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Marasmusine's Nomination. Yes check.svg.png Done!

Voice your opinion (3/0/1) 100% Approval; Ended 10:14, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Well, I feel a bit crummy for self-nominating, but I can't contain myself anymore :) Although I joined in 2008, it was only December 2011 when I started contributing consistantly, so I'll understand if this nomination is premature. I do have experience at Wikipedia, where I've been an administrator since 2007 - so I have a knowledge of the relevant policies. --Marasmusine 03:14, 21 February 2012 (MST)

Questions for the candidate

Dear candidate, thank you for offering to serve D&D Wiki in this capacity. Please take the time to answer a few generic questions to provide guidance for voters:

1. What sysop chores do you anticipate helping with? Please read the page about administrators and the administrators' reading list on Wikipedia before answering.
A: First of all, I want to be able to delete spam on the spot rather than tagging it. This may be confirmation bias, but it seems like the spam is becoming more prolific. I'm in the UK, so perhaps my timezone is such that we can collectively monitor this 24/7. Secondly, there appears to be a backlog of abandoned articles and articles proposed for deletion that I'd really like to sort through. I like to think I have enough experience to know when an article needs further discussion or when it's time to put it to pasture. I think the wiki has a poor signal-to-noise ratio at the moment, so I'm eager to improve the overall quality.
2. Of your articles or contributions to D&D Wiki, are there any with which you are particularly pleased, and why?
A: So, there's 4e Race Design (DnD Guideline) which I wrote in a moment of madness during my review of all the 4e homebrew races here. There's Barbed Devil (4e Race) and Ettercap (4e Race) which are complete (except for illustrations!). I've also had the pleasure of helping some other users develop their ideas when they were unsure of the mechanics (e.g. with User: Argent Fatalis)
3. Have you been in any conflicts over editing in the past or do you feel other users have caused you stress? How have you dealt with it and how will you deal with it in the future?
A: Not here, but certainly at Wikipedia. The first couple of times one enters into an edit conflict it can be stressful. Eventually you learn to take a step back and realize that you're losing sleep over an article about a videogame (or whatever). Behavioural sciences shows us that once someone forms an opinion it's very hard to get them to change, and indeed trying to do so can entrench them even further into their position. I try to recognize when someone is taking an ideological stance, or genuinely wants to improve an article: if the former, I give them breathing space (or drop it entirely) rather than fall into this trap :) Above all, keep your cool and don't be a dick.



  • Marasmusine has shown helpful editing behavior. He has engaged in improving, reviewing, and removing many 4e articles. In addition he has appropriately alerted people to vandalism and spam. In becoming an admin Marasmusine's capacities would be improved in areas where his capacities have been stalled, and he has my support. --Green Dragon 09:20, 22 February 2012 (MST)
  • I've seen what he has been doing. While I haven't been a part of the Wiki until recently, I have used the material and have been fairly active with Marasmusine. He has been helpful and genuinely seems to enjoy what he has been doing. He has my support.-- Irykyl 09:31, 22 February 2012 (MST)
  • He wants to delete spam, that's good enough for me... JazzMan 06:52, 28 February 2012 (MST)
  • I know this is kinda late to say so, but Marasmusine certainly has my full support. -Silverkin 14:29, 29 February 2012 (MST)



  • Can't say much, myself. I've not seen a whole lot of his edits, nor have I heard of him. I also find that we may need more administrators/moderators, at this point, however. We've become more and more under attack by botters and ads, so I imagine having a few more trustworthy mods could help curb that, if we can't find a more effective solution. Something to substantiate nominations if he's trustworthy. Jwguy 21:50, 22 February 2012 (MST)
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