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This page is for users to request System Operator status. The act of user promotion is restricted to those with bureaucrat status, and as such users will need to request user promotion here. System Operators and Bureaucrats cannot assign promotions unless the request has gone through this page.

Guidelines for System Operator Requests

Users who wish to request System Operator status (and users who wish to nominate other users for System Operator status) should note that before they can be considered the following guidelines should be met by the candidate:

  • Significant time within the community.
We define this as at least 6 months since the candidate's first edit.
Note: looking in a User's User contributions might give false results for this criterion, as the edit history is periodically purged on this wiki.
  • Significant activity within the community.
We define this as at least 250 edits in the past six months under the candidate's name.
Note: looking in a User's User contributions might give false results for this criterion, as the edit history is periodically purged on this wiki.
  • Prior interest in maintaining the community.
We define this as clear evidence that the candidate is already performing maintenance tasks and taking leadership roles on the wiki.
  • Desire to become a System Operator.
We define this simply as indicating in the candidate's request their desire for the position (Note that if a person is nominated by another user, the candidate in question should note their acceptance of the nomination).

If a user is highly exemplary in one criterion, a certain amount of leeway may be given with the other criteria.

Once the candidate satisfies these guidelines, the user is then subject to a community discussion. All users are asked to comment on the candidate in question, ask questions of the candidate, and discuss the candidate's suitability for becoming a System Operator. This is not a vote. It is instead merely a request for comments from the wiki community. This will continue for two weeks to allow all users an opportunity to voice their opinion regarding a candidate's qualifications for promotion. After two weeks, the Bureaucrats are responsible for announcing their decision within a reasonably short period of time. Users may continue to add their thoughts until the Bureaucrats announce their decision. The current amount of System Operators running should not influence your decisions when voicing your opinion.

Once the two weeks are up, the Bureaucrats will review the community discussion and make a decision based upon it. The user will be notified of the status of their request, and will be promoted should it appear that the community is willing to accept them as a System Operator.

Example Application

Example User

I've been around 3 months, and I've made to date 550 edits. As you can see [link here] and [link here], I've been in the leadership role attempting to create a new format for this page. I'd very much like to become a System Operator.

  • Vouch - I am willing to vouch for this user. -- Voucher 03:41, 23 Jan 2006 (GMT)
  • Against - Example User, I haven't seen any evidence of your work on the wiki. --Some user 19:01, 25 July 2006 (BST)
  • Vouch - Example User is the most active guy here. --Another user 19:01, 25 July 2006 (BST)
  • Abstain - I'm just not sure, but I don't want to say why for some reason. --Some other user 19:01, 25 July 2006 (BST)
  • Question - I just want to know what you think about this subject? --Yet another user 21:26, 4 April 2013 (BST)

Candidates Being Discussed


Hey guys, with most of the sysops less active nowadays (myself included), it's about time we punished someone with a promotion, and I know exactly the right person for the job.

If you've taken a glance at Recent Changes in, oh, the last three years, you're likely already aware of Stelar's incredible work in keeping thousands of DangerReports updated. And while the sheer volume of her contributions is immensely impressive, what's even more amazing is the humility with which she's gone about them tirelessly for so long. She's never demanded recognition. Instead, she's simply done it with an "I just want to help make things better" attitude.

Beyond that, her work with Radio Malton and adding details to stub locations on the wiki has helped to add some much-needed color to the game. As the leader of two successful groups—one breathing, the other not—she doesn't play any favorites. And while the rest of us have been treating the wiki as a dying archive of a bygone era, Stelar has been experimenting with new ideas, which is exactly the sort of activity we need around here.

As an added plus, she's an Aussie, which helps us with our coverage across more time zones.

And really, someone who's active and aware is what we could use most right now. While wiki drama may not be gone for good, it isn't an important factor in how the wiki currently operates. Instead, what we need are even-keeled sysops who can respond to the infrequent situations that unexpectedly come around...like a few weeks ago when the wiki's login system broke, locking many of us out of our accounts. If you blinked and missed that happening, guess who you have to thank? Stelar. She realized the problem and coordinated people to get it fixed quickly.

If for some reason you haven't had a chance to get to know Stelar through the wiki or NecroConnect, I'd encourage you to take this opportunity to ask questions of her. I expect you'll discover that she's exactly as polite, humble, and helpful as I've painted her to be, and that she'd be a welcome addition to the sysop team.

Also, I told her I was planning to nominate her, so I expect that she'll be along sometime later today to confirm that she is indeed interested in the position.

Aichon 15:40, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Er... many hours later today it seems. Guess that's how it goes when you live in upsidedownland! But anyway, I accept the nomination :) stelar (talk) 01:09, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Vouch - See above. Aichon 15:41, 13 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Vouch She is a girl -- HEY! HANDS OFF MAH BOOBS!   bitch   COBRA!  אמת17:12, 13 May 2017
  • Vouch I invite you to explain why you are obeying these rules constitutes a difference with Cheese's rules explains the difference between what you're saying and precedence's example. -- Adward  17:39, 13 May 2017 (UTC)
    Cheese rules? Of course it does. Always obey the cheese. Only a crazy person would monkey around with other rules. stelar (talk) 07:40, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Question Are you OK with me asking several questions? Bob Moncrief EBDW! 04:51, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
    Does that count as one towards your several? Maybe I'm more like a genie and you can only be granted three? stelar (talk) 07:40, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
    Hope you're a generous genie, 'cuz I've almost certainly got more than three. Question What is something you plan to do if you're given sysop powers? Bob Moncrief EBDW! 07:45, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Vouch My girlfriend is in her zombie group and tells me she's a good choice. --Dr. Guedner (talk) 11:51, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Vouch--Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 22:29, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Archived Bids

For earlier promotion bids, see the following: