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== Sysop not Welcome Wagon ==
== Welcome to BluWiki ==
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This is the BluWiki Community Portal, the gateway to community-oriented features of this wiki web. BluWiki is pretty much a "do your own thing" wiki, but to the extent that we share the space, we do belong to a social group.
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I disagree that most of these tasks ought to be assigned to sysops. Sysop privs are limited to a very few exceptional actions on the wiki:
  
[[User:Sam Odio|Sam Odio]] is our [[Chef]]. Some users have special privileges that let us perform unusual maintenance tasks. If you need help, please feel free to ask any one of us. You can always find a list of '''sysops''' at [[Special:Listadmins]].
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* Delete page
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* Undelete page
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* Block user
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* Unblock user
  
Some wikis have general discussion areas, such as ''Village Pump'' or ''Coffee Shop.'' '''We have the [[BluWiki:Blu Plate Diner|Blu Plate Diner]].''' Come in, sit down, and order anything you want. ''You may not get it'' -- but you ''might'', and in any case, you can talk about it.  
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These privs are insufficient for some of the tasks listed on [[The role of a sysop]]; for these, bureaucrats are required. For most tasks, though, no privs are required at all -- any user can assume these duties.  
  
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I suggest that an office be created of [[BluWiki:Helper]]; such a user need not have any special privs, but can be given responsibility for community formation and cohesion. Welcoming the newcomer, writing help files, petty policing of recent changes -- all can be done by any user who chooses to assume the duties.
  
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:Petty or not, it seems I'm the only one doing it - which is not an appropriate solution.  --[[User:Sam Odio|Sam Odio]] 19:50, 4 December 2005 (EST)
  
Enjoy your stay in BluWiki, and '''Be Blu.'''
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Of course, we generally wish to encourage people to assume duties by offering rewards. If we had a business model and an income stream, we might entertain the notion of cash payment -- but lacking this, we must fall back on the Old Reliables of intangibles and the promise of higher office.  
  
 
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In the first case, we might import barnstars and other awards and give them out to deserving users. Also, it seems reasonable that a meritorious term of service as Helper be qualification for elevation to sysop.
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If you're a BluWiki user, add yourself to the "BluWikian" inserting the below code into your home page:
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Revision as of 11:06, 10 June 2007

Sysop not Welcome Wagon

I disagree that most of these tasks ought to be assigned to sysops. Sysop privs are limited to a very few exceptional actions on the wiki:

  • Delete page
  • Undelete page
  • Block user
  • Unblock user

These privs are insufficient for some of the tasks listed on The role of a sysop; for these, bureaucrats are required. For most tasks, though, no privs are required at all -- any user can assume these duties.

I suggest that an office be created of BluWiki:Helper; such a user need not have any special privs, but can be given responsibility for community formation and cohesion. Welcoming the newcomer, writing help files, petty policing of recent changes -- all can be done by any user who chooses to assume the duties.

Petty or not, it seems I'm the only one doing it - which is not an appropriate solution. --Sam Odio 19:50, 4 December 2005 (EST)

Of course, we generally wish to encourage people to assume duties by offering rewards. If we had a business model and an income stream, we might entertain the notion of cash payment -- but lacking this, we must fall back on the Old Reliables of intangibles and the promise of higher office.

In the first case, we might import barnstars and other awards and give them out to deserving users. Also, it seems reasonable that a meritorious term of service as Helper be qualification for elevation to sysop.

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