[Foundation-l] models for adminship/wiki leadership

Sebastian Moleski sebmol at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 09:59:55 UTC 2007

On 4/10/07, Brianna Laugher <brianna.laugher at gmail.com> wrote:
> I would just like some people to share some experiences and ideas they
> have from   other wikis, since the only two I know well are English
> Wikipedia and Commons.

If you're looking for unique or unusual ways of selecting admins,
Wikiversity may be an interesting project for you. After some discussion, we
decided on a few intersting points. First, admins would be called custodians
to better resemble the behind-the-scenes yet very important role they have.
Candidates for custodianship have to go through a four week mentorship
period during which they have all the "powers" regular custodians have. In
order to do that, they need to secure a mentor, generally defined as a
custodian with at least 6 months experience as a custodian (or admin on
another project).

After the four weeks, the mentor writes an evaluation for the candidate. If
the evaluation is negative, admin rights are removed from the candidate
unless he can secure a new mentor. If the evaluation is positive, there's a
five day period for comments from the community after which a bureaucrat
makes the final decision. There is no vote in this process.


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