Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Adminship 2007-12-27
This page is a suspended policy proposal. It has been superseded by a list of common wiki practices.
The Guild Wars 2 Wiki has no policies. All former proposals are kept for historical preservation.
The English language Guild Wars 2 Wiki is administered by the community. New administrators are selected by a democratic process in the English language Guild Wars Wiki. There are two levels of adminship: sysop and bureaucrat.
ArenaNet is not formally involved in the administrator selection process. Community decisions may not be appealed to them. ArenaNet staff may participate in the administrator selection process just as any other contributor in good standing, but their opinions are given equal weight as other members of the community.
A sysop's primary role is site maintenance. They are users nominated via Requests for Adminship, promoted by the bureaucrats, on the advice of the users at large, and empowered to ban users, delete pages, and rollback edits. Sysops also protect critical or unusually contentious pages from editing. Sysops are expected (but not required) to provide a publicly reachable e-mail address or other means of private contact. Sysops are additionally charged with mediation of disputes between users. However, the sphere of their influence extends to any endeavor necessary to ensuring a high level of professionalism and decorum on this wiki. As such, they are granted semi-autonomy, limited by policy, but not limited to policy. Decisions not dictated by policy are left entirely to the discretion of the sysop. However, sysops are also expected to lend credence to the dictates of user consensus, and, in cases in which they are personally involved, they are expected to defer to an unbiased sysop. While the only true check on the power of a sysop is a bureaucrat, because all sysops are considered autonomous, sysops may at times counteract other sysops. In these cases, the reverting Administrator is obliged to leave a message on the talk page explaining the reasoning behind the countermeasure. The Administrator who has been countermanded is expected to oblige the revert, and should not re-institute their action without discussing it with the "reverting" Administrator. Sysops are appointed for life; however, they may voluntarily resign. Their status may also be formally examined by the bureaucrats or by the community via an official reconfirmation. Prolonged, unexcused absence, may also result in their demotion.
For a complete list of sysops, see Special:Listadmins/sysop.
To start a new nomination, see Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Requests for adminship.
Bureaucrats are the ultimate authority on a Wiki. The group of bureaucrats, as long as there are at least 2, form an arbitration committee, who are the final arbiters on the English language Guild Wars 2 Wiki of user conduct (but not content decisions), including that of administrators. However, perhaps more importantly, while they are expected to act on the consent and advice of the sysops and the users, the bureaucrats have the final say on Requests for Adminship and policy decisions. They are also given the authority to demote sysops. Furthermore, in bureaucrat elections in which a clear majority does not emerge, those bureaucrats not up for election have the authority to make the final decision, it is their prerogative to decide whether or not to do so. Although Bureaucrats are considered to be sysops (and are endowed with the powers thereof), in order to prevent conflicts of interest, they are expected to use those powers only when a sysop is unavailable. While ArbComm injunctions and rulings may involve those powers, the enforcement of such is generally left to sysops. Bureaucrats are additionally charged with the mediation of disputes between Sysops.
Due to their important role in the community, bureaucrats are held to a higher standard than sysops. All bureaucrats are generally expected to provide explanations for the use of their powers, and they are additionally expected to respond to any questions about their actions from anyone, including via e-mail. All bureaucrats are required to list a publicly reachable e-mail address.
Bureaucrats are considered members of the ArbComm based upon the date the request for arbitration is made. If a bureaucrat loses his seat during an arbitration, he still acts as a member of ArbComm for that case until the arbitration is complete. Similarly, if a user attains a bureaucrat seat in the middle of an arbitration, he is ineligible to participate in that arbitration.
The current bureaucrats in the Guild Wars 2 Wiki are: