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Don't gang up essay?[edit]

I know I saw an essay called something like "Don't gang up on other editors and beat them up" which was quite good but now I can't find it. Does anyone know the name and should it be here? Thanks. CarolMooreDC (talk) 03:56, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Yes, a more disciplined approach is to form a gauntlet so that the subject only receives a flogging from two editors at a time. Getting mauled by the mob is so uncouth. Regards, RJH (talk) 22:17, 15 May 2012 (UTC)


I've just fully protected this because of the revert war over the inclusion of an essay. Which essays to include should be determined by consensus here, please don't edit war. Mark Arsten (talk) 01:19, 11 October 2012 (UTC)


The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Gravedancing, as well as false accusations of same, are clearly civility issues. Merridew doesn't like this essay because it calls a clear distinction between what is gravedancing and what is not gravedancing, and wants it hidden. I feel it's a legit issue that people ought to consider before they either edit the userpage of a blocked editor or before they accuse someone else who has edited user pages of blocked editors of gravedancing. Otherwise, the term is just a meaningless political club to attack people making good faith contributions. - Balph Eubank 18:19, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

aren't rfc blurbs supposed to be neutral ¿¿¿ and frame an issue to be commented on ¿¿¿ like mebbe you want your pet-rant included in this template ¿¿¿ Br'er Rabbit (talk) 21:16, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
it was nikki that deemed it inappropriate, and I agreed. “legit gravedancing” is not something to be encouraged, nor is it good faith; it's battleground and toxic. /mirror/. Br'er Rabbit (talk) 18:27, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
Yet another example of the straw man argument. Once again, the essay explains what gravedancing is and isn't. What this all comes down to is you don't like the essay it because it reduces the power of people like you who enjoy using the term "gravedancing" as a general weapon to save face after you've been caught socking and blocked yet again. The essay explains EXACTLY the problems associated with this, and itself refutes your further claims to the contrary. Defining gravedancing versus not gravedancing is hardly "battleground" or "toxic", however your insistence on controlling what is otherwise a meaningless attack term is quite "battleground" and "toxic". And if Nikki has an opinion, let her share it herself rather than you trying to co-opt her to support your own straw man arguments. - Balph Eubank 20:11, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
When someone mentions a "straw man", there's a good chance they've just been called on some bullshit. When they blue-link to it, it's almost certain. Joefromrandb (talk) 07:15, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
That is complete rubbish. I thought you were "done here"? Guess you got your second wind in attacking me. Are you going to notify your claimed army of meatpuppets to join in too?- Balph Eubank 17:56, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
i am, however, amused by your view of its powah ;> Br'er Rabbit (talk) 21:16, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

This is a talk page pertinent to civility. Oh, the irony! ~Amatulić (talk) 21:47, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

