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Proposals can be new features (such as an extension), removals of previously added features that have tired out, or new policies that must be approved via consensus before any action is taken.
  • Any user can support or oppose but must have a strong reason for doing so, not, e.g., "I like this idea!"
  • "Vote" periods last for one week.
  • All past proposals are archived.
  • All proposals must pass by a majority, including proposals with more than two options.

A proposal section works like a discussion page: comments are brought up and replied to using indents (colons, such as : or ::::) and all edits are signed using the code {{User|User name}}.

How to


  1. If users have an idea about improving the wiki or managing its community, but feel that they need community approval before acting upon that idea, they may make a proposal about it. They must have a strong argument supporting their idea and be willing to discuss it in detail with the other users, who will then vote about whether or not they think the idea should be used. Proposals should include links to all relevant pages and writing guideline Proposals must include a link to the draft page.
  2. Only registered, autoconfirmed users can create, comment in or vote on proposals. Users may vote for more than one option on proposals with more than two choices.
  3. Proposals end at the end of the day (23:59) one week after voting starts, except for writing guidelines and talk page proposals, which run for two weeks (all times GMT).
    • For example, if a proposal is added at any time on Monday, August 1, 2011, the voting starts immediately and the deadline is one week later on Monday, August 8, at 23:59 GMT.
  4. Every vote should have a strong, sensible reason accompanying it. Agreeing with a previously mentioned reason given by another user is accepted (including "per" votes), but tangential comments, heavy sarcasm, and other misleading or irrelevant quips are just as invalid as providing no reason at all.
  5. Users who feel that certain votes were cast in bad faith or which truly have no merit can address the votes in the Comments section. Users can ask a voter to clarify their position, point out mistakes or flaws in their arguments, or call for the outright removal of the vote if it lacks sufficient reasoning. Users may not remove or alter the content of anyone else's votes. Voters can remove or rewrite their own vote at any time, but the final decision to remove another user's vote lies solely with the administrators.
  6. If a user makes a vote and is subsequently blocked for any amount of time, their vote is removed. However, if the block ends before the proposal ends, then the user in question holds the right to re-cast their vote. If a proposer is blocked, their vote is removed and "(banned)" is added next to their name in the "Proposer:" line of the proposal, which runs until its deadline as normal. If the proposal passes, it falls to the supporters of the idea to enact any changes in a timely manner.
  7. No proposal can overturn the decision of a previous proposal that is less than 4 weeks (28 days) old.
  8. Any proposal that has three votes or less at deadline will automatically be listed as "NO QUORUM." The original proposer then has the option to relist said proposal to generate more discussion.
  9. All proposals that end up in a tie will be extended for another week. Proposals with more than two options must also be extended another week if any single option does not have a majority support: i.e. more than half of all votes cast must be for a single option, rather than one option simply having more votes than the other options.
  10. If a proposal has more than ten votes, it can only pass or fail by a margin of three votes, otherwise the deadline will be extended for another week as if no majority was reached at all.
  11. Proposals can only be extended up to three times. If a consensus has not been reached by the fourth deadline, the proposal fails and can only be re-proposed after four weeks, at the earliest.
  12. All proposals are archived. The original proposer must take action accordingly if the outcome of the proposal dictates it. If it requires the help of an administrator, the proposer can ask for that help.
  13. If the administrators deem a proposal unnecessary or potentially detrimental to the upkeep of the Super Mario Wiki, they have the right to remove it at any time.
  14. Proposals can only be rewritten or deleted by their proposer within the first three days of their creation. However, proposers can request that their proposal be deleted by an administrator at any time, provided they have a valid reason for it. Please note that cancelled proposals must also be archived.
  15. Unless there is major disagreement about whether certain content should be included, there should not be proposals about creating, expanding, rewriting or otherwise fixing up pages. To organize efforts about improving articles on neglected or completely missing subjects, try setting up a collaboration thread on the forums.
  16. Proposals cannot be made about promotions and demotions. Users can only be promoted and demoted by the will of the administration.
  17. No joke proposals. Proposals are serious wiki matters and should be handled professionally. Joke proposals will be deleted on sight.

Basic proposal and support/oppose format

This is an example of what your proposal must look like, if you want it to be acknowledged. If you are inexperienced or unsure how to set up this format, simply copy the following and paste it into the fitting section. Then replace the [subject] - variables with information to customize your proposal, so it says what you wish. If you insert the information, be sure to replace the whole variable including the squared brackets, so "[insert info here]" becomes "This is the inserted information", not "[This is the inserted information]". Proposals presenting multiple alternative courses of action can have more than two voting options, but what each voting section is supporting must be clearly defined.

