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Change Navigation Templates Colors

support 9-6

The navigation templates have a strange choice of colors. Some are hideous. The Mario Wiki could be more beautiful and organizated by changing game Navigation Templates by series (Super Mario series in red and DK in brown, for example). It will make the Navigation Templates less confusing and easier to understand. See Mario page Navigation Templates: so messy.

Proposer: Ultra Koopa (talk)
Deadline: December 11, 2011, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. Ultra Koopa (talk) Per my proposal.
  2. ThePremiumYoshi (talk) - Yeah, it's better to change the color of some Templates. While others are fine, there are some Templates with horrid color, like the Super Mario Kart Template which is... PINK! This color totally doesn't fit SMK. Per proposal.
  3. Magikrazy51 (talk) Per proposal. Pink would better suit the Super Princess Peach template, not the Nintendo DS Games template. That would be better as red or blue.
  4. New Super Yoshi (talk) Some of the Colors just don't work right. Per All.
  5. Bowser's luma (talk) Good idea - trading psychadellia for functionality.
  6. Jazama (talk) Per all
  7. RandomYoshi (talk) — Per Magikrazy51.
  8. Lakituthequick (talk) We need some cleanup, yes.
  9. Toad85 (talk) Seems legit.

Oppose

  1. Knife (talk) – I don't really disagree with the premise, but I feel your proposal isn't specific enough to actually do something. What I think you should do is make a draft page detailing navigation color scheme and put up a Writing Guideline proposal.
  2. Coincollector (talk) - Partly oppose, backing up Knife's comment. Also see my comment.
  3. Bop1996 (talk) Per Knife.
  4. Mario4Ever (talk) Per the three above me.
  5. Baby Mario Bloops (talk) - I see no reason to change it, and changing it could result in more difficult time figuring out which template is which. Per all.
  6. SuperYoshiBros (talk) - Per Baby Mario Bloops.

Comments

Actually I think that some of the templates need a better color scheme. Change color scheme because they are colored in a "weird" manner and some whose colors don't allow to read clearly. Fine examples are the {{bee}}, {{MK7}}, {{Fuzzy}}, {{MP3}}, among a vast quantity of others that would make the list considerably long. On the other hand I agree with Knife that the templates require a better maintenace, following a firm writing guideline for the creation of templates. However this is a discussion that has long been even in our discussions in the boards. I suggest some of you to see my past proposal that overlaps with this topic. However, not all templates look so bad as to need a more proper color, like those used for the consoles - which they follow certain guideline to color the template according to the topic, although doesn't work for everything, and some of these really need a better color coding, for example, the Mario series-related templates and the Donkey Kong-related templates. Coincollector (talk)

@ Magikrazy51: The color of the DS' template was based in that japanese added some color-coding to their consoles: pink for the DS, light Bbue for the Wii, and red for the 3DS. Coincollector (talk)
@ Knife I already have a draft presentation showing some colors for the Templates.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ultra Koopa (talk).

You didn't link to it in your proposal, as far as I'm concerned it doesn't exist. Your first three days are up anyway so it's too late to implement a major change like that. As I said before, you should make a Writing Guideline (with a written policy to complement the template color examples). Even if this proposal passes, you won't really have the ability to do anything since it is so vague.--Knife (talk) 11:12, 8 December 2011 (EST)

I'm really wanting to complete this proposals. If I did something wrong, tell me, please. And I can do it in the right way. Ultra Koopa (talk)

It's already been mentioned above. Bop1996 (talk)

Star images

support 18-0

Just a small thing, though it covers enough range to be a proposal. Look on the stars in the info boxes at Bob-omb Battlefield and Noki Bay and compare it to the ones at Gusty Garden Galaxy and Melty Monster Galaxy. The first uses star images from Super Mario Galaxy while the second one doesn't even have an star/shine images. The Galaxy ones are right, but not the ones before it.

Basically, I want to do is have the stars for each template in everyone world/boss match the game that they are in. Replace the SMG star sprites with SM64 Stars for Super Mario 64-related things; add a shine set for the Super Mario Sunshine areas/bosses.

Important, not important, it would make both more sense and more consistency. And if you still don't know what I'm talking about, just look to the right in the character box and scroll down to Stars to find it.

Proposer: Baby Mario Bloops (talk)
Deadline: December 19, 2011, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. Baby Mario Bloops (talk) - Per proposal.
  2. Tails777 (talk) That has been bothering me too. Stars aren't in Super Mario Sunshine, Shine Sprites are. Per proposal.
  3. M&SG (talk) - I will agree that this needs to be dealt with.
  4. RandomYoshi (talk) - Per all.
  5. Knife (talk) – I don't think you need a proposal to do this change, it seems like common sense. Per all.
  6. Walkazo (talk) - Per Baby Mario Bloops.
  7. Bop1996 (talk) I don't see any reason not to replace the inconsistent stars with the more consistent Shine Sprites or SM64 Power Stars. Per proposal.
  8. Mario4Ever (talk) Per all.
  9. Jazama (talk) Per all
  10. Marwikedor (talk) Per all. A proposal is not necessary, just do it.
  11. Lakituthequick (talk) Great idea, we had to do this earlier
  12. New Super Yoshi (talk) It just makes a lot more sence than using sprites from later games.
  13. Rise Up Above It (talk) Good idea. The inconsistency has been bugging me ever since I first noticed it.
  14. Raven Effect (talk) Per All
  15. Toad85 (talk) Per BMB.
  16. Nabber (talk) Per Tails777.
  17. Yoshi's Island (talk) Per proposal.
  18. Mr.C (talk) Per all.

Oppose

Comments


Italized titles

oppose 1-11

Here with my 2nd proposal: You know, every time I read a game/film/comic article, I feel somewhat confused, in the sense I don't understand why the first word for an article is bolded and italized but the very top word isn't, yes, that's the article's title. Much like Wikipedia has been doing, we should have a template that italizes the title for games/films/comic in order to match how we are doing in the first word, and to recall that article is about of a work, play, etc. Perhaps we don't need the title to be bolded but only italized. I gather these code long ago that actually italizes titles:

<includeonly>{{DISPLAYTITLE:{{#if:{{NAMESPACE}}|{{NAMESPACE}}:}}{{#if:{{{1|}}}|{{#ifexpr:{{#rpos:{{PAGENAME}}|{{{1|}}})}} > 1|''{{#sub:{{PAGENAME}}|0|{{#expr:{{#rpos:{{PAGENAME}}|(}} - 1}}}}''<span class="dim-brackets">{{#sub:{{PAGENAME}}|{{#expr:{{#rpos:{{PAGENAME}}|(}} - 1}}|0}}</span>|''{{PAGENAME}}''}}|''{{PAGENAME}}''}}}}

The problem here is that it completely italizes the title, while some articles only need some words to be italized (the Mario (series) and Donkey Kong (series) are good examples), so if the proposal passes, we might need to make a code that could italize certain words, that range from the whole title to a single word.

Proposer: Byllant (talk)
Deadline: December 20, 2011, 23:59 GMT

Create a new template

  1. Byllant (talk) - I kinda like the idea.

Don't create anything

  1. Bop1996 (talk) Per this.
  2. Raven Effect (talk) Per that
  3. Mario4Ever (talk) Per Bop1996.
  4. Tails777 (talk) Per all.
  5. Propeller Toad (talk) I agree with the rest (essentially per Bob1996). This feature is unneeded on this Wiki.
  6. M&SG (talk) - It's not really needed, since you only need to input two apostrophes to enable italics. No need to go more advanced than that.
  7. Jazama (talk) Per all.
  8. RandomYoshi (talk) – Per all.
  9. New Super Yoshi (talk) Per all.
  10. Toad85 (talk) Creating a template for just italicizing is an excuse for laziness. Per all who agree with me.
  11. ThePremiumYoshi (talk) - Yeah, it would be actually more complicate, when you can just use two apostrophes. Per M&SG.

Comments


Decide if the Yellow and Blue Toad in SM3DL are the same ones from NSMBW

canceled by proposer

There is only one Blue Toad and one Yellow Toad that appear in SM3DL and no other color Toad appears other than the Red Toad apart from Green and Pink Toads in the Title Screen.

