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The project coordinators are generally responsible for maintaining all of the procedural and administrative aspects of the project, and serve as the designated points-of-contact for procedural issues. They are not, however, endowed with any special executive powers, nor with any authority over article content or editor conduct.
The Lead Coordinator bears overall responsibility for coordinating the project; the other Coordinators aid the Lead Coordinator and focus on specific areas that require special attention.
The primary responsibility of the project coordinators is the maintenance and housekeeping work involved in keeping the project and its internal processes running smoothly; this includes a variety of tasks, such as 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 fairly little involved that couldn't theoretically be done by any other editor, of course—in only a few places have the coordinators been explicitly written into a process—but, since experience suggests that people tend to assume that someone else is doing whatever needs to be done, it has proven beneficial to formally delegate responsibility for this administrative work to a specified group.
The coordinators also have several additional 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.
Coordinators are elected by a simple approval vote, held every six months. Any member of the project may be a candidate; this includes current coordinators, who may be re-elected without limit. The current election process consists of a three-week sign-up period and a one-month voting period, but these times—as well as all other details of the elections—are subject to change at any time, provided that a consensus to do so exists within the project.
The initial discussion that led to the creation of the project coordinator positions took place in March 2008.
|I||May 1 2008 – November 1 2008||May 2008||Yllosubmarine||none|
|II||October 5 2008 – March 5 2009||October 2008||none||Kevinalewis - the_ed17|
|III||July 29 2009 - January 29 2010||June 2009||Kevinalewis||Alan16 - Pmlinediter|
|IV||March 1 2010 - August 1 2010||January 2010|