[Foundation-l] models for adminship/wiki leadership

Delphine Ménard notafishz at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 17:27:01 UTC 2007

On 4/10/07, Sebastian Moleski <sebmol at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.


I love this.

Thank you for sharing this unusual and yet so much closer to reality
piece of wiki world.

A few weeks ago, a few en: editors and I were sitting in a room and we
came up with the following idea (or was it with the Italians strolling
outside in cold weather?):

How about giving adminship not as a package but as an "opt-in" thing?

You could become a "banner". Or a "blocker". Or a "protector". Or a
"deletor". Or all of those, or any of those you choose to be. Not
everyone knows how to use or can use wisely all the admin "powers".
Breaking them into what people really need could be a step towards
breaking the XP gain thing and levelling up to be an admin.

You'd run for one of those or all of those and provide explicit
reasons why you chose those options and not those others.

I know there is a technical barrier for that now, but I seem to
remember hearing that it could be pretty easily lifted.

An idea. (you did ask for ideas too Brianna, didn't you? :-D)


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