Proposer: New Super Yoshi (talk)
Proposed Deadline: January 5, 2012, 23:59 GMT
Date Withdrawn: December 31, 2011, 09:31 GMT

The Toads are the same from NSMBW

  1. New Super Yoshi (talk) Per my Proposal

The Toads are not the same from NSMBW

  1. Superfiremario (talk) I think it's more likely to be a Toad Brigate
  2. Mario4Ever (talk) Unless and until there is an official source connecting the two games' Toads, any claims that they are one and the same are speculation.
  3. Bop1996 (talk) Per Mario4Ever.
  4. Tails777 (talk) The 2 Toads appear seperate from all other Toads (except the ones that need saving within levels) while the Yellow and Blue Toads in 3D Land appear with 3 other Toads. We have no proof that the ones from NSMBW and SM3DL are the same. In other words, per Mario4Ever.
  5. Jazama (talk) Per all
  6. Raven Effect (talk) Per all
  7. MeritC (talk) Per all; in my opinion, this is under the "species" case here for this installment.
  8. B.wilson (talk) And the proof is... ?

Comments


Bookmarks

oppose 2-19

When a user wants to find an article that they often visit, they would need to type in the searchbar. When an internet user wants to find a website that they often visit, they don't search in a google search bar, they go to Bookmarks in their internet browser and find their favourite websites. It should be the same here on the Super Mario Wiki. For pages and articles that we often visit, there should be a bookmark section for our individual account somewhere on the page, like on the top next to my watchlist or on the side bar under navigation. Here, we should be able to bookmark pages for easy navigation. If you agree, please support me.

Proposer:YoshiKong (talk)
Deadline:January 11, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. YoshiKong (talk) Per my proposal.
  2. Pichi-Hime6 (talk) I totally agree with Yoshi Kong. I've actually been wanting something like that since I joined the wiki.

Oppose

  1. Baby Mario Bloops (talk) - On this wiki, the articles themselves have internet links to them. If you feel like you visit the page quite often, then bookmark it like you would with any other site. There is no reason to add a feature that you can already do.
  2. Bop1996 (talk) Per BMB. Also, it's not hard to find an article using the search bar at all, and the watchlist feature helps you keep tabs on important pages, so there's really no need for it.
  3. Mario4Ever (talk) Per both.
  4. Jazama (talk) This proposal is redundant to the watchlist and to the bookmarks that comes with all browsers.
  5. Raven Effect (talk) Per All
  6. Commander Code-8 (talk) This seems a bit pointless. Per all.
  7. Walkazo (talk) - Per BMB and Bop1996.
  8. M&SG (talk) - Per all.
  9. Lakituthequick (talk) Per Baby Mario Bloops and Bop1996
  10. Magikrazy51 (talk) Assuming everyone who visits the wiki has more than one finger and can use a keyboard easily, searching in the search bar isn't hard at all. It's so easy, 2 stalks of celery and a paper towel could do it. Per all.
  11. Skyward Yoshi (talk) We have a contents page on are articles. Per All.
  12. RandomYoshi (talk) - Per all.
  13. Hyper Yoshi (talk) It's simple enough to search.
  14. Akfamilyhome (talk) Per all. You can just bookmark it using your browser.
  15. Mariomario64 (talk) – Like others have been saying, this is kinda useless because we can either use the watchlist or bookmark it on our browsers. If we can do those things, I don't see the point in adding this.
  16. B.wilson (talk) Creating a JS (.js) file is required for a feature such as this. If creating the JS file wasn't too overly complicated, I would probably support this decision; however making this "bookmark" feature is way too complicated. You could possibly consider trying to make a .js file of your own. Re-propose once it's done so we could consider moving it to MW space. I'm sorry.
  17. ThirdMarioBro (talk) This additional feature would be unnecessary, especially since the watchlist already does this.
  18. Phoenix (talk) Per all.
  19. Fawfulfury65 (talk) Per all.

Comments


Dealing with new stub articles - a better and friendlier way

support 19-4

Many new short articles are requested for deletion as new stubs instantly after they are created, which is in my opinion, not called for. I propose this should be changed.

After a new stub is created, a template explaining that it is a new stub and that it will be deleted in seven days after the template is put on the page is put on the page. Within that one-week period, articles have some time to expand to acceptable article length. If they reach acceptable article length within a one-week period, the article stays, however if they are still stubs after one week, the article is deleted.

This process prevents scaring newcomers away (when I was a newcomer, I created an article, it was immediately tagged as a new stub, it was deleted and I was beyond frustrated, as I haven't added all content within that creation), and given the main goal is to expand stubs, not to get rid of them!

Addendum: I have created this, which is similar to what should be used to tag new stubs.

Addendum (00:49, 10 January 2012 (EST)): This has nothing to do with the already existent construction template. This is "proposing deletion" of new stubs, instead of deleting them without delay. At least a week is given before they are deleted (unless they are expanded to stub length). Thanks for your !votes.

Proposer: B.wilson (talk)
Deadline: January 16, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. B.wilson (talk) Per proposal. I hope I will be more respectful with the users who !vote 'oppose' this time.
  2. ThePremiumYoshi (talk) - Great ideia. I agree with your words: We should expand stubs, not just simply get rid of them because they are stubs. I always wondered why are new stubs requested for deletion, if we can simply expand them. Per B.wilson
  3. Magikrazy51 (talk) As long as you have enough rubies we can tell the difference between a stub and a short article. Per B.Wilson.
  4. Propeller Toad (talk) This does seem to be a more efficient way of dealing with the stub articles. Additionally, this would also raise awareness of the stub articles as they can be fixed before immediate deletion. Per B.Wilson.
  5. Raven Effect (talk) I agree with most of but i feel that one line articles that can be expanded should be deleted because I think its unfair to let somebody who didn't do any work get credit for making an article
  6. Tails777 (talk) Per all. It gives newly created stub articles a chance to be improved.
  7. Commander Code-8 (talk) This is a much better way of having less stubs rather than just deleting them.
  8. LeftyGreenMario (talk) Although there is a construction template, I'm skeptical that new users even know a construction template exists. For the more experienced users, they can implement the construction template easily, but based on the aforementioned situation, they don't do it. I think this proposal can help this problem. If not, at least the wiki isn't harmed.
  9. RandomYoshi (talk) - Per all.
  10. Lakituthequick (talk) Per all
  11. Knife (talk) – Per all
  12. Walkazo (talk) - Per all.
  13. Nintendo64Fan (talk) Per all
  14. M&SG (talk) - Stubbed articles do need a chance to be improved before being subject to deletion. Per all.
  15. Hyper Yoshi (talk) ^
  16. Danimario9 (talk) - Exactly the same as M&SG.
  17. Skyward Yoshi (talk) Makes sense. Per all.
  18. Fawfulfury65 (talk) Per all.
  19. Phoenix (talk) Per all.

Oppose

  1. Mario4Ever (talk) I don't disagree with the premise, but the situation is easily rectifiable with a construction template (though ideally, one would, when creating an article, make sure it is of sufficient length before stopping his or her work for a given period of time).
  2. Bop1996 (talk) Per Mario4Ever. Also, there's a certain amount of admin discretion involved in whether the articles are deleted. For example, if an article is on a subject like a racecourse in an upcoming Mario Kart installment, chances are the article won't be expanded for a while, especially if it's just one user adding some details and leaving it. However, if a game was just released, and the article is being worked on by many people, the article is not deleted.
  3. Zero777 (talk) I find unnecessary. That's what basically a construction template is for. It's a red flag saying, "DO NOT DELETE, IT NEEDS SOME WORK!!"
  4. Baby Mario Bloops (talk) - Construction templates tell the user that work needs done. As a person that has spent many edits unstubifying, I know it is very tedious and hard. However, deleting the page will just create more red links, and from basic experience, will cause even more trouble to create that page later on than to unstubify it later on.

Comments

Zero777: I must apologize for saying this, but your !vote is not opposing anything clearly explained in the proposal. This is basically "proposing deletion" of new stubs, instead of "pending speedy deletion". It has nothing to do with the construction template. I apologize if I misunderstood your !vote, but I don't really think it's relevant to the proposal's intention. --B.wilson (talk)

Now I really don't understand what you are saying here. The quotation marks are confusing me. Zero777 (talk)
Your !vote is basically thinking that this idea is like the construction template, in which it is not. --B.wilson (talk)
I see it basically like the same and I don't think it's too much of a hassle to just slap on the construction template next time. Zero777 (talk)

I have to say, this isn't a bad idea. During that 1 week waiting period, the user who created the article can also make his case that the article is not a stub if they feel it isn't one. However, I'll support this if you can make a better sample template than that.

