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ShardofTruth Once you believe, truth and lie are quite the same thing.
Game Clear Data KHRECOM.png If it was just my decision I would promote TheSilentHero, TheFifteenthMember and Chainoffire to admin and be done with it but we have a lot of policies, other rules and differents opinions on this matter here so let's find a way to circumvent them. ;-)

Users who regularly make edits here that contribute to the wiki as a whole should have all tools that are useful for making these edits and probably deal with vandalism too without having to ask for support every time, it makes life easier for everybody.

So my proposal is to create a new group with important rights (move, delete, protect, block etc.) and give it to everyone who (reasonably) asks for them. Our active user list is really not that big anymore so in a way we know each other pretty well (hey, it's that guy with all the image space edits), there is certainly no harm done in the long run and the "active" command chain stays intact.

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KrytenKoro - "Hey, I want to settle down. And as soon as I find the right small group of girls, the seven or eight women who are right for me, my wandering days are over, buddy."
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Agree, though you all know that I also advocate the RationalWiki model where we give sysop rights to anyone who isn't a lunatic.

Based on that, how about "has edited for at least three months and performed at least eighty edits that were not reverted"? I feel that would be a strong enough vote of confidence.

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ShardofTruth Once you believe, truth and lie are quite the same thing. — 17:25, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
Game Clear Data KHRECOM.png That sounds even better. So how do we get this started? Open a vote and write every staff member to voice his opinion?


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Webber22 "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."
Not saying I disagree with this, but there is one thing I noticed here: This place has more administrators than of any other type of staff member. Maybe you guys should re-organize and clean that up before creating another special permissions group? That, or simply make this the new moderator group.


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TheFifteenthMember Yes. You're creepy. I can't say we'll miss you while you're gone, so it'd be best if you did go. We all win that way. TheFifteenthMember 16:01, 28 November 2015 (UTC)
I'd just like to say that I'd be uncomfortable with giving rights to anyone who has received a warning for sockpuppeting, spamming or vandalism.


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NinjaSheik - All of this might have started with a lie...But I'm really am glad that I could meet you...
TALK - One day, the light-it will be ours, and it will bring us together. Til then, I'll be in your heart...
I'm pretty busy with doing papers since it's nearing the end of the fall semester, but here are my two cents of the matter: I'm supportive of the idea of TheSilentHero, TheFifteenthMember and Chainoffire being promoted, but to admins? I don't think that's necessary. We already have quite a few admins already, as Webber22 pointed out. So, how about promoting them to mods instead? Currently, the users with mods right are Chitalian8, LevL, Troisnyxetienne, and UnknownChaser. However, everyone here knows LevL has not contributed to the wiki in a VERY long time. LevL's last mainspace edit was back in Feb. 2015 and UnknownChaser hasn't been active since the beginning of the month. Pushing UknownChaser aside, LevL hasn't contributed to the wiki in over 6 months. Chitalian8 and TNX are active again, leaving two active mods altogether.

It's not like we get a lot of vandalism in the first place, there are some articles labeled for moving but hasn't been discussed yet, rarely any edit wars, and if anyone wants anything deleted, we have the Pages of Deletion of that very purposes. Sure, the admins may not get to it right away, but it's not like we're going to forget about it as long as the articles are labeled properly and are notified on the Deletion page. That's why I think it's unnecessary to promote them to admins, but I'm not oppose to it, either. They're good and helpful users, and all of them done a lot for the wiki. :)

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ShardofTruth Once you believe, truth and lie are quite the same thing. — 19:18, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
Game Clear Data KHRECOM.png This is not really about who deserves to be admin and who doesn't or if we have enough admins or not. I simply don't think there is a reason to keep these tools from contributors just to validate the admin position.

I also agree that harm can be done with these tools but as with any other edits they can be reverted. I'm also not saying that admin and mods positions should be abolished because the staff should remain the first to be contacted in case of questions or when conflicts need to be resolved.


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Webber22 "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."
But that's exactly what's going on. Again, I'm not disagreeing with your idea. But those tools are one of the things that make mod and admin positions unique. Giving them out renders those positions (at least mod) obsolete. And look at the current admin situations - we kind of already have too many. We only need like...two or three, ideally ones who are perfectly suited for that kind of thing like you and Kryten. The rest? Move them down to mod. The ones who have been inactive for a long time, I'm honestly not even sure they'll need any of these tools, and when/if they return, they could simply ask one of the current admins for their permissions re-implemented. It's a crass term, but you basically just kind of have to trim the fat if you want to optimize the userbase. And for the record, the users whom you suggested should have these revved up permissions, I DO believe they should just be bumped up to moderators. It'd be kind of a clutter the other way anyhow. That's just what I think, and I think we just need to be efficient about it: The fewer ranks we have, the less to deal with. Tweak moderator permissions and tools, then simply promote more moderators.
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TheFifteenthMember Myes, but THEY didn't know that! We have to consider THEM! And yet we must also be mysterious, myes, myes... TheFifteenthMember 20:22, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
I've always seen the role of an administrator as more than just a user with special tools. Admins are role models, mediators, representatives and editors with knowledge of the wiki. I'm completely against moving down any current admins to mods because they're all excellent at their job. Yes, some are currently inactive, but they're marked grey on the staff page for a reason and will come back eventually.

