Wiktionary:Proposal for Policies and Guidelines/Jun-Dai

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Contribution from Jun-Dai, 2-/5/2005 To be integrated into main page and/or talk page. --- <Jun-Dai 19:42, 20 May 2005 (UTC)> There seems to be an increasing concern about what Wiktionary policy is. I'm not sure if the Wiktionary sees enough use to support the kind of bureaucracy that the Wikipedia uses, but I took a stab at outlining a Wiktionary policy page for defining what Wiktionary "policy" is. Please voice your (a) approval or disapproval of the basic idea behind the page and (b) opinions about the contents of the page. Perhaps we can begin the process of forming a set of "official" policies and guidelines for the Wiktionary, which, due to the nature of the project, requires a good deal of effort towards maintaining consistent standards and formats. If, after a time, there is too much negative feedback, or none at all, I shall strike the page so that it doesn't linger, confusing whomever happens upon it. </Jun-Dai> By the way, one policy we have is the date/time stamping of contributions - so how about it Jun-Dai.


Intro[edit]

This page, once approved, will define how Wiktionary policy pages are managed. This should become the first page to make Wiktionary Official, and it will in turn define how other pages are to reach Wiktionary Official.

Portions of this page that are in need of clarification are bolded and inside curly braces.

Policy Lockdown[edit]

Once a policy becomes "official", it is locked down. This means that only the last approved edit of the page is in effect--any unapproved edits should be reverted by the community. The voting criteria at the top of the policy's {talk page|"proposed changes" page} are also locked down and any changes to them must be approved in the same manner as changes to the policy itself. Informal changes to the grammar or spelling are acceptable, provided that no one objects to them.

Policy Approval[edit]

Any page that is generally recognized as policy by the community, or some subgroup thereof, can be placed into the category of "semi-official". Semi-official policy pages should only be edited after some discussion has occurred regarding those changes.

Any page that a user would like to nominate for "official" policy status should be added to Wiktionary:Policy Candidates, and that page will go through the voting process described on that page. Among other things, that page should meet the official criteria for policy, {outlined below|outlined on Wiktionary:Policy Criteria}.

Policy Changes[edit]

Individual Changes to Policy[edit]

A single change to policy affecting a paragraph or less of "official" policy should be given a level-2 section on {that policy's discussion page|"/Proposed Changes" under that policy's namespace (e.g., Wiktionary:Policy/Proposed Changes for this page)}. If the change meets the required vote as defined at the top of that policy's {talk page|"proposed changes" page} (this should be initially defined when that policy is elected to "official" status), then it can be brought into effect.

Large Changes to Policy[edit]

Any large-scale changes to policy should be given a new proposal page (underneath that policy's namespace) with all of the proposed changes in place, and the user proposing the changes should add a level-2 section on {that policy's discussion page|"/Proposed Changes" under that policy's namespace (e.g., Wiktionary:Policy/Proposed Changes for this page)} indicating where the proposed changes are, and defending those changes. If the changes are limited to a single section, then the proposal page should only contain the section being revised. If the changes meet the required vote as defined at the top of that policy's {talk page|"proposed changes" page}, then it can be brought into effect.

Splitting a policy page into two or more separate pages (both of which will remain "official") or merging two or more "official" policy pages qualifies as a large-scale change provided that it meets the voting criteria for all involved pages. The latter should pretty much never be necessary, and the former should be seldom necessary.

Policy Criteria[edit]

In order to qualify for "official" status it should meet the following criteria:

  • The policy must have a title that makes clear the scope of the policy.
  • There should be no ambiguity in the wording of the policy, and no unresolved disagreements about the interpretation of the policy's wording.
  • The policy must contain voting criteria for small-scale changes and large-scale changes at the top of its {talk page|"proposed changes" page}.