Wikipedia talk:User pages

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This is the talk page for discussing maintenance of the Guideline about User pages.

User: listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect User: Please participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. (talk) 22:15, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

unclear if commenting out notices is allowed[edit]

Specifically regarding WP:REMOVED - the guideline doesn't mention if a user is allowed to comment out (i.e. "<!-- invisible text -->") comments/notices/warnings that s/he isn't allowed to delete, e.g. sockpuppetry notice. On one hand, it makes it ineffective to viewers of the page if notices are hidden. On the other hand, it's not removed as it is still in the wikitext. Can this be clarified? Thanks Kirin13 (talk) 04:04, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Oh hell no. WP:WIKILAWYERing like that just makes it even harder to assume good faith for future possible unblocking. The general rationale at WP:REMOVED is "There is no need to keep them on display" and hiding exactly keeps them from being "on display", which exactly interferes with the purpose of the stated exceptions for "part of the wider community's processes". DMacks (talk) 04:35, 4 November 2014 (UTC)
That's my opinion too. Perhaps hiding declined unblock requests is less serious, but they are also listed under items that cannot be removed. That's why I was surprised that my edit to uncomment a declined unblock request on a current block was reverted. So I wasn't sure if I was interpreting the guideline correctly, thus asking for a clarification. Kirin13 (talk) 05:23, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

SP Chaudhary[edit]

ChaudharySP (talk) 15:56, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: as you have not requested a change, but I suspect you are in the wrong place, as this page is only to discuss improvements to the guideline Wikipedia:User pages .
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Given the nature of this page, you will also need to reach consensus before any significant changes are implemented. - Arjayay (talk) 16:22, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Fake retirement templates[edit]

Have noticed an editor repeatedly and temporarily adding {{retired}} and similar templates to their user page, and occasionally putting up handwritten messages explicitly claiming that they were no longer active on Wikipedia, despite continuing to chat and edit daily. Fake retirement claims seem unhelpful (an editor clicking through to raise an issue on their talk page may assume that there's no need to, and someone clicking the signature link on a discussion may conclude that the thread requires no further reply), but "What may I not have in my user pages?" doesn't seem to mind them. Should it? --McGeddon (talk) 21:53, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

No. If an editor is trolling or is in some other way disruptive, that issue should be addressed. If the editor's activity continues with several edits per day for say three months, a polite request from someone not known to be in conflict with the editor might be useful. However, I can't see any good from poking someone about how they describe themselves, unless it is over-the-top. Johnuniq (talk) 22:50, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
I don't have much to add to this discussion; all I've got is the following: Seeing someone with a retired template on their user page, when they actually are not retired, annoys me. Flyer22 (talk) 23:10, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Agree it's problematic. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 23:20, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
I propose that an editor who continues to edit heavily long after posting such a template should have that template substituted for one that says:


Cheers! bd2412 T 23:26, 18 December 2014 (UTC)