  1. The same template you gave is too similar to {{Delete}} (perhaps by intention, but I don't want this proposal to bind us to that design). Make it a little more unique, we don't want a clone of the same template.
  2. There's no need to mention that middle sentence, "New stubs are not allowed by Super Mario Wiki policy." It's just a waste of space to explain policy in templates.
  3. You need to offer a link to the talk page (like {{delete-request}}) in case users want to argue that the article not a stub or want feedback on how to expand the article.
  4. Allow a variable which users can input the expected date of deletion. You could replace the small text line with "The article may be deleted if it cannot be expanded beyond stub length by [sample date].", sample date being 7 days after the date of stub creation (it doesn't have to get more specific than the date, hours just make things complicated).

--Knife (talk) 15:55, 10 January 2012 (EST)

I like the idea too. A construction template can be used instead, but some new users may not know they can use it and have their articles deleted for being too short. Also, it sometimes occurs that an article is put under construction, and then ignored for months or even years. Having a separate sort of construction template that says that the article must be expanded in a week would prevent someone from making a small article, sticking a construction template on it, and then never coming back to the article again. Fawfulfury65 (talk)
Hi Knife and Fawfulfury, I've tweaked User:B.wilson/Testing facility/Stub to reduce resemblance to the delete template, and I've also addressed all of Knife's concerns. I've given two examples of articles in which template is used: User:B.wilson/Testing facility/Stub/Article (pending deletion on 18 January) and User:B.wilson/Testing facility/Stub/Article2 (tagged on 3 January and currently pending deletion) - both examples are meant to be humorous. I'd appreciate !votes if you think I've addressed your concerns! --B.wilson (talk) 21:17, 10 January 2012 (EST)
I suggest that you change the color of the template to avoid resemblance to the delete template. LeftyGreenMario (talk)

I think the difference between construction templates and this new template would be that this template would be placed by an enforcing party (which would be the user claiming that the article is a new stub) as opposed to the article creator. Both could also be used together. For example, a user creates an article with {{Construction}} with no defined completion time, but it's a stub, another user could place the proposed template alongside the construction template to remind the user not to forget about the page otherwise his work will be deleted. Also, stub=/=articles under construction. One week should be enough time to expand an article beyond a stub, regardless of whether it's under construction or not.

@B.Wilson: The template is a little better, but the gif is a little wacky. I personally prefer a still image for things as serious as deletion templates. Perhaps a Bullet Bill would fit in better since it goes along with our theme of exploding creatures in deletion templates. Also, there's no need for an additional comments section in the template. There's really nothing to comment on if it's a new stub and if it really needs to be said, the user could use the talk page for that purpose. As for what to do after the deadline has been passed ansd the article is still a stub, there's no need to use the same template to notify sysops of it deletion. It should just be replaced with {{Delete}} with the reason being something like "The article is a seven day new stub". There's also something funny about the wording, but I can't put my finger around it. I suppose we can still change that after the proposal.--Knife (talk) 23:20, 10 January 2012 (EST)

Speaking of the GIF, why does the construction template get one? I wanted to change the picture to one of those Mario sprites from Wrecking Crew '98, but you know I can't. Sorry if a little off-topic, but the Donkey Kong Mario GIF in the construction template is a little distracting. We can also use a Wrecking Crew '98 sprite for the stub expansion template instead.LeftyGreenMario (talk)

I'm going to make this suggestion again: could you change the color of the template so it won't resemble the delete template at a glance? LeftyGreenMario (talk)

Done. B.wilson (talk) 01:40, 11 January 2012 (EST)

It is a bit messy to see {{Delete}} in your template, that needs some improvement. Like the template changes appearance at "deadline". Lakituthequick (talk)

I'm pretty happy with the changes made to the template, so I'll go ahead and support. There's no way to change the template's appearance automatically at deadline as far as I know and if we manually change it, we might as well replace it with the delete template since that will attract more attention from sysops. I agree though, there no need to include {{Delete}} inside the proposed template, just replace the proposed template with {{Delete}} and be done with it.--Knife (talk) 11:05, 11 January 2012 (EST)

I also think it'd look better with just the delete template, rather than nesting it inside the other template. If it has to be changed manually anyway, as Knife said, just replace it, and if it's done automatically, maybe make it so that the entire template is changed (i.e. if it's not expired, it looks like the Bullet Bill template, and if it's expired, it switches to the Bob-omb design mirroring the normal Deletion template). Also, if we're worried about stubs falling through the cracks even with this template, perhaps the articles marked with this pending-deletion template could be put into the Requested for Deletion category. Things in that category aren't deleted outright, and using it for this as well as its original template might help bring attention to the new stubs before their time is up and they join the real deletion queue. @LeftyGreenMario I forget why we added the gif in the first place - it's maybe because it's ugly and distracting and should therefore motivate people to want to fix the article just to get rid of it. Personally, I think we'd be better off just getting rid of the gif... - Walkazo (talk)
Hi folks. I've tweaked the template a little to address the {{Delete}} template concern. After seven days, the template will automatically be replaced with the {{Delete}} template. See User:B.wilson/Testing facility/Stub/Article2. Best, B.wilson (talk) 00:02, 12 January 2012 (EST)
I've also written a documentation (which will have to be significantly altered if moved to template space). Please remember that this template must be substituted or it will not work. --B.wilson (talk) 06:02, 12 January 2012 (EST)
@Knife: "There's also something funny about the wording, but I can't put my finger around it." Maybe the part that says: "This newly created article appears to be stub length."? Perhaps if it were to be changed to something like: "The current length of this newly created article appears to indicate that it is a stub."... Phoenix (talk) 10:44, 12 January 2012 (EST)
Or just "This newly-created article is a stub. If it cannot be expanded within seven days, this article will be deleted." The fine print could also lose the "beyond stub length" bit too, since there isn't really a length below which an article is a stub anyway: it's more about how much info is lacking. Maybe the fine print could be more like "This article may be deleted if a sufficient amount of information cannot be added by [Date]", which is more useful than only using jargon like "stub" and "expanded". - Walkazo (talk)

I agree with Walkazo's suggestion for the categorization and the template wording.--Knife (talk) 18:31, 12 January 2012 (EST)

Done. --B.wilson (talk) 01:08, 13 January 2012 (EST)

Enable AutoWikiBrowser for Super Mario Wiki

canceled by proposer

Given that Super Mario Wiki's users are doing tasks that would be easier and quicker to do with AutoWikiBrowser, I propose that we enable AWB for the wiki.

What can AWB do? Lots of things that are done manually here! It can remove categories from pages more quickly, it can add templates to articles very quickly (and remove templates from articles), and do lots of other tasks that would be extremely tedious to do manually - that many users are wasting time doing manually!

Proposer: B.wilson (talk)
Proposed Deadline: January 24, 2012, 23:59 GMT
Date Withdrawn: January 18, 2012, 01:45 GMT

Support

  1. B.wilson (talk) Per proposal
  2. Danimario9 (talk) Per all. If i've read correctly i would love to mulitasking on a single tab.

Oppose

  1. Mario4Ever (talk) Per my comment below.

Comments

Could is create slot of mess in articles because we would have to do alot of cleanup which will take forever. Skyward Yoshi (talk)
If i've read correctly i would love to mulitasking on a single tab with AWB. Danimario9 (talk)

I can't think of anything that users do that is so tedious that this is required. Mario4Ever (talk)

Preventing sockpuppets of existing accounts

canceled by proposer

We all know that Mario Wiki is being flooded with vandals, trolls and spammers with consecutive sockpuppets.
But, a website called Hatena has a special system that doesn't allow users to create a second account: in fact, when users try to make a new account, all options are all disabled, so they cannot create a second account. This happens due to an IP address check that checks the user's IP and then allows or not the user to create an account. We should adopt this system so spammers, trolls and vandals cannot create sockpuppets.

Proposer: Danimario9 (talk)
Proposed Deadline: January 27, 2012, 23:59 GMT.
Date Withdrawn: January 20, 2012, 21:41 GMT

Support

  1. Danimario9 (talk) We should adopt this as said. Per proposal.

Oppose

  1. Bop1996 (talk) Per Raven Effect and myself in the comments section.
  2. Raven Effect (talk) Per me and Bop
  3. New Super Yoshi (talk) As much as I want this to stop. It won't work. Per all.
  4. Propeller Toad (talk) I see this proposal causing more inconvenience as opposed to help. The works of various vandals can easily be stopped and reversed; so I don't see the need for the system (especially since it can also affect other regular users sharing the same IP adresses). Essentially, per all.

