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This page is an official policy on PvXwiki.

It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.


Administrative Policy

PvXwiki Administrators, similar to those found on GuildWiki, are elected members of the community who serve as spokespersons and are primarily responsible for the maintenance of PvXwiki.

This responsibility manifests itself both in the practical powers granted to Administrators – Check user, Deletion, Rollback, and Banning – as well as the more general Administrative role of attempting to ensure a high level of professionalism on the Wiki while also keeping the Wiki as user-friendly as possible.

Administrators are recommended (and vetted) by the community via requests for adminship. At the discretion of the current Bureaucrats, these users may be promoted to Administrator.

Administrators, once promoted, are considered fully autonomous. As a result, Administrators may utilize their powers as they see fit. While this may seem dangerous, it has proven an effective strategy as evinced by the success of GuildWiki. As they put it, "[the policy] allows incredibly quick resolution of the vast majority of issues. Further, because the Administrator's character is well-known before his promotion, abuses of administrator power simply do not happen."

An Administrator's right to use their power as they see fit extends to user bans. While bans are normally used in cases of vandalism, if an administrator feels it is prudent, he may remove a user from the Wiki for any reason, or no reason at all.

Administrators can protect or delete pages at will. However, administrators are strongly encouraged to do so only via the community-sanctioned channels, or in cases of obvious vandalism.

Although administrators are given the authority to delete content, Administrators do not have any additional say in content on PvXwiki. Many administrators are active editors as well—this means that an admin and a normal editor will occasionally have disputes that administrators traditionally break up. In these cases, the administrator should not protect the page to preserve his edit, block users that disagree with him, or apply any other administrative powers to his advantage in a dispute.

Along the same lines, no user should fear or back away from defending his desired changes simply because the disagreeing editor is an administrator! To further this, any decision made by administrators in these contexts will be clearly marked as administrative, to help editors identify that there is something they need to abide to. Editors are not expected to remember, or to know off the top of their head, who the administrators are. Unless an administrator's comment is clearly marked as an administrative adjudication, editors should view it as just another comment by just another editor.

Despite their autonomous nature, as a matter of courtesy, most administrators will not ban a user they are directly involved with; instead, he will ask another administrator to examine the situation from a neutral perspective. The same is true of conflict resolution.

Furthermore, because all Administrators are autonomous, Administrators may at times counteract other administrators. Examples include the lifting of an erroneous ban or the restoration of an erroneously deleted page. In these cases, the reverting Administrator is obliged to leave a message on the talk page explaining the reasoning behind the countermeasure. The Administrator who has been countermanded is expected to oblige the revert, and should not re-institute their action without discussing it with the "reverting" Administrator.

Administrator actions are expected to be made regardless of user standing - that is, an anonymous IP and a user that has stood on the wiki since its creation are expected to be treated the same in terms of administrative actions such as warnings and bans.

Finally, it is important to understand that a promotion to Administrator is not something done lightly. The Administrators are a cohesive team, and are expected to act in a manner befitting their station.

Other Tools

Abuse Filter

The Abuse Filter allows admins to prevent potentially harmful edits before they can be made by checking edits against pre-determined conditions. If you believe an edit of yours was blocked by the filter in error, contact any administrator or anyone who has been granted the right to modify the filters.

A system-generated list of users with filter-editing rights that are not admins can be found here.

Check User

Check user is a tool that allows a user to view the IP addresses used by a given user and which users have used a given IP. It is given to most Administrators to aid in combating sockpuppetry and user impersonation. This tool is not used lightly, and users with this privilege should not disclose the IP address(es) of any user.

Check user will be removed from any Admin that goes inactive, as a security precaution. Any such admin can request Check user rights be restored upon becoming active again. Check user must be granted/removed by Gamepedia staff, rather than Bureaucrats.

A system-generated list of users that can use Check user can be found here.

Widget Editor

Administrators are also allowed to edit the widget namespace, which is used to create useful tools that can be used on pages throughout PvXwiki. There is a potential for abuse in editing widgets, so only trusted users may be selected for this privilege.

This privilege can be assigned without the user being an administrator, but this is largely unnecessary. If it is felt that a user could do good by being a widget editor but doesn't want or qualify for admin, the bureaucrats may be contacted with a proposal to give the user this designation.

A system-generated list of users in the widget user group can be found here.

Current Administrators

These Administrators work hard to maintain high standards of professionalism and usability on the Wiki.

Username Talk page Status Email Location
Chieftainalex talk Active E-mail user London, England
Krschkr talk Active E-mail user
LifeGuardian talk Inactive E-mail user California

For a system-generated listing, check here.

Retired Administrators

Many more users have been a part of the PvXwiki admin team, but for one reason or another have left the role behind. Here we recognize their work in moderating and shaping the site:

  • Due to incompleteness of the user rights log, some dates could not be retrieved or verified.

Contacting Gamepedia Staff

This list is limited to Gamepedia staff that PvX regularly has contact with.

Username Talk page Status Email Location
Azxiana talk Active E-mail user
Game widow talk Active E-mail user
SBEyes talk Active E-mail user