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These are archived discussions of Wikitravel:administrator nominations. See that page for current and recent discussions.


Co-founder of Wikitravel, has root access on wikitravel.org so would probably mess around with the database if he wasn't given admin status. Did the first drafts of all the policy and guidelines as well as the help pages. -- Evan 08:56, 4 Aug 2003 (PDT)

  • Granted self admin status without nomination procedure in egregious abuse of authority. -- Evan 08:56, 4 Aug 2003 (PDT)


Co-founder of Wikitravel. Has sudo access on wikitravel.org, and if we didn't give her access she'd probably scrub the harddrive. Has significant experience as a travel writer and use of other Web travel sites. -- Evan 08:56, 4 Aug 2003 (PDT)

  • Granted admin status without nomination procedure in abominable nepotistic frenzy. -- Evan 08:56, 4 Aug 2003 (PDT)

User:Joakim Ziegler

Worked on several collaborative and community projects, including the FIX BBS (one of the oldest functional BBSes in Europe), the GNOME project, and other free software. Contributor to Wikipedia, list of contributions at http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joakim_Ziegler , likes Wikis a lot, dedicated to free content, strong opinions on quality (this might be seen as a bad thing). Trying to show that I'm worth my salt in the Mexico City article. Programmer (Python, also PHP, C, and a few others) with an interest in large-scale web-fronted data storage systems, willing to and interested in doing code work too with time. --JZ 20:58, 7 Aug 2003 (-0500)

  • Joakim: You have impeccable credentials and I think you'd be a valuable addition. I think one question I have is how well you understand the Wikitravel:goals and non-goals and the Wikitravel:policies and guidelines, and how much you agree with them. What are we missing? What needs to be changed? I'm not looking for ideological goose-stepping, but I would like to know that you share in general our overall vision for Wikitravel. -- Evan 09:42, 11 Aug 2003 (PDT)
    • Let's see. I generally don't have any big disagreements with the policies as they are now. If anything, they might be a little too easy to agree with, that is, not quite strict/specific enough, but that's probably expected to grow with the community, and I think that that's an appropriate process. I think that also a lot of policies and so on can be made after the fact; when a number of pages of a certain type exists, it'll be easy to see what works and what doesn't, and to set that doewn as policy/guidelines. I agree very much with the goals and non-goals, (and the slippery slopes), this is a project whose principal danger might be to lose focus and have people writing about everything. I can't really say that I see things that are missing quite yet, because I think the project is so young that it's hard to see where people will want to go (and where it's desirable to prevent them from going). I have a relatively laidback idea of how things should be done, in general. Things work themselves out, especially on wikis. Hm. I wonder if this answer is specific enough, let me know if it isn't, and I'll give it another try. --JZ
      • No, that sounds like the right idea to me. Thanks for answering a kind of leading question. -- Evan 21:02, 11 Aug 2003 (PDT)
  • Oh, one other thing: the current administrators do most of their collaboration using LRC protocol. We're a little worried that with your location in Mexico your participation would be heavily lagged. Any comment? -- Evan 14:19, 12 Aug 2003 (PDT)
    • I appreciate that concern, I know how convenient that can be. I'm a very compulsive user of both mail and other online comms, but of course that is still lagged compared to LRC. I can't really do much to alleviate the concern, really, other than say that you'll run into this problem sooner or later, LRC doesn't really scale too well. So it's more a question of if you want to deal with it now or later, I think. Projects like Wikipedia have mailing lists to complement the talk pages and so on, for working out more general discussions, that might be a good idea for Wikitravel too... (My mailer is a lot more convenient to discuss in than a wiki, sad but true, still). -- JZ 08:48, 12 Aug 2003 (CST)
      • It was mostly a joke, and quite a bad joke at that. But you've reminded me about doing a mailing list, and I'll set one up tonight. Look for info on Wikitravel news in the not-so-distant future. -- Evan 19:30, 12 Aug 2003 (PDT)
  • I endorse Joakim Ziegler as a Wikitravel admin. -- Evan 19:35, 12 Aug 2003 (PDT)
  • Ditto-- though, if you are interested in LRC we could arrange for you to have a rotation on dishes & dinner (just kidding... we seem to do that a lot you'll notice).Majnoona
  • IT IS SO. -- Evan 05:57, 14 Aug 2003 (PDT)

User:Karen Johnson

Karen's a Wikipedian who's been working on Wikitravel for a while now. She's done a lot of good work on Australia and travel destinations there and around the world. Question for Karen that's the same as for JZ: how well do you think you understand our goals and non-goals? What about the policies and guidelines? Is there anything you disagree with strongly? Anything you think we're missing? -- Evan 06:11, 14 Aug 2003 (PDT)

  • Firstly, thanks for considering me for nomination. I think the travelwiki is a great idea and I'm glad to be working on it. You've thought about what you want it to be and I pretty much agree with it. What we're aiming for is a comprehensive but not exhaustive guide, focusing on information which is NOT necessarily found in other places and which will be useful to people planning visits, or actually in the areas they are reading about - insider information if possible. True? What we DON'T want is an advertising catalogue. KJ 17:49, 14 Aug 2003 (PDT)
  • Please register my vote for Karen, even though it has no statusTiles 00:31, 15 Aug 2003 (PDT)
  • So, I'm not really sure what to do here. Maj and I were on extended vacation for two weeks after Karen's nomination, and somehow I forgot to give my thumbs up. I think everyone did. But it's been more than 7 days, and I think this nomination must be closed. I'm going to start a new one, because that's bogus. -- Evan 17:46, 4 Sep 2003 (PDT)

Karen Johnson second nomination

I'm nominating her for all the reasons listed above, as well as for the fact that her nomination lapsed by accident rather than from lack of interest. -- Evan 17:47, 4 Sep 2003 (PDT)

  • I endorse KJ as a Wikitravel admin. -- Evan 17:48, 4 Sep 2003 (PDT)
  • No problem whatsoever with Karen becoming an admin. D.D. 23:05, 8 Sep 2003 (PDT)
  • Thank you! I was feeling all hurt and rejected... not! I know it's hard to get anything much done in the way of admin when there's such a small user base. But I'm pleased to see that it's growing by the day! Which suggests that the word is gradually spreading, and soon more admins will be needed to keep up with the chaos that new users inevitably cause while they're learning the ropes (hint hint) If you appoint me I promise not to abuse my powers and to do my best to help out as needed. KJ 19:39, 4 Sep 2003 (PDT)
    • Yeah, well, we obviously need admins for when Maj and I are out goofin' off in the desert. -- Evan 07:17, 9 Sep 2003 (PDT)
  • Sorry I didn't get back to this! I thought you were already Admin. I endores you!Majnoona
    • and I think that's a full quota. Yay! Thank you guys... :) KJ
      • ...and the db has been updated. Karen, you're now an admin. Finally! -- Evan 08:27, 13 Sep 2003 (PDT)

