Forum:General proposals/Archive 1
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I propose that we use this forum page instead of using the community portal or its talk page. If anyone has any really good suggestions for alternative names for this page, please do say, because Forum:Proposals is a bit stuffy. PenguinofDeath 19:53, 20 February 2012 (EST)
What's the point of this page?
Forum:Proposals proposed rename
Why can't we make it SmashWiki:name? In my opinion, titling it "Forum" makes it sound too informal. If there's a concern about people using the talk page instead of the page itself, we could just make the talk page a redirect and protect it. Current options:
Removed some bad names
If you've ever been touring around other Wikis, you may have spotted that some of them have a user rights setting called 'ambassador'. As an example of what Ambassadors can do, I'm going to list the features that Icaruspedia's ambassadorship rank offers;
Before elaborating why I think rights like this would be useful, I'm going to diverse away for a second. Remember that RfA I made? Yeah, spur of the morning thing, had I thought over it properly, or just woken up a bit, I probably would have decided against. But my thinking behind making that RfA at the time was; "SmashWiki is my main hobby, I might as well enhance my experience of it" Now you can't become an admin just on the basis of being a good editor. But an ambassador could. Abilities such as being autopatrolled, redirect suppressing are the kinds of things that can be entrusted to any member of the community that we know can handle them (additionally, this Wiki doesn't really manage patrolling, having looked through the Log, so more users with the ability to patrol edits would be beneficial). As things stand, the only way to obtain these abilities is by becoming a full-blown admin.
Another problem with that would be that Wikis generally try to refrain from having a high amount of admins, and SmashWiki is no expection. As I said before, you can't just be rewarded with it. But with ambassadorship, there's no limit on how many users can have this right, just as we have no limit on the amount of standalone rollbackers. Becoming an admin grants a user a whole bunch of responsibility, but ambassadorship is nothing more than enhanced editing tools. The exact reason morning-me made an RfA.
Quite how ambassadorship could be earned, I do not know for sure yet. It could be earned in an RfA-style way, or simply distributed to trusted users, but that isn't the question right now. For the time being, I only need to know if anyone else would be interested in having an ambassador user rights group. Of course, we don't have to implement it in the same way as the Icaruspedia example I gave. Rollback may not have to come with it, or maybe there's some other abilities that could be granted by this.
So you're basically proposing a sort of "trusted", "janitor", or "jr. admin" group? ("Ambassador" as used by NIWA's other wikis implies that it's given for free to admins of other wikis.) If so I think you should split this into a new page, because that's relatively major. Toomai Glittershine The Hammer 23:24, 3 June 2012 (EDT)
Most Recent Appearance
For each character's infobox, I think it would be nice if it documented each characters most recent appearance. It wouldn't be that hard to do and I would be willing to update it. I don't know how to add another box to the infobox so someone else will have to. Other Wikis do the same thing so I think it would be nice if we did too. See Forum:Most Recent Appearance for more info. ChuckNorris 17:53, 24 July 2012 (EDT)
Just like files could once only be moved by admins, categories can still only be renamed by admins. It would be useful for non-admins to be able to rename categories, should this change be made? Toast ltimatum 15:58, 14 September 2012 (EDT)
So I've been thinking
We need some sort of coverage policy for SmashWiki for regular articles. We already have SW:NOTE, but that's just for smasher articles. If there already is one for mainspace articles, I can't find it. Having a coverage policy would simplify things much better in general, help new users ready to create articles understand what kind of articles are acceptable, and avoid pandemoniacal arguments like this. Air Conditioner I am the man who arranges the blocks. 17:15, 29 December 2012 (EST)
In addition, I think we need to restrict the right to create userpages to autoconfirmed users, to promote constructive edits, and as an extra protection measure against spam. Air Conditioner You say you want a revolution? 20:19, 2 January 2013 (EST)
I agree with your second proposal (restricting userpage creation), but I'm not sure what you have in mind for a "coverage policy". Could you elaborate? Mousehunter321 (talk · contributions) 00:28, 3 January 2013 (EST)
A template for useful pages
I think this wiki should have a template containing pages that are not policies or help pages, but are useful tools for the user (Special:Contributions, Special:Editcount, Forum:Proposals), etc. Ac2k 21:10, 3 March 2013 (EST)
There's a few more that I've probably forgot. They're mostly useful tools for users to navigate the wiki. It should have sections such as ngTools, Users, etc.
If you can think of more, then add those here. The Special pages used for maintenance reports could also be included, but they might be better in another template. I'm not sure.
Thank you for helping! Ac2k 17:32, 4 March 2013 (EST)
A new page that contains suggestions for tasks that need to be performable by bots. While not that necessary now, since we have only two, if we ever have more bots, it would be easier if we had this page to deal with bot requests. A person could suggest something a bot should do, and then a bot runner can say that they will do it and then perform the task with the bot/why they disagree with the actions desired. SmashWiki:Bot requests. Awesome Cardinal 2000 16:10, 16 April 2013 (EDT)
My idea is that maybe we should start a newspaper like Super Mario Wiki! I'd be willing to do a section if you give me the options! I should be able to do it one article every two weeks!Klaw King (talk) 00:02, 28 May 2013 (EDT)
Disallow the sub-pages that does not serve the wiki
I've seen several sub-pages that does not serve the wiki at all, Mostly like Userboxes pages. I know it is fun to make them, but we are an encyclopedia not a social page or something. What could be allowed is the /Sandbox /Test /Draft.. and all others, should be merged into the userpage itself.. For people giving their /Userboxes as a link for their friend userbox, the page should be turned into a redirect.
Should we have a Gallery page like in MarioWiki for the individual pages so that we can add images like most of their moves in that game, stock icons (and re-colours), Classic mode image and more? I think it would be a very easy way to navigate the images of the particular fighter. ----- Conanshinichi 12:45, 26 August 2013 (EDT)
I'd say this is a good idea. I'm a little hesitant to include it on the main Mario (SSBM) page in its entirety, as I know a lot of wikis move large galleries like that to subpages, but this one's small enough that I'm less sure where it should be of the two options. Miles (talk) 16:00, 29 August 2013 (EDT)
Now that I've found this proposal on this page that shouldn't exist, I can say I don't like it. Why do we need an animated image for every animation in the game? Why do we need separate image files for every character-related UI texture? How does this benefit users who have the game? I don't think those things are even what this original proposal was about, it just snowballed for some reason. Toomai Glittershine The Researcher 16:30, 2 September 2013 (EDT)