Comments

Couldn't this prevent people with dynamic ip addresses from signing up Raven Effect (talk)

If it's solely based off the IP alone, no, it cannot. Sometimes, users will sockpuppet after the 24-hour autoblock on their IP lifts, and sometimes they'll use a proxy or dynamic IP to sock again since hardcore sockpuppeters get their IPs blocked for a limited amount of time. Also, this would make it impossible for a user that forgets their password to make a new account to edit from. Bop1996 (talk)
Also much another proposal that dealt with preventing sockpuppets I think this is something that's up to the admins. Also wouldn't this ruin users like Uniju and Snack who are brothers and have the same IP address Raven Effect (talk)
Never thought that. There should be also a "Forgot your password?" option which asks the user's email (if nobody other knows the email) so he or she can recover the password and login again. Danimario9 (talk)
But what about a situation like Uniju's and Snacks where the brother live at the same house and each want separate accounts Raven Effect (talk)
Yes, this will also negatively affect users that are siblings or share an IP address for legitimate reasons. Also, Danimario, it's very easy for admins to spot when a user is using the same IP address to sockpuppet; the real trouble is when there's a dynamic IP or proxy involved. Bop1996 (Talk)
We pretty much do things on a case-by-case basis, and no sockpuppet does anything that can't be fixed, so I don't see why this is necessary. Mario4Ever (talk)

Allow talk page messages on one's talk page, excluding reminders/warnings, to be removed at the user's discretion

canceled by proposer

At times, I've been uncomfortable with some of the messages I receive, not because I don't like them, but as if I felt they immediately needed to an archive.

On many other wikis, it's okay to remove messages if you feel you don't want them to stay on your talk page. I don't like the fact that we can't remove messages from others on our own talk page. Sometimes you may remove them as acknowledgement that you read them. Of course, if this proposal passes, this will not include official warnings.

Proposer: B.wilson (talk)
Proposed Deadline: February 2, 2012, 23:59 GMT
Date Withdrawn: January 27, 2012, 02:00 GMT

Support

  1. B.wilson (talk) I've always been wanting something like this since I came here

Oppose

  1. Walkazo (talk) - Removing messages removes official records, and that is a very bad thing. In fact, instantaneous archiving itself muddles up page histories, and should be avoided. User histories should be clear as a bell, not encrypted by any means. (See comment below, as well.)
  2. Tails777 (talk) Per Walkazo.
  3. M&SG (talk) - Per Walkazo.
  4. New Super Yoshi (talk) Per all.
  5. Lord Grammaticus (talk) Per all.
  6. Mario4Ever (talk) Per Walkazo.
  7. Raven Effect (talk) Per Walkazo

Comments

A lot of the time, informal messages are given instead of official warning templates, and removing those would make it seem like a user wasn't spoken to when they actually have. Collaboration on projects should also remain because removing messages hides the other user's contributions. Even idle chit-chat should remain because removing it is rude (i.e. their removal could be interpreted as "your messages aren't good enough for my talk page"). Even speedy archiving isn't a welcome practice around here, and the admins have actually been discussing making an official policy against it for weeks before it catches on. A couple sections is not cluttered enough to need to be moved (and certainly not removed altogether), and doing so actually clutters up the page's history with unnecessary userspace edits, making it harder to find anything. Removing messages outright makes it nearly impossible because then you wouldn't even be able to see the end product: if you didn't know it was there, you wouldn't know to look for it, and even if you knew it'd still be way harder to dig up the edit than if the message was just left alone. Plus, immediate archiving is often used as a way to bury unsightly messages as a way to avoid looking bad. Of course, even archiving in chunks like one's supposed to do can be used to hide Warnings and informal wrist-slaps (if they just so happened to archive right after receiving a message), but archiving section-by-section is the epitome of that sort of slate-clearing. Removing stuff would be even worse: as I said before, a lot of stuff is said informally, and pretending like it didn't happen would be just as bad as removing a template. - Walkazo (talk)

While I don't particularly mind archiving that's done to reduce clutter on the talk page, I do agree somewhat when it comes to informal messages and warnings. Archives end up making keeping track of warnings difficult by design; I imagine an alternate page(s) dedicated to keeping track of user warnings would be a viable compromise, though I doubt such a motion would receive much support. Lord Grammaticus (talk)

Change Special:WhosOnline

don't change 2-11

So I've had this idea in mind about doing major renovations to Who's Online. First things first, I think it should be much similar to the Who's Online of our forums, just without viewing guests. It's quite a hassle to inform someone you replied to their comment on a certain discussion in a talkpage/proposal without having known that he/she has currently been typing up a reply on the talkpage/proposal that you previously mentioned. With a Who's Online like the forums', you could actually know what page he/she is viewing, replying to a comment on a talkpage/proposal, or just generally editing an article without having to have wasted your time of the latter. Also, if you're viewing Who's Online via Recent Changes, there could be a show/hide button for you to click that shows extensive details on what they're viewing or commenting on so you can change it to fit your own preferences. Also, there could be a button like this, just replacing Members with Autoconfirmed Users (I'm not sure if there's a term for users who don't have special ranks like Sysops, Bureaucrats, and Patrollers other than Autconfirmed Users), removing Guests, and adding sections for Sysops, Bureaucrats, and Patrollers.

Proposer: UltraMario3000 (talk)
Deadline: February 13, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. UltraMario3000 (talk) Read above.
  2. Yoshidude99 (talk) It would be a good feature.

Oppose

  1. Raven Effect (talk) I don't see any reason to make this change (nor do i know if it's possible.
  2. M&L (talk) Per Raven Effect. It's good enough the way it is.
  3. Tails777 (talk) Per all. It's fine the way it is.
  4. Bop1996 (talk) Per my comment below.
  5. Mario4Ever (talk) Per Bop1996.
  6. New Super Yoshi (talk). Per All.
  7. Bowser's luma (talk) Per all
  8. Walkazo (talk) - Per all.
  9. Danimario9 (talk) Same as above. The one of nowadays is better.
  10. Jazama (talk) Per all
  11. Phoenix (talk) I just don't think it's really necessary...

Comments

That'd have to be done via extension, and there isn't a feature similar to WhosOnline that I know of that could do that. The WhosOnline only shows users viewing pages on the wiki while logged in, and there's not a feature in there to do what you suggest.

Aside from the arguments I have against actually using this feature at all, this probably isn't possible, unless you have some method planned of doing so. The forum version is run by SMF, and this is run by MediaWiki, so it's not like it's some built-in feature we've just been neglecting. Bop1996 (talk)

I like the idea, but I doubt if such MediaWiki extension exists, if we can make one, or if Steve agrees. Lakituthequick (talk)

The forum system and the wiki system AREN'T (notice the caps) good if merged each other. Besides that, I don't like the idea: it makes me feel I'm in a forum with different layout. Danimario9 (talk)

They aren't going to be merged if this passes. The wiki Who's Online would only be changed to be more like the forum version if this passes. Bop1996 (talk)
Oh fine. If this passes, then I would get disappointed. Danimario9 (talk)

Removal of all non-punctuation redirects

don't remove 3-12

While lurking throughout certain articles, I've noticed redirects for article titles that have a punctuation in them that don't include the punctuation, which really bugs me. For example, Super Mario Bros being a redirect of Super Mario Bros. and 9 Volt being a redirect of 9-Volt. It just seems rather unprofessional in my opinion.

Proposer: UltraMario3000 (talk)
Deadline: February 13, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. UltraMario3000 (talk) Read above. (Note: I'm not very good at deadlines, so correct me if I'm wrong.)
  2. M&L (talk) Per UltraMario3000.
  3. YoshiKong (talk) I agree with UM3000. All article titles should be 100% accurate.

Oppose

  1. Raven Effect (talk) I don't see any reason to remove these redirects after all it's really easy to forget the . in Super Mario Bros.
  2. New Super Yoshi (talk) Actaully over 50% of people who use our wiki type in Super Mario Bros not Super Mario Bros. and we need to have them tacked straight to the page they wanted just like you typed in Mario which will take you strIight to the page he/she wanted to see. It would be unfair to see people type in Super Mario Bros and get taken straight to the search page for no reason.
  3. Bop1996 (talk) Per my comment below.
  4. Tails777 (talk) Per New Super Yoshi and Raven Effect. Some people don't bother to remember the punctuation.
  5. Jazama (talk) Per all
  6. Walkazo (talk) - We should stick with our current policy (see MarioWiki:Redirect): it recognizes that punctuation is often omitted or mixed up, and a few redirects to help searchers out is a small price to pay for making the wiki easy to use.
  7. Mario4Ever (talk) Per all.
  8. Phoenix (talk) Per all, MarioWiki:Redirect explains why these types of redirects are necessary.
  9. Bowser's luma (talk) Can't argue policy. Per all.
  10. Danimario9 (talk) We can't be always accurate, and non-accurate users can fall into dead-end pages. Per all.
  11. Commander Code-8 (talk) Do we apparently have an uber-professional image we have to uphold in everything including our redirects?
  12. Fawfulfury65 (talk) Per Raven Effect and NSY.

