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Some Wikiquotians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to Policy Revision. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikiquotians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.

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Title

WikiProject Policy Revision

Scope

There are many policies on Wikiquote which need revision, adoption, or to be written in the first place. This WikiProject seeks to identify those policies which fit into each of these categories, to determine which policies need the most emergent attention, and systematically build the Wikiquote policy base, borrowing from other Wikimedia projects where appropriate, and devising Wikiquote-specific policies where existing policies do not serve the needs of Wikiquote.

Related groups of Wikiquotians

Participants

  • Jeff Q (talk). Wikiquote admin since March 2005. I've worked on most of the active policy issues since then. I am hoping we can drum up more participants for this much-needed work. You don't have to be an admin to participate!
  • Cbrown1023 talk
  • Aphaia 00:45, 30 April 2007 (UTC) Wikikquote admin again, but I would love to join the Jeff Q choir "You don't have to be an admin to participate!".

Past participants

  • Essjay · Talk Founder, per discussion at the Village Pump. I am an admin here, as well as Wikipedia, Meta, & Commons, and have participated in numerous policy drafting "adventures". I have a sound knowledge of Wikimedia policy, and am very interested in helping to draft policies that address Wikiquote's specific needs.
    • Note: Essjay has retired from Wikiquote. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 19:59, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

Structure

We envision having individual users or small teams of users (if more than one user wants to work on the same policy) adopting various policies. These users would agree to review the policy for general errors in mechanics (spelling, etc.), but more importantly, would determine whether the policy adequately covered all the involved aspects of Wikiquote. If the policy was found to be lacking, that user would draft up revisions and extensions to the policy, with assistance from others within or outside the project (if others are interested or if the user requested thier help). Our hope is that if the policies can be cleaned up and streamlined, it won't be necessary to have extended debates on adoption, but rather, they can be read over by others and a simple vote for adoption can be held on the talk page.

Adopting a policy would involve doing the research within existing Wikimedia projects (particularly Wikipedia, Commons and Meta, which tend to have the most complete policy bases), writing, and revising for either a non-existent policy or a policy identified as in need of revision. Of course, everyone else can still edit an adopted policy, and you can work on other things too, but the idea is to find a focus for a while, to try and build up the number of established policies the Project has produced.

Goals

  1. To identify existing Wikiquote policies in need of revision before being adopted.
  2. To identify existing Wikiquote policies that have been revised and now require adoption.
  3. To identify existing Wikiquote policies that may or may not have been adopted, but require expansion to cover the growing needs of Wikiquote.
  4. To identify existing Wikiquote practices that have yet to be written in the form of consensus-approved policies.
  5. To determine which policies within these categories require the most emergent attention.
  6. To systematically write, revise, and adopt a full set of consensus-driven Wikiquote policies.

Procedure

This is just a suggestion, if other have better ideas, propose them on the talk page.

Users who would like to take on a given policy should note which policies they are preparing revisions for in the "Drafts being prepared" section under "Policies in revision". That user should then mark the policy and the policy talk page with one of the templates below to indicate that it is currently undergoing revision. Any questions about how to proceed should be asked on the talk page here; questions on specific areas of policy change (i.e., should "A" be part of policy "X") should be raised on the policy's talk page. A draft of the revised policy should be begun on a /Draft subpage of the policy page (i.e. Wikiquote:Example policy/Draft) and that page and its talk page should be tagged with {{Revision draft}}. Using the subst: command is very useful for quickly creating a copy of the policy on the draft page (i.e., {{subst:Wikiquote:Example policy}})

Once the draft has been prepared, the policy listing should be moved to "Drafts ready for community review", a note left on the existing policy's talk page (not the draft subpage), and the draft should be subst: in to the policy and then reverted to provide a "diff" view showing the changes being made. In other words, one would:

  1. Clear Wikiquote:Example policy, add {{subst:Wikiquote:Example policy/Draft}} and click save.
  2. Then revert this change, so that it would return to the original policy page.

