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First of, I have written this post partially to try to create a place to settle down the recent controversy over "Alternative Forms of Life", so we no longer have to jump over between several user talk pages and category talk pages, and I also think putting it in blog form might help bringing in more opinions on the whole matter.
Thing is: I have recently brought back Category:Alternative Forms of Life (because it had dozens of pages and I saw it as a nice, useful category), which had been previously deleted. I never thought there would be so much controversy about it, but it ended up spawning some. Points against it have been raised: specifically, that it's impractical, highly anthropocentric, hard-to-define, highly anthropocentric, incorr…Read more >
Well, I guess I just impulsively stayed up all night to finish removing all 256 remaining Star Wars species from the Triangulum Galaxy category where they do NOT belong. You're welcome :DRead more >
Since my ideas about Featured Articles seem to have been well-received, I went ahead and created Template:FA for us to put on the talk page of articles we'd like to nominate.
Already nominated Ralok's suggestions (Hokita and Remulakian) plus the following articles: Anunnaki, Cardassian, Dalek, Elder Thing, Felucian, Geth, Grox, Kryptonian, Long One, Mala'kak, Martian (Looney Tunes), Martian (Ray Bradbury), Melmacian, Mesklinite, Metroid, Necromorph, Pak'ma'ra, Prawn, Soft One, Species (Alien Species), Tenctonese, The Thing, Weeping Angel, Xenomorph and Yautja.
These are the wiki's best articles IMO, but if you disagree feel free to contest them. Also, please nominate more articles if I forgot some which also deserve FA status!Read more >
For quite some time now (and I mean it, it's been more than a year) we've had the same "featured article" in our Main Page, the Moorwen.
Before that, I remember we went through a few others that were chosen by votation every month, but that system was sort of unofficially dropped because almost nobody voted. And before that, I remember we had a list of "featured articles" which were chosen arbitrarily.
I believe it's time for another change, and I got a proposal. Between having a list and having a new article every month, I prefer the list, so we won't have to chose something new all the time. But instead of a list, it should be far more interesting as a gallery. And of course electing the featured articles by voting is far preferable than c…Read more >
In response to User blog:Insurgence/Article Comments -- Yes or no?
I wish to thank Insurgence and Owen for the initiative to discuss this matter and Insurgence in particular for electing myself as the "defender"
First let me say that after reading the first post I find some of Insurgence's four points to be very valid. Others, slightly disagreeable. But let's start with two points that I consider obvious:
- Comments stimulate discussion
- Comments stimulate frivolous discussion
This is beyond doubt, especially but not uniquely to new users, and for many reasons: the use of a format so widespread across the internet makes us feel more comfortable than a talk page format. Consider too the fact that the comments are displayed on the same page as the ar…Read more >