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JFHavoc Talk to Me! — I once took an IQ test and got a score of over 9000.

You're all morons. — 16:26, January 7, 2010 (UTC)

Talk_Bubble_Legend_zpsa9c4698c.png There's something that I've been curious about for a little while, but it's never been that big a deal so I let it go. If someone is vandalizing pages I know the right thing to do would be to tell a staff member, but even so I've seen some users using Warning Templates. Are the Warning Templates just for staff members or can normal users use them if necessary?
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LevL Fear my mighty instruments!
I've seen some not-staff people, including me, using those warning templates, so I believe everybody may use them.
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KrytenKoro - You should have figured out whether bodies age without their hearts, Nomura.
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As I understand it, any editor can warn another editor. However, only official warnings from a mod or admin count towards a block or ban.

Honestly, I've seen them abused in the past, and I would personally prefer if non-mods would just state their objection (politely and impassionately), rather than using the template. It doesn't look good if we have multiple editors jumping on a new editor for the same mistake, and using unprofessional warning reasons.

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TALK - Here's your cat...and here's your $20...02:55, January 8, 2010 (UTC)
What Kryten said. It's actually been a small issue in the past. Especially when it comes to new editors, be polite and err on the side of "honest mistake". If those "honest mistakes" keep happening, it's time to call in a staff member to help.
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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 04:24, January 11, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png To make this official, I am going to add this to the template pages for the warning templates: A warning template should only be used by staff members; other editors should simply state their objection in a polite matter on the offending editor's talk page.

If there are any objections to this, please state them in this forum thread.

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OPXion4EverIcon.png I don't really have an objection, more like a question. What about regular users? I'm not talking about those who socialize, could be immature, etc. But regular users like myself, ENX, Xiggie, NinjaShiek, SSC, Yer mom, etc. I know I've warned a few users in the past that were later banned, with no objections from the staff members.

Also, what about cases in which a staff member isn't on but a vandal/user needs a warning? I don't think staff members would like thier talkpages cluttered with a list users/anons that need a warning template. To continue, sometimes calmly telling a vandal to stop is not the case, however the message usually "hits home" when they see a warning template on their talk page. My point for this is, why calmly ask a vandal three+ times when a warning template would fit after the second verbal warning?

Xion4ever Who am I? — 20:26, January 12, 2010 (UTC)
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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 06:00, January 13, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png Those warnings that you gave, however, were given before this policy currently being discussed was put into action. Also, a vandal doesn't need to have three warning templates stamped on their talk page to be banned; if it is plainly obvious that they have three or more accounts of vandalism to the wiki, then they are subject to a temporary or permanent ban from the wiki. We have a large and active staff, and if you can't find a staffer around, I can almost guarentee you that there will be an administrator on either this wiki's IRC Channel, or the Final Fantasy Wiki's IRC Channel. In fact, that's how most editors have been notifying administrators of vandals, hence the increase in vandals banned by Hexedmagica. If we could get even more administrators on these channels more often for vandal notification, then that would be even better.

If a decision has to be made conerning regular users being able to deliver official warnings, I would deny them the ability to do so. Xion4ever suggests only having some of the non-staffers able to deliver the warnings. The issue would be that a qualification would have to be made for an editor to meet to use the warning templates. And that qualification would have to be constantly changing. For example, if it was edit count that was being judged, the number of required edits would have to be increased depending on the wiki's growth, and edit count can be high for an editor from the blogs and user talk pages. Similarly to the recent age policy stint, it would be all or none for regular users, and I think that it would be better to just have none if you won't be using the templates at all versus all editors being able to use them as official warnings.

Or, here's an idea: we could allow the use of the warnings templates to all editors, but only the warnings from staff members count toward a temporary or permanent ban. However, the issue with this is an inappropriate use of the warning templates, as I have seen in the past. Although there are some acceptable reasons for warning templates that seem ridiculous (such as vandalizing the Sandbox), new users and even experiences non-staffers give some crazy warnings sometimes that just show that they shouldn't be able to have the power to contribute to the expulsion of a vandal, when in fact they are using warning templates in cases that are not vandalism.

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OPXion4EverIcon.png Allow me to clear my original post. I mean for all staff members and regular, non-staff users to deliver the warnings.

I like the last idea better, but it does have its loopholes which could cause alot of unnecessary drama (if abused). I'm not really much on the whole "staff only" rules, but it seems to be the best choice. On that same note (for any that object to the staff only rule): there is another wiki that only allows staff members to warn vandals the Mario Wiki, which seems to work fine.

But I digress, the final verdict is that only staff members can post warnings?

Xion4ever Who am I? — 02:48, January 14, 2010 (UTC)
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So far of what I've seen, I can agree with all of you. The admin and mods are the only one who don't act out of the vandals, provoking them and such. However, I've notice that not all are here on the wiki until late, which make these a little diffcult to the wiki when a vandal goes crazy, vandalizing the pages at a fast pace. What do do about that...I just don't know.

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Yuan Salve! — 05:14, January 30, 2010 (UTC)

"Days that I have held, days that I have lost / days that outgrow, like daughters, my harbouring arms"

Once again, I would like to object to this policy, for several reasons:

Firstly, I believe the measure is counter-productive. On a busy wiki, it is never possible to have staff members present at all times. Normal users form an important part of the RC patrol who watch for vandalism. Why purposely reduce your vandal watch force by limiting their abilities? Reverting vandalism and warning the user is constructive in regard to the wiki, and shouldn't be limited. I also question the wisdom of this policy of always running to the staff members for help: shouldn't we try to become self-sufficient (and more effective) in dealing with vandals?

