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Bug 5250 - Removing the User: namespace from the system
Removing the User: namespace from the system
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest normal with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-03-14 16:49 UTC by Amgine
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Amgine 2006-03-14 16:49:24 UTC
The User: namespace has become a massive drain on the Wikipedia project's
volunteer effort, and has server costs associated with it as well. Would it be
possible to do any of the following:

* remove user pages from the system while retaining user talk pages
* limit their contents to a reasonable amount of unparsed text only, perhaps 512
* eliminate their use of transclusion and categories
Comment 1 Melancholie 2006-03-14 18:45:46 UTC
Is there a community supporting this request on your wiki? I think thousands of
wiki users do not want their user pages to be removed, especially Wikipedia
users! Also user categories are pretty common and accepted on many wikis; thus I
mark this bug as INVALID.

BTW: When there are no user pages, they use the top of the talk page for that
purpose, I would say.
Comment 2 Rob Church 2006-03-14 21:57:08 UTC
Yessssss, let'sssssss purge them all! PURGE THEM ALL! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAH!
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2006-03-15 01:05:04 UTC
This is a community policy issue. Self-policing of user pages is part of what keeps 
the community together.

If they're out of control, a size limit here likely won't help much.

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