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Resolved

Helloooo One Piece Wiki Editors! Recently, two of our admins along with various other editors discussed the recurring problem of users such as User:Mr._Whatever causing a ruckus and bypassing bans due to his creation of new accounts, as well as the excruciatingly long and overbearing length of the talk pages used to discuss images which usually result in either edit warring or no results whatsoever. As such, we decided in chat on a few different rules we could implement. Due to chat and its status as an unofficial discussion group area, I will be posting the rules we proposed in here for further and official discussion. Here is what we have:

1. A ladder-punishment system. Essentially, after an edit war, the user(s) responsible will receive a warning. If the edit warring continues, a 2-3 day ban will be issued. The ban periods will increase until they reach a year long ban, in which case a permaban will be implemented afterwards if necessary.

2. All images up for consideration (manga and anime) will be discussed and voted on in talks/forums.

2.1. If these discussions/polls are not resolved within 7 days, an admin will intervene.

2.2. If a resolution still has not been made after a day, the admin will make an automatic final decision, ending the discussion.

3. If a user continues to come back after repeated bans with different users and bypasses the IP address bans, a final ban will be implemented.

4. The word of the admins is law, meaning any unresolved discussion will be put to an end by the admin.

Additional:

5. Any editors found to be sockpuppetting, we locate the IP range, and suggest a ranged ban.

And that's all for now. Play nicely now, kiddies!  Fintin  Talk   03:27, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

I support the "ladder-punishment system" as I belive this can revole arguements and edit wars, even though not everyone will argee with the new way of doing things.Besty17Talk 03:18, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

I too agree. And suggestion: 5. Any editors found to be sockpuppetting, we locate the IP range, and suggest a ranged ban. Yata Talk to me 03:24, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

I'll add suggestion 5 to the list then.  Fintin  Talk   03:26, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

Personally, I really like the idea of the ladder system. We really need to hammer home the point that this is not a lawless place where people can get away without punishment for clear-cut violations of edit war policy by talking out of it in a forum.

About sockpuppets: Does this apply to all socks, or only to socks that have edited on the wiki. I know many people in chat like their sockpuppets as jokes. I don't necessarily support them or hate them, I just want clarification on this issue so we don't range block a few chat veterans.

My opinion on images is a little different though. I think the current way we've been handling them should work fine in the future. It's really easy to tell when image discussions hit dead ends, and from there start a two-option, one week poll. (I've bypassed the test-poll phase for image polls when it's unnecessary and nobody's put up a fuss, so standardizing that would be cool) Usually that ends the debate with ease. Combine that with the rules we've proposed here on insta-banning for edit wars, and I think images will become a much less chaotic area of the wiki. Trust me, even though teams are defunct, as the image team leader, I've worked hard to take part in just about every image dispute for the last year or so. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 03:35, September 14, 2014 (UTC)


I have some issues.Lets say me(MoM) someone who is familiar with editting reverts several images with no valid reason and i get the warning. I could then escalate my action and for good measure lets say i upload pornographic images. instead of a larger ban i will recieve 2-3 days. If what i am saying is unclear let me summarize. Bans and such should be dealt with on a case by case basis. Sometimes you need to straight up permanently ban someone after the warning because their action is too unforgiveable . the ladder system can be easily exploited. Quite simply it's rather childish. it seems like such a third grade method. With the whole admin intervening thing... What would be the point of voting if Admins have the final say? it then becomes a matter of whoever can convince the admin. what if DP has one view and Yata has the opposite? Whichever Admin posts first gets the decision? " The word of the admins is law" What if the words of the admins contradicts and simply what if the admins are wrong? http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z398/Calu-cha/PinkRose1_zps4352ea44.png 性交? http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z398/Calu-cha/PinkRose2_zps4e4e1d35.png 3:37, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

(Edit conflict) Only vandal/gone-bad sock-puppets. Yata Talk to me 03:38, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

Can we also get a new rule about ban forums? While I don't wish to name names or get off topic in here, I do want to bring up something inspired by "recent events" that we should NOT talk about here. Also, to name one less-relevant name, I'm talking about OPN too. (no offense to him either, but he's banned already so, there's that)

Anyways, I think that users who currently have an active ban forum should not be allowed to open ban forums themselves. It has happened a couple times before where users who have a ban forum open have opened forums for either users involved in their dispute or the user who opened their ban forum. It's generally been in poor taste (and usually poorly written in a rage) and they have never gotten off the ground, since the community just loads the second forum up with sarcastic responses. If more than one user has truly done something wrong, any user is welcome to open a forum for them, but people who have an active forum should not be allowed to open them. Users shouldn't have to worry about opening a ban forum from fear of retaliation from the person they nominate. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 04:41, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

What JSD said. And MoM, the admins only get the final say when the discussion is deadlocked or going nowhere. They're not going to jump in as soon as there's a slight difference of opinion and lock the page. only if the discussion has lasted a week or has regresed to insulting parentage. At least, that's how I understand it...

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 11:20, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

1) If thats the case Nova it should be specified on the list. 2) it does not stop the issue. so once the 7 days is over, people are going to be all over DP or Yata to try and win their vote? Or does the admins opinion matter more than lets say 10 people who don't share it? If its a deadlock keep extending it till its broken.even if it takes an eternity. I liked how you used " At least, that's how i understand it.." its very telling of these rules.  神話  16:12, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

I don't think banning IP ranges would accomplish much since it's easy to trick websites with proxies or TOR. Videogamep Talk 17:20, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

MoM covered what I was going to say. There would be no point to voting if that's how we allowed the wiki to be run. SeaTerror (talk) 22:48, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

Voting would still happen in reasonable debates. The admins would only get involved if the debates last too long and appear to be going nowhere. Videogamep Talk 23:44, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

Bump. Videogamep Talk 00:28, September 18, 2014 (UTC)

Right, we would extend the votes if it seems to take only a few more days to resolve. We admins will step in only as a (as you can call it) last resort. Yata Talk to me 01:45, September 18, 2014 (UTC)

I think the admins should step in on smaller, lesser debates. If an issue affects more than one page, we should continue with polls as we've been doing. When we have talk pages that sit in the active discussions for weeks with only the user who started the edit war adding to the discussion, that's when we really need more guidance from admins. Polls on those types of issues are silly, since if people actually cared, they would have added to the discussion. And if an issue seems small, but there's been a lot of responses to the discussion, the admins should let it run its course as well.

And about your concerns with the ladder issue, MoM, I think what we mean by the ladder system is users who continue to break the same rules. So if User A keeps getting into edit wars and not going to the talk page, they go up the ladder. But if User A starts suddenly uploading pron and actively vandalizing, of course they'll get a much longer ban and go right to the top of the ladder. And if User A and User B keep getting into edit wars with each other and avoiding the talk page, I think both should get the short ban. It shouldn't really matter "who started it" if both never go to the talk page. Short bans like that should really help us avoid creating users like Galaxy who are always in conflicts because they think they can never get in trouble for them. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 14:15, September 24, 2014 (UTC)

Bump. Videogamep Talk 04:06, October 1, 2014 (UTC)

  1. 1-Unsure about this;but whenever any edit war starts,lets just revert the part of the page alone BEFORE the war started and talk things out on the talk page
  2. yeah
  • I dont see how polls will be unresolved:/
  • dunno >_>
  1. yeah,agreed.
  2. yeah,unless they're joke socks...<
    ~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-08:53,10/13/2014-}

Alright, I think the best way to proceed with this forum is to actually do a similar thing that we did in the Manual of Style and blog rule forums: Divide it up into 1 new rule per section, and discuss them separately. So I'm going to divide them now. Just post on each section if you support it or not. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:52, October 20, 2014 (UTC)

Quick Bans for "Veteran" Users

So this section is about the rules for Admins having the right to ban veteran users without forums when they clearly break the rules. Admins can already ban new users/IPs without forums, but with Veteran users, to ban them without forums would just bring about protests claiming "Power abuse!" even if the editor clearly broke the rules (expect of course cases of clear vandalism). Of course, this should follow standard ban practices of an an Admin or other user warning them about the proper rules, an only banning after a subsequent violation. I would also say that these would start out as quite short and/or appropriately long based on the violation.

Personally, I think it's just awful for us as a community to have to have a heated, long, and terrible forum discussion every few months when someone keeps image edit warring, only for the community to be worse off than before the edit war when it's all over. That kind of policy we have now just isn't good for the community, and is exactly how we end up with editors like Gal. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:52, October 20, 2014 (UTC)

First, cases of what? It's just a space.

Second, I think admins deserve the right to ban whoever they want as long as it's in good reason, and people REALLY should learn this. For veteran users, if their edits are excessive, they deserve warnings. Maybe the forum can act as a warning. If they still do their thing without care, they get a ban. Maybe one week minimum. uknownada Talk 05:11, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Can't deny that, I ban registered users the moment they start making obvious bull. Even veterans should immediately be banned, once it's clear they are making cracks at us. Of course, I mean once it's clear. Yata Talk to me 05:51, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Whoops, it's "cases of clear vandalism". Don't know how I left that out...

But anyways, this isn't just about cases of clear vandalism, but cases of any clear violation of rules (rules they are definitely aware of). Like for example, if I continued to revert images that had been decided by poll or something, even after a warning, an admin should be able to ban me without a forum, even with my experience and time as a editor here. Long time editors need to be held to the same standard as new users and IPs. We have too many non-editors who would vote against just about any ban for ban forums to be an effective way to keep order in this community. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 13:06, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Veteran editors should be treated the same as new editors and anons. Regardless of how long an user has been around, they should be hold to the same standards as everyone else, and be given the same punishment if they have clearly broken a rule. Simple as it.  Jademing  Talk   20:38, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Agreed. No special treatments for old veterans simply because they make more contributions. Yata Talk to me 22:08, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Veteran editors should only be banned without a forum if it's clear vandalism. SeaTerror (talk) 01:57, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Obviously. Yata Talk to me 02:32, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

I agree. Veteran editors should know the rules better than new and anonymous editors, so they should have expected the ban if they break any of the rules. They should be examples to newer editors.    Karoo       Talk    01:35, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

But Yata already said he agreed with me when I said it should only apply in cases of clear vandalism SeaTerror (talk) 01:56, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

Well, I disagree with you and Yata then. Why should we need to make a forum when a veteran user clearly violates a rule? It almost always leads to a terrible argument where nobody wins in the long term. Why should we limit ourselves to "clear vandalism" when there are so many other rules that are more valid for quick bans, like abusive language, insulting behavior, edit warring, etc.? Vandalism isn't the only problem for the wiki.

