Xeno Series Wiki:Requests for adminship

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This page details the process for requesting adminship on Xeno Series Wiki.

Process[edit]

Prospective admins should follow the following:

  1. Copy and paste the following block of text into the "current requests" section.
    [[/Username]]
  2. Replace Username with your username.
    • If this is not your first request for adminship, add a " (2)" on the end. Or a " (3)", or whatever number is appropriate. (Maybe reconsider if you have that many failed requests though...)
  3. Save the page. This creates a redlink to a subpage of this page with your username as the subtitle.
  4. Go to the redlink and paste the following block of text into it:
    {{subst:RFA|Username|Comment}}
  5. Replace Username with your username.
  6. Replace Comment with your case as to why you should be granted adminship. Don't forget to sign it at the end with ~~~~. (If you're curious, you can see this template at Template:RFA.)
  7. Save the new page.

At this point, the community is invited to express their opinion. Any user may place a vote in the "support", "oppose", or "neutral" sections of the RFA, ideally explaining why they agree or disagree with appointing the candidate as an administrator. Users can change their votes, but only by crossing out the old one instead of deleting it. Once it appears that all who wish to participate have done so, a bureaucrat reviews the arguments and makes a decision: either the candidate is granted adminship, or they are declined it. The RFA is archived with a note of its result.

Rules[edit]

  • Only self-nominations are allowed.
  • Applying incorrectly will likely result in its cancellation. You may try again if you do it right this time, but the fact that you did it wrong the first time will count against you, as it demonstrates a certain degree of carelessness that is not becoming of a staff candidate.
  • While votes are used to aggregate community opinion, the final decision is not a matter of vote count. The userbase guides the decision, it does not make it.
  • There is no requirement on account age or wiki experience in order to apply - it is possible for new users to be quick-learning rising stars that show deservance of the tools - but these things will still factor into the result.
  • Having a block history, having a previous failed RFA, or having been previously demoted do not automatically disqualify a candidate. However, the user will have to show that they have learned from these failures and will not repeat them, if they do not wish for their RFA to be laughed off.

Role of knighthood[edit]

Knighthood is not required to apply for adminship. This is because the knighthood process needs the candidate to be actively involved in combatting vandalism, which adminship does not necessarily require. However, because adminship includes the patrol and rollback powers of a knight, candidates should still be able to demonstrate that they understand the sorts of edits that rollback should be used on.

Therefore, if an admin candidate does not have knighthood, they may (at the discretion of the existing staff) be asked to provide a number of edits that are correct rollback choices, in the same way as requests for knighthood. These edits do not have to be their own, though they cannot have been used in any user's previous RFNs (or RFAs).

Considerations[edit]

For the candidate[edit]

Do not explain in your request why you want to be an admin; there's only so many ways to write "so I can help the wiki better" or "so I can get the vandals faster", and that sort of thing doesn't help determine if you deserve the tools or prove you can be trusted with them. Instead, explain why the wiki should want you to be an admin. What can you do better than the existing staff? In what tangible ways will the wiki improve if you have the tools? Show us examples of you invoking wiki policy in a debate or mediating a discussion, to demonstrate that you have experience with the sorts of things that an admin is expected to do well.

For the commenters[edit]

Give good reasons to support or oppose the candidate. This isn't a vote count, so if all you're doing is rubber-stamping a section with your signature, you're simply wasting time (yours and others'). Instead, go into detail as to why you believe the candidate should or should not be promoted.

Example 1
#'''Oppose.''' ~~~~
This is meaningless; this contributes no information that would help the staff make a decision on the RFA.
Example 2
#'''Oppose.''' I don't like how Username seems to get angry easily on talkpages. ~~~~
This is significantly better, mentioning something specific for staff to look into.
Example 3
#'''Oppose.''' During [[this discussion]], Username bullied a new user into quitting the wiki. This isn't new, he also did similar [[here]], [[here]], and [[also here]]. I think having adminship will just make this worse. ~~~~
Providing specific examples of good or bad behaviour not only gives staff concrete things to base their decision on, and also gives the candidate a chance to respond to them specifically.

Current requests[edit]