Pro keeping this essay listed. --Trofobi (talk) 22:21, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
I don't think it's appropriate to have listed here. Frietjes (talk) 00:32, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not particularly relevant to civility. Nobody Ent 04:22, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Support having the link. It absolutely relates to civility. --Nouniquenames 16:24, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
Could you explain that? It's related to behaviour, certainly, but personally I'm not seeing a clear civility angle – and if we included every behaviour-related essay here, this template would be massive. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:09, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
I can certainly try. Despite the best efforts of the community as a whole, things do get out of hand. Occasionally someone oversteps enough that a ban or block is put into place. Grave dancing may then occur as a sort of "victory celebration," even though Wikipedia isn't a contest. In my little neck of the woods, that sort of "celebration" is considered unsportsmanlike. It happens, but that doesn't make it right. On the other hand, if I Prod or CSD something, I may not always check to see if the editor I am about to notify is blocked or banned. I'm not gravedancing (in my opinion), regardless of what someone may accuse. To a new editor, that may not be inherently obvious. --Nouniquenames 06:04, 15 October 2012 (UTC)
If someone would like to expand the essay, feel free. These are both good examples from Nouniquenames. Real gravedancing as well as false accusations of gravedancing are definitely uncivil. The latter is evidenced by the person (apparrently on their way to another community ban) who basically said this whole essay was written by me to "justify gravedancing". This particular use of that term isn't objective, but is a politically-motivated smear and a way to use sweeping generalizations to attack people you don't like and to save face or redirect people away from your own misbehaviors when you've been blocked for them. All civility and incivility is basically behavioral anyway. - Balph Eubank 14:21, 15 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose There's nothing remotely civil about encouraging gravedancing, which is precisely what that pathetic-excuse-for-an-essay attempts to do. Joefromrandb (talk) 11:28, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
THE ESSAY DOES NOT ENCOURAGE GRAVEDANCING. That is the argument made by people who do not want gravedancing defined because then they can throw that term around willy nilly as they see fit. In other words, engage in personal attacks without substance in order to save face. - Balph Eubank 14:35, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
You're either delusional or a troll. --Joefromrandb (talk) 15:06, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
More personal attacks. Thanks for proving that your argument is based on nothing. - Balph Eubank 15:44, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
I'm sorry. Should I have written it in ALL CAPS for you? Stop trolling and edit articles! --Joefromrandb (talk) 15:46, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
I accept your apology. Can you explain how the essay encourages gravedancing? - Balph Eubank 15:55, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
See my previous comment. If you think I was actually apologizing to you, you're delusional. If you knew I wasn't, but decided to act like it anyway, you're trolling. --Joefromrandb (talk) 16:02, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
See my previous question. And take a minute to read WP:DICK while you're at it. - Balph Eubank 17:15, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
This has all been amusing, but I have articles to improve. The template is full-protected for a while yet, and if you're foolish enough to start inserting it again after the protection is over you'll be reverted quickly by multiple editors. Enjoy your puerile trolling elsewhere. --Joefromrandb (talk) 17:31, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
I'm glad you're having fun. Your "Oppose" vote is of no value. I've asked you to explain how the essay encourages gravedancing and you've responded with nothing but ad hominems and other insults. That's the usual response of people who don't like their favorite slush terms defined and put into objective language. It makes it a lot harder to form revert mobs when your friends need help saving face. By the way, promising to edit war, not to mention CANVASS for additional edit warriors, just further undermines your credibility. - Balph Eubank 19:37, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
Please take the time to explain your position without using personal attacks. Those can get you blocked, you know. Your argument is not inherently obvious. Please see above where, when asked to clarify my position, I did so in a civil manner while assuming good faith. --Nouniquenames 12:25, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - It makes sense to me, although the middle part that defines gravedancing could be longer and more descriptive. It's no more or less a behavioral issue vs civility issue than some of the others listed under "Don't". The Garbage Skow (talk) 02:29, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Comment - The RfC about an essay, doesn't link to an essay. Adorable. So: The essay in question is Wikipedia:Blanking userpages of blocked editors is not necessarily gravedancing, which the main-author and RfC-proposer wishes to add using this suggested piping. - I oppose adding it to this template, as it seems to be simply more ammunition for increasing incivility (based on the example of editors above, and the terribly-worded RfC opening). <eom> —Quiddity (talk) 18:23, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. This is largely what I was attempting to say, and you've done a better job of articulating it. The piped link is the most disingenuious thing being attempted; the reader sees: "Don't gravedance or accuse others of gravedancing", while the essay says: "Gravedancing is just fine, and if someone calls you on it, simply link to this essay". Joefromrandb (talk) 01:50, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
  •  Comment: Can we please have a moratorium on the use of the horrible neologism "gravedancing"? There's enough ugly Wikipedia-specific jargon as it is. — Hex (❝?!❞) 09:19, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Having now read the essay in question I oppose having it added to this template, per Quiddity. Having examined the edit history of this template I will add that anyone adding it back to the template before this RfC has concluded will get a block for battling. Should the RfC close in favor of re-adding it, then obviously that can go ahead. — Hex (❝?!❞) 09:39, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.
  • FWIW, I do not support the listing of gravedancing in the Civility template.--KeithbobTalk 17:23, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for page protection[edit]

Pls see Wikipedia:Requests for page protection#Current requests for protection.Moxy (talk) 21:31, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

hurry, it's on the wrong version… Br'er Rabbit (talk) 21:40, 12 October 2012 (UTC)


I've protected the page.

At this point, please civilly discuss. - jc37 22:17, 12 October 2012 (UTC)


Behavior is clearly a part of civility. Would it be useful to put the Do and Don't sections under a behavior heading? Or maybe just get rid of the Dos and Don'ts and instead have a link to a more general "behavior" guideline? - Balph Eubank 19:48, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

I would argue that "civility" is rather a subcategory of "behaviour". Things like POV-pushing, edit warring and such are behavioural but not necessarily civility-related; I can't think of any examples that are civility-related but not behavioural. Nikkimaria (talk) 21:40, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 20 October 2012[edit]

I would like to edit this page so that I can add a link to an essay I created: WP:NCAYO. I believe it falls in this template on Wikipedia civility. Mr.Wikipediania (StalkTalk) 02:54, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

Mr.Wikipediania (StalkTalk) 02:54, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

That "essay" should be moved to your user-space, at least until it's translated to English. Joefromrandb (talk) 07:05, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
I assume what you're trying to say is similar to WP:BUTTOUT; it's hard to know for sure, as the English is virtually incomprehensible. I don't think that essay belongs on Wikipedia at all, let alone in this template. Joefromrandb (talk) 13:29, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
Not done: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{edit protected}} template. --Redrose64 (talk) 13:25, 21 October 2012 (UTC)


As promised by Joefromrandb, the socks and/or meatpuppets are out to revert war me. Someone who created an account 2 weeks ago? LOL. - Balph Eubank 16:08, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

