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This thread was archived on 20 March 2009 by Soldier 1033.

This was originally proposed in December (see /Archive) but I guess it was prematurely archived, so I'll repost it.

RfA Questions

I was taking a look at the Wikipedia RfAs and I noticed that all nominees are automatically asked three questions:

1. What administrative work do you intend to take part in?

2. What are your best contributions to Wikipedia, and why?

3. Have you been in any conflicts over editing in the past or have other users caused you stress? How have you dealt with it and how will you deal with it in the future?

Users are then allowed to ask additional question, and then comes the commenting/supporting/opposing.

I just thought this might be a useful add-on to the RfAs as the community would be able to look at how sysops/b'crats would handle certain situations and how they have contributed to this wiki without having to go on just the comments/supports/opposes and the nomination to form their own opinion.

What do you all think? Andrew talk 01:00, 13 March 2009 (UTC)


I can see the implementation of this (although I want to see this implemented on all Wiki's - Especially the MechScape Wiki) here, but to be honest, we need to look into either reforming the current "Popularity" (as some may call it) contest. While I also believe we need to work on the removal of Inactive Administrators. So in case you are wondering, I do Support this measure if that is what you wanted to know. Ryan PM 01:12, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Support - This sounds like a great way to get an idea of who the potential admin is and how they are going to try to act if they get a consensus. It adds some substance to the RfA's in terms of showing who the nominee is. Air rune.png Tollerach hates SoF Fire rune.png 01:03, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

Support - These questions help the voter make their decision and the candidate think before accepting the nomination(and if they are lucky, the sys-oping) - TehKittyCatTalk Wikian-Book 02:35, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

Support - 1., 2. and 3. are all important questions that give important answers. Answering them will tell us a lot about the requester and make it easier to decide who is and who is not useful for the administrator role. A magic scroll.png WejerFeather.png 15:51, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Strong Support - This info is really important, as has been said.

I'd also like to let the community ask the nominee extra questions, similar to Wikipedia's system as well. My main reasoning for asking for this is because, currently, discussion seems to have a way to get mildly disjointed, be it lost in the flurry of comments and opinions, in talk pages, or even in-game/IRC. This way, everyone would see EVERYTHING. --Beware the underrated. Pikaandpi Berserker Fury!Hit hard or go home. 01:09, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Hey Pika, your signature does not follow the current guidelines. You can check up on them in the Site Notice. 16:47, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Support - We already know how good a users contributions are, and how active they are in the wiki community, but that is without these privileges. Asking these question will only let us better understand how they would handle things in administration.

Bonziiznob Talk

16:47, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Comment - both this discussion and the previous discussion in December have reached a supporting consensus so I have added the questions to Template:RFA along with a section for additional questions. Andrew talk 05:52, 20 March 2009 (UTC)