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Table of info

The sysop pool is quite large now, maybe we could add a table of info, something like so:

Username Talk page Wiki-mail External contact details Usual hours (GMT) Location Last active Preferred duties
Barek talk wiki-mail random Seattle, WA - USA contribs clicking the timestamp in recent changes
eightyfour-onesevenfive talk see userpage for ingame names varies Germany contribs whatever needs to be done
Fyren talk contribs
Gares Redstorm talk wiki-mail AIM: GaresRedstorm
MSN: monkey_butt73@hotmail.com
YIM: garesredstorm
when you least expect it North Carolina, USA contribs Recent Changes Voyeurism
Gem talk wiki-mail In game
IRC: Gem or Gemi
Randomly through the whole day Helsinki, Finland contribs User related, other variable stuff
Karlos talk wiki-mail In-game characters on user page 9 PM - 3 AM PST Seattle, WA (USA) contribs Recent Changes Lore, Bestiary, Missions, Formatting
LordBiro talk wiki-mail Jabber ID/Google talk address: baxter@jabber.org 0900 - 2300 GMT (precisely) UK contribs Summoning Greater Icons
PanSola talk unusual California contribs Prot, Del, and Ban. Everything else can be done by regular users.
Rainith talk wiki-mail GWG Forums: Rainith
XBL Gamer Tag: Rainith
In-game: See user page for character names
varies Seattle, WA - USA contribs Not Builds
Skuld talk wiki-mail MSN: skuld+vonnoodle,com varies WY, UK contribs RC patrol
Tetris L talk Germany contribs
Xasxas256 talk wiki-mail varies Melbourne, Australia contribs Helping users
Adam.skinner talk June 2005
MartinLightbringer(CS) talk November 2005
Tanaric talk wiki-mail AIM: Tanaric
MSN/Email: cory@tanatopia.net
Jabber: tanaric@gmail.com
IRC: irc.enterthegame.com/guildwiki
varies Maryland, USA contribs Pretending to be the boss
William Blackstaff talk wiki-mail WilliamBlackstaff@gmail.com varies sporadically. Australia July 2006 Sporadic editing and deletion of one-line articles pointless links. Oh and I hang around at OblivioWiki

and colour-code the row according to active/wikibreak etc in red, yellow, green — Skuld 13:03, 11 September 2006 (CDT)

Oh, and anything can be omitted except talk and name (leave wikimail blank if it isn't filled in too) — Skuld 13:04, 11 September 2006 (CDT)

Discussion

Looks great and fun. :) --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 04:30, 12 September 2006 (CDT)

Because I'm a geek I've made a template with different statuses and colours available. Go me! <LordBiro>/<Talk> 05:12, 12 September 2006 (CDT)
Lol :p — Skuld 09:29, 12 September 2006 (CDT)
That looks beautiful Skuld :D <LordBiro>/<Talk> 12:13, 12 September 2006 (CDT)
Thanks :) What browser? They all display different >< — Skuld 12:23, 12 September 2006 (CDT)

What's this then? Another reason for another template ;) I like it. Good to have a record of admin locations. -Gares 12:45, 12 September 2006 (CDT)

I support this idea, but I disapprove of the template. There seems to be no inherent example to using a template as opposed to a normal table. If we're going to use yet another template, please justify it first. :) —Tanaric 19:49, 12 September 2006 (CDT)
If this was something that new users were supposed to do, I'd agree. As this is something for specifically the sysops to use, I see no problem with using the template. --Rainith 20:23, 12 September 2006 (CDT)
I do like the idea of using a table for this, but I'm indifferent about if we use a template to fill it out. I do feel that the template makes it marginally easier to use the color coding and to keep the coding consistent; but the benefit is very slight - so no major issue either way on its use to me. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 20:36, 12 September 2006 (CDT)
Considering nobody is putting their "external mail" do we need that column? Also William Blackstaff is from Australia, there's not many of us Aussies around but he's one. --Xasxas256 21:06, 12 September 2006 (CDT)
I put it in for him — Skuld 03:34, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
In regards to external email, considering wiki-mail links to an external mail service, I don't see the reason to have the external mail column, unless you want to add an extra email account. -Gares 06:32, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

Mr Biro, any chance you could make a column for "last activity" for absent ppl? — Skuld 03:34, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

I'm not sure if that's what you meant exactly Skuld... If not then I'll try it again :P <LordBiro>/<Talk> 04:11, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
Perfect :) — Skuld 05:30, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

How about a "Language" column? -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 12:54, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

Not to be a spoil-sport but I didn't really mean this to be a joke >< — Skuld 13:00, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

With the exception of the humor in the "Preferred duties" column, I haven't seen anything to suggest it's being viewed as a joke. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 13:10, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
I was about to say the same thing Barek. I've just noticed that PanSola has included a link to his contributions in the "last active" column, and this makes a lot of sense. Should we link to contribs instead of showing the date for each sysop? <LordBiro>/<Talk> 13:13, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
Heh, I was just modifying the template and got an edit conflict with your post when updating the table. Not sure if the "last activity" column is still needed with that. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 13:16, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
Merging the columns ... --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 13:28, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

Stop editing, dammit! I got lots of contact info. I have been contacted via all these channels for GuildWiki assistance. What should I do? —Tanaric 13:16, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

