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Warn wiki requesters if their request is likely to be declined due to issues
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Per the results of the Community Wishlist Survey and following the approval of this proposal by SRE, RequestWiki should warn users of potential issues with their request that could cause it to be declined such as a very short description, a taken subdomain name, and any other potential issue we can think of.
Per a discussion above with Naleksuh, it doesn't make sense to proceed with the original idea as users are likely to still want their idea to go through rather than actually make any changes and are likely to just play around with keywords to attempt to deceive us.
Therefore what I would propose is for the request to proceed but to be put on hold and an automatic message would say "Please note that in its current form your request is likely to be denied." or something similar.

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Agent_Isai created this task.
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To make a list, I'd add the following to begin with:

  • A description shorter than 80 characters
  • A subdomain that is already taken
  • If the user has already requested more than 5 wikis in the past year

Hey I just saw this as part of the SRE recruitment however are people sure this is a good idea? The Reception123 examples sound fine, but if the idea is keywords for bad things, I'm more worried this will just make people lie and say other things instead. The subdomain idea sounds great though, so maybe I will look at that :D

Hey I just saw this as part of the SRE recruitment however are people sure this is a good idea? The Reception123 examples sound fine, but if the idea is keywords for bad things, I'm more worried this will just make people lie and say other things instead. The subdomain idea sounds great though, so maybe I will look at that :D

I did think of the keywords issue, that is indeed a potential issue. The CP does disallow people changing scope but still, we don't want lying to increase. Perhaps it would be better to have a warning but only after the request is submitted or still allow wiki creators to see the initial text if the requestor goes ahead with it.

How would a warning after it's submitted be of any use though? Wouldn't that defeat the whole purpose of the warning?

How would a warning after it's submitted be of any use though? Wouldn't that defeat the whole purpose of the warning?

In that case maybe it wouldn't be a warning. Maybe it would instead put the request on hold and ask the requestor to consider their request.
Either way, I do agree with your point about keywords and feel like it would rather just make people use a different set of words rather than them actually changing their original idea/scope, or as you suggested, even not disclosing their real intentions.

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