How does one become a curator?
Any Wikiversity participant willing to do a lot of dull and boring work for the community can become a curator. If you have a good editing record then you are likely to be trusted and granted the privileges and responsibilities of curatorship. If you are still interested in being a curator, here is the process:
You must request or be nominated for curatorship at Wikiversity:Candidates for Custodianship in the Curators section. State your reasons for seeking this position and in what areas you are or would like to be active. You may also refer to your contributions and indicate whether you have similar responsibilities at other projects.
Custodian mentors are expected to guide and advise you on the appropriate use of curator privileges in accordance with established policy and community consensus. If any experienced custodian agrees to mentor you and you agree to their mentorship, then you will be approved as a curator. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact your mentor(s) for guidance and advice. If you or your mentor terminate the mentorship agreement, you will have 48 hours to find a new mentor. Otherwise your mentor may remove curator privileges after 48 hours, without any further notice or community discussion.
What can curators do?
Deletion of pages
Deleting a page does not actually remove it from the database. It is merely invisible to non-custodians and can be restored at request, which may be submitted at Wikiversity:Requests for Deletion. Page deletions and restorations can be monitored by viewing the deletion log. Curators may delete pages, but they do not have undelete rights.
Edit and move protection of pages
Curators can protect pages to prevent editing. There are two types of page protection: semi-protection, which prevents anonymous and new users from editing, and full protection, which prevents all non-custodians and non-curators from editing. A page can also be protected to prevent moving. Page protection can be lifted by any custodian or curator upon request, which may be submitted at Wikiversity:Request custodian action. Page protections and unprotections can be monitored by viewing the protection log.
Curators have a rollback tool to revert the last change or group of changes made to a page by the same user. There is no option to provide an edit summary when using this tool. Instead, a text similar to "Reverted edits by User:Foo; changed back to last version by User:Bar" will be used automatically. This tool is primarily used to respond to obvious vandalism. For other edit reversions, the rollback button should not be used and a good edit summary should be provided.
Curators have access to the Import tool, to bring materials from Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Beta.Wikiversity, Wikiquote, and Wikisource.
How are curators expected to act?
Curators are supposed to follow the same principles as every other user, including being civil, assuming good faith, and understanding what Wikiversity is. They are expected to act professionally, and to respect policy and community consensus.
For a discussion of possible failure to act professionally, see a proposed recusal policy at Wikiversity:Recusal.
Problems with curators
If you have a question about an action (page deletion, page protection, user block, editing MediaWiki namespace pages, violation of Wikiversity policy or some other action that does serious damage to the project) by a Wikiversity curator, the first thing to do is leave a message on that curator's user discussion page. Curators should always be able to explain how their actions support the Wikiversity project. If you cannot get satisfaction from discussion with the curator, follow up with their mentor. Actions of a curator are ultimately the responsibility of their mentor(s). Any custodian may remove a curator's rights, but first try to resolve all curator problems by discussion. Post a request at Wikiversity:Request custodian action if discussion does not successfully resolve the issue.
- Curatorship is a responsibility, not a right. While everyone is encouraged to apply for curatorship, the position is not suited for everyone. Please also note that in all instances not listed above, curators have no more power or weight than other users. "Curatorship is not a big deal."
- Curators should set their "user preferences" so as to provide for email contacts from other Wikiversity participants. If you do not use email, then you must make yourself easily available by some other means such as IRC chat.