The Wiki software makes it possible for each user to edit articles, upload files and much more. There are, however, a few functions of the software, which are reserved for Lexicanum administrators. The most important being the final deletion of articles and changing pictures including rolling back to a previous revision. In the Wiki system Adminstrators are called also "Sysops".
See Also: Lexicanum:User
Administrators do not have a privileged position, shown by their voice not count any more or less than any other user. It may concern normal users that those with extra granted rights (deleting articles, barriers on some parts etc.) do not abuse them. This is because it is easy to vandalise the site. For non-administrators these functions are not accessible, in order to hold vandalismus within limits.
How to become an Administrator
An administrator is assigned as needed and chosen by their suitability. You can find a list of administrators here.
Suggestions for New Administrators
If the need exists, anyone can enter for adminship, and just needs to put a link to themselves at Lexicanum:Open Discussion.Suggestions must have a reason for submission to the list. Those who are nominated but don't want the position must note this beside their own name.
A person must have the following before being submitted for admin status:
- Long and high quality articles
- They must be able to deal with conflicts and quarrels
- You must be able to write new articles, not just fix others
- They should know and be able to quote or find the rules of the site
What an administrator should attach importance to
An administrator should:
- Keep an eye on the recent changes board. In particular these should be new articles or changes by anonymous or new users
- Be aware of copyright infringement. Sometimes these come from other websites and must be checked for correct content
- Protected sites, particularly the main one, must be kept up to date
- Protect sites that are complete and won't be changed for a long time
- Delete sites which contain nonsense or over agreed deletion
They may not use their powers to decide matters themelves, as they have no stronger voice as anyone else. In the case of deleting articles and a dispute arises, it should be put within Lexicanum:Deletion Candidates.
Admins must show a model for other users. If we want a pleasant atmosphere in Lexicanum, normal users must act the same. Admins are saying things and sometimes refurring to behavior/opinion/expressions in order to judge Lexicanum. Therefore, an admin must refain from using insulting words and think of a better way to express themselves.
If you get in, we advise you to be careful how you use your powers and in particular follow these guidelines:
Administrators can delete articles permanently. To delete an article, certain rules must be followed. Non administrators can place a request for the article to be deleted. Explanation may be given, otherwise it would fall under the deletion rules. Pictures and other media can also be deleted, but this is permanent and must be uploaded again to repair.
Administrators can also block, or protect, sites so they can only be worked on by other administrators.
Administrators can cancel changes and roll back the article to a previous version. This can be done due to vandalism. Care must be taken to roll back to the correct version.
Additional to normal administrators, there are some technical administrators who look after the running of the site. They have more powers and can choose administrators and grant their powers.
Failure of Administrators
If you get the impression an administrator is failing in their duties or abusing their privileges, write them a personal message and explain your reasoning. If this fails you can write down your complaints at the administrator discussion site. If there is a majority then their admin status is waived.
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