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How to deal with Poles[edit]

Humour page that is decidedly not funny, nor has it been. This comes from a discussion on on deleting a soft link to this page, see [1]. Not that I'm trying to be the fun police, I think humour is critical to smooth editing and I've read as many Poland ball comics as the next person, but I fail to see how this page is funny or helpful. It seemed to be a joke on the "Polling is evil" essay, but that seems poorly traveled, and last edited ten years ago. From my perspective on, this page is very backwards, and is a bad look for Wikimedia. This page has been the target of past contention, see the last deletion discussion in 2013. CaptainEek (talk) 21:11, 30 April 2020 (UTC)

Keep. It's humor, and many consider it quite funny. (Pretty sure that it's a take on "Polls are evil", btw. The original name of the page was "Poles are evil".) (I still want someone to also write a similar page on interactions with Czech users. :) ) --Yair rand (talk) 21:37, 30 April 2020 (UTC)
Delete. It's an attempt at humor, and I'm not going to judge the creator's sense of humor, but there's no point in having this. Considering this page has had controversy in the past (see the old discussion pointed out by the nom), I'm not sure meta wiki is the best place to keep around potentially contentious humor. Hog Farm (talk) 02:07, 1 May 2020 (UTC) (visitor from
Delete. Would we keep How to deal with Jews? Do we really want people to think it's funny to make jokes about ethnic groups? It might be ok if it was a major group that wasn't the target for bigotry, but that's not true of Poles. Doug Weller (talk) 11:35, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Delete. Any humour that's good to keep wouldn't need that disclaimer at the bottom. Oh, and reading through it, every one of those "humorous" points just made me cringe. I know humour is in the eye of the beholder, but it's a warped eye that sees any here. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 01:15, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Delete per all. An outsider who stumbles here might not get the reference and issues would ensue. Also, per Boing! said Zebedee the disclaimer kind of ruins the whole gag and is further evidence that this isn't suited here. John M Wolfson (talk) 02:17, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Delete - Bigotted essay based purely on the weak attempt on humour that the name for a native of Poland is a homophone of poll. Not funny and not required. Voice of Clam (talk) 06:20, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Delete as utterly inappropriate for any wiki, much less a wiki that aims to include all cultures, Poland included. --Rschen7754 06:24, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Delete Just say no. Buidhe (talk) 08:39, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Keep Keep it is an interesting piece of wiki lore we do not want to lose. That being said we do need to indicate it more clearly that this is a nonsense page to talk about on evening wiki meetups rather than an actual discouragement of actual Poles from contribution. --Base (talk) 18:43, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Delete. On English Wikipedia this page would have been speedily deleted as an attack page. It don't see any reason why it should be kept here. – Ammarpad (talk) 08:02, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
  • @Hog Farm, Doug Weller, Voice of Clam, Rschen7754, Buidhe, and Ammarpad: It's "Polish humor", apparently. The author, User:Szopen, is Polish, and each time this page is proposed for deletion, it's been opposed by many Polish editors. There are arguments to be made in favor of deletion, but I'm pretty sure this page doesn't actually offend any Polish people, so causing offense is not among them. --Yair rand (talk) 17:32, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
I think part of the issue is that it can easily be questioned "If a humor essay can cause offense to some editors, should it be kept up on the project, since it's not necessary or strongly related?" Even if most Poles don't find this offensive, I don't think this helps create an environment conducive to building an encyclopedia, but that's just my opinion. Hog Farm (talk) 17:55, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
@Hog Farm: I'm working under the assumption that there aren't any editors who are offended by this. --Yair rand (talk) 17:59, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Do you presume to speak for all of them (not just one or two?) --Rschen7754 07:26, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
@Rschen7754: (I assume this was directed at me?) I'm not Polish, and I can't speak for anyone. This is the sixth time this page has been nominated for deletion. Of the Polish users who have supported keeping the page, many (Szopen, Halibutt, Datrio, Roo72, Qviri, WarX) are no longer active, and I suspect it wouldn't be appropriate to ping the active ones (Piotrus, Fjl, Kpjas, D_T_G, Julo, and Aegis Maelstrom (current president of WM Poland)) to allow them to speak for themselves, per canvassing rules. --Yair rand (talk) 21:25, 10 May 2020 (UTC)
I don't think there would be any problem with informing Polish users who might want to say something about the proposal. This proposal surely attracted attention from en:Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Wikipedia:Poles are evil already anyway. --MF-W 16:41, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: Do you think it would be okay to ping all the Polish editors who have previously commented in RfDs of this page? --Yair rand (talk) 22:40, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
I don't see why it could be not ok. --MF-W 22:53, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
@Yair rand: Halibutt would certainly vote but sadly he's not with us anymore. Kpjas (talk) 07:02, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep. This text obviously has nothing against Polish people and does no harm: indeed it's useful for Polish people, otherwise we wouldn't have Polish users linking it from their userpage. For those who only recently joined the Wikimedia projects and may have missed it: this is an important historical document which helps understand a phase of the Wikimedia projects circa 2004 when there was a significant influx of new Polish users on English and cross-wiki Wikimedia projects. There are entire books written on this phenomenon and how communities deal with it. The essay happens to be about Polish users but really has nothing specific about the Polish: it contains useful advice on how to deal with any significant group of new users on the wikis. I know that it's rare nowadays to see many users join our projects at once, and it looks like we're long past the times when we needed to learn how integrate new users in our communities, but this is a skill that may be necessary again in the future, and we need to preserve learnings from our past time of rapid growth, otherwise we'll just repeat the same mistakes. Nemo 07:23, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Delete as unfunny and bigoted with no redeeming qualities. Tavix (talk) 16:07, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