User:Dhum Dhum

Dhum Dhum has been a user for months, and has been working hard on articles of all types. He gives insightful comments to most articles, encourages other users, and seems to "get" what we're trying to do. He is also a frequent contributor. DD, what do you think about becoming an Admin? -- Evan 09:19, 6 Nov 2003 (PST)

  • I hearby give my "ditto". Majnoona
    • What an honour - thank you very much for the nomination! I believe the admin package contains 6 months paid travel per year, doesn't it? ;-) No, seriously, I do like Wikitravel and what it stands for a lot and I want it to become a travel authority on the web. For travellers. By travellers. If you guys are convinced that I can help Wikitravel as an admin, then I'll gladly accept. Now we'll just have to see if the rest of you agree ;-) D.D. 09:44, 6 Nov 2003 (PST)
  • OK, I give my endorsement, too. Now we have to wait seven days to see if Karen or Joakim are going to show up with the secret evidence that proves you shouldn't be an admin. By the way, if any non-admins want to throw in their endorsement, feel free. It's a nice time to give DD some well-deserved praise. -- Evan 09:57, 6 Nov 2003 (PST)
  • Sure, I'll throw in my endorsement! Dhum Dhum does indeed make substantial and positive contributions around here. My only question to all of you doing great work, is: how do you find the time to keep up? There's a lot more editting going on now (which is a good thing, of course ...) CL 23:06, 6 Nov 2003 (PST)
  • Endorsed, good candidate. Joakim 17:01, 6 Nov 2003 (CST)
  • OK, well, it's done. Welcome to the club, DD! -- Evan 10:12, 14 Nov 2003 (PST)
    • Thanks for the welcome! Is there an oath I should take, saying "I do solemnly swear..." or something? Anyways, let's build this thing called "Wikitravel" into something travellers can't do without! DhDh 12:57, 14 Nov 2003 (PST)


Pierre's only been on Wikitravel about a month, but he's made very significant contributions to the phrasebooks and has been very involved in policy and style and guidelines and stuff. I think he'd be a good administrator. A couple of questions for Pierre: do you understand and agree with our goals and non-goals? Do you think doing admin work would be interesting for you? --Evan 21:52, 10 Jan 2004 (EST)

  • I agree with the above. Pierre's contributions and comments show a lot of common sense and insight. He'd be an asset for Wikitravel as an admin. I endorse his nomination. DhDh 08:18, 11 Jan 2004 (EST)
  • I accept the nomination. I understand and agree, and have been an admin on Wikipedia, so I know what to do. -phma 09:10, 11 Jan 2004 (EST)


Mark's been doing a great job on the Switzerland pages and has kept a good eye on other stuff (removing graffiti, etc). He's also been talking about some good points and welcoming new users. The usual questions for Mark: do you understand and agree with our goals and non-goals? Do you think doing admin work would be interesting for you? Majnoona

  • I appreciate the vote of confidence, and I do agree with the goals and non-goals. If made admin I can't promise how much work I'll actually do, but I'll sure try not to mess anything up. ;) -- Mark 05:27, 15 Jan 2004 (EST)
  • I endorse Mark for admin status. --Evan 11:32, 19 Jan 2004 (EST)
  • I also endorse Mark's nomination. DhDh 03:48, 21 Jan 2004 (EST)
  • It is done. --Evan 15:49, 25 Jan 2004 (EST)


phma's nomination lapsed due to a parliamentary hiccup. (Notice this is the second time this has happened.)

  • I endorse phma for admin status. --Evan 11:32, 19 Jan 2004 (EST)
  • I accept as before, but I will need the endorsement of two other admins. -phma 17:01, 19 Jan 2004 (EST)
    • I think the "other" means "other than the person being nominated". I think all the people on this list were seconded by only two administrators, not necessarily the one who nominated them. --Evan 18:54, 19 Jan 2004 (EST)
  • I endorse Pierre's nomination too (2nd time). DhDh 03:48, 21 Jan 2004 (EST)
  • IT IS DONE. --Evan 17:09, 28 Jan 2004 (EST)


Huttite has been contributing for Wikitravel since mid-February. That's a short period, but s/he has done an awful lot of work: writing, but also the dirty work of placing stub messages, disambiguating, redirecting, etc. I think Huttite understands what Wikitravel is all about, so I'm nominating him for admin status. Huttite: (1) do you agree with Wikitravel's philosophy and (2) would you be interested in being an admin? Dhum Dhum Akubra 11:00, 24 Mar 2004 (EST)

  • I support Huttite for admin. I was going to nominate him, but you beat me to it. -phma 12:08, 24 Mar 2004 (EST)
  • So, I agree with DD about H's great work, and I also think it would be valuable to have an admin in that time zone. B-) But I do have reservations. This is going to sound churlish, but here's my take: Huttite spent a lot of time and energy bolding the first mention of a page's subject in the page. We don't have that as a style guideline -- it's a holdover from Wikipedia. (He was also fixing some link problems in the DB at the time, too, so this is somewhat mitigated). I'm not against this (although I think if we're going to do it we should have a manual of style entry), but I am wary of the idea that we should do everything that Wikipedia does, just because Wikipedia does it. I'm especially cautious about that with admin privileges, since admins are so much more aggressive about protecting, deleting, banning and blocking on WP than here. So, I'm going to reserve my support until Huttite answers here. --Evan 14:46, 24 Mar 2004 (EST)
    • While I appreciate the nomination, I would prefer not to be an administrator, with its added responsibility, at present. I also feel I do not have the time and commitment. I would prefer to continue doing what I am doing within the abilities of a simple user, and contribute where and when I can. The bible verse 1 Timothy 3v6 comes to mind, (which says of overseers: He must not be a recent convert....). I feel that I currently may not have the cultural appreciation of what Wikitravel is about, only a technical appreciation. Thanks for the votes and support for my contributions but I personally remain unconvinced that an administrator role is my current calling. Respectfully, I feel I must decline your kind offer at this time. -- Huttite 05:46, 25 Mar 2004 (EST)


