time that Nuke was misused, we had cheap Eastern European labor available to undo the action by hand. After that debacle, I created mw:Extension:UndeleteBatch to address that very type of situation. As for the galleries, I thought some of those pics were rather beautiful. Leucosticte (talk) 21:48, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
It was used. What did you expect from User:Ace McWicked?. Misused is an opinion. (This was on RationalWikiWikiWiki (Leucosticte iteration) ). And you will make sure to tell us about the pics, as you told readers of Nathania then, so that we don't miss what will look like sexual attraction to subteens. The pics were all legal, unless the one putting them up was suspected of being an active pedophile, in which case they could be supporting evidence. Troll. Told you so. --Abd (talk) 22:44, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
They're only illegal if there's "lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person". The definition of that keeps expanding, but we can look to the Dost test. Leucosticte (talk) 23:30, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm getting used to saying something and then having Leucosticte then say the same thing as if I hadn't said it. The photos were not illegal. The display, however, was designed to create the impression in those ignorant of the law that they were illegal, and Leucosticte's comments were designed to offend. If not, he was colossally naive. From watching him do this for years, my conclusion is that he's responsible for it. He knows what he does.
  • His descriptions here are disengenuous. RationalWikiWikiWiki (Leucosticte iteration) has:
Eventually, all the site's users went away. First, one of them left due to his concern over the site owner's posting an essay saying that mercy-killing of children, while unethical, might not be the worst possible offense one could commit [...]
  • That was me. In my recollection of the essay, it was not as described, he's softened it, to make it appear possibly reasonable. Of course, what a troll does is to generate reaction, and when we react, our memory of events may not be as accurate as it would otherwise be. However, I remember no comment about "unethical," and, of course, mercy-killing would not be the "worst possible offense." That was not a comparison being made, that is, rather, I strongly suspect, Leucosticte's later rationalization. The essay mentioned Jonestown and that the parents killing their children there, giving them cyanide, were being merciful, sparing them from a life of pain. Leucosticte is often suicidal, believing that life is hopeless. I'm a parent, with seven children and six grandchildren so far. It was just too much, and he knew it. He created the effect he wanted. I really didn't want to see any more of him. Then he trolled the federal marshals into taking him back to prison. He recently went through some personal pain -- somewhat splattered over his pages here, or you can see hints -- and it seemed for a while that he might be transforming. I'm no longer convinced of that. The old behaviors have returned.
  • WikiIndex administrators should know that this user can incite major disruptive response. He does respond to clear boundaries, so far, anyway. He is not likely, as are some other users, to sock to get around restrictions, at least not in any major way. WikiIndex has already seen major attempts to attack him here, and because the site did not immediately ban him, the site was attacked. WikiIndex properly resisted that. However, my opinion is that he abused his wiki listings to make WikiIndex it more of a personal blog, with obsessive detail about his wikis. I've suggested above how to handle high detail and comment about wikis. --Abd (talk) 02:18, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Actually what was written was: Kant's Categorical Imperative says, "Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law." If everyone were to kill himself, there would be no suffering and no grief for others who had committed suicide.

Provisions were made at Jonestown for dealing with the children. To quote from Uncommon Sense, "The child may be unable to give fully informed consent to this relationship, but what really matters, it seems to me, is the quality of the experience and its likely consequences for the child’s well-being." The child may not realize the implications of drinking that Kool-Aid, but what's important is that it will leave him better off by sparing him from a great deal of pain that would have otherwise occurred over his lifespan.

Okay, admittedly the babies may not have given consent to the squirting of poisoned Kool-Aid down their throats, but still! My attitude toward such situations is, "What of it?" If I were on the jury in one of these cases in which a teen mother strangled her kid right after he was born, I probably wouldn't convict, because my attitude would be, "Well, the only difference between this situation and the situation if she had gotten an abortion is that the kid got to live a few months longer." If life is so great, then why punish her for giving him the gift of a few extra months of it, rather than ending his life at the earliest possible point? But if life isn't so great, then she was helping him.

At Jonestown, they really did think they were doing their kids a favor. And some people get abortions because they figure, Why bring an unwanted child into the world; it would be doing him a favor to just kill him. It's not all that much different to kill him shortly after he's born. Yeah, some loving family could have adopted him, but it's not guaranteed. Nor is it guaranteed that if he does have a loving family, his life won't nonetheless suck aside from that.

Children are one of those inevitably disenfranchised groups and there's not much that can be done about it. I don't mind protecting them from pain, but "protecting" them from death? I'm not sure what is the point; it could be counterproductive. At least if you go the infanticidal route, you know that he'll never say later, "I didn't ask to be born," because he never learned to talk.

Easy come, easy go. Everything an infant child has, including his life, he owes to his parents. So, if they take it away, have they really robbed him of anything that was his own? It's an interesting thought experiment. Arguably, it could be a bit different for the adult who has earned his living by the sweat of his brow.

Why do you get so bent out of shape over people's opinions, anyway? It's just an opinion. Even if it does reflect on you to hang out at a site where the site owner expresses certain opinions, it makes little difference. People hated you over at RW, RWW, and various other wikis before any situation involving me arose. RWW will continue to ban and unban people capriciously regardless of what you do; that's what makes that wiki more trouble than it's worth. Leucosticte (talk) 07:01, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Even if your perspectives, conjectures, and thought experiments made sense and even if someone cared about the same issues that you're raising and even if someone respected you enough to have that discussion (and these are some very large ifs), this is not the venue for any of them. I can never tell what your goal is with posting here other than wasting your time and someone else's. These one-off blogs, these perverse arguments, these intractable derails: what is the endgame with any of them? Koavf (talk) 21:15, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Admittedly, that post wasn't one of my best-argued. However, once it was posted, it became part of wiki history. Leucosticte (talk) 23:53, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
Arguments Your response is consistent with my suspicion that you're just trolling. Koavf (talk) 18:37, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't see why. Everything that happens in the wikisphere is fair game for being covered in WikiIndex, is it not? Leucosticte (talk) 22:19, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
Or, more to the point, is it? If WikiIndex is an open forum for all wikigossip, and no matter how obsessively detailed, no matter how offensive (i.e., gratuitiously offensive), anything goes, including outing, libel, details of personal lives, then Leucosticte would be correct. However, we know very well what this would look like, eventually. I was a Usenet moderator, for soc.religion.islam. There was (is) a parallel newsgroup, unmoderated, alt.religion.islam. Some people liked it, obviously, as a place to rage, insult, argue endlessly, and mostly to waste time (which is everyone's personal choice). Nobody argued that the alt group should be deleted, but also nobody put any effort into creating organized content from it. It's still running. --Abd (talk) 15:00, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Trolling, etc. I'm not sure if you're deliberately ignoring the point or if I'm not making it clear (but I thought I was pretty explicit before). Either way, my suggestion is not that things can't be discussed but that it's quite a different thing to provide a tacit approval by linking to something and reproducing some of its content here. It's hard to take your argument at face value when you've also asked that articles on wikis be deleted from this wiki. Koavf (talk) 09:43, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Koavf. There is no "tacit approval" in linking to a wiki in an index of wikis. There are wikis with what I consider reprehensible content. Reproducing content here is a distinct issue. Generally, as I would see the mission of WikiIndex, we would not do that. Good or bad. The grey area is where sufficient additional information is added, or precautions are taken, to:
  1. Inform readers of the subject of the wiki, not just its name!
  2. Warn readers about possibly offensive content.
  3. Prevent direct linking to sites that may compromise computer security.
As well, there is a grey area around covering the "wikisphere." That is a slippery slope, and if one is going to build on a slippery slope, retaining walls are needed, or it can all be a waste of time. That is, guidelines are needed, and not just guidelines, but structures to enforce them, or they aren't worth the paper they are not written on. --Abd (talk) 15:11, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Deleting a page at the author's request is a whole different kettle of tea than the deletions of BoyWiki, etc. without any prior deletion discussion. Maybe the reason for doing it that way was that it's always an uphill battle trying to get community consensus to change the status quo? So, it's easier to keep an article deleted than it is to get the backing of others for deleting an article that hasn't yet been deleted.
Actually, I think policy shouldn't allow deletion of mainspace pages on the author's request, but since the option existed, I saw fit to use it when it suited me. Leucosticte (talk) 21:10, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

If You do not take Your own principle seriously, why would anybody else do or how do You think would You ever gather the moral force to convince anybody? Manorainjan (talk) 21:22, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

I was weak and gave into temptation to have those other articles deleted because the policy didn't stop me. This shows why it's important to have policies in place to protect against such moments of human frailty. Thus, my seemingly hypocritical behavior helped prove my point, rather than refuting it. Leucosticte (talk) 23:34, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Leucosticte's long-term theme: Leucsticte is right. Even if he is wrong, he's right, his error is proving his point. To make this clear, he is a radical inclusionist, long-term. Nothing should ever be deleted. Period. Fundamental principle. Even if the page starts to do actual harm. (That's what was happening with the pages he asked to be deleted.) Tough! The PRINCIPLE is more important than people. FREEDOM as defined by Leucosticte is more important than even the lives of children. It gets even more offensive than that. Good night! --Abd (talk) 03:06, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

WikiIndex:Site statistics info or, is this People pages discussion leading to anything?

Please take a look at WikiIndex:Site statistics information! This is full of estimation, I know. Anybody who has more accurate data is most welcome to correct the page. Main idea behind this is as follows: The mission of WikiIndex is fulfilled about less than 2 % if one includes consideration of quality of pages and not only existence of one page per wiki. Wikisphere is evolving much faster than WikiIndex. WikiIndex has at no time in its or its predecessors existence been of any significance for the Wikisphere. Lack of leadership, lack of technical competence, lack of policy, lack of manpower and all that which counts and never was there is responsible for that. Now You are exchanging hot arguments over an extremely small number of wiki pages and some ridiculously unimportant peoples pages. Step back! Think global! This is not meant to be the telephone book of Amish-land! Do not discuss about what WikiIndex should not be. Discuss about what it should be! And use numbers, real numbers! How to create 500.000 meaningful wiki pages? How to update them? How to collect people and competence to do that? How to lead a wiki like that? Do not continue this a tempest in a teapot! Get real! Manorainjan (talk) 14:52, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Who cares what rules Wikipedia supposedly follows?