Why do we even try to make all these rules if users can just escape any of them through a forum? There's enough admins now that if any of them truly make a bad decision around a ban, the others can correct it and make sure no power is abused. Especially if the ladder system below is passed. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 04:04, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

This section needs resolution still, nobody responded to my questions in my last post. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:42, December 22, 2014 (UTC)

Quick Bans for "Veteran" Users Poll Discussion

So I've had enough of waiting for responses to my several posts in this forum. Let's just vote on this one. 1 week test poll, 2 week poll. 2 Options, unless someone has other ideas. Also, while it seems obvious, I'd like to include wikia's ToU as well as our own policies. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:33, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

The poll looks good to me, no objection from me.  Jademing  Talk   00:27, January 18, 2015 (UTC)

You forgot the clear vandalism option. SeaTerror (talk) 03:48, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

Everyone's banned w/o forums for clear vandalism. Just vote no if you want that option. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 04:51, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

We should also have a poll/discussion afterwards to define veteran user. Having a firm definition is usually better than leaving it ambiguous. Videogamep Talk 06:42, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

If the rule doesn't go through, yes. I agree. But we won't need to make the distinction if it does go through, as all editors will be treated the same. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 13:07, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

That was part of the discussion previously. Plus some people think vandalism is vandalism when it isn't like somebody making a mistake. SeaTerror (talk) 18:59, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

I absolutely think admins should be allowed to ban anyone for being a dick. If it's accidental vandalism, it can be discussed, but if it's blatant being a dick vandalism then a ban is perfectly acceptable, regardless of how long that person has been an editor or how much they have contributed. An admin has that position because they are trusted to make the calls, both on unacceptable behaviour and on ban length. If there needs to be any discussion, the admins can discuss it themselves, and if needed talk to other users to get a full picture, but it's the admins decision regardless.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 21:41, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

What about rule/guidelines violations, Nova? You don't mention those.
And I feel like "accidental vandalsim" isn't really a thing. Something's either an obvious mistake, or it's purposeful vandalism. Nobody writes "luffy sucks ballz" on a page by accident. So unless you can provide an example of "accidental vandalism" I feel like that's non-issue, ST. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 21:58, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

Rule and guideline violations, such as adding speculation when you're new, is not instant ban worthy, despite according to our rules being classed as vandalism. That's what I mean by accidental vandalism - it falls under vandalism according to our rules (specifically the "Adding gibberish, unrelated content, or speculation." bit), but it wasn't done with malicious intent.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 22:03, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, it's not about just outright banning people w/o warning. Any violations need to be treated the same. In my mind, it's like how I handle image issues right now:

  1. User breaks rule, I warn them with the IGR.
  2. If they break it again without any attempt, I add my "Image Guidelines Final Warning"
  3. If they still don't respond or make any attempt to correct themselves, I go for a short ban.
  4. If they come back and do it again, they get another ban right away because they should have learned about Image rules by now.

So the point of this poll isn't to allow us to ban people outright w/o warning, but to allow us to ban them without a forum after fair warning about the rules It's a "quicker" ban, not the quickest. I've update the poll to reflect that. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 22:09, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

The question then is how many times a veteran editor is allowed to break a rule. Say someone posts an image against the rules, and then 5 months later does it again. Does that qualify them for final warning? Personally, I think yes, but that's a majority decision to make.


It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 22:14, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

As long as the rule hasn't changed or been altered, I'd say yes. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 22:19, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

I like this poll. Something tells me we could dive deeper into it, such as the quantity of warnings a user might receive or how seriously they're breaking the rules, but that could probably be covered another day after the main rule has been established. As is, the poll looks good. uknownada Talk 01:30, January 22, 2015 (UTC)

Quick Bans for "Veteran" Users Poll

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This was a poll regarding allowing Administrators to ban veteran users without a forum when rules are obviously broken.
  • To vote you had to have had a registered account here for at least 3 months and have at least 300 edits.
  • If you have been asked to vote for a particular poll option by another user, do not vote and inform an Admin immediately about who asked you to vote.


Status: Closed
Start date: 18:00 UTC January 24, 2015
End date: 18:00 UTC February 7, 2015

Should the wiki allow Administrators to ban veteran users without a ban forum (though after a fair warning about the rules) if our rules and guidelines and/or Wikia's Terms of Use are obviously broken?

Yes. Administrators should be allowed to ban veteran users without a forum.

  1. Videogamep Talk 20:04, January 24, 2015 (UTC)
  2. It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 22:32, January 24, 2015 (UTC)
  3. Yata Talk to me 00:04, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  4. Ryu-Chan•|•Talk 01:10, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  5. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 05:40, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  6. <
    ~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-09:29,1/25/2015-}
    Ladder ban system should be applied here.
  7.  Jademing  Talk   16:01, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  8. MasterDeva (talk) 22:54, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  9. Salad King I hate veggies. 12:41, January 26, 2015 (UTC) Let's all be equals.
  10. ~ Kaido (Who's that sexy beast over there?) 15:06, January 26, 2015 (UTC)
  11. DancePowderer Talk 05:05, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
  12.    Karoo       Talk    21:17, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
  13. --K0R0M0

No. Administrators should not be allowed to ban veteran users without a forum.

  1. Lelouch Di Britannia Talk Page  02:51, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  2. Besty17 (talk) 21:17, January 29, 2015 (UTC)


Ladder System for Bans

This section is related to the last one, since I can't imagine this working without the last one passing. So I guess I'll make it a subsection. This is the same thing people described earlier in the forum where when admins ban people, the bans start short (few days) and get longer with each subsequent violation. Simple as that. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:52, October 20, 2014 (UTC)

I thought this was something we already did. I think real life does this, too. Repeat a crime after doing your time, they'll throw you in for longer at the turn of a dime. uknownada Talk 05:11, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

I agree with this system, and the strictness should be harsher each time by a good deal (like, first time is one week, second is one month, third is six months, fourth means perma-ban). Yata Talk to me 05:51, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

I pretty much agree with what JSD and Yata said, although I'm certain we already have a somewhat laid-back unspoken rule-thingy about this? At the very least, we should definitely write this down in the rules or something.  Jademing  Talk   20:38, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

After we clear everything in this forum, we will add all the rules into the place. Yata Talk to me 22:08, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

We already do this. I disagree with Yata that the bans should be that extreme. SeaTerror (talk) 01:57, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Hey, if we don't, we'd be encouraging an environment of lawlessness. Strictness is necessary to make sure the vandals learn their place. Yata Talk to me 02:32, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

I also want to add that unless it's clear vandalism,we shouldn't ban users at all just because they're noobs trying to help the wikia but dont know/understand the rules yet(like somebody uploading a jpg can be banned infinity 10-20 min after getting a warning with the current rules).If that's how things worked 2-3 years ago,lots of currently regular users wouldda been banned forever.I say We should go easy on new users who dont know the rules yet.<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-07:42,10/22/2014-}

Yeah, agree with JSD and Yata. We need to harsher, but possibly make the fifth offense perma-ban, while the fourth could be a year instead. Roa, most of the vandals that I do come across do tend to add profanity to the pages, which is clear vandalism. We need to be bitter to them to set examples to other vandals. New users should be aware of the rules, as we have many warnings (ex. uploading an image), and possibly tend to be shy as they would be afraid of making an error. Older users would help them out, give them warnings, or advise. So this ladder system should work out fine.    Karoo       Talk    01:22, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

The ban length should differ. There's no reason why a person couldn't just be banned for two or three weeks on a different offense. SeaTerror (talk) 01:56, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

Well, Roa, if this passes, nobody could actually be infintely banned for something as simple as a jpg mistake, since that would be completely avoiding the ladder. Something like that would need to be done multiple times in order to lead to a long ban. And of course warnings should be given before any bans (aside from vandalism, etc) are given.

Though sometimes, there can be cases where longer bans are need, like cases of harrasment/stalking, etc. So I actually think that while most violations should start at 1 day ban, Admins should be able to step up the punishment if they deem the circumstances extreme enough. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 04:04, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

So lets pass this ladder system rule?<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-08:19,12/1/2014-}
Lets just make a decision or start a poll on this.....:/<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-08:23,12/17/2014-}

^ I agree. This forum's been ignored for way too long. Videogamep Talk 01:58, December 20, 2014 (UTC)

K we're giving this another 3 days,after that me or someone else is gonna start a forum on how this ladder system works.<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-06:09,12/22/2014-}

No. Open it for all the proposed rules. SeaTerror (talk) 18:00, December 22, 2014 (UTC)

Unlike other sections, this one seems to have a clear majority in favor of it. The only thing questionable about it is how it integrates with other sections of this forum, like the one above. So I don't think we need to have any polls about whether or not we pass it, since there's a clear majority in favor of it. Let's resolve the other sections first, then come back and see about how we integrate this one. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:42, December 22, 2014 (UTC)

While I'm making many polls in other sections of this forum, let's wait on this one until after those resolve. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:33, January 17, 2015 (UTC

Post-Polls Discussion

So now that the other polls are done, let's wrap up this section. Here's what we still need to do here:

  • It seemed a clear majority was in favor of this rule, so as long as that hasn't changed, we shouldn't need a poll for it in general, but we could need one for any smaller parts of the rule.
  • Does each ban apply only to one rule? For example, a user is banned for violating the image guidelines for a day, if they then get into several edit wars, are they banned for 3 days, or only 1?
  • Is this rule retroactive for previous warnings about rules which have not changed? Or for previous bans?
  • Should admins be able to increase the value of a ban if they believe the violation is harmful enough? For example, edit warring with hate speech, etc.