Colin has been a Wikitraveller for about 8 or 9 months. In that time, he's started or edited hundreds of articles. He has participated in some of our most vociferous policy and style debates, and he's always kept a level head and made rational suggestions based on what's best for the traveller and for the project. He's friendly to new users and often welcomes them. He's also on the West Coast of North America, which gets us some more spread over time zones. I think Colin would make an excellent administrator. --Evan 17:04, 9 Nov 2004 (EST)

  • I am willing to serve and watch over things from my time zone, and sweep the occasional vfd. -- Colin 21:59, 9 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • Yes! Colin is a great candidate for saddling with the delete chores. ;) Actually I thought Colin was already an admin. -- Mark 01:13, 10 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • Got my vote... we could use some more level heads ;-)
  • IT IS DONE. --Evan 23:14, 18 Nov 2004 (EST)


Jpatokal has been a Wikitraveller for about 6 months. In that time, he's done an amazing job expanding our coverage of East Asia, doing dozens of articles almost singlehandedly. He's also beautified the guide with amazing photographs. He participates in policy and guidelines discussions and shows a good appreciation of the ins and outs of Wikitravel rules. We often don't see eye-to-eye -- probably one of the reasons I appreciate hearing his opinion. He's helpful to new users and is technically skilled. He's also in either Asia or Europe (I think!), which would (again) get better admin-to-timezone coverage. I think he'd make a great Wikitravel administrator and I hereby nominate him. --Evan 17:04, 9 Nov 2004 (EST)

  • I'm usually in Asia or Europe, I think, but mostly Asia. =) But yes, Wikitravel has already become my #1 stop on the web, so I might as well accept the glamorous job of cleaning Wikitravel's clogged toilets and and do my part to ensure Wikitravel World Domination. Jpatokal 21:10, 9 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • Agreed. Thanks for all the great work up until now, and welcome to the club of those with extra buttons/links which must never be used. -- Mark 01:13, 10 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • IT IS DONE. --Evan 23:14, 18 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • Ditto. I'm really looking forward to using the Singapore guide in December!Majnoona 11:08, 10 Nov 2004 (EST)


Nzpcmad has been a Wikitraveller for about 7 months. This user (I'm gonna try to work around the fact that I don't know his/her gender, here!) has gone above and beyond the call of duty in improving the overall quality of our guide and its prose. Many contributions to Australasia and especially New Zealand are due to this person. Participation in policy and guidelines discussion is high, and shows impressive understanding of the issues. Located (I think) in New Zealand, which would make for good timezone coverage. Would make a really, really good administrator, for which I hereby nominate, uh, Nzpcmad. B-) --Evan 17:04, 9 Nov 2004 (EST)

  • Agreed. Good admin choice. -- Mark 01:13, 10 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • Ditto. Majnoona 11:08, 10 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • So, I haven't admin'ed this user, since they haven't responded. I'm not sure what to do in this situation. --Evan 23:14, 18 Nov 2004 (EST)


Not only has made tremendous contributions but also cleans up after spammers a lot and could really benefit from a revert button.

  • Support. Has done and continues to do amazing work. Jpatokal 10:45, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Colin 11:28, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Has been on the site since... February? Is that right? I'd like to hear a little more about him. Ryan, do you understand what this job entails? Are you familiar with our goals, policies and guidelines, and manual of style? What about the deletion and protection policy, and our general "hands off" administrative approach? --Evan 12:04, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Ah, the "revert spam" button... if I can help out a bit more around here I'd be glad to do it, although I do tend to disappear for a month or two occasionally (traveling or working) -- if that's an issue then I'm probably not a good candidate. As to Evan's concerns, from what I've seen each admin sort of defines his/her own role. Cjensen enforces the external link policy with a thoroughness that borders on scariness, Jpatokal logs in nightly to edit at least fifty articles & engage in discussion of all open issues while ensuring that the DOM is updated at exacly midnight GMT on the first of each month, and the rest of you guys make sure to welcome new users and refine the policies so that they fit what is needed to keep things humming along smoothly ;) And yes, I've read the MOS and each of the indexed policies, and have engaged in several policy discussions. I can't claim to know all them intimately (for a while I assumed the real spelling policy was just to write an article and wait for Nzpcmad to fix things) but I think if I could claim that it would be time to get away from the computer and get out more ;) -- Wrh2 00:08, 14 Jun 2005 (EDT)
    • Ah, but I think that's the thing Evan was getting at. All of the things you mention are normal user functions. Admins have access to a couple of other things, like deletion, the quick revert, and blocking a user or a page. We take things like blocking users very seriously, and in fact we don't do it except as an absolutely last recourse (I've never seen a case bad enough). Also there's only one page which is locked: the license. We are strongly resistant to locking pages. Another thing to note is that admins are not required to agree with the Mos, those are just guidelines and are always up for discussion; but we do ask that you read and agree with the Wikitravel:Goals and non-goals. This is the stuff we'd like for you to understand before you get the admin bit flipped. -- Mark 00:25, 14 Jun 2005 (EDT)
      • I probably should have addressed each of Evan's points specifically, but yes, I understand that admins have several buttons that "they should really never use". The idea that blocking an IP is a failure of the Wiki is something I get, and that protecting a page is something that should be done only in the face of something like an edit war or an automated attack. Evan's satire of handling problem users is a favorite bookmark of mine. In terms of goals, one of the reasons that I contribute here is because I would like to see a "a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide." That said, if people aren't comfortable then by all means don't make me an admin -- I'm happy to help out, I very much appreciate that Jpatokal nominated me, but I'm also happy to continue on without the extra buttons in my toolbar. -- Wrh2 00:45, 14 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Support. Great answers, thanks for responding. --Evan 08:32, 14 Jun 2005 (EDT)
    • Oppose. Doesn't seem to understand the importance of consensus in decision-making. Sorry, doesn't work for me. --Evan 11:48, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
      • Say what? What exactly are you referring to? Jpatokal 12:02, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
        • Wikitravel talk:Big city article template. Lots of chatter about the majority. --Evan 12:30, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
          • In that case I'd rather decline the admin nomination. While I very much disagree with Evan's opinion here, I'm really uncomfortable with the idea of being in any way a controversial choice. -- Wrh2 14:22, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
      • 1. Thank you for your input; Unfortunately, the seven-day period for discussion is already closed. As the person responsible for flipping admin bits, it is particularly incumbent on you not to utilize (unwittingly or not) your own procrastination as a means of putting an admin into some sort of parole period. (We lack a clear policy for stuff like what to do when a user has not indicated a willingness to serve; we lack a clear policy for stuff like what and when to do a renomination of a failed nomination; but we do have a clear policy regarding when the nomination has been passed).
      • 2. Additionally, I can't help but be stunned that you would consider Ryan's thoughts about current policy as a criterion for adminship. That only people here who wholly support current policy are the two founders who setup both initial policy and rules whereby anyone (themselves included) could raise an objection to a policy change and that solitary objection is, by rule, sufficient to bar the change. The only valid question here is will Ryan implement existing policy even when he disagrees with it.
      • 3. The admin bit is a broom, not a sword. Is there really some question in your mind regarding whether or not Ryan will try to change policy through admin bit powers? To flip-flop on an issue like this ought only occur in the presence of some severe concerns, not mere worries that could be cleared up by asking an additional question or two.
      • 4. Lastly I would like to note that my web browser can only find uses of the term "majority" in reference to people written by Evan and Colin Angus in the aforementioned article, not Ryan. Ryan did refer to popularity, but it appeared to me to be a "trying to gather a consensus" kind of use, not a "thou shalt abide by the popular idea." He also expressed his own willingness to subsume one of his own preferences in favor of one popular idea, which demonstrates to me that he clearly was not using the term as a hammer to use against other people, but rather as a way to clarify something that is somewhat popular and seeing if folks (including himself) could compromise to the currently popular opinion. It looks like consensus building to me. -- Colin 17:04, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
        • Hear ye, hear ye. I agree fully with everything Colin said. Jpatokal 21:25, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
        • Colin: I agree with you that the objection period is passed, and I've dropped my opposition (neither support nor oppose). I've flipped Ryan's admin bit. Welcome to the team, Ryan. --Evan 11:37, 27 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Yes! Support. I'm very satisfied with these responses. -- Mark 14:49, 14 Jun 2005 (EDT)