Please remember, we are NOT Wikipedia, and we do NOT have to follow or comply with their policies. In essance, that means we have NO requirement for verifiability, nor any of the other restrictive policies which Wikipedia is supposedly complying with. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 12:06, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

I did not refer to Wikipedia here. When it is told one (the one who did ;-) should not make 'potentially libellous edits' on Wiki peoples pages, that is also not a Wikipedia derived policy but common sense. And so is if I adhere to the need of real criteria. We do not need real criteria in order to follow the example of Wikipedia. We need that in order to see this discussion trough and have useful results. Even if Wikipedia would be non existent, we still would need real criteria. For any decision that should lead to progress You need real criteria. That is called science. The other thing is called babble. Does anybody here have a wikipediaphobie? Are things bad as soon as they smell like Wikipedia? Is being like on Wikipedia an valid argument against anything here? should useful or needed things be avoided because it looks like on Wikipedia? I hope we got not Wikipedia-traumatised People here who's condition would be aggravated by the introduction of any Wikipedia like aspect to WikiIndex. Manorainjan (talk) ;-)
You are correct in that you didn't refer directly to Wikipedia - and I apologise to you for making such a direct statment. However, I believe you did refer to verifiabilty – which is one of their 'core' principles, and I assumed (wrongly in this instance) you were referring to Wikipedia by using them as guidance on their verifiability policy.
I also apologise if the tone of my previous reply was a little harsh. You just seem to be bombarding us all with a plethora of policy discussions, and I personally feel a little overwhealmed by your requests. I do agree with most of your concerns regading wiki people, and I also agree with some of your other concerns. However, can I please ask you to respect that WikiIndex folks have RealLives, and as someone (can't remember who) pertinently coined – WikiIsSlow – so we often fail to achieve resolutions as swiftly as is desired.
Might I suggest that you raise just one or two policy concerns for us to deal with at a time, and put any other concerns on your 'back burner' – ideally on your own ToDo page at User:Manorainjan/ToDo. You could then prioritise them, and also try to research any previous discussions we might have had. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 17:52, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
  1. You may suggest whatever You like. So did I.
  2. I wasn't asking You to create me a ToDoList. and I do not want any. But I take it as a friendly hint on how to create sub-pages.
  3. Where those lists are leading to one can see here, here and here.
  4. The discussion we just finished, about funny logo-links, resulted from my work on another global 'ToDoList' which contained a heap of nearly 3.000 entries which I could not work on properly because of the collateral damage of queer* linking. *An Idea originally welcomed by Ray.
  5. I rigorously dismiss any talk about so called RealLife, because there is only one life and it is always real. And if You ever dream Your live away, than You really did it. And we are all real people except the bots. And I f You didn't get the time, than You will simply not show up here. Did I call Your home and asked You why You din't sit at Your pc and do WikiIndexWork?
  6. "Don't kill the messenger!" It wasn't me who ran the SeanBot to break the logoLinks. It wasn't me who forgot the Category on 3.000 files. I was not inventing alternate templates for Wiki pages and continuously using them which creates the sense of urgency in certain discussion. When I saw, that the as well silly template:inactive caused the WikiLogo files to appear abandoned I immediately stopped pasting delete templates on them. (and opened the needed discussion ;-)
  7. Let's be straight and place global tasks on a global ToDoList. I keep my little personal tasks to myself.Manorainjan (talk) 18:58, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
    1. If you think the Inactive Template is silly, make something that does the same thing (unlink all categories) and keeps the logo. And, ok, so do the ToDoList. :-) ~~ MarkDilley

I agree with Sean here (see Meatball:ForestFire). MarkDilley

We do not have a forest fire here. What we got is an ugly heap of undone stuff. If anything burns, than the urgency to finally do something about it. Where are the statistics about the real use of this Wiki? Where can we see if we dream away or really others than SPAMers are visiting here and make use of it? Is there a road map, targets, a strategy? There lots of Wikis out there which are mere dreams of a Wiki, like 90% of the list of 157 Wikis on Orian. Are we the Wiki of Wikis or the dream of dreams? Manorainjan (talk)

How does "It wasn't me who forgot the Category on 3.000 files" hurt this project? We, the community of WikiIndex are just as important as the "product" of WikiIndex. I appreciate all work done here and note that we have been plodding along for 8.5 years - I look forward to plodding along for another 8.5 years while keeping the community as equal as the "product" - that is where I am a wikipediaphobe. Best, MarkDilley

email functionality

All chat about e-mail now collected here -> Help talk:E-mail

Endless discussions // useful work

template inactive

That discussion does not speak clearly to a decision being made to use or not use this template. ~~ MarkDilley
I know that. That discussion would prompt any sensible person not to use this template until end of discussion, which is OK for me, because here no discussion ever ends in a final decision unless it is something petty like renaming a file or mending a template. When was the last major taken? 2006? Manorainjan (talk) 18:24, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

We mostly do work here. Policies and endless discussion are usually sporadic. ~~ MarkDilley

Oh, yeah! Lets make this more long winded ;-) Discussion is also work, unless only for argumentations sake, not completed and hanging in the air for years. Even then it is work, only without result. Naturally it is easier to do little edits here and there and consider that as work with results rather than coming to a conclusion in a debate since the later requires more staying power. At which page shall we start a discussion about the use of discussions? Who was that guy who frequently admonishes on other peoples talk pages that he was not included in any discussion? Manorainjan (talk) 20:34, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Criteria for Wiki People pages

Lets not confuse the topic. ... If one mixes or shifts topics in a discussion, it comes to 'endless' discussions and no results for any of the raised topics. Manorainjan (talk) 22:10, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Let's not dictate what I choose to talk about. --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 21:15, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

I do not intent to dictate whatever. I do not even aspire for sysop status. So, dictation would be quite impossible from my position. What I wrote was not, that You should choose certain topic to talk or choose not to talk about certain topic. I did not say sat. I said not to confuse topics. Sweetie choose to open the topic 'Criteria for Wiki People pages' and if anybody chooses to take part in that it is only common sense to speak to the chosen topic. I do not dictate that, but I expect that people stay with the topic. And what I wrote was an explanation of the consequences it has if one mixes other topics in and confuses them. If You speak at topic A and support Your view about topic B with an argument valid for topic C, what will come out of that? I referred to 'endless' discussions on account of a remark from Mark which alerted me, that discussions here might have the tendency not to conclude in a useful result and therefore, because of lack of the fruit of work, may look like no work. Manorainjan (talk) 23:20, 28 August 2014 (UTC)


Can anybody make a help page that tells what in Wiki-terms a Moderator is?Manorainjan (talk) 00:57, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

A moderator is not a default MediaWiki usergroup. It might be created on a few MW installations which like to modify core details such as usergroup names (I guess Uncyc are the obvious in that regard). 'Moderator' is more commonly used on internet forums, and might be found on those wiki which are attached to internet forums. So, in reality, this isn't a wide-spread wiki term. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 21:29, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
They use it on RationalWiki. Leucosticte (talk) 01:36, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
Looks like it's a user group with some bureaucrat + and some oversight ability. RationalWiki have no bureaucrats for some reason. [1] --YiFei | talk 03:46, 31 August 2014 (UTC)


Can anybody tell me how this works? {{Size |pages = {{JurisPedia/NumberOfArticles|en}} ....

It's not auto. Someone invented it. --YiFei | talk 04:17, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
YiFei is correct, it is an IP editor from Germany who has specific interests in a couple of multilingual wiki projects (one other being WikiMANNia), and created a couple of shortcut templates which would enable all related articles to be updated on a monthly (or-so) basis from editing just two templates. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 21:40, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, in the meantime I understood what it was about. --Manorainjan (talk) ✓ Done

Style // Talents


Who's the man (or woman ;-) here when it comes to good English style? It's not me ;-) Anybody who can check my latest effusion?


<cough> . . . was that me????  :? Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 21:41, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

I would very much appreciate if people would NOT use the undefined place-holder 'that' in their answers. 'That' more often than not causes confusion and require repeated queries. Manorainjan (talk) 21:50, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Huh - now I am confused. It's late, I'm tired . . . I'm off to bed - nighty-night. :-zzzz Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 22:19, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

OK, I'l split that for clarity.Manorainjan (talk)


I'm missing some table or so where people write their topic of interest, permissions or talent so that we can know to whom to turn in a case we can't do it ourself. Manorainjan (talk) 14:10, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Alternative infoboxes

I took it for granted that all wikis on this index should use the same infobox, for consistency's sake. However, I see that User:Sweetie Belle has created an alternative one — Template:Wiki infobox‎.

In addition to some different stylistic choices, it includes a parameter for showing the Admins of the wiki. However, it does not have all of the parameters of the original.

While I'm not opposed to adding the Admins parameter or changing the look, or for that matter having an alternative infobox (though that could be problematic to manage), I do feel strongly that we should not omit the other information which is part of Template:Wiki.

