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Study guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiversity

This learning project starts with the question:

Did you ever edit another user page than "yours" on any wikimedia project ?


Next steps

This is a draft version - please extend it, see background info here

  • check here who else uses the Template:Edit page
  • make a survey, e.g. using Wikimedian Demographics
  • publish results
  • initiate "other" actions (whatever this might be)
  • please add more

reasons which might have played a role in your behaviour


when answering with: yes

  • See also: Wikiversity:Be bold. There is no mine or yours here in wiki-verse : it is all ours (Mediawiki software offers when creating a new page for everyone the "edit this page"-button). See also Rousseau's quote about fences ("The first man who...") here
  • I like it:
  • It is easier editing other users pages than to accept that someone edits ones user page. Because that involves that you are able to handle e.g. critiques.
  • I am a v.nd.l
  • makes wiki life interesting, fosters contact with other Wikiversity participants
  • I am offering a "service": reverting vandalism, fixing typos and/or links
  • please add more

when answering with: no

  • I recognize that another person has organised "their" user page in this way, which they find appropriate.
  • If I don't understand or disagree with something (because it is not finally developped yet), I would bring it up on their talk page. Editing it to reflect my view would simply be provocative. "merciless editing" would perhaps scare off that user.
  • I never thought of it - perhaps it is a boundary which I set myself though technically it is possible in a wiki ? (Mediawiki enables the "edit this page"-button right from the begin.)
  • On the other wikimedia projects this is also not done and I just assumed that here it is the same ?
  • I don't care about other user pages
  • please add more

when answering with: yes and no

  • please add more

other questions

  • To whom does a user page belong ?
  • IP user pages
  • Is the perception on IP user pages different than "normal" user pages ? If so, why ?
  • IP user pages are shared by different users - why not "normal" user pages ?
  • What other pages could be brought to attention ?
  • Might a page of a fictional user e.g., User:WikiversityJack be more likely to be edited by other users? I find this to be a rather strange, but interesting page. -- Jtneill - Talk 00:21, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • After a user page "owner" leaves us (R.I.P. Mirwin) who takes care of the user page, who visits it, brings flowers, who thinks of the user ... ? Is life after death possible ?
  • please add more

see also


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