User:Paul Richter

Has also been a longtime contributor who cleans up vandalism.

  • Support, also as an admin on the upcoming Japanese Wikitravel. Jpatokal 10:45, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Colin 11:28, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Support. Paul's been a longtime contributor and I feel pretty confident that he's aware of how we operate. --Evan 12:04, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Support -- Mark 13:06, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Willing. Thanks! -- Paul Richter 22:25, 14 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Done. Welcome, Paul. --Evan 11:37, 27 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Huttite's second nomination

has been a longtime contributor who does a lot of the janitorial work around here. He was nominated before but at that time he was new and he wasn't sure of wikitravel culture and there were some concerns. Now that we all have much more experience with Huttitie's work, all remaining uncertainty has been clarified. Also, he recently complained that VFDs were not being swept, so this could fix that. :-)

  • Support. -- Colin 11:28, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Support, but... could we hold off on doing admin re-nominations until we've checked with the nominee that they're ready to take on the job? --Evan 12:04, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Support, if Huttite decides that he wants the responsibility that is. -- Mark 13:06, 13 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Yes, I am willing to take on the responsibility as an administrator. I have given this careful consideration, hence the delay in responding. -- Huttite 02:03, 26 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Done (finally!). Welcome, Huttite. --Evan 11:37, 27 Jun 2005 (EDT)


Paul has been a contributor to Wikitravel almost since the beginning. He's done tons of work on our coverage of the Middle East, and has greatly expanded our range w/r/t archaeological sites. He's participated in a number of policy discussions, and is also helpful and civil with new users. I think he'd be an excellent administrator. He's expressed his willingness to take the job on his talk page, but maybe he'd like to say a few words here, too. --Evan 20:11, 1 Jul 2005 (EDT)

  • Supported - In fact I was surprised to discover Paul James Cowie was not an administrator already! I always enjoy reading his articles and know I do not need to improve them, because I can't. -- Huttite 04:01, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • Support - pretty much what Huttite said... We need for Paul to be an admin. -- Mark 04:10, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)
    • By the way, I'd like to add special KUDOs to my support for PJC because of his really great approch to discussion with other wikitravellers both experienced and not. We really should take him as a role model for his great civility and respect. -- Mark 11:47, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • Support - also surprised to learn that he wasn't an admin already. -- Wrh2 05:57, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • Support. Me too. Jpatokal 06:23, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • Support --elgaard 09:25, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • Support -- Paul Richter 21:06, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • Support -phma 09:08, 5 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • Support --Quirk 10:34, 5 Jul 2005 (EDT)
    • Excellent! It is done. Welcome, Paul! --Evan 13:19, 24 Jul 2005 (EDT)
    • Thanks, guys, for your support and kind words. Looking forward to continue working with you! Paul James Cowie 17:37, 24 Jul 2005 (EDT)


Niels has been a prolific Wikitravel contributor for more than a year. He is active in discussions of Wikitravel policy and style guidelines, and is helpful to new users in answering questions or providing feedback. He's done some very interesting technical hacks for different content formats. He's also a really decent guy. I think he'd make a fine administrator. Niels, any comment? --Evan 11:00, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)

  • Support -- Mark 11:04, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. -- Ilkirk 11:27, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. -- Colin 11:41, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. -- Ryan 15:01, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. Majnoona 22:51, 4 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • I would be happy to become an admin. elgaard 08:35, 2 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. -- Paul Richter 04:23, 7 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support -- Paul James Cowie 16:06, 7 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • It's done. Welcome aboard, Niels! --Evan 12:36, 15 Nov 2005 (EST)


Although he's been a Wikitraveller for only a few months, he's made a lot of contributions, both deep (Chattanooga) and broad. He is engaged in policy and style discussions, and active in handling unwanted edits. Good admin material. --Evan 12:35, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)

  • Support. -- Colin 13:22, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. -- Mark 14:56, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. He already cleans up more articles than anyone else, so let's make him an official member of the Wikitravel janitor's club. -- Ryan 15:01, 1 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support elgaard 08:35, 2 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support. Yay Janitors! Majnoona 22:51, 4 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support -- Paul Richter 04:23, 7 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Support -- Paul James Cowie 16:06, 7 Nov 2005 (EST)
  • Great! Thanks for taking the time to do this. --Evan 12:36, 15 Nov 2005 (EST)


