Battlestar Wiki:Think Tank

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The Think Tank is a way to be bold and get other people to help in your quest to make bold actions on the wiki. The following are items that are considered major decisions which must go through the Think Tank vetting process prior to any implementation:

  • New policy proposals.
  • New projects.
  • New templates.
  • Extensive modifications to already existing policies.
  • Anything considered major by administrator (and/or community) consensus.

Any of these must be proposed prior to implementation. This process ensures that the originator of the idea receives the proper feedback and that all ideas are properly fleshed out prior to any wiki-wide implementation. Basically, "let's make a plan before we hit the ground running".


To propose a new idea, add the name of the idea below:

  1. Save page, then re-edit. Fill out all applicable fields.
  2. Once you're done, save the page and add the following to Current ideas:
    * [[Battlestar Wiki:Think Tank/name of idea]]


The input of all interested members of the community is needed for the Think Tank to operate properly. Any user may comment on proposed ideas on the discussion page of the proposal. (Comments should not be added to the actual proposal itself. Also, do note that changes to the proposal itself should be made when consensus on debated items is determined.)

Should a vote be necessary to determine consensus, all administrators are required to vote on the proposal, using {{oppose}}, {{support}} or {{neutral}}, with explainations on their vote.

For voting, a reasonable time frame must be put into place; the default deadline for voting on proposals should be seven days. When indicating a deadline, please include the date and time in UTC. Deadlines can be extended, but only if the necessity of such an action is determined by a majority.

Administrator instructions

To determine consensus at the end of voting, add up the total number of support votes and divide by the total number of votes. Should the number meet or exceed 80%, then the Think Tank proposal passes. Anything between 45-55% of support will be considered as not having achieved consensus. Proposals that have not achieved consensus are to be shelved for a period time until it can be brought back into the light.

Once done, the proposals are to be archived for future reference, and separated into three groups: Successful proposals, Unsuccessful proposals, and Proposals without consensus.

To archive a page, add one the following to the top of each page:

  1. For successful proposals: {{ttp}}
  2. For unsuccessful proposals: {{ttu}}
  3. For proposals without consensus: {{ttnc}}

And to all proposals, add the following to the bottom: {{ttf}}


This is where all the ideas are located and, when applicable, archived.

Current ideas

  • Merge this site with Fandom I am pretty sure you all will shoot this down, but it has to be said. I believe I speak for the silent majority. I was sad when this site went down a few years ago. I know Fandom isn't perfect, but it wouldn't it have been far better that this information had a few ads to go with it, than not having any of this hard work shared with the world. I get the noble argument that the owner of this site to keep this site private. This wiki was a collaborative effort and so it wouldn't be right to take money for something that wasn't his to give. Why doesn't the owner take the money to pay for his previous expenses and the rest of the site vote over what charity to give the rest of the money to? Oldag07 (talk) 05:01, 22 August 2019 (PDT)
    • Merging with Fandom would be (to my opinion) the worst idea. Fandom would become the owner of the wiki's content and nothing could not be undone after that. You cannot leave Fandom for another provider (even if you wanted to) and they won't want to close the wiki. That's like a dictatorship and you may be even fired from your "own" wiki for any reason. I disagree with this very idea, even if we had to wait several years until the wiki's return. -- LIMAFOX76 (talk) 05:25, 22 August 2019 (PDT)
    • Hello Oldag! Thank you for bringing this proposal up. I've considered Fandom (The Artist Previously Known as Wikia) previously, even when the "Wiki" was down, and find that despite some cosmetic changes they haven't changed much since my initial decision to reject their buy-out offer nearly a decade ago. As for any issues with losing information, Shane L. at Battlestar Wiki Clone has done a wonderful job in "forking" a clone of the Wiki for fandom (lowercase "f") despite and the temporary service interruption of this website. Therefore, I don't see this really being much of an issue, and what transpired during the "Father-Creator's" absence is more than I could have even hoped for. -- Joe Beaudoin So say we all - Donate 09:26, 22 August 2019 (PDT)
      • I hope you didn't take it is something disrespectful. In the end, a wiki is only as good as those who edit it. I have served as an administrator on the Civilization video game fandom site for about a year and a half. I personally have had no problems with the site, though I understand some of the arguments arguing differently. I feel bad that you have to pay for this site with your own personal money. Hopefully the ads cover it better this time. Thanks for all the hard work. Oldag07 (talk) 09:36, 23 September 2019 (PDT)

Current ideas under Vote

Past ideas

Successful proposals

Unsuccessful proposals

Proposals without consensus

Note: These proposals are rendered inactive. It is recommended that they are to stay that way for a pre-determined period of time, until they can be revisited with refreshed minds.