Perhaps it is time to set a standard? --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 19:28, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

  • I think (I do not feel about that) that only one template should be used not many. And this one Template will evolve.
  • If anybody wants to make functional changes to this core tool of Wikiindex it should be discussed first.
  • Wikipages are not sandboxes. So experiments on Wikipages should not be made. But maybe we can declare ONE specific Wiki to be an experimental case (create one more silly Wiki on Wikia? Who cares?) and try new templates with this one.Manorainjan (talk) 19:40, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
One single infobox is sufficient. Adding more than that makes things look messy and unorganized. If a consensus is reached that further data should be added to the main template, that's fine. Creating new ones is not. TeraS (talk) 19:45, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

So far, I believe the new infobox template is only in place at SpongeBob Fan Wiki. Also, I'd like to add that, as suggested, Template:Wiki has evolved over time. And one would hope that it continues to evolve. So, perhaps the goals of the new infobox can be achieved by modifying the existing template (preferably by experimenting in a sandbox first.) --MarvelZuvembie (talk) 19:59, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

I would support modifying the existing template to meet new needs as opposed to creating something entirely new if possible. Arcane (talk) 20:26, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
I like the stylistic changes. Think experimenting with those on the original template is the path forward. I think WikiPages are fine places to experiment with, it is wiki and reverting is easy. :-) ~~ MarkDilley
Experimenting with 'live' templates (templates which are widely used by the vast majority of pages on a wiki) is a very BAD idea. And whilst the revert function may work OK with edits done on article pages on a standard MediaWiki install, it can NOT 'undo' incorrect edits to a template when Semantic MediaWiki is also used!
As others have stated, copy the content of the template and paste it into a sandbox (either a sub-page of your own userspace or of the actual template), do your test edits on that, then apply that sandboxed test template to an existing article entry - but use only the 'Show preview' function - and do NOT save the edit. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 22:04, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
Please link me to information that would talk about why it is a bad idea. I would like to understand why the semantic nature of the wiki makes it less wiki like. Best, MarkDilley
IMO Too many styles look a bit messy :( & Testing => Template:Wiki/sandbox Template:Wiki/testcases so they won't just break most of our pages with a single edit. --YiFei | talk 04:09, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

The Template:Wiki can easily be modified, and there are already some optional attributes in it. ... So I suggest to copy the template contents first into a mew template and modify this copy. Then test it with some real wiki pages (using the preview function). If the changes evaluate positively, they can be applied to the original template (then the copy should be deleted). --Wolf | talk 05:54, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Wolf, I agree that the template can be easily modified - but one should exercise real caution. 'Incorrect' edits (irrespective of wether they are in 'good faith' or otherwise) can cause mayhem with Semantic Data, especially Semantic Properties. So in reality, any template which calls on Semantic Data/Properties should not be edited by anyone unless they have some reasonable level of proficiency of the cause and effect of modifying templates using Semantic functions. Hope you are well, and I miss your input here! Warmest regards Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 22:04, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

If Hoof or Mark will briefly unprotect Template:Wiki so I can make some adjustments to it, then I'm okay with this. Sweetie Belle (talk) 21:37, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Use a sandbox, and do NOT modify any Semantic Data fields, unless you are sure of your actions on said Semantic functions. :) Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 22:04, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Server load

Template:Wiki Just a technical hint: any change to this template will appear slowly, because so many wiki pages have to be rendered again. --Wolf | talk 05:54, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Why would a change in the template appear slowly? AFAIK any page called will cause a call to all templates used in that page and be rendered accordingly. So, if You modify a template, all pages called after saving the modification will show the new design. So, how often the change will show depends on how many pages will be called thereafter. Which brings me to the question of statistics about page calls here?? I mean calls within a given time frame. That would show how many visitors would get to see strange pages if the main template would be experimented on.Manorainjan (talk) 09:41, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Ok, maybe I'm not up-to-date concerning the running Version. I only remember a significantly increased server load after template edits (some years ago). Now also semantic MediaWiki extensions are in use... --Wolf | talk 12:48, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

I would not suspect that this is a question of version. It is a principal thing, how it works.

  1. First of all there might be not really a causal connection between a change in that template and an increase in server load around that time. Temporal coincidence is at best an arbitrary indication not a prove of causal relationship.
  2. Secondly, in case of a change of the template, it will not affect the work of rendering any page unless a page is called by a user. And it will sure not cause the machine to 'update' all 20.000 Wiki pages and 'render' them right away.
  3. A BOT may cause such an rise in workload, because if any bot is sent to change a little thing on all Wiki pages, that may take some time and indeed affect the content on all pages. That would be executed straight after the invocation of the BOT which would run until done with the last page.
  4. Another thing that may be executed right away and take load would be the rebuild of an index or the formation of a new one. I suppose that would rather be caused by the creation of a category. But for a real increase in workload the category markers would have to be many. So, if first a BOT (on would not have time and patience to to that by hand) would go through all Wiki pages and turn some criteria into category markers and thereafter that category would be created, those both runs would probably be seen as increased server load for a noticeable time.Manorainjan (talk) 23:58, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
My opinion re any change to template:Wiki will not affect any server loading, as changes in rendered displays will only be called upon for individual aricle pages as they are loaded (or reloaded, edited, previewed, etc). However, should any Semantic properties be altered, then this will have an instant effect on server loading. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 22:14, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
Then that's a bug :( It should go through the job queue and *slowly* refreshing unless there's some *giant* backend like wmf. --YiFei | talk 03:53, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Discussion with results AKA work ;-)

I would appreciate if decision finding would go on in a far more structured way here than it does. What I'm missing is:

  • A category for pages about or discussions, the process of decision finding and the results.
  • A way to inform interested users (AKA people ;-) about the start of a discussion,
  • about the start of voting
  • and about the result of voting.
  • Pages where results are documented so that it is really clear what the current policy is and not just "I remember a discussion years ago ..."

Suggestions? Manorainjan (talk) 11:30, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

I had always envisioned the Community portal to be a place for notification. I am not a fan of voting, more of a community consensus person on big decisions. And I am not a fan of policy creep. Look forward to where this goes. ~~ MarkDilley

Looks like You see consensus and voting as opposites. But I see avoiding the voting as means of never arriving at a consensus and the main cause of 'endless' discussions. there are many ways to vote. there are was to manipulate votes and to manufacture fake consensus. To vote and decide does not mean to cut it in stone for eternity. It means to get clarity for now.

Describe as precise as possible how You envision that consensus are reached! It is not enough to wish it. One has to know how to create it step by step. As for the Community portal to be useful I see that the last WikiIndex:Completed Tasks was on 19 February 2006. That tells me very clearly that it does not work. An if I see what task was competed, than I say: Mayhem. And where is the documentation of what that task was and why it was decided to do it? It may be within the Gordian Knot of talk page in the archives somewhere, but not documented in any useful manner than one can build upon it. That's no way to do 'work'.

The start of Community portal goes like this at the moment:

28 July 2014 
From RayKing: Ben shut off that extension because it was somehow being abused 
and we were seeing problems on ICANNWiki which shares the same server 
(these are the only 2 sites on this server). 
I'm cc'ing Jonah (ICANNWiki) and Ben now, 
having just read the thread in your e-mail to see if there's a resolution to both issues. ~~ MarkDilley

And that puts me off to read any further or think this portal is good for anything. Looks totally like a chunk of private communication between two insiders. That does not inform or involve. Expressions like 'that extension' on a top page? Not explaining anything, only causing ???!. And it sits there since month. No tidying with brackets around ICANNWiki or 'that'. I'm getting extra brackets on my own talk page uninvited but nobody cares for one of the front pages? there You can see the real importance of this portal page for all people of this community, because not even You cared since month.

When I say notify, than I mean a system that actively sends a ping to all concerned and not a page that obviously nobody reads and does not change for month.Manorainjan (talk) 13:37, 2 September 2014 (UTC)


What about redirecting WikiIndex:About to WikiIndex?

  • Work only on one page rather than two
  • Freeze the about page and have one top level page more protected against SPAM.
  • Have our 'about' in exactly the way we would like other Wikis have them, so that we could easyly copy to their Wiki page here. ;-)

Manorainjan (talk) 11:28, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

To protect against spam, semi-protection would probably suffice. Leucosticte (talk) 16:32, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Blockage of the user Manorainjan

Hello, I am creating this section to discuss the (if not just from my perspective) somewhat controversial blockage of WikiIndex user Manorainjan.

Although I believe he can be nice sometimes, Manor has also proven to be a bit "fixated" on what he wants specifically, even going so far as to argue with or insult admins, constantly posting messages on their talk pages even after they're reverted.

I'm leaning to support his ban, but could one of you (preferably Hoof) tell me what led to Manor's ban in the first place, please? :) Sweetie Belle (talk) 15:01, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the well-reasoned and level-headed question on this issue. Now that someone has asked me nicely, I shall do my best in explaining why I banned User:Manorainjan – and there are many reasons! I'll hopefully give a detailed answer tomorrow when I have more time and less distractions. :) Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 21:52, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm also interested in a detailed explanation. --Wolf | talk 09:31, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
Oh, is he actually banned (not just blocked)? It seems like the behavior he got blocked for mostly consisted of intellectual property violations (which might have been kinda controversial, since they related to a copylefted image, right?), some edit warring, and having an abrasive, confrontational, even sometimes accusatory style of interaction. However, he made some good points and did some good work too. Also, as a general principle, I wouldn't want to see a user banned for more than six months, since people can change. Here are some arguments with regard to that.
Can he be given an opportunity to defend himself in this thread? If he behaves badly in how he defends himself, that will merely add more fuel to the fire of his banning, so I don't think we have much to worry about with regard to that. It seems fair to let someone rebut his accusers before he gets jettisoned from the project. Leucosticte (talk) 15:20, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

This I imported from my TalkPage:

WARNING over your conduct here on WikiIndex

Please take this message very seriously:

  1. Do NOT post malicious messages on mine or others user talk pages.
  2. Do NOT repeatedly revert other peoples' edits - that is called an edit war, and is highly disruptive to the WikiIndex community.
  3. Do NOT demand that other pages (which have been on here for over eight years) are deleted.
  4. Do NOT question actions of the actions of either the sites' administrators, bureaucrats, or even other long-standing community members; with the aloof attitude that you are somehow some higher authority, and the expectation that you have an absolute right to be answered.
  5. Do NOT question the authority or motives of administrators or crats.
  6. Do NOT think you have the authority to seek out current or former members on social media sites, asking them if they want to keep their pages, or have them deleted.

I don't give second warnings - I will block any account and/or IP address which causes disruption to WikiIndex.

You clearly have a lot of time and energy to give, and it would be appreciated by all if you were to use your time here on WikiIndex in a constructive, harmonious and respectful manner; respecting its traditions, and if you wish, help mold its' future by gentle evolution - rather than your seemingly agressive and forceful attempts of 'revolution'. By all means, if you are unsure of something, please ask (giving full detail of your concerns, with supporting examples where necessary), and we will try to answer your questions. But you seem to 'demand' answers - on your terms, and you have irritated more than just myself. If others wish to delete your comments from their own personal talk pages, then let it be.

In light of the above comments, I hope that you can continue your efforts here, and become an established and valued member of WikiIndex, and I reaffirm my original welcome of 'wiki friendship'. If you are unsure of your motives, or unsure of your ability to integrate harmoniously within our community - then you might like to consider if WikiIndex for you. Warmest regards. :) Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 22:38, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

You are not blocked this time

...I hope. Please be respectful to the community, refrain personal attacks on them, concentrate on being constructive. Thanks! --Wolf | talk 07:46, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

That sounds like I did attack others personally. Can You give an example of when and whom and how and why it looks like a personal attack in Your eyes? Manorainjan (talk) 09:49, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

--Manorainjan (talk) 01:06, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Cleaning up the User list

Now, after solving the email-verification problem, I think the next logical step is, to clean up the users list. I assume, that many users-to-be were waiting endlessly for the confirmation mail of the account verification. And since nothing happened, they might have given up or simply forgot about the requested account. So there will be unused accounts with emails attached to them, but the address was never verified.

When cleaning up the user list in search for accounts that can be activated - meaning wiki people to be activated to take part here - there will be several little obstacles. The email address supplied may turn out to

  • be false
  • wrong typing
  • outdated

So, bounce mails and other returns are to be expected for an unknown number of reasons. Where would such mails end up? All in MarkDilleys personal mailbox? That does not sound reasonable to me. I suggest to configure it in such a way, that a number of people (and Mark, if he wishes) can tend on the returns.

How to implement that? I'm thinking about a construct like the Yahoo!Groups. If the server configuration can be made to forward the returns to a specific Yahoo!Group and this servers address is member of the Yahoo!Group, than everybody who is registered on that Y!Group can go through the mails in the archive of the Y!Group. In that way the work could be shared and the average response time could be below one day.

I'm expecting Your suggestions. Manorainjan (talk) 00:20, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

I don't agree with above. If there is an account a person own (and not blocked), whether or not the account is verified by email doesn't matter. Requesting account is a different matter; not yet created accounts should not be in the user list. And yes, a lot of those are one-edit spamming accounts, but I see no benefit to clean up the users list.
Why would there be return emails? Verification emails have nothing that needs to be replied. (In fact, IMO the sender should be a no reply address.) Even if there is a need for a construct, I don't trust third-party providers like Yahoo!Groups (one reason is that they keep getting blocked by GFW). It would be better is there is a mailing list to sort out the return mails. --YiFei | talk 08:37, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

On why would there be returns

  • The address supplied could be wrong for an unknown number of incidental and accidental reasons. In a crucial process like 'account creation' or 'email verification' it would be rather reckless to ignore the returns. Those returns would most likely not be send by the account requester but by the mail host where the submitted email address is seemingly hosted. If our own mail server configuration would have been not that much messed up, that the returns - which where Bounce messages - got lost together with the verification request mails, than we would not have taken several month on trying to solve the problem and several years for trying to ignore the problem (where, in the last case I exclude me from the we!). Only if we think that new accounts are a drag, we should ignore the bounce mails. Manorainjan (talk) 10:31, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
Even if we actually get those bounce mails, what can we do about it? Only the backend people have access to change other's emails and passwords. --YiFei | talk 04:57, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Whoever has the capacity to do whatever about it is not my main question. Bounce mails are not there in order to be ignored but in order to act upon. Ignoring them is simply no feasible option. And to dump them all in Marks inbox seems also not to be ideal. Manorainjan (talk) 10:57, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Discussion about Nathania/Nathan Larson/User:Leucosticte

Spamming and content I have spoken off-wiki with one or two editors about the content he has posted here. It almost all involves self-promotion and includes links to and information about potentially illegal and dangerous information (discussion of child pornography, suicide methods, and personally identifying information of children). I don't feel comfortable with this being on this wiki. As much as I value discussing the entire wikisphere, I don't want this to become a haven for his promotion of this material. The fact that we've allowed this is already noted on other sites and I don't want our reputation here to be dominated by this user's fly-by-night personal wikis about potentially illegal and dangerous topics. Admins and bureaucrats can take a look at the deleted material from my log. Koavf (talk) 06:01, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

As can be seen here WikiIndex:ServerMove a backup of our wiki is been made at the 14.11-2014. Now the question arised, if any further work on this wiki or any discussion would be part of the new incarnation of this wiki or only that which is already in the backup. Manorainjan (talk) 11:27, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Koavf's actions/deletions seem appropriate to me. -Jason (talk) 17:02, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

We are still missing valid policy for deletions. But as far as I know, deletions should be requested by one and done by another user. Exceptions would be urgent cases. None of these case can be said to be urgent, because none of there entries where new. Also, repeating myself: We are in process of movement. It is the higher priority. There is no space for the discussion about those wikis right now. That would certainly be not any short discussion! It has time until the move is completed. And, repeating myself again: We do no even know if what we do here will be in the new incarnation or only that what was here before the backup.Manorainjan (talk) 17:59, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

With regard to self-promotion, aren't wiki owners invited to create pages about their sites? Since when was that considered spamming? In the case of a bliki, the wiki will inevitably be about the owner's own life, opinions, etc. because that is the point of a bliki.

"discussion of child pornography, suicide methods" is not illegal. There was no "personally identifying information of children"; at one time, there was some info on some teenagers, perhaps (although nothing beyond what you might see in a newspaper article), but not children. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act only protects minors under 13.

RationalWiki criticizes any wiki that doesn't share its left-wing bias. Most of those wikis simply ignore them and carry on with their business. It's a snark site, and I don't think they affect any wiki's reputation, including this one, all that much.

We already have a wiki of wikis that discriminates against the smaller, less notable wikis. It's called Wikipedia. WikiIndex was supposed to be an all-inclusive wiki of wikis, the only one on the Internet.

There doesn't seem to be any policy calling for the deletion of pages on wikis based on the content of the wikis, and this sort of action seems unprecedented here. The link to the log is Special:Logs/delete; I suggest undeletion. Also, it seems like bad practice to delete pages without listing a deletion reason in the log summary. Leucosticte (talk) 17:51, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

I have to second Birdy in his last argument. Why to complain about self-promotion and vanity? Your own user page is a vanity page listing all the pages You have "created", even though many of these pages are nothing but small chunks of data dumped in the Main space without any structure, ignoring the established procedures like the template. And our wiki itself is a vanity project without any real significance WikiIndex:Site statistics information Manorainjan (talk) 14:12, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Self-promotion The problem is not just self-promotion of the sites but the content. WikiIndex has gained a reputation in some small corners of the Internet for allowing his editing and promotion of his sites to flourish. Plus, many of the sites are created and then go offline after a few days or weeks. We don't have any policy stating that we have to have an article on every wiki: we could just as easily mention them in passing in one article, for instance. Koavf (talk) 17:36, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
"some small corners of the Internet" meaning a RationalWiki talk page? Why do we care what such sites say about WikiIndex?
WikiIndex has lots of listings of defunct wikis; we've never had a policy of deleting them, because WikiIndex is partly an archive of wiki history. We still have an article on RationalWikiWiki, even though it's no longer around, because of its cultural importance. Also, some of the pages that were deleted, such as BoyWiki and Newgon Wiki, are not my wikis, and have a long history of stability because they have organizations behind them (Free Spirits and Newgon, respectively).
Koavf, would you like to propose inclusion and deletion criteria that can be applied as general rules, rather than ad hoc? Leucosticte (talk) 19:45, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Again I have to second Birdy. That is no good sign. When he can debunk Your arguments so easily they are really of no quality. We certainly have no policy to listen to what is whispered in some remote corners of the Wikisphere. That You feel the need to employ such rumours for Your argumentation it would have been better to keep silent all together. Why don't You cite any of our existing policies if You know of some?Manorainjan (talk) 19:56, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Policies I agree that there should be inclusion policies and we've had community discussions on keeping or removing defunct wikis. What others think of this project and whether or not it becomes a vanity press for pedophilia actually are important. Koavf (talk) 20:55, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Is linking to, and briefly describing, wikis that cover pedophilia the same as being a vanity press for pedophilia? Manorainjan has a good point that your own page is, by that logic, kind of a vanity press for wikis you're interested in. Not that I think the solution is to get rid of your page. Rather, tolerance would be a good idea.
The main page of this wiki says "add yourself to the listing below here after adding your wiki to WikiIndex here". Is everyone who accepts that invitation to be regarded as a spammer trying to use WikiIndex as a vanity press? Or only people with viewpoints the sysops find offensive? On the other hand, if we're going to start censoring offensive viewpoints, what about Metapedia, Encyclopedia Dramatica, etc.? Homosexuals might also find some of the content at Conservapedia offensive, since it condemns them as evil and destined for hell unless they repent ("pray away the gay" or whatever).
Once a wiki goes down the road of banning offensive content, usually the next step is to ban people who post offensive content off-wiki. That's what happened on both enwiki (whose child protection policy bans people to express certain views off-wiki) and RationalWiki, which made its temporary ban of me permanent based on off-wiki behavior. The pattern of how it's done is usually the same as what we've seen here, too: first content and/or people are banned, and then policy is created to authorize those types of bans. People get blindsided when someone decides that what's been going on for years is now suddenly an emergency requiring immediate, drastic action. Leucosticte (talk) 21:27, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Okay Things are different when it comes to pedophilia. We shouldn't link to sites that provide stolen credit cards either, even if it's a wiki. Koavf (talk) 01:10, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

We are not the internet police or the supreme internet court or whatever to rule or investigate or regulate or whatever. Actually we just got the capacity to register less than 4% of existing wikis WikiIndex:Site statistics information. And even that work we do quite poorly. Our wiki pages are most of all incomplete and outdated and badly organised. We shall leave it to the discretion and judgement of our visitors which kind of information they like to make use of. I call for neutrality.

