Wikipedia talk:User pages

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

"if a link to your home page is the only thing on your userpage"[edit]

However, if a link to your home page is the only thing on your userpage, this may be seen as an attempt at self-promotion.

Gee, I even got in trouble for saying just "I am http://jidanni.org/" on https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jidanni . See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Yanguas#Stop_harassing_users . Jidanni (talk) 02:24, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

  • It may so be been by suspicious others who care but not enough to check you user contributions. If you are a productive Wikipedian, or even WikiMedian, a link to an offsite home page is perfectly reasonable. However, it may be helpful to add not a note on you Wikipedia editing interests. For example: "Jidanni (talk · contribs) has contributed ~3000 edits to Wikipedia over 10 years, with particular interests relating to China and Taiwan. Personal home page at http://jidanni.org/"
--SmokeyJoe (talk) 05:23, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Mmmm... but that sounds like self-promotion. OK thanks anyway. Jidanni (talk) 05:24, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
Hmmm, all other sites (Facebook, Google Plus, etc.) have a standard box where one can fill in their website. OK, Wikipedia is not one of them... my mistake. Jidanni (talk) 05:27, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

User page redirect to article[edit]

Per Wikipedia:User pages#Categories, templates that add categories, and redirects "User talk pages should not redirect to anything other than the talk page of another account controlled by the same user. However, redirects from userspace subpages to mainspace are common and acceptable."

Should we expand this to include the main user page? I recently clicked on a username in a signature and was surprised to end up at an article. --Guy Macon (talk) 06:29, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

@Guy Macon: I don't think so, due to WP:CREEP if nothing else. It seems plausible that a user could find it useful to redirect their user page to an article. While I could also imagine this being done disruptively that case seems like a behavioral issue that doesn't demand a change to the guideline. VQuakr (talk) 06:46, 14 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I think it is a little astonishing to be redirected from a main userpage to an article, or indeed to anywhere but to the account-master main userpage. Even then, I would prefer to find a soft redirect. Redirecting to the main user_talk page is common, although I personally dislike that.
Redirects from userspace to mainspace are common because that is the default result of a user moving their userspace draft to mainspace. I can see an argument that a soft redirect would be better, but not enough of a reason to fix existing cases.
However, the main user page should not be used for article drafting, although many commonly do it. I would support every new account being auto-welcomed on their talk page, and a basic main userpage created on their behalf, advising them of the purpose of userpages, and inviting them to introduce themselves if they wish.
Existing redirects from main userpage to mainspace, or to anywhere else random, I would support blanking, but am not sure it is worth the trouble. --SmokeyJoe (talk) 07:00, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Declined unblocked requests being autoarchived[edit]

Should WP:BLANKING ("A number of important matters may not be removed by the user...") also apply to automatic talk page archiving, in the case of declined unblock requests? It seems obvious enough that if an MfD or speedy template gets archived, it's now on the wrong page and should be restored, but I'm less sure about unblock requests - is it enough that they're still visible in the archive, or is it important that any admin reviewing future unblock requests can easily see the declined ones? --McGeddon (talk) 13:47, 27 July 2016 (UTC)