Thanks very much for the update on the Tamil Wikipedia community and
congratulations on resolving a long-standing deadlock with respect to RfA
procedures on ta.wiki. Whilst adminship was once considered to be "no big
deal" on en.wiki, in reality the process has similarly seen higher and
higher standards for passage through the RfA process, making it more and
more difficult to promote administrators. The recent promotion of RexxS
garnered less than 65% support (generally considered to be below the
threshold that allows for bureaucratic discretion) sparked much discussion
in the community (see also, bureaucrats' chat
meaning that the norms guiding the decision-making process among
bureaucrats might also be shifting. The Arbitration Committee also refused
to entertain a case to discuss the decision taken by the bureaucrats in the
Out of curiosity, can you please clarify further as to what happens after
the promoted admin has spent the "probationary period"? Are they
confirmed/reconfirmed as administrators permanently? Or do they get
promoted for a fixed but longer time duration only to go through the
reconfirmation process once again?
On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 7:05 PM Ravishankar <ravidreams(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Tamil Wikipedia elects 10 sysops at a time after a gap of almost 5 years.
After 2013, we hit a policy deadlock where we couldn't agree on how to
elect a new sysop, what are the qualities of an ideal sysop, etc.,
Even after repeated attempts, we could not solve this as the fear of being
not able to easily desysop someone made us look for higher and higher bars
for a perfect admin.
So, how did we solve?
Recently, MediaWiki allows someone to get sysop access for limited periods
of time like 1 month, 3 months, etc., This is how Stewards grants adminship
in many small wikis.
We felt when there is the possibility of granting adminships for trial
periods and renew them thereafter, we don't need to keep the bar for
adminship very high.
We also proposed to start a Wiki Admin School where others can mentor the
So, after a month long discussion and community consensus, we conducted
our sysop elections and elected 10 sysops at a time.
Right now, we have 42 sysops with one of the highest sysops per users
ration among all global Wikis.
We plan to elect 6 new sysops every quarter and are discussing a similar
policy for bureaucrat election.
We strongly believe having a diverse pool of sysops makes them feel
empowered to serve the Wikimedia movement for a long period of time.
If you are interested in knowing more, take a look at the policy here
<https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/7gmi> and the discussion in the related talk
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