User talk:Leucosticte/Silly things in FANL

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I have to ask... a) What is FANL? b) I'm starting to wonder whether these random topics listed under Essays and Miscellany are actually a good thing. Many of them look like good posts for a forum or blog, or something to have in personal pages. Can we create some sort of guidelines to avoid filling up the wiki with ramblings? Pestergaines (talk) 09:48, 1 February 2014 (EST)

For a New Liberty. Well, it would actually be easy to export the entire namespace, import it to another wiki, and delete most of the content, except we don't have mw:Manual:$wgExportFromNamespaces enabled or mw:Extension:DeleteBatch installed. Nor are we likely to be able to get any config changes made unless the wiki goes completely down, and even that I'm not sure about. My loss of server access is both a result of the fact that, and a reason why, all bets are off at this point. But I am still going to do an export by other means, and make sure I have my own copy.
Userfying is fine, although it's often construed to be a way of telling other users "hands off this; it's my content." One can always put a notice saying it's okay for anyone to edit, though, sort of like what you see at w:User:Jimbo Wales. Leucosticte (talk) 10:04, 1 February 2014 (EST)


If you want to write a formal guideline, have at it. There's not much precedent in the wikisphere for Essay: and Miscellany: namespaces, though; Wikipedia essays are usually limited to discussion of Wikipedia itself, and the other site I know of that has such a namespace, RationalWiki, deletes essays on the whim of the mobocracy. Even essays posted to userspace on RationalWiki aren't safe from deletion, if the community doesn't like them. Leucosticte (talk) 03:28, 2 February 2014 (EST)