  • This page is only offensive on the most glancing, problem-searching read. This is a whole bunch of faux outrage by people apparently being offended on behalf of a group that doesn't appear to be so. That said, I really don't care if some obscure and marginally funny humour page remains on Meta or not. – Ajraddatz (talk) 16:56, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
    Now that the plwiki crowd has showed up to confirm that they are, in fact, not offended by the page, I will vote Keep Keep. – Ajraddatz (talk) 00:33, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Delete. No benefit for Meta.--Jusjih (talk) 20:58, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Delete. Nonsense.2405:9800:BA30:C21A:79D5:89D1:59CD:9E28 09:15, 18 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Pinging Polish participants of previous RfDs for this page: @Datrio, Roo72, Qviri, WarX, Piotrus, Fjl, Kpjas, D T G, Julo, and Aegis Maelstrom:. --Yair rand (talk) 23:55, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Weak delete. Er, yeah, so, that's a blast from the past. I'm not really offended by it, but personally I currently don't think this sort of stuff should be written new, and to me it doesn't seem of great historical value. (Yes, there's lessons to be drawn from cultural conflicts resulting from influxes of new users. No, this isn't the best way of keeping such records.) I wouldn't mind seeing it deleted. Maybe Uncyclopedia or somesuch place would like it? If not deleting, the closing of the 2013 request for deletion suggested "The historical context is important, and that should be added briefly to the heading of the page (suggest a head notice that discusses Meta-held essays, and points to the corresponding talk page) and a more meaningful explanation on the talk page." - this doesn't seem to have happened and would probably be a benefit. --user:Qviri 01:51, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
    @Qviri: I suppose people like @Piotrus: and myself can offer historical background, explanation and context on the talk page or elsewhere. Kpjas (talk) 07:02, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
    @Kpjas: I have since added a really basic intro in but feel free to amend or add more. --user:Qviri 00:20, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep. This is a cultural history of Wikipedia (Wikimedia...). It's en:WP:BJAODN level, but so what? We should not deny our history, even if not all of it is not up to what we today consider best taste or practice. (I am Polish, btw). --Piotrus (talk) 02:07, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep. Per Piotrus' vote. Besides for me it is quite funny and brings back my fondest memories. Just to put my vote into perspective: I was an (inactive) member of Nupedia, has been in the original (English) Wikipedia from the start and co-founded the Polish language WP and Wikiquote. --Kpjas (talk) 07:02, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Ok, so first, this isn't making fun of Poles. It's making fun of the things that Polish editors have to routinely deal with. And if you're a Polish editor you immediately "get it" because you literally see these "arguments" and "strategies" ALL the time ("we can't use Polish sources on Polish topics!" <-- how come no one ever goes to, I, dunno, Canada-related articles and starts insisting that all Canadian sources from Canadian related articles must be removed?) . Is it funny? I dunno, humor is subjective. Some parts are, some others are kind of awkward and clunky and probably not very woke by today's standards. But yes, it's part of Wikipedia history and should be kept on that basis.Volunteer Marek (talk) 08:09, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep It makes me laugh every time I come across it. Really don't understand how this page seems offending to so many people above – I'm not offended and I'm Polish. In case of deleting, I think this page should be imported to Wostr (talk) 09:51, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep it is a part or Wiki history and it does not offend us as Poles masti <talk> 09:57, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Does not offend Poles. Instead, it documents the (historical?) approach part of enwiki users to Polish editors, sources etc. Therefore this is a very useful page. I am not surprised that this page has been removed from enwiki. It is very uncomfortable for this community. However, it's better to change the user's behavior than to delete critical pages. --Piotr967 (talk) 11:28, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep it's a part of history :) Gdarin | talk 17:43, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Note: I have now added an explanatory note, so that the idea to add one isn't lost for 7 years again: Please feel free to improve as I'm surely missing some of the context. --user:Qviri 23:59, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
  • You guys should totally keep it. It is as funny and inoffensive as How to deal with Afro-Americans. Radagast13 (talk) 10:12, 21 May 2020 (UTC) PS. Sorry, I cannot find the blue link, can someone help me with it?
  • Keep Keep per Masti, Neonek12 (talk) 05:06, 22 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep! It is humorous and I believe that it wasn't written to offend anyone. Cheers! Nadzik (talk) 13:28, 23 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep per the previous discussions. This article is a part of our collective wikimemory, it also describes a number of systemic cognitive biases and failed policies (e.g. all sources are equal but English language sources are more equal than others) in Wikiworld and serves as a handy reminder. BTW, I am always impressed with a number of people failing to recognize sarcasm. aegis maelstrom δ 06:50, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep It may not be extremely funny but it is a part of history, and it may be educational for those not remembering growing pains of the polish wikipedia. Additionally this serves as a humourous cautionary tale - as a catalog of behaviuors to avoid. Ptj (talk) 07:34, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep, possibly move to userspace. I'm surprised by the lack of editors coming to this discussion to say "I'm offended by this page". So I think the page is probably okay. Some editors have also pointed out that this page is worthwhile satire of an era past when Polish editors felt marginalised by English editors. Deryck C. 21:21, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

