We are still actively working on the spam issue.
So we're having our first head-butting editwar at Recommended software (Windows). My POV - a Micro$hit shill is trying to remove cited information. I assume we have no policies in place for much of anything at this time, so I am inclined to editwar until one of us is told to pike off.
My POV: read the article, it doesn't say what that MSE is useless/shit and you shouldn't use it. But anyway, I don't care at all about Windows, so I'll just not edit it anymore. Spittie (talk) 18:08, 31 January 2014 (EST)
Perhaps the FAQ could be replaced with just a list of popular topics like it was before? Also, I disagree. I think the old design looked ugly and incomplete. --Chchjesus (talk) 04:15, 1 February 2014 (EST)
Yeah, i think we should definitely add the old table back, it was a lot easier to find your way through the pages this way. The black borders were ugly though, but i can fix that. the table will expand when more text is entered so splitting up desktop customization and other edits you did should be fine. --Bisasam (talk) 05:58, 4 February 2014 (EST)
"we dont need a page on windows."
Bisasam deleted page Windows (we dont need a page on windows.)
Because we dont fucking recommend it. its fucking terrible. And its bad enough some of us are forced to use it because certain software requires it. what the hell would you write about it anyway? there is no information on windows we can pass on to newcomers, that cant be found elsewhere a lot easier. you see, we promote usage of ath m50s and model ms instead of beats and razer keyboards even though large websites and magazines rate the ricer crap higher because we are RIGHT and our opinion is DIFFERENT (which implies they are WRONG). So what information directly on windows can we share? We have a software and a ricing page, and thats all we should really cover. All reasonable gentoomen agree that windows is inferior to all other mayor operating systems (except in the aspect of software availability). Dont get me wrong, if you have information that is /g/s opinion, fairly unique, and not covered by other windows pages, add it. I just dont want this page to be any of this:
- " Windows is an operatin system developed by microsoft. It dominates the desktop market. It uses the nt kernel and ntfs filesystem. Its current version is 8.1." etc.
- " Microshit crapdows is terrible, le maymay. M$ ceo has sweaty balls, and that makes it bad"
- " Windows is the only true OS, and everyone not using it is a nerd. You probably dont have a job and i make millions with my productive adobe software. get a life xD"
Before i deleted the page, this was exactly what this page was made of. We really appreciate contributions, but i hope you can understand why it is so difficult to create a windows page that is not useless. Alternatively, the windows page could be a portal page.
Why would we not have a page for Windows? Let's consider the fact that there is both a page for OSX and GNU/Linux—both of which pail in comparison in regards to usage even on /g/. I contend that most of the users of Windows simply refrain from discussing it do to the hostility and drive-by remarks presented by many Linux users, particularly those who refer to themselves as 'free software advocates'. Just looking at the GNU/Linux page shows that it's dominated by those slogan-reciters and proliferators of the half-baked total free software philosophy. How much of that page consists of information which cannot easily be found on fsf.org or Wikipedia? To point out potential cliches of a Windows page while having such blatant display of it on pages you endorse seems to be either a poorly applied premise on your part, or shameless bias. The point here is not that "Oh, Windows is used by almost every computer user in the world," a true statement, but rather that most of /g/ use it and the information held by a wiki by /g/, for /g/ is appropriate. Also consider the fact that this is now the bona fide, official wiki of /g/.
If your only significant contention against the page is that you seek that the wiki not "endorse" of such software or that its your own opinion (or perhaps of several people) I think it should be clear that this is all still based on relative opinion, not an objective truth. I run Windows, I've also run Linux for years; I'm not stupid you see, the problems often attributed to Windows are more-often-than-not the result of stupidity, a lack of Common Sense 2014, et cetra. You get the point. I know what I'm doing, and I'm never going to click a "one weird trick" add or execute malware. The point I'm making is that /g/ users have at least some capacity to reason, and so using Windows is not a problem for them. I'm purposely avoiding commenting of state surveillance which is made easier by closed-source software, as that is a political issue.
While writing this, there are at present twelve threads on /g/ mentioning Windows in the OP (https://boards.4chan.org/g/catalog#s=Windows). And what's more, within threads, there is further discussion about the operating system.
Here are some surveys/threads proving my assertion that most (or at least a very significant portion) of /g/ users run Windows:
- Various strawpolls
But ah, "All reasonable gentoomen agree that windows is inferior to all other mayor operating systems (except in the aspect of software availability)." I don't agree and it seems most of the board in fact doesn't agree with its loudest vocal minority.
