Fahrenheit451 has been an active Wikipedia editor since March 3, 2005. This user has a career, owns a business, and has considerable media experience, including interviewing Jimmy Wales several times. This user supports the fast track removal of admins who are abusive. All admins should be open to recall. Requests for Deadminship rarely succeed on Wikipedia. An admin who behaves like a Crank knows that an Arbitration Committee likely won't remove adminship. discussion
Some admins go so far to claim "community support" when they win a Request for Adminship. Such claims are not verifiable as Wikipedia currently has about 5.5 million registered editors. It is common for RfA to succeed with around 55 support votes. Dividing the support votes by the number of registered users quickly debunks the community support claim, which in this case would be 0.001% support and the turnout only slighly higher. In this RfA  34 out of the 74 support votes were from admins. Admins represent about 0.024% of the total number of registered Wikipedia editors. So, getting 45% of your support votes from admins could indicate an old boy network or elitist clique that has materialized on Wikipedia.
Interesting article on a formerly secret admin mailing list:
My view on the future of Wikipedia, 25 January 2008
The model Wikipedia was based on was very effective in getting it established. However, this model is not effective in maintaining it. When admins elect each other and form cliques, when admins can violate Wikipedia policy with impunity, and when editors are met with the possibility of article vandalism on a regular basis, the opportunity exists for Wikipedia to gradually decline. I think that is occuring. Anyone who is ambitious enough to use it as the basis for an encyclopedia that has stricter edit protections and more specialized and restricted powers of administrators will have a sustainable online encyclopedia.
My current view on the future of Wikipedia, 1 February 2009
I think the concerns that I had one year ago are actively being addressed by the English Wikipedia community. Since then, administrator accountability has gotten ongoing attention and vandalism is being addressed with greater concern.
My current view on the future of Wikipedia, 24 May 2009
Any addressing of administrator issues has only been given lip service. Administrative abuses continue. Wikipedia is on the road to irrelevancy.
Fahrenheit451 for your Support!
PS: YES YOU'RE RIGHT HARRY POTTER USES A BROOM! (BUT GOOD MOPS ARE HARD TO FIND!!)
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|I, Smee, award this barnstar to Fahrenheit451 for getting a bad rap for being a good editor. Thank you. Smee 22:01, 5 March 2007 (UTC).|
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