Fennec Foxen wrote:
However, Freenode also allows groups to set up an
with Wikipedia. A few months ago, I took some initiative, filled out a
little form and answered a phone call and got designated as
Wikipedia's Group Contact with Freenode. (I wanted a .wikipedia
username cloak, and you needed a group contact to manage that, so...)
I've used this position mostly to give out similar IRC cloaks.
While I agree that we need a group contact, I'm against the use of
cloaks. It creates an IMO unnecessary distinction between "official" and
normal users and can lead for newbies to the false impression that they
get an somehow more "official" answer from someone with a cloak when
it's in fact only a personal opinion like that of many other users. It
destroys the fundamental equality of the people involved in Wikimedia.
If we use cloaks, it should be reserved to people on the board or people
with an existing official function (like developer liaision, press
contact...) not distributed arbitrarily by an "I trust you policy".
But even for those I think it's not necessary: Jimmy, Angela and Anthere
are anyhow known as members of the board, so a cloak would have no
effect whatsoever. Or differently put: a cloak is for speaking "ex
cathedra" and I doubt that this will happen very often.
FYI: the german channel elected JeLuf as main channel administrator -
this was done when the need of a channel registration (and ops) arose.
The german wikimedia channels are handled AFAIK by DaB.