Just as an example for what it may be good: If there is a wiki that promotes child abuse and it is listed here, than every person, organisation or institution in the whole wide world can find it, investigate it and cause trouble to it. If we do not list it, than only insiders know about it. Would that be better? Manorainjan (talk) 01:26, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

Supreme Internet Court? We shouldn't link to sites providing information promoting child abuse. If someone made ManorainjanWiki and posted your credit card number, where your children go to school, and pictures of your wife sleeping, I would delete references to it. We don't have to have an exhaustive directory of every wiki simply because it's a wiki: some may have content that is inappropriate. Plus, if you find a wiki about child abuse and you think that the best way to handle that is to post links to it here, you and I have very different priorities about how to protect children. Koavf (talk) 01:45, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
I disagree, I think such a wiki (ManorainjanWiki) would be appropriate to list here. WikiIndex has up to now been for every public wiki. So, that long precedent now changes at the say-so of two sysops? Leucosticte (talk) 02:30, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Say-so Hence the discussion. I am soliciting input. Koavf (talk) 02:33, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

BoyWiki/Newgon Wiki proposal

I want to split off the discussion on two of those deleted pages from the larger discussion. Can we reach a consensus to undelete the BoyWiki and Newgon Wiki pages? I don't think there is any argument to be made that those are vanity wikis. Each of those wikis has over a thousand pages of content that they have independently generated (rather than importing from other wikis), and each has had numerous active users forming bona fide editing communities over the years. Those sites promote some views that are currently not mainstream in the U.S., but I don't see that as a reason to not document objective information about those sites and to describe what they do in a neutral way. Leucosticte (talk) 16:56, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

Split I think that's fair but I don't want to go too far down the rabbit hold when it comes to vanity projects. It's one thing to point out work that you have done on this wiki on your own page (that's fine) or to post your own wiki (also fine). The problem is the content. Koavf (talk) 01:45, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Can you explain the causal link between censoring information about a wiki concerning child abuse, and protecting children? Can you rebut Manorainjan's argument that suppressing the info could be counterproductive to that goal? There was an article that noted "Roles within the detractor category include reactionary individuals who respond aggressively and repugnantly against pedophilic content and register propagators who post personal details about known pedophiles in a bid to eradicate their anonymity. Paradoxically, although detractors oppose pedophile activity, they may actually accentuate cohesiveness and support within a targeted group and consequently may encourage and develop pedophile activity rather than prevent it". Leucosticte (talk) 02:37, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Report Lots of things say lots of things. I have no reason to suspect that this report is credible and I don't think it's relevant since I'm not outing any pedophiles or forcing them underground: I'm just not giving them an outlet to link to their discussion fora here. Those are two very different things. I never claimed that censoring information here would protect children. You're just making up stuff, Nathan. Koavf (talk) 02:43, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Well, you wrote above "Plus, if you find a wiki about child abuse and you think that the best way to handle that is to post links to it here, you and I have very different priorities about how to protect children." So your concern is more the wiki's reputation, I guess. But to borrow a phrase from The Guardian, the way sites like RationalWiki get people to take down such content is "nasty, ominous, calculating, anti-intellectual and could happen to anyone. [RationalWiki] is like a blackmailer – if you give in to it, it just wants more." Today, it's BoyWiki/NewgonWiki; tomorrow, who knows. With regard to prohibition of such things, the typical leftist tactic is that "Stage one is to tolerate it [i.e. the prohibition]. Stage two is to legislate it. Stage three is to make opposition to it intolerable. Wash, rinse, repeat." So now opposition to current public policy has been made intolerable here.
By the way, it shouldn't be surprising that sites with controversial content go down sooner than other sites. They're like 19th-century Mormons, always getting persecuted and driven out of places. E.g., they have to change webhosts or go down when the owner feels pressured to cease operations. Leucosticte (talk) 03:08, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Reputation Yes, I am concerned about WikiIndex's reputation. No, pedophiles and pederasts are not like religious and political minorities who are caught up in overwhelming waves of oppression, purges, and war. Histrionics and bombast won't make me want to agree with you: what is even your point? Koavf (talk) 03:16, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
They're a sexual minority, like gays and other persecuted groups were before them. In fact, pederasty has sometimes been described as a gay rights or gender discrimination issue since a subtle form of discrimination against gays is when there is selective prosecution of, say, men who have sex with teenage boys while a relatively blind eye is turned to, say, men who have sex with teenage girls or women who have sex with teenage boys. We especially don't often hear about women getting busted for having sex with teenage girls, although that may be because they're more discreet about it. Who knows, maybe these days the government is eager to crack down on age-of-consent violators equally. Harris Mirkin wrote in The Pattern of Sexual Politics that pedophilia is just the latest battle for freedom, after feminism and gay rights.
The point is that it's kinda like what Brandeis wrote in Whitney v. California, "Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. To justify suppression of free speech there must be reasonable ground to fear that serious evil will result if free speech is practiced. There must be reasonable ground to believe that the danger apprehended is imminent. There must be reasonable ground to believe that the evil to be prevented is a serious one. Every denunciation of existing law tends in some measure to increase the probability that there will be violation of it. Condonation of a breach enhances the probability. Expressions of approval add to the probability. Propagation of the criminal state of mind by teaching syndicalism increases it. Advocacy of lawbreaking heightens it still further. But even advocacy of violation, however reprehensible morally, is not a justification for denying free speech where the advocacy falls short of incitement and there is nothing to indicate that the advocacy would be immediately acted on. The wide difference between advocacy and incitement, between preparation and attempt, between assembling and conspiracy, must be borne in mind." These sites may denounce, condone, teach, prepare, advocate, and assemble, but they don't incite, attempt, or conspire. So, why suppress them?
If you get criticized by RationalWiki, that can be a good sign. Kinda like what Lew Rockwell wrote about another smear, by the New York Times: "We are attacked because we are doing our job. The Times's smear is a medal on our chest." Leucosticte (talk) 04:47, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Comparisons Lots of things have been compared to lots of things. If your claim is that adults who want to have sex with children are in any substantial and genuine way comparable to gay men getting lynched, then you're wrong. Your point about free speech is irrelevant as WikiIndex is not the federal government: no one is denying you a First Amendment right to say some truly repugnant and miserable things, so you're playing a victim again. No one is buying it, so I have to ask again: what is your point? Koavf (talk) 05:06, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
"If your claim is that adults who want to have sex with children are in any substantial and genuine way comparable to gay men getting lynched, then you're wrong." Sounds like an argumentum ad lapidem, as no supporting arguments are presented. Anyway, principles of good governance that apply to how countries should be run can also sometimes be useful for wikis to look at. Suppose this were a 17th-century WikiIndex and someone created a listing for a WitchWiki, linking to a site that said stuff about how maybe witches aren't that bad and shouldn't be burned. Should that listing be deleted because popular opinion says that witches are dangerous, and we don't want to link to sites promoting witchcraft lest our reputation suffer? That makes it impossible to free men from the bondage of irrational fears, because people don't know where to find the arguments saying witches are okay. Or at any rate, they're unlikely to come in contact with that information unless they actively go looking for it. I heard of Newgon Wiki by word of mouth, for example, because it's not listed many places. I had been looking for such a wiki but couldn't find it, and eventually assumed it didn't exist, until someone informed me otherwise. Leucosticte (talk) 16:26, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Arguments No, your argument is ridiculous. If two things are similar in some sense, they are not similar in all senses. If one source makes a claim, it doesn't mean that it's true. If you cry foul that some group is victimized because they can't use every means possible to promote their cause, then you are not being rational yourself. Statements like, "principles of good governance that apply to how countries should be run can also sometimes be useful for wikis to look at" are probably true. Adults who try to have sex with children are probably in some way similar to adults who want to have sex with adults of the same sex. So what? I'm not sure if you're deliberately misconstruing my position or if I'm not being clear but my point is not that popular opinion says don't have sex with kids, therefore WikiIndex should follow the crowd. My point is that you shouldn't have sex with kids and we shouldn't provide a platform to linking to resources about how having sex with kids is okay. I'm even willing to allow that we can (should?) discuss those wikis but actually linking to them or creating articles which are just repetitions of their own copy about themselves is not something that we should do. In fact, the last few sentences of your above post basically prove my point. Koavf (talk) 06:45, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Democratic republics usually have a principle of "minority rights and majority rule". The majority rule can't be allowed to eclipse minority rights too much or else it becomes impossible for the minority opinion to ever become the majority opinion, since the minority can't make itself heard to the majority and persuade them to change their minds. There are a lot of WikiIndex "articles which are just repetitions of their own copy about themselves" because wiki owners create the articles, or people do a copy and paste from the wiki's about page because it's an easy and quick way to create an article. It's probably unavoidable that a lot of articles here will start that way, but they can be edited to be more neutral. Policy on neutral point of view is a separate issue from inclusion policy. Leucosticte (talk) 22:11, 3 December 2014 (UTC) proposal

I propose undeletion of This site does not promote child abuse in any way. It presents research concerning public policy issues surrounding production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. "Production" as used there refers to the holding of a camera and other non-violent acts rather than to the inducement of children to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

As the site notes, the prohibition of child pornography is relatively new; the first U.S. federal laws regulating child pornography were not passed until 1977, and the U.S. Supreme Court did not uphold bans on the production and distribution, and the possession, of child pornography until 1982 and 1990, respectively (the decisions were New York v. Ferber and Osborne v. Ohio, respectively). In 1990, only 19 states had laws against possession of child porn.

So the current public opinion and public policy about child porn is relatively new, and who knows if it will change in the future, if there is a liberalization; already there has been a backlash by federal judges against sentencing guidelines imposed by the U.S. Congress concerning child pornography. I see nothing wrong with linking to a wiki that covers these ongoing debates and the history leading up to them. Leucosticte (talk) 02:28, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

I do not think it makes sense to argue about single wikis right now. The general policy needs to be established first. You both could use Your high emotions in this case to drive Yourselves for the creation of a policy that serves most. This personal fight is of no use. Manorainjan (talk) 14:30, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
I did attempt to create a policy, but it got torpedoed. Arguably, we are creating policy right now because however this decision goes will set a precedent that might be codified as policy afterward. Leucosticte (talk) 16:11, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Policy pages I deleted that because we're in the middle of having that inclusion policy here and now: there's no point in creating a policy page elsewhere and then trying to discuss it there. If I wasn't clear about that (and I thought I was), then I hope this is sufficient. Koavf (talk) 06:47, 3 December 2014 (UTC)
There was a failure to arrive at any consensus about policy. So, can we make an ad hoc decision on the listing? Or should we wait for the site to be resurrected first? Leucosticte (talk) 07:35, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Abd comment

Is this "the 'wiki index' of all wikis, wiki people, wiki software, wiki farms and wiki ideas" as it says on the home page banner displayed to non-logged in site viewers.

That's a pretty simple mission, easy to understand. Has it changed? Above there is discussion indicating that it should change, and there is a sysop making it change. I see that he is unilaterally deleting pages. I'd seen his name before. He was the first Wikipedian to make a million edits, April 19, 2012. He is not an administrator there. Looking at his block log, he probably wouldn't make it if he was nominated. What I saw, right off, in the block log, was a block in 2006 for "mass adding of db-bio tags to articles on pornographic actors." Now, one of the ways one can rack up lots of edits is adding tags to lots of pages. It can take a few seconds per page. Looking at his August 2006 edits, the first thing that hit me was the huge numbers. He was running on the order of 15 edits per minute or so. Lots of little fixes. It's called wikignoming. See [2] for a sample of correcting space in page titles. Page after page of low-lying fruit. I see a fairly large number of deletion requests issued in a short time. Given that if a page is deleted, it doesn't show up in contributions, there very likely were many more. Here is one. That original AfD closed with delete, though consensus for delete did not seem to be there (there was weak participation, such AfDs would more normally be relisted); it was recreated later the same year (apparently by the same user) and stands. Koavf is only an admin on Outreach wiki in the WMF family.

