Forum:New admins

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Many previous admins have become inactive. Let's discuss a few points:

  1. Do we need more admins?
  2. If yes: What should we look for in a good admin? Who wants to? Who should do the job? Admins should be chosen in public, by the wiki user base.
  3. Proposed policy: If you're inactive for one solid year, you lose your admin rights. You can get them back again at any time you wish. (I doubt anybody will make use of that option, but it would feel somehow disrespectful not to provide it.)

Please feel free to comment - the more people, the better. No voting yet on admin candidates, because we should reach consensus on the rest first, but nominations are welcome. --Tjr 00:51, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Voting is open now. --Tjr 17:01, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
In practise, admins are responsible in a very broad sense, can undelete pages, and can block spammers. I haven't had to resolve any edit wars. For more info, see Nethackwiki:Administrators, and the technical side of things at Wikipedia's admin school and Special:ListGroupRights. --Tjr 01:09, 1 October 2011 (UTC)


More admins: Yes. I think one or two more are needed. Nominated users should be currently active (duh), preferably with a years-long history of good contributions. IMO, being reachable via irc is a plus, as is some knowledge of MediaWiki, so more than just normal article editing skills. --paxed 07:40, 1 October 2011 (UTC)
Looking at Special:ActiveUsers, I'd like to nominate User:Ion frigate, User:Qazmlpok, User:Ais523 and User:Bhaak. Ais523 and Bhaak do not have as many contributions as Ion frigate and Qazmlpok, but they are also very active in the community outside the wiki. (For example, both have their own Variant) --paxed 07:40, 1 October 2011 (UTC)
My opinion as a wiki voter:
  • More admins: yes. We should have a way to pass on the torch, before the need arises.
  • Qualifications: Foremost a long track record of caring for the NetHack community. Getting along well, many edits, good writing, and knowledge about vanilla, Slashem, and variants are also important to me.
  • De-admin policy: yes. --Tjr 23:36, 1 October 2011 (UTC)
I'm currently an active admin on the Esolang wiki (completely NetHack-unrelated,, and have been an admin on Wikipedia in the past, so I could certainly manage the technical side of things. I'm not so certain there'd be much of a point in adminning me here, though, as I'm not entirely sure what I'd do. What sort of admin work typically needs doing on the wiki? (In Esolang it's mostly spam-fighting, although I had to do a history split yesterday, something that rarely happens anywhere including Wikipedia; in Wikipedia I mostly handled the technical side of things like dealing with template systems and maintaining MediaWiki: space, and also spent a while approving new user accounts.) Ais523 17:06, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
Basically, there's not much to do here, admin-wise. We don't get spammers -- or at least I haven't noticed any. This is mainly Just In Case, if -- say -- both Tjr and I are gone on holidays, so there's someone keeping an eye out on things. --paxed 09:23, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

So we have consensus to elect new admins, and to de-admin people who are inactive for a year.


Not candidates:

--Tjr 17:01, 15 October 2011 (UTC)


Everybody with a wiki account may say yes or no to each admin candidate, until October 23. Candidates with at leat 50% approval rates will become admin here and on the old wiki. --Tjr 17:01, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

  • I vote for both Ion frigate and Ais523. --Tjr 17:03, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I vote for both Ion frigate and Ais523. --Kerio 23:14, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
I also voice my dissent from this meaningless vote. --Kerio 23:18, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
I comment that just because you know the outcome of a formal vote, it is not meaningless. inari 18:52, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I vote for both Ion frigate and Ais523. --Erica 02:57, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I also vote for both Ion frigate and Ais523. --Berry 01:05, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
  • I too vote for both Ion frigate and Ais523. inari 18:52, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Ion frigate and Ais523 have been chosen, the vote is closed. --Tjr 09:56, 24 October 2011 (UTC)