You're mistaken in this case. I saw your edit warring in Recent changes, and noticed that you'd already been blocked once this month for edit warring on the same template. Please don't make the same mistake again: it's quite unnecessary. Thank you. Darth Sitges (talk) 16:15, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
WP:SPI. Put up or shut up. I said: "...if you're foolish enough to insert it again, you'll be reverted quickly by multiple editors". My prediction came true, and I didn't have to lift a finger. I did not say anything -ANYTHING- about edit-warring, canvassing, sock-puppeting, or meat-puppeting. (Redacted) Don't think for one minute that I'm going to sit idle if you continue. Joefromrandb (talk) 20:43, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
(Redacted) - Balph Eubank 15:06, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
You're both going to get blocked, if you don't cool down. Do neither of you see the irony of a foul-mouthed slanging match at Template talk:Civility? Darth Sitges (talk) 15:14, 31 October 2012 (UTC)

Recent changes[edit]

Given the very recent full protection of this template due to edit warring, we should really discuss any additions or removals here first. It's quite likely that some of these links should be removed, but we should discuss it first. Frietjes (talk) 16:39, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

This template is now fully-protected indefinitely.
If a consensus for changes emerges in the future, an unprotection request should be posted at WP:RFPP, or {{editprotected}} requests should be posted on this page. ~Amatulić (talk) 17:05, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
What a bunch of crap. The "discussion" goes nowhere and cliques are WP:OWNing this and reverting to their preferred version. Case in point: people have been deleting things from this before I came along and nobody "discussed" that. Different rules for different people. - Balph Eubank 18:10, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, well, that's why the article is protected, because warring is disruptive and not acceptable. The less desirable alternative would have been to block the parties involved across the board.
If you have some changes you want to make, then propose them here, and if no one objects, I or another admin can make the edits. ~Amatulić (talk) 18:43, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
Good to see this locked at this point in time - Edit summaries like "You can't have it both ways" lead me to believe that some are disrupting this template to illustrate a point.Moxy (talk) 22:36, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
What kind of bizarro logic is this? Are people truly at the point where they invent non sequiturs out of thin air and present them as foregone conclusions? - Balph Eubank 15:12, 31 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit Request[edit]

Given that we have "Don't template the regulars" included, I would like to see Do template the regulars included as well (in the "Dos" section) for balance. --Nouniquenames 17:19, 31 October 2012 (UTC)

why is it in userspace when the other essay is not? Frietjes (talk) 17:23, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
Was moved to user space long long ago because we have Wikipedia:Don't template the regulars - that is already linked in this template and is more inline with what we do.Moxy (talk) 17:28, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
Not to mention "do template the regulars" encourages incivility. Joefromrandb (talk) 11:57, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
How is it incivil to use a pre-typed message? If it's incivil to the regulars, it's probably at least as bad (if not worse) to the new people, and we should get rid of them entirely. Otherwise, there is not necessarily an issue with templating the regulars, and I would say that we should at least allow the essay for balance. --Nouniquenames 12:07, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes. As both are essays, either both should be included or neither. Nobody Ent 12:39, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
No. One should be included and the other shouldn't. Joefromrandb (talk) 03:37, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

Request "Just drop it" and "No angry mastodons" be moved from the "Don'ts" to the "Do"s. Each is a positive "Do" advice essay vs. "Don't" essay. Also, will give better balance to each subsection.

S. Rich (talk) 20:56, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

I've moved "Just drop it"; I haven't moved "No angry mastodons" because it seems to be a negative rather than a positive essay, although I've left the request open to see whether a second opinion might differ. Nikkimaria (talk) 21:06, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
Half a Loaf is better than none. Thanks.--S. Rich (talk) 21:18, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I agree - "Just drop it" is clearly a positive, but "No angry mastodons" is a bit of a halfway house. The title and the first paragraph are a negative, but the rest of the essay is definitely a positive. I suspect different editors will come to different conclusions, and so we would need to have a wider discussion to generate a consensus to move it. I've marked the request as answered until such a consensus is reached. Best — Mr. Stradivarius (have a chat) 21:21, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
The WP:LIGHTBULB is screwed in nice and tight – and it illuminates. I'm quite satisfied.--S. Rich (talk) 21:32, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Ready to Merge and Replace this template[edit]

Please see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Essays#Template:Wikipedia essays, regarding the new(ish) Template:Wikipedia essays, that we're planning to completely replace this template (Using a bot-run, and then redirects).

Last week I replaced all project-space instances (31 transclusions) of {{Humorous essays}} with {{Wikipedia essays|humour}}, without feedback, so I'm hoping the other 3 will go just as smoothly. Let us know there, soonish, if you have any comments/concerns. Thanks. –Quiddity (talk) 05:55, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

It needs to be somewhere[edit]

I have just added Wikipedia:High-functioning autism and Aspergers editors to the Basics group. It is basic, but I wondered if we ned a section for relationships with editors who are differently able? Fiddle Faddle 10:55, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

That phrase is sickening. Everyone is "differently abled". Barry Bonds can't play the cello. Yo-Yo Ma can't hit the curve ball. God save us from this repulsive political correctness. Joefromrandb (talk) 22:07, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
There is a god? Fiddle Faddle 07:13, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Never thought there was so much nonsense on Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Michaelphillipr (talkcontribs) 21:20, 4 November 2014 (UTC)