Wikipedia talk:Advice for new administrators

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In general, I like this a lot. I would make one change, that many people will disagree with me on.

"It is true that among these are powers to block users or protect pages, but we should strive never to use these powers based on our own judgment. Instead, as a general rule, administrators should use their powers only when Wikipedia policy makes it an unquestionable and thus practically automatic act, or when there is such a strong consensus that an admin's act is simply executing what is clearly the will of the community (if you ever have doubts, report the matter at the administrator's noticeboard — don't hesitate to draw on the advice or help of more experienced admins.)"

I would say instead that "we should strive never to use these powers based on our own desires rather than what is most in line with Wikipedia's policies and ideals." The rest of the paragraph is difficult also... "the will of the community". "Who is the community?" is actually a really hard question to answer. Kat Walsh (spill your mind?) 02:08, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

merger with how-to-guide[edit]

The how-to-guide really focuses on how to do certain tasks administrators can do. This is a more general essay on attitude and comportment - I think they are really two completely different topics and should not be merged Slrubenstein | Talk 13:06, 29 January 2007 (UTC)