A "clerk" is a Wikiversity user who decides to help with Wikiversity administration, taking on tasks that are sometimes considered reserved for custodians (administrators). If a task does not require administrative tools, anyone may clerk, in theory. In practice, extensive clerking by a user can create disruption and necessitate clean-up, so users who want to clerk should become very familiar with general Wikiversity consensus on issues. Nevertheless, small-scale clerking actions may still be done by any user, with restrictions:
- A clerk should stop upon objection by any custodian, and seek community consensus before continuing. Before continuing after such an objection, the clerk should have the explicit permission of any custodian (who then becomes, in effect, a mentor for the clerk, being responsible for continued action and the effect of this on the community.)
- Clerks, aside from purely volunteering, may be appointed by any custodian who agrees to supervise ("mentor") the work of the clerk, or at least to be responsive to any complaints about it.
A period of clerking is an excellent preparation for probationary custodianship. Instead of deleting pages, the clerk will add speedy deletion tags. Instead of blocking a user or IP or IP range, the clerk will file a request for custodian action. A clerk who closes RfD or other discussions will establish a history of assessment of Wikiversity consensus, successful or otherwise.
Clerks, by relieving custodians of part of the cleanup work in which custodians often engage, can amplify and spread out the labor of Wikiversity management, provided that the changes they make are not disruptive, and can make Wikiversity a more stable and reliable environment for education.