Anyways, any thoughts on these? I'll post mine after a few more posts. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 19:30, February 7, 2015 (UTC)

I think the violations of any rules should equal more or longer bans, but retroactively this is going to be hard to enforce. If it's not immediately obvious from their ban history, I suggest users be given a clean slate from the point of this poll closing. And admins should be able to make the decision on the ban length independently, but if it's too extreme other admins should step in and discuss it.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 19:29, February 7, 2015 (UTC)

Personally, I think bans before this rule was enacted should count. They've been banned at least once, and as such, they should definitely know the rules by now. But perhaps we can give users a clean slate depending on how long since the last time they got banned, though? Like, if they haven't been banned within a year of this rule's ratification, then they can be given a clean slate? I dunno.

I also think that violations for any rules should apply to the ladder system. If an user is banned for violating the image guidelines for a day, then get in edit wars, they should have a longer ban than the first one.

And if their actions are harmful enough to warrant a long ban, then absolutely, the admins should handle out long bans for them. Hate speech in an edit war? Should be given a long ban. Vandalism? Should be given a long ban. And so on for severe rule breakings...  Jademing  Talk   01:06, February 9, 2015 (UTC)

So here's my opinions:

  • I'm skeptical of making a clear distinction for whether it applies to single or multiple rules. I know for sure that any new violation deserves a warning before any banning happens. But I think for newbies we should consider rules separate, but experienced users should know better. Admin discretion seems fair for this.
  • I'd say let's not make things retroactive 100%. If you've been banned before for something no matter how long, let's just start you higher up on the ban ladder. Does 2 weeks or something sound fair?
  • And I'm totally for admins being allowed to vary the ban length, though I think this should go both ways. They should be allowed to increase or decrease things based on how cooperative and civil the user is.

Anyone else got something to say?JustSomeDude...  Talk | 22:02, February 10, 2015 (UTC)

Because two users who have previously been banned can't control themselves, and I've had to open a a new forum about a recurring edit war. If they continue the war anyways, this rule comes into play, so it needs to be ready. This has jumped to become the most important discussion on the wiki, and needs more responses. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 05:39, February 14, 2015 (UTC)

Moving previous offenders up the ban ladder works for me. The most important thing is that in the event of someone being banned the admins are able to do it fast and without having to open a forum first. Someone messes around, they get banned. They keep doing it, they get banned longer. If they don't learn then fuck 'em. And I'm fully aware that this may lead to me getting banned.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 22:43, February 14, 2015 (UTC)

I was wondering how long until we get situations like this. Apparently very quickly....

I have said this previously, but I'll say this again. I really, really think that previous offenders should be placed higher on the ban ladder, considering they have been banned before, and as such, should know the rules by now. No mercy at all.

But I have no problems with admins varying the ban length, depending on the said user's circumstances.  Jademing  Talk   00:26, February 15, 2015 (UTC)

I'm all for what's been discussed, ban priority included. --The Will of Deez (talk) 15:32, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, me too — LG (tc) 15:35, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

Alright, I'm gonna call it a clear majority here.

  • General idea of the ladder system has passed.
  • Admins have the right to increase (or decrease) steps on the ladder at their discretion, based on the user's behavior.
  • It will be semi-retroactive. People who have been banned before will start at two weeks.
  • Admin discretion will decide if warnings/previous bans apply to different rules that the warning/ban.

So another section of this forum is done! Yay! JustSomeDude...  Talk | 03:13, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

Stricter Edit War Rules

I also think we need to change what we consider a violation of edit warring rules. We need to work towards making sure that editors are working to build communication with each other, not just reverting each other's edits without any explanation. We need to strengthen positive relationships between editors to become a better community and set good examples for the new editors we want to get in the future. We also need to limit the amount of times reverts (with explanations) can happen before the page needs to be left alone and discussion can happen elsewhere (user/article/file talk pages, forums, etc. Even chat if it's not disruptive).

So I think in cases where someone reverts an edit with an explanation, and the other user reverts without an explanation should not be allowed. They should be considered the worst form of edit warring, since they are never done to resolve the situation. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:52, October 20, 2014 (UTC)

I've been thinking about how edit wars should go for months; ping-ponging on my own ideas. Of course the edit before the war should take precedence, and we know this, but the "limit" of how many edits are kind of hard to consider. In my opinion, the only edits that really "count" should have an explanation. In fact, maybe it's best if we require an explanation for any major reversion, unless it's obvious. After maybe...three reverts, leave it at the original edit and head to the talk page to sort things out. Dunno if this will help any, but it's what I feel right now. uknownada Talk 05:05, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Yes, how about anyone who edit wars gets one warning to tell them they are edit warring, and after that, if they do it again within the same place at a close time since the first transgression we put a ban? Yata Talk to me 05:51, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

The issue with edit wars is most people don't give reasons for it. SeaTerror (talk) 01:57, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

All the more reason to warn then once, and then ban them for the second breach. Yata Talk to me 02:32, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Yes, you're entirely right about the problem being people not giving reasons for it.

The part you left out is that you're one of those people. I see one reason actually relevant to the topic, then a request to "stop trolling" which has zero value or relevance to the debate, then a bunch of reversions with no explanation.

I really think we need to change the rules as soon as we can to stop ongoing issues like this. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 20:46, October 30, 2014 (UTC)

The original statement is what it was. Plus if you actually look at the edits I was the only person who gave an explanation. It becomes a point when people don't claim why they are removing it that the assumption is just trolling. SeaTerror (talk) 01:17, October 31, 2014 (UTC)

Doesn't matter if you weren't the only person doing it, or if you gave an explanation. ALL REVERSIONS should have an explanation. If someone reverts 15 times, there had better be 15 meaningful explanations. No less. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 01:30, October 31, 2014 (UTC)

That makes no sense at all. You can only blame the people not giving explanations. SeaTerror (talk) 01:33, October 31, 2014 (UTC)

See, this kind of debate and evidence is at the top of the list of why I don't feel comfortable making an account here to help out long-term (I'm the anon who questioned the "Substitute Instructor" Occuptaiton on Talk:Koala). The way things boil down, the legal channels of questioning material lack expediency (of the 15+ suggestions of corrections over 3 years I've made on talk pages, the issue on Koala is the first time anyone replied), and a legitimate edit to a Trivia section (albiet skipping the Talk Page first) that says 'may' and thus isn't absolute—supported by 4 different users—are undone with only an initial reason of "Because that was mentioned in a blog with no reference to back it up," followed by 'Stop trolling,' and finally without explanation on both sides repeatedly. I hope I don't have to go over why this doesn't make sense, but I am prepared to.

Bottom line: What's the point in getting a username if it means nothing besides get noticed more when you have a legitimate suggestion that might get ignored/blown off/undone anyways?

As to SeaTerror's reply to JustSomeDude: No, it makes perfect sense, as does your reply. "You can only blame the people not giving explanations," and you gave one explanation for 4 reverts—"Stop Trolling" is a declaration, not an explanation. Even though you remain partially to blame by others standards (as shown above), by your own standards you still carry some. How hard is it to copy and paste your previous Edit Summary—or better yet, actually clarify so they don't keep Undo-ing things? 137.150.222.191 23:29, October 31, 2014 (UTC)

So has this been resolved? Because I completly agree with JSD, I hate reverts without any explanation in the edit summary. Then I have to figure out why they reverted it on my own, sometimes I don't figure it out, then it turns into an edit war with a troll. MrHammer91 (talk) 03:38, November 24, 2014 (UTC)

This is probably the most important section in this forum, and the one with the least amount of people who have responded.

And ST, do you understand my last post now? These other people seem to get it, why don't you? JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:42, December 22, 2014 (UTC)

Stricter Edit War Rules Poll Discussion

This section is getting a poll too. Same as the other one, 1 week test poll, 2 week poll, 2 options. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:33, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

Needs a it depends option. You can edit war with vandals too. Also "sufficient edit summary" is subjective. SeaTerror (talk) 18:42, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

Nobody's gonna get banned for edit warring with a vandal ST, be reasonable. How about if I re-word it to "edit warring either without a summary or with a counter-productive summary"? And example of a counter-productive summary would be something like this which does not help facilitate discussion. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 19:09, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

Now you're purposely taking that one out of context since it should be obvious what happened due to the previous edit summaries. SeaTerror (talk) 19:35, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

Doesn't matter about the previous edit summaries are. That one edit summary is counter-productive, it does not help the discussion close, and it does not talk about the content being edited. It is counter-productive.
But is the wording I gave in my last edit better? Please answer that question. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 23:42, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

The wording is still the same. "Sufficient edit summary" is subjective. SeaTerror (talk) 18:53, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

An edit summary in the event of someone reverting an edit that explains why it was made. What's subjective about that?

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 19:02, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

An example of a super long edit summary that even gets cut off: 22:18, October 20, 2014 (diff | hist) . . (0)‎ . . File:The Simpsons Anime Incarnations.png ‎ (Uknownada uploaded a new version of "File:The Simpsons Anime Incarnations.png": Reverted to version as of 20:49, October 20, 2014 Actually, the claymation side might be relevant to the trivia, since the picture shows multiple versions. But i)

An example of a smaller one 22:02, July 1, 2014 (diff | hist) . . (+2)‎ . . m Seagull ‎ (You for not adding the parenthesis.)

Then a medium sized one: 04:00, November 30, 2014 (diff | hist) . . (-42)‎ . . m Shichibukai ‎ (→‎Trivia: Do we really need that thing for a freaking sentence?)

