With the release of Mists of Pandaria we’re hard at work updating pages and adding new content. For a while we’ve been happily adding new patrollers here and there to police against vandalism. Now and then we see a user who seems particularly knowledgeable about a specific subject, be it information on the game or site mark-up/coding.
To that end we’re announcing a few things:
The first is the official launch of the Experts awards. Many of you have probably noticed a badge displayed for reaching a certain edit count; this would add a badge to a user’s page identifying them as an Expert in a given area. This is awarded by admins to those users who have shown a solid editing history in a given subject. Alternatively, if a person feels they are a good candidate, they can also request the status, subject to review.
Note: There aren’t any expectations placed on those deemed experts – they can answer questions as they like if someone asks, but this is just a badge to recognize contributions.
Users can belong to more than one category; likewise, more than one person can be recognized as an expert in a category.
Another thing we’ve noticed is that there is a large jump between patroller status and admin. There are quite a few users who have demonstrated a good contribution history but aren’t quite ready to take that step into full adminship. To that end we’ve created a rank right below admin, the Moderator. This position has expanded abilities that sets it across from patroller:
- Moving and renaming articles
- Protecting pages (lock them from editing or moving)
- Deleting pages and images (remove them from the public database)
- Editing semi-protected and restricted pages
- Quickly rollback the edits of the last user who edited a particular page (rollback)
- Have one's own edits automatically marked as patrolled (autopatrol)
- Mark others' edits as patrolled (patrol)
- Deleting and editing comments (but they should always note if they do)
Potential moderators, just like patrollers, are invited to the position by current admins. Number of high quality edits is a determining factor, but the ability to take direction when needed and remain level-headed is also very important. Once a person has been a moderator for a period of time they can then apply to become an administrator – and that is given based on community votes.