Wikipedia:I don't want to be an administrator
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Administrators are extremely important users in Wikipedia. Without them, all of the critics of Wikipedia would be right. Without administrators, vandals would run amok, terrorizing our beloved articles to bits, ruining the few free information we as humans can salvage. Without administrators, many of the features that Wikipedia has to offer would not exist. Administrators are busy, busy people. And I don't want to be one.
There is much ado in the life of an administrator. Blocking vandals, welcoming new users, uploading images, deleting pages, and the list goes on and on. With all these things going on, an administrator finds less and less time to actually edit articles. You know, adding information, sourcing them, fixing grammar? Being an administrator detracts from the true editing experience.
Now do not get me wrong. Administrators contribute valuable information into an article. It is not as if administrators do not edit at all. But, without a doubt, it's true that administrators have less time than normal editors to actually edit articles.
I am not saying that administrators are bad people, nor am I discouraging you from becoming an administrator. I am simply stating my, and others', opinions on why they don't want to become administrators in the future or right now. If you're the kind of person who could most certainly put administrator skills to good use, then by no means should I stop you. But if you are the kind of person who regularly clicks on "edit this page", and enjoys making valuable contributions to articles, then you might want to reconsider administrative status.