Wikiversity:Candidates for Custodianship/Leighblackall

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Leighblackall[edit]

Leighblackall (talk | email | contribs | stats) is a well-known, innovative online educator (e.g., see google:"leigh+blackall") who has been active both here on Wikiversity and on Wikieducator (see user page) for at least a couple of years. Leigh currently works at Otago Polytechnic and is also an admin on Wikieducator (Note that Countrymike is also an admin on both wikis). Actually, it was Leigh who recommended Wikiversity to me when I was initially tossing up between the two wikis. Leigh is currently more actively experimenting with content on Wikiversity and could make good use of admin tools for reorganising and managing his content, as well in dealing with vandalism. Leigh's reputation as an innovative online educator and an open and responsive colleague and communicator are second-to-none - e.g., see his edtech blogging over the years. Having him on board as a custodian would add considerable diversity and strength to Wikiversity particularly at a time when we seem to be a little light on the ground (in terms of active custodians). So, I would like to nominate Leigh for probationary custodianship. And rather humbly offer to mentor, but as with Adambro's nomination, anyone else willing to mentor feel free to put your hand up and join in. And Leigh, please feel free to seek out other mentorship options if you'd prefer. Leigh, could you please indicate below (a) whether you accept this nomination and (b) your preference for a probationary custodianship mentor? -- Jtneill - Talk - c 01:25, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Hello Jtneil, many thanks for all the kind words and for the nomination! I accept and would appreciate your mentorship over the custodian role for Wikiversity. I very much look forward to learning all there is to know, and in helping Wikiversity maintain its excellent and highly innovative contribution to the free learning effort. Regards --Leighblackall 04:28, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

YesY Done This starts the 4 week period of probationary custodianship. [1] --mikeu talk 12:45, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Mentor's recommendation for extended probationary period[edit]

User:Leighblackall has contributed approx. 40 edits to Wikiversity during the probationary period (since 8 July) mainly related to the development of the Facilitating Online course. I have discussed off-wiki with Leigh that I don't think we've seen enough of Leigh's editing yet or use of the custodian tools for me to recommend him for full custodianship. Leigh has several projects in the pipeline for Wikiversity which will involve him more in coming months. So, my recommendation at this stage is to extend the probationary period - I'd suggest for a minimum of a further 4 weeks - but perhaps longer e.g., up to 8 weeks. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 07:41, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

I support this recommendation. The Jade Knight (d'viser) 18:12, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
That sounds fine to me. --mikeu talk 21:28, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
Just noting that a further 4 weeks bring us to today - Leigh and I had a one-hour skype call today and worked through a tour/practice of WV features including policies, deletion, protection, blocking, special page tools, and templates. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 01:37, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Mentor's recommendation for full custodian status[edit]

I would like to recommend Leighblackall (talk | email | contribs | stats) for full custodian status. Leigh has tried out the tools and understands how they are used. I am confident that he will use them appropriately and seek assistance if he's not sure. Leigh has recently moved institutions and countries - and now works at the same institution and faculty as myself (University of Canberra - Faculty of Health), so besides our on-wiki correspondence (mostly on his talk page), we've also recently had some face to face discussions. I am very confident that Leigh will continue to be a valuable ambassador for Wikiversity. Sincerely, James. 23:17, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

Discussion and questions[edit]

Questions to and discussion of the candidate.

Thanks everyone, for the kind words and endorsements. Through the university of Canberra I hope to be making a significant contribution to content and community in WV, WB, and Commons. Leighblackall 02:13, 25 October 2009 (UTC)

Voting for full custodianship[edit]

Please enter vote and a brief comment here.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Good to have another academic in the group! --SB_Johnny talk 12:04, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I'm also on both wikis, Wikiversity and WikiEducator, and Leighblackall is a star contributor to educational wikidom. In every respect, he deserves the additional privileges and tools. --AFriedman 15:10, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Seems like an excellent choice for custodian to me! Trinity507 05:20, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Countrymike 21:01, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

Closure[edit]

YesY Done - Leighblackall is now a full custodian. --SB_Johnny talk 18:39, 24 October 2009 (UTC)