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Please add your request for custodianship (or other staff positions) below. Include a short summary of why you think you should be given the privileges and please refer to your involvement in other Wikimedia projects. If you have sysop/bureaucrat status at a sister project, please indicate so as well.

In a wiki, trust arises from good editing of webpages and "good editing" is what advances the project. If you have a record of good editing then you are likely to be trusted and be granted the tools to protect pages from vandalism and block vandals and delete useless pages. Having those tools really just means you have to do more work -dull and boring work - for the community.

Please place candidate requests or nominations on a subpage and transclude it here.

Requests and Nominations for Probationary Custodianship[edit]

  1. Registered users can both request custodianship, or be nominated for it by others. Candidates that have not accepted a nomination, or have failed to secure a mentor within one week are archived as incomplete.
  2. See MediaWiki Administrator's Handbook for some details on what options are available for custodians.
  3. Candidates can request a mentor from those listed at Wikiversity:List of custodian mentors; the requested mentor must agree.
  4. Candidates: please respond to any questions from the community about your wiki editing and wiki participation.

Ruy Pugliesi (talk | email | contribs | stats)[edit]

Hi everyone!

I am applying for probationary custodianship on enwikiversity. My contributions mainly focus on countervandalism work over here.

I am already experienced with administrative tools on Meta-Wiki (where I am mostly active) and on other content and non-content projects, like ptwiki, hiwiki, mediawiki, testwiki and strategywiki. I'm also a global rollbacker.

If I may, I would like to have SB Johhny as a mentor. =D

Regards, Ruy Pugliesi 13:35, 24 October 2011 (UTC)


  • In what ways do you consider your administrative experience at Meta-Wiki to benefit participants at Wikiversity?
As a cross-wiki vandal/spam fighter and a sysop on several projects, I think I have enough administrative experience for dealing with vandals and other maintenance activities. I have learned from my experience as a SWMT member how to establish a appropriate course of action in a great variety of situations. Ruy Pugliesi 15:44, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
  • What do you consider appropriate actions for vandalism at Wikiversity?
First of all, we should leave the vandal a warning message and let him aware of to what policies he is not following. Otherwise, further violations may incur a block. Ruy Pugliesi 15:44, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

-- darklama  13:50, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Would you mind starting a blog? If not, why? What do you think about tasks for custodians as mentioned here?
Seems to be interesting. However, I think I wouldn't have enough time to concentrate my efforts in such kind of activity due to my cross-wiki work over all Wikimedia projects. Ruy Pugliesi 13:39, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Which learning project/resource do you like at Wikiversity?
Mainly Computer Science, Communication Technologies and Linguistics. Ruy Pugliesi 13:39, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Which one do you want to improve with your contributions?
Possibly Linguistics and Computer Science. However, as I said above, my contributions mainly focus on countervandalism work and other administrative tasks. Thanks for your questions. Ruy Pugliesi 13:39, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat + 14:01, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

  • How do you redirect a vandal's energy and enthusiasm?
  • How do you transform a vandal into someone that creates and participates in courses?
  • Do you think volunteering to be a mentor for vandals would be a good use of your time?

-- darklama  14:31, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

Answers (1, 2 and 3):
Redirecting a vandal's energy and enthusiasm is something hard to do, but it's not impossible at all. Sometimes, vandals represent the "dark side" of good faith editors who became disappointed with things that occured a long time ago. I venture say that "mentoring" may be the key word here. We can always show them how interesting a wiki can be by bringing up unexplored things to do in a project.
Can I think of volunteering to be a mentor for vandals? Maybe. I am already experienced with mentoring a reformed vandal/sockpuppeter on Portuguese Wikipedia. He actually did some positive contributions after my mentorship. I think that everybody should be given a second chance to become a positive contributor and edit freely. Thanks for your questions. Ruy Pugliesi 13:39, 25 October 2011 (UTC)


Custodians willing to mentor[edit]

Given his experience (especially as part of strategywiki), and Draicone's recommendation, I'd be more than happy to mentor. --SB_Johnny talk 07:56, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Probationary custodian period started[edit]

YesY Done -- Jtneill - Talk - c 02:00, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Sidelight12 (talk | email | contribs | stats)[edit]

