Wowpedia:Administrators

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You sometimes see the term administrator, or admin, thrown around in discussions from time to time, but what is an admin? In the simple sense, an admin is a user with special powers over administration and management of the site. There are several ways to contact the administrators: leaving a talk page message for any active admin, or by using one of the contact options at the "admins" userpage.

Roles

What administrators are

Admins have several special abilities including:

  • Protecting pages (lock them from editing or moving)
  • Deleting pages and images (remove them from the public database)
  • Deletion review and undeletion of pages
  • Suspending or banning users
  • Implementing certain policies
  • Editing protected and restricted pages
  • Creating new admins and flagging bots (bureaucrats only)

They are also empowered to break the spirit of a wiki, but only in rare cases. Being an admin is a privilege, not a right.

Note that admins are not "required" to use their powers, but when they do it is appreciated.

What they are not

Importantly, they should not generally be viewed as the leaders, or staff, of the wiki. The wiki is generally not hierarchical, and only very rarely can the title be used to win an argument. Unilateral decision-making should also be avoided as it can damage the trust that should be built up between all users of a wiki.

Becoming an admin

Every so often, users are asked if they wish to become admins or users may ask to be considered for the role. However, admins need to show that they can cope with a fair bit of responsibility. To request the position of adminship, please see Wowpedia:Requests for adminship. Before doing so, it should be noted that prospective (and incumbent) admins should be able to:

  • Stay calm, mature, and rational at all times.
  • Be able to negotiate and cope with not always getting their way.
  • Have a high standard of reasoning and communication skills.

No user has ever been demoted on Wowpedia for inactivity since we know no-one can escape the World of Warcraft. :)

Types of administrators

System administrator

This is the admin (also known as a sysadmin) who sets up and maintains the actual infrastructure of the wiki, such as what computer it runs on, what internet connection it uses, how things get paid for, what software is used, etc. All major decisions about Wowpedia defer to the system administrator.

Curse acts as our system administrator, while the technical system administrator role is filled by Curse technical staff.

Bureaucrat

See also: Bureaucrat at meta.wikimedia.org

A bureaucrat is a type of wiki user able to rename users, as well as alter the group memberships of users. These groups include the "bot" right, the "sysop" right, the "patrollers group" right, among others.[1]

  • Kaydeethree – PTR and new-content fanatic. Active on IRC.

Wiki administrator

This is your more day-to-day admin (member of the "Sysop" wiki user group) who responds to issues in the wiki, like making special changes (page locking, blocking users, restoring deleted pages, large-scale rollbacks, importing pages, etc.). This is the user who you should appeal to when you have a problem, and they should also help resolve disputes and enforce policies.

Most active or semi-active administrators can be reached, at least by talk page or IRC. Activity in this case is how much said administrator makes changes to the wiki in some way, outside of certain page maintenance.

Active

  • Coobra – Generally monitors images coming and going. A category for everything and everything in its category. Semi-active on IRC.
  • Dark T Zeratul – A great scholar of lore, and a stickler for patch changes.
  • Gourra – Adds and fixes that stuff that nobody else wants to. Obsessed with categories and boilerplates. Active on IRC.
  • Kaydeethree – PTR and new-content fanatic. Active on IRC.
  • Sandwichman2448 – Goes by "SWM2448" to shorten his signature. Hard-working and humble (most of the time).

Semi-active

  • A'noob – New Images/Articles/Speedydelete/Double Redirects Watcher. DNP Enforcer. Lore Eater. "bot-worthy in a good way"©SWM2448. In other words "This is gonna be legen– wait for it –dary!". Inactive on IRC.
  • Foxlit – Solves various technical problems around the site, maintains API documentation and occasionally tweaks articles to improve narrative style. Can usually be found on IRC.
  • Mikk – Policy wonk, sculpteur de monde de warcraft, wiki expert, template-maker, bot-coder, and voter extraordinaire. Currently semi-active.
  • Pcj – Creator of Wowpedia's hover tooltips and other JavaScript functionality. Sometimes jumps on IRC.
  • Sky2042 – Ultimate target is the Main page. Active on IRC.
  • Varghedin – Disturbingly active contributor, over 50,000 listed edits about NPCs, zones, and much more.

Inactive

  • AlexanderYoshi – Cosmos founder and initiator of the Interface Customization section of Wowpedia. Performing secret missions in a hidden land.
  • Baggins – crazy lore contributor.
  • D. F. Schmidt – Organizer, thoughtful editor.
  • Gryphon – Wiki spam and vandalism cleaner. Battlegroup and Mal'Ganis stylist, tender of Servers.
  • Hobinheim – Navigation bar enthusiast and Hobinbot controller.
  • Howbizr – Black belt raider. Blue belt theorycrafter. Green belt HTML/CSS/Javascript. Yellow belt categories. White belt lore. And oh ya, "token female admin."
  • Montag – Active commentator and contributor; player character caretaker.
  • Ragestorm – Laird of the Lore. Busy uncovering long-forgotten secrets of the past. Will occasionally re-appear during bombardments of new lore.
  • Tekkub – Member and wikimaster of the Ace development team, table stylist, and TBC stuff contributor.
  • Teomyr – Background worker. Developer of multiple extensions, maintains WoWTestWiki and more.
  • TherasTaneel‎Image naming fanatic and NPC organization extraordinaire.
  • WoWWiki-Rustak – One-time leader of the wiki. Today he is very busy with projects outside of Wowpedia.
  • WoWWiki-Sancus – Rustak's support class, but also busy on other projects. Mostly EVE Online.

References

  1. ^ Via Special:Userrights: Add and remove admin, add bureaucrat, add and remove rollback, add and remove Patrollers (WoW), add and remove bot