Hello, everyone! I'm messaging here today to announce that I have been made a Bureaucrat, and to introduce myself for people who don't know me!
I think a lot of people here already know me, but if you don't hello! I was a lurker on the site since about 2017, but then I actually joined in August of 2019. I was pretty active on the Discord discussing possible needed policy changes, and so eventually it was decided that I'd be more useful to the wiki as an admin than not. My change to Bureaucrat is much the same, with the current Bureaucrats deciding that a lot of my efforts are more about broad organization of the site and that I'd be better off just being a Bureaucrat myself.
We still have both of our other two Bureaucrats as well, Jess and Omuni, and of course I'll be continuing to work with them.
As a new Bureaucrat, the first things I'm doing is opening up applications for new Staff. Our wiki is one of the most active on the internet, and our current staff team is a bit small to handle just the new content being added every day, much less the huge amount of content we already need to change. So we're looking for people for two new positions!
Content Moderators are, as their name implies, Content Moderators. They have the power to delete pages, and they also are proven curators of content on pages. They're expected to do things like check Known Users of pages and to correct bad wording. A lot of Content Moderation involves researching claims on pages to validate them, also. It helps to be knowledgeable in a variety
Administrators are more about organization and users. They have a lot of permissions regarding the ability to edit things normally in userspace, block/ban users, protect pages, edit protected pages, and handle inter-editor issues. Conflict resolution, disciplinary actions (hopefully not needed too often), and a few content moderation tasks that aren't allowed directly by Content Moderators are the purview of Administrators.
You can find a link to the Staff Applications here:
Once you fill out the application for staff, make sure to comment somewhere that you did so we can be totally sure it was you.
There's no explicit requirements for either position, and we'll be evaluating purely on the quality of a users responses and past edits/conduct on the wiki. A user having few edits isn't necessarily a count against them, but of course having more edits does give a larger body of work we can review. Still, we're looking for quality over quantity!
As one final announcement, related to the previous, we are now using Trello to organize ongoing tasks and issues with the wiki. Anyone who makes a Trello account can comment on those issues, and it can be a great place to find things to do if you wanna contribute but aren't sure how. Staff have direct access to move and create new cards, but anyone can chime in or suggest new cards.
You can find that here:
That's all I have for you, thanks for reading! I look forward to helping the wiki improve as a Bureaucrat!