Secondly, remember that a warning is simply that: a warning. It doesn't necessarily lead to a ban. Sometimes a user will be banned without warnings. There is no "count" for the warnings, and thus no need to restrict the use or "meaning" to the template.

Thirdly, I would like to remind everyone that administrators - and by extension, all staff members - are simply normal users with the tools of ban and delete. Their opinions should not have any more weight in debates of policy or the mainspace, nor, in this case, in giving vandals warnings. They are trusted users, yes, but this trust should be because of their actions, not their position. An administrator may have the power to ban a user, but any user with a knowledge of the rules of the wiki should be able to warn a vandal.

Indeed, what would be the difference between me warning a vandal for three acts of purposeful page blanking, as compared to an administrator? The fact remains that that user vandalised, and thus should be banned. If we both left similar messages, the warning should have the exact same effect.

The maintenance templates as a whole exist to provide a consistent, unified set of templates which all users could use to flag issues. Having a mix of official templates and prose warnings for the same purpose (here I differentiate between a friendly heads up and a warning for vandalism) makes little sense in this context.

Finally, I repeat my message from previous forums, which I feel should be stressed more here: assume good faith. On the many wikis I've been to before, the userbase was trusted as a whole to use the warnings with discretion. If the problem is unprofessional warnings and multiple warnings for the same infringement, the solution should not be to revoke everyone's powers, but, instead, to educate people on how to use the wiki properly.


Are some of the mistakes users make caused by a misinterpretation of what the warning template is? It's a warning, it's for obvious vandalism or repeated incivility/disruptive behaviour, it shouldn't be given for acts that might be in good faith.

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JFHavoc Talk to Me! — I once took an IQ test and got a score of over 9000.

You're all morons. — 05:30, January 30, 2010 (UTC)

Talk_Bubble_Legend_zpsa9c4698c.png I agree! Limiting the number of users capable of using the template to such a small number can only be bad.
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Yuan has a Point. I Agree!
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LevL Fear my mighty instruments! — 09:37, January 30, 2010 (UTC)
Yuan is right. Staff members shouldn't be the only users that are allowed to use the warning template.


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TALK - I want to line the pieces up, yours, and mine.18:04, January 30, 2010 (UTC)
Kingdom Key KHD.pngYuan always has a point. totally right.
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But I'd like to add one more point : it is advised to use the warning templates after you've taken reasonable steps to tell the user about his or her bad acts on the wiki. Like, say, one talk bubble message, two, followed by a warning. Don't slap it immediately. And also do take the initiative to undo edits - we'll be working with you on this one.

I'm as good as new! All my functions have been restored! TroisNyxÉtienne — 03:47, January 31, 2010 (UTC)

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TALK - 04:19, January 31, 2010 (UTC)
I really should participate in wiki-discussions more ofter >> Yes, Yuan and TNE are right. This limit to only staff member should be removed. Assume good faith, an immediate slap of a warning template for something that wasn't really vandalism is the wrong way to go, ya dig?
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Dan Mobile sprite-soralove.png - You gotta try and think positive! — 12:21, January 31, 2010 (UTC)
Dans-Crown.png I agree completely, anyone should be allowed to use them, but only after posting a few messages on their talk page first.
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I agree. To be honest, we shouldn't have to go easy on users like User:RAWR LUXORD RAWR. I saw what he did on Marluxia's page. This is a wiki, not a place where you can fool around with you please. Really, why makes people think they can do stuff like that. It's common sense, and they did on purpose, knowing they shouldn't be doing in the first place.
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Helping others always comes before asking others for help. TroisNyxÉtienne — 01:09, February 1, 2010 (UTC)

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TALK - I want to line the pieces up, yours, and mine.01:58, February 1, 2010 (UTC)
Kingdom Key KHD.pngNinjaSheik has a good point as well. If the user is obviously messing pages up purposely, then they should be approached differently than a user who may have had good intentions, but messed up the article. But the thing is, where do we draw the line between good intentions and intentional messing up of the page? I say it should be at profanities. If the user (or anon) is implementing so-called "bad words" in his edit, a warning should be placed sooner than if a new editor simply wrote a section devoid of anything but spoilers. Also, the seniority of the User/Anon should be monitored. if the editor is fairly new, go easy on them! but if they have been around long enough to have a grasp of the rules, then they should be treated accordingly.
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Thanks for agreeing with me.
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Yuan Salve! — 04:25, February 1, 2010 (UTC)

"Days that I have held, days that I have lost / days that outgrow, like daughters, my harbouring arms"

Interested parties may like to read the article on Assuming Good Faith which is related to the issue KKD brought up. In a nutshell, one should always assume the best intentions if it isn't obvious that the intention is negative.
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TALK - That may be... however, what other choice might we have had?
Interdiction KHD.png I'd really like for the users who supported the decision to limit it to staff members (specifically the staff members that supported it) to read this again and really reopen the discussion. I'd also like to bring to attention this editor, who seems to have several other accounts, both registered and unregistered, and is clearly not going to stop his vandalism. With a vandal like this, limiting the users that can give warnings to just the staff will, like Yuan said, be counter-productive. So, discussion?
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OPXion4EverIcon.png The past discussion allows all users to use warnings. However, a gentle warning should be given then followed by a warning template (if need be). Could a staff member remove the "it is preferred that only staff members use warning templates" part from all three warning template?
Xion4ever Who am I? — 12:49, April 10, 2010 (UTC)
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Helping others always comes before asking others for help. TroisNyxÉtienne — 13:09, April 10, 2010 (UTC)