Hər cümə 1 saatlıq etiraz[edit]

Political instrumentalization of Wikimedia. This page is a petition written in Azeri language to request a regular strike on wikiprojects due to the political situation in Artsakh. Personally I am shocked: the editors at the origin of this page should be blocked indefinitely. --Benoît Prieur (talk) 05:54, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

  • Delete. Shocking political instrumentalization on Wikimedia... --Benoît Prieur (talk) 05:49, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep Pretty radical of you to say "the editors at the origin of this page should be blocked indefinitely". Also, it wasn't due to the political situation in Karabakh, but the murder of an Azerbaijani toddler and her grandmother by Armenian Armed Forces. I'd question your POV regarding this topic. It seems that you want us to be "punished" for our political opinions, as users, not article editors. --► Sincerely: SolaVirum 09:55, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
Also, an another misinformation given out by you, we were not calling for others to strike. Instead, we announced that WE WILL BE STRIKING in the given time. --► Sincerely: SolaVirum 09:59, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep The various language sections of Wikipedia are almost entirely in the interests of justice and impartiality. I see this clearly in national issues, mainly in the Armenian and Russian Wikipedia. For this reason, I do not understand whose interests the deletion of the petition serves--Qolcomaq (talk) 12:00, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Delete. I don't want to see Wikimedia becoming a political instrument, for whatever reason. Vorlod (talk) 17:00, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep Keep --Araz Yaquboglu (talk) 09:28, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I would suggest moving it to under RFC and then closing it since it is over 2 years old. --Rschen7754 18:11, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Delete as off-topic for Meta. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:12, 1 June 2020 (UTC)


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