I would just put the methods by which you want to be contacted. I'm not putting down my MSN address or anything. <LordBiro>/<Talk> 13:31, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
Yes, I thought that was implicit. That's why my phone number isn't in here. :P
Also, I sorted alphabetically. The other obvious sorting mechanism would be by date of sysoption. Which is preferable? —Tanaric 13:52, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
Your phone number is about the only thing not there Tanaric :P I think alphabetically is fine! <LordBiro>/<Talk> 13:57, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
I'm all for a different order instead of alphabetical, as the person at the top of lists frequently gets the most messages ;-) But, sorting by sysoption date has hints of elitism to me ... any other suggestions?
Oh ... sysoption? The wiktionary needs an update! --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 13:59, 13 September 2006 (CDT)
Yeah, I was thinking that (with regard to elitism). But equally if you don't want to be top of the list then that's understandable. I just think alphabetically is the fairest way. What we need to do is make ab.er.ant or someone a sysop, that would solve the problem :P - although technically 8 comes before B :P
Now... must resist urge to vandalise wiktionary... <LordBiro>/<Talk> 14:01, 13 September 2006 (CDT)

Now what?

Okay, we went through the fun exercise of making a table that is at least as long as the article itself ... so, now what do we do with it? Do we want it in the article? It seems a bit bulky to me, but the only way I can see to solve that is to purge a column or two (external contact seems a prime candidate for removal - that data can exist on the admin's user page if they want to provide it, and the table already provides a means to contact all of the admins. I'm also not sure if the preferred duties column is all that useful, or even living up to the initial vision for its use, so that one would seem easy to purge. Without those two (which have the most word wrapping) I think it should shrink the table to a more manageable size. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 18:23, 18 September 2006 (CDT)

Now that our current admins have been officially enshrined in a template table we replace them all! I'm sorry I just couldn't resist :P Nah seriously I'd also agree that the preferred duties column as it stands at the moment is not particularly useful. --Xasxas256 18:34, 18 September 2006 (CDT)
I'm safe! --Fyren 19:01, 18 September 2006 (CDT)
Nice try - once an admin, there is no such thing as safe! ;-D --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 19:03, 18 September 2006 (CDT)
You don't even have any duties according to that table, rise up and remove our decadant and oppresive overlords! :P --Xasxas256 19:15, 18 September 2006 (CDT)
Honestly, while fun, I don't see any advantage to this as opposed to our current expository format. Any admin who doesn't feel his current paragraph describes him well enough is welcome to write his own (as I did). I just wrote one general one for everybody else, as I didn't want to inadvertantly insult anybody. :) —Tanaric 11:36, 26 September 2006 (CDT)

Ponderings as of late

I've noticed quite a few events recently and decided not to say anything upon them, but now I'm am quite bemused, so it's time to speak and review on things. My understanding of admins are they are people chosen by the community who voice and speak for the community when affairs inside of the community get beyond the control of it members. Just recently sysop Tanaric has appointed new admins and shuffled admins around in a rather spontaneous fashion without consultation of community, there is no where in policy which mentions that this is the way things should be done, but I think there should be.

Especially when it comes to demote admins without mentioning this subject anywhere in the wiki, I find this action rather unexpected and underhand (perhaps that is the wrong word but...). We are a community after all and I feel the said actions were done without talk, otherwise the admin team are ignoring the very community that they have been put in place to support.

I find that this is a collaboration, this project we are all apart of and I think there needs to be a review in how admins are appointed and demoted, not done in such a hush hush and adhoc way. The ball has started to roll. --Jamie (Talk Page) 17:03, 1 February 2007 (CST)

GuildWiki == Community != Democracy, as Tanaric said somewhere. Entropy 17:06, 1 February 2007 (CST)
The wiki policy for admins does state that bureaucrates are allowed to promote and demote admins at will. However, I think that a warning should usually be given before making such actions. In the case of Tetris he was asked before and his adminship has allready been accepted by the community a few times before this. In my case there was the RfA and a discussion. Skulds case is the only one where there wasn't a clear warning/discussion beforehand, but it wasn't totally unexpected. We could really think about rewording the policy somehow if people think it is a problem, but before today everything has worked perfectly with the current policy. --Gem-icon-sm.png (talk) 17:16, 1 February 2007 (CST)
I've also withheld my comments from most of the recent discussions, so here are my thoughts on what Jamie has brought up. Most things on the wiki are decided on by consensus (as many people have reiterated recently). Consensus means something close to "a general agreement among users" and thus if the decisions for the wiki are made by the people, it can be fair to say it's run in a democratic fashion. Some folks confuse this with the fact that this is not a democracy -- supreme power is not vested in the people... the wiki bureaucrats have had that since the beginning of this site as far as I can tell.
Because of the role admins play in this community it is important that they are not driven purely by that community, as they can have unpopular and difficult decisions to make. They are the keepers of the "vision" of the community, and if something isn't working they are responsible to nudge things back into place. As said in this article, chaotic: yes. Broken: no (or at least I don't believe so).
To the point of this, admins are not chosen by the community. It says as much in this article. They can be recommended by the community, but only the admins can make the choice. Basically current admins (leaders of the community) need to know that any new admins have a compatible vision (not necessarily the same vision, mind you).
Lastly, on the point of "vision" that the admins hold for the community, it's important that they all recognize that while they hold supreme power they always at least consider the input of the userbase. They may have final say in a matter, but what's final say if all your users leave because you rule with an iron fist? Note: I believe that the majority of time the admins do this part of their job very well, so take this statement as just clarification to what I previously said. --Zampani 17:47, 1 February 2007 (CST)
Suppose you are nominated for adminship, but realize that your "vision" is incompatible with some of the current admins'. Is declining the nomination the only right thing to do? --Rezyk 19:54, 1 February 2007 (CST)