[Wikipedia-l] Re: Move feature

lcrocker at nupedia.com lcrocker at nupedia.com
Tue Aug 6 17:28:53 UTC 2002

>I would be wary of allowing somebody who has been
>logged-in for 5 minutes the ability to move pages
>around so easily. Again we should have an 'old hand'
>status to start porting these types of sysop functions
>to long-time users (with the goal of eventually
>porting all sysop functions as soon as safety
>mechanisms are established for each). There should be
>a minimum expectation that those with these abilities
>have been exposed to our policies and naming
>conventions. There is also the issue that if a newbie
>make a mistake during a move only a sysop can correct
>it because the old page title needs to be deleted
>before the move can be reversed.
>I know the automatic promotion idea will take some
>time to implement but creating an interface for sysops
>to do this manually has already been done for phase II
>so should be easy enough for phase III. We should
>begin working toward phasing-out sysop status by at
>least porting the move feature to old hands. 

I agree that I do need to implement some auto-promotion
feature, but Sysop status is never "going away" as far as
I'm concerned.  It is an unavoidable fact of reality that
some people are trustworthy and others are not, and human
judgment is required to tell the difference.  That fact
must continue to be reflected in our process, regardless of
any pretty-sounding egalitarian dogma to the contrary.

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