Then an example of an extremely short one from my talk page: (cur | prev) 15:05, January 31, 2014‎ SeaTerror (Talk | contribs)‎ . . (15,408 bytes) (-954)‎ . . (Spam) (undo)

Some people would claim that an edit summary isn't sufficient unless it's as large as the first example while others would say the last example is fine. SeaTerror (talk) 19:20, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

In that case, you just let the admins judge what's sufficient. Videogamep Talk 19:18, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

What a terrible idea. SeaTerror (talk) 20:18, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

A terrible idea because... the admins aren't given their responsibilities in order to make these decisions? The admins aren't reliable enough to make these decisions? There's no active admins? Or is it that you don't like any admins, so you're just going to say it's a terrible idea because you don't want to have to explain yourself.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 20:37, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

Honestly, I held this opinion long before I was elected to be an admin, and if you doubt me, you're just wrong: I trust the admins to make responsible calls when going for bans. This would be especially true if the ladder rule goes through. Yeah, "sufficient" is subjective, but because it's only the admins making the calls, I think that's ok. "Sufficient" is terminology that works because it makes the required explanation depend on the content of the edit. Obvious vandalism doesn't need an explanation (this is why rollbacks exist), but disputes between two users over page content better have an edit summary that at least tries to resolve the conflict.

And yeah, Nova's hit the nail on the head here: It's obvious ST is putting up a fight because he doesn't like at least some of the admins (me and DP for sure). But this forum isn't about only ST's opinion. So hopefully we can get some less biased opinions on this poll before it starts. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 21:49, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

Think of ST as one of these conspiracists with a tin hat, and you're all good. In other words, he's just very distrustful of authority.  Jademing  Talk   21:56, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

So we should ignore everything he says that doesn't have an actual point and is just his opinion, such as "That idea is terrible." ? Sounds good to me. Shall we move on to an actual discussion?

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 21:59, January 21, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, seems like the discussion with ST isn't going anywhere, since it's heavily biased and ST isn't giving any solid argument at all. Let's drop this and move on to an actual discussion, if any.

I think the poll is fine, sooooo.  Jademing  Talk   01:05, January 22, 2015 (UTC)

I agree as well. Any comment where this clip is applicable should be ignored. Videogamep Talk 06:27, January 22, 2015 (UTC)

Stricter Edit War Rules Poll

Five Elders Anime Infobox
This was a poll regarding creating a rule that makes edit warring without providing sufficient edit summaries a violation.
  • To vote you had to have had a registered account here for at least 3 months and have at least 300 edits.
  • If you have been asked to vote for a particular poll option by another user, do not vote and inform an Admin immediately about who asked you to vote.


Status: Closed
Start date: 18:00 UTC January 24, 2015
End date: 18:00 UTC February 7, 2015

Should edit warring without providing a sufficient edit summary be considered a rule violation?

Yes. Edit warring without providing a sufficient edit summary should be considered a rule violation.

  1. Videogamep Talk 20:04, January 24, 2015 (UTC)
  2. It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 22:33, January 24, 2015 (UTC)
  3. Yata Talk to me 00:04, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  4. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 05:40, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  5.  Jademing  Talk   16:02, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  6. MasterDeva (talk) 22:49, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  7. Awaikage Talk 22:30, January 27, 2015 (UTC)
  8.  Apoelpaoole  Apoel talk  17:39, January 28, 2015 (UTC)
  9. DancePowderer Talk 05:06, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
  10.    Karoo       Talk    21:14, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
  11. Salad King I hate veggies. 12:47, February 4, 2015 (UTC)
  12. --The Will of Deez (talk) 05:58, February 7, 2015 (UTC)

No. Edit warring without providing a sufficient edit summary should not be considered a rule violation.

  1. Lelouch Di Britannia Talk Page  02:51, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  2. ~ Kaido (Who's that sexy beast over there?) 15:13, January 26, 2015 (UTC)


Inactive Users and Voting

I was thinking that we should also have a rule against inactive editors voting in polls. I've noticed several cases where inactive editors show up to vote in the poll and then go back to being inactive. A lot of the time, it seems like people are just showing up to support their friends and then just leaving again. Videogamep Talk 13:57, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Exactly how can we define inactivity? I haven't been an active contributor to the wiki, in discussions, editing articles or blogging for a long time, yet I'm a frequenter of the chat, and am even a chat moderator. Would I still be eligible to vote or not, despite having not been an active contributor for such a long time? What about how long a person need to be inactive to be considered ineligible to vote? There is a lot of questions need to be answered this suggestion brings up, Vid.  Jademing  Talk   20:33, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

I do agree with Vid, about inactive people voting for polls, and I'd like to see something to prevent inactive people, who possibly have no idea the reasoning behind the poll, or any rule changes, etc. However, there is a lot of questions that need to be answered before we can consider making the suggestion into a rule.  Jademing  Talk   20:33, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

It's kind of hard to define. There are plenty of users who don't edit often but frequent the chat and this shouldn't apply to them. I meant inactive like OPN, who has 19 edits from the past year, several of which were just voting in the admin poll and leaving messages on peoples' talk pages. Videogamep Talk 20:42, October 21, 2014 (UTC)

Inactive users don't matter. There's absolutely nothing wrong with them voting on polls. SeaTerror (talk) 01:57, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Can't deny that inactive users are rather not up to date, they don't understand what they are voting for at times. Yata Talk to me 02:32, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

In the past, I've been on the side of allowing any user who has met the requirements to vote. However, the controversy surrounding the Admin election has caused me to question that belief. I'm toying with some new ideas right now, and here's what I've come up with:

  • Any restriction on voting based on activity should be limited to only election and ban polls. Those are the only polls we seems to have problems with inactive users returning. And combine this with the next point, and there's a lot more meaning to this.
  • How about we define "activity" through voting history? (Or perhaps discussion-based contributions, like forums, talks, etc?) If the idea of limiting voting is to make sure only users who care and follow the wiki can vote, the users who keep up with discussions and polls are obviously the one who do care.

So in the end, I guess what I'm saying is what if we only allow users who voted on 3 of the 5 most recent polls to vote on ban forums/elections? We'd have to start tracking polls, but that would be an easy task after awhile. It's new concept, and likely needs tweaking, but to me it's an interesting idea to play around with. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 02:37, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

I'm not so sure about the second part. There are some active users, myself included, who don't always keep up with talk pages. Also, what if a regular user goes inactive for a while and then comes back? Maybe we could measure activity by edits, like defining active as having 10 non user page and user talk page edits in the month before the discussion starts. The number could be changed, but 10 doesn't seem like asking too much. I'm leaving out user talk page edits because some editors who don't contribute to the wiki itself still occasionally leave messages on their friends' talk pages. Videogamep Talk 03:32, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Like what ST said,I also find no problem with inactive users voting at all.Some might become active after the voting(most wont).If you're telling me that u want this rule because inactive users dont read any discussions and just vote for the options their friends voted,lots of active users do that too.The saddest part is we decide too many things with voting instead of discussions;(.<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-07:51,10/22/2014-}

The problem is that most of them don't become active. Like JSD said, voting in regular polls isn't an issue but look at how many inactive users showed up to vote in the two polls I linked above and then disappeared. Users who aren't really a part of the wiki shouldn't have a say in important issues like bans and admin elections. Videogamep Talk 15:10, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Doesn't matter. If you ban them from one type of polls then you would have to ban them from the rest. It isn't a big deal at all. SeaTerror (talk) 17:22, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

I already explained why it's an issue in my previous post. And we wouldn't have to ban them from other polls, just ban polls and admin elections since those are the most important polls. Videogamep Talk 18:31, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

And you're wrong. It just plain isn't an issue. The only voting rules we need are what we have now. SeaTerror (talk) 20:04, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Your position would have more force if you actually explained why I'm wrong and why it isn't an issue. Just saying "you're wrong" isn't helpful or productive. Videogamep Talk 22:28, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Sure this may be consider an issue, but it seems unjust. It will be similar to adding more requirements to the voting rules. It would narrow down the active users, but then we would realize that there don't seem to have as much voters as we desire. What if a user is considered an "inactive user" but actually stays up to date with the wiki? They just don't wish to edit, vote, or comment until an important issue arises. They should have the free will to be involved in bigger issues, if truly wish to get involved. Forcing them to get involved in smaller issues that really don't concern them is a bit too much. For example, making them vote in a forum which they are casually neutral.    Karoo       Talk    01:05, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

It isn't even an issue though. It doesn't happen as often as they make it seem like it does. SeaTerror (talk) 01:56, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

Okay, let's say Mugiwara Franky comes back just to vote. You think he should? He's been gone for years now, he probably doesn't know how much we changed, who's doing what. Yata Talk to me 02:14, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

Requiring 10 edits in a month isn't unreasonable. A lot of users get more than that in a week. And ST, this doesn't happen that often because we don't have ban forums and admin elections that often. Look at the recent election, though. There were several users who were completely inactive before the poll and went back to being inactive right after they voted. That's fine for regular polls but admin elections and ban forums are both a big deal and should have stricter requirements. Videogamep Talk 20:49, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

"And ST, this doesn't happen that often because we don't have ban forums and admin elections that often." So then you just admitted it isn't a big deal. Also THT's laptop was run over so that's why he's inactive. SeaTerror (talk) 21:19, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

I didn't know that about THT's laptop but OPN and FA are still valid examples. And this is still a big deal because those polls are big deals when they do happen, even if it isn't often. Videogamep Talk 23:01, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

I also agree that we should do something to prevent poll manipulations from inactive users. Deciding on a certain number of edits a month before the poll actually starts would be a good first step. MasterDeva (talk) 18:15, October 24, 2014 (UTC)

I'd say 10 is fine. Any other suggestions? Videogamep Talk 03:54, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

I'll say 0 edits. SeaTerror (talk) 06:44, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

Let me rephrase: any other helpful suggestions? Videogamep Talk 17:29, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

My suggestion is helpful. It was already mentioned why this is a bad idea. SeaTerror (talk) 17:43, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

