Wikipedia:RfA reform 2012/Problems/Finding qualified candidates
One of the most prominent problems at RFA today, which indubitably contributes, at least in part, to the declining number of users applying to be and eventually becoming administrators via the RFA process. Editors who are otherwise qualified for the role now choose not to pursue RFA as often as in previous years. The most immediately obvious solution to this would be to find editors who are qualified to be an administrator, somehow convince them of this, and encourage them to pursue an RFA. But what, exactly, is the most efficient and editor-friendly way to do this?
Please feel free to add to these as more proposals are added to the RFA reform 2012 project or as you come up with possible solutions to this specific problem.
- This proposal empowers a small reform committee to experiment with the process for 3 months. This could include means of locating, communicating with, and encouraging editors qualified to become administrators.
- This proposal would require an administrator candidate to have the support of 10 existing administrators to receive the tools. The process can be overruled by 100 administrators.
- This is an existing category through which editors wishing to become administrators can make themselves known. This may prove to be an invaluable tool in the search for candidates; these editors have expressed an interest in adminship but may not know if they are yet qualified. This is where some sort of search and/or vetting committee might come into play (Dank's proposal above, for example).
- This is also a good starting point for finding qualified candidates. Editors experienced in one or, even better, several of these areas are ideal candidates for adminship, assuming they are qualified in other aspects as well (i.e. no interaction issues, etc.)