Comments

@Opposers: Is it the actual name of the game though? No, it isn't. Abbreviation redirects are an exception though.--UltraMario3000 (talk)

So it's more professional to type in SMB than Super Mario Bros Raven Effect (talk)
Really. So we become more professional typing SMB instead of Super Mario Bros., GCN instead of Nintendo GameCube, GBP instead of Game Boy Pocket. Stop it honestly UM3K. We need complete and non abbreviated titles for the articles. Danimario9 (talk)

If you wanted to search SMB to get to the article faster, yes, it is. Titles without punctuation aren't exactly faster to type in anyway. Gosh, one character away. It's like making Mari a redirect of Mario. Why? To get to the article faster of course.--UltraMario3000 (talk)

The difference is a . and it's very easy to forget a period it's not easy to forget to o in Mario Raven Effect (talk)
Well, you're missing my first point anyhow. "If you wanted to search SMB to get to the article faster, yes, it is. Titles without punctuation aren't exactly faster to type in anyway. Gosh, one character away.--UltraMario3000 (talk)
What's the difference between typing SMB and Super Mario Bros why should you be able to type in SMB to get to an article but not Super Mario Bros Raven Effect (talk)
Because Super Mario Bros only removes one character from Super Mario Bros.. People shouldn't be that lazy to forget about the. However, punctuation redirects such as 9 Volt are just awful and should at least be removed. It's easier to forget the period in Super Mario Bros. than the dash in 9-Volt. I guess punctuation redirects could be an except any articles that are not about games.--UltraMario3000 (talk)

The example title includes punctuation marks, which are one the largest stumbling blocks for searchers. In this case, they can forget the colon and/or one or both of the exclamation marks. For that reason, we have the redirects "Mario Kart Double Dash", "Mario Kart Double Dash!", "Mario Kart Double Dash!!", "Mario Kart: Double Dash", and "Mario Kart: Double Dash!".

This makes it pretty clear why we allow such redirects, and far outweighs the arguments against. Bop1996 (talk)
Ok, but using my point from my reply to GS, redirects like 9 Volt should at least be removed. I assume punctuation redirects are ok in game articles though.--UltraMario3000 (talk)

Also, what about removing redirects in game articles that don't use apostrophes?--UltraMario3000 (talk)

@NSY:"over 50% of people who use our wiki type in Super Mario Bros not Super Mario Bros."--UltraMario3000 (talk)

@UltraMario3000: Redirects using hyphens such as 9 Volt are necessary if they're used to redirect people from a commonly-used search term to the actual article. Bop1996 (talk)
@Bop: Didn't know that. I think you ignored this statement though: "what about removing redirects in game articles that don't use apostrophes?" Also, to add to that statement, I think article redirects that don't include the apostrophes or commas like the article they're redirecting to should probably be removed. If not removing the ones without commas, then at least the ones without apostrophes should be removed, as they're grammatically incorrect anyways.--UltraMario3000 (talk)

From the Spelling section of MarioWiki:Redirect (which also provided Bop's earlier quotation):

Leaving out apostrophes in contractions or in the possessive case (i.e. "Marios" instead of "Mario's") is considered an unacceptable spelling mistake.

Policy pages are here for a reason: read them. - Walkazo (talk)

Well, I've seen quite a majority of those kinds of redirects, so I assume it's safe to put a delete template on all of them.-UltraMario3000 (talk)
Well? Nobody can be ALWAYS precise linking articles, naming or searching them. Danimario9 (talk)

Change emblem of series in the SSB infoboxes to the latest SSB icon of character

canceled by proposer

I think we should change the latest icon of the character. It would be more interesting and would make our wiki better in my opinion.

Proposer: Pokémon Trainer Red (talk)
Proposed Deadline: February 20, 2012, 23:59 GMT
Date Withdrawn: February 14, 2012, 01:20 GMT

Support

  1. Pokémon Trainer Red (talk) Per me

Oppose

  1. Yoshiwaker (talk) - Putting the character's icon in the infobox isn't informative, since it just shows what the character looks like, and that's shown in the main picture anyways. The series emblem, on the other hand, is more informative since it shows what series they are classified in.
  2. Bop1996 (talk) Per Yoshiwaker.
  3. BabyLuigiOnFire (talk) Per Yoshiwaker. The icon is great for the gallery, though. That's where it should belong in.
  4. UltraMario3000 (talk) Having a disembodied head of the perspective character as an infobox icon is just plain weird.

Comments

Can't decide if opposing or supporting. --Danimario9 (Talk) 15:54, 13 February 2012 (EST)

Is the current icon the symbol for the character's series? (like a pokeball for the Pokemon, mushroom for the Mario etc.) Tails777 (talk)

No, by "current icon" he meant by the Stock Icon, not the series icon. BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)

List of stats and descriptions in (game title here)

don't add stats 2-9

So I had this idea of making stat/description lists for certain games. It'd include all of the website bios, in-game descriptions, and stats from (game title here).

Proposer: UltraMario3000 (talk)
Deadline: February 17th, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. UltraMario3000 (talk) Read above.
  2. YoshiKong (talk) I agree! It would be handy to have all this info on the Wiki.

Oppose

  1. SuperPickle (talk) All of the enemies respective pages have this information for each game. It's like taking that section of an article or the whole article itself and placing it in each games section. Since we already have the information, we don't need it included somewhere else. No for me.
  2. Danimario9 (talk) Same as above. I wonder if this is strictly needed. Per all.
  3. Bowser's luma (talk) Per SuperPickle.
  4. Walkazo (talk) - The proposal's not very clear what exactly would happen should it passes, and it's never a good idea to blindly vote for black boxes like that, especially when they concern such a major topic. If this was just about adding official bios about the game itself, I'd be all over it, but it's not. The comments make it sound like all "official" stats/bios/descriptions/etc. about all the characters/enemies/etc. in a game would go on the game page as well as the character/enemy/etc. articles, but there's confusion about what's official or not, and the stated motivation is flawed: it'll be way more time consuming to go from game to game looking for a character's stats than simply scrolling down their one article. That being said, having info all in one place is helpful a lot of the time, but if done wrong, it could also result in a giant, unwieldy mess. Given the skeletal two-sentence proposal, the complete lack of any sort of draft and the sorry state of the comments section, I fear we'd end up with the giant mess outcome should this ill-thought-out idea be approved.
  5. Raven Effect (talk) Per Walkazo
  6. Mario4Ever (talk) Per Walkazo.
  7. Jazama (talk) Per all
  8. New Super Yoshi (talk) Per Jazama
  9. Commander Code-8 (talk) Per all. There should be a more specific description of what this proposal means. But it doesn't seem like a very good idea anyway.

