On Articles and Administration

Since the forum hasn't been used in a while, I thought that now would be a good time to start a discussion. This won't be so much about the wiki or its articles, but rather how the administration of the wiki might proceed in the future.

To preface this, I've been editing wikis for a few years now and I've been an administrator on a couple. The way I've been used to treating people as an admin (and having admins treat me) isn't necessarily the best way, but I think it works. I'm also not trying to attack Ineni because I have no reason to think he's anything but a passionate editor. This is mostly a thought-dump.

Anyway, I'd like to talk about the extent that the administration should have over what articles are created. IMO admins:

  • Shouldn't discourage people from making articles or editing
  • Should filter spam, vandalism, and other gross rule infractions immediately.
  • Should be able to enforce a loose set of design rules
  • Shouldn't make a Manual of Style without input from people who edit 'and read the wiki
    • I'm mostly referring to the sentence"The guide outlined below must be followed by all users, however changes might be considered on a case-by-case basis." on User:Ineni/Manual of Style (emphasis added)
  • Should make an effort to speak about changes to the wiki
    • Or, if they choose to run it themselves, Should have a plan and decide quickly.

Again, I think Ineni has done a great job doing the above, but I also think it's worth discussing these points as well. I'd rather come out and say this now than have nothing be done. ~ironwestie (talk to me) 01:54, March 1, 2017 (UTC)