User:Dux Ducis/Projects

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To Do:

  1. Overhaul Guidelines for SysOp Requests
  2. Inactive SysOp policy that everyone can agree on
  3. Revise welcomenewbie template
  4. Fix Help area / clean up
  5. Clean up this page
  6. Project Sleep
  7. Expanding the help page for signatures
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Hi Dux Ducis/Projects! As we can see, you've made your first edits to this wiki not long ago. It's OK to be new, and we encourage new blood to join and enrich our community. At the same time, we understand that no one is a perfect wiki editor straight off the bat, and so you could use some tips. Please take the time to read them all.

General Editing
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  • You may want to know how your edits will look before they have been saved, to make sure that nothing is wrong. Use the "Preview" button before the "Save" button; it's your friend!
  • If you're slow in your editing and there's an editing conflict, you might not understand the error that you get. The easiest way to overcome the edit conflict is to copy whatever you have been writing, go back with your browser, and then reenter the edit page so that you can add your edits without deleting those made before yours.
  • The wiki is a collaborative project, please do your best to work well with fellow editors.

Further help for editing the wiki can be found on the Help page.

Project Mentor

Project Mentor has been set up to allow new wiki users to have a more experienced wiki veteran mentor them for the first few weeks. Visit its page for more information!

Your User Page

One of the great things about the wiki is that every user can have his or her own user page! These pages are located in the User namespace — in other words, they all begin with "User:" (yours is User:Dux Ducis/Projects). The appropriate place to write about yourself or your characters is on your user page, or a subpage of that page (e.g., User:Dux Ducis/Projects/Your Character's Name). Do not create pages about yourself outside of the User namespace. Those pages will be moved into subpages of your user page, and speedily deleted. If you want something to be deleted, use the speedy deletion page; that's why Criterion 7 was made.

User Talk Pages

Every user has a talk page, found by clicking the "discussion" link at the top of his or her user page, or by going directly to it (yours would be User talk:Dux Ducis/Projects). If you have a question for someone, or want to say something to him or her, his or her user talk page is the place.

However, many users on the wiki have established specific guidelines for how their user talk pages are to be treated — where new comments should go, how they should be written, what is or is not okay to talk about, etc. Be sure to look for guidelines on the talk page before you leave a comment.

If you don't see any guidelines specified, the assumption is that you should place your comment at the bottom of the talk page, under a level 2 heading. This can be accomplished by clicking the "+" link next to the "edit" tab at the top of the talk page, or by manually typing in your message in this format:

==Message title==

Your message goes here

When replying to a comment already laid on the page, remember to indent it correctly: do it by inserting as many colons plus one to the message you're replying to at the begining of your message, like this:

==Message title==

Your message

:User's reply

::Your reply
The Suggestions Page

We know that as a new user, you want to share your ideas with us. But a community as big as ours has already seen all kind of suggestions, and it's possible that we've already seen something very similar to the ideas you have. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure that your suggestion gets the respect that it deserves:

  • We strongly recommend that you read the Suggestions Dos and Do Nots and the Frequently Suggested Ideas pages so that you will have an idea of what kind of suggestions are likely to be accepted and what kind are ridiculous in the eyes of the community. The pages might look long and time-consuming to read, but you will find them entertaining and helpful.
  • You might also want to look at the Previous Days Suggestions. These contain a record of all previous suggestions. Use the search function in your browser to search for keywords relating to the suggestion you want to make.
  • It may be helpful to wait a few days to get a feel for the wiki and the other users before subjecting your idea to any possible criticism. If you're unsure, the Suggestions Discussion page is good neutral territory to suggest, gather feedback, and refine your idea before officially submitting it.
  • Write your suggestion according to these steps. If it looks too complicated for you, ask for help.
  • You can't modify a suggestion that you've written once it has been posted on the Suggestions page. You can withdraw and resubmit it with changes later, but only do that if people liked your original suggestion while requesting changes, not if it was Spaminated.

Remember: These guidelines may look difficult to learn and follow, but they're mainly just common sense! Think about what you're going to say or do before you do it! If you don't make an effort to do so, then why would others have the obligation to be nice to you? Feel free to ask any Project Welcome member if you need help, that's our purpose anyways!