Has managed to plunge forward making a huge number of contributions both new content and needed edits. He's got a great feel for the manual of style and site guidelines. I think he'll be a great addition to the admin ranks Majnoona 20:18, 10 Feb 2006 (EST)

  • Support. -- Colin 20:27, 10 Feb 2006 (EST)
  • Thanks!. I would be honored and very happy to be an Admin. Thank you for the nomination. (but someone will still need to fix my spell'n and my hillbilly grammar. :) -- Tom Holland (xltel) 20:45, 10 Feb 2006 (EST)
  • Support. -- Ryan 21:12, 10 Feb 2006 (EST)
  • Support. Tom's been great concentrating both on his own area of knowledge as well as general fixups for the entire site. He'd be a good new admin. --Evan 22:26, 10 Feb 2006 (EST)
  • Support. Jpatokal 02:36, 12 Feb 2006 (EST)
  • Support. Mark 04:36, 12 Feb 2006 (EST)
    • It seems that there's been no opposition, and it's been more than 14 days, so I've flipped the bits to make Tom an admin. Tom, let me know if you have any troubles, and be careful with the tabs at the top of the page! Thanks for taking on this job. --Evan 13:47, 2 March 2006 (EST)

User:Ravikiran r

Has been an asset to Wikitravel since first showing up here, reverting spam, making massive contributions to India articles, helping to get the Wikitravel:Collaboration of the week started, etc, etc. In addition, it would be great to have an administrator from India, thus filling in a geographic gap in our administrator distribution.

  • Nominated by Ryan 16:56, 23 February 2006 (EST)
  • Support. -- Colin 20:00, 23 February 2006 (EST)
  • Absolute support. --Evan 20:52, 23 February 2006 (EST)
  • Support. Jpatokal 02:05, 24 February 2006 (EST)
  • Support. While we're at it, I'd like to add a word of appreciation for Ravikiran's excellent Wiki-maners, and especially for his helpful and gentle treatment of new users. -- Mark 16:51, 8 March 2006 (EST)
  • Support. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 16:27, 8 March 2006 (EST)
  • Support. Paul James Cowie 14:49, 9 March 2006 (EST)
    • 14 Days have passed... time to switch the bits on User:Ravikiran r and welcome to admin land! -- Tom Holland (xltel) 11:30, 11 March 2006 (EST)
      • It's done. It'll take a few minutes for the cache to clear, but after that, Ravikiran r, you should be able to use the "special" tabs on pages. Thanks for accepting this job. --Evan 15:07, 12 March 2006 (EST)
    • And I can see those extra buttons. Thank you for your confidence folks. I hope to make myself useful around here. --Ravikiran 17:14, 12 March 2006 (EST)


Has been a clean up monster! And is a huge asset to Wikitravel. Involved with policy, adding content, welcoming new Wikitravelers and getting new people involved with Wikitravel. I think it is time to make him an Administrator. I have not asked, but I hope he will accept.

  • Nominated by User:Xltel -- Tom Holland (xltel) 15:03, 9 March 2006 (EST)
  • Support. -- Colin 13:33, 10 March 2006 (EST)
  • Indication of willingness. Thanks! It's an honor just to be nominated.  :-) -- Jonboy 15:42, 10 March 2006 (EST)
  • Support. Jpatokal 11:38, 21 March 2006 (EST)
  • Support. --Evan 11:40, 21 March 2006 (EST)
  • Support. External Links, watch out! -- Paul Richter 01:30, 22 March 2006 (EST)
    • 14 days have passed with no objections... time to switch the bits for Jonboy.... -- Tom Holland (xltel) 15:22, 26 March 2006 (EST)
    • It's done! Thanks for taking on the job, Jonboy! --Evan 22:03, 28 March 2006 (EST)
    • With great power comes great responsibility. I'll try to use it wisely. :-) -- Jonboy 23:08, 28 March 2006 (EST)


  • User:Bill-on-the-Hill. Bill has been a Wikitraveller for about 8-9 months, and in that time he's made thousands of edits. He thinks hard about our goals and about how best to meet them, which I like a lot. I also like that he's done so much good work on New Mexico destinations, so he really has an insider's perspective on the challenges of making good guides. Bill, would you be interested in doing this job? --Evan 10:02, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- Colin 12:05, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 12:11, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- Jonboy 12:16, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Jpatokal 12:31, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Very strong support. -- Ryan 13:11, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- SHC 13:16, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Super-support. Majnoona 13:39, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support — Ravikiran 14:30, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Thanks for the kind words; it's nice to feel wanted. :-) I'll be glad to help with this. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 20:06, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
      • This is done. Thanks for accepting the job, Bill! --Evan 23:06, 20 May 2006 (EDT)


  • User:TVerBeek. Todd has been around for five months (and 1 day!) and in that time he's done a great amount of work building guides from scratch, reverting vandalism, commenting on policy and just generally being super-involved across the board. I think he would be a great addition to our "janitorial staff". So how about it Todd? Majnoona 14:57, 6 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 14:58, 6 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- Colin 15:38, 6 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. I should also point out that he's done a great job generalizing the Wikitravel:Article status tools. --Evan 15:52, 6 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. He has also been great on the maps! Great pick for Administrator. - Tom Holland (xltel) 19:11, 6 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Insightful and prolific. SHC 21:55, 6 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Me too. Jpatokal 00:08, 7 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Strong Support — Ravikiran 02:56, 7 May 2006 (EDT)
    • My only hestitation about accepting this would be the fact that I tend to get very busy with offline matters for extended periods of time. Otherwise, I'd be happy to help out. - Todd VerBeek 17:37, 7 May 2006 (EDT)
      • There's no particular time requirement, except that you login once every three months. --Evan 20:24, 7 May 2006 (EDT)
        • And you're on the clock... now! B-) Thanks for taking on this job, Todd. --Evan 23:06, 20 May 2006 (EDT)


