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FailedPolicy.png This is a closed discussion about a failed proposed change on SmashWiki. It remains for archival purposes.

So here's the deal. 4 years ago, a poll was created to decide how much coverage Project M was going to get. It has been pointed out to me that one topic of this in particular is currently not having its consensus followed in the least: TEQ. Consensus clearly says that PM is allowed to be mentioned in any article it would make sense in, yet we have more or less banned its mention in any non-PM related article. After a bit of research as to why that could be, I found that we never explicitly mention in any policy that this was allowed. In fact, the only mention of PM in any policy is in SW:NOT#SmashWiki is not official: "...pushing for the removal of information with the argument that it's not approved/endorsed by Nintendo (such as the Brawl mod Project M) will not be acceptable."

So the only logical choice is to re-vote on this topic, taking better care to explicitly define what mentions would be allowed, and what wouldn't.

Should this proposal pass...

  • Any mention of PM in the middle of prose or even in a table would be allowed.
  • Infoboxes, navboxes, and similar templates would remain not to be permitted to have PM listed (except for competitive ones).
  • "In Project M" sections would remain not to be permitted.
  • Screenshots of PM would remain not to be permitted outside of the PM specific articles.
  • In general, PM would continue to be not treated like an official game, but it also would not be ignored.

In the future, it may be a good idea to actually make a content model policy in which this stuff would get moved to, but that's another day. For now, let's figure out what we are doing with PM. Serpent SKSig.png King 16:33, 19 March 2017 (EDT)


  1. Project M is a mod, so therefore it's not official. I don't see why we'd need to merge it with the official stuff anyways. AidanzapunkSig1.pngAidan, the Irish Dragon WarriorAidanzapunkSig2.png 16:46, 19 March 2017 (EDT)
    EDIT: I will say that simple namedrops (such as the one here) would be acceptable, but nothing beyond that. AidanzapunkSig1.pngAidan, the Irish Dragon WarriorAidanzapunkSig2.png 16:55, 19 March 2017 (EDT)


