[WikiEN-l] The Counter Vandalism Unit? Whaa?

Jay Converse supermo0 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 4 04:44:42 UTC 2006

On 2/3/06, The Cunctator <cunctator at gmail.com> wrote:
> More (and automatic) admins, I say.
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This is the easiest, fastest, most efficient, least work-intensive method...

of dismantling Wikipedia from the inside out.

I'd say a good portion of our vandals are kids who have nothing better to
do.  This is the same kind of kid who, from experience with forums, and
various other free forms of online entertainment, will perform the bare
minimum of actual work necessary to get whatever power, MP3, level they

If you tell people they need to browse 6 months and get 1000 edits and they
will be automatically admin'd, you will see people adding content to
articles one word at a time, making meaningless edits to pages over and over
again, and doing that until they hit 1001, then sit around until 6 months
have passed up.  Then they'll go nuts using their admin powers in incredibly
new and damaging ways.

Automatic adminship is NOT the way to go.  Absolutely not.  To be honest, I
don't think we need to be admitting admins at the rate that we are.  Hell,
RfA pretty much is an automatic approval process at this point anyway, and
I've seen infrequent complaints that some admins getting through aren't
quite stable.  Just imagine what would happen if we put adminship in the
hands of, essentially, everyone.

Jay Converse
I'm not stupid, just selectively ignorant.

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