On Wikiversity, a quite active wiki, we avoid unilateral deletions except for totally obvious deletions, blatant spam or vandalism. Anything that could be controversial, the routine practice is that an administrator, like anyone else, will tag the page and then another administrator will delete if nobody removes the tag. We will also undelete on request, unless there is some strong reason, and if someone still wants it deleted, then there is a formal discussion. There are very few such.

Leucosticte has long tended to get involved with highly controversial subjects, he often becomes far better informed about them than, say, the average Wikipedian. On RationalWiki, he attempted to create a resource on pedophilia, as I recall. In spite of RationalWiki having a general policy of total tolerance, he was very much not tolerated, and in spite of stopping any disruptive activity, he was still banned. For pointing out some simple facts about what he had *actually done* -- as distinct from what had been claimed about him -- I was told what I won't repeat here and [3] That user who wrote that is a "Wikipedian in good standing." RationalWiki explicitly tolerated that, the wiki brings out the worst in users. Leucosticte was threatened with gross physical violence. That was tolerated. But pointing out what is actually well-known in academia, published in peer-reviewed journals, etc., no, that's unforgiveable. WikiIndex was attacked by a set of IP trolls working with a RationalWiki moderator, almost a year ago I think it was. their target was Leucosticte.

On WikiMedia Foundation wikis, accusing another user of being a pedophile is grounds for immediate block of the accuser. Any such charges must be made privately to high-level administrators (stewards globally or to ArbCom locally on enwiki.) Leucosticte is not a pedophile, but is a radical libertarian, arguing for civil rights.

I do not agree with his positions, often; however, there is a basic issue here.

Is WikiIndex a list of all wikis? Deleting the WikiIndex pages without discussion makes it be other than that. Is it a list of WikiPeople? Now, I argued almost a year ago, here, that there should be inclusion standards for articles on wikipeople, particularly if they don't want the article to be here. I felt that Leucosticte went into too much detail on his wikis. However, those are about content, not about inclusion.

My personal rule is that I avoid contributing to wikis where there is arbitrary deletion without warning. My home wiki is Wikiversity, where we delete very little. (We *organize* content, and some content gets organized into the creating user's user space. Anonymously created content may get tagged for proposed deletion and if nobody removes the tag, it's gone in three months. Formal deletion discussion has become rare. And Wikiversity works, it is serving its purpose, content is steadily and gradually improving.

WikiIndex, though, explicitly declares it is an index of "all wikis." If it is not going to be that, to not be misrepresenting itself to the public, it should change this and specify inclusion standards. Content standards are ordinary editorial decisions, but ad hoc deletion of content placed in good faith is colossally rude.

I am not personally requesting the restoration of those pages. However, as a policy matter, if Leucosticte or anyone else requests it, and if the page content is not itself illegal, they should be undeleted. Allowing ad hoc deletion by an administrator with a clear personal bias is losing the wiki.

With this edit Koavf at the same time denies that he's "outing any pedophiles," but then says that he is "not giving them an outlet to link to their discussion fora here." The only one linking to those fora here was Leucosticte.

It is clear that Koavf has set himself up to decide about "appropriate content" for wikis.[4] He is explicitly denying the mission of WikiIndex. I see that there are pages in Category:Pornography, including Encyclopedia Dramatica which hosts highly offensive material.

I also see that Koavf deleted an attempt to create policy or stimulate a focused policy discussion.[5]. His deletion reason called it a "vanity page." Koavf certainly had the right to edit the page to make it clear that this was not policy, but to delete, instead, with a spurious reason is highly offensive. Were he an administrator on Wikipedia, he could lose the privilege over an action like that (unless it was a banned user).

If WikiIndex chooses to tolerate this behavior in an administrator, it's a lost cause. Abd

Low-hanging fruit Speaking of low-hanging fruit, I find it bizarre that you choose edits from a decade ago when I was first starting out on en.wp to prove some point about how I'm... bad at wikis? Irrelevant? I don't know where you're going with that honestly but I've made a lot of substantial contributions to a lot of wikis: adding a WikiNode to Wikilivres, deleting thousands of pages of spam from Wikitravel, making front page or featured content on Wikipedia and Wikinews, updating and connecting records at Rodovid, acting as a Campus and Online Ambassador for Wikipedia for years, curating translations of software for TranslateWiki, and also moderating here (even if my administration here is poor). I have a lot of userrights on en.wp and there's a good reason why: I do lot of constructive things with them. I'll grant that admins on most wikis probably shouldn't have unilateral powers or write policy (although there are many contexts where that is appropriate): this is why in addition to making a possibly contentious edit, I also initiated a conversation about that edit and whether or not we want to have a set of standards sanctioning such edits in the future. I haven't made any claims about Nathan's personal sexuality: I don't know anything about it nor do I care to know. If he's advocating for having sex with minors as some purely academic exercise or because he's convinced that he's somehow making society a better place or because he lost a bet, all of it's irrelevant to me in terms of how we link and to what we link and how we discuss wikis on this wiki. I don't know how I could be considered outing him when I haven't made any claims about him and he's pretty explicit about assigning his actual name to these accounts...
"I am not personally requesting the restoration of those pages. However, as a policy matter, if Leucosticte or anyone else requests it, and if the page content is not itself illegal, they should be undeleted. Allowing ad hoc deletion by an administrator with a clear personal bias is losing the wiki."
This part confuses me. Illegal... where? And why? If the entire point of his wikis is to try to subvert or challenge or change the law (and evidently it is, from what I have seen on this wiki about those wikis) then why would we be concerned about whether or not it's legal in the first place?
"I also see that Koavf deleted an attempt to create policy or stimulate a focused policy discussion.[6]. His deletion reason called it a "vanity page." Koavf certainly had the right to edit the page to make it clear that this was not policy, but to delete, instead, with a spurious reason is highly offensive. Were he an administrator on Wikipedia, he could lose the privilege over an action like that (unless it was a banned user)."
On en.wp, if someone made a page entitled "Wikipedia:Guidelines for inclusion" and it was essentially targeted at including the content he had added to Wikipedia that had been deleted and there was already a community-wide discussion about that content and whether or not it should be deleted, then yes, that proposed policy page would be deleted as well. Koavf (talk) 07:03, 3 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Koavf. Yes, one of the observations I noted was from eight years ago. You have 1.3 million edits to Wikipedia, and I would in no way claim that a small set of edits from eight years ago accurately represented your views and practices. In general, when I report observations like that, I'm not "going somewhere" with them other than to share them. That small set of edits from 2006 showed several things: it *could* indicate some disapproval of pages on porn stars, and the deletion requests could indicate a deletionist agenda. Those are speculative and rebuttable. But they also could be relevant to the recent events.
You may say that you have not made claims about Nathan's sexuality, but you did make a statement that referred to him as if he were one of "them." I linked to the diff, but here it is again: this edit. You began the discussion here with a mention that you had discussed Nathan and his edits here off-wiki. I know what rumors and ideas exist about him. A sysop on Wikiversity lost his privileges because he formed opinions about Leucosticte and acted on them without prior consultation with the community. However, Leucosticte is still a user in good standing on WikiMedia Foundation wikis, only being blocked on en.wikipedia. He is not doing what you implied at the same time as you claimed you were not "outing him," "advocating for having sex with minors." The reality of what he has done is much more complex, and to cover it would require raising topics that are highly inflammatory and that probably should not be raised here. An academic raised the issues in a peer-reviewed publication and there was a firestorm of anger over that and the state legislature removed $50,000 from the university budget over it. The issues are very, very hot.
Rather, the real question, besides the propriety of your action -- I consider it improper, there was no emergency justifying the use of tools like that -- is whether or not WikiIndex will judge wiki content. It's a huge can of worms, and I don't see that WikiIndex has the community structures in place to allow it. As a pure index, inclusion policy is very simple. If inclusion becomes a complex judgment, if inclusion is thought to somehow "reflect on WikiIndex," WikiIndex, my opinion, would become unsustainable. Is there a Ku Klux Klan wiki? If there is, would hosting a listing here reflect badly on WikiIndex? How about a Zionist wiki that demonizes Palestinians and Muslims? And then Encyclopedia Dramatica. It's a slippery slope.
As evidence that it was reflecting badly on WikiIndex, you cited the so-called RationalWiki, and it was actually something mostly written by me. RationalWiki is highly offensive, obscene, mostly juvenile, and completely unreliable. (You linked to the wrong page, the mention of WikiIndex is on the Talk page, [7]) That began with a complaint by our own Special:Contributions/Sophie Wilder, who is indef blocked here. She was a moderator on RatWiki then and still is. Her behavior here, and being a moderator there, is a pretty good indication of how crazy that place is.
"Illegal content" is content that is, in itself, a violation of law (or a civil tort) in a jurisdiction covering WikiIndex. Willful copyright violation or libel would be examples. I am *not* proposing total, mindless inclusion. We don't do that on Wikiversity, and we don't expect it. The key is that deletion would ordinarily follow community consensus, but in an emergency can anticipate it. And so, on Wikiversity, if admins speedy delete a page (and normal practice is that they do not do this on their own initiative except for blatant spam and vandalism) and any registered user requests undeletion, they undelete it. Unless the content is actually illegal, not merely, say, spam or nonsense. Then there may be a discussion.
Your comments about Wikipedia practice regarding policy pages are, for whatever reason, misinformed. An understanding of policy and policy creation in the presence of conflict is not something that you would gain with 1.3 million edits of the kind that I've seen. I've been *very* involved with Wikipedia policy, and what Leucosticte says below is the norm. If a policy page is created and is considered "wrong" in some way, it is not deleted, it is marked as not accepted. Leucosticte and I know well what happens, because he created a WP space page and it was marked as not successful, but there was a faction that really wanted it gone, and there was a highly contentious MfD, the first finding was Keep, there was a DRV and a claim of improper closure, it was re-opened and then closed, the same.[8]
In this case, the policy page created by L. simply stated the obvious, or close enough, from the message that is given to all unregistered users. Welcome to WikiIndex – the 'wiki index' of all wikis, wiki people, wiki software, wiki farms and wiki ideas. Please add your wiki, and join our community. Note: WikiIndex is not a wiki hosting service.
The page had: [9]: WikiIndex's inclusion policy is that any website that either (1) is a wiki, or (2) calls itself a wiki is eligible for inclusion.
That inclusion was being discussed here does not preclude working on a policy page. You had many options other than deletion, but because of the opinion you formed about L., you did not see or did not choose those options. This is precisely why wikis discourage administrators from acting when involved, i.e., when their personal opinions have become strong. Instead of deleting, you could have moved that content to the talk page with a note. You could have modified it to reflect *your view* about inclusion, and then some compromise might be worked out. You could have marked the page as "proposed policy." Instead you simply deleted it. Much less work, and "less work" is what I'd expect might motivate you from seeing that 1.3 million edits. To do that, you had to be very efficient. And so, in deleting, you did not really explain what you were doing, you gave the reason of "vanity page." That was far from a vanity page!
And never would a Wikipedia administrator delete a Wikipedia space proposed policy page on their own initiative, unless they wanted to risk their admin bit, the only exception I know being a page that is created by a sock of a banned user, or that is blatantly inappropriate, such as a page attacking individuals, etc.
I suggest, Koavf, that you back off. Your arguments are convincing me you are unqualified to serve WikiIndex as an administrator. The decision won't be mine. I've watched other administrators operating here, and while I did not necessarily agree with some details, none of it seemed outside of ordinary administrative discretion. Your actions stand out.
In your favor, you started this discussion. However, if you don't listen to it, if you essentially keep proclaiming you were right, that's useless. --Abd (talk) 22:25, 3 December 2014 (UTC)
Last I knew (it may have changed since then), they didn't delete proposed policy pages under such circumstances. They simply marked them as rejected. I guess in extreme cases they might userfy them or propose deletion, but I don't think they would be deleted over the author's objections. Anyway, good to see it was restored. Leucosticte (talk) 20:05, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Prohibited content policy