Hi. I want to import pages, and edit histories from other wikis, that are written as guides. In the case where an article was copied and pasted with no further effort to that page, and it is not practical to be fixed, I intend to bring it to attention by clearing the page. I want to be useful to other editors who want to import pages, and to improve Wikiversity. I do an organized job and plan to of keeping account that page histories and information gets kept. Thanks. Sidelight12 Talk 10:30, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

YesY Done This starts the 4 week period of probationary custodianship. My apologies for the lengthy delay. I was hoping another bureaucrat would activate as I have nominated and offered to mentor (I would generally prefer someone else to add the custodian rights), but we clearly need more active custodians. [1] -- Jtneill - Talk - c 23:01, 4 September 2013 (UTC)


Hi Sidelight12, thanks for your useful work already on en.wv (over 750 edits). I think those edits indicate already a good knowledge of Wikiversity admin and MediaWiki, with a growing understanding and participation in the en.wv community, so I am confident that you would make good use of import, delete etc. Could you tell us a bit more about what sorts of material and from where you are thinking of importing - e.g., perhaps there are some categories? Sincerely, James -- Jtneill - Talk - c 00:52, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

  • There were horticulture articles, that I wanted to bring over. For instance w:houseplant care to 'indoor plant lighting requirements'; histories or materials for grafting and plant propagation, for instance w:willow Water. Something from w:tree shaping and w:pruning to be linked to from the bonsai article. Article content I would like to import is with math, science, environmental, human development and small scale building projects/activities. There are articles already pasted over, that lack the edit history, if these are practical to Wikiversity with consideration of if enough effort was made to document that it was copied over, I plan to bring the histories over. Articles with little how-to substance are better rewritten, than being imported, in my opinion. I will refuse to bring over distasteful or potentially harmful materials. If necessary, I plan to document on the talk pages, so future authors would have an easier time editing and keeping track. If an editor makes a request, I will have to leave it to them that the information is accurate, especially of a subject that I have little knowledge of. (<750 edits) Sidelight12 Talk 09:30, 21 December 2012 (UTC)


  • I believe Sidelight12 is a good candidate.--Collingwood (talk) 16:39, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Thank you. -- Sidelight12 Talk 13:53, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Custodians willing to mentor[edit]

Hi Sidelight12, I am willing to mentor. Sincerely, James -- Jtneill - Talk - c 22:21, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

I'm still interested. I accept. Thanks. - Sidelight12 Talk 05:34, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
I'm still up for it. Someone needs to update the language links on the main page. - Sidelight12 Talk 17:19, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Marshallsumter (talk | email | contribs | stats)[edit]


From the "How does one become a probationary custodian?" policy at Wikiversity:Probationary custodians:

  1. "State your reasons for seeking this position and in what areas you are or would like to be active": while I am and will continue to help with Wikiversity:Resources with Files Pending Deletion, Wikiversity:User Pages with Files Pending Deletion, and Wikiversity:Unused Files Pending Deletion, so as to possibly save resources, I am willing where and when possible to help with other custodial matters.
  2. "The community will be given a period of five days to discuss your background, ask questions, and determine if there are any serious issues that would prohibit you from being trusted to use Custodianship tools." Fire away!
  3. "Custodian mentors are expected to guide and advise you on the appropriate use of custodian privileges in accordance with established policy and community consensus." As I believe in both open systems and do not wish to slight anyone, I am asking for such a mentor here as and when point 2 above is being completed. As I interpret, ""Experienced custodians" means Wikiversity custodians who have at least 3 months of experience as a sysop ("administrator" = "custodian") on Wikimedia Foundation projects.", this also includes probationary custodians with at least 3 months of experience, especially if any of our usual mentors are unavailable or not as active as in the past. To me a mentor is someone willing to answer my questions.
  4. As I understand this process, this request disappears in 7 days if points 2 and 3 are not completed in time. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 21:59, 15 November 2013 (UTC)


  • Marshallsumter, how, in your opinion, are your contributions helpful to Wikiversity? And what are your contributions? --goldenburg111 (talk) 16:43, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Hi Goldenburg111!

