[WikiEN-l] Wheel warring

The Cunctator cunctator at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 03:05:40 UTC 2006

On 2/6/06, Philip Welch <wikipedia at philwelch.net> wrote:
> I've proposed a strict policy against wheel warring at
> [[Wikipedia:Proposed wheel warring policy]]:
> 1. Any given use of administrative powers cannot be reverted or
> reversed by another admin unless the issue is brought to adequate
> discussion.
> 1. a. Blocks may be extended without discussion, but they cannot be
> shortened or lifted.
> 1. b. 1RR is strictly enforced on protected pages.
> 2. Any administrator who reverses another administrator's use of
> admin powers without any discussion shall be desysopped immediately
> without further review.
> 3. Once discussion is opened, a final decision cannot be made until
> either the parties involved have reached Wikipedia:Consensus or a
> specific intervening decision is made by the Wikipedia:Arbitration
> Committee, User:Jimbo Wales, or the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
> Directors. (This means that mere interpretation or extrapolation of
> something Jimbo said previously does not warrant admin reversion.)
> Any administrator who reverts another admin's use of administrative
> powers before this has happened shall be desysopped immediately
> without further review.
> 4. Administrators desysopped under this policy must wait three months
> before starting the process to regain admin status.

This seems unnecessarily harsh and byzantine.

I've never been a fan of mandatory sentences in the real world -- and
we're not talking about real crimes here. Not trying to minimize the
bad feelings that can be engendered, but people should be allowed to
be human.

Why not just use [[Don't be a dick]] and [[Assume good faith]] to
guide decision making?

I think apologies work nicely. Most people cool off in a lot less than
three months.

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