===[insert a title for your proposal here]===
[describe what issue this proposal is about and what changes you think should be made to improve how the wiki handles that issue]

'''Proposer''': {{User|[enter your username here]}}<br>
'''Deadline''': [insert a deadline here, 7 days after the proposal was created (14 for writing guidelines and talk page proposals), at 23:59 GMT, in the format: "August 8, 2011, 23:59 GMT"]

#{{User|[enter your username here]}} [make a statement indicating that you support your proposal]



Users will now be able to vote on your proposal, until the set deadline is reached. Remember, you are a user as well, so you can vote on your own proposal just like the others.

To support, or oppose, just insert "#{{User|[add your username here]}} at the bottom of the section of your choice. Just don't forget to add a valid reason for your vote behind that tag if you are voting on another user's proposal. If you are voting on your own proposal, you can just say "Per my proposal".

Talk page proposals

All proposals dealing with a single article or a specific group of articles are held on the talk page of one of the articles in question. Proposals dealing with massive amounts of splits, merges or deletions across the Wiki should still be held on this page.

For a list of all settled talk page proposals, see Category:Settled talk page proposals.


  1. All active talk page proposals must be listed below in chronological order (new proposals go at the bottom). All pages affected must be mentioned in the brief description, with the talk page housing the discussion linked to directly via "(Discuss)". If the proposal involved a page that is not yet made, use {{fakelink}} to communicate its title. The deadline must also be included in the entry. Linking to pages not directly involved in the talk page proposal is not recommended, as it clutters the list with unnecessary links. Place {{TPP}} under the section's header, and once the proposal is over, replace the template with {{SettledTPP}}.
  2. All rules for talk page proposals are the same as mainspace proposals (see the "How To" section above), with the exceptions made by Rules 3 and 4 as follows:
  3. Voting in talk page proposals will be open for two weeks, not one (all times GMT).
    • For example, if a proposal is added at any time on Monday, August 1, 2011, it ends two weeks later on Monday, August 15, 2011, at 23:59 GMT.
  4. Talk page proposals may be closed by the proposer at any time if both the support and the oppose sides each have fewer than five votes.
  5. The talk page proposal must pertain to the article it is posted on.
  6. When a talk page proposal passes, replace its deadline with "Passed" but do not remove it from the list below until the proposed changes have been enacted.

List of talk page proposals

Writing guidelines

None at the moment.

New features

None at the moment.


None at the moment.


Rio 2016 Olympics Mario Reference - Live-Action TV or Real Life

I don't think that the images belong in List of Mario references in real life but rather List of Mario references in live-action television. Why? The images that were recently uploaded were televised. Real life references are for products or promotion of branding.

If and when we decide, we need to change the image category to have one, the other, or both:

Proposer: Wildgoosespeeder (Talk)
Deadline: August 29, 2016, 23:59 GMT

Live-Action TV

  1. Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) It was televised and the images were created using TV as a source.
  2. YoshiKong (Talk) – Aside from deciding image categories, I'd like to see this proposal amended to specifically also address deciding on which page the information has a place on. To me, the information appears to certainly not (exclusively) belong on the Real life references page: a television-broadcasted event does not fit among information about public monuments, exhibits, street names and macaroon/icecream trucks (though I wish I could taste a Donkey Kone).
    All of these "Real life" things have some sort of tangibility, relative permanence or recurrence. I don't see how people could argue that this live-action is exclusively a real life reference. I definitely wouldn't like the information split between both articles either. If they happened to leave a Warp Pipe monument in Rio, then that would be something totally different. But as mentioned in the comments, this situation is alike to live talk shows: the ultimate interest of the live performance was the broadcast and exposure to a television audience. To me, that's what separates such references, and theatre shows for example. The television trumps the occurrence of the "real life" performance. At the end of the day (or, olympic games), it's not real life. It's an act. It was scripted, it was performed once for world-wide television, the animations were created and edited to be viewed as material for this live act. And now I wish I had a real life myself.
  3. Tucayo (Talk) - Per all.

