Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors/Coordinators
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GOCE's project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining the Guild's internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers.
The coordinators' main role is performing the maintenance and housekeeping tasks required to keep the project and its internal processes running smoothly. This includes keeping the announcement and open task lists updated, managing the Requests page, membership, home page maintenance, and so forth. There is little that couldn't theoretically be done by any other editor, of course—the coordinators have explicit roles in only a few processes—but, since experience suggests that people tend to assume that someone else is doing whatever needs to be done, the most efficient route has proved to be to delegate formal responsibility for this administrative work to a specified group. See here for a complete list of coordinator tasks.
The coordinators have several other roles. They serve as the project's designated points of contact and are explicitly listed as people to whom questions can be directed in a variety of places around the project. They lead the drafting of project guidelines, oversee the implementation of project decisions on issues like category schemes and template use, and help to informally resolve disputes and keep discussions from becoming heated and unproductive. The coordinators are not, however, a body for formal dispute resolution; serious disputes should be addressed through the normal dispute resolution process.
Coordinators are elected by a simple approval vote of the membership, currently held every six (6) months or a period determined before each election. Any project member in good standing may nominate himself or herself and may serve as many times as they wish. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes becomes the lead coordinator, and bears overall responsibility for coordinating the project; the other coordinators advise and assist the lead coordinator, and focus on any specific areas that require special attention.
If, between elections, the project has more work than the current coordinators can handle, and no election is imminent, the coordinators may co-opt additional coordinators to serve until the next election.
Occasionally, a motion to appoint a former lead coordinator as a coordinator emeritus is made for endorsement during an election. The objective is that the project may continue to benefit from their help and experience. The position has no special responsibilities and is held for as long as any coordinator emeritus wishes.
The idea for GOCE coordinators was formulated during discussion with project members in late 2010, and elections were scheduled at the end of the year. Members agreed that the Guild would organize coordinators based on the excellent system running at the Military history WikiProject, and many elements for the setup were borrowed from there.