I am of two minds on this one. I tend to agree it is reasonable to do this to fight vandalism. But I am also aware it "in theory" prevents new community members from commenting on these policies. The unique possible long-term usage of this wiki is what I am hung up on.
Perhaps a semi-protect notice that directs people to the Babel page? I will ponder and perhaps test this a little and report back - but also very open to thoughts on if it is fair/reasonable to prioritize anti-vandalism efforts over commentary from new accounts. Or how we may be able to achieve both at the same time (linking to Babel as example). Although a link to Babel may just redirect where the vandalism is happening - my hunch is that's probably a "click too many" for enough vandals to deter the behavior enough for that to still be a gain. But - I also do not want to create too many barriers for reasonable engagement such that Foundation could be seen as deterring feedback (which is very much not our goal here). It is also entirely possible I am just overthinking this - but contextually - I would rather that than be legitimately called out for "underthinking" it. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) [he/him] (talk) 08:51, 12 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]