What's on your mind?
A 1ASA request was passed today which exempts Youtube links containing profanity from the same restrictions (having to put a profanity warning with the link) as other links. Our admins put the request through in a very short amount of time without getting community input and then told me to take my reservations about it here.
I'd like to ask the community to share their opinions on this 1ASA request, whether or not the 1ASA board should accept requests concerning our profanity/linking rules, the 1ASA board itself, and how they feel about requests like these being passed in such a speedy amount of time. Thanks.
Everyone is doing these "count to infinite things"...
But infinite isn't realistic.
1,000 is a more attainable goal.
And why be normal and do it in order?
I demand reverse.
I demand the GFW be different, be better.
For our newer users unaware of past wiki traditions, Featured Article of the Week (or FAOTW for short) was, as the name suggests, a weekly event in which editors would submit page nominations, which would then be voted upon by the community. The selected page with the highest votes for that week would receive the honour of being FAOTW in the form of a page banner, and would be displayed for seven days on the Wiki's front page. FAOTW has been extinct for almost two and a half years now, primarily due, I suspect, to the dismal lack of activity.
However, now that things are beginning to pick up again, and activity and our community as a whole is in full swing, I think it seems appropriate to revamp FAOTW. It is a fun, inclusive weekly occurence that not only will boost activity in general, but will encourage editing of stories and fanon pages – which, I remind you, are the sole building blocks of our site.
Traditionally, an administrator has run FAOTW. However, should this suggestion come to light and none of the current administration would like to have that added responsibility, I would be more than willing to operate FAOTW (I had the privilege to do so during my own term as admin). As it stands, the FAOTW blog is under Al's control, but with his permission as well as the administration's it would be easy for it to be turned over to someone willing to run FAOTW. Granted – and I've never been one to lie about my future rate of activity – come September/October I may not be entirely active on the wiki, and thus I don't want to risk bringing FAOTW back only for it to die out again. If any other members of our community are interested in revamping this tradition, then perhaps we can discuss who would be able to run it.
We've done well for the past few months in resurging activity; now, let's build on that momentum by once more implementing an enjoyable, rewarding system from the wiki's golden age that, hopefully, will inspire our editors to begin writing stories and fanon once more.
P.S. Wasn't sure which forum to put this in – admins relocate this as needed.
We're all discussing issues that do not have any meaning whatsoever here.
We need to focus on the real matters at hand.
These issues could tear us apart from the inside out.
So discuss this below, and let's get this problem out of the way.
We need to focus on... Bearshs.
Since Mallace and G-man insisted on us having a discussion about this instead of going directly to a request, allow me to start said discussion with excerpts from Breasly's initial voting rights request:
"I've been an active member of this community since January of 2011"
It was pretty clear that John was active in 2011 up until the game closed, so that's obviously not worth disputing.
"I'm the oldest member, and though my activity has dwindled as a result of increased real-life responsibility, I still actively follow this site and sites like it, especially TLOPO."
Whether or not he's been following sites and sites like this, I'm unsure of; he very rarely came into chat or edited for a long stretch of time, so how would anybody know if he's been following us or not?
"I feel like I've been a staple member of the community, holding the most edits"
Holding the most edits isn't really relevant; the edits a person made in 2011/2012 don't really matter when you're measuring how active they are in 2016, years after the fact.
"and it'd be nice to be able to participate in a community I've treasured so dearly."
I think the past tense of "treasure" works the best here, considering one of the first things he did when he recently came back to chat was indirectly call us autistic (which, shockingly, he wasn't punished for).
Putting the contents of his request aside, Breasly's only been semi-active in chat for about a week now, approaching two. I think he should have to prove that he's here to stay before he can be considered for voting rights.
What do you all think?
For the record, I'm not exactly certain whether this should go in SSC, General Discussion, Off Topic, or 1ASA. So my apologies if I picked wrongly from the 72,000 sub-forums here.
