Wikipedia:WikiProject Userboxes

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This is the WikiProject collaboration on userboxes. For the guideline, see WP:Userboxes

Scope[edit]

This WikiProject aims to organise, expand and improve all Wikipedia's userboxes. We want to make it easy for users to make their own, and to find others, as well as create a standard for all userboxes, including a global prefix and image.

Initial interests are to help change to a global prefix, reform all userboxes to such standards, re-categorise, and maintain.

The need for organisation led to 32 people joining the project within 2 days of its being founded.

Warning!![edit]

If <br /> is required to organize the description of the Userbox make sure it is in the <noinclude></noinclude> tags[where?] as this causes major problems in e.g. userbox stacking. More work for us.[clarification needed]

Goals[edit]

Anyone can assist, we currently aim to:

  1. Create a well-balanced page and sub-page system at Wikipedia:Userboxes to assist users in designing and categorising userboxes, as well as find others and incorporate boxes into their page.
  2. Ensure all userboxes are within Wikipedia policy.
  3. Organise all userboxes, either finding a place for them in Wikipedia:Userboxes, removing duplicates/orphaned userboxes.
  4. Organising categories, removing duplicates or unrequired ones (see also Wikipedia:User categorisation).
  5. Slowly expand userboxes carefully - Some ideas!

Please raise any other issues which need to be identified on the talk page.


Membership[edit]

Users who wish to participate in the project are encouraged to add their name to the list of members.

Tasks[edit]

Remove all fair-use images from userboxes[edit]

  • Their usage violates fair-use policy.
    • '"Fair use images should only be used in the article namespace. They should never be used on templates (including stub templates and navigation boxes) or on user pages."
      • Replace with text or another suitable image.
  • Only fair-use images need to be removed—NOT others.
  • Consider using the {{Images on userboxes}} template to notify the creator of Wikipedia policy regarding fair-use images on userboxes.

Userboxes without "user" prefix[edit]

All the 'Userbox' prefixes have been dealt with (besides templates for creation), so we need to move over any stray boxes we notice without any prefix (See Guide to moving userboxes, below), and look out for new additions under 'Userbox'.

Merge duplicates of same template[edit]

  • Duplicates need to be merged, choose the most suitable, turning the one for removal into a redirect, and following the guide below from step 2.

Diffusing large userbox categories[edit]

Category:Userboxes and Category:Interest user templates both have gained a large number of userboxes that can be categorised into subcategories or other categories. If you can change the category tag to these other categories. Also there is a problem with the sorting of userboxes as most of them are categorised as "U", these all need to be categorised by the first letter after "User".

Guide to moving userboxes[edit]

We are currently working on changing the prefixes of all known userboxes to 'User', for example {{User en}}. If you wish to help please follow the following guidelines for one userbox at a time.

  1. For any userbox without a 'User' prefix, move the template to a title with 'User' as the prefix (which will create a redirect from the original template);
  2. Go back to the redirect page and check what links to it. Visit every page which appears in that list, and change the template link on that page to the new name;
  3. When all links to the redirect page have been removed, then it is time to delete the redirect (delete yourself if admin, otherwise request here - Deletion can be performed as orphan and duplicate template).

Assistance and support[edit]

Should you need any help or assistance in any of your work, you are welcome to leave a message on the talk page of this article. Alternately, or for more specific help, it is probably best to leave a message on the talk page of the most appropriate sub-page of the Userboxes article. You are also welcome to contact me (Ian13) at my talk page about maintenance, helping out on this page, or anything else.

Templates[edit]

These templates can be used in a variety of places to identify their inclusion in the project.

Code Result Usage
{{WP:UBS}} Navbox footer
{{ubx}}
WikiProject Userboxes
WikiProject icon Wikipedia:WikiProject Userboxes is part of WikiProject Userboxes. This means that the WikiProject has identified it as part of the userboxes system. WikiProject Userboxes itself is an attempt to improve, grow and standardize Wikipedia's articles and templates related to the userbox system, used on many users' pages. We need all your help, so join in today!
 
For article and non-article talk pages
{{ub}}
This user is a member of WikiProject Userboxes. Crystal kthememgr.svg
This WikiProject aims to organize, expand and improve all Wikipedia's userboxes. We want to make it easy for users to make their own, and to find others, as well as create a standard for all userboxes, including a global prefix and image standards.
For User pages
{{User WikiProject Userboxes}}
Crystal kthememgr.svg This user is a member of
WikiProject Userboxes.
Our very own Userbox!
{{Wikipedia ads|ad=191}} Our very own ad to display on user pages.

See also[edit]