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The project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining our internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers.
Lead coordinator
Coordinators
Coordinators emeritus

To contact the coordinators, please leave a message on the coordinators' discussion page, or use the {{@MILHIST}} notification template on any other discussion page on Wikipedia.

What do the coordinators do?

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, overseeing the assessment and review processes, managing the proposal and creation of task forces, 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 proven to be to delegate formal responsibility for this administrative work to a specified group.

The coordinators also 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. In addition, they have highly informal roles in leading the drafting of project guidelines, overseeing the implementation of project decisions on issues like category schemes and template use, and helping 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.

How are the coordinators selected?

Coordinator insignia
US-O11 insignia.svg
Coordinator
6 Star.svg
Lead coordinator
Milhist coordinator emeritus.svg
Coordinator emeritus

Coordinators are elected by a simple approval vote of the membership, normally held every twelve months. Any project member in good standing may nominate himself or herself, including current coordinators, who 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 the coordinator emeritus wishes.

History of the coordinator system

The initial discussion that led to the creation of the project coordinator positions took place in January 2006; it arose from the development of the "task force" concept within the project.

There have been twelve tranches of coordinators since the system was introduced:

Tranche Term Election Lead
coordinators
Coordinators[1] Coordinators
emeritus[2]
I 6 February 2006 – 26 August 2006 January – February 2006 Kirill Lokshin Loopy
Miborovsky
II 27 August 2006 – 25 February 2007 August 2006 Kirill Lokshin Dryzen
Grafikm
LordAmeth
Nobunaga24
Oldwindybear
Wandalstouring
III 26 February 2007 – 28 August 2007 February 2007 Kirill Lokshin Carom
FayssalF
Kyriakos
LordAmeth
Petercorless
Wandalstouring
IV 29 August 2007 – 28 February 2008 August 2007 Kirill Lokshin Carom
Cla68
Eurocopter
FayssalF
Kyriakos
LordAmeth
Roger Davies
TomStar81
V 29 February 2008 – 30 September 2008 February 2008 Roger Davies Eurocopter
Kirill Lokshin[3]
Kyriakos
LordAmeth
Nick-D
TomStar81
Wandalstouring
Woody
YellowMonkey
VI 1 October 2008 – 28 March 2009 September 2008 Roger Davies Bedford
Cam
Eurocopter
EyeSerene[3]
JonCatalán
Maralia[3]
MBK004
Nick-D
the_ed17[3]
TomStar81[4]
Woody
Kirill Lokshin[5]
VII 29 March 2009 – 26 September 2009 March 2009 Roger Davies Abraham B.S.
Bellhalla
Cam
Eurocopter
EyeSerene
Ian Rose
Jackyd101
Joe N
Lordoliver
Maralia
MBK004
Nick-D
Skinny87
The ed17
TomStar81
Kirill Lokshin[6]
VIII 27 September 2009 – 28 March 2010 September 2009 TomStar81 Abraham, B.S.
Cam
Eurocopter
EyeSerene
Ian Rose
Joe N
Juliancolton
Maralia
MBK004
Nick-D
Parsecboy
Sturmvogel 66
The ed17
Woody
Kirill Lokshin[6]
Roger Davies[7]
IX 29 March 2010 – 28 September 2010 March 2010 TomStar81 AustralianRupert
Dank
Eurocopter[4]
EyeSerene
Ian Rose
Joe N
MBK004
MisterBee1966
NativeForeigner
Parsecboy
Patar knight
Ranger Steve
The ed17
Woody
Kirill Lokshin[6]
Roger Davies[6]
X 29 September 2010 – 28 September 2011[8] September 2010 Parsecboy AustralianRupert
Cam
Dana Boomer
Dank
EyeSerene
Ian Rose
Joe_N
MBK004
Ranger Steve
Shimgray
Sturmvogel_66
The_ed17
TomStar81
Woody
Kirill Lokshin[6]
Roger Davies[6]
XI 29 September 2011 – 28 September 2012 September 2011 Dank Adamdaley
Buggie111[4]
EyeSerene
Hawkeye7
Hchc2009[4]
HJ Mitchell
Ian Rose
MisterBee1966
Nick-D
Nikkimaria
Sp33dyphil
Sturmvogel 66
The ed17
Kirill Lokshin[6]
Roger Davies[6]
XII 29 September 2012 – 28 September 2013 September 2012
XIII 29 September 2013 – 28 September 2014 September 2013
XIV 29 September 2014 – 28 September 2015 September 2014
Notes
  1. ^ The position of coordinator was known as "assistant coordinator" prior to March 2008
  2. ^ The position of coordinator emeritus was first introduced in September 2008
  3. ^ a b c d Co-opted
  4. ^ a b c d Resigned mid-term
  5. ^ Elected coordinator emeritus
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Continuing as coordinator emeritus
  7. ^ Elected coordinator emeritus
  8. ^ The term length was increased from six months to one year following a March 2010 referendum
  9. ^ a b c The lead coordinator position in Tranche XII was shared among three coordinators as a result of a three-way tie during the September 2012 election
  10. ^ Retired from Wikipedia mid-term