In essence, she was banned by G-man for – what he believes to be – edits not made in good faith. Perusaling through the recent activity for the day, it looks like she's been going through old random articles and correcting them for grammar/misspellings. To this, the return argument is that there are still misspellings and grammar issues on the pages she corrected, so – following our president's train of logic – clearly there's an ulterior motive. And she's not just trying to improve the wiki. (Because who wants to do that anymore?)
Vic herself has rejected the claim that she's making the edits simply to vote in G's demotion blog, or to gain voting rights at all. From the sounds of it, her intentions were genuine and honest, and I'm amazed that our president would jump to such conclusions without letting the perpetrator in question defend herself. In any case, the fact that she was banned for fixing grammatical mistakes is absolutely mind-blowing and testament to how low we've stooped as a site in the past few days.
Albeit, the ban was only for one day: not too drastic. But regardless, the notion is shocking and I'm interested to see how this will be defended. I'd also like to point out that a certain "senior rollback" spends 97% of his time on this site doing exactly that – scanning and correcting grammar in old articles. Just because she did not correct everything (English is not her first language) does not mean she's up to no good. I think we all need to take a deep breath here and think carefully before jumping to such radical conclusions.
I'm not sure if I'm legally allowed to do this, but... here we are.
In light of the passing of this law– which rightly restricts the voting privileges of our site, thus saving us from anymore democratically-lopsided mishaps – I'd like to address a certain outcome of its legislation which has become a matter of concern. Namely, the process by which "special" users are exempted from this law.
The whole point is to prevent mishaps like the one from a few days ago. That being said, exemptions to this law should only be granted in the most unique of cases, i.e. someone who has constantly been on chat for weeks yet is not particularly active on the site itself, or perhaps someone who just barely misses the required quotient prior to a major vote. Yet, after one quick perusal at the recent forum activity, one will notice that a substantial number of users have been granted suffrage for very weak reasoning. One in particular stands out: http://gamersfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:401702.
Whilst it is true that Cadet96 has been somewhat active as of late (the key word here is somewhat – he only has 14 mainspace edits over one week, which is far from the required amount), I feel that his exemption was handed out without any seemingly justified reason. And no, "I would like the privilage to vote since all I have seen this community do is revoke, remove, demote and delete everything." shouldn't qualify as a reason.
The purpose of the law is to curtail the chance of future election frauds. This includes the process of outsiders magically reappearing after months of inactivity and casting a vote that counts as much as the veterans and regular editors. I am not fully convinced that, after just one week of a small handful of edits and occasional chat appearances, Cadet96 should be considered a full-fledged member of our community. He has not explicitly shown any intention to stay and improve our site; in fact, his "reasoning" to vote implies just the contrary.
Voting is indeed a privilege, not a right. It is a fundamental principle upon which our site is uniquely based. So I request that the administration reconsider the exemption and ask themselves: has this user truly been granted that privilege?
Can we just not ban the use of an emote for normal users? Even though the strike emote was historically used only by mods and admins as a way of signalling a strike, banning the use of an emote for the general public is a bit idiotic, especially since most people who break the rules just get kicked instantly instead of being told "you have a strike now."
also i wanna use the strike emote for dank ghost memes so pls
So, since we missed out on the milestone that was the wiki's 5th anniversary, I was thinking we could do something this year. Now, i'm not sure how many older users we're still in contact with, but we could ask them if they'd be interested in coming on for an hour to talk or something. It's an "easy" idea that could be fun to do.
Granted, some people would probably be rolling over in their wiki graves, seeing as how we've virtually become wikia's equivalent of 4chan, but I digress.
EDIT: We could also invite some people from the forums, although I doubt they'd be super interested.
Just a thought.
NOW THAT WE HAVE SUCH GREAT MATERIAL THANKS TO NED, ITS REALLY HAPPENING
LIKE ITS REALLY GONNA HAPPEN and I'm going to fulfill the 3 previous unfulfilled promises.
Because the wiki's elder population of 18-21 year olds are about to crap on the wiki's 15-17 year olds.
Also will be discussing politics, Pearson, as always, Nults McKagan's sexuality, and quite possibly insulting TLOPO.
