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  • Spottedstar
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    22:58, May 17, 2014

    In light of kicking off the Wiki Consensus board, I thought it would be a good idea to have the community participate in its first consensus vote! :) This also gives me the chance to finally use this voting system I set up forever ago...

    So, this is a voting thread in approving the wiki policies as they are currently written. I feel it's important that the community express their opinions on these policies--not just because they govern what they can and can't do on this wiki, but also because wikis are intended to be led by the community and not an administrator/monarch like me. :P

    I intend to make this approval an annual vote (which is why I added the year to the thread title). Each year, as the policies keep being revised, we'll have the community review them and sustain its current revision. Although I think I'd like to have the vote at the very beginning of the year, so I'll set up another one of these in January 2015.

    As I mentioned, this is the first trial run of this new voting system. The instructions below should be straightforward, but if there's any confusion, please let me know. :)

    APPROVE WIKI POLICIES IN THEIR CURRENT REVISION

    Cast your vote on this topic by copying-and-pasting into your comment one of the code options from the list below. You are granted only one vote, but you may change your vote at any time during the voting dates, as well as submit any questions or comments you may have on the topic. Please remember to adhere to all discussion rules.
    OPENS: May 10, 2014 CLOSES: May 17, 2014

    VOTING OPTIONS
    SYMBOL CODE DESCRIPTION
    Support {{support|<text>}} You are voting in favor of the proposed topic.
    Oppose {{oppose|<text>}} You are voting against the proposed topic.
    Neutral {{neutral|<text>}} You wish to remain neutral and abstain from voting on the topic.
    Comment {{comment|<text>}} You wish to make a comment on the proposed topic.
    Question {{question|<text>}} You wish to pose a question on the proposed topic.
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    • Support
      Wow! This is so cool! I REALLY like this voting idea, and the graphics for the symbols are pretty flush. This is quite exciting. But more importantly, I like the Wiki Polocy as it is. It has been a model of good notion and has all the information anyone could ever want to know regarging policies, rules, etc. I know I've read through them myself a few times, and while I proposed a separate page for a Chat policy, I'd like to reprimand that proposition, as I don't feel it is needed at all. The wiki-wide policies are excellent and I don't see any need to change them!
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    • Zaralith said:

      Support
      Wow! This is so cool! I REALLY like this voting idea, and the graphics for the symbols are pretty flush. This is quite exciting. But more importantly, I like the Wiki Polocy as it is. It has been a model of good notion and has all the information anyone could ever want to know regarging policies, rules, etc. I know I've read through them myself a few times, and while I proposed a separate page for a Chat policy, I'd like to reprimand that proposition, as I don't feel it is needed at all. The wiki-wide policies are excellent and I don't see any need to change them!
      Comment
      Aww, thanks Zaralith. :) I personally think the policies are not quite perfect yet (although that could just be my perfectionism kicking in), but they're good enough for now, and that's the purpose of this vote. So thank you for your support, Zaralith; it really means a lot.
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    • Spottedstar said:
      Comment
      Aww, thanks Zaralith. :) I personally think the policies are not quite perfect yet (although that could just be my perfectionism kicking in), but they're good enough for now, and that's the purpose of this vote. So thank you for your support, Zaralith; it really means a lot.
      Comment
      Coming up on two and a half years here. I've witnessed a lot over the last 2 years since I joined, and your insurmountable skills as a leader and editor of the wiki have really shone through and guided a lot of people down the path of proper editing etiquette. You're a great role model and someone I like to call a friend. Nothing is perfect, but the structure of policies and other wiki related information articles and sections are very well organized, maintained and throught-out. Easy to navigate, read and to understand!
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    • Zaralith said:

      Comment
      Coming up on two and a half years here. I've witnessed a lot over the last 2 years since I joined, and your insurmountable skills as a leader and editor of the wiki have really shone through and guided a lot of people down the path of proper editing etiquette. You're a great role model and someone I like to call a friend. Nothing is perfect, but the structure of policies and other wiki related information articles and sections are very well organized, maintained and throught-out. Easy to navigate, read and to understand!
      Comment
      Wow, how do I follow up that? Thank you so much for your kind words. ^_^ It's been almost 4 full years for me (entering my 5th in July), and it's been such a pleasure to edit and organize stuff here. I really do enjoy every minute of it, even when it took tons of time out of my nightmarishly busy college schedule. Thank goodness I'm nearly graduated now, but I'll still be busy at my new internship as a content writer.

      Speaking of which, I showed them some of my work on this wiki, and they were really impressed! So there's my tip for all wiki users: keep active on a wiki because it pays off. You can add it to your resume and show it off during interviews, and it really does add to your professional persona. I suppose it had more benefits to me as an English major, but I'm sure it can apply to others as well (like graphic design or website building/managing). Or miscellaneously, wiki stuff can always be counted as volunteer work. ;)

      Anyway, thanks again Zaralith - you're definitely someone I can call a friend as well. :)

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    • Support
      It feels like speech time at an award show. lol

      Anyway, I think the wiki policies are fine. I just wish more people read them.

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    • VaporMist said:

      Support
      It feels like speech time at an award show. lol

      Anyway, I think the wiki policies are fine. I just wish more people read them.

      Comment
      Haha, I didn't think of it like that! And I agree, I wish people would be more engaged in reading policies. I think one major and obvious reason (other than people are lazy) is that they're typically not too easy to read through. I've tried as best as I could to simplify it, but there's always room for improvement: more lists, more to-the-point phrases, more text formatting, etc. I think I'll give this method another try sometime in the future...
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      Results:

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      2


      Verdict:

      The current revision of the wiki policies has been officially accepted by the community and will remain so until the next approval vote in January 2015.

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