[Foundation-l] #wikipedia changes

FloNight sydney.poore at gmail.com
Sat Jun 16 17:56:55 UTC 2007

Thank you Sean, Mark, and Dmcdevit for shepherding these changes. I
definitely think they are needed.

Sydney aka FloNight

On 6/16/07, Sean Whitton <sean at silentflame.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am writing to introduce a number of changes to #wikipedia. The aim
> of this is to improve the channel's image and to make it more useful
> for everyone. The changes are being initiated this afternoon (GMT) and
> I hope to have them done pretty quickly.
> 1: New contacts
> The channel will now be managed by Mark_Ryan and Dmcdevit (their IRC
> nicks, as most of us probably know them). At the moment it's pretty ad
> hoc and so we (the [[m:IRC Group Contacts]]) that it might be a good
> idea to put someone and a deputy very clearly with the responsibility
> so that we don't get "who do I go to for this...?" with the response
> "not me" from everyone, a common online scenario, or so I've observed.
> 2: New guidelines/rules
> Together with some community input (although of course more is
> welcomed - it's a wiki, so let's take advantage of that) we have
> written some new guidelines for user and operator conduct at
> <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_guidelines/wikipedia>. These are a
> lot more enforcable than the old ones. The key thing is that operators
> will try and resolve issues with words rather than powers whenever
> possible.
> 3: New operators
> We realised that the op list was becoming a bit messy. Additionally,
> we're not sure that all operators are in agreement on the above
> guidelines. We decided that it would be a bit pointless to ask them to
> enforce guidelines they didn't support and do so using methods they
> preferred not to use and so we have opted to clear out the access list
> and start afresh. We welcome new applications from our experienced
> operators to rejoin the team. On this note we are going to be a little
> more formal on application for this, as only the contacts named above
> will have the authority to manage the ops team. The key thing with all
> these changes is to make #wikimedia-ops more useful, and to ensure
> that operators use words rather than technological 'force' wherever
> possible (as a rule of thumb, in the majority of cases where their
> intervention is required). We aim to keep a list on meta of these ops
> too to make it easier for people to get in touch with them.
> You may be wondering if this applies to places other than #wikipedia:
> not now, but we are considering rolling it out elsewhere if it proves
> a success. Stay tuned!
> Thank you for your support.
> Yours,
> Sean Whitton
> Wikimedia IRC Group Contact
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sean_Whitton
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> <sean at silentflame.com>
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