I don't see reason to believe the page would be host to vandalism, however, why is it more likely to suspect than on Linux pages? All that's needed in such situations is moderation, and, if necessary, a sticky at the top of the page demanding civility. I was not able to see the state of the page before its deletion, however with a sticky and perhaps a temporary lock, the page can actually have a chance to work instead of being shot down right away. I mean consider what you're creating—Linux is the 'official' and sanctioned OS of /g/, and the free software philosophy is indisputable. No room for the largely dissenting opinion of Windows' users who don't give a fuck about poorly applied philosophical talking points. Linux isn't divine.
Regardless of which operating system people use and prefer and regardless of which system is recommended, I'm sure there are lots of useful information to be shared about Windows. As someone who uses Windows as well as Arch in VirtualBox, I'd benefit from that information.
- How to customize the desktop
- How to disable unneeded services
- How to reduce bloat
- How to disable annoying features
- How to disable the windows update nag screen
- Registry editing
- Command line tools
- Binary utilities
- System administration commands
- Custom terminal emulators
As per wiki policy, people come here to be informed. The first example provided by Bisasam is actually relevant, though in desperate need of expansion. The other two are shitposting. Honestly, the same thing could happen to the OS X page I created, or any of the Linux distro pages, especially stuff like Ubuntu and Arch.
Thanks. I've created the Windows page, with a brief introduction as well as some information on file system support, terminals and shells.
More edit war on Browsers
On a related issue, how can edit wars be prevented on topics such as browsers, operating systems, software, and the like?
It seems they've been happening with some frequency. They're not really constructive. Our pages shouldn't be /g/ shouting matches. Just because /g/ hates something, doesn't mean they have to pour their hate for it on the wiki article. They're just imposing their opinion through the wiki. People come here to be informed, not to have their stereotypes reinforced. For example, IE has been shit for so long that everyone knows it's crap by now, but the latest version is actually a pretty capable browser. It's a fact that Microsoft is trying to fix its tarnished reputation, and it should be mentioned.
Personally, I think we should just impartially point out all the facts we know about the software, no holds barred, in fully technical language.
As an admin, it is my duty to prevent them. I agree with you on the IE part, but since the browser is not cross-platform and not used by many people on /g/, i let them have their fun. feel free to delete the page or waste your time creating a real page. If /g/ hates something, it hates it for a reason. we should point out that reason, and thats it. --Bisasam (talk) 20:10, 10 February 2014 (EST)
Well, I'm sure there are reasons /g/ hates it. We can list those facts on the page in a way that it's informative and truthful, not just yet another opinion. I don't like IE either and I don't use it, so I'm not really qualified to say anything about it. I don't think deleting the page is OK; it's a net loss for the wiki because it reduces the amount of useful information. However, I won't waste my time fighting edit wars, either. --Eva-02 (talk) 20:18, 10 February 2014 (EST)
- US copyright laws apply to this wiki since the servers are located in USA. Not official stance, but from legal point the correct thing to do since we retain that data for indefinite period of time (unlike imageboards and archivers which prune frequently). WubTheCaptain (talk) 20:28, 10 February 2014 (EST)
- That's rather vague, copyright applies to almost every file on this wiki. Just tag them appropriately with licenses if you're allowed to use them, such as Creative Commons. WubTheCaptain (talk) 20:28, 10 February 2014 (EST)
- File:Lfs-logo.png is one example I think may fall under fair use, I had tagged it for delete candidate earlier. Better example would be File:Arch-linux-logo.png, which I also tagged to be used in fair use. It may be better to retain lower resolution images for the purpose of identification only to side more with the copyright laws. WubTheCaptain (talk) 20:36, 10 February 2014 (EST)
I also figured some content was covered under Fair Use or something like that. Personally, I just did what my peers were apparently doing. I saw in the recent changes page that they were adding images, so I did, too. Some users had an image on their pages, so I added one for myself, too. Didn't really know if it violated copyright. I admit I didn't care at the time. --Eva-02 (talk) 20:41, 10 February 2014 (EST)
we will probably never have to deal with actual copyright problems. this is mostly a countermeasure against the possibility of people wanting to harm the wiki for whatever reason. --Bisasam (talk) 20:44, 10 February 2014 (EST)