  1. Oppose. PM mentions should remain restricted to its own page(s) and competitive pages (Smasher pages, tournament results), with namedrops outside those pages limited to referencing it as an example of hacking (see instances like gameplay modification and file replacement). Anything more is tantamount to giving it equivalent status with main games, which is against what was decided. Among other reasons, a major issue is that there is very little way to definitively pin down an amount of "acceptable reference" between none and equivalency; things like "it can't receive a whole section header" do little to dissuade the possibility of excessive reference to it on any given mainspace article in ways that would definitely exceed whatever partial mentions the policy was intended to permit. It's a setup that's bound to fall into messy implementation and arguments over semantics even if the concept was considered desirable (which in my opinion, it is not). PM coverage on this wiki is still significant and its competitive play isn't being ignored; rather, it's simply not being given an equivalent status with the actual games. Miles (talk) 20:59, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
    Anything more is tantamount to giving it equivalent status with main games, which is against what was decided.
    I suggest you go back and read the discussion. It is not indeed what was decided.
    It's a setup that's bound to fall into messy implementation and arguments over semantics even if the concept was considered desirable (which in my opinion, it is not).
    I gave you ample time to take my offer and work together in defining what would be acceptable and what wouldn't. You did not, so please do not complain about how I did it. Serpent SKSig.png King 21:04, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
  2. I feel it's interesting to point out that, while the original decision those years ago was to allow stuff like "Wavedashing was reimplemented in Project M" into regular articles, it basically never happened, and eventually people pretty much forgot about it to the point where everyone assumed it wasn't allowed. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly sure no one was actively misinterpreting the decision at the time; it just ended up abandoned.) And to be honest, I think that's what's best for the wiki. It's all well and good to have rules about how much is acceptable, but it'll inevitably become fuzzy as successive editors tweak a single sentence until it splits in two and eventually turns into a whole paragraph, and then the discussion will begin as to exactly how much of what's there is too much. The current standard is pretty black-and-white and in my mind leaves no doubt that the mod is a second-class topic (as it should be). Toomai Glittershine ??? The Boss 21:19, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
    Alright then after this either way, it should be explicitly defined allowed or disallowed in policy: right now we have nothing whatsoever saying that this is not allowed, and it's being enforced as such. Serpent SKSig.png King 23:17, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
    When I asked about that specific example elsewhere I was told it was not allowed. SW has a reputation from somewhere that those edits get removed so I doubt it was just abandoned. You can actually find examples just by going through the page history of such a thing happening. Project M was mentioned in it from 2013 until the user Miles started removing it repeatedly in 2015. There was no slippery slope growth like some claim and it wasn't just abandoned. The record doesn't support either of those opposing arguments in over 3 years. Pyr0pr0 (talk) 03:48, 23 March 2017 (EDT)
    I'm curious: what information do we lack about PM that could be added if we were to allow stuff like "Wavedashing was reimplemented in Project M" in regular articles? The character articles (should) have all the character changes and details, while the PM article (should) has everything else (and I wouldn't be opposed to adding a page for "List of stages in Project M"). Toomai Glittershine ??? The Researcher 12:59, 25 March 2017 (EDT)
    I agree that a stage page wouldn't be a problem. In fact, it might be a good idea, since it would cut down on the over-sized Project M page we have now. John This is for my signature, which I was told needed to be edited. HUAH! 13:58, 25 March 2017 (EDT)
    The simplest and most common example you'd find (partly because it happened to me in the past) is someone who is playing project M hears about a tech they're unfamiliar with. The immediate intuitive thing for them to do is to put the unfamiliar term in the search bar and click on its page. It isn't intuitive to figure out they need to visit the project M page and read through the giant list of changes looking for if the thing they heard about is even there. You can't really expect users to understand the wikis rules for where it's allowed to be mentioned automatically or seek it out in the wikis discussion pages. Wavedash might be too simple of an example that most people know, but Melee players are often unfamiliar with brawl tech like RAR, B-Reverse+Wavebounce, glide tossing etc. and Brawl/S4 players are unfamiliar with Boost Grabs, Ledge Dashing, various Ledgestalls, etc. Some techs are subtly different from their counterparts in the original games, in either implementation, application, or interaction with other techs. These differences would hardly require their own section, but it also means that not every PM mention on a tech page would only be a "It is also in project M." sentence. An example would look something like this for a tech where only interaction changes because it was re-implemented exactly. Complementary/additional informantion (like "Aerial glide tossing's height gain gives diminishing returns on successive use without touching the stage.") would be an example on the glide toss page. Non-tech examples of pages/mentions include the competitive ones I asked about in the comments section below, Stage legality and Tournament legal, which would help a new or unfamiliar Tournament Organizer who is looking into running PM. It would be far easier than trying to find a list of tournaments and compare/contrast their various rulesets (if they are described at all) to piece together what a standard one might look like. Serpent King mentioned that pages on purely the competitive scene are allowed to be presented equally (like tournaments and smashers) but this has been enforced haphazardly. As mentioned, a separate page or a subpage for stages would help clean up the Project M main page. It is already one of the longest, not very easy to parse, and lacking useful information that would make both of those issues worse if just added in the same way. I'm already in the process of cleaning up and better describing the special modes added. I also think a separate page to reoganize how changelogs are presented would also be beneficial. It would be easier to just create a mock-up and show it than to describe it here though. In general I think it would be beneficial if these non-competitive pages were subpages of the main project M page, in same way moveset pages are subpages of the characters. That way the main article is less cluttered but can still link to the info, the useful information is well presented and has a well preserved place, the information is easily searchable because it's a top result after typing something like Project M stages, and yet its clearly distinct as not being equal to the main games by its status as a subpage of the mod. I realize that this proposal is more about mentions alongside the main games than the mod's pages, but all the better if both are addressed. Sorry if this response was too long for how these policy discussions are supposed to be.


