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STOWiki:Policy/Admin selection/Archive

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This is an archive of STOWiki:Policy/Admin selection.

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This vote is to ratify the admin selection draft policy below. Feel free to add any comments you may have to the talk page.

  • Presently, there is no official policy. In the past, admins have been selected by our wiki's bureaucrat with input from other admins.
I support the draft policy as written I oppose the policy or believe it needs changes I abstain.
  1. Eyes User-Eyes-Sig.png 17:09, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
  2. KarikaCommunicator 17:27, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
  3. --RachelGarrett 20:11, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
  4. -- Backyardserenade 22:12, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
  5. -- Aoav160 01:34, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
  6. add your sig on a new line above to support the policy (*~~~~)
  1. add your sig on a new line above to oppose the policy (*~~~~)
  1. Dukedom 07:48, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
  2. add your sig on a new line above to abstain (*~~~~)

Outline of proposed process so far

  1. Attempt to privately get consent for nomination from potential nominee - appears to be a consensus on this point in discussion
    • If potential nominee refuses nomination privately, process ends here
    • If there appears to be no way to private contact potential nominee, or no response is received, process may continue.
  2. A request for adminship (RfA) is opened by creating a page in the STOWiki namespace
  3. The nominee publicly accepts or refuses the nomination
    • If refused, the RfA is archived and the process ends here.
  4. The community votes and discusses the RfA while it remains open.
  5. The admins decide whether to accept or refuse the RfA, taking the community vote into consideration. - this point is under active discussion
    • An alternative proposal would force admins to deny any RFAs where the community vote was against acceptance.
    • Another point under consideration is whether we leave the process for admin selection vague, or spell out that a majority of admins must agree to accept or deny.
      • This would require a clear definition of active admin.

Draft implementation

  1. Naturally, the attempt at private contact should be made first, but that's outside the realm of the wiki itself.
  2. {{RfA/Nominate}} is used to make a public nomination for another wiki user on a page named STOWiki:Requests for adminship/username. See the template page for details.
  3. {{RfA/Open}} is used to nominate oneself or to accept a nomination made by someone else. This opens up the vote.
    • Alternately, {{RfA/Decline}} can be used to decline a nomination made by someone else.
  4. {{RfA/CloseVote}} can optionally be used by admins to close the vote before they make their decision.
    • The vote can also be left open until the decision is made.
  5. {{RfA/Accept}} or {{RfA/Deny}} are then used by admins to announce our decision on the RfA page.

Draft policy

The following is the actual proposed policy text.

Administrators are selected on STOWiki through a process that provides an opportunity for the community to give input on any admin candidate before they are promoted, and also which allows members of the community to nominate candidates. But to prevent potential abuses of the voting system possible with low-participation votes, the existing administrators discuss and make the final decision. Administrators are strongly encouraged to act according to the vote when it does appear to adequately reflect the wishes of the community at large.

The process for administrator selection is as follows:

Nomination of a registered user

Any registered user may nominate any other registered user who:

  • Is not a subject of a denied request for adminship with the last year.
  • Has not declined a nomination within the last year.
    • Excepting if the user has indicated privately or publicly that he or she would now accept a nomination.

Private nomination stage

If possible, the potential nominee must be contacted privately first and given five days to respond. If the potential nominee declines privately, this is to be respected, and the process ends here.

Public nomination stage

The public nomination stage can begin if any of the following are true:

  • The nominating user could not find a reasonable way to contact the potential nominee privately.
  • The potential nominee did not respond to a private nomination within five days.
  • The potential nominee agreed to a public nomination.

The nominating user starts by creating a request for adminship page according to the linked instructions. The nominee should also be advised of the nomination on his or her talk page, and may accept the nomination, beginning the voting and discussion period, or decline, ending the process here.

If the nominee does not accept or decline a nomination within seven days, an administrator has the option of declining on behalf of the nominee. This is treated for policy purposes as if the nominee declined on his or her own, and the nomination may not be made again without the potential nominee's consent.

Voting and discussion period

Votes are made by the community on the request for adminship page, with discussion encouraged on the associated discussion page. Administrators are allowed to set a closing date for the vote provided the chosen date leaves the vote open for a minimum total of two weeks. Closing the vote before the administrators accept or deny the request is optional.

Administrator decision

The administrators then review the request, vote, and discussion and make a decision amongst themselves whether to accept or deny the request for adminship. If the request is accepted, the candidate is to be promoted at the earliest convenience of a bureaucrat. Either way, the vote is closed and the request is archived.