  • User:DanielC. Daniel has been around for over a year, engaging in policy discussions [1] [2], is particularly active in DoTM discussions [3], works on improving help pages [4] [5], has taken some fine photos Image:Angkor_lake.jpg Image:Eilean donan1.jpg, and performs plenty of basic cleanup [6] [7] [8] and improvements [9].
    • Support. -- Colin 18:24, 10 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Will be an asset to Wikitravel. — Ravikiran 06:55, 13 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 13:17, 13 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. I hope you are willing, you will make a good administrator. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 18:45, 20 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Is a prolific contributor and editor. SHC 18:49, 20 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. - Todd VerBeek 21:07, 21 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Thanks. I am a bit busy at work at the moment, but I would be glad to help out some more. -- DanielC 07:55, 26 May 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. I've flipped your bit; thanks for taking on this task. --Evan 09:33, 26 May 2006 (EDT)


  • User:Sapphire. I think it is time for this nomination. Andrew has been very active on Wikitravel with contributions, photo, cleanup work, welcoming and assisting new Wikitravelers. He would make a great Administrator.
    • Support. -- With much enthusiasm! -- Tom Holland (xltel) 13:27, 1 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Yes, a great idea. Thanks for nominating him. --Evan 14:39, 1 June 2006 (EDT)
    • I understand we never block IPs, or proctect pages, and that there is a revert button that admins use, I imagine there is a deletion button too, but what else is there? Does this come with an instruction book? Should I accept and see wonderful new buttons on my screen and have no idea what they are for who do I ask about the buttons' functions? - Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 04:09, 2 June 2006 (EDT)
      • If we told you, we'd have to kill you or make you an admin. — Ravikiran 04:36, 2 June 2006 (EDT)
      • Instuction book?...Instuction book! We don't need no instruction book. Are do we? Hay, where's my instruction book!! -- Tom Holland (xltel) 14:15, 2 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Strong Support His level of enthusiasm is amazing. — Ravikiran 04:36, 2 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. This new guy has appreciated his being there. Besides, I can see the pattern I noticed long ago with Little League volunteers: the swirling vortex of goodness tugs at Andrew, grasping with stronger and stronger force. Run, Andrew, RUN! — OldPine 06:18, 2 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Andrew is already pretty-much-single-handedly building the VFD infrastructure for Shared as we speak, and at some point in the process he'll presumedly need Admin privs. - Todd VerBeek 12:57, 2 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. -- Ryan 14:22, 2 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Incidentally, we've had a string of excellent additions to admin in the past few months. Good to see the ranks expanded as the project grows. -- SHC 12:58, 3 June 2006 (EDT)
    • As I was making appetizers this evening I realized something that the admin privileges could be useful in helping to clean up, improve, and build Wikitravel. I was hesitant in accepting the nomination, because I like trolling (in the good way) and finding something to work on. I was particularly worried because I thought that accepting would mean I would be unable to do some of the things I like to do (I.e. trolling and contributing extensively to articles like the European rail article), however, I now see that the privileges would actually help me improve the work that I currently do. Additionally, TVerBeek's mention of probably needing the admin privs so I can further my work on Shared is another benefit I see with having the privs and the enlightenment that comes with learning what all those "the jolly CANDY-like button[s]" do. It seems to me I'm constantly learning something new on Wikitravel like the Non-compliant distrubtion page. I'm a bit worried about causing havoc, but Tom, reassured me that every new admin is anxious about that at first. To get to the point - I'll bite the bait. Thanks for the nomination. - Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 00:10, 3 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Support the enthusuiasm ethusiast. -- Colin 16:11, 5 June 2006 (EDT)
    • Support. Jan 09:38, 6 June 2006 (EDT)
    • And it's done! Thanks for taking on this additional responsibility, Andrew. New tabs should show up on every page, and you'll see the "rollback" link for diffs. Please ask if you have any questions. --Evan 21:38, 15 June 2006 (EDT)

  • Evan: Now listen Cadet, I've got a job for you. See this button? (Sapphire tries to press the button, Evan slaps his hand away). Don't touch it! It's the Wikitravel administrator button, you fool!
  • Sapphire: So what'll happen?
  • Evan: That's just it. We don't know. Maaaaaaaaybe some bad, maaaaaaaaaybe something good. I guess we'll never know. Because you're going to guard it. You won't touch it will you? Heh heh. heh.
  • Announcer: Oh how long can trust Cadet Sapphire hold out. How can he possibly resist the diabolical urge to push button that could erase his very existence? Will his tortured mind give into its uncontrollable desires? Can he withstand the temptation to push the button that even now beckons him ever closer? Will he succumb to the maddening urge to administer Wikitravel with the mere push of a single button? The beautiful SHINY button. The jolly CANDY-like button. WILL he hold out folks? CAN he hold out?!
Jpatokal 04:45, 2 June 2006 (EDT) (with apologies to [10])


Tim has been active here since January 2006 and has made a lot of good contributions. He's shown an understanding of how Wikitravel works, has worked well with other users, is enthusiastic about the project, and can be trusted to wisely use the buttons-that-shouldn't-be-used™.

  • Nominated by Ryan 17:40, 17 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. Has been doing great work, would be a good addition to the don't-touch-that-button team. B-) --Evan 18:30, 17 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. I'm greatly impressed that he's allowed cooler heads to prevail after initally being very upset about a particular incident. -- Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 00:41, 18 August 2006 (EDT)
  • I accept the nomination. Tim 01:08, 18 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. I had wanted to nominate him myself. — Ravikiran 07:41, 18 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. Jpatokal 08:05, 18 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. Will make a good Administrator. Tom Holland (xltel) 10:18, 18 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. It would be good to have another European. -- DanielC 15:01, 18 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. I'm sure he'll be an excellent addition to the team. Ricardo (Rmx) 20:54, 18 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. SHC 15:44, 19 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Colin 12:37, 21 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. And "Hej!" from Denmark. Maj 16:47, 21 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 20:18, 23 August 2006 (EDT)



Mary had been a contributor since July 2004. In this time she has alternated between tremendous contributions to Wikitravel and lulls that I assume are caused by real life. She's been a constructive and level-headed contributor to many of the policy discussions that have gone around, as well as improving articles like Scuba diving and articles about her own region. She has worked well with others, clearly understands the whole wiki thing, and takes others opinions well [11]. I think she would be a great addition to the list of people with buttons-that-shouldn't-be-used™.

