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I am an Admin on the X-Men Wikia page (http://x-men.wikia.com/wiki/X-Men_Wiki). Before she left Ms Munroe, she gave me Admin privlages, but no real any real info about the position. I'm looking for the following:
1. Whom do I answer to? Is there a chain of command? If so, where is it posted? Who can promote me or demote me in this organization? Where can I contact/talk to them?
2. Where do I find Wikia posting policies? I have an issue with a contributor posting articles on imaginary X-Men characters. I need to know if Wikia policies cover this or do I make up my own rules and take my own actions? These are characters the contributor is creating from scratch, from their imagination, that were never published in Marvel Comic publications. I'm thinking these articles either should not be allowed or should have attached notes advising the reader, which I've all ready done. Any advice or opinions?
3. Where do I find Admin info related to Wikia's definition of vandalism?
4. My wikia says there is about 443 articles posted in that Wikia, but I see no place/no link where I can pull up a list of all 400+ articles. How do I do this? It's like there is all this hidden content, because on the main page of this wikia, only a portion of the articles are shown.
Thanks for listening! :)
Titanic71 20:43, April 26, 2010 (UTC)
- 1. You answer to the community (or a potential community). You simply act as a liasion that deletes old/bad pages and block problem users, design a skin, customize the interface, things like that...you may want to check out Help:Administrators' how-to guide for more info.
- 2. Use your best judgment, if it doesn't have anything to do with X-men it doesn't belong and should be deleted, and in this case...since it is imaginary or fan-made content, it would be more appropriately placed on an X-men fanon wiki (if one exists).
- 4. You'll want to check out Special:AllPages for a list of all the pages on the wiki.
- --Talk 21:48, April 26, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks much for the info! At the X-Men Wikia I created a categorized section called X-Men Fan Fiction. I'm gonna put those types of articles in there for now. It looks like it will work. I just don't want readers getting confused between real X-Men content and made up content.
Titanic71 03:18, April 27, 2010 (UTC)
I have just adopted the X-Men Wiki. I'm listed as burecrat/sysops. I'm looking for a link regarding Admins. I'll look more through the Help pages. However, in the mean time, if I authorize another Admin, do I have the ability to un-authorize them if there is conflict? I've also have an inactive Sysop/Amin who has not been around for several years. Is it possible to revoke their status for these positions? Not a power grab, it's just that if they are not interested in the position, they should not be holding them. Thanks! :)
Titanic71 19:35, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
- Your going to want to read what these groups mean, and can/cant do at Help:User_access_levels --Uberfuzzy 19:55, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
- I read that page and while it says I can grant Admin privileges,I did not see where it said I could revoke them. Is that a given? Thanks!
- Titanic71 00:27, April 29, 2010 (UTC)
- Bureaucrats can add and remove admin and rollback rights, but can only make new bureaucrats, not remove them. I've clarified this point at Help:User access levels. The 888th Avatar (talk) 00:33, April 29, 2010 (UTC)
- Thanks for the info! Do inactive Bureaucrats remain forever?
- Titanic71 22:15, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
In regards to your first initial question, as I think there’s a very important misconception that needs to be cleared up a lot, just remember that there’s not really a hierarchy, because administrators aren’t really bosses or conventional leaders. The position isn’t the same as an administrator on a message board, for example. All an administrator is, really, is someone who is trusted by and elected by the community (or wiki creator, adopter, etc.) to enforce a wiki’s policies, such as through speedy deletions, deleting an article after it was voted for deletion, blocking a user for violating policies, and so forth. So long as you always remember that administrators are not the boss, as it’s the community that makes decisions, and that you’re more or less a regular user with a few extra special editing tools, then you’ll definitely be a great administrator.
And to answer your question about inactive bureaucrats, so long as there are active bureaucrats and administrators on a wiki, it's not really worth the hassle to try and remove the inactive ones. When there are enough active admins to manage the admin tasks on a wiki, inactive ones don't really hurt anyone. It's best not to take any action unless the inactive bureaucrat or administrator chooses to give up their rights, or if they come back and do something wrong like vandalism, spam, etc. Besides, if they come back and are productive, you'll have a great admin team ready to go to help your wiki be the best it can be! Good luck with your project! =) - Brandon Rhea (talk) 23:03, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
- Ultimately, whether or not to remove inactive bureaucrats is a matter of opinion. A majority of popular wikis (including Wikipedia) follow Brandon's position, and there are strong arguments in favour of that opinion. However, this is really up to the individual wiki and there is no definite right and wrong in the matter. If there is a community consensus (contributors to the wiki agree) to remove an inactive bureaucrat, you can remove them by contacting staff. The 888th Avatar (talk) 12:40, May 1, 2010 (UTC)
- Thanks guys for the help. Sorry for the delay in the response, I was tied up in work. Could anyone point me at the process of how to appoint an Administrator? I've looked for it without success. Thanks!
- Titanic71 19:51, July 11, 2010 (UTC)