I don't see a need to create a new "sysop" group because I always thought that's what moderators were for. They're one group to me.

Personally, I'm not too fussed about getting any special powers. I've always thought adminship is unwanted responsibility that I don't want to be burdened with and I don't think I'd use the mod tools too often, aside from deleting a page here and there.

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KrytenKoro - "Punch your lights out, hit the pavement. That's what I call entertainment. Causin' problems makes you famous - all the violence makes a statement."
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Then promote the "shiny" editors to bcrats, and all the other editors to admins. If we can trust them to use the tools responsibly, there's no need to keep it out of their hands just because other wikis get it into their heads that the tools signify kingship of little fiefdoms.
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Webber22 "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."
That's.....a risky as hell experiment, man. Good chance it'll get to someone's head (certainly has happened before...) and they might end up doing some damn fool thing with it - that's not a matter of responsibility so much as it is a matter of mood. And what's to stop someone else from locking out other admins? Let's not make a decision too quickly in the name of a noble experiment just yet.
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Chitalian8 Say... — And here's me, playing the world's tiniest violin.

Your face is priceless. — 04:31, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

20px-Pin_000.png Eh, I've got no issue with giving trusted non-staffers expanded rights (moving/deleting images, suppressing redirects, editing protected pages). I still think things like blocking users should be left to admins, and of course user right changing should be a bcrat thing.

EDIT: Also, granting non-staffers additional rights should definitely be a case-by-case thing, not just a "this user was here for X amount of time and has made Y edits" thing, though that might be obvious.

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KrytenKoro - Pinocchio with his nose attached to the trigger of a rifle, which points at his face as he says, "I want to live!"
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It's not an experiment, because we wouldn't be the first. We can remove blocking from admin rights if y'all want, but stuff that isn't userbase management, such as deleting articles, moving images, etc., there's no reason not to trust experienced editors with that. Restricting it causes more deadlock than anything, and we've yet to have a problem with an admin abusing their tools that wasn't quickly solved by the bcrats.
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Webber22 "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."
Well, if you're sure nothing bad will come of it - if you trust the community enough - then go ahead with it. Like I said, I never really disagreed with this idea - just needed to point out the cons to the pros. As long as you know there's risk potential, then blast off I guess.
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TheSilentHero Prepare yourself! — 17:49, 30 November 2015 (UTC)
Here are my thoughts on this:
  • I don't think everyone should be able to block/protect. We have enough staff members, so whenever a page needs protecting/user needs blocking, the staff members can take care of it.
  • Like NinjaSheik pointed out, there's a page for requesting deletions, and when someone tags something for deletion and adds it to that page, it's usually taken care of within 24 hours.
  • For the moving files and moving without leaving redirects, I agree with giving these powers to regular users. However, instead of promoting everyone to a new rank, why don't we just add those tools to the regular user usergroup, so everyone will be able to do it, without the need for promoting everyone. (The chances of vandalism of this is pretty low, as we don't get a lot of vandals in the first place, and if someone intends to vandalize by moving things, they can already move pages.)


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KrytenKoro - "Punch your lights out, hit the pavement. That's what I call entertainment. Causin' problems makes you famous - all the violence makes a statement."
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"It generally will get dealt with in 24 hours" is not a good argument, though. You're foisting more responsibility for maintaining a large amount of articles on a small group of editors who would very much like to be making more substantive contributions to the project. Honestly? Other admins might be monitoring the deletion request page, but I think I've looked at it maybe three times while I've been on this project.

I really need a good reason why we think we can't trust our fellow editors to use fairly simple tools. This isn't a FREEDOOOOM!!1! issue, I won't go down that path, but so far I've been seeing arguments why it's acceptable to restrict these tools, not why it's better.

"And what's to stop someone else from locking out other admins?"

  1. The software doesn't allow that level of page protection.
  2. Testing vulnerability to hostile takeover...
    1. Bureaucrats can be banned by themselves (confirmed)
    2. Bureaucrats can be banned by administrators (confirmed)
    3. Porplemontage can be banned and cannot unblock himself without active staff help (in progress)

Results are not promising so far. I formally rescind my suggestion that blocking rights (and thus, adminship in its current form) be extended to all longstanding users, unless porple can tweak the software so that blocks have one-way hierarchy (only developers can ban bcrats, only developers or bcrats can ban admins, etc.). Without that modification, I modify my proposal to giving janitorial tools to Mods, and promoting all longstanding users to that group.