  • Nominated by Colin 18:58, 23 August 2006 (EDT)
  • I accept the nomination with one note: the lulls will continue (they're mainly caused by Failure To Travel, alas). Hypatia 19:07, 23 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. She seems to have the enthusiasm and moderate temperament that admins need. Whether she can resist the siren-like lure of the buttons remains to be seen =) -- Ryan 19:11, 23 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. Does her nomination count as affirmative action since shes from Australia? -- Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 19:29, 23 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 20:18, 23 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Strong support. Mary's been a big part of Wikitravel for a while, and if she's willing to do the admin job I'd be really happy if she would. --Evan 02:34, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support! Maj 06:34, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. — Ravikiran 06:58, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. I thought she was an administrator already. -- DanielC 08:00, 25 August 2006 (EDT)
    • That happens to me a lot, too, with good longtime users! --Evan 00:50, 26 August 2006 (EDT)
    • If I count right, it's been 14.5 days since this nomination, so I've made Hypatia an admin. Thanks for taking this job on, Mary! --Evan 12:44, 8 September 2006 (EDT)


David has been extremely active in Wikitravel for the past several months adding content, images and a whole lot of clean up. He could sure make use of the revert button. Wikitravel is growing and we need good people like David as Administrators and he has a very good understanding of the goals, policy and style of Wikitravel.

  • Nominated by: It gives me great pleasure to make this nomination. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 08:00, 16 September 2006 (EDT)
  • I support this nomination, but will he accept? -- Sapphire 12:31, 16 September 2006 (EDT)
  • Strong support. David has been a great participant. I hope he will accept. --Evan 19:50, 16 September 2006 (EDT)
  • Decline. Thanks, guys. The recognition is important to me and comes at a good time when I'm kinda ticked off that I did all that work thinking that I had near perfect MoS and didn't. There probably couldn't be a better bunch of guys anywhere to join with -- and I'm tempted for just that reason. On the other hand, it's about the content for me and not policing the fricken grafitti morons, voting on stuff or (usually) arguing about policy. OldPine 21:57, 16 September 2006 (EDT)(signed late)
David, I respect your decision... I would hope you would reconsider. It is not all about recognition, nor voting and arguing. It really is about the content. You do a great job of adding content and editing and getting stuff in line with the MoS. All of your efforts have always been appreciated. I really think the main thing an administrator does is set example for others more then anything else. You do that! And I think that we “all” thank you for that. So, you really are an Administrator, whether you have the extra buttons or not. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 21:33, 16 September 2006 (EDT)
Oh sure, dangle the mysterious extra buttons in front of me! That's not fair! OldPine 21:57, 16 September 2006 (EDT)


Sandy has proved to be one of our great contributors. He has a great understanding of the goals, policy, and consensus. More importantly he provides great content on many numerous Wikitravel destinations, most notably our Far East destinations. Please see Hajj as an example of the great work he does.

  • Nominated by: -- Sapphire 16:48, 1 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Colin 16:51, 1 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. --Evan 17:15, 2 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Ryan 17:24, 2 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Thanks. What does being an admin involve? I believe you get a magic button that reverts things. Are there other toys? What are the roles and responsibilities? Pashley 22:09, 2 October 2006 (EDT)
    Seems like the only additional responsibilty is clicking "rollback" every once in a great while. Not much of a change than what you normally do. -- User:Sapphire
    Some of the other cool toys are delete, restore, and editing the MediaWiki templates. However, for the most part we shouldn't use any of the other cool toys unless consensus permits. -- User:Sapphire
    • Mostly there are a bunch of shiny buttons that we must not touch. The most frequently used button is 'rollback', which should only be used for multiple undos so that you can undo a bunch of undesirable contributions -- but you're still expected to manually revert at least one to add a text explaination so the user can understand why it's being done. The second most frequently used button is "delete" which is mostly used to process vfds that are done. The other special powers are pretty much never used in practice -- but see the admin page for what they are. So in summary, being an admin mostly means we think you understand how the wiki works, how consensus works, and we trust you. -- Colin 22:51, 2 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. Take a look at Wikitravel:Administrators to find out more about joining the janitorial staff ;-) Maj 22:41, 2 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Support -- in fact I'd kinda assumed Pashley was one already! The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere division of the Wikitravel World Domination Organization can always use more janitors. Jpatokal 23:04, 2 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Accept. Pashley 03:51, 5 October 2006 (EDT)


He or she has made a lot of contributions. Also, I have more than once noticed WindHorse checking Recent Changes and doing cleanup work. For example, I recently put in an incorrect airport code for Guangzhou and WindHorse promptly corrected it. Methinks this is exactly the sort of person who should be given a magic button to revert vandalism.

We seem to have user pages for both WindHorse and Windhorse. Same person? Should one of the two be deleted? Anyway, I mean the one with capital "H".

  • Nominated by: Pashley 10:19, 10 October 2006 (EDT)

Hey, Pashley, I know Guangzhou quite well (even remember the old airport), so the incorrect airport code caught my eye immediately. I really appreciate your nomination, but you know, I'm quite happy just to plod along as I am - doing things quietly with short bursts of energy and enthusiasm. And, anyway, I think you guys probably have enough admin by now. So, I will let the nomination go this time, but thanks anyway. I do appreciate the trust placed in me. By the way, the WindHorse without the capitals is mine (I forgot about that), so it can be deleted. WindHorse 11:31, 10 October 2006 (EDT)

  • Just a note to mention that I have long admired WindHorse's edits — and it seems he has visited virtually every place in the world! — Ravikiran 14:37, 11 October 2006 (EDT)
  • Support. Knowledgeable and helpful. -- P.K.Niyogi 20:58, 23 October 2006 (EDT)


Ricardo has been a high-quality contributor to Wikitravel en: for over a year, and has done an excellent job with our coverage of Brazil. He has also launched and managed Portuguese Wikitravel, which recently passed 1000 articles. He is intelligent, bi- (tri-?) lingual, engaged in discussions of policy and guidelines, helpful to new users, and attentive to en: as well as pt: and es:. Having him as an admin on en: would help build links between different language communities on WT, and would also give some useful tools to a great en: user. --Evan 20:50, 11 December 2006 (EST)