Comments

@SuperPickle: Well, that's kinda the point. It's basically a way to navigate a certain character's stats from whatever game the user searching for without having to scroll through the stats section to look for stats from one specific game.--UltraMario3000 (talk)

Well, it would be pointless because some enemies only appeared in one game and the entire article's information would be moved to a bigger article, making the enemies article pointless, so we wouldn't move them, but not moving those enemies would leave us with an incomplete articl. So, it's your choice: follow your plan and lose lots of articles and create an incomplete one to replace them or forget your plan and keep the articles.SuperPickle (talk)
You know this proposal doesn't have anything to do with enemies, right? By stats and descriptions, I mean official bios, not usermade content from our wiki.--UltraMario3000 (talk)
Huh? Bios are the same thing! They show an enemies (or bosses) stats! Where do ya think the usermade stuff came from anyway? They check the bios! Where else would they get the info?SuperPickle (talk)
Uh, what? They get the info from playing the perspective game or just looking at the character overall. It's not like users learned that Mario has a mustache by reading a bio. They just take a quick look at him to notice the mustache on his face. Almost none of our articles have gotten their info from a bio. And bosses and enemies in main series Mario games don't even have stats. It's basically just copy/pasting official bios onto the page, not removing said bios from the article entirely.--UltraMario3000 (talk)
Yeah, they have stats! In the Mario & Luigi series and the Paper Mario series, enemies and bosses have stats like HP, BP/SP/FP, POW/ATTACK and DEF (defence) and t5hose are stats, so there! And they don't get all the info from playing the game. In the Mario & Luigi series, playing the game doesn't tell you the enemies max HP.SuperPickle (talk)
Uh, there aren't any official stats for the enemies in the M&L series, so players just look through the rom file via hacking and find their stats. "And bosses and enemies in main series Mario games don't even have stats." Besides, none of your arguments are relevant to the reason you oppose...
Well, it's too late to take it off... sorry. Next time, please make your proposal a little more clear.SuperPickle (talk)
You know you could always remove your vote, right?--UltraMario3000 (talk)

Oh yeah, another proposal by you bringing a total of 3. By the way, take for example a Goomba from Super Mario Bros. 3. It doesn't have any stats at all: no HP, no SP nor EXP. If I am correct you pretend to place stats on characters and enemies which don't appear in RPG games. And articles are not restricted to have info from bios. Danimario9 (talk)


Sitenotice archives

canceled by proposer

I think we should archive our sitenotices just as we do with proposals, talkpages, polls, etc. because they'd be a good reference for anyone who missed out on any of our previous sitenotices. They'd also be a reference for users to be up-to-date with any of our sitenotices so they don't mistakenly do something against a previous sitenotice. With a sitenotice archive, users that have returned from a hiatus and/or inactivity won't need to be given a reminder for making edits based on outdated/obsolete rules.

Proposer: UltraMario3000 (talk)
Proposed Deadline: February 28, 2012, 23:59 GMT
Date Withdrawn: February 21, 2012, 22:19 GMT

Support

  1. UltraMario3000 (talk) Per my reasons above.
  2. Tails777 (talk) It would be helpful to those who didn't read or missed it. Per proposal.

Oppose

  1. Bop1996 (talk) I find this highly unnecessary since all of the Sitenotices we've used are all in the history of MediaWiki:Sitenotice. Also, the argument about policy notices is poorly reasoned given that users are supposed to stay updated on policies anyway, and not all policy changes necessarily go through the Sitenotice anyway.

Comments


Inserting e-shop review results

do not insert e-shop review results 1-8

I think it would be a good idea to put the ratings for games that can be viewed on the eshop to be included in our articles because they show what people think of the games. These results would be put in the article's reception section. The number of people who reviewed the game would not be in the article as they would change reguarly.

Proposer: Commander Code-8 (talk)
Deadline February 25, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Add the review results

  1. Commander Code-8 (talk) I think this is a good idea. The results would not be hard to add as i have to edit from a 3DS anyway.

Don't add review results

  1. Bop1996 (talk) "Critical Reception" sections are used to show the reception a game received from reputable reviewers and overall reception. Including the reviews that just any user with a 3DS could add (many of which will be one-liners that tell almost nothing about the game) adds nothing useful to the game articles.
  2. Mario4Ever (talk) Per Bop1996.
  3. Super Famicom 64 (talk) No way. Per Bop1996.
  4. BabyLuigiOnFire (talk) Bop pretty much summed up what I was going to say
  5. YoshiKong (talk) The "Critical Reception" for a 3DS game could change often, probably daily. Users would have to work hard to keep it up to date and it probably would clog up the page's history. Per Boppy!
  6. Bowser's luma (talk) Per Bop1996.
  7. Smasher (talk) - Per Bop1996.
  8. Jazama (talk) Per all

Comments

Bop1996 Reviews on the e shop contain a rating out of five stars, whether the game appeals to games or average people more and if the game should be played intesnly or casually. Also, 3DS users can only review a game if they've played it for a minimum of an hour. That's a bit more than a one-liner that tells you nothing. Commander Code-8 (talk)

Wouldn't this proposal be better as a pipe project? YoshiKong (talk)

@Commander Code-8: Yes, but that's still a large percentage of fanboy reviews that tell you nothing that adds to our coverage of the game.
@YoshiKong: This proposal is to make them legal, so it is fine as a proposal. Bop1996 (talk)
They can't really be called reviews, anyway. They consist of you tapping the icon that represents your gender, entering your age, giving the game a rating from one to five stars, tapping the word Gamers/Everyone (describes to whom the game appeals more), and then tapping the word Intense/Casual (describes which play style best describes it). Mario4Ever (talk)


@Imasocool: That reviews are too many. I think i would count them for a while. (Thus counting makes like the reviews are over one hundred. CoolMario55 (talk)

I like the idea, but there should be a minimum amount of votes (like 100), so the average doesn't change much and we don't need to make much edits to update. Lakituthequick (talk)


Template:Media for .OGV and .OGA files

passed 3-1

We all know that the Template:Media table page is used for audio and video files. But a bad thing about it is: restricted to .OGG files.
I, and some others, upload .OGV and .OGA files (if you don't know .OGV files are videos while .OGA have the same purpose as .OGG files) but can't use this template with them. So we are restricted to use .OGG files or embed the .OGV and .OGA files with {{File:<insert name here>}}. I think there should be a similiar template only compatible with .OGV and .OGA files, or a template per each file extension.

Proposer: Super Famicom 64 (talk)
Deadline February 26, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. Super Famicom 64 (talk) - Per proposal.
  2. YoshiKong (talk) I use the media template extensively (mostly on Wario Land 4/Media), and I agree that .OGV and .OGA files should be compatible with the Media Template. It doesn't make sense how it lets us upload those file extensions, but it is not compatible with the Media Template many of us use.
  3. Bowser's luma (talk) I personally don't upload media but if someone who does thinks it would be effective, I trust them. Per all.

Oppose

  1. Lakituthequick (talk) See my comment below.

Comments

@YoshiKong I did not mean to modify the template. I just said to make a copy for both .OGV and .OGA files. Though most guys are uploading only .OGG files, that does not mean everybody does it. And some others use said file extensions. But they can't get to use the template. Super Famicom 64 (talk)

I say modify the template so we can enter the filename completely, not the name without extension and a number for the extension. Lakituthequick (talk)
Oppose, then. --Super Famicom 64 11:47, 24 February 2012 (EST)
As you will. Lakituthequick (talk)
Am I wrong or did you said I will oppose? Super Famicom 64 (talk)
You're wrong. Lakituthequick (talk)

Ah forgot it, this wasn't made because I had problems with it.
@Super Famicom 64 You've convinced me. I've changed my mind, moved my vote to support. I hope you win :) YoshiKong (talk)

To all: I made two tries for .OGV which can be found here and here. The first one, I know, is simple - I made it myself (I'm a rookie coder), it needs only 3 parameters. The second one has the code of Template:Media, only supporting only one file per template (I'm lazy code is difficult). I have made also the one for .OGA files, with the same code as the second .OGV template. Any improvements or suggestions accepted. Thanks. Super Famicom 64 (talk)


Super Mario Bros. Film Information: Where Should It Go?

keep the information split 9-0

Recently, an issue regarding the Super Mario Bros. (film) article has been addressed. I have been here long enough to know that this old proposal stated that the film information that was previously in articles like Mario, Toad, Princess Daisy should be moved in separate articles. This was because that the film is significantly not faithful to the Mario series.

However, it's not clear what action should be taken when this later proposalcomes into account. Now, this proposal can be interpreted as an overturn for that aforementioned proposal, giving it a reason for re-addding film information to the articles. However, I interpret the second proposal outcome as "take no action", not a removal of a rule.

Now, it's important to know what means what. We have to close this ambiguity so there won't be more confusion. Did the second proposal really overturn the first one, or is it unrelated to the first one? Should we keep the film information split or merge the film information?