Thank you for your question! To answer the second part first, in the section above it shows "Marshallsumter (...,contribs), just click on the "contribs" and it should list them for you. A second is to click on contribs after your own name and after the display, exchange my user name for yours and it will list mine. Excepting routine edits to other resources, my contributions focus on original research efforts in a variety of fields. The lectures/articles are learning resources which stand on their own to help Wikiversity students and educators alike. In the sense of education they are helpful contributions to Wikiversity. Lessons, problem sets, and laboratory activities are designed hopefully to succeed in Wikiversity's goal of learning by doing. The quizzes are presented to help students learn through iteration as well as improve their test-taking skills and hopefully help to overcome any test-taking anxiety they may have.

I am trying to bring each contribution to the state of the art or science for its field both to help Wikiversity resources to be at that state and to show where original research finds and fills in (or creates) new knowledge where there is a gap or void. I hope this helps to answer your questions. Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 20:58, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! --goldenburg111 (talk) 21:21, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
  • 2nd question: What is your response to a user who has messaged you a comment like this? --goldenburg111 (talk) 21:21, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
It depends on the context. If it's vandalism, I delete it. If it persists, I ask a custodian to block the sender. But, the context may indicate someone who could benefit from contributing here as you and Abd have discussed with respect to apparent vandals. If its intent is malicious, it is worse than vandalism. If its intent is attention, it depends me. I hope this helps. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:30, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. --Goldenburg111 (talk) 21:49, 13 December 2013 (UTC)


Essentially, as soon as a permanent custodian is willing to mentor, and a 'crat is willing to set the bit, a candidate becomes a permanent probationary custodian. It's a very simple process. There is no time limit for a request. Any restrictions are a matter of agreement between the mentor and the probationary custodian (but a 'crat effectively approves by acting). --Abd (discusscontribs) 23:44, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for clarifying this Abd. Perhaps the non-policy Wikiversity:Probationary custodians should disappear? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 20:09, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
Are we stopping or not? --goldenburg111 (talk) 16:42, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
As exampled above, the suggested policy could pose a number of severe restrictions to Wikiversity having more probationary custodians. Most of us are creating or improving resources, this includes custodians and probationary custodians. In my opinion, such severe restrictions may serve as a resource in understanding and learning from the creation of policy, for the creation of functionally progressive policy, but instead may result in unnecessary political restrictions. One alternative is to remove the resource from actual policy consideration to a learning resource on how to develop policy, another is to put it up for deletion. What do you think? Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 21:17, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg I agree with you. --goldenburg111 (talk) 21:27, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Pages in Wikiversity space with policy proposals would generally not be deleted; rather, they would be deprecated. I.e., the proposal, if not accepted in a reasonable period of time, would be marked as rejected or inactive. I'll take a look, but I need to be careful about involvement in policy pages. This really isn't the place to discuss that. The place to discuss policy and proposed policy is on attached Discussion pages. Meanwhile, I assume, this and other custodianship requests will be handled as traditionally. Give it time. --Abd (discusscontribs) 23:17, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
  • The original policy page makes no reference to a period in which to find a mentor. However Wikiversity:Candidates for Custodianship does, referring to archiving a request if no mentor is found within a week. Given the paucity of active permanent custodians, that could be impractical. (At one time, with many custodians available, it made sense.) However it's harmless, because a candidate may continue to seek a mentor by requesting it of permanent custodians, and a candidacy may be reinstated at any time, trivially. --Abd (discusscontribs) 23:34, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Marshallsumter is a major contributor to Wikiversity, and he is constructive, so I believe he deserves to be a custodian. - Sidelight12 Talk 21:43, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
Banned from Wikipedia Discussion[edit]
Marshallsumter, you have been banned from Wikipedia? I am very concerned about this. I would like Marshallsumter to reply to me. Marshall, what do you have to say about your ban from Wikipedia? (verify) --Goldenburg111 (talk) 15:29, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your question! The indefinite ban on my contributing to Wikipedia is for two "violations" of their policy. The first is bringing some of their articles and ones I wrote, some 250, to the state of the art or science using primary sources following US copyright law. The effort in each article I originated was called "original research", banned on Wikipedia, which each was not yet at, but has found a home here. The second is that at Wikipedia following US copyright law to produce entries there as I do here is considered a violation of Wikipedia copyright policy. Wikipedia endeavors to sell books to individuals world-wide including those within countries and territories that have a more restrictive copyright law than the US; hence, my entries may cause legal problems for these book producing and selling efforts in these countries. In spite of this policy the WMF has included probably all of my Wikipedia entries in various books sold world-wide without any apparent problems. I hope this helps. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 23:44, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
Were you warned? --Goldenburg111 (talk) 01:16, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your question! The answer has two parts. Individuals in 2011 would put an entry up for deletion as having original research and I would disagree. No one warned me about the copyright concerns! Let me add that as a US citizen I am required to follow US copyright law. Wikipedia copyright policy at least at that time is too restrictive. I hope this helps. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 10:33, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
@Abd thank you for clarifying. Abd, I agree with you that Wikipedia is an alien planet. But yet, as I believe it, being banned or block on another wiki does not qualify for adminship on any other wiki. Well, since they skipped right to a banning discussion, like they did to me on Simple English Wikipedia. I'll change my oppose to a support. :) Cheers! --Goldenburg111 (talk) 21:46, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Custodians willing to mentor[edit]

