Administrators, commonly known as admins or sysops (system operators), are users who have been granted the technical ability to perform certain special actions, including the ability to block and unblock users and IP addresses from editing, protect and unprotect pages from editing, delete and undelete pages, rename/move pages without restriction, and use certain other tools. Administrators assume these responsibilities as volunteers.
Genseipedia currently has 6 administrators.
Administrators have the technical ability to perform the following actions:
- to block user accounts and IP addresses from editing
- to apply page protection to restrict editing of a particular page
- to delete pages
- to override the title blacklist
- to move a page to any desired title (this is in part a consequence of the last two)
- to edit fully protected pages
- to view and restore deleted pages
- to hide and delete page revisions
- to perform other special actions
The additional features granted to administrators are considered to require a high level of trust from the community. While administrative actions are publicly logged and can be reverted by other administrators just as other edits can be, the actions of administrators involve features that can impact the entire site. Among other functions, administrators are responsible for blocking users from editing, controlling page protection, and deleting pages.
About Requests for Adminship
The community grants administrator status to trusted users, so nominees should have been on Genseipedia long enough for people to determine whether they are trustworthy. Administrators are held to high standards of conduct because other editors often turn to them for help and advice, and because they have access to tools that can have a negative impact on users or content if carelessly applied.
Expectations of adminship
Care and judgement
If you are granted access, you must exercise care in using the new functions, especially the ability to delete pages and to block users and IP addresses. Occasional lapses are accepted but serious or repeated lapses, or lapses involving breaches of expected conduct may not always be.
Admin tools are also used with judgment; it can take some time for a new admin to learn when it's best to use the tools, and it can take months to gain a good sense of how long a period to set when using tools such as blocking and page protection in difficult disputes. New administrators are strongly encouraged to start slowly and build up experience on areas they are used to, and to ask others if unsure.
Administrators are expected to lead by example and to behave in a respectful, civil manner in their interactions with others. Administrators are expected to follow Genseipedia policies and to perform their duties to the best of their abilities. Occasional mistakes are entirely compatible with adminship; administrators are not expected to be perfect. However, sustained or serious disruption of Genseipedia is incompatible with the status of administrator, and consistently or egregiously poor judgment may result in the removal of administrator status. Administrators should strive to model appropriate standards of courtesy and civility to other editors and to one another.
Administrators should bear in mind that they have colleagues. Therefore, if an administrator finds that he or she cannot adhere to site policies and remain civil (even toward users exhibiting problematic behavior) while addressing a given issue, then the administrator should refer it to another administrator to address, rather than potentially compound the problem by poor conduct.
Administrators are accountable for their actions involving administrator tools, and unexplained administrator actions can demoralize other editors who lack such tools. Subject only to the bounds of civility, avoiding personal attacks, and reasonable good faith, editors are free to question or to criticize administrator actions. Administrators are expected to respond promptly and civilly to queries about their Genseipedia-related conduct and administrator actions and to justify them when needed.
Administrators who seriously, or repeatedly, act in a problematic manner or have lost the trust or confidence of the community may be sanctioned or have their access removed. Such as for:
- "Bad faith" adminship (sock puppetry, gross breach of trust, etc.)
- Breach of basic policies (attacks, biting/civility, edit warring, privacy, etc.)
- Conduct elsewhere incompatible with adminship (off-site attacking, etc.).
- Failure to communicate (can be either to users (e.g., lack of suitable warnings or explanations of actions, or to concerns of the community (especially when explanations or other serious comments are sought).
- Repeated or consistent poor judgment.
It is extremely important that administrators have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices. Because they have the potential to cause site-wide damage with a single edit, a compromised admin account will be blocked and its privileges removed on grounds of site security. In certain circumstances, the revocation of privileges may be permanent.
Administrators should never share their password or account with any other person, for any reason. If they find out their password has been compromised, or their account has been otherwise compromised (even by an editor or individual they know and trust), they should attempt to change it immediately, or otherwise report it to a bureaucrat for temporary desysopping.
Users who fail to report unauthorized use of their account will be desysopped. Unauthorized use is considered 'controversial circumstance', and access will not be automatically restored.
Becoming an administrator
Genseipedia has no official requirements to become a Genseipedia administrator. Anyone can apply regardless of their Genseipedia experience. Administrators are expected to have the trust and confidence of the community, however, so requests for adminship from users who do not have considerable experience are not usually approved. Before requesting or accepting a nomination for adminship, candidates should generally be active and regular Genseipedia contributors for at least several months, be familiar with the procedures and practices of Genseipedia, respect and understand its policies, and have gained the general trust of the community.
If you are interested in requesting adminship, you may add your request to the requests page. After a maximum of seven days, it wil be determined whether to approve your request or not.
Only one account of a given person may have administrative rights.
Adminship is granted indefinitely, and is only removed upon request, under circumstances involving high-level administrator abuse, or temporarily for inactive admins.