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User:Silver_Infernus has been nominated to become an Administrator. . gboyers talk 18:13, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

I, Silver Infernus, accept this nomination.


Any user may ask a question here for the candidate to answer. Feel free to add extra questions based on their replies.

What do you think is the main role of an Administrator?

To be an administrator means to able to handle authority in a fair, mature, and responsible manner, to make the right decision even if it's the unpopular one, to be active on a regular basis so as to be ready to help out a user in need, and to never use one's own status as an advantage over other users.

Your answer above doesn't really say what the role of an admin is - just how they should handle their authority. What is their main role? gboyers talk 00:34, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

I would say to keep the wiki well-organized and maintain good relations among the community; they should also be counted upon to be mature and unbiased in the event of a disagreement. It makes sense if you don't think about it... 03:00, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

What do you think is the hardest thing for new editors to get the hang of (whether a technical skill, a policy or just the way we do things here); how would you spot they were having difficulty; and how would you help them? Maybe explain what was the hardest thing you've had to learn whilst being here?

I think for users unfamiliar with wikia in general will have to take a while to get the hang of how to use the editing box; they should be approached by more seasoned users who can take the initiative rather than sit around and watch him/her struggle. Policies are a bit easier for everyone to understand, whether or not one has worked on another wiki before. However, they can take a bit of getting used to and may even seem harsh at times. It is therefore important to be patient and understanding with new users rather than push them away. For me, I think the Recent Changes page and the User Creation Log are handy for spotting new users; communicating with them via the talk page should be no problem.

Becoming staff isn't a reward for good edits, it's a job and a responsibility. How do you feel you could help us, and why should we promote you to become an Administrator?

I think I can do a good job with keeping the community friendly, helping out other users, and in general maintaining the wiki's quality. I have been working with wikis since 2007 and are quite familiar with it, and even serve as an administrator/bureaucrat on a fanon wiki with a massive community and over 17,000 pages. As a result, I'm not always active on Grand Theft Wiki or edit a lot, but it goes without saying that if I were to be promoted to administrator, I would be regularly present to do more article improvement and other tasks around the site.

Any user can do 'article improvement'. What different stuff would you do if you were an administrator - would giving you the rights, badge and authority of an admin make a difference (to the wiki), or would it just be an incentive for you to be more active? gboyers talk 00:34, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

I think I would be more or less obligated to be active on the wiki should I be given the rank of administrator. But more as an initiative, I would regularly do cleanups (red links, broken redirects, image renaming, etc.), fiddle with coding on locked pages to improve its appearance (most likely to be posted on a sandbox awaiting community and/or administrative approval before actually using), and as stated above, helping out users that are less familiar with the wiki, or any user that needs help at all. It makes sense if you don't think about it... 03:00, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

Are there any specific tasks, jobs or vendettas you perform around the wiki that you are particularly proud of?

For the last two years, I've helped mostly with obtaining images for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In late 2010 it had caught my attention that most of the screenshots we have are either of low quality or too small, not to mention a large number of them being imported from the Spanish GTA wiki (which means we have pictures with Spanish subtitles, a problem on the English wiki). Since then I've uploaded 356 high-quality screenshots to the wiki and I intend on obtaining more.

Could you give one example of what you think is one of the best pages on this wiki, and a brief explanation of why you chose that. It should probably be an informational article, but you could use a list or category or similar if you explain why.

The first article that pops into my mind would have to be Niko Bellic, hands-down. The detail, description, and images there make it one of the best articles not only by length but also by professionalism. Those are two of the things that make a good article

Do you have any questions about the wiki, its staff or the role of an Administrator, or any final comments before we make our decision?

No, I think my observations of the wiki for the last two years are easily understandable.


Any user may leave a comment here, which will be considered before the decision is made.
  • This users's contributions never require cleanup/fixing. His many image contributions, which don't seem to be moved/edited by staff, shows knowledge of the wiki's image naming policy - A policy that I'm not even sure I fully understand (which is kinda pathetic!). Through seeing the countless hours that staff spend cleaning up the image namespace due to other user's misunderstanding of these policies, this shows me that this user understands one of the most complicated areas of the wiki, and how this wiki works. I imagine that he could use the admin tools to help further cleanup this namespace (through moving images and such). He has also recently shown dedication to the wiki through completing repetitive tasks such as adding templates to images, another display of knowledge of this wiki. One thing that does concern me is his answer above where he says that the role of an admin is to "to make the right decision even if it's the unpopular one". Most decisions on this wiki are made by consensus, and so if a decision is unpopular, doesn't that mean it needs to be discussed more? Although he does continue to mention helping other users (the main role of an admin!) and not using admin status as an advantage in discussions. JFletcherTalk (formerly User:Biggest gta fan ever) 01:24, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
I noticed quite a while ago that Silver Infernus' edits have not needed patrolling and recently made him a trusted user. As JFletcher mentions, the understanding of the naming policy isn't the easiest thing for users but Infernus does that with each image, even now adding the relevant screenshot template. His experience on another wiki would also surely be useful to this wiki. And I think the 'unpopular' decisions is in reference to deleting certain images or reverting edits, something that I have done for years, which prove unpopular. I think Silver Infernus is talking about this more than making unpopular decisions on a large scale, such as changing a policy or a page template. A-Dust 21:18, 16 January 2012 (UTC)


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