UDWiki talk:Administration/Policy Discussion/Reduce Minimum Edits For Bureaucrat Promotion

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A Word From A Current Crat

My reasoning for coming forward with this policy is simple: I am not running again for 'crat in June. I always take any office I take serious and try to live up to the call of duty, so rather than to leave you to clean up the mess I leave, I put my own mess into the waste basket before I take my hat and coat.

Looking at the last crat election the entire pool of eligible candidates consisted of 3 sys-ops, of whom one withdrew at the first opportunity, another had no edits for months and the third one was Boxy, who was the only one to make any kind of election possible. When I withdraw from the election as well, the pool will be even smaller.

As I don't see the sys-op team growing or their edit count going up anytime soon, we have to tackle this issue from a different angle: We have to reduce the requirements for the bureaucrat office to requirements fit for the reduced and ever-shrinking traffic on this wiki.

-- Spiderzed 11:59, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

It's been something like three years since I've properly been active here, so taken anything I say with the appropriate helping of salt.
That said, I'm cautiously in agreement. The wiki (or the game) isn't going to get anymore active in the near future. If a crat can get voted in spite of such low activity, I don't really see a problem. I wouldn't mind making a requirement that crats must post on the 'crat promotion page that they are willing to take up the position if they get voted in, so somebody completely inactive isn't voted in. Linkthewindow  Talk  12:21, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
Also, there's only been one deletion request so far in 2014. This place has changed from 2008. Realistically though, there's probably going to have to be some consideration in this policy (as well as others,) as to how the wiki will be run when it's virtually abandoned (if there's anyone around to run it.) I like to think that some people still play UD, so it's important to keep this wiki as a resource, even if there's very little actual editing going on. Most of the current policies regarding voting/promotions assume that there's going to be people around to vote on stuff. Hell, people were thinking about this three years ago Linkthewindow  Talk  13:12, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
As Link. I'm in agreement, but I too am a bit wary of it. We're reaching the point where we spend more time managing ourselves than we do the wiki itself, which is an odd place to be. I think most of us at this point are still around, but we just don't have a reason to be editing things constantly, nor are there issues we need to be dealing with on a regular basis, but as soon as something comes up, we're here. We might need to change the rules to accommodate for that sort of activity, since it's only going to get more common. Aichon 15:14, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
My point being is that I will step out of here in some 6 weeks, and will likely let my sys-op status petter out afterwards (if I don't go for straight active demotion). I am pretty much done with UD and the associated wiki after having been actually around for much longer than many other ops, even some of the cherished ops of yesteryear.
What I don't want to do is to just leave you guys high and dry with a system that might well make it impossible to elect a crat - to do that, I have a too strong personal sense of duty. Hence a warning in advance to those likely to be the only eligible candidates by the end of June (Aichon, Ross, I am looking at you), and a quick-fix proposal that is easy to implement within the time frame for that I am yet around. If you want to go above and beyond that, you are free to do so (especially as I will no longer have a stake in any of that), but that time-frame might be a bit sharp to come up with a complete overhaul of the crat and the general A/RE system that everyone can agree to. -- Spiderzed 21:09, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Probably worth putting this up for voting then (nobody seems that opposed to the core idea,) and we will start a discussion about the rule changes needed to ensure that the wiki is manageable in the future. Linkthewindow  Talk  08:13, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

If we want two 'crats and have elections, then this seems the way to go. Edit count isn't as good as an indicator of being around since there's much less editing to be done. --  AHLGTG 15:50, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

As far as I can tell, it's unlikely we'll have many (or any?) more sysops in the future (aside from returning ones maybe), so we need to be switching from "managing the wiki community" mode to "long-term maintenance" mode. Just thinking out loud, I'm guessing none of us will lose our positions in A/RE at this point, given how long we've all been around without issue. Maybe it makes sense to change A/RE into something that only happens in response to problems, rather than a regularly-occurring thing (e.g. a 'crat can trigger one for a particular sysop)? Because at this point, we'll likely only lose our spots due to inactivity or misconduct, either of which is processed separately from A/RE anyway. And maybe we should add some sort of optional activity check so that sysops can make it clear to each other that, yes, they are still around and ready to deal with anything that comes up, that way we don't have any surprises by folks being missing when we need them. Aichon 16:33, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