Proposer: LeftyGreenMario (talk)
Deadline: March 17, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Keep the Information Split (the second proposal is unrelated to the first one)

  1. LeftyGreenMario (talk) I stated previously that the second article is not related to the first one. I thought the second one's outcome was don't take any action rather than re-merge the film information. If the second outcome (re-merge the film information) is the case, it is more likely an unintended motive of the proposal.
  2. Walkazo (talk) - As I recently said on my talk page, the first proposal is determining whether fundamental differences in how certain characters are depicted in the films makes them separate from their videogame inspirations, whereas the second one is saying all appearances in non-game media are automatically not the same as the videogame characters just because of the media type itself. The idea that non-game media are secondary was rejected, but that in no way counteracts the earlier decision to split certain movie characters based on the fundamental differences between them and the videogame characters. For the record, that first proposal wasn't actually the first: there was another one first, which was cancelled and never archived (here's what it was like right before it was removed). Also, there was an even older debate about the whole thing; some of its conclusions (i.e. film-Daisy not getting a separate article) have since been rethought, but it's still an interesting part of the history of this whole issue.
  3. Raven Effect (talk) They literally can't be the same people there are way too many differences such as Luigi being much younger then Mario and Toad being a human so per proposal.
  4. BabyLuigiOnFire (talk) Per all
  5. Tails777 (talk) Per proposal
  6. Good Magikrazy (talk) Per all.
  7. Super Famicom 64 (talk) What I always say, per all.
  8. New Super Yoshi (talk) Per all.
  9. YoshiKong (talk) Per Walkazo :)

Merge the Information (the second proposal overturned the first one)

Comments

So is this proposal saying to create a seperate article for the film characters (Toad, Luigi etc.) instead of having them merged with the actual character's article? Tails777 (talk)

Yes based off the significant differences between Toad from the games, cartoons, and comic books and Toad from the movie Raven Effect (talk)
We'll end up in a load of new stubs for sure. --Super Famicom 64 14:07, 14 March 2012 (EDT)
Actually, no. A stub is a definition of a short article with not enough information. If an article is short, but there are no ways to expand it further, it is not a stub. The minigame articles, such as Surge and Destroy are short, for example, but can we expand it to match Super Mario Galaxy's article's size? No, it's not possible. So, if we create separate articles for film characters with all the information it needs, these articles will not be stubs, despite their length. LeftyGreenMario (talk)

Merge all Super Mario World level articles

don't merge 1-8

Goomba's Shoe 15 (Raven Effect) said to me that the SMW levels have names so therefore should have articles, but I think he's worng.

Firstly the names are very basic (Yoshi's Island 1, Yoshi's Island 2) it just has the name of the world before what number level it is instead of the name of the world and the Castles have the similar names anyway. Then the levels are the same length and have the same style like the games where their levels are merged into their world articles. Lastly the Speical world levels are the only exection to this, as they all have diffrent names but then they are only on word and my point is that they are like World 9 in NSMBW.

Proposer: New Super Yoshi (talk)
Deadline: March 21, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. New Super Yoshi (talk) Per my proposal.

Oppose

  1. Raven Effect (talk) While yes some do have names like Yoshi's Island 1 but some have named like Awesome so unless you want to merge all levels from every game into the world articles like More Monkey Madness than I have to oppose. Also per my comments
  2. RandomYoshi (talk) – Per Raven Effect. Another aspect of this is that they are relatively well-written, and they have somewhat more information than the usual sections devoted to levels in the usual world articles.
  3. Super Famicom 64 (talk) – Per both my comment and Raven Effect.
  4. Bwf8398 (talk) Per Raven Effect. Also, this would destroy the use of the information templates in the articles. Merging the articles into a world article wouldn't make it any more convenient, and it would make all of the articles less easy to read.
  5. Tails777 (talk) Per all, it's fine the way it is.
  6. Commander Code-8 (talk) Um... Does it matter if the articles have nice titles or not. I don't think so.
  7. M&SG (talk) - If a level has an actual name, then it gets its own article. It's as simple as that.
  8. MeritC (talk) Per Tails777.

Comments

No, the Special World levels don't count as like 9-1, 9-2, 9-3… that's another story. And we don't name for example Yoshi's Island 1 as (likely) "Course 1" then merging it in the world article. Super Famicom 64 (Talk)

The problem with this proposal is that it wants to merge levels like Awesome which have separate names but if we do that we need to merge all the Yoshi, Wario, and Donkey series levels to keep things consistent Raven Effect (talk)
And then merge all of the courses of SMB, SMB2J, SMB3, SMW, YI, and so on into their respective worlds… It' also annoying and DIFFICULT. Super Famicom 64 (talk)
Actually we already do merge the levels from SMB, SMB2, SMB3, NSMB, and NSMB Wii since their names consist of only numbers Raven Effect (talk)
Oh not noticed. But YI, SMW and several pther games do have different names… --Super Famicom 64 13:59, 14 March 2012 (EDT)

Regarding Comments not Pertaining to Improving the Article

enforce no forum talk rule 14-0

Users posting comments relating to the game and not the article has always been the norm in the wiki, especially with new games coming out. However, me and several users are tired of constantly reminding users to cease posting comments that belong in the forums. There's a big, green template that reminds users that the talk page is not a forum. There are users out there that constantly remind the violators of the template not to post content that belongs in the forums. Problem is? Many more tend to continue to ignore these firm reminders.

Here, I'm proposing that we take a more assertive approach to this. Instead of reminding users not to post comments not pertaining to the article, we should immediately undo such comments. These comments do not take measures to improve the article and if they don't belong there, why are they there in the first place? If a user makes a comment, we should undo it, and tell them on their talk page to not do such things. If they continue doing it (about 3-5 more times, but it's tentative depending on the situation), they will be in grounds for a reminder and so on.

Once this proposal (if) passes, we will immediately delete any comments made that belong in the forums. The previous comments that also belong in the forums will be left untouched. I hope this proposal will make sure the users get a firm reminder into not posting forum related stuff on article talk pages made for improving the article.

Proposer: BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)
Deadline: March 24, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Support

  1. BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)
  2. LeftyGreenMario (talk) To those that think this new measure is harsh: this proposal is created because the green template on the top of the page is ineffective at deterring users from posting forum comments. I am also aware that new users make this mistake as well, so we have to tell them precisely once they break this rule. However, we cannot be too lenient with the rule. I am also annoyed by the constant mistakes other users make and this rule is supposed to decrease future annoyance. I think newer users will make this mistake in the future, but at least we can try to stop them from making future forum-like comments.
  3. RandomYoshi (talk) – While I haven't reminded any to have discussions made on talkpages to pertain to the article, I for one support actually enforcing a rule – if a rule isn't enforced, then why should the rule even exist?
  4. Commander Code-8 (talk) If users want to talk about the game they can do it on the Forum.
  5. Lakituthequick (talk) Per all.
  6. Super Famicom 64 (talk) – To say that in the template: "This is not a forum for discussions about Mario Paty 9." (I take that game as an example). We should make it more noticeable, such as placing in it a warning sign.
  7. Tails777 (talk) Per all.
  8. Raven Effect (talk) Per the events on Template talk:Notforumtalk that led to this proposal.
  9. MeritC (talk) Per all.
  10. Walkazo (talk) - Per all. I'd even support a motion to retroactively get rid of the comments that have been allowed up 'til now: that way, no one would see the old stuff and assume they can make more of it (if there's no template, and like many users, the newcomer didn't read the rules, all they'd have to go on is what other people did on pages).
  11. Mario4Ever (talk) Per Walkazo.
  12. Zero777 (talk) Per all
  13. Jazama (talk) Per all
  14. Phoenix (talk) Per proposal.

Oppose

Comments

@Super Famicom 64: It doesn't matter what we do. A big, green, noticeable template at the top of nearly every single talk page still won't deter users from making forum related posts. I feel that no matter how flashy we make it, users will still break the rules and that's that. That's why I'm proposing to enforce it. BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)

@Super Famicom 64: I agree with BLOF no matter how noticeable you make it people will go "Hey look a template i'm just gonna ignore that" Raven Effect (talk)
I'm wondering why that template was made if those guys are ignoring that. Super Famicom 64 (talk)
Because they wanted to inform people that this isn't a forum but since some people just say "Screw reading" it tends to get ignored. Raven Effect (talk)

Hm, I'll greatly consider ridding of the old comments too. BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)

After having read Walkazo's comment myself, I am also greatly considering removing the old comments, reason being the same Walkazo took up. RandomYoshi (talk)

Dealing with Pipeproject

move pipeprojects to the forum 18-3

What's wrong with Pipeproject? Many things.