Since it seems like this debate is pretty much over, I went ahead and drafted a new policy, WikiIndex:Prohibited content, to codify the consensus that emerged so that the rule could be applied uniformly in similar cases, without unwarranted disparities in treatment of similar wikis; and give users fair warning as to what kind of content won't be accepted here. Leucosticte (talk) 17:35, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

"Very nice site" vandal

People who run third party wikis may have noticed, there are some vandals that show up and add comments to random pages saying "Very nice site!" and the like. It was even added to the Meta-Wiki abuse filter. I forget what people called these vandals, or the motives people speculated they might have. Any ideas? Thanks, Leucosticte (talk) 23:47, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Assume good faith and ask them. Manorainjan (talk) 23:59, 22 November 2014 (UTC)
I think it's a bot. Leucosticte (talk) 00:06, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

language translation

Both WikiIndex:FrequentlyAskedQuestions#Languages and Category:Wiki Language recommend that articles have a description in both the native language used at that wiki, and also in English.

Is there something we could change in the Template:Tl template to encourage people to translate text, without deleting all the text in the original language?

Is there some way to detect when well-meaning people delete all the German-language text from a WikiIndex page about a German-language wiki?[10]

I suspect that many pages have suffered such damage, because "translate all the text on the page to English, and delete all the German text" is the normal way of doing translation on the English Wikipedia, and well-meaning people may not realize that's not how we do things at WikiIndex.

What is a good way of undoing such damage, such that the latest versions of such pages includes both the English-language translation that well-meaning person added to the page, and also the original German-language text that well-meaning person deleted from the page?

I.e., I want such "translated" pages to be more like ZUM-Wiki, Zoids Wikia (es), Kotava Kotapedia, and many other pages on WikIndex, each of which have descriptions in two or more languages.

--DavidCary (talk) 07:38, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Templates and tracking categories The only thing that immediately comes to mind is using templates like {{de|TEXT IN GERMAN}} and {{es|TEXT IN SPANISH}} or possibly {{original language|TEXT IN NON-ENGLISH}} and then have hidden categories that contain these articles. But that would still require some monitoring. Koavf (talk) 07:46, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Including by script?

Experience shows, that a good number of wikis do not even get of the ground to leave preparation phase to get going somehow. And many more die later on. But who takes care that those wikis get archived? Certainly not those inexperienced people who started a wiki project that would not survive. Therefore I suggest to make it a standard procedure to save every URL of a new entry in our Index at (talk) 20:17, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

For that matter We can provide links to common caching services in case sites are down temporarily or any other archives. WebCite would probably be a bad choice in this case but if there are others, I'd be interested to know. Koavf (talk) 20:18, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
You are missing the point here:
  • There is no use to provide a link to an archive that does not contain material.
  • Someone has to point the archive to the content first for that the archive starts collecting it.
  • does not know about any wiki attempt if nobody tells them.

Manorainjan (talk) 21:00, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Deleting pages without using an informative deletion summary

Can we as a community agree that the practice of deleting pages without using an informative deletion summary is unacceptable? I assume that MediaWiki:Deletereason-dropdown exists for a reason. Leucosticte (talk) 21:42, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Sure But to be fair, I also immediately posted here to get as much visibility to the action as possible. Honestly, it's like you're looking for every possible reason and way to complain and be a martyr, Nathan. Koavf (talk) 21:43, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
"Unacceptable" means? Koavf did delete without a summary. That, I would consider an error. But so what? MediaWiki has no facility for changing edit or log summaries, and administrators are not slaves. I ask Koavf to create deletion summaries, and, at the same time, commend him for posting here. Better: create the posting first and then reference it in the deletion summary. (And even better, if there is no emergency, allow discussion before deleting!) Later, someone who might want to recreate the page will see a reference to the discussion. Otherwise, if they see the summary with no explanation, they may be puzzled. I recommend setting up a WikiIndex:Requests for deletion page. Using this Community portal talk page is obscure and idiosyncratic.
Koavf, you are correct about what Nathan is doing. I've known him for many years, and supported some of his work, and attempted to protect him at times, but I recognize most of his recent activity as intentionally disruptive, and "martyr" would be part of the motive. He is arguing in order to set up straw men and incite reactions. There may be some value coming out of it, but his complaint about those deletion summaries here, and now, was unnecessary. All the actions are under review. He has already been warned, and argued with the warning, and continued. [11] et seq. --Abd (talk) 22:27, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
Okay, I feel satisfied now (aside from this question remaining unanswered), thanks. Leucosticte (talk) 22:51, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Viable Wikis: Struggle for Life in the Wikisphere

A 2007 paper that might be of interest See here for "Viable Wikis: Struggle for Life in the Wikisphere". Koavf (talk) 15:42, 10 May 2015 (PDT)

Gabriele/HAL-9000, related IPs and vandalism

Ooops, somehow I edited a page that I can't get back to. Seems to be a bug that is worth tracking down. I've analyzed the server logs and HAL-9000 and related IPs belong to a global vandal. Please take appropriate action that is consistent with the policies of this wiki. -- BrandonCsSanders (talk) 10:14, 6 June 2015 (PDT)

IPs HAL-9000 (aka Rex8) has used ... there are others, watch for IPs in these ranges: NOTE: Take the location of these IP addresses (Torino region) with a grain of salt. The location is for their ISP (Telecom Italia) and not where they themselves are located. BrandonCsSanders Telecom Italia Telecom Italia Telecom Italia Telecom Italia Telecom Italia Telecom Italia Telecom Italia 
[ UTrace] reports all this IPs as from Torino region. M.

From my experience with my own provider Vodafone which provides all over Germany and beyond, I know, that the IP trace service used to show results from IPs used by me, that they where located mostly in a perimeter of < 100 km around the actual city. This week my homepage received about 10 located visitors, one from Torino. Manorainjan 14:21, 7 June 2015 (PDT)

CU results shows more --YiFei | talk 20:30, 6 June 2015 (PDT)
Block I don't see what the problem was with Gabriele/Hal-9000's edits. What exactly was happening that was a problem? Koavf (talk) 20:39, 6 June 2015 (PDT)
Received emails on watchlist updates. Seems abnormal, but the edits are either oversighted or reverted on database level. --YiFei | talk 20:41, 6 June 2015 (PDT)

As far as I remember, we got a new user calling herself Gabriele and doing more than 250 reasonable edits, learning lessons and asking for admin rights within a rather short time which where also granted on the base of lack of any policy at all regarding the granting of such rights. There is likeliness but not proof, that this user also operates under Windowseditor90 on different wikis. That user got blocked on a test wiki. Same wiki where YiFei got blocked ;-) I got blocked there once too. But I followed that case up and got unblocked. Windowseditor90 did not try to get the block removed.