And I provided a counter argument which you didn't reply to. My previous comment was directed at people in favor of this proposal since your stance was made perfectly clear before. Videogamep Talk 23:05, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

Bump. We really need to resolve this forum. Videogamep Talk 04:24, November 10, 2014 (UTC)

^Bump. Videogamep Talk 07:41, November 21, 2014 (UTC)

Okay, by basic standards an inactive user is one who does not do any edits for 30 days consecutively. Anyone who reaches that point should be stripped of all their special statuses. And if they decide to return, if we have not chosen a replacement yet, we can give them the position back. How's that sound? Yata Talk to me 08:00, November 21, 2014 (UTC)

Then by your own logic you cannot vote on any poll since you didn't make a single edit on the 15th. SeaTerror (talk) 08:20, November 21, 2014 (UTC)

When did I say that? I said those who do not do any edits for 30 days consecutively. And I never said anything about voting. Yata Talk to me 18:17, November 21, 2014 (UTC)

That's EXACTLY what this section is about. By going by your own logic you are counted as inactive since you missed one day of consecutive editing. SeaTerror (talk) 18:31, November 21, 2014 (UTC)

Can you not tell the difference between 1 and 30? According to Yata's definition to be be considered inactive today you would have to have not edited since October 22. Missing a day (or 29) would be fine. It's a completely reasonable requirement. Zodiaque             18:46, November 21, 2014 (UTC)

con·sec·u·tive adjective \kən-ˈse-kyə-tiv, -kə-tiv\

following one after the other in a series : following each other without interruption. Totally reasonable. SeaTerror (talk) 19:36, November 21, 2014 (UTC)

I think Yata meant go 30 consecutive days without editing. Videogamep Talk 01:11, November 22, 2014 (UTC)

This rule(if passed) is only for ban and election forums right?<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-07:29,11/22/2014-}

Yeah, those are the only ones where inactive users voting is really an issue. Videogamep Talk 07:50, November 22, 2014 (UTC)

I agree with Calu, I mostly observe discussions, forums, and talk pages, and only comment when necessary. But I am an active contributor, I know I don't have much flack here, but does that mean that people like me shouldn't vote? Unless your definition is less than 10 edits in general a month. MrHammer91 (talk) 03:26, November 24, 2014 (UTC)

This wouldn't affect you. This is more about users who go months without contributing and just pop in to vote in a poll with their friends. Videogamep Talk 22:57, November 24, 2014 (UTC)

I don't know about this issue, I'm a bit undecided on it at the moment. I do know one thing: Blog edits or user/user talk page edits that have nothing to do with our actual content shouldn't count as edits that allow you to vote. Polls are about wikia issues, not your friends here or blogs. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:42, December 22, 2014 (UTC)

That makes sense, although this rule should probably only apply to ban forums and admin elections since those are the only places where I've seen this kind of thing happen. Videogamep Talk 00:58, December 24, 2014 (UTC)

Inactive Users and Voting Poll Discussion

Since nobody's responded in several weeks, let's just vote on this and be done with it. Videogamep Talk 22:13, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

I think the exact figures about what's considered inactive might make this hard for people to vote for. You're better off doing this in two stages: 1st Poll is whether or not we should make the rule, and after that closes, discuss and possibly poll what the specifics of the rule should be. That way people will be more likely to vote for the creation of the rule. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:32, January 18, 2015 (UTC)

Done. Videogamep Talk 18:03, January 18, 2015 (UTC)

Inactive Users and Voting Poll

Five Elders Anime Infobox
This was a poll regarding preventing inactive users from voting in ban forums and admin elections.
  • To vote you had to have had a registered account here for at least 3 months and have at least 300 edits.
  • If you have been asked to vote for a particular poll option by another user, do not vote and inform an Admin immediately about who asked you to vote.


Status: Closed
Start date: 18:00 UTC January 24, 2015
End date: 18:00 UTC February 7, 2015

Should we not allow inactive users from voting in ban forums and admin elections?

(Note: The details of what makes an editor inactive will be decided after the poll is complete)

Yes. Inactive users should not be allowed to vote in ban forums and admin elections.

  1. Videogamep Talk 20:04, January 24, 2015 (UTC)
  2. It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 22:33, January 24, 2015 (UTC) I didn't vote on the new admins forum, because at that time I was inactive, and I knew nothing about the situation.
  3. Yata Talk to me 00:04, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  4. Awaikage Talk 12:13, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  5.  Jademing  Talk   16:03, January 25, 2015 (UTC) Inactive users only vote on ban forums and admin elections, simply because they know the person in the past and doesn't know any rule changes since the time they became inactive, or how people have changed over time.
  6. MasterDeva (talk) 22:50, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  7. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 06:09, January 26, 2015 (UTC) I was torn, but once I thought about how great editors can be ignored by inactives who left before they joined, I decided. And the active editing community should decide who gets to be banned for disturbing the active community.
  8. ~ Kaido (Who's that sexy beast over there?) 15:15, January 26, 2015 (UTC)
  9. DancePowderer Talk 05:07, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
  10. Salad King I hate veggies. 12:52, February 4, 2015 (UTC)

No. Inactive users should be allowed to vote in ban forums and admin elections.

  1. Ryu-Chan•|•Talk 01:12, January 25, 2015 (UTC) Jesus Christ... I'm going to be the poster child for inactive users...
  2. Lelouch Di Britannia Talk Page  02:50, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
  3. <
    ~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-09:17,1/25/2015-}
  4. SeaTerror (talk) 23:06, January 25, 2015 (UTC) (If this goes through then it will only be a matter of time until they try to make a rule for ALL types of polls.)
  5.  Apoelpaoole  Apoel talk  17:43, January 28, 2015 (UTC)
  6.    Karoo       Talk    21:15, January 29, 2015 (UTC)


Removing unsigned posts

I got a good one: any post that is not signed should be removed. Yata Talk to me 15:16, October 24, 2014 (UTC)

Why man?-_-..it's already bad enough that we automatically delete forums(even good ones) that are unsigned instead of just tagging it with a simple {{unsigned}}.why do we have to be so harsh on noobs?<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-15:36,10/24/2014-}

Bad thing about that forum one is it isn't even a rule to delete them even though the unsigned template is used. SeaTerror (talk) 16:33, October 24, 2014 (UTC)

Noope. Salad King I hate veggies. 4:08, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

It's a sign of disrespect for the rules, saying something without telling who said it (sure the record can tell us, but we want to the person to say it themselves). Yata Talk to me 04:12, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

It should only be a factor, not a reason for deletion on its own. The unsigned template is fine for when the post is otherwise acceptable. Zodiaque             04:26, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

The unsigned template is fine for any unsigned post. SeaTerror (talk) 06:48, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

Then how about a rewording: any editor who constantly does not sign their posts gets future posts deleted. A warning or two first. Yata Talk to me 23:53, October 27, 2014 (UTC)

I'm with Zodiaque here, it should be a consideration for deletion, but not the main one (aside from the policy we already have with forum creation. Unsigned forums should be deleted). JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:42, December 22, 2014 (UTC)

Since we already have a popup when someone doesn't sign their post, is it possible to automatically add the unsigned template instead?

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 15:03, January 3, 2015 (UTC)

I'd like to know this as well. Automatically adding the unsigned template would be good for us.

By the way, the template should look like this {{Unsigned|Username}}. To include the date, the template should look like this {{Unsigned|Username|~~~~}}.  Jademing  Talk   00:37, January 18, 2015 (UTC)

The pop-up appears regardless of whether you actually posted a message or made some other kind of edit, so I definitely wouldn't recommend any kind of auto-unsigned marking. Awaikage Talk 00:45, January 18, 2015 (UTC)

Poor Treatment of New Users

Alright, it's about time we really talk about this. For the last several months I've been stammering on about how we need to be nicer to new users here. Real simply, I want to make some kind of policy that holds veteran users accountable for their behavior towards new editors and IPs. I don't want to have potential future editors scared off because people are mean to them. We need to change our ways, and I don't really know of any other way to make sure everyone is on the same page. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 05:26, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

You keep talking about this "mistreatment", but can you actually post some examples of it? And what would this rule prohibit, specifically? Awaikage Talk 13:17, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

This is a grey area here. If we're talking about editing, it would be best to give them gentle reminders if their edit is bad/unnecessary or they violate a guideline (unless it's major), and then go to strict warnings if they continue violating guidelines. And if they misunderstand someone's reversion and revert the reversion, the person who reverted their edit should be obligated to tell them why they reverted it, as opposed to continued reversion with little explanation given. As for blogs, though this issue is not very major, and though vets should be able to express their opinion, they should not do so in a sarcastic and/or malicious way. This would be a hard thing to implement, especially the blogs, but being a relatively new user myself I think these could help the new user experience. Kaido | Remnants of My Broken Sig 23:28, February 14, 2015 (UTC)

I can't find any perfect examples of it, unfortunately, Kage. It's too hard to remember the IPs or newbies who fall victim to this stuff, and it's even harder to keep track of the stuff from the contribs of users who treat the newbies poorly. But it's all around, I see a few instances every week. Here are some examples:

  • Edit summaries calling people idiots/stupid for reverting.
  • Any time a new editor makes a bad blog, we pounce on them. Viciously. Remember User blog:Naruichi96/Crazy Void Century Theory!!!? Just about every comment on that blog is an attack on the poor guy. He responded showing that he knew exactly how mean you guys were being and several editors just kept on going with the poor behavior. For well over 100 comments... I'm shocked the guy even stuck around for a couple more months before he decided to leave. We should not allow this kind of thing to happen again in the future.
  • We are also quite mean an unresponsive to new users in chat. Anyone who sticks around chat for a long time not saying anything is still accused of being Galaxy/ a sock, despite it being months since he's done that. (even if it's not very mean, it is very confusing and dismissive of their existence) I understand that veterans are a bit mean to each other in a joking way, but often times, new users don't understand this behavior. We definitely need to have chat mods be more comfortable with kicking or banning veterans for being mean to new users. (I hope we won't have to vote on that as a rule)

Lastly, I think we need to make a big push in one more area: Letting new users know that if they feel mistreated by a veteran user, we will hear their case, and take their side if necessary, and properly discipline the offending user. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:28, February 15, 2015 (UTC)

Words are all well and good, but we either make it a rule to be nice to people or we ignore the problem. There's no simple fix, and it is going to take drastic measures.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 16:36, February 15, 2015 (UTC)

Well, I support making it a rule. Does anyone else? JustSomeDude...  Talk | 23:10, February 16, 2015 (UTC)

Yea. Kaido | Remnants of My Broken Sig 23:53, February 16, 2015 (UTC)

You have to define what is being mean or rude. Then you also have to define what is a new user since according to your link on your blog DP is a new user. SeaTerror (talk) 18:06, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

It is not we are "mean" towards new users. It is just that they are never interested in becoming regular editors. While Naruichi's blog is somewhat a good example of us being slightly harsh or mean. Naruichi had been an active member of the wiki for almost month, I wouldn't him view as "new" by that point.Besty17 (talk) 18:36, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

I have no idea which link you're talking about ST. And I have no idea where you got the idea I was calling DP a new user. Can you clarify this statement?

