Administrators are members of the community with great knowledge in coding, editing, the wiki's content and Dragonvale itself. Their role is to help the community to function properly as a whole, through the use of tools similar to Wiki Moderators and Chat Moderators, with a few extra ones.
Administrators are responsible for addressing disruption on the wiki by other users, including breaches of civility.
A good administrator listens to the opinions of other people in the community and tries to find a way to respond to issues or suggestions whether it is as small simple accidental error in a template or opening a forum for discussion.
An administrator's authority is as large as the community would like it to be.
Administrators have no right to claim authority over the content and policies of the wiki.
Administrators do not own the site. They cannot shut out the opinions of others.
Abuse of administrator privileges may result in a removal of user rights after community discussion.
Nominees need to show maturity. This includes quality edits, courtesy, and refraining from heavily roleplaying (like wiki "marriage", indulging in "violent acts" toward another user, etc ...)
Administrators are expected to show good behavior both here and on other Wikis. As their conduct will be associated with this wiki, a block or ban on another Wiki as much as here could lead to demotion without further notice.
Traits to look for in a potential administrator include, but are not limited to:
A kind approach to fellow members of the community.
Is helpful to other members of the community by trying to answer questions or complaints.
Is familiar with basic editing in source mode on Wikia.
Has a well-rounded knowledge of the content in DragonVale
Is respected by other members of the community.
Is able to work well with others.
Seems like their contributions to the DragonVale community would benefit with the administrator specific tools.
Promoting an Administrator
Anyone can nominate someone as a candidate to become an administrator, but nominations will only be accepted for candidates who meet certain conditions:
The candidate must have been a either a Chat Moderator for at least 3 months or a Wiki Moderator for at least 2 months.
The candidate needs 3 other users to vouch for him/her within a week. One of these users must be Wiki Moderator or Administrator. The nomination shall count as a vouch except in cases of self-nomination. The staff member giving the voucher must create a written post on the nomination discussion board explaining the reasons for supporting the nominee.
The candidate must not have received a block on this Wiki or another Wiki (This applies for 6 months following the end of the block period).
The candidate must not also have received a ban on this Wiki's chat site (This applies for 6 months from the end of the ban period).
The candidate cannot be nominated more than once per 3 months.
If a nomination is refused due to the candidate not meeting requirements, then it is not considered a nomination and the candidate can be nominated again once the other requirements are met.
If a nomination is refused due to the candidate not accepting it, then it is not considered a nomination and the candidate can be nominated again at any other time.
Once the nomination is made and appropriate vouchers are received, a member of the Administrator team will leave a message for the candidate asking if s/he accepts the nomination. Upon acceptance, a highlighted discussion forum will be opened to allow members of the DragonVale Wiki community to discuss the candidate's qualifications.
Within 24 hours of opening the discussion, the nominee must post a comment providing information as to why s/he is interested in the position and what qualifications s/he has for the role.
Within 48 hours of opening the discussion, the Administrator who provided the voucher for the candidate must post a comment providing information as to why s/he supports the candidacy.
After the community discussion has been open for 7 days, one of the current administrators will open the Voting Process, wherein community members can indicate whether they support or oppose the candidacy. This is not a vote for whether or not the nominee will become an Administrator, but whether or not the community supports the candidate moving to the "Admin Vetting" process.
Clearly state whether you support or oppose.
One vote per person.
A small explanation of your vote can be provided but people aren't expected to answer to it. This is meant to vote, not discuss.
Participant must be registered users since before the nomination of the candidate.
Sockpuppeting will result in a cancellation of the votes and a block of all perpetrators.
No questions or discussions allowed. Any non-vote will be deleted.
Voting will last for a week from the time it started.
If at least 80.0% of the community votes cast are in "Support" of a candidate then the candidate will automatically become a staff member on the DragonVale Wiki in that role.
If 60.0% to 79.9% of the community votes cast are in "Support" of the candidate then the candidate will go through a one month probation period with the tools. At the end of the one month if more than 80.0% of the community votes cast are in "Support" of the candidate keeping the tools the candidate will keep them. If less than 80.0% of the community votes cast are in "Support" after the probation period the tools will be removed.
Users that do not support the candidate in the post-probation voting thread should list at least one point that the user could improve in the probation period, so that the user can use it to improve; the points should be reasonable and not being personal reasons.
If less than 60.0% of the community votes cast are in "Support" in the vote then the candidate does not receive the tools or a probation period.
Candidates can be nominated again three months from the end of their probation/end of the vote.
If the candidate is accepted for promotion, a bureaucrat will make the user rights changes. If there are no bureaucrats, then one of the administrators should send a message to Wikia staff at Special:Contact/general with a link to the discussion/vote and a request to promote the user.
Nominations can be made HERE
Procedure for nominating
Make sure your candidate meets the above mentioned requirements.
You can nominate yourself, but it's better if someone else does. Also, you need three vouchers nevertheless.
Make sure the candidate hasn't been nominated already.
Should that be the case, you can vouch for the candidate instead of nominating him/her.
To vouch for a candidate Simply COMMENT that you do so. Remember an Administrator candidate must have another Administrator vouching for him.
You can Kudos a nomination, but it will BEAR NO WEIGHT on the candidature.
You can only nominate OR vouch for ONE Administrator per week.
Anyway Meowy, just wanted to clarify you something, which I already talked about with Bane, that nominating someone does not count as 1 nomination and 1 vouch. Or so that's what I understood, and Bane agreed with me.
That is because if I personally nominate myself, I'd doesn't mean that I am counted as 1 vouch as well.
Dragon trip wrote: Although the way the process is written, it sounds as if a staff member must be a "voucher", is it possible that as long as a person has 1 nomination/3 vouchers, it is sufficient if one of those four individuals is a wiki mod/admin?
Yes. This extract is stragiht from the rules above: The candidate needs 3 other users to vouch for him/her within a week. One of these users must be Wiki Moderator/Administrator.
As you can see you need three vouches, ONE OF WHICH has to be staff.
With that said, I will give DT her staff vouch and announce that Pickle786™, JustinDaOne and Dragon trip all have the required amount of vouching. Since all of you are active in this thread, I will ask you all here if you are interested.
While i see no issue at all, I think Katie is asking for Pickle's situation, since instead of a staff member "vouching" for him, a staff member actually "nominated" him. And as the rules stated, 3 vouchers (1 is a wiki mod or admin) should be the qualifying strand.
SO I am asking if A wiki moderator nominates someone, does that count as a Staff VOUCH as well? Since If i nominate myself, then right away I will be having a staff "vouch"
and yea, I already Vouched for Dragont trip, so I guess thats a double staff vouching. ~
^I think it would be only logically to count nominations from a wiki mod or admin as the needed vouch (if the person has 3 extra vouches) and of course nominating yourself is not the same as getting a vouch from someone else.
Liber, I will accept the nomination, but since I will be on a business trip next week I could be delayed in responding to any questions. Therefore, I would prefer if you can hold off on setting up my discussion thread until Saturday, March 2 at the earliest (or whenever after that works for you).
I accept the nomination. However, next week will be my exam week so I might not be able to do some Discussions until Thursday, February 28, 2013. So if you could arrange my discussion thread there, Liber, it would be very much ppreciated. Thanks. ~
Thanks Player, but I am not eligible to be an admin at this time and would not feel comfortable to do so at the time being. I still have a lot to learn. ;) Congrats for Justin, Pickle and DT for their nominations!
Seeing as I'm beginning a new semester in January, I would like to see how I handle the course load first. I truly appreciate the nomination and look forward to running at a later time. Thanks for the support ^_^