Nominations for Full Custodianship[edit]

  1. Candidates for full custodianship are listed here by their mentor after the one month probationary period. Do not add self-nominations to this section (use the section of this page Requests for Custodianship).

Dave Braunschweig (talk | email | contribs | stats)[edit]

I'd like to nominate Dave Braunschweig for probationary custodianship. Dave has been contributing significantly to main space learning materials and has been an active contributor to the Colloquium and Wikiversity space discussions, as well being an experienced educator and IT expert. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 11:34, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

YesY Done This starts the 4 week period of probationary custodianship. My apologies for the lengthy delay. I was hoping another bureaucrat would activate as I have nominated and offered to mentor (I would generally prefer someone else to add the custodian rights), but we clearly need more active custodians. [3] -- Jtneill - Talk - c 23:00, 4 September 2013 (UTC)


  1. What are your best contributions to Wikiversity , and why? --Tito Dutta (Talk) 10:44, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    My best contribution to Wikiversity so far is Internet Protocol Analysis. It exemplifies how OER content can be used to replace a textbook and how Wikiversity can be used to provide active learning opportunities rather than simple article learning. The result is much more effective for real-world students, and should also be effective for dedicated Wiki learners. The course is still generating an average of 5 hits a day six months after it was completed. My other contributions are more scattered, creating and cleaning up templates, adding categories to content I am familiar with, and participating in the Colloquium as time allows. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:14, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
  2. You have recently supported a speedy deletion request, did you notice that that the same article is being discussed at RFD Wikiversity:Requests_for_Deletion#Kedar_Joshi? --Tito Dutta (Talk) 10:44, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    Yes, I had seen Wikiversity:Requests_for_Deletion#Kedar_Joshi at one point, but had not reviewed the article itself until yesterday. I did a couple of quick searches to find the deletion discussion again but was unsuccessful, so I commented on the article instead. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:14, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    You first answer looks very good, and the second answer, not so much! I don't know how you tried to search, directly visiting WV:RFD or searching with Kedar Joshi prefix:Wikiversity:Requests for Deletion could be helpful! --Tito Dutta (Talk) 18:42, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    I understand that this is an issue that interests you. However, the search method wasn't relevant, as I was specifically requested by User:Draubb to review his recent efforts. His comments were on the article itself, and I followed up there. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:02, 27 May 2013 (UTC)


As I mentioned to James, if he's willing to nominate and mentor me, and the community is willing to have me, I'd be honored to support Wikiversity as a probationary custodian. I'm relatively new to the community, having only been active since October 2012. However, I've been quite active since then with a complete course developed and a variety of other edits, including several templates.

My "real-world" students have indicated that they prefer the Wikiversity course format to the textbook series they were using previously, and their mastery of the material is better so far with Wikiversity than with the equivalent textbook material. So, I'm now a strong advocate for Wikiversity. The best example of my approach to course development can be found at Introduction to Open Educational Resources, something I wrote to help encourage fellow educators to develop OER. I would sum up the approach as: Use existing resources where possible and provide active learning opportunities to help learners master and apply the concepts.

In terms of agenda as a Custodian, I don't have one other than to help support the community. But I do have several decades of experience supporting computer systems and users. If you review some of the discussion threads I've participated in, you'll find I'm big on a consensus approach to Wikiversity. And being a relative newcomer myself, I'm sensitive to those just getting started, and thankful that no one bit me when I made some of my first edits.

I'm sure I still have a lot to learn, but if approved, I'll do my best to help out where I can.

-- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:58, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

  • plenty of contributions plus helpful with wikicode. I also have not seen any problems with Dave Braunschweig. - Sidelight12 Talk 17:15, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Custodians willing to mentor[edit]

I'm willing to mentor. Dave has indicated his willingness/acceptance here. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 11:34, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

Probationary custodian period started[edit]

Mentor's recommendation for full custodian status[edit]

Per the mentor's permission, I am nominating User:Dave Braunschweig for full custodian status. During an extended mentorship period, far beyond the norm, Dave has continued to tirelessly serve the Wikiversity community. I'll specially note this action, clear, moderate, and correct.

CentralAuth shows 14,500 edits to Wikiversity today, which includes deleted edits. As a custodian, Dave does not normally delete pages unilaterally, other than the usual spam or vandalism, but when he finds a problem page, he may nominate it with Template:Proposed deletion. As he is the only reliably active custodian, and after the period expires with no user removing the template, he does delete, and this then gives him a high deleted edit count, currently 1,202 (see edit stats below). In one case, I questioned a deletion of his, based on a speedy deletion request by another user, and he immediately undeleted for discussion.

Sysop actions:

I have no hesitation recommending Dave as a permanent custodian. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:45, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Discussion and questions[edit]

Questions to and discussion of the candidate.

Voting for full custodianship[edit]

Please enter vote and a brief comment here.