  1. Clarifying and rationally enforcing the rules would go a long way towards helping newer users (such as myself). I don't see an issue with PM mostly being mentioned within prose or as a section in tables, when outside of its specific articles and only where appropriate. However, I do think adding pages for PM specific stages would be helpful. Information on them is currently limited to an external link to an archive of the Project M website, ranging various levels of incompleteness. I think listing things like Turbo/All-Star/Debug/etc. mode under the project M page is fine, so long as disambiguation pages can be added for the people using the search bar to find them and there isn't a policy issue with the page becoming too large (it's already one of the largest). I would also say the moveset page subtopic in the linked discussion also warrants reconsideration at some point, based on some things having changed in the past 4 years (such as the development being finished). Pyr0pr0 (talk) 21:10, 19 March 2017 (EDT)
  2. Neutral leaning toward support. Honestly, it was always odd to me how much we've ignored Project M, even before I found out about that poll. I'm mostly neutral because I really honestly don't care either way (I've lost interest in PM ever since I picked up SSB4 practically full-time), but I do lean toward support somewhat because I really see no harm in expanding the PM coverage a bit, especially considering the fact that we technically should've been this whole time. Project M may be a mod, but we can't pretend like it doesn't matter on articles where it warrants a mention like we do with mods such as Brawl-. If anyone were to oppose, I'd hope they have a really, really good reason. We don't need another "no because I hate Project M and here's why you should too" flame war. Disaster Flare My signature image for the default signature. Duplicate of Lucina's life white stock head. (talk) 23:14, 19 March 2017 (EDT)
  3. So I found myself in that poll four years ago to be semi-agreeable to having some Project M mentioning and coverage in articles. While I don't really like PM, at the same time I really have little to no knowledge about it either, so I have no say about what PM mentioning to have and what not to have and can't really complain about it. However, on one side, PM is argued to be not official despite its high popularity in 2013-2014 and for four years we kept PM coverage low and treat it as a side thing if people ever came across it on this wiki. On the other side, it can be argued that the wiki itself is not official which is true. If we're suppose to be such wiki about Smash Bros., we kinda need to step up our game for mentioning things outside the official boundaries (not saying we should cover other fan games and mods such as Super Smash Flash 2 as well). I will still uphold my original decision for that poll section. We need more PM coverage definitely, but not on a big scale compared to the official games. MHStarCraft 60% tech skill, 30% crazy, 10% you name it. :P 10:51, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
  4. Support except for one thing. I feel that we shouldn't allow Project M mentions in tables. Otherwise, Project M would basically be on near-equal standing with other games in table-heavy pages such as Character or Item. Nyargleblargle.pngNyargleblargle (Contribs) 13:27, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
  5. Neutral with big reservations. I'm pretty conflicted. This comes down to a somewhat subjective interpretation of what Smashwiki is about.
There are two bits that should help determine this decision.
  • Smashwiki was "...created to compile a complete, thorough, and dynamic repository of information relating to the Super Smash Bros. franchise"
  • "SmashWiki is designed to include content relating to a number of issues including the games themselves, characters, stages, strategies and techniques, competitive play, the vibrant community that has developed around the game, and much more."
This should be a good guide to determine what to do here.
The first bit I quoted specifically uses the word "franchise." What constitutes being in the Smash Bros. franchise? The four official games? A mod of an official game? From that sentence, I'm not really sure if Project M qualifies, but other people could easily disagree. Whatever it is we're supposed to cover, it should be "complete, thorough, and dynamic." If Project M is deemed to be within the Smash Bros. franchise, then it should by definition be allowed to go wherever people want it to.
The second bit is also important. "The games themselves" is an important phrase, and what constitutes a Smash game is something worth considering. Is Project M "its own Smash game" or is it just a mod of a game?
"...competitive play, the vibrant community that has developed around the game, and much more." is the most important part of the stuff I quote. "Competitive play" seems like a good enough reason to add Project M results to tournament pages. The "vibrant community that has developed around the game, and much more" part seems to imply that anything related to Smash deserves a mention, provided it's notable. But what does that mean?
Personally, I think we are overstating Project M's importance if we put it into tables, like Nyargle mentioned. It highly depends on what "in the middle of prose" is defined as. If, for example, on Wario Bike we say, "This move was replaced by Wario's signature Shoulder Bash in Project M" - then I don't think we should allow Project M name drops.
Before getting mad, if the wiki/community collectively decides that "since we're covering Smash, we should be covering everything!" and gives Project M equal status, then this of course would not apply. What I'm afraid of is the day we start covering Super Smash Flash. John This is for my signature, which I was told needed to be edited. HUAH! 17:56, 20 March 2017 (EDT)


What exceptions are made regarding pages/sections of purely the competitive scene (such as tournaments, rulesets, stage legality, smashers, etc.)? Only those currently allowed? Less/More? That's worth specifying in this discussion as well. Pyr0pr0 (talk) 21:27, 19 March 2017 (EDT)

The competitive scene coverage stays the same as it always has. We report on PM results and the like. Currently, PM-only stages are disallowed, and that is not what this proposal is for, so mentioning stage legality is limited to a list in the tournament article in question. Serpent SKSig.png King 21:37, 19 March 2017 (EDT)
It seems like a weird distinction to cover specifically tournament results/players. but not the rules or anything else. I couldn't find the reasoning behind that anywhere in past discussions. This proposal exempts certain points about whether PM can have a page/section/box based on if the page is about competitive play, but I don't understand how that is defined. Why are some pages/sections about the competitive PM scene considered equal and others not? The proposal takes the distinction as something defined, that people already know. If the proposal is supposed to "explicitly define what mentions would be allowed, and what wouldn't", I'd say that's not accomplished if this isn't addressed. Pyr0pr0 (talk) 09:01, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
I am not sure I fully understand what you are trying to say. "Why are some pages/sections about the competitive PM scene considered equal and others not?" Could you provide an example here, or clarify what you mean? PM should not be considered on equal ground with the official games in any context, except for tournament results. Serpent SKSig.png King 18:13, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
Pages about tournament results, smashers, PMRank etc. Why are they considered acceptable pages covering the competitive scene and identical to their main series counterparts, whereas there is no PM section in Stage legality or a corresponding page similar to Tournament Legal. Why are tournaments, smashers, rankings, etc. not considered as giving PM "equal ground" or are deemed exceptions to the general rule? The distinction seems really arbitrary, so I assumed there would be some record of it somewhere. Was there a question over this that I couldn't find, where this was decided with guidelines that clear up the distinction. The only method I can find to understand what qualifies is assumption based on what is and isn't already there. As this proposal demonstrates, what is/isn't there doesn't necessarily reflect the actual rules/guidelines decided upon. Pyr0pr0 (talk) 18:59, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
Stage legality and Tournament legal fall in the scope of competitive articles, so PM content is allowed there already. If PM isn't there, it should be. An article for each PM specific stage (or shared stages with the official games having PM sections) would not fall in this scope, so it is disallowed. Serpent SKSig.png King 19:04, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
I mean you can say that but there's record of it being removed recently. What exactly is stopping it from being removed again? Pyr0pr0 (talk) 04:31, 23 March 2017 (EDT)