If you wanna join pls do we would love guests
In fact the plan is to one day get everyone in
Executively Produced by G-man
Sponsored by the BNO executive board
Hopping onto the main page redesign Ned was requesting, I'm here today showing all of you a few other changes I've been coming up with. I'd really appreciate it if you post any opinions or critics you have for any of these, as I'm still working very hard on these to make them ready to put up on the wiki.
Thanks for taking the time to look over these and commenting (if you do :P)
Alright, getting to the new designs now, first off is the new Noarticletext. I'm open to suggestions on any wording changes anyone has for this, but I'd like to think the rest of it is fine (unless you guys don't think it is :P)
Next is the Community Corner. I'm still working on changing and adding a few things to this, just to make it more updated for the wiki as it is now. I don't think I want to change the headers, but I'm open to suggestions on that
New Nav, updated the font color so it's not as hard to read
Finally took away the snow, going to put the code for it somewhere so we have it for when we actually need it. While this can very easily be done, just putting everything up here
Last, but certainly not least, the new Main Page.
I'm still working on the colors, and I'm still moving a few of the sections around seeing how they look, but I want to hear a lot of your suggestions for this one. Any suggestions for color schemes, wording, and placement is welcome.
So I just want to see how you guys like everything so far, and to keep up with all of your opinions, here's two polls poll.
Thanks again for reading guys, and I hope to hear a lot of your opinions for these
- "All language is allowed on pages (that is, mainspace pages, blogs, any published content), but it may not be abused or used excessively and must contain adequate warnings."
Any published content can be interpreted as when a user posts a comment.
No revision has been made to this rule which completely contradicts the rule above.
- "The only language-related words that can be used outside of pages are "damn", "hell", "bastard", "crap", "ass", and "wench". No others will be tolerated."
This is taking the request by the user which only details that swearing would be allowed in blogs, and extending that to "any published content"...
Revisions must be made.
So, possibly as soon as tomorrow, due to a growing interest shown by mr. g-man & mr. lith waglington for a wiki server, I am proud to announce that NeddehCraft will be making a return. The server will once again be hosted in Toronto, Ontario through MC Pro Hosting. The server will be a 20 slot server, with a seed provided by mr. wag rag. Check it out here: http://topminecraftworldseeds.com/minecraft-world-seeds/1-7-5-mesa-plateau-ravine-seed/
In terms of what Minecraft version it will be, I'm leaving it up to popular choice. It can either be 1.7 or 1.8 versions.
The server will feature a very basic shop, golden shovel claiming, and other things requested by you.
NeddehCraft is back, possibly as soon as tomorrow.
So it's been a while, but for the first time when writing one of these, I want to take it somewhat seriously.
By now, I'm sure we've all heard of the multiple cases recently of police brutality, in particular against African Americans. In response to another case of this, there has been an ongoing riot recently in Baltimore, Maryland. As usual with these things, it's to see your opinions on it & to give mine.
My opinions on the whole case is that, rioting is just stupid in the first place & it's not gonna help the black stereotypes. But, I understand why they are upset & give my condolences. Maybe you disagree, or maybe you just have an entirely different opinion. Let me know below.
Side note: Please try to keep it mostly serious in responses. Thanks.
So, I randomly came up with this idea and wanted to get an opinion on it. Also, ignore my 'very creative' title, as i'm writing this at 7:37 in the morning.
I was thinking, we could make a POTCO-RP style setup, except a lot less sophisticated because i'm no good with that stuff, and it tends to get boring if it's too sophisticated, I.E. POTCO-RP in a nutshell.
Anyways, we could instead take our NationStates countries, and 'RP' as them in MC. It would bring some attention back to NationStates, and it would be interesting to see how it could effect the game itself, such as the Andaban Chronicle for instance. Plus, there are already RP factions in NeddehCraft, I.E. Templars & Sith Order, so i'm hoping this is at least worth a quick glance from you.
I dunno, this was a random early morning idea that I thought I might as well share with you. Give mesa your thoughts. Thanks.