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2014 ACE Electoral Commission[edit]

Hi all,

I apologize for not leaving a message about this earlier as I was juggling many things outside of Wikipedia and it slipped my mind. Anyways, in the hopes of not relying on Jimbo's availability to appoint the electoral commissioners, this year's RfC will have an experienced user close the discussion if the selection of the 3 candidates is quite clear. In the event that it is not, it's hoped that one or more bureaucrats would be able to close the discussion. I'm sorry if it seems presumptuous and if it's too much to ask or if it's too short of a notice, I'm sure we can instead ask 3 uninvolved users to jointly close the discussion. However, if any 'crat would be willing to assist if needed, it would be most appreciated. Please let me know if you have any questions. Mike VTalk 23:37, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the note. –xenotalk 18:23, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

CU bits[edit]

Please remove my Checkuser permission. In nearly 11 months on ArbCom, I have not had occasion to use it a single time, so I just don't think I need it. Thanks. Beeblebrox (talk) 01:13, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Isn't the whole point of having it, is having it just in case you need it? No one expects Arbs to do regular CU duty (although some do help out) but how do you know you won't need it next week? Dennis 01:17, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
I am also suddenly thinking that I actually have to ask for this from the stewards at meta. Beeblebrox (talk) 01:18, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't want to labor that point, and was more curious as to motivation. Arbs are kind of expected to have the bit just in case. I've never seen one dump a useful bit before. Dennis 01:22, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
To answer your actual question, I have never actually learned how to use it and the committee this year is stacked with more tech-savvy arbs who run any checks we need and double check each other's work. I don't like having such a powerful tool just sitting there waiting to be clicked on by accident. As a matter of fact Floquenbeam never had it turned on to begin with, but then again he also eventually decided he was unsuitable for the entire role of being an arb... Beeblebrox (talk) 01:24, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
(ears burning) I did actually have CU rights for a while, but gave them up a month or two before resigning, without ever using them. Not so much because I was worried I might use them by accident, but because it meant people assumed I actually knew how to use them, and would ask me to run checks. Or a couple of times when I blocked an obvious sock, it would be recorded as a CU block, when all it really was was my sense of smell. And yes, you have to ask at Meta. --Floquenbeam (talk) 01:45, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Question related to a former account name[edit]

Greetings Bureaucrats and stalwarts of this board. I apologize if my question is misplaced and understand if someone reverts or moves it. I do know if this board will indulge my question; and some answer, I'll trust it more than if I'd spent a month trying to research an answer myself, maybe longer. I hope for that.

Regarding an account whose name has been changed, like; for example: mine. Is it at all possible to use the originally named account as a valid alternate of the newly named account? If not prohibited, is it just a bad idea in itself? Thank you.—John Cline (talk) 06:34, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

When an account is renamed, the old account name is freed up. That means it is technically possible for anyone, including you, to register it again and use it. It will, however, look and behave exactly as a new account with no link to the old account. In some cases the renaming Bureaucrat will have recreated and blocked the old account to stop this happening. QuiteUnusual (talk) 10:07, 24 October 2014 (UTC)