User:Pentium5dot1/Essays/Comparison of Wikipedia and Uncyclopedia policies

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NOTE: This essay is entirely original research, except where specific sources are cited. Also, except where otherwise stated, the word "policies" refers to policies and guidelines.

edit General observations

While Wikipedia's rules are guided by the principle of assuming good faith, Uncyclopedia policies and guidelines instead center around the principle of denying recognition to malicious editors. (TODO: Is the listing of sanctions at UN:OFFICE contrary to that? Or is it reasonable given its similar purpose to the "General sanctions" portion of Wikipedia's arbitration process?) This is problematic because Uncyclopedia administrators tend to hold poor-quality contributions tantamount to vandalism, irrespective of any reasonable assumption of faith.

Also, Uncyclopedia is often misused by Wikipedia vandals as a safe haven[citation needed]

edit Licensing


edit Article improvement and maintenance processes


edit Organized improvement efforts


edit Maintenance templates


edit Inclusion and deletion policies

On any wiki(?), the availability heuristic influences the selection of pages for deletion. Explain how this is detrimental to Uncyc - people should be primarily making use of special pages (Special:Newpages, Special:Shortpages, Special:Lonelypages, Special:Deadendpages, Special:Random) to find deletable articles. What actually happens is that popular but substandard articles get nominated for deletion instead of being fixed, while the true noobcruft is largely ignored.

edit Notability and stubs

Uncyclopedia is generally less tolerant than Wikipedia of stub articles.

edit Speedy deletion

TODO: Explain the difference between Wikipedia's speedy-deletion templates and Uncyclopedia's QVFD system

Here is a list of Wikipedia's speedy deletion criteria and how they apply to Uncyclopedia:

edit General

  • G1: Patent nonsense
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted very broadly
  • G2: Pages used only for test edits
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted very broadly
  • G3: Pure vandalism, including redirect vandalism
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted very broadly
  • G4: Repost of deleted material
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted broadly
  • G5: Contributions by banned user in violation of ban
    Data are deficient since ban evasion does not occur as often on Uncyclopedia as on Wikipedia (except in cases of cross-wiki serial vandals). See also #Blocking and banning
  • G6: Housekeeping (history merges, etc)
    Valid on Uncyclopedia
  • G7: Sole author of a non-userspace page requests its deletion
    Valid on Uncyclopedia if the creator blanks the page. Otherwise, a full deletion discussion is advised
  • G8: Pages dependent upon a nonexistent page, such as talk pages without corresponding articles and redirects to nonexistent pages (supersedes R1 and C3)
    Valid on Uncyclopedia, but not always dealt with promptly
  • G9: Office actions
    Uncyclopedia has no formal analogue of this process, but administrators may accept deletion requests by email or IRC
  • G10: Pages that serve only to disparage (attack) their subject
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted broadly[1]
  • G11: Blatant advertising
    Valid on Uncyclopedia
  • G12: Blatant copyright infringement
    Valid on Uncyclopedia

edit Articles

  • A1: Very short page providing little or no context
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted very broadly
  • A2: Foreign-language articles that exist on another language version of the wiki
    Possibly valid on Uncyclopedia; may not be dealt with promptly
  • A3: No content other than external links, categories, and "see also" sections
    Valid on Uncyclopedia
  • A5: Transwikied articles
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; note that Illogicopedia is the only true transwiki target likely to be available. Actually, the usual procedure for transwikiing to Illogicopedia is "VFD debate, userfy, then transwiki"
  • A7: Article does not assert notability of subject
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted broadly[1]
  • A9: Article about a musical recording which does not assert importance, where the artist lacks an article
    Valid on Uncyclopedia
  • A10: Newly created article duplicates information found in an existing article without adding anything useful, and the title of the new article is not plausible for a redirect
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted broadly

edit Redirects

  • R2: Redirects to userspace from article space
    Not necessarily valid for speedy deletion on Uncyclopedia; governed mainly by the vanity policy[2]
  • R3: Redirects from implausible typos or misnomers
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; interpreted broadly

edit Files

Unlike Wikipedia, Uncyclopedia does not have formal criteria governing the use of non-free content and will usually delete images only in the event of a specific copyright complaint. Unlike the Wikimedia Commons, the "Uncyclomedia Commons" is not located on a separate domain name from the English Uncyclopedia.

Hence, the following WP:CSDs for images are presumed invalid on Uncyclopedia: F3, F4, F6, F7, and F8. All others are potentially valid on Uncyclopedia (see wikipedia:WP:CSD#Files for a full explanation of the criteria).

edit Categories

  • C1: Empty categories
    Valid on Uncyclopedia
  • C2: Speedy renaming to correct minor mistakes

edit User pages

  • U1: Owner requests deletion
    Valid on Uncyclopedia
  • U2: Nonexistent user
    Valid on Uncyclopedia except where in-jokes or special titles are involved[3]
  • U3: Galleries of non-free images
    Unlikely to be valid on Uncyclopedia; see above

edit Templates

  • T2: Blatant misrepresentations of established policy
    Valid on Uncyclopedia if sufficiently egregious, but a full deletion debate is preferred
  • T3: Deprecated and redundant templates
    Valid on Uncyclopedia; note that unlike on Wikipedia, there is no 7-day grace period

edit Portals

TODO: Uncyclopedia has only recently implemented a portal system (carefully examine the Main Page). It is not actually a separate namespace.

edit Deletion debates


edit Other deletion processes


edit Discipline and vandalism prevention


edit Page protection


edit Blocking and banning

Uncyclopedia does not formally distinguish between blocking and banning, instead using the word "ban" to refer to any (punitive) block.

Uncyclopedia users are expected to use IRC as their primary(??) method of appealing blocks, whereas on Wikipedia on-wiki methods are to be tried first.

edit Userspace


edit User pages


edit User subpages


edit User talk pages


edit Summary table


edit Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Uncyclopedians frequently refer to attack pages as "slandanity" (from slander + vanity). See also Uncyclopedia:Vanity Policies.
  2. Such redirects are usually acceptable as in-jokes. Examples include Suprise sex.
  3. Examples of such in-jokes include User: and User:Steve Ballmer. See also Flammable (talk) (listusers).
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