  • It isn't used as it should, or for anything really. The ostensible goal of the pipeprojects is to help organize discussion and coordinate efforts, but a cursory glance at any Pipeproject pages shows that there's barely any of that. Most users simply create or expand articles on their own, and the impact of a pipeproject is limited to maybe someone putting a template on the talk or users signing-up on a pipeproject page to show that they "care". A great example of this is Pipeproject:New Games, which has a whooping 116 users signed up (a ridiculous number of which haven't edited since 2007 or 2008), which would make it a fantastically unreadable mess were it used as it should. Thank God it isn't, eh?
  • Nobody uses it. A cursory glance at the history of the main pipeproject page shows that it has been edited since the beginning of the year less than the proposal page has been edited this month. The "active" individual pages gets at most 2 or 3 edits per month and at least one of them hasn't been edited since close to half-a-year.
  • Related to the above, nobody maintains it. The rules says project have two weeks to amass ten supporters, but it can take many months before anybody scrubs it of failed or invalid projects (which is most of them). This shows nobody is interested in making the system work.

tl;dr, Pipeproject as it exists now is an useless, bloated waste of space and the Mariowiki staff unanimously agree it really doesn't deserve to be kept in its current form any longer. Assuming this proposal pass, the existing pages will be locked and have a message (a Mariowiki:Poll Selection) saying they're archives. as Templates such as http://www.mariowiki.com/Template:Partofpipe might remain for nostalgia, but with a note in small print to the effect of “Pipeprojects have been moved to the forum, this template is kept for historical purpose”.

The forum? Well yeah, we still think there's an use for a space dedicated to discussing wiki editing and the forum provides an environment better suited to discussion than the relative clunkyness of wiki pages. Threads such as this, this or that shows that the forum can be used to effectively coordinate and discuss wiki matters and registering on it is free and does not require any more information than a wiki account, so why not use it?

Now here's a few details on how the hypothetical forum board would be set up:

  • The board would start as a child board of General Discussion with the possibility of it becoming its own section if it becomes popular enough.
  • There would be no requirements for activity or thread creation. As long as more than one user agree on an editing project, they can go ahead and do it as long as the change is not too "big" or potentially controversial (see next bullet point).
  • The only "hard" rule would be that new features, removal of long-established content, change to policies or major changes in general should go on the proposal page. However, forum threads can still be used to discuss if there's a problem and how it should be fixed, or if there's a need for a feature.

Keep in mind none of this is set in stone and that we're more than willing to collect feedbacks from the users (on the forum, the pipeproject talk page, the comments on this proposal, IRC, my talk, you name it.) on how such a board should be implemented. Supposing this proposal pass, there will be a second proposal on a definitive structure.


Proposer: Glowsquid (talk)
Deadline: March 25, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Scrap the wiki Pipeproject (aggressively) and devise a replacement on the forum

  1. Glowsquid (talk) per what i wrote.
  2. RandomYoshi (talk) – I don't see any point in having a wiki-section that clearly isn't doing what it's supposed to. The supposed pipeprojects also never get started, making the page a mess of many suggested PPs that never, ever see the light of day. Again, if a wiki-section is useless – remove it!
  3. Raven Effect (talk) Per Glowsquid most that get proposed never get started people join just to join them and never actually do anything to help so there pretty much useless.
  4. Mario4Ever (talk) Per proposal. This aspect of the community has remained stagnant for far too long.
  5. MrConcreteDonkey (talk) – Per proposal, and per all of the support. It's worth a try, anyway.
  6. Bop1996 (talk) Per proposal.
  7. Ghost Jam (talk)per proposal, see comments as well.
  8. Lindsay151 (talk) Per Proposal.
  9. LeftyGreenMario (talk) Although I'm not going to be in the forums as much anymore (when's the last time I posted? November 2011?), the PipeProjects for me was VERY unnecessary. The PipeProjects is simply not practical considering the nature of where I want to improve. Sometimes, I want to work on Mario Party 5. Other times, Super Mario Strikers concerns me. Other times, I want to edit the grammar. Other times, I want to upload screenshots for the Mario Kart courses. My interests vary from place to place, but with my shifting hyperfocus, I won't stay in a single "PipeProject" for long, given if I ever joined one. This is the biggest reason I don't want to join a PipeProject. There is also a reason I don't create PipeProjects because I know how stagnant the progress is. I'm afraid nobody will join it. So, the PipeProjects is useless. If a group of users want to collaborate on a section or category of pages, then they can do it informally, by talk pages. PipeProjects aren't required to make a group of users want to improve an article.
  10. MeritC (talk) Per all; the current PipeProject system on the Wiki itself is completely out of order. Needs to be revamped via the method the proposer is suggesting.
  11. Walkazo (talk) - Per proposal. In fact, I'd be cool with scrapping the unused and unnecessary system without replacing it, and instead telling people to just drum up support for their endeavours with casual forum and talk page conversations, but I suppose making a dedicated place for those sorts of threads is a fair middle ground. Hopefully it'll be used, unlike the old system, but if not, at least we tried.
  12. Commander Code-8 (talk) I checked the Pipeprojects the day before this was proposed and nothings happening with it. It's just a waste.
  13. Lakituthequick (talk) Per all and RandomYoshi's idea in the comments.
  14. Jazama (talk) Per all
  15. Phoenix (talk) Per proposal; these have been doing more harm than good for far too long, it's about time we changed 'em up.
  16. Super Famicom 64 (talk) - If the new service will not be used, well, it's worth a try, however, I won't go to the forums. By the way, I won't scrap it so aggressively.
  17. GreenDisaster (talk) Per all.
  18. Bowser's luma (talk) Per all.

Leave it be

  1. New Super Yoshi (talk) Not every user here has a forum account. I would say that all users are all allowed to create new pipe projects and that if there is less than three members in the pipe project after two weeks, the page is deleted.
  2. YoshiKong (talk) NOO! Don't get rid of the Pipeprojects!! It is a great way for peple to see what the Wiki needs, most, and people can work together to get tasks done! And per New Super Yoshi, I rarly go on forums, and I'm sure other people are the same. Leave it here on the Wiki!
  3. Arceus79 (talk) Per New Super Yoshi: Not every user has a forum account. This would leave some people who want to join unable to do so.

Comments

@Super Famicom 64: That's a textbook slippery slope fallacy. There's no reason to move the Proposals to the forum because they're being used extensively and used as they should. The pipeproject pages as they exist now, though, are not used by anybody and they don't contribute anything substantial to the wiki, so why keep them?

@New Super Yoshi: As I mentioned in the proposal text, registering on the forum is quick, free and does not requires more personal info than the wiki so I have an hard time imagining why anybody would actively refuse it. If for some reason, an user does not want to register onthe forum, they can still help grunt work-style projects on their own or message the involved forum users on their talk.

Reducing the number of supporters required might help an handful of projects, but deal is, even projects that technically meet the requirements don't get made into pages. This show there just isn't any interest in the current system. --Glowsquid 10:19, 18 March 2012 (EDT)

It was just an example, I did not mean Proposals is about to be moved too. And hmm… "and it does not require more personal information than a wiki account". I agree, but while registrating it doesn't require you put your real name, surname, age and/or gender. --Super Famicom 64 10:34, 18 March 2012 (EDT)
Registering on the forum only requires your username/e-mail/password (duh) and answering a captcha and a bunch of very easy questions to deter spambots. No other personal information is required. --Glowsquid 11:10, 18 March 2012 (EDT)

I just thought of an idea how this board could be implemented, which goes a little something like this:

  1. Make a thread, title being the title of the project, with the first post explaining what its aims are, and what ways there are to accomplish it.
  2. When enough editors are willingly participating in it, the topic gets stickied, making it easily visible for everyone.
  3. As it goes along, its title could be modified, making the title express what articles are currently being worked on, how much of the project is left to do, etc.
  4. Finally, when the project is considered done by a majority of votes, the thread gets locked and unstickied, making room for more projects. The voters here would be the participating editors, disallowing people not participating in the project to vote.
  5. If a project needs to be re-opened, then users may post in an official 'Open A Closed PipeProject'-thread, explaining why they want it re-opened and a vote has been instated, with a majority of the votes deciding whether to open it or close it again.

Is this a good idea, or am I taking this a bit too far? RandomYoshi (talk)

That's more involved and bureaucratic than what I thought of, but it's not bad. --Glowsquid 11:10, 18 March 2012 (EDT)

I've long thought that the PipeProjects was something in need of being stripped down. Aside from never being used, it's kinda just...not needed. A good chunk of the projects are based around general wiki maintenance, things that are already being taken care of on a daily basis and have been since before the project. The rest are either things that were going to happen anyway in the normal course of article development or are low priority additions that also were going to happen in the normal course of article development. If someone thinks they need help with completing a project or otherwise needs an editor for this or that, a forum topic or a quick trip to the chat are better, faster options. They way PipeProjects stand, they are an unused, unneeded waste of resources. -- Ghost Jam 1:47, 18 March 2012 (PST)

Super Famicom 64: No one has "per'd" you, so you can just remove your previous vote. Mario4Ever (talk)