This is a rough draft of a proposed policy. See the talk tab for discussion.
Abandoned mod lists are a perennial problem in the mod communities. Someone starts a list. It's well done, and starts being used. Then they leave, abandoning the list. After about six months or so, has become notably outdated. In some ways, it becomes more of a hindrance than a help. Because it's generally good, other people refrain from creating new lists. OTOH, it's out of date -- links are broken, problems listed have now been solved, etc.
So, it would be useful if lists could be hosted in such a way that they could eventually be passed like a baton. Or at the least, technical corrections should be supported (link fixing, noting solution of problems, etc.)
So, what I'd like to suggest is that we host several semi-protected lists here. Here' how it would work:
- Under Oblivion, have a "Mod Lists Section"
- Under that, have individual lists that are edited ONLY by designated editors. These pages would be "So and So's recommended mods list", etc.
- The pages would be semi-protected (so that only signed in users could edit), but there wouldn't be any extra server specification that "only designated editor XX can edit this page" -- rather that would be done by convention -- i.e. any edits by non list editors would be summarily removed.
- However, other users could still visit the talk page and suggest mods and post arguments, etc. there.
- If the editors for a list leave, then either new editors are designated, or the list is frozen. But being under CC license, the current list could be forked and a new list could be started. E.g., Bob is the editor/author of "Bob's List". Then Bob quits the scene and list is frozen. Jan comes along and Jan and copies "Bob's List" to "Jan's List" and then proceeds to be the editor for that.
- Lists are by invitation and/or consensus agreement. List maker should already have built a decent, respected list. Whether to allow it here would be by a discussion on the community portal.
- If someone starts a list, then they're agreeing to keep editing it for a while -- i.e. it's not just a one time thing, but something that the list builder is committed to.
- Editors should understand that their list is NOT their home page or their user page, and should not be used for rants, general opinions, etc. It's just a list -- we expect it to be opinionated, but it needs to be primarily as a list. They also understand the nature of cc.
- If there's a major dispute over the list, it can be resolved on the community forum. In an unusual case, we might freeze (or very unlikely) delete the list.