This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments should be made in the Senate Hall or new Consensus Track pages rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. The result of the debate was create a reference desk; the name is to be discussed at Forum:Reference desk name. - Sikon 07:59, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
The idea of creating something similar to the Wikipedia Reference Desk has come up before, but nothing has ever come of it. And yet we persist in trying to stifle what we perceive as "irrelevant" topics on the Senate Hall and article talk pages. I think it may be time to create a reference desk of our own.
Obviously, it would need rules, and it would need a Star-Warsy name.
I'm opening this Consensus Track thread to determine if there is support for this idea. If there is, this thread will serve as a brainstorming topic for the format, rules, and name for this area.
So first, let's see if we all feel like we need this. -- Darth Culator(Talk)(Kills) 14:26, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Strong oppose. This is not Wikipedia, and we don't have many, many users with college-level and above knowledge like they do. Not to mention all the totally random and perverted stuff we'll be getting. Atarumaster88(Audience Chamber) 16:24, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Strong oppose. Let's work on continuing to get the encyclopedia in order and continuing to shout at people in the Senate to shut the hell up. Let's not divide our efforts on something that can be better done by searching the articles or asking on TFN. Havac 18:46, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Oppose. It'd be another thing to police. I think an FAQ page would be better. -Fnlayson 19:39, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
So, anybody else want to throw in their two credits? -- Darth Culator(Talk)(Kills) 14:26, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Two credits: 1) This idea would take a lot of time and detract from our purpose- to make a complete SW encyclopedia. 2) I don't even want to think of the garbage we'll collect that we don't want to see. Atarumaster88(Audience Chamber) 16:21, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
It's not like this would be a mandatory thing. In fact, we'd have a disclaimer saying the question may or may not be answered in a reasonable amount of time. This would just give us a specific place to tell people to go when they have a question rather than simply saying "STFU and RTFA!" Some people might actually enjoy answering questions here, and it would also point out weaknesses in specific articles that might be incomplete and/or hard to understand. -- Darth Culator(Talk)(Kills) 19:54, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
This could be the precursor to the "Stump the Wookieepedians" at Celebration IV. Maybe a good idea, but Ataru is rather set on his goals. -- Riffsyphon1024 20:05, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
I think a FAQ page as part of this would help with basic questions, especially given the poor search function here. -Fnlayson 21:02, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
What about just laxing the rules on asking question in the Senate Hall and handling them here? jSarek 23:32, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
Yea, or apply the rules above to there. -Fnlayson 23:45, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
I might support this, but only after <80% of our articles are sourced. Since we implemented the new policy, we need to have our own house of 50,000 articles in order before we start this. Atarumaster88(Audience Chamber) 05:42, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
Less than 80%? We're already there. I think you mean >80% :P —Xwing328(Talk) 17:00, 8 February 2007 (UTC)