I know that no matter what we do, one of the biggest hurdles is always going to be users wanting to stay on any wikia. But our being shitty to new users is one of the largest hurdles that we can actually do something about. Nobody wants to stay around a place where their ideas are constantly made fun of. I would hardly consider a month to be enough to no longer be a "new" user, personally if I was going to put a clear definition to it, I would use the voting restrictions (3 months, 300 edits) as a decent measure of it. But really, in terms of what I'm talking about it, it really is more subjective. I all depends on how long it takes for a person to "feel like they are part of the community". I think we really need to be careful of what we say to newbies to make sure they don't feel like crap.

And you want me to define being mean or rude to people? It seems rather obvious to me, but I would include the following as being mean:

  • Being insulting towards them. Ex:Calling them a fuckwit, retard, or whatever. (mostly seen in edit summaries)
  • Being insulting toward their ideas. Ex: Calling the idea of their blog "stupid". There are much better ways to respond than that. (Mostly seen in blogs and chat)
  • Being sarcastic or dismissive when they try to communicate with us. (Editing, chat, blogs, discussions, pretty much everywhere)

There's probably a lot more scenarios, but honestly, I think mentioning them all would be a waste of time. Most of us can tell when something's mean when we see it. Most of this stuff would fall under ToU stuff anyways, but I want to draw attention to the fact that we won't tolerate it when its directed at new users specifically, as we have a terrible track record of taking their side.

I just want to show new editors that if there is something wrong with the way a user behaves to them, that we will take their side. We can't have this stuff handled by ban forums, because honestly, our community probably won't do the right thing. It needs to be handled by admins. I'm game for possibly discussing ways we can enforce this a little differently from other rules, but I think ultimately the decision needs to be made quickly and made by one or more admins. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 19:48, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

You linked both me and Nova here in your blog comment even though we were talking about DP at the time. SeaTerror (talk) 01:12, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

You were being mean/sarcastic to Kaido's comment, so I was talking about you guys being mean to him. Had nothing to do with DP. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 02:53, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

1) Kaido isn't a new user and 2) I wasn't even close to being sarcastic in that comment. I was dead serious about DP not giving reasons for deleting blogs. SeaTerror (talk) 09:42, February 19, 2015 (UTC)

Mistreatment of users is already in Wikia' Terms of Use. I see no need for us to add a rule that essentially covers the same thing, only for new users. Jademing (talk) 03:20, March 4, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, but our wiki has a track record of bias against new users. I want to remind everyone that it applies to ALL users. Also, we do not really mention the ToU anywhere on the wiki, so it would be appropriate to re-state some of those rules. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 02:06, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Then let's remind users that it is against the ToU to mistreat ALL users, which also covers new users and AWCs, and this time, actually enforcing it, instead of say, making a new rule that essentially covers exactly the same thing as the ToU, but only covers the new users, which adds nothing new. Jademing (talk) 02:20, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

That's fine with me. Should we close this? JustSomeDude...  Talk | 02:21, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, let's wait a day, see if there's any objection against closing this, and if there's none, we can move on closing this. Jademing (talk) 02:26, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Ideas for new rules

If you have an idea for a new rule, post it on this section, and if a couple people think it's a good idea, we can move the related posts to a new section. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:52, October 20, 2014 (UTC)

I agree. --Murder now the path of must We, just because the Son has come. (talk) 20:47, October 30, 2014 (UTC)

Out of Order Forum Posts

Here's an idea: Often new editors will make posts in non-wiki based forums that are out of order. In addition they are often, above the forumheader, unsigned, and just generally unnecessary. I believe that these types of edits should be reverted, since they mess with the flow of the forum, should anyone actually want to read it.

For the record, posts made in forums about the wiki itself should still be allowed to be made wherever in the forum, like we allow currently. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 18:42, December 22, 2014 (UTC)

Does the Forum Guidelines template explain to post at the end of the relevant section of the forum? Might be worth adding if not.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 02:31, January 22, 2015 (UTC)

Stop posting multiple IGRs

Post IGR+a brief explanation of what they did wrong and don't keep posting IGRs multiple times on the same talkpages.<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-05:33,2/8/2015-}

I'm already doing this, actually, and telling other users to do the same. I just did it on User talk:Kaizoku-Hime today. This isn't really a rule, just a change in the process. One rule I passed a long time ago (can't even remember where anymore, perhaps the forum about broken links?) allowed people to edit other people's pages and posts. So let's just edit it out when it exists multiple times. And since I imagine the IGR is going to go through some changes soon, let people update it on pages with the newest version instead of reposting. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 05:48, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

To be honest, I don't think this should be a rule, just a general reminder for users. Jademing (talk) 00:29, February 19, 2015 (UTC)

Keeping the wiki in Simple English

I'm planning to add some new rules to the General Writing Style section:

  • Limit the use of foreign terms like "in lieu" or Latin scientific terms (such as schizophrenia), aside from the original Japanese or if a word is a common term (like cancer, the disease).
  • Similar to avoiding euphrmisms or slang terms, avoiding the use of idioms (such as bite your tongue).

Salad King I hate veggies. 3:05, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

We have similar stuff already in the Manual of Style (and the second thing is already mentioned there). We really don't need to talk about such things here. Honestly, you can just go ahead and add those. They're so similar to the writing policies we already have. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 03:16, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

Schizophrenia is a disease so of course we would call it that if it's mentioned. SeaTerror (talk) 03:25, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

But I don't think its mentioned anywhere in the series, as far as I know. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 04:19, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

Okay, then. I just mentioned it just in case contributors are adding advanced English words in the context.

Salad King I hate veggies. 2:13, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

If the words are too complex for a basic or something English speaker to understand, you can change it to a simpler word for better understanding. Jademing (talk) 02:26, February 19, 2015 (UTC)

What is an "Inactive User"?

Alright, so now that this poll has finished in favor of restricting voting on ban and election forums to active editors, we need to define what an "inactive editor" is. I'm not sure on this idea myself, but here's a couple thoughts I have:

  • Any definition based on X edits in X days should lean towards being more forgiving, not strict. Like a timescale of at about 2 months. Don't know about the number of edits though, as that is kind of a shitty measure of activity.
  • Any definition of inactive should be based on the date the poll opens. People shouldn't be able to make edits after the poll starts to meet the requirements. If they really care, they can get involved in the discussion or nomination phase (Ban and elections don't have "test polls")
  • I think chat mods should be exempt from the rule, as long as they are still in the chat fairly regularly. It's their job to moderate the chat, not necessarily edit the wiki.

Anyways, anyone else have ideas on what we should here? JustSomeDude...  Talk | 19:22, February 7, 2015 (UTC)

Any activity in the decided time period should count, not the amount of activity in it. The chat mods thing... well, I'm undecided on that one, at least for now.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 19:30, February 7, 2015 (UTC)

People who use chat should still be counted as active since they are still using the wiki. Some people join every day but rarely edit like Enrik. I'm also against the rule about them not being able to make edits to make the requirements and that would be a hypocritical rule since you even said somebody could make edits if they wanted to vote on this exact forum. SeaTerror (talk) 20:55, February 7, 2015 (UTC)

Nova, any activity means that someone could come here, change "it's" to "it is" and be eligible to vote on a ban forum or election. Does that one edit really make them an active and informed member of the community?

It's impossible to monitor people's chat activity. It's slightly more possible for chat mods through the ban log (though that hasn't seen too much action lately). Only way to really measure it for other users is just pure memory. I have a hard time remembering who was in and out of chat 3 days ago, let alone a month.

I'm not exactly sure what you're talking about in that second part, ST. This is not a ban forum or election forum though.

Also, how about a simple rule that allows people to vote if they have taken part in the discussion in the forum the poll is in? So if people want to vote they need to either:

  • Be an "active editor"

OR

  • Take part in the discussion on the forum.

As long as either of those are done before the poll opens (I'd say nomination phase of elections is not "voting" so anyone can post then) I would believe that vote was done in good faith and not someone "recruiting" a vote from a long-inactive user. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 22:15, February 7, 2015 (UTC)

That sounds good, although we still need to define active editor. I was thinking 10 edits per month/30 days (not counting user/user talk page edits and blogs/comments), although I agree with the exception for chat mods. 10 edits per month isn't asking too much and most active editors get more than that in a week or two, so it shouldn't be an issue. Videogamep Talk 22:03, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, I think at least 10 edits in 30 days before the voting takes place would define that user as an active editor. But would we have to include blogs/comments in that or not? Forums and talk posts are okay in my opinion, as long as they aren't on misc. forums.  Jademing  Talk   22:14, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

With a few exceptions, blogs don't have much to do with actual editing so I'd say no. We also shouldn't count user pages and user talk pages since some inactive users occasionally come back just to leave a message on their friends' talk pages and then go back to being inactive. Videogamep Talk 23:01, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

I agree with the 10 edits within 30 days, and not just adding a single space in articles. Chats and blogs shouldn't count, since they are not "official" enough. Yata Talk to me 23:03, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

What about reversing vandalism? Would they count as edits or not? I think this brings up a lot of questions, just what kind of edits are acceptable or not.  Jademing  Talk   23:04, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

10 edits in 30 days sounds forgiving enough. Regarding which edits are acceptable, I think the following should NOT count:

  • Blogs
  • Userpage or user subpage edits
  • Non-wiki related user talk page edits
  • Very minor edits, such as correcting "Luffys" to "Luffy's" and so on.

