Wording and purpose
I don't think the phrase "We reserve the sole right to edit these pages" makes sense considering that this is a wiki. "Reserve" and "sole" in combination suggest that the right in question was held only by the group from the very beginning, which isn't the case; the pages on this wiki can be edited by anyone with an account, and there are no rules but those we make (or have imposed on us). I suggest that the language be changed to something like "The Royal Expedition maintains this page" (or "... asks non-members of the clan to not edit this page").
What kinds of edits does the RE wish to avoid with such a template? Would they mind if I edited RE field hospital to correct a typo or to display the hospital's coordinates with Template:Map? What if I edited Shark Island after some exploring to describe its current population density or foliage or to quote any signposts I found asserting ownership of the island? Similarly constructive edits are routinely made to pages across the wiki, and aside from preventing vandalism (i.e., removing useful content, something that is frowned upon everywhere, not just on RE pages), I'm not sure what purpose is served by prohibiting non-member edits.
That said, I'm certainly not against clans creating and maintaining pages written from their point of view, so long as those pages provide useful information to players in general (which Shark Island and RE field hospital do, of course) and allow non-members to edit them constructively. Perhaps it'd be good to create a new template for clan-maintained pages in general to set them apart: "This page is maintained by Some Clan and may be written from their point of view."
By the way, it's already policy that user and clan pages should not be edited by others (unless the edit "consist[s] solely of corrections to grammar, spelling, punctuation, link targets, capitalization, and markup"), so this template is unneeded on User:One of many doctors and Royal Expedition as far as I can tell. — Elembis (talk) 04:46, 1 August 2006 (UTC)
- Unfortunately as you pointed out earlier in a different discussion, most people do not read the "The Shartak Wiki:Policies and guidelines". We just wish to remind everyone that we are the RE, we a sovreign organization, we do not appreciate people who make "constructive" edits that go in the face of our policies.
- I do agree that the wording is too harsh and should be toned down. Of couse edits (correcting typos, updating information correctly, etcetera) are always welcomed as long as they don't change the idea we are expressing. Basically we're just putting as sign up saying "don't vandalize this page, we're watching". --One of many doctors 16:03, 1 August 2006 (UTC)
- Better? --One of many doctors 16:10, 1 August 2006 (UTC)