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This page is not an official STOWiki policy. It merely explains the mechanics of creating a policy proposal, and/or starting a policy recall vote. Please see Project:Policy status phases for the actual policy governing policies.

If ever these two pages disagree on something, Project:Policy status phases is the authoritative one.

Proposing a policy[edit source]

This section explains how to propose a new policy in a clear and concise manner.

Stand-alone proposal articles[edit source]

Create a new article, e.g. Project:Policy/My policy proposal:

{{Policy/Proposal}}

Introduction text, if you want to write one

=== The Policy ===
Do this, or don't do that...

=== Reasoning ===
I feel that this is needed because ....

The page will look something like this:

Icon-question-48x48.pngThis is a policy proposal and requires a vote to be ratified or rejected by the policy process.


Introduction text, if you want to write one


The Policy


Do this, or don't do that...


Reasoning


I feel that this is needed because ....

{{Policy/Proposal}} automatically places the page in Category:Policy proposals.

Adding to an existing talk page[edit source]

To add your proposal to an existing proposal's talk page rather than making it a standalone article, follow the instructions for a standalone policy proposal, but do it in the discussion page of an existing policy.

Note however that it becomes much easier to spot new policy proposals up for vote in Category:Votes in progress and Category:Policy proposals if you create a new article rather than just append to an existing talk page. Creating new articles is by far the preferred method of proposing new policy as well as changes to existing policy.

Setting up the voting booth[edit source]

In the discussion page of the proposal (after your proposal if you wrote it in the talk page rather than standalone), add the following:

{{subst:Policy/Talk}}


This will pull in {{Policy/Vote}} and create an editable voting booth:

Icon-policy.pngThis policy is under proposal.

  • A consensus must be reached by voting before any action is taken.
  • Please read the policy voting policy before voting.
To vote
Click [Edit] in the upper-right hand corner of the votes section, and add your vote in one the following methods:
  • {{vote|Yes|~~~~|optional comment}}
or
  • {{vote|No|~~~~|optional comment}}
Then click Save page and you are done!
Replace |~~~~| with |sig=~~~~|| if you have a complicated signature!
Some proposals may have options other than yes or no. To use these, simply replace Yes/No with your desired option name.
To discuss the vote
Click [Edit] in the upper-right hand corner of the comments section.
The voting process
If one side has reached five votes and has outnumbered the other by 3 to 1 for seven days, that side has won and you may make the following changes based on the outcome:

Policy ratification vote


Yes


No


Comments



{{Policy/Vote}} automatically places the talk page in Category:Votes in progress.

Since you are the one proposing the policy, you will likely want to follow the instructions that appear to vote in favor of your own proposal.

If your proposal is a stand-alone one, you may also want to insert a * See [[Project:Policy/My Policy Proposal]] above the voting booth to make it easier to find for people finding your vote via Category:Votes in progress (which points to the talk page rather than the proposal itself).

If you would like to draw more attention to your proposal, you can show it in the community portal by adding it to Project:Community_Portal.

Starting a policy recall vote[edit source]

If you disagree with an adopted STOWiki policy, you can start a vote to recall it.

In the discussion page of the proposal, add the following:

== Vote to Recall ==
Your reason for wanting to recall this policy

{{subst:Policy/Recalltalk}}


This will pull in {{Policy/Recall}} and create an editable voting booth:

Vote to Recall


Your reason for wanting to recall this policy


Icon-policy.svgThis policy has been nominated for recall.

  • A consensus must be reached by voting before any action is taken.
  • Please read the policy voting policy before voting.
To vote
Click [Edit] in the upper-right hand corner of the votes section, and add your vote in one the following methods:
  • {{vote|Recall|~~~~|optional comment}}
or
  • {{vote|Keep|~~~~|optional comment}}
Then click Save page and you are done!
Replace |~~~~| with |sig=~~~~|| if you have a complicated signature!
To discuss the vote
Click [Edit] in the upper-right hand corner of the comments section.
The voting process
If you notice that one side has won and 7 days have passed
Make the following changes based on the outcome:

Policy recall vote


Keep


Recall


Comments



{{Policy/Recall}} automatically places the talk page in Category:Votes in progress.

Since you are the one proposing the recall, you will likely want to follow the instructions that appear to vote in favor of recalling the proposal.


If you would like to draw more attention to your recall vote, you can show it in the community portal by adding it to Project:Community_Portal.