A diff link (showing the side-by-side comparison of the two revisions) should be inserted on the draft talk page, as well as in the note left on the policy talk page. At this point, the community is invited to share their views and make revisions to the draft.

When the policy has been revised and is ready for adoption, it should be tagged with {{Policy adoption}} and listed under "Policies undergoing adoption discussions". Also, remember to change the category on the policy. Once the policy has been adopted, it should be tagged with the appropriate policy tag ({{Official policy}} or {{Guideline}}) and moved into the policy category, as well as being listed under "Policies successfuly revised and adopted".

Policies in revision

Please list your name below using {{user}} using a bullet (*), and list the policy(s) with {{Revision}} using indented bullets (**) on the following lines.

Drafts being prepared

Drafts ready for community review

Policies undergoing adoption discussions

Policies successfuly revised and adopted

Templates

Code Result
{{Official policy}}
Exquisite-opera.png This page is an official policy on Wikiquote.
It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.
Please do not make significant changes to this page without prior discussion.
{{Guideline}}
Exquisite-mozilla-firefox.png This page is a guideline on Wikiquote.
It illustrates standards of conduct, which many editors agree with in principle, but it is not policy.
Feel free to update the page, but please discuss major changes on the talk page first.
{{Proposed}}
Exquisite-kfind.png This page is a proposed Wikiquote policy, guideline, or process.
The proposal may still be in development, under discussion, or in the process of gathering consensus for adoption. References or links to this page should not describe it as "policy".



Code Result
{{Policydraft}}
{{Policy revision}}
Wikiquote-logo.svg This page has been identified by WikiProject Policy Revision as a policy requiring revision.
A proposed revision is being drafted at Wikiquote:WikiProject Policy Revision/Draft.

While this policy may be in force at the present time as written, it is currently
undergoing a community effort to bring it more fully into line with the needs of Wikiquote.
Please see Wikiquote:WikiProject Policy Revision for further information on the ongoing effort to revise Wikiquote policy.
{{Policy adoption}}
Wikiquote-logo.svg This page has been identified by WikiProject Policy Revision as a policy requiring adoption.
The WikiProject belives this policy is ready for community discussion leading to adoption.
Adoption is being considered on the talk page.
Please see Wikiquote:WikiProject Policy Revision for further information on the ongoing effort to revise Wikiquote policy.
{{Policy adopted}}
Wikiquote-logo.svg This policy has been successfully revised.
The Wikiquote community has adopted the proposed revision of this page.
Please see Wikiquote:WikiProject Policy Revision for further information on the ongoing effort to revise Wikiquote policy.
{{Policy expansion}}
Wikiquote-logo.svg This page has been identified by WikiProject Policy Revision as a policy requiring expansion.
This policy may or may not have been adopted as an official policy.
Help discuss expanding this policy to meet Wikiquote's growing needs on the talk page.
Please see Wikiquote:WikiProject Policy Revision for further information on the ongoing effort to revise Wikiquote policy.
{{Revision draft}}
Wikiquote-logo.svg This page is a revision draft of an existing Wikiquote policy.
This policy has been identified by WikiProject Policy Revision as a policy requiring revision.
While this policy may be in force at the present time as written, it is currently
undergoing a community effort to bring it more fully into line with the needs of Wikiquote.

Do not quote any text on this page as policy! It is only a draft!
Please see Wikiquote:WikiProject Policy Revision for further information on the ongoing effort to revise Wikiquote policy.
{{Policy draft adopted}}
Wikiquote-logo.svg This policy revision draft has been successfully adopted.
The Wikiquote community has adopted the proposed revision of this page.
Please see Wikiquote:WikiProject Policy Revision for further information on the ongoing effort to revise Wikiquote policy.

Categories

Lists

Policy pages

New Wikiquote pages related to policy revision

Please feel free to list your new policy revision-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please).