I'd rather keep A/RE as it is, but at the moment it's just a rubber stamp, yeah. Linkthewindow  Talk  00:59, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
That's an interesting observation, actually. The only reason A/RE existed is because after the Grim era some people wanted the shittier sysops gone so badly they literally had to invent a process by which they could be removed. It's served its purpose over the years pretty well, I think, but you're certainly right about its current model. But I'd think it's better to have a now-useless process that's a formality that might become useful later than be done with it altogether. But in the meantime, here's Conndraka hilariously claiming that the entire reason A/RE was invented was to get rid of him. And he wasn't even wrong. A ZOMBIE ANT 07:21, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
It was passed after a particularly bad few months of 'all sysops and crats are terrible,' from memory (at least from a vocal portion of the wiki community.) Part of the (unstated) rationale was to get rid of old sysops who merely used their status to fuel drama (Conn being the most erogenous example,) or long-term inactive sysops who never managed to fall below the activity threshold (General.) There were a couple of pretty bad policies proposed - the A/RE system was pretty much the least bad policy proposed. These days, it doesn't seem as necessary - a quick look through the archives finds that most sysops that fail their RE are close to an inactivity demotion anyway, and those that are active pass with flying colours. There's no harm in having a now-useless system around in case a particularly poor sysop needs to be demoted in the future, and it's also a mechanism to remove inactive sysops that never manage to fall below their inactivity threshold. If you wanted to make it a system in response to problems, there's a couple of dead policies floating around - this comes to mind, there's probably others. And DDR's right - you could almost call the reevaluations policy the 'Get Conndraka laws'. Linkthewindow  Talk  08:55, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Again, just thinking out loud (i.e. I'm not recommending it (yet?)), what about if we only did re-evals when people asked for it? For instance, we list the sysops on A/RE and allow anyone to request there that we have a re-eval for a particular sysop when their term ends. Then, the next time their term is up, they get re-evaluated by the community, but if no one requests it, we don't bother wasting time on the re-eval. It'd just be a way to streamline the process a bit as the community slows down, but it'd still leave the power in the community's hands (and I agree with you guys, I'm much more comfortable with it being in the community's hands).
Most likely, someone would put in requests for A/RE for every sysop as a matter of principle, and that's fine, but it's looking like people will stop caring about that stuff soon, so having a mechanism that allows us to keep things moving with less of the needless self-congratulation would be nice. Aichon 15:50, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Not a bad call, only one legitimate a/re can be called every 8 months or something. Similar to how we handle individual A/DE permaban requests. A ZOMBIE ANT 01:08, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
The only problem is that re-evaluations could become the inevitable aftermath of major sysop drama, which is probably the worst time to evaluate a sysop. That said, I trust the crats to take this into consideration (sysops should never be defined by their most recent drama,) and, really, there's not too much drama around this place any more. Linkthewindow  Talk  10:06, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I was thinking (but totally forgot to say) that even though anyone could request an A/RE, it'd still only come around once every 8 months at the prescribed time. Basically, if no one put in a request, we'd register it as a passed re-eval and update the date when their next re-eval would be. So, none of the timing for re-evals would change. All that would change is that we'd skip them if no one wanted to bother with them. That would hopefully handle the problem with upset people demanding a head on a platter. Aichon 14:49, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Ah, alright, that makes sense. Give it a two week leeway, and if a re-eval hasn't happened after 8.5 months, it's passed. Sounds fine. Linkthewindow  Talk  08:13, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
Sad that is all I'm remembered for... :( That being the case I humbly apologize. --ConndrakaTAZM CFT 02:28, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Oh shit he can hear us! Abandon ship! But seriously, I don't think it's all you are remembered for. I just remembered that one thing you said when this was brought up. Besides, if you had to be remembered for one thing, I'm sure this'd be better for that... OTHER thing... A ZOMBIE ANT 06:02, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