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Webber22 "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."
Lol, toldyaso! It had the potential to turn into a shitstorm. Just look at me.....I probably would've banned Sheik just because she was mean to me! You can't have that sort of power in the hands of that kind of irresponsibility! ...But I digress. I'm all for giving regular contributors more toys to play with for the sake of streamlining the processes. As long as we can't hamper or mess with each other.
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FA icon.png On the issues raised thus far:
  • Promotion to modship for TSH, TheFifteenthMember and COF: I'm all for it. I wouldn't mind. That being said, we do have a relatively high staff-to-active user ratio at the moment, so is now the right time? Just how many of us have rollback capability at the moment, and how many of us are active a lot of the time?
  • Retired and inactive staff: There's been a cleanup initiative of this sort on the Staff page, but I suppose that right now it's been collecting dust. Ish. We need to do summat about it...
    • Even more on this subject: Once we had a timetable denoting just how active staff members can be. Well, this doesn't as much apply to us mods as it does to admins and above. Is that timetable still up-to-date?
  • Hostile takeover: By the time something like this happened on the Kingdom Hearts Francophone Wiki (if I remember correctly, this was in 2012), Unbirth and myself were already promoted to bureaucrat status. Our third admin, Thomaskh2, would have been in the running for that sort of power but unreasonably blocked people for even the most minor of editing mistakes, and had become a general douche where previously, he wasn't. I think that other admins were also given that sort of treatment. It'd become unbearable and Unbirth and I had to demote him. I'm using this as an example. Thing is, we were fortunate, I guess, because Thomaskh2 didn't dare block the bureaucrats. This wouldn't have ended well, and Wikia would have most certainly intervened. At least give them credit for that one thing.
    • Now, among our current admins, if one of us turns rogue, the others will likely have the power to veto it before things turn sour. Only trouble is, what happens if the admin abuses his privileges long before we can do anything about it owing to different timezones and stuff? If it is possible for one person to not be able to be blocked, it has to be Porplemontage, and much further in the future, we may see that sort of privilege pass on to the next manager of the wiki, who has to be at its beck and call if an issue like this should happen.
    • I am all for one-way hierarchy in a situation like ours, because Porple is relatively active, in that he answers to distress calls reasonably quickly. I understand that such a situation would be subject to change, but not in the near future.

There are some things even the stars cannot tell me. TroisNyxÉtienne — 22:41, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

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NinjaSheik - All of this might have started with a lie...But I'm really am glad that I could meet you...
TALK - One day, the light-it will be ours, and it will bring us together. Til then, I'll be in your heart...
I think this sort of discussion is bit premature. As I said before, promoting them wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, but just unnecessary. I think it's better just promote them to mods since they can tools needed to move pages and etc. without waiting for an admin to respond.

Moreover, I agree with TNX. It's been a while since the last staff cleanup, so I think before any decisions are made, we need to make clear what's everyone's schedules is like. Out of the list of staff members currently listed at the KHWiki:Staff page, there are:

  • 6 Admins, only 3 are active (me, Neumz-senpai, and ShardofTruth)
  • 2 Mods, only Chitalian8 is active
  • And of course, Porplemontage is listed as developer
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There's also the sitenotice, which can only be edited by admins I believe. If we only have four active admins, I believe we should promote more, or if not, promote more mods and make a systematic list of what pages are still locked to admins, and discuss whether they should be. I am officially motioning that we hold a new election for seven admins.

Also, current mods and mod-hopefuls: based on Special:UserGroupRights, which abilities/responsibilities would you like to have available to you, that aren't currently allotted to mod? Give me a list, so we can discuss shifting them to the mod group.

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NinjaSheik - All of this might have started with a lie...But I'm really am glad that I could meet you...
TALK - One day, the light-it will be ours, and it will bring us together. Til then, I'll be in your heart...
Well, we definitely need more mods, that's for sure. Chitalian8 haven't around much, and there was only two mods to begin with. And again, LevL hasn't made an edit in a year. Doesn't our policy dictate that if a user haven't made an edit in about 3 months or so, their rights are stripped? TheSilentHero, TheFifteenthMember and Chainoffire are the users that deserve the promotion to mods, and they're more than capable users. Moreover, they have been very consistently active.
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Are we fine with the current number of active admins?

Helping others always comes before asking others for help. TroisNyxÉtienne — 23:24, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

Maybe just The Silent Hero should get any rights COF is not on enough and the 15th member well i just don't think he should have rights. Byzantinefire - There are no strings on me 20px-AOU_Audi_Promo_07.png (talk) 02:54, 15 February 2016 (UTC)


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TheFifteenthMember Yes. You're creepy. I can't say we'll miss you while you're gone, so it'd be best if you did go. We all win that way. TheFifteenthMember 11:18, 15 February 2016 (UTC)
I'd be happy if Chain and I were to become moderators. I think deleting files and access to the MediaWiki space should also be a tool for mods, so that we can help by updating the site notice and with image work.