Real Life

  1. Time Turner (Talk) The event wasn't exclusively televised - it also occurred in real life with plenty of people in attendance.
  2. Andymii (Talk) I view TV broadcasts of the opening ceremony simply as coverage of an event happening over in Rio. The Olympic Ceremonies are not reality shows - they are live productions, aka play/theatre. As such, they are not TV shows just because they are broadcast on TV. As an analogy, imagine if Mario sang the national anthem at a baseball game. Anthem-singing is an act, and just like the opening ceremony, it isn't "made for TV." It's just that in these modern days, everything major is broadcast. The closing ceremony is ultimately much closer to a play than a television event; after all, people are not paying hundreds of dollars to volunteer as a television audience (and keep in mind that tickets to actual television shows are free). They're going to see a real show, similar to how people go to sporting event or a Broadway show, and the television stations are down there simply to cover all the events going on.
  3. AfternoonLight (Talk) It's real so, per both!
  4. Pseudo-dino (Talk) Tough call, but per Andymii and MarioWiki:Once and only once.
  5. Yoshi the Space Station Manager (Talk) After reading it, it is a promotion (of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games) and fits perfectly with the others. It does not need to be in live-action TV.
  6. NSY (Talk) Per all


  1. Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) This is a very hard case to crack.
  2. Alex95 (Talk)
  3. Fawful's Minion (Talk) This is a tough one but since they appear in both real life and on TV it think it's best we do both.


Would this be one of those rare occasions where it's included in both sections? Power Master Logo.png ~ Alex95 ~ Talk to me! 16:01, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

I was thinking the same thing, but how to not violate MarioWiki:Once and only once. --Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) (Stats - Contribs) 15:53, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

Time Turner (Talk) brings up a good point but the same thing can be said about talk shows and comedy skit shows, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show, and Saturday Night Live because they all have an audience present in the studio. --Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) (Stats - Contribs) 15:53, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

If you want to get really technical, you could also say this belongs in List of Mario references in animated television :P Power Master Logo.png ~ Alex95 ~ Talk to me! 15:58, 22 August 2016 (EDT)
We need a clear definition for each reference page. --Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) (Stats - Contribs) 16:00, 22 August 2016 (EDT)
Actually, this is a new beast: it contained both a video part - the introduction - shown in the giant screens of the Maracana Stadium first and foremost (of course they were also on TV and on internet streams) and a real life part - Abe exiting from the warp pipe with Mario outfits and the SMB level clear jingle. In all cases, the whole was not mainly a television show - it was part of the closing cermony of the Olympic Games, a real life event that like all important real life events is also shown on television and on internet streams. I'm not sure if the currently proposed categories are enough or if a new category must be created to separate promotion and advertising from real life events featuring Mario.--Mister Wu (talk) 16:01, 22 August 2016 (EDT)
Might I suggest List of Mario references in promotional material? That way we can cover non-Nintendo/Mario specific events like this that happen to fit into two different categories. We may have to do some rearranging in the other categories should we use this page, though... Power Master Logo.png ~ Alex95 ~ Talk to me! 16:03, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

A "promotional material" page wouldn't seem necessary with List of Mario advertisements, although I feel that your title would allow broader coverage and reads more professionally. – YoshiKong (Talk) 17:26, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

I guess my page already exists under List of Mario references in advertisements. Maybe we could stick this there? Power Master Logo.png ~ Alex95 ~ Talk to me! 17:29, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

@YoshiKong: I think you're missing an important aspect, though: modern Olympic Games and their closing ceremonies existed well before television itself existed. It is the same difference between a contemporary stage play seen on television and a modern television show: both are broadcast and seen on television or through internet streams, but they aren't exactly the same thing.--Mister Wu (talk) 18:31, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

How about an article List of Mario references in sporting events? --Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) (Stats - Contribs) 19:58, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

This is a comment referring to this comment by Wildgoosespeeder: "The same thing can be said about talk shows and comedy skit shows, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show, and Saturday Night Live because they all have an audience present in the studio." I respectfully disagree. The thing about those is that they are meant to be TV shows - the only point of the audience is to make the TV experience more enjoyable (which is why live tickets are free - they depend on an audience. In fact, the audience is essentially part of the cast - they are asked to laugh as hard as possible, even for unfunny jokes). This is compared to the opening/closing ceremony, both of which are definitely is much more of "real-life" event than Late Night. Remember, people pay to go in person, just like they would go to see a play (which, honestly, is what it is.) NBC just happens to be broadcasting it. --Andymii (talk) 19:17, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

Again, this can also be said about modern Olympics. The hive mind of the studio audience can also apply to the audience of the Olympics. This is just like localized sports, such as the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, etc., just on a much bigger scale. Cheering will be for the home team while booing or silence will be for the away team. I think that most viewers will be in front of the TV instead of seeing the events unfold live. Not too sure though but it seems most practical to believe that. --Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) (Stats - Contribs) 19:58, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

As someone who would prefer a minimalistic stance on covering content that isn't about the video games themselves, I would rather just not cover this event at all. 3D Player 2010 19:38, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

