So you are saying Guerdlam's accusations are actually true? In that case it is a cause
for concern! If a certain admin will not pass a RfA today, he has no buisness whatsoever
bieng an admin. An admin is a person who has been entrusted with some additional abilities
by the community because he is trusted to make good use of them and entrusting those
abilities to all users has too much potential for disruption.
If however an admin ceases to be popular within the community, that means he has
overstayed his welcome and immediately needs to be kicked out, call it a lynchmob if you
will. An admin is a janitor, not the member of some elite aristocracy and if they perform
actions unpopular to the majority of the community then they are abusing their powers.
On Mon, 29 May 2006 12:36:51 +0100 Nick Boalch wrote:
I don't think that is a particularly fair test. As
is obvious, admins
are occasionally called upon to perform actions that upset people -- I
don't think admins should shrink from making those hard choices.
I can think of several thoroughgoingly solid admins,
people who temper a
good knowledge of policy with a healthy dose of knowing that what we're
here to do is write an encyclopaedia, who I doubt would pass an RfA
because they've done things that have made them controversial or
unpopular in certain sectors of the community.
The community giveth, and the community taketh away --
but it taketh
away under the auspices of proper consideration by the arbitration
committee, not by having unpopular admins strung up by a baying lynchmob.
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