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This page is for the reporting of administrator (sysop) misconduct within the Urban Dead wiki. Sysops are trusted with a considerable number of powers, many of which have the capacity to be abused. In many circumstances, it is possible for a sysop to cause considerable havoc. As such, users are provided this page to report misconduct from the System Operators. For consistency and accountability, sysops also adhere to the guidelines listed here.

Guidelines for System Operator Misconduct Reporting

The charge of Administrative Misconduct is a grave charge indeed. If misconduct occurs, it is important that the rest of the sysop team be able to review the charges as necessary. Any charge of administrative misconduct must be backed up with evidence. The clearest evidence that can be provided for administrative misconduct is a clear discrepancy between the relevant action log (deletion, block, or protection log) and the archives of the relevant administration service page, and this is a minimum standard of evidence admitted in such a tribunal.

Misconduct is primarily related to specific Administrator Services, not standards of behavior. As such, situations including verbal attacks by sysops, while frowned upon, do not constitute misconduct. Sysops on a wiki are in theory supposed to have no more authority than a regular user - they merely have a greater scope of power. Personality conflicts between sysops and regular users should be treated just as a personality conflict between two regular users. If, in the course of such a conflict, a sysop abuses their administrative powers by banning a user, blocking or deleting a page without due process, that is misconduct, and should be reported to this page.

There is, however, an exception to this rule - excessive bullying, or attempts to treat the status of sysop as a badge of authority to force a sysop's wishes on the wiki may also come under misconduct. Any accusations of this should come with just as clear evidence, and for such an action to be declared misconduct, there should be a clear pattern of behavior across a considerable period of time.

All discussion of misconduct should occur on this page, not the talk page - any discussion on the talk page will be merged into this page once discovered. Once a misconduct case has been declared closed, a member of the sysop team other than the sysop named in the case will mete out the punishment (if deemed necessary), and then move the case to the Archive.

Administrative Abilities

For future reference, the following are sysop specific abilities (ie things that sysops can do that regular users cannot):

  • Deletion (ie complete removal, as opposed to blanking) of pages (including Images and any other page-like construct on this wiki), through the delete tab on the top of any deletable construct.
  • Undeletion (ie returning a page, complete with page history) of pages (including any other page-like construct on this wiki (Images are not included as deletion of an image is not undoable), through the undelete tab on the top of any undeletable construct
  • Protection of pages (ie removing the ability of regular users to edit or move a particular page), through the protect tab on the top of any protectable construct.
  • Moving of pages (ie changing a page complete with the page's history to a different namespace).
  • Warning users reported in Vandal Banning.
  • Banning of Users (ie removing the ability of a specific user to edit the wiki), through the Block User page.
  • Editing of Protected pages by any means.
  • Research IP activity using the CheckUser extension.
  • (Bureaucrats Only) Promotion (providing the above abilities) of User to Sysop/Bureaucrat status.

If none of the above abilities were abused and the case doesn't apply for the exception mentioned above, then this is a case for UDWiki:Administration/Arbitration or UDWiki:Administration/Vandal Banning.

Example of Misconduct Proceedings

Sysop seems to have deleted Bad Page, but I can't find it in the Archives of either the Deletion or Speedy Deletion pages. The Logs show a deletion at 18:06, October 24th 2005 by a System Operator, but this does not seem to be backed up by a request for that deletion. I would like to know why this is the case -- Reporter 13:42, 28 Oct 2005 (BST)

The deletion was asked through my talk page. I give my Talk page as proof of this. -- Sysop 13:42, 28 Oct 2005 (BST)
It looks like the page that was deleted did not belong to the requesting user, so you were in no position to delete it on sight. -- Reporter 13:42, 28 Oct 2005 (BST)
You know the rules, Sysop. All deletion requests have to go through the Speedy Delete page. Next time, please inform the user where they should lodge the request. This is a clear violation, will you accept a one-day ban as punishment? -- Sysop2 13:42, 28 Oct 2005 (BST)
I'm not liking it, but I clearly broke the rules, I'll accept the ban. I'll certainly remember due process next time... Sysop 13:42, 28 Oct 2005 (BST)
As punishment for failing to follow due process, Sysop has been banned for a period of 24 hours. This will be moved to the Archive shortly. -- Sysop2 13:42, 28 Oct 2005 (BST)

Before Reporting Misconduct

Due to a the growing number of Non-Misconduct cases popping up on this page the Administration Staff has decided to compile a basic summary of what has been viewed as Not Misconduct in the past. Please read over UDWiki:Misconduct and make sure that what you are reporting is in fact misconduct before filing a report here.

Cases made to further personal disputes should never be made here, harassment of any user through administration pages may result in vandal escalations. Despite their unique status this basic protection does still apply to Sysops.

Misconduct Cases Currently Under Consideration

User:Aichon

This sysop clearly has too much time on his hands and is too personally involved with the job. I recommend demotion. --Civet (talk) 16:01, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

Obvious vandal alt is obvious. - Cheese 16:03, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for your support. I hope Kevan takes notice promptly. --Hatredo (talk) 16:04, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

I'm just leaving this here so the other sysops can get a chuckle before it's deleted. Aichon 16:29, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

Myskohndookt. Your punishment is to be promoted to bureaucrat. -- Spiderzed 13:23, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

It's not even funny, It's just sad. Sad --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 16:23, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

I would like to add a note that I did read of another individuals complaint that seems related to these recent events. I'm not sure if this is the place to really mention this but I can't really think of anywhere else to mention this. I'm not gonna take a side in this but I thought you guys should see what this guy wrote for yourselves. http://wiki.urbandead.com/index.php/Envy/News --JarethBee (talk) 00:09, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

There's certainly an argument to be had that just as there should be no place for a zerger in the Urban Dead game, there should be no place for their activities on the wiki. Traditionally, a users actions in-game have no bearing on whether or not they are banned on the wiki, and wiki sysops have no control over banning a player in-game. So there's a division here. I don't know much about who is who isn't a zerg here, so I have little to comment on that. I am interested in what other wiki users would have to say about this. (However, vandalizing the Jack's page is completely counter-productive and will continue to get those responsible banned.) --  AHLGTG 01:44, 30 April 2018 (UTC)
I’m certainly not a fan of zergers, particularly the ones I was made aware of who are ineptly posing as me, and even though I haven’t played the game in over a year I still detest when I’m put in a position where I end up defending them. Even so, it’s my duty as a sysop to respond to actions that occur here on the wiki rather than what happens in the game. In that regard, I exercised my duties appropriately, much to my personal distaste if I did so in the service of a zerger. It may not be something any of us like, but it isn’t Misconduct, so if anyone would like to discuss it further I’d be happy to do so over on my talk page. Aichon 02:09, 30 April 2018 (UTC)
Yes, of course it isn't remotely misconduct. Tongue :P I was curious if there was a larger conversation to be had about this thing... if a zerger shouldn't be allowed on the wiki at all, regardless of their wiki conduct. --  AHLGTG 02:13, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

Concluded Misconduct Cases

Check the Archive for concluded Misconduct cases.

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