@Alex95 and Wildgoosespeeder: Please be mindful of rule 4 and accompany your votes in the "Both" header with a reason. Thanks. --TucayoSig.png The 'Shroom 19:42, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

@Wildgoosespeeder: I don't think that the fact that more people watch the Olympics / general sports on TV necessarily makes them TV shows. Really, it's just coverage of an ongoing event that many people are interested in. This analogy is a bit morbid, but imagine if their was a terrorist attack somewhere, and everyone was watching the news coverage as it unfolded. There's more people watching on TV than on the street, so does that make the terrorist attack a TV show? I wouldn't think so. --Andymii (talk) 22:25, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

Why would you go there? There is no real relevance for that here! It would be even more tasteless to reference Mario during delivery of tragic news. Even if that were so, if we were to reference such a thing, that goes in List of Mario-related controversies, maybe. Anyways, look for a red link further up this comment chain. I suggested creating a new article. --Wildgoosespeeder (Talk) (Stats - Contribs) 22:49, 22 August 2016 (EDT)
Perhaps you read it wrong, but my post is simply to counter your point "because there is more people watching on TV, it's a TV show" with reasonable logic on why this concept is flawed, so there's no reason to be offended (I don't see how I'm "referencing Mario during the delivery of tragic news" as you said) . Anyway, there's probably not enough sports references yet to create a "list of Mario references in sporting events" article. If a few more pop up, we can make it, but for now, there's really no point in doing so when this is the only sports references I can think off the top of my head is this and maybe some Seattle Mariners stuff. --Andymii (talk) 23:55, 22 August 2016 (EDT)

The reason I chose this is because of two things. First, the Summer Olympics is a real life sporting event featuring athletes from around the globe in a series of summer competitions. Second, the closing ceremony plays a part in the competition and once the flame is gone, the Games will close. That's why! AfternoonLight (talk) 22:00, 25 August 2016 (EDT)

@Alex95 and Wildgoosespeeder: Second notice, please be mindful of rule 4 and accompany your votes in the "Both" header with a reason. I'm afraid the votes will have to be removed otherwise. --TucayoSig.png The 'Shroom 22:56, 25 August 2016 (EDT)


Reinforce the use of image maps

These would really help people who need help with certain areas of the Mario games. This wiki is an encyclopaedia so we need it to have the most information on the Mario franchise as possible, so I propose to bring back image maps for the following reasons though disagreement may come here:

  1. They can really be a help in layout of levels and it entirely shows what one level looks like rather than just having a single image shown.
  2. They may've been out of place before but we can easily make a section like this ==Map== in the article for the map. I personally feel that is a perfect solution for someone who wants to see what levels look like and we strive to have the most information on the Mario Series.
  3. Maps like {{YIDS Map}} and {{NSMBmap}} really might help people (Non-Users) find their way through if it's their first time playing it like it helped me too.
  4. Articles without them have less information on them. They may not be stubs but maps can really help guide people who have trouble finding their way through the game (especially kids) so not having maps is redundant.
So those are my suggestions so feel free to vote. Just be sure to think very carefully before making your final choice.

Proposer: Fawful's Minion (Talk)
Deadline: September 1 2016 23:59 GMT

Reinforce Image Maps

  1. Fawful's Minion (Talk) Per proposal.
  2. Alex95 (Talk) I know this may take some time to put together, but I'm all for it!

Don't Do It

  1. 3D Player 2010 (Talk) per all the reasons they were removed in the first place.
  2. Baby Luigi (Talk) I was never a fan of the really clunky and inconsistent, mystery meat-like navigation that were the image maps. We let a few remain because of various exceptions, but we removed several because their purpose was made redundant by the actual linking in lists, navigation templates, galleries, infoboxes, etc. Furthermore I think we should handle the creation of new image maps on a case by case basis, not a blanket proposal like this, as different image maps are more potent than others.
  3. Time Turner (Talk) Per all. Also, the wiki is not a guide.
  4. AfternoonLight (Talk) Per all on this case.
  5. YoshiKong (Talk) – Per the causes for deletion as discussed in the previous proposal. The image maps you are proposing to restore are redundant because they were already labelled with the level names on the image itself. I don't agree with your reasoning against this. It's simple enough and easy to navigate when using clear and properly-listed links instead. And the relevant world images can still be shown on the article for reference.
  6. Yoshi the Space Station Manager (Talk) per all.


Back around May of last year (before I created an account on this wiki) I found image maps very useful for my liking it helped my get through YIDS easily seeing as I'd just purchased it at the time. Fawful's Minion Sig.png (talk) (edits)Y 20:06, 25 August 2016 (EDT)