Now for some reason Gabriele got moved to HAL-9000. Then within a day more than 10 obviously vandalitic edits bei HAL-9000 showd up in my mailbox but could not be found on the wiki. What this edits where and who removed the traces of them is unknown. My current assumption is as follows: There are at least 2 persons involved, one is "Gabriele" and the other is a person with checkuser or higher rights on this wiki who can remove traces of edits. Possibly there is another person sharing IP(s) with Gabriele like brother at home, other kid on school or library computer. This is still to be found out. Very little is established fact. Manorainjan 01:33, 7 June 2015 (PDT)

Since all mentioned IPs are closely related to Torino region in Italy I would not know why there is a talk about a "global" vandal. Manorainjan 01:33, 7 June 2015 (PDT)

CU can not remove edits at all. All they (or we) can do is to get the IP info on logged in users and related information about the IP. As "global", I think he meant "global" in WikiSphere. The emails I received has very odd diff links, eg "WikiIndex page Welcome has been changed by Gabriele" has a link to Special:Diff/188793/next, which is entirely something else. I'm almost positive that the revert happens on the database level, which only the ones who have access to the backend can do. --YiFei | talk 05:53, 7 June 2015 (PDT)
The user that turned into HAL-9000 (they moved themselves to that name) started vandalizing five different wikis that we host including WikiIndex. See this image
for a snapshot of the history on here. The edits to many of the pages were "I WILL DESTROY THIS WIKI!!!!". I rolled back the entire wiki to a backup that had been made 1.5 hrs earlier. We have hourly backups on the server for the last 12hours that are very easy to roll back to and daily backups off-server that require more work to roll back to. This was actually the second rollback in as many days. The first time they demoted a whole bunch of admins and bcrats including our staff and then claimed that their account was hacked. When I rolled back the first time I removed their sysop privileges until they could prove that the hack was over, so during second spree of vandalism they weren't able to do as much damage. They are no longer claiming to have been hacked. -- BrandonCsSanders (talk) 12:48, 7 June 2015 (PDT)
That sheds some light on this matter at least. For clarification: Do "they" claim now, not to be hacked {any more}? Is there any evidence that the account had been hacked? I'm still undecided if "they" are two persons or two personalities ;-) What do You think? Manorainjan 13:00, 7 June 2015 (PDT)
Whoever this is, it is a single person. They also did a bunch of positive work on the other four wikis before burning them down to the ground. I don't understand their behavior but am ready to move on past it. Onward :-) BrandonCsSanders (talk) 13:07, 7 June 2015 (PDT)
What evidence shows that it is only one person? What excludes accounts being hacked? (like the eMail account being hacked, allowing access to a number of other accounts) Manorainjan 13:11, 7 June 2015 (PDT)
I'm 99.9% sure that it is not an email account hack and that all edits come from the same person. Because I don't want them to know how to better cover their tracks next time I'm not going to explain how I know for sure that it is all the same person. Suffice it to say that only someone with access to the server logs could tell definitively that it is the same person. -- BrandonCsSanders (talk) 13:48, 7 June 2015 (PDT)
OK. Anyway, this incident with the Italian vandal shows clearly that our non-existent policy about whom to promote to admin does not suffice. That question is a bit heavier, than "when to delete a page" or so.

Manorainjan 14:00, 7 June 2015 (PDT)

Today TheTVFan tried not only to remove the IP-Info from this page, but to remove the whole incident here with misleading edit summary: "You have no rights to show IP addresses of a user)". This poses the question: "Who is TheTVFan really and why does he have a vital interest in covering this tracks of vandalism?". --Manorainjan 08:38, 29 September 2016 (PDT)

Adminship, how to promote

Adminship As an aside, MarkDilley wrote me an e-mail about adminship and we discussed the topic off-wiki and had a consensus about how to move forward and in the meantime, Jason promoted him/her. This is not a slight against Jason, of course--he couldn't have known that we had talked off-wiki and there is no policy in place anyway--simply to say that there was some discussion about the prudent route to take. Koavf (talk) 21:09, 7 June 2015 (PDT)

What reason did You have not to have this discussion happen on wiki? Manorainjan 01:12, 8 June 2015 (PDT)

Off-wiki I can't control when and how Mark sends me e-mails asking for my input. Koavf (talk) 07:24, 8 June 2015 (PDT)

Sorry, my mistake, was not reading it carefully....Manorainjan 09:17, 8 June 2015 (PDT)

Server Move

I've moved wikiindex to a new server that has an updated operating system and newer version of php. The old server was at ip address: ... the new server is at ip address: It may take a few minutes for DNS to propagate, but other than that the transition should be transparent. If you notice any new anomalies, please drop a note on my talk page. Also, I've got some more time to devote to wikiindex, so please don't hesitate to poke me again on my talk page about technical issues that remain unresolved. -- BrandonCsSanders (talk) 11:44, 1 July 2015 (PDT)

Malformed Account Creation Notification Emails ... Workaround

NOTE: The following documents the workaround applied in April 2015. It may need to be applied again next time the MediaWiki version is upgraded.

Account creation Recently, admins have started receiving e-mails when an account is requested. They are in the following form:

&quot;Lauren Fournier&quot; has requested an account and is waiting for confirmation.
The email address has been confirmed. You can confirm the request here &quot;;.

Unfortunately, this makes a malformed URI to; rather than the correct I'm bringing this to your attention because you are evidently the resident tech guy. Thanks. Koavf (talk) 01:32, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

What about documenting Your workaround?Manorainjan 14:41, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

I modified the en.json file messages to no longer have an escaped " in them that gets doubly escaped. Changed to:

    "requestaccount-email-subj": "{{SITENAME}} email address confirmation",
    "requestaccount-email-body": "Someone, probably you from IP address $1, has requested an account ($2) with this email address on {{SITENAME}}.\n\nTo confirm that this account really does belong to you on {{SITENAME}}, open this link in your browser:\n\n$3\n\nIf the account is created, only you will be emailed the password.\nIf this is *not* you, do not follow the link.\nThis confirmation code will expire at $4.",
    "requestaccount-email-subj-admin": "{{SITENAME}} account request",
    "requestaccount-email-body-admin": "($1) has requested an account and is waiting for confirmation.\nThe email address has been confirmed. You can confirm the request here $2",

BrandonCsSanders (talk) 17:02, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

Scribunto and Lua Scripting ... now available

I've added the Scribunto Extension and so Lua scripting for templates is now available. Consider using Lua for any template that involves complicated logical tests. -- BrandonCsSanders (talk) 12:15, 1 July 2015 (PDT)

\o/ Leucosticte (talk) 12:22, 4 July 2015 (PDT)

Policy about talk pages?

Do we have any policy about talk pages? --Manorainjan 01:36, 9 August 2015 (PDT)

  • External help page on the topic is here: MediaWiki
  • The "help pages|Help (en)" links directly to and as such makes all guideline and policy written over there our own policy.
  • Rather difficult to find and surely impossible to find for new users is our own policy about Talk pages

Manorainjan 02:11, 9 August 2015 (PDT)

Blocking Manorainjan

Said user has had a track history of harassing users and acting innocent about it; one user he has harassed is an admin and he was supposed to be blocked, but another admin let him off with a warning.

Obviously, Manorainjan has not learned his lesson and I believe it's about time he was blocked. Please leave your thoughts below. --Rock-O-Jello (talk) 07:38, 25 August 2015 (PDT)

Warning He was issued a warning to stop posting to your talk page. If he does it again, then he can be blocked. Koavf (talk) 07:40, 25 August 2015 (PDT)

On account of a policy or shere arbitrariness? See chapter above which none of You found any interest in. Manorainjan 07:43, 25 August 2015 (PDT)

Arbitrariness Yes, sheer arbitrariness. It's common etiquette. Even if we don't have an explicit policy, it's obvious that hounding someone on his own talk page is pointless, rude, and counter-productive to working together. It's fine to ask a question, fine to disagree, fine to gently remind someone if you think he's forgotten about a topic, but not fine to endless pester and whine. You've made your point, now move on to something else. You've done plenty of fine work here and you can continue doing it without being obnoxious to Mark and Rock-O and Sean and myself. Find something productive to do with your time other than being abrasive, please. Koavf (talk) 20:33, 25 August 2015 (PDT)

I'm certainly not that which You desire me to be. It is not even remotely relevant for me which is Your desire. I do not intend to make Your problems my problems in the manner of a co-dependent. I would however abide by policy created on account of a democratic process. Manorainjan 07:58, 26 August 2015 (PDT)

Okay In the meantime, leave Rock-O alone on his talk page. If the two of you end up editing the same thing or posting to another page together on-topic, that's fine. Don't harass other users. Koavf (talk) 08:01, 26 August 2015 (PDT)

You are too generous ;-D Manorainjan 08:27, 26 August 2015 (PDT)

WikiIndex:Spam reports

I have created this page for the purpose of collecting SPAM reports.

Certainly SPAM reports should not go to this page which is already crowded enough. And I do not think it should on the general admins page, because not all admins are interested to receive SPAM reports. But if those admins which are interested to receive SPAM reports (and hopefully do something about it ;-) put WikiIndex:Spam reports on their watch list, I think it is more efficient than mailing single admins and hoping they will not be on leave.

What do You think? --Manorainjan 04:41, 4 March 2016 (PST)


Because I do not want to enter in a silly edit war with User:Databoy someone of You has to explain him, why the redirect from his disk is counter-productive. --Manorainjan 05:13, 15 August 2016 (PDT)

Your bullying of me on this issue reflects badly on you. It's my talk page, not yours. I created the article, the wiki is long since dead, I am requesting to delete it, you have no right to interfere, mind your own business. Databoy (talk) 05:21, 15 August 2016 (PDT)

Anybody home? --Manorainjan 09:10, 18 August 2016 (PDT)

WikiIndex is an opt-in community. One of the wiki tenants we have is Meatball:RightToLeave. It is true that we have a history of keeping old wiki information, so I would ask Databoy, is there anything that you wouldn't mind keeping here at WikiIndex? Best, MarkDilley

Mark, I would request Manorainjan to keep his hands off my Talk page for starters. Databoy (talk) 05:36, 21 August 2016 (PDT)
Now, finally You blanked the page instead of redirecting it. Blanking is OK. I see no problem with that. --Manorainjan 05:39, 21 August 2016 (PDT)
Regarding our community meaning regarding people who do work here, it is opt-in for sure. But why does this apply to this topic? Databoy did not ask for deletion of his account. On the contrary, he was aggressively editing this wiki by means of this account. If he wants to leave and get his account deleted, the question of his strange edit to redirect from his disk to his userpage would become baseless. I would be happy with that solution ;-) --Manorainjan 10:18, 18 August 2016 (PDT)
Regarding wiki-pages our wiki is certainly not opt-in. Most users straight refuse even to inform the owners of the wikis for which they create pages here. It is opt-out on request of the owner of the concerned wiki. It is not opt-out on request of the "author" of the page, because licence says, that content added here becomes property of community. So, besides user-pages there is no such thing here as "my page". They are all our-pages.--Manorainjan 10:18, 18 August 2016 (PDT)
Template:Ping - We do not have a page WikiIndex:Right to leave here, nor a wiki or person of that name. Therefore it can not be called a tenant. You had to link to the dead MeatballWiki in order to reference to this principle. --Manorainjan 10:23, 18 August 2016 (PDT)

license issue

Sorry, I don' know where to report a license issue, so I do it here. seems to be licensed under a licence which is not compatible to CC BY-SA. You can find the source here: -- 10:10, 22 December 2016 (PST)

Licenses We have a license for the new content here but I think that we can use these with a "fair use" rationale. We also hotlink to logos as well. Koavf (talk) 23:11, 22 December 2016 (PST)