  1. Symbol support vote.svg Support I know the task and Dave Braunschweig is technically and humanely qualified. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 20:15, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
  2. Symbol support vote.svg Support Why not? --Goldenburg111 20:25, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
  3. Symbol support vote.svg Support Dave has gone above and beyond. Happy to support! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 22:00, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
  4. Symbol support vote.svg Support as nominator (serving in place of the mentor). --Abd (discusscontribs) 03:02, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
  5. Symbol support vote.svg Support He has always been helpful to me. --guyvan52 (discusscontribs) 14:47, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
  6. Symbol support vote.svg Support He has my support --1sfoerster (discusscontribs) 16:40, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
  7. Symbol support vote.svg Support Very helpful to new user (actually new privatizing handle for User:Geofferybard ) more familiar with WP & WB. (voting only once) K9Alliance2Train
  8. Symbol support vote.svg Support I do support Dave This comment added by User:Zionite lewis 12:35, 6 September 2014‎. just registered, with no other contributions at this time, here or globally. --Abd (discusscontribs) 14:55, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
  9. Symbol support vote.svg Support Has been helpful to me as a new user and offered help where he thought it may be needed - I think he'd make a good admin. Khairdean (discusscontribs) 10:31, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
  10. Symbol support vote.svg Support Besides creating great content like the Internet Protocol Analysis course and being on the good side of the OER force he helped User:Sebschlicht and me a lot with his technical knowledge about Mediawiki. After creating the web science mooc (first version in the topic name space) and current version in the article name space which included (lua, javascript, templates and the possibility to think about bots) I would consider myself as a power user and Dave was always helpful. Besides that I am a custodian on trial in the German wikiversity and I also think (from the little that I saw) that Dave has the communication strength to fulfill the job. --Renepick (discusscontribs) 08:01, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
  1. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - Abusive language and unwarranted pressure from him and abd on my userpage. They were both supporting action that was clearly wrong. Again, I'm not judging a person's tendencies, but I'm judging that someone wants to make Wikiversity a place to encourage such behavior. Abd wants to turn this place into anarchy, and work with whoever supports his bent logic. I've taken a break since then. If this harms my chances, so be it, IT HAS TO BE SAID! - Sidelight12 Talk 03:38, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
Could you please explain what you mean by "abusive language"? I don't remember him using vulgar language or personally attacking you. --Goldenburg111 23:33, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Condescending badgering. Accusing me of imposing my values on others, while he did it even worse, and even allowed another user to impose their own values unto others. Wikiversity isn't a place to soapbox pedophilia, which would be what one user was trying to impose their values unto others here. Dave lecturing me about his values on the community, is him imposing his values, when I took action against someone imposing their values. - Sidelight12 Talk 06:31, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Links or comments please? --Goldenburg111 11:33, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
I am responding to this on a separate page, because there are privacy considerations. See /Privacy issue. Please do not discuss this topic here, it can lead to revision deletion. --Abd (discusscontribs) 12:19, 11 September 2014 (UTC)I replaced the specific mention of the topic with "this topic" after Sidelight's response below.--Abd (discusscontribs) 12:12, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Let me get this straight. You want this redacted, but if I want something embarrassing redacted from my userpage, that's not ok? Such hypocrisy. - Sidelight12 Talk 03:08, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Not straight. Sidelight has never understood user page policy, and he may blank and request revision deletion of comments there. Generally, he should not revision-delete them himself, that that would depend on the case. Sidelight's comments on meta were just redacted.[4] Were I not involved here, I'd have blanked his comment myself. --Abd (discusscontribs) 12:12, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
There are no links to abusive language, because there never was any. Sidelight12's issues with my approach have to do with perception rather than reality. I'm an educator. As an educator, I ask questions, allowing others to form their own opinions. It's known as the Socratic method. I've used it in my interactions with Goldenburg111, and I've used it with my interactions with Sidelight12. What I may or may not personally believe has nothing to do with the questions I ask. However, Sidelight12 is more literal in his interpretation, and is confident that a question would never be asked unless someone already has a preconceived direction for the conversation. It's unfortunate, but that's his perception and his reality. It doesn't have to influence the rest of us. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 12:37, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
I've explained this above. [5] Condescending badgering, and false accusations. - Sidelight12 Talk 03:08, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Sidelight links to a clear and cogent comment by Dave on User talk:Sidelight. "Condescending" is false, it was not "badgering," which requires repeated action, and Sidelight has not shown any falsity. Making false comments is not an offense unless they are deliberately false, i.e., lying. Sidelight is a probationary custodian and as such must be responsive to the community. --Abd (discusscontribs) 12:12, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
I am not an educator in any academic institution, but I'm a highly trained and successful coach in a non-academic system of education. I've raised five children to adulthood, seeing that they got what they needed to live well (and they are living well, and I have six grandchildren), and I also have two minor children, one of whom lives with me and who is officially "home schooled." In fact, she is responsible for her own education, and she is mostly "learning by doing," and doing spectacularly well, by all measures. Dave's expression above demonstrates why I fully support Dave's work here.
There are those who will oppose this (on this wiki and in real life). I'd rather not generalize about them. They are in a minority here; this candidacy shows just how isolated that opposition is, and that is good news for Wikiversity, founded with ideals of academic freedom and "learning by doing," as distinct from "schooling." There is nothing wrong with schools, as long as they are not abusively authoritarian, but there is a whole unschooling movement, and there is academic research supporting it. --Abd (discusscontribs) 13:33, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
  1. All I can see are a lot of page moves and very little admin work besides basic cleanup deletions. Why do you want to be an admin? Ottava Rima (talk) 03:37, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
    I don't want to be an admin. I'd like to be a custodian. And as I indicated above a year ago, I don't have an agenda as a custodian other than to help support the community. That view hasn't changed. But with an additional year of experience behind me, I can say I believe even more strongly that Wikiversity has tremendous possibilities in providing effective Open Educational Resource content and learning opportunities to the world. Web Science is an excellent example of what can be accomplished with dedicated effort and adequate support. Other approaches include Physics equations and the Introduction to Engineering Design-related projects. But these projects can't succeed without custodial support to answer questions, mass-move content when required, delete content created in error or in violation, and block disruptive users.
    In addition, Wikiversity needs to improve on training and supporting new custodians. We have 31 custodians and bureaucrats listed in our ranks, but only a handful are currently active editors, and there's very little custodial activity involved. We need to be continually looking to effectively expand our custodial support ranks to help meet what should be a rising need and demand. That can't happen without permanent custodians who are willing to mentor.
    Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 04:33, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Other comment[edit]

Nominations for CheckUser[edit]


CheckUsers are required to follow Wikimedia Foundation's CheckUser policy, including requirements for gaining access to the checkuser tools.

  1. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, of legal age in place of residence, be familiar with Meta:Privacy policy, and supply identification to the Wikimedia Foundation.
  2. Candidates must have 70-80% agreed consensus or more and a minimum of 25-30 votes in support by local community members. Following this, permission must be requested from the Wikimedia Foundation. Projects must have 2 or more check users, or none at all.

None at present.

Nominations for Bureaucratship[edit]

None at present.

See also[edit]