Administrators, also called admins or sysops, are members of the Appropedia community who have access to technical features that help with maintenance. Administrators are expected to respect and be familiar with Appropedia policy.

Admins can protect and delete pages, block other editors, and undo these actions as well.[1] Administrators are generally editors with specific areas of expertise, who have been contributing for a substantial time and have shown themselves to be responsible, familiar with the MediaWiki software and site policies. Adminship is a voluntary position and is not paid.

Admins[edit | edit source]

For the current list of all admins, see the sysop list. For more detail on each, see below.

Active admins[edit | edit source]

Other admins[edit | edit source]

These admins may be taking a break from active admin work, or focused on other projects at the moment:

Requirements[edit | edit source]

  • In basic agreement with Appropedia's mission.
  • Familiar with Appropedia policies and guidelines and consistently works within them.
  • Respects science and the scientific method, but also understands that people following the scientific method can have genuine disagreement.
  • Shows humility and respect, and is on good terms with the Appropedia community at large.

The exact details are being worked out at Appropedia:Administrators/Requirements, which is a proposed policy.

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. For more information, see Wikipedia:Project:Administrators. The editing privileges of Wikipedia admins are very similar or identical, as the Wikipedia and Appropedia sites use the same software (MediaWiki). The main difference is that Wikipedia is much larger and generally more contentious than Appropedia, so adminship on Wikipedia is correspondingly more complex.

External links[edit | edit source]

Discussion[View | Edit]

Admin privs and responsibilities proposal[edit source]

In light of a discussion (via email) with existing admins about the process for adminship and what adminship means, I'm throwing out a strawman of procedure/decision tiers that we might want to have on Appropedia.

Note that it's probably not worth much time to have this discussion drawn out - before we get too meta in managing ourselves, we should have sufficient numbers of "ourselves" to manage, and sufficient amounts of content and productivity to warrant the meta-restructuring. So I would advise going with a structure, considering it a strawman, and fixing it if/when (probably 'when') it breaks or fails to scale. Mchua 21:18, 11 August 2008 (PDT)

Bureaucrats[edit source]

All decisions not otherwise indicated on this list are made by unanimous vote by the bureaucrat(s). (This works because we only have one right now.)

Admin Council[edit source]

The admin council is composed of all admins. The Admin Council can be invoked by a Hivemind request (that is, a Hivemind requesting an Admin Council decision is necessary and sufficient to call an Admin Council vote), or it can be invoked by a Bureaucrat. Votes and decisions are made by majority consensus of the admins who participate in voting (Admins have one week from the time of posting to state their vote, otherwise they are counted out of the vote). In event of a tie, the Bureaucrat(s) choose the outcome.

Things the admin council can decide (limited to this list, to grow as the Bureaucrats decide - only unanimous Bureaucrat decisions may add/remove functionalities from the admin council)

  • whether a nominated admin prospect gets adminship
  • whether admin privs will be removed from someone nominated
  • whether a user will be blocked/banned
  • to grant privileges currently granted to the admin council, to the hivemind as well
  • to revoke privileges from the hivemind

Appropedia Hivemind[edit source]

A hivemind is composed of N or more (suggest N = 3) admins in consensus about something or other.

Capabilities of a hivemind (these capabilities can be added/removed by the council, or the bureaucrats)

  • nomination of a new admin
  • proposal to remove adminship
  • proposal to ban/block a user
  • formally warn a misbehaving user that they will be under consideration for banning/blocking on a next offense

Other[edit source]

People who are not admins can request admin attention by posting requests to some sort of 'for admin attention' queue, then pinging Admins they know of. If a Hivemind takes it up, it escalates through the process above.

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