[WikiEN-l] Parker Peters's comments

Stephen Streater sbstreater at mac.com
Fri Oct 6 18:15:03 UTC 2006

On 6 Oct 2006, at 19:03, Oldak Quill wrote:

> On 06/10/06, Parker Peters <onmywayoutster at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Part of the problem I think with admins who get on power trips is  
>> that one
>> day, they went from being an un-powerful little normal editor, to  
>> the next
>> day being able to do all these amazing things. Imagine if you one  
>> day woke
>> up with x-ray vision: your first thought would probably be to use  
>> it on
>> your
>> hot next-door neighbor, wouldn't it?
> It been traditional for Wikipedia to have as many admins as  
> possible without
> laxing our barriers to adminship too much. I think this is from the  
> open
> source "many eyes catch all the bugs" school of thinking. The  
> reason we are
> able to do this is because, as someone has already mentioned, all  
> admin
> actions are recorded and reversible.
> I also do not think that making it harder to become an admin would  
> make some
> admins more civil. Many of the most curt admins (perhaps read  
> "uncivil")
> have been with us for a long time. Clearly, their curtness has  
> nothing to do
> with your X-ray effect and is more related to a jaded outlook.

Also, people don't like change. The older
Admins are used to the old way of working.

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