I'm fairly sure I'm the only sop to ever request a re-evaluation. I am the anti-Thad. How about replacing it with a vote of no confidence type thing? --Rosslessness 17:58, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Good Idea. A no confidence vote could be initiated by a request of the user base, with what a 30 day 'window' so that a N/C vote couldn't be called every day? This would be enough I think in case a sys or crat lost their damn minds (like myself or even better example Grim).--ConndrakaTAZM CFT 18:53, 28 May 2014 (UTC)


Lets turn the entire sop team into crats, rename them custodians. --Rosslessness 19:07, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Although I think this is a joke (?), I actually agree. But if we can't take the simple option, I guess Spidey's alternative is acceptable. God-forbid there isn't someone to watch over the 30 people who use the wiki. --K 20:42, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
I laughed, but I kinda agree too, actually. It's a system that's ripe for abuse, but, frankly, those of us still left have hopefully proven we have no intention of doing so by this point. I guess we'd still have the regular sysop role for any newcomers or returnees, and we could escalate them to custodian as they proved themselves? Again, just thinking out loud. Aichon 21:27, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
It started as a joke, but as I typed it, I thought "Why not?" Nicest coup ever. --Rosslessness 21:28, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
I would have had the opportunity for some months now directly following Bob's absence. See what little I have made of it. -- Spiderzed 21:55, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
It's not such a bad idea. The 'newest' sysop (judging by the creation of their user page) is Spiderzed, and he's been on the wiki for four and a half years, while when I was most active (2009ish) there were plenty of ops who were on the wiki for less then a year (I was promoted after only four months of being fully active.) Linkthewindow  Talk  00:59, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
For reference, here's a graph of the number of sysops since 2009, based on UDWiki:Administration/Sysop Check. We're at the lowest number of sysops since that page started (in late 2009.) In that time, the average number of ops was around 10. Linkthewindow  Talk  01:53, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

more crats, make term 1 year. A ZOMBIE ANT 07:34, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Down with the crats Linkthewindow  Talk  08:13, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
Don't you mean cats? --Rosslessness 08:26, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Alternative Ulster proposal

I'll travel into the wild blue yonder and tame a whole new bear cat in its natural environment. We shall shackle him to a desk, PETA be damned. I'll need a bullwhip, a team of diverse undergrad volunteers, several types of animal viagra and a really fucking big butterfly net. They never lynch children, babies—no matter what they do they are whitewashed in advance 03:49, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

I am not an undergrad but I am a volunteer.--SA 19:01, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

I am probably not in any position to weigh in,

but as someone who is mostly just a lurker of the wiki, opposed to an active contributor, I do agree that there is a need for the 'crat promotion process to be malleable, to allow for these kinds of adjustments -- most of the current sysop/bureaucrat team as it appears are either returning members, or the incumbents, who have "established" themselves in the Wiki. I am one of those optimists who think that people still do play UD, as much as the player base is regressing. I would like to support anything that keeps the wiki as a repository of information pertaining to the game, as well as an archive -- I have to admit that a lot of the userpages of old give me much entertainment/nostalgia.

Minimum edits as a qualification for 'crat applicants does not seem to be relevant where the goal is no longer the management of the wiki, but rather, the long-term maintenance mode of such, as mentioned by Aichon. There are still deletion requests and the occasional new, non-userspace page that is created (but thankfully, we don't seem to have the rampant bot issue that plagued the wiki for most of last year.) A/RE, as stated by others, seems to have been put in place as a response/"documentation" of a process to remove some sysops from their privileges. Still, it might be better to keep it for now, even just as formality/tradition, but perhaps allow more flexibility as to how it's implemented?

Re: Sysop/'Crat Evaluation, compared to the old system of having them on schedule, I'm in favour of having them when they are requested (but what if it'd never be requested? The people vocal about Misconbitration/etc tend to be people who were already involved with the bureaucracy/red tape of the wiki, rather than "casual users" such as myself. --Si vis pacem, para bellum. (stalk · KT · FoD · UU) 14:20, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

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