However, I push for TheSilentHero to become an admin, seeing as he's a major contributor, good with coding and pretty much knows his stuff.

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FA icon.png I'll admit, MediaWiki editing capability for those who only have rollback would be really, really nice. ^_^

I'm as good as new! All my functions have been restored! TroisNyxÉtienne — 12:50, 15 February 2016 (UTC)


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Chainoffire - "Hey, wait... I'm enjoying this. You guys are something else!"
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Eternal Flames KHD.png (It's about time I voiced my opinion on here.) Those capabilities sound fine to me. Those would make my work a hellovalot easier! TSH should def be an admin, he obviously knows the policies and such around here. Eternal Flames KHD.png

Might as well go all the way.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Byzantinefire (talkcontribs) 18:03, 15 February 2016 (UTC)

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NinjaSheik - All of this might have started with a lie...But I'm really am glad that I could meet you...
TALK - One day, the light-it will be ours, and it will bring us together. Til then, I'll be in your heart...
TSH would make an excellent admin.

By the way, are we ever going to have the Staff page updated? It's severely out of date.

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KrytenKoro - "That's when we bumped into Hannity. Sean Hannity. See the thing about this dude is, at first he's fair, right? And you're like "Wow!" But then BOOM. The dude's balanced, too. And you're like, HOLY SHIT."
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It sounds like we all agree about electing one more mod and two mods. Can someone set up the elections page, 1 week duration, so this is all above board? I'll talk to Porple about adding deletion to mod abilities.
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TheFifteenthMember Myes, but THEY didn't know that! We have to consider THEM! And yet we must also be mysterious, myes, myes... TheFifteenthMember 11:02, 16 February 2016 (UTC)
I forgot to comment on this before. Sadly, LevL should be demoted. In this discussion, LevL was already given a warning that his rights would be taken if he doesn't return to activity. Unfortunately, that has not happened so he'll have to go through the probation period if he wants his rights back later.
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NinjaSheik - All of this might have started with a lie...But I'm really am glad that I could meet you...
TALK - One day, the light-it will be ours, and it will bring us together. Til then, I'll be in your heart...
Is an election page really necessary, though? The users being recommended are established users that have contributed greatly to the wiki, and since our community is small, everyone knows who they are. I can't imagine anyone that would object to their promotion.

Yes, LevL definitely needs to be demoted. Maggosh-kun, too. During that page discussion, he made it clear that he has his hands full in RL, and cannot come onto the wiki. I mean, if we're going off Chainoffire's chart, Erry and UnknownChaser needs to be demoted, too. I know UC haven't been around for a couple of months now.

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TheSilentHero — 18:16, 19 February 2016 (UTC)
I also think an election page isn't necessary. Almost everyone gave their opinions in this forum already, and everyone seems to agree. When we get to updating the staff page, we should also put Kryten and TNE back with the active members.


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KrytenKoro - "I'm the doctor, I'm the patient. Don't forget that - it's important! If you love me like I love me, everybody will be sorry."
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Okay, now we need staff icons for the three new staff members.
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ShardofTruth Once you believe, truth and lie are quite the same thing. — 23:39, 19 February 2016 (UTC)
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TheFifteenthMember I hope it's slow and painful; the elation I get from such kills is unmatched by anything, yeeeess... Just thinking about it makes me... oohhh... TheFifteenthMember 09:48, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Thank you everyone! Could I have an explanation on how patrolled edits and rollback work?
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TheSilentHero — 11:14, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Does anyone know how to make the staff icons? Specifically, the shiny effect of the name?


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ShardofTruth Once you believe, truth and lie are quite the same thing. — 14:44, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Game Clear Data KHRECOM.png Troisnyxetienne made the icons, so she should know how to do it.

Patrolling edits is simply leaving a check mark after anonymous edits so other mods know nothing was vandalized (at least I think so), rollback is some sort of insta-revert.

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TheFifteenthMember Yes. You're creepy. I can't say we'll miss you while you're gone, so it'd be best if you did go. We all win that way. TheFifteenthMember 15:56, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Okay thank you!
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NinjaSheik - All of this might have started with a lie...But I'm really am glad that I could meet you...
TALK - Don't worry. You might forget about me...But, with our promise, I'll come back.
Congratulations, everyone~!
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Chainoffire - "Hey, wait... I'm enjoying this. You guys are something else!"
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Eternal Flames KHD.png Thanks for all your support guys! I'll do my best to put my edits to good use! :D Eternal Flames KHD.png