If you want to delete this text, just delete the {{Welcomenewbie}} line from your talk page. Remember that you can always have access to these tips on the Project Welcome/Welcomenewbie page.


I have noticed that you didn't have a talk page and were eligible for being welcomed by members of our staff. But, checking the number and date of your contributions, I decided to just point you towards the template itself and offer you my help whenever you ask for it. Feel free to stop at Project Welcome/Welcomenewbie if you want a useful array of tips, Help:Contents and the detailed help down here if you want a deeper insight on how a wiki works. Also, use my talk page whenever you have any question about wiki technicalities and/or the specific rules that pertain this particular wiki. See yah!
Editing help
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Policies and Guidelines

Policy Documents

Sysop Promotion Guidelines (link)

Recent Discussion has made clear there is a general concensus the current promotion guidelines are a little out-of-date and in need for an overhaul. These are some of the main areas that need to be changed:

  1. Significant time within the community (2 months)
  2. Significant activity within the community (500 edits)
  3. Indication of trust in the candidate (min 3 users (pref users with 200 edits & one SysOp)

Several of the proposed changes are the following:

  1. Increasing the minimum required time active on the UD Wiki to be 6 months, from 2 months
  2. Increasing the minimum number of edits to 2,000, from 500
  3. 3 required questions that should be answered, plus optional questions
  4. Increase the number of minimum edits of the first 3 users vouching

Minimum Time

Because of the growth of the UD Wiki, a longer minimum time is now seen to be needed to guarantee a commitment. 2 months is seen to be too short, so an increase to 6 months has been proposed. The average time a user spends on the UD Wiki also happens to be roughly 6 months - So it seems appropriate to assume that a longer stay than 6 months is a sign of commitment.

Minimum Number of Edits

An increase of the minimum edits in accordance to the growth of the UD Wiki community is also seen as a necessary step needed to overhaul the promotion process. also, seeing as how a SysOp is supposed to do their work in accordance to the communities will, the minimum number of edits accumulated by a user should be high enough to not only show that they have a good understanding of the way the wiki works, but also to show they are fairly in with the community, and grasp what it wants and needs. So, a proposed change is to raise the minimum number of edits from 500 to 2,000. Wikipedia's guidelines for a successful promotion advise having more than 2,000 edits (Graph). The community sees 500 edits as being too low these days, and this has caused too many inexperienced users to request promotion to sysop status.

Introduction of Q&A section

As seen on Wikipedia's promotion process ([1] [2] [3] [4]), introducing a Question and Answer section to the Promotion process would give more insight to a candidate. The process would allow the community to see easily what a candidates reasons for wanting to be a SysOp, the major work they would be taking part in, their most important contribution (it would be the candidate's own opinion of course), and any of their major conflicts with other users, and how those conflicts panned out. Although some of these topics may be answered in the candidates request for promotion, the required questions would still be asked and answered.

These required questions would be asked by any current Bureaucrat or a System Operator. The required questions (when decided what they would be) would be the same for every candidate.

Another part of the addition of a Q&A process is letting the average users of the community ask their own questions. Their would be limits of what could be asked of course, to prevent silly or inappropriate questions from arising. What is considered silly and/or inappropriate will be discussed later. Each user would be allowed one question per candidate (to prevent clutter), but a question is not required of the user.

Indication of Trust in a Candidate

Being that a System Operator is expected to follow the will of the community, it'd be expected that a candidate has firm support from the community. As seen here, some users are concerned with the minimum requirements of the initial vouchers. Being that a candidate needs vouches from at least three members of the community to go under discussion, it'd be expected that those vouchers are well experienced in the wiki and the community.

The proposed changes would be that instead of three vouchers (with one of the users being a System Operator) and at least 200 edits each, the requirements would be 5 vouchers, with at least 500 edits each, with one user preferably being a System Operator. The System Operator vouch is not required, but it would help prove the candidate's trust worthiness.

In essence, this revision should increase the transparency of the promotions process, while preventing premature candidate submissions.

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