Can someone explain to me what's wrong with the name drops? What's the problem with saying that the Wario Bike was replaced with Shoulder Bash? What's the problem with saying that Wavedash is something that was added back in? The usual argument i hear is "slippery slope", in two particular directions:

  1. These mentions are only the start; we would have to name drop it in way too many articles.: False, Project M simply didn't change that much about Brawl. Not only that, but also a lot of what it did was restoring things that were already in Melee, or adding references to official games, so it's not like we'd be adding completely new things.
  2. We start with Project M, then next thing you know we're covering Flash 2!: False. Project M has been accepted by the Smash community at large in a scale completely different than any other Smash fan creation. Call me when any other fangame has multiple well-known members of the community participating in both development and competitions, and large modding efforts targeting it, and the third largest Smash-related subreddit, and multiple 100-man offline tournaments every year, etc. And hey, if another fan creation ever reached this amount of recognition... why shouldn't the wiki cover it to its fullest?

I get that PM is not official... but why should it be a "second-class topic"? Hcp archonn (talk) 20:33, 21 March 2017 (EDT)

What's the problem with saying that the Wario Bike was replaced with Shoulder Bash?
Well, because who cares about a mod changing a move when it's not in an official game and we aren't covering the move pages for the mod in question?
What's the problem with saying that Wavedash is something that was added back in?
Have you read the Project M page?
it's not like we'd be adding completely new things.
You fail to realize how much new content PM added in the first place.
I get that PM is not official... but why should it be a "second-class topic"?
That's exactly it: Nintendo were the ones who ended the thing, so they obviously don't want to acknowledge it. Why should a wiki that covers official stuff cover a mod outside of where it needs mentioning? AidanzapunkSig1.pngAidan, the Irish Dragon WarriorAidanzapunkSig2.png 22:40, 21 March 2017 (EDT)

Ok so I have to admit that this is not at all what I was expecting to come out of this. I was not expecting the total lack of support here, and while I am fine with it, I would kind of like to know why...a reason other than "the circumstances of PM's mention are badly defined" or "it will be very difficult to undo". Also I am going to point out that there seems to be a total separation of interests between the smash community and the editors of SmashWiki as to what should be covered and what shouldn't, especially regarding PM. It really feels like neither community is willing to give an inch, and so I feel like the only logical solution is to find some sort of middle ground solution, and allowing the mention of PM it was previously voted doesn't seem to be that big a step back for SmashWiki editors. Serpent SKSig.png King 01:31, 22 March 2017 (EDT)

Most of the people that care about PM fall into two groups:
  1. Not SmashWiki editors; they have their own stores of information on other websites and don't really need ours. I don't think it makes much sense to try and do anything about this, because it's not reasonable for us to add enough information to compete in this area.
  2. Want to use sites such as SmashWiki to promote and expand PM. That's not what we're for.
Let's not forget that PM is on shaky legal grounds (enough so for its development to abrubtly cease). I'm not an expert on the subject, but it may be best to leave our mentions of it a bit dormant. Toomai Glittershine ??? Da Bomb 06:59, 22 March 2017 (EDT)
I think you're ignoring the cause and effect a bit here. PM sources developed outside of smashwiki because smashwiki did not accept the information. Those sources are currently in forum threads or google documents, comparitively much worse for proper archiving and present-ability. The sources are much more prone to being lost in those locations and it would benefit the community to have it on SW. I've personally used SW any time I needed to look up a character's changelog because it was presented clearly and was all in one place over multiple versions. Other sources developed and were popularized out of necessity not because they would be better. And the fact that this information is available now is a benefit to the ease of creating better archived pages. PM's perceived (not ever tested or realized) legal status is based entirely on its distribution. The only ones with anything to even potentially worry about are people sharing the files. It is irrelevant in all other contexts. Pyr0pr0 (talk) 03:30, 23 March 2017 (EDT)

Going to give this a big ol' bump. I'll probably end this after AFD if nothing too major happens. Serpent SKSig.png King 23:31, 30 March 2017 (EDT)