Recently, Wikia rolled out an update to the permission management system for Wikia wikis: http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:BertH/User_rights_updates_for_Forum_and_Message_Wall
Furthermore, now that I am head crat, I would like to institute some changes about how people get and keep elevated privileges on this wiki. We need to accommodate the new usergroups, and we need to do something about the large number of inactive elevated-privileged users, but without creating any major means of corruption. With that in mind, I propose that we update the permission groups on this wiki. We will use this thread to vote on my proposed changes "I may be head crat, but this is still a democracy." Here are the proposed changes:
We will have 4 usergroups:
- Standard Users, essentially, anyone who doesn't get special privileges, but works on this wiki.
- Moderators, who will be our combined group for Chatmods, Rollbacks, and forum Moderators. I think it makes sense to combine these, from an administration standpoint.
- Admins, who have the ability to ban bad users and edit technical components.
- Crats, who have the ability to give and take moderator, admin, and crat privileges.
Everyone on that list will have all of the privileges of their rank, plus all of the privileges of the preceding ranks. In fact, the only difference for this policy is that it accommodates the new Moderator privilege group.
Next, I want to instill a new policy about staying in power. We have an absurd number of inactive users who have special privileges. I want to fix that, but without creating any major corruption potential. With that in mind, I propose this policy:
"Once every month, a list must be gathered of every crat, admin, and moderator who has not contributed to the wiki within the last 6 months. If there are any within that list, the one who has gone the longest without contributing will be demoted to a standard user. If all of the elevated users have contributed within the last 6 months, nothing will happen. This will happen once a month, to prevent too much circulation."
We will have until February 1st to vote on the updated policies. Please post all comments about the updates here.