Also, I don't think chat activity should factor into this at all. Awaikage Talk 23:23, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

You'll have to make a new poll for blog edits since the last poll about voting rules had them counting. Also an edit is an edit regardless if it's minor. SeaTerror (talk) 23:51, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

For once, I (partially) agree with ST. Even minor edits should count since this is just a measurement of how active the editor is and making minor edits is still a sign of activity. I still think comments shouldn't count, though. Videogamep Talk 23:56, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

Personally, I think most types of edits should count. These editors were active before and have already reached the other voting restrictions. If the general consensus on blogs is no, what about counting blog edits, but not counting blog comments? Writing a blog usually means you care enough to stick around for a response.

Some user/user subpage edits can also be wiki-related. There are a couple editors here who write up draft pages in subpages, or people like me who keep track of things done in subpages. Things like that should be ok.

I really think we shouldn't get too strict with this though, I don't want to have to look at every single change made in every single edit of someone's to see if each one fits all 25 restrictions or whatever.

And what about my proposal about allowing people to bypass these edit restrictions if they take part in the discussion before the poll is opened? JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:09, February 9, 2015 (UTC)

Certain blogs, such as JSD's current one, should definitely count towards the user's edit quota, since it contributes to wiki's overall development. As for the chat however, I'm not so sure. Sometimes we're actually productive there and we actually make some changes to the wiki as a result. Roranoa Drake II (talk) 00:17, February 9, 2015 (UTC)

I'm speaking as a chat moderator that chat activity should definitely not count. For one, it's far harder to gauge one's activity on the chat than it is by their editing activity. Another thing is that I had a period in which I was completely inactive as an editor or someone who participated in discussions, yet still regularly went on the chat, and I most definitely did not know what was going on in the wiki, unless people talked about it in the chat, since I didn't pay attention to the wiki's discussions at all at that time. Who is to say a lot of chat frequenters also are like me when I was an inactive editor? You can certainly go on the chat and not have any idea what is going on in the wiki. So I'm against having chat activity being counted.  Jademing  Talk   00:25, February 9, 2015 (UTC)

Me too. It's just too hard to keep track of and quantify since there's no records. Videogamep Talk

People who use chat are still active on the wiki. I already mentioned Enrik. Also if you want to get rid of blog edits counting then that has to be a poll. Forum:The Magic 1000 rule SeaTerror (talk) 23:40, February 9, 2015 (UTC)

Wasn’t this poll about preventing inactive users from voting in ban forums and admin elections? If so, then this entire discussion is pretty much pointless because we all just voted on another pole (two poles above this one) that allows administrators to ban veteran users without a forum. That pole pretty much resolves this one since inactive users only show up out of nowhere to rescue their friends during a ban forum. Roranoa Drake II (talk) 23:52, February 9, 2015 (UTC)

We're still going to have ban forums for more ambiguous cases like we did with ST and Gal. That rule only applies to clear cases of vandalism. Besides, there's still admin elections to consider. The last admin election was what prompted me to suggest this in the first place. As for that forum ST, the poll there only applies to the 300 edits required to vote in any poll. This is a completely new rule, not an amendment to that one. Videogamep Talk 04:15, February 10, 2015 (UTC)

WHAT ABOUT MY PROPOSAL ALLOWING PEOPLE TO BYPASS EDIT RESTRICTIONS IF THEY TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION BEFORE FOR THE POLL IS OPENED? I've mentioned it twice with no response, jesus... In case the bold and all caps wasn't enough of a hint: I'd like some responses to that.

And ST, we don't need to poll it if it's a clear majority in favor of it (though I'll admit that we probably will have to poll it, since people won't agree on exact restrictions). I'd also say that a clear majority for a rule change needs a fair amount of participants. Doesn't matter if it's a new rule, an amendment to an old one, or us declaring February 11th is national cheese day: If there's a clear majority, we don't need a poll. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 04:59, February 10, 2015 (UTC)

Sorry about that, I kept forgetting to respond. That sounds fine. This is mainly to keep people who have been inactive for months or years from coming back and voting just to help their friends. Videogamep Talk 05:29, February 10, 2015 (UTC)

Any kind of activity by a user should be enough to count them active:Lot's of people never/rarely edit mainspace but are incredibly active on the wiki.<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-14:41,2/10/2015-}

I have no objection against allowing users who participate in the discussion before the said poll takes place to bypass edit restrictions. While I don't particularly like it, I have no objections against allowing people who only blogs/comments to vote, if the majority is for allowing bloggers to vote. But we most definitely should not be keeping track of people's chat activity. As I have already mentioned before, it's far too challenging to keep track of people's chat activity.  Jademing  Talk   21:26, February 10, 2015 (UTC)

^Pretty much sums up how I feel. Videogamep Talk 04:10, February 11, 2015 (UTC)

Another thing to keep in mind is that now ban forums are likely going to exist for a different purpose now (if Forum:Purpose of Ban Forums goes through, which it probably will since there's no opposition right now) might be opened for an editor's attitude in blog comments (or anywhere else on the wiki). So I'm of the mindset now that edits in all namespaces (except for user profile?) should count.

As for whether or not a number should be put on this rule, I've still not heard a decent compromise of number and time limit. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 04:23, February 11, 2015 (UTC)

I haven't heard any objections to the proposed 10 edits in the month prior to the poll. The main issue is what edits we should count and I'm fine with including blogs and comments if everyone else is in favor. Videogamep Talk 06:54, February 11, 2015 (UTC)

I hate the idea of one month. Two seems much more fair to me, as sometimes people take month-long breaks, especially around school finals. But something like "10 in 2 months" or "5 in 1 month" seems more fair to me. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 05:42, February 14, 2015 (UTC)

Ten edits in two months sounds fine. I definitely understand how busy things can get around finals. Videogamep Talk 06:07, February 14, 2015 (UTC)

Personally, I don't like the idea of ten edits in two months, but I won't object against it, if there is a clear majority supporting ten edits in two months. I prefer ten edits in one month, since it's pretty easy to do ten edits quickly.  Jademing  Talk   00:27, February 15, 2015 (UTC)

I'm fine either way as long as we have a rule to keep users who haven't edited in months/years showing up and voting. Videogamep Talk 02:27, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

We can actually achieve that even with a rule like 1-2 edits in the past 2-3 months.<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-04:43,2/17/2015-}

I would prefer a bit more than that since even inactive users occasionally show up to leave a message for one of their friends. 10 edits every 1-2 months isn't hard to do and would help a lot with future ban forums and elections. Videogamep Talk 05:54, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

So what is it going to be? 10 edits per one month or 10 edits per two month? Jademing (talk) 00:35, February 19, 2015 (UTC)

I say one month. It's already pretty lenient. Awaikage Talk 01:06, February 19, 2015 (UTC)

So should we have a poll? like I said before, I'm fine with either one. Videogamep Talk 23:41, February 19, 2015 (UTC)

I'm with Kage, I prefer 10 edits per one month, as it's already pretty lenient. Jademing (talk) 01:20, February 22, 2015 (UTC)

Alright, I'll cave to 1 month, 10 edits. It's close enough to what I want. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 01:23, February 22, 2015 (UTC)

And I'll call that a clear majority, actually. Let's close this section. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 01:32, February 22, 2015 (UTC)

We can't close this section yet unless we're going to make a new section to define what kind of edits count and if any new rules you want could count towards these edits. Like not being able to make those edits then go voting since that was suggested. SeaTerror (talk) 06:37, February 22, 2015 (UTC)

All namespaces count towards the edits. And you can bypass the restriction by taking part in the discussion BEFORE the poll opens. I'm not sure what you mean in your second part, though. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 07:40, February 22, 2015 (UTC)

I don't know what you mean by "namespace" exactly. Some people were against blog comments counting but nobody mentioned it since. And I meant your idea that somebody couldn't make their 10 edits then go vote before the poll opened or whatever. SeaTerror (talk) 11:09, February 22, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, I don't want blog comments being counted. Jademing (talk) 00:43, February 27, 2015 (UTC)

Why not? Blog commenters are also active users and get to have a say on how this wiki functions.<
~Roa[T]{MH,R!,-05:26,2/27/2015-}

We would need to redo that anyway since that was part of the original voting rules. Unless you mean specifically for admin voting only. SeaTerror (talk) 05:50, February 27, 2015 (UTC)

This whole thing is specifically for admin elections and ban forums. Everything else is going to stay the same. Videogamep Talk 17:01, February 27, 2015 (UTC)

So.... Are we ever going to resolve whether we're going to accept all edits, or just mainspace edits? Jademing (talk) 03:19, March 4, 2015 (UTC)

I'm fine with everything but blogs. Awaikage Talk 17:11, March 4, 2015 (UTC)

I disagree with a no blogs requirement, because just because you edit mainspace articles a lot does not mean you are not part of the OP wiki community and are not smart enough to decide on issues that are best for the wiki. There could be a guy with 10,000 good mainspace edits, but he could be doing his own thing the whole time and know nothing about the community, or the pressing issues in the forum. Most of my edits are blogs, yet I think have a pretty good grasp on what issues are going on and the outlook of the community. So I think that, yes, blogs should count.

