Hi I'm Montonius, currently Lead Administrator/Bureaucrat of the Warhammer 40k Wiki (since May 2010). I review all edits made to the wiki and am the primary assurer of quality control and Keeper of the Canon. Let me know how I can help you make the Warhammer 40k Wiki the primary source for all your questions about the Warhammer 40,000 universe on the Internet. If you have any problems, I will do my best to resolve them.
The position of Lead Aministrator (officially known as Bureaucrat in wikia.com's hierarchy) is granted to that Associate Administrator who is most committed to the Warhammer 40k Wiki's current vision of absolute quality and has consistently shown this dedication through many pages of quality edits and the addition of whole blocks of new knowledge to the wiki. While technically granted no more privileges than any other Administrator save for a double vote when choosing a new Associate Administrator, the Lead Administrator does formally grant Administrator privileges to other users and can also make them Bureaucrats, whose status cannot be revoked save by themselves. The Lead Administrator is chosen for both an expansive knowledge of how to manipulate the wiki framework and an encyclopedic familiarity with the Warhammer 40,000universe. The Lead Administrator represents the wiki to all other outside individuals and organisations and ultimately does his best to try and elucidate a clear vision for the wiki so that other Administrators and editors can know where best to invest their efforts. When there is a conflict in policy or decisions about the wiki's welfare between Administrators, the Lead Administrator will make the decision by fiat if there is no clear Administrator consensus. In the event of the retirement of the Lead Administrator, he will nominate his successor from among the existing Associate Administrators, who will then be selected by a majority vote of his fellows.
Currently, the Warhammer 40k Wiki's Lead Administrator is Montonius, who is also the founder of this new version of the wiki. Administratorship is only granted to those editors who have proven that they are committed to upholding the admittedly extremely high standards of the wiki for content, spelling and grammar and have proven this committment by making literally thousands of edits across many months before being selected. Additionally, unlike on many other wikis, Administrators possess full authority to remove or change articles for content or because the Wiki's content standards have been violated. An Associate Administrator's word is expected to be followed by other editors on the Warhammer 40k Wiki, and the Lead Administrator is the final judge in cases where there is not a clear preference for a particular policy or change of policy among the other Administrators and the community of editors at large. This change has been made from the standard wiki policy to ensure that our unusually high standards for articles can be met with a consistency and a quickness that is hard to achieve using the typical, less hierarchical method of wiki governance that currently dominates.
An Administrator is...
- here to oversee the project to prevent vandalism, abuse or straying from the goals and guidelines intended to one day make the Warhammer 40k Wiki the most definitive and well-written source of information on the Warhammer 40,000 universe on the Internet.
- extremely enthusiastic about the project, its overarching goals and wants to see it succeed. That means he wants you to try and place the quality of the wiki over your own desires for recognition or retribution for perceived wrongs by other editors or Administrators.
- here to help you. Generally Administrators have advanced expertise or experience with this or other wiki projects and have been chosen in part because of their near-encyclopedic knowledge of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. They are valuable teachers and mentors for all editors, including each other.
An Administrator is not...
- above the law. Administrators must adhere to official Warhammer 40k Wiki policy just like everyone else.
- always right. Administrators are people with opinions just like everyone else and occasionally they can be as in the wrong as everybody else. If you believe that to be the case, please make your point to them in a reasonable and mature way. An Administrator may not agree with your point of view, and the final decision usually will rest in his hands and should be respected, but that does not mean he will not take your point of view into account when trying to make decisions that benefit the entire community. However, when an editor and an Administrator's opinion on a topic clash, ultimately the Administrator will have to make the call. Editors are expected to respect an Administrator's decision, though it is an Administrator's responsibility to explain the reasons for his decision clearly and forthrightly.
Administrators have more privileges than most members, but with this extra access comes increased responsibility to the community of editors. It is important to remember that Administrators are here solely to make the Warhammer 40k Wiki the highest-quality source of information on the Warhammer 40,000 universe in English that it is possible to create. While Administrators might spend a larger portion of their time making structural edits or step in to settle a dispute and get the wiki back on the track of progress, it is important to remember that their role is defined by the policies put in place to ensure that decisions are made ultimately only to produce higher quality for the Wiki at large, and thus better serve its users.
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Differences Between Lexicanum and Warhammer 40k WikiEdit
The Warhammer 40k Wiki allows fan-made artwork to be used in certain very rare cases, while the Lexicanum makes use of only officially published material. These are different approaches, the editor and/or reader must decide for him-or-herself which approach best suits his or her own tastes and interests. Below is the statement I once laid out describing the difference between the two philosophies:
I am aware of the fan-made art on this wiki; I authorised it. This wiki has always made use of and patronised fan art and will continue to do so. I am aware some dislike fan-made art and I understand your point of view on the matter; however, I do not share it, nor do most of our editors or administrators....However, we long ago made the decision to use fan-made art as we believe that "canon" does not include only official art. If you find this too deviant from what you define as canon, I perfectly understand that view, but again do not share it. Multiple artistic interpretations of the Warhammer 40,000 universe have always been a lively part of the hobby and we have chosen to showcase some of this artistic expression here. We can agree to disagree on whether the use of only official art is canon, but we have chosen to use fan-made art as well as fan-made models and miniatures to display certain aspects of the world and that will not be changing. In the case of certain alien species or other artefacts of the universe, when there is no official art for them, I am happy to make use of the artistic license and creations of others if such exist to serve as place holders or to display certain concepts with the fresh eyes of a different style than the standard Gothic works of official art; if those creations are later superseded by an official rendering or determined to not be within the realm of possibility even within the bounds of artistic license, they will be replaced.
As to the wiki "being made better through concerted effort" frankly, this wiki was resurrected from the dead by the already quite concerted efforts of people who have dedicated hundreds of hours of their time free of charge to bring it to its current state. While certainly I agree there is always room for improvement, and we are always engaged in such an effort as is the nature of all wikis, I do not agree with your suggestion as being an improvement and find this wiki, in my admittedly biased opinion, to be already simply the best repository for Warhammer 40k information on the Internet and one that will only grow better with time using our current policies.
My suggestion would be if if you find this unpalatable, then you should patronise the Lexicanum, as they are a wonderful wiki that is more well-established and has many more pages than this effort and whose guidelines may be more in line with your own vision for a Warhammer 40k wiki. Thanks for taking the time to raise your concerns. Montonius 10:07, November 7, 2011 (UTC)
Please note: While we allowed the addition of certain high-quality fan-made images for a time, this policy has now changed. We no longer will add new pieces of fan-made art save in very exceptional circumstances, to be determined by the Administrators. New fan-made art will be removed, so please add canon-only artwork that has been published in a Games Workshop product or on the Games Workshop website. Montonius 19:24, January 14, 2013 (UTC)