However, I would make an exception for blog comments. An inactive user could occasionally comment on blogs he liked 10 times within a month, and that would basically do nothing. Maybe if the user's edits in the past month were majorly blog comments, the required number should be increased? Like 20, maybe? Kaido | Remnants of My Broken Sig 01:58, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Personally, I tihnk all namespaces should count for admin elections, as bloggers should have input for who gets to delete their blogs. Also, bans can happen for actions in blogs/comments, so those contributions should count for ban forums.

But if people seriously still want to oppose this, then we can keep going. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 02:03, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

I'm against blogs or blog comments being counted, because it's just so easy to make blogs or comment on blogs, and be completely unaware of what's going on in the community, i.e. editors' attitudes and behaviors in editing matters, especially when you are inactive. And as such, when inactive users vote, they tend to vote for whoever they like the most, usually from association on blogs or the chat, and not thinking for the best for the wiki. You can see LPK and other inactive users voting to not ban ST on his ban forum, simply because they knew ST from either blogs or the chat, and didn't care about what was best for the community, only thinking of themselves and to an extend, their friend. Jademing (talk) 02:16, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

OBJECTION! I believe blog edits should count because it constituents to some form of activity. It's just as important or maybe even more important than article edits Roranoa Drake II (talk) 15:08, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

I also object to Awaikage's proposed editing restrictions. Any form of editing should be viewed as being an active editor. A good majority of users prefer to comment or post blogs rather than edit articles.Besty17Talk 15:48, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Blogs and chats should not count to active editing, as they are sideline fanon stuff and outside of the wiki talking. People who want to remain could simply abuse by chatting/blogging instead of actually editing. Besides, blogs can be about topics that are way off from the articles here. Yata Talk to me 03:17, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, what Yata said. Someone could be a highly active blogger yet completely unaware of what's happening on the wiki. Awaikage Talk 21:40, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

What about people like MDM and THT? They were/are blog editors yet still took part in forums.Besty17Talk 22:35, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Yata doesn't even join the chat so he doesn't know anything about it. People like Enrik who usually just chat have repeatedly stated they pay attention to the wiki. So if we are saying chat doesn't count then I will be against blog edits not counting since they are the same exact thing. It doesn't mean they don't pay attention to the wiki. SeaTerror (talk) 22:50, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Alright, we've had more posts, and they were conflicting time to move on to poll. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 23:12, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Poll Discussion

Is everyone okay with this poll? It looks like that's the best way to resolve this. Videogamep Talk 01:54, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Personally, I don't think a poll is necessary yet, so let's wait and see how the discussion proceeds before opening a poll. We might get a clear majority. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 02:03, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

It seems like we don't need a poll, we just need more users to voice their opinions on the discussion, dammit. If it's still deadlocked, then we can move on to a poll. Jademing (talk) 02:26, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

The problem is we can't force people to participate. The discussion has slowed down a lot these past couple of weeks and a poll seems like the quickest way to resolve it. It could just be a one week poll instead of a full two weeks. Videogamep Talk 00:48, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

We got more posts, they had conflicting opinoins, and we are no closer to a clear majority, which means poll time.

Now my question is, should we separate the polls to be for elections and bans, or consider them the same issue? Though I guess if we poll both at the same time, there's no harm. Anyways, I'll set the polls to start next thursday. That sound good? JustSomeDude...  Talk | 23:12, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Just to make sure, currently we've decided that

  • 10 edits per month.
  • Chat doesn't count.
  • You can still vote without the 10 edits if you participate in the discussion before the poll.

Right? I want to make sure people are aware of these before voting. Awaikage Talk 23:19, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, pretty much. And we'll call a month "30 days". And those are the 30 days before the poll starts. These issues had a clear majority, and don't need to be polled, thought they should be mentioned on the poll. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 23:24, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Where was it decided chat doesn't count? SeaTerror (talk) 23:38, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Somewhere in the first section, mostly because there's no way to measure activity. The compromise for that was that people who participate in the discussions before the poll starts can still vote, so chatters will be aware of the poll. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 23:40, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

I think you should expand on the "participate in the discussion before the poll" part. I feel that people may try to take advantage off it.Besty17Talk 23:54, March 7, 2015 (UTC)

Well, if you want to talk about that more Besty, that doesn't belong in the poll discussion section. I'm game to talk about it though.

I normally wouldn't do this for a rules based vote, but if the forum about replacing Roa takes off, we need to have this over with. I'm gonna say this should be a one week poll. Is that ok? JustSomeDude...  Talk | 15:48, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah. Awaikage Talk 15:50, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

Sounds good.

It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 15:56, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

This is a wiki issue so it should definitely be 2 weeks. SeaTerror (talk) 18:32, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

So is the new admin discussion. Personally, I'm going for JSD's suggestion of having the poll last only one week. Jademing (talk) 21:36, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

The new admin discussion doesn't have a poll. SeaTerror (talk) 22:07, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

One week's fine with me. Videogamep Talk 02:42, March 11, 2015 (UTC)

Looks like we have a little clear majority in this discussion about the poll.

And sorry, ST, I get your concerns, but we never agreed to set poll lengths for rules, and normally I'd be on the side of two weeks, but a poll or nomination phase is likely to open in the new admin forum before two weeks is over. Plus, this has been open for months, so it's not like people aren't aware of this forum. I'll advertise it heavily on the community messages to make up for it. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 02:54, March 11, 2015 (UTC)

Poll

Five Elders Anime Infobox
This was a poll regarding blog edits counting towards activity.
  • To vote you had to have had a registered account here for at least 3 months and have at least 300 edits.
  • If you have been asked to vote for a particular poll option by another user, do not vote and inform an Admin immediately about who asked you to vote.


Status: Closed
Start date: 00:00 UTC March 12, 2015
End date: 00:00 UTC March 19, 2015

Should blog edits count towards whether a user is considered active in order to vote on Ban Forums?

Note:People who still participate in discussions before polls open will be allowed to vote regardless of activity levels.

Yes. Blog edits should count towards activity for Ban Forums.

  1. Ryu-Chan•|•Talk 01:38, March 12, 2015 (UTC) Look, these people are still members of the community, right? Blog edits prove that they're active and that's all that matters.
  2. SeaTerror (talk) 02:06, March 12, 2015 (UTC) If chat doesn't count then blog edits should.
  3. Kaido | Remnants of My Broken Sig 11:14, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  4. LG (tc) 12:31, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  5. Roranoa Drake II (talk) 20:43, March 13, 2015 (UTC)
  6.    Karoo       Talk    00:40, March 18, 2015 (UTC) I agree with Ryu. As long as they understand what's going on. Usually it's discussed throughout the wiki, so they'll probably know about the situation.

No. Blog edits should not count towards activity for Ban Forums.

  1. Awaikage Talk 00:03, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  2. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:04, March 12, 2015 (UTC) If a user is banned for something involving blogs, other bloggers will be in the discussion anyways. They shouldn't need to vote in editing related bans.
  3. Jademing (talk) 00:17, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  4. JapaneseOPfan :: Talk 01:01, March 12, 2015 (UTC) The user in question's name is usually mentioned in the Forum's title, so if you actually cared enough, I assume you would participate in the discussion beforehand.
  5. Yata Talk to me 02:17, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  6. Videogamep Talk 05:46, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  7. Salad King I hate veggies. 09:35, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  8. Meganoide (talk) 13:03, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  9. It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 14:02, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  10. MasterDeva (talk) 23:37, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  11. Aurora[1] | Yes? 23:41, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  12. Klobis (talk) 03:23, March 13, 2015 (UTC)
  13. PieceEnrik  talk  co 20:23, March 14, 2015 (UTC)
  14. leviathan_89 12:16, 18 March, 2015 (UTC)
  15. Xilinoc (talk) 17:57, March 18, 2015 (UTC)


Five Elders Anime Infobox
This was a poll regarding blog edits counting towards activity.
  • To vote you had to have had a registered account here for at least 3 months and have at least 300 edits.
  • If you have been asked to vote for a particular poll option by another user, do not vote and inform an Admin immediately about who asked you to vote.


Status: Closed
Start date: 00:00 UTC March 12, 2015
End date: 00:00 UTC March 22, 2015

Should blog edits count towards whether a user is considered active in order to vote in Administrator elections?

Yes. Blog edits should count towards activity for Elections.

  1. JustSomeDude...  Talk | 00:04, March 12, 2015 (UTC) People should get to vote on who deletes their blogs.
  2. Ryu-Chan•|•Talk 01:38, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  3. SeaTerror (talk) 02:06, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  4. Kaido | Remnants of My Broken Sig 11:14, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  5. LG (tc) 12:31, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  6. JapaneseOPfan :: Talk 14:58, March 12, 2015 (UTC) There usually isn't much discussion in admin election forums for users to participate in, unless there's a controversy.
  7. Aurora[1] | Yes? 23:41, March 12, 2015 (UTC) Elections can concern more than just articles
  8. Roranoa Drake II (talk) 20:41, March 13, 2015 (UTC) I'm a citizen of the Republic of Wikia dang it. I ain't having ma rights taken away
  9.    Karoo       Talk    00:40, March 18, 2015 (UTC)
  10. Xilinoc (talk) 17:57, March 18, 2015 (UTC)
  11.  Fintin  Talk   02:11, March 20, 2015 (UTC)
  12. Besty17Talk 10:37, March 21, 2015 (UTC)

No. Blog edits should not count towards activity for Elections.

  1. Awaikage Talk 00:03, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  2. Jademing (talk) 00:17, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  3. Yata Talk to me 02:17, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  4. Videogamep Talk 05:46, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  5. Salad King I hate veggies. 09:32, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  6. Meganoide (talk) 13:03, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  7. MasterDeva (talk) 23:37, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
  8. Klobis (talk) 03:23, March 13, 2015 (UTC)
  9. leviathan_89 12:16, 18 March, 2015 (UTC)
  10. It's recommended to throw away socks after a year 17:55, March 18, 2015 (UTC)
  11.  Staw-Hat Luffy  Talk  09:27, March 21, 2015 (UTC) Ties are good.

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