  • Strong support - Yet another example of a person you would have thought was already an admin. -- Andrew H. (Sapphire) 21:06, 11 December 2006 (EST)
  • Support -- what Sapphire said. -- Colin 21:44, 11 December 2006 (EST)
  • Support 22:08, 11 December 2006 (EST)
  • Support. What Sapphire said. (Then again, Rmx has been an admin on pt: for a while...) Jpatokal 23:16, 11 December 2006 (EST)
  • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 23:31, 11 December 2006 (EST)
  • Support, provided he is willing. -- Ryan 23:48, 11 December 2006 (EST)
  • Support Pashley 08:21, 12 December 2006 (EST)
  • Support Very Strong support! -- Tom Holland (xltel) 14:34, 12 December 2006 (EST)
Evan, thank you very much for the nice things you wrote about me and thanks to everyone else for your support. At first I felt like I'd decline the nomination but then I thought: well, I'm always sticking around anyways, so why not? I'd be glad to help with the admin tasks too and it's good to know that my efforts on stregthening the links between language versions are being appreciated here. Ricardo (Rmx) 07:17, 15 December 2006 (EST)
With unanimous strong support, and with a plan not to have any tasks waiting to be done for Christmas Day, I've broken all the rules and set his admin bit about 16 hours early. Thanks for taking on this job, Ricardo, and please let me know if there's anything I can do to help. --Evan 11:33, 24 December 2006 (EST)


This person has been participating actively (and I mean actively) on Wikitravel for the last 3 months. They have worked hard on improving the quality of the guides for many destinations, participated in policy and guidelines discussions showing a strong understanding of current policy. Helps new users, is friendly, improves stubs, reverts bad edits with aplomb. We would be lucky if this person is willing to take on the additional responsibility of adminhood. --Evan 01:16, 6 January 2007 (EST)

  • Strong support. I'm particularly amazed that somebody can work this hard on Wikitravel while backpacking in Bangladesh! Jpatokal 01:31, 6 January 2007 (EST)
  • Strong support. Since he's crazy enough to travel around Afghanistan, he should fit right in. -- Andrew H. (Sapphire) 01:32, 6 January 2007 (EST)
  • Strong support. He is very helpful and a really enthusiastic contributor. — Ravikiran 02:22, 6 January 2007 (EST)
  • Support. We can use another good administrator! -- Tom Holland (xltel) 06:16, 6 January 2007 (EST)
  • Support. Now that I've been patrolling changes on a regular basis, I've noticed how many of our good edits have come from Cacahuate. -- Jonboy 09:16, 6 January 2007 (EST)
  • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 09:54, 6 January 2007 (EST)
  • Support Great all around! Maj 12:44, 6 January 2007 (EST)
  • Support. -- Colin 00:54, 7 January 2007 (EST)
  • Support, providing Cacahuate wants the job. -- Ryan 00:35, 10 January 2007 (EST)
  • Support Terence Ong 05:40, 10 January 2007 (EST)
  • Accept - thank you guys, and I'll do my best to help out where I can... I think this is a great project, hopefully this is the last trip I take where I have to heavily invest in bulky LP books... free (and up to date) information kinda rules... Cacahuate 10:43, 11 January 2007 (EST)
Cool, thanks again for the supports! I now see my new pretty buttons, and even did my first "rollback" (pretty sure that Iraq of all places does indeed need a stay safe section!). Anyhoo, changed my prefs to "mark my edits as patrolled", and will tread lightly with the new abilities. ::: Cacahuate 12:02, 21 January 2007 (EST)


Per the the peer pressure (User_talk:NJR_ZA) NJR_ZA has decided he'd be willing to become an admin so I hereby nominate him for the rank of sysop. NJR_ZA has been with us for a couple months, now, and likes to fight vandals, and it'd be nice if he had a few extra buttons that would save him two clicks when doing reverts. Also, it'd be nice if we didn't have to go behind him and "patrol" his edits, since they're generally excellent edits. -- Sapphire 00:31, 11 February 2007 (EST)

I accept the nomination and am willing to perform admin duties -- NJR_ZA 02:48, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Very Strong Support We all have already voted on this in the NJR ZA Talk page. Will make an excellent Admin. Your edits are ones that we all should use as an example and we appreciate your work and efforts. Thank you for accepting and helping with some of the cleanup and helping the community to grow. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 06:48, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Support! This guy is a legend on the SA pages, he's pretty much single handedly written a couple of them over the last few months - he's definitely committed to Wikitravel and will make a great admin. -- Tim 08:43, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Strong support. I think he'll make a good admin. --Evan 09:46, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 12:53, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Support. -- Colin 13:42, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Support. As an aside, with the recent addition of User:Rmx, this nomination should give us an admin from every non-icebound continent. -- Ryan 14:19, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Support. (Now if we can just get Mumble or Lovelace online...) - Todd VerBeek 20:47, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Strong Support - agree with all above, super pleasant, great edits, and good all around!! - Cacahuate 21:52, 11 February 2007 (EST)
  • Strong support!. I had forgotten to vote earlier. — Ravikiran 06:02, 16 February 2007 (EST)
  • Strong support. And thanks for helping us with the maps on de: ! --Flip666 08:25, 16 February 2007 (EST)
  • It is done. Thanks very much to Nick for taking on this new task, as well as thanks for everything else he's done. --Evan 09:54, 26 February 2007 (EST)

Classic case of false advertising ... these here buttons ain't shiny at all. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by NJR ZA (talkcontribs)

It depends on where the computer is located (i.e. under direct sunlight) and if you redefine the word "shiny". -- Sapphire(Talk) • 16:23, 26 February 2007 (EST)


In my opinion this is by far one of the most amazing users because of the tremendously amazing amount of interwiki work he/she(?) does. It'd be nice not to have to patrol his/her edits since they're all awesome and that's one of reasons why I wanted to nominate Episteme. Even though we may get a "trusted user" feature, which would effectively solve that I want to give Episteme a revert button too since he/she comes across vandalism that the rest of us overlooks and will revert it. I could go on and on, but if you want more reasons to give Episteme the extra powers see:

-- Sapphire 20:42, 20 February 2007 (EST)

Strong support. Episteme is an essential link in keeping our interwiki network together. They are also an admin on ja:. --Evan 20:52, 20 February 2007 (EST)
Strong support - Thought they already were an admin here, always superb - Cacahuate 21:34, 20 February 2007 (EST)
Support for all the reasons above. --Jonboy 21:45, 20 February 2007 (EST)
Support. Although we really should get InterWikiBot back up and running again instead... Jpatokal 22:00, 20 February 2007 (EST)
Support Yes... for sure. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 22:39, 20 February 2007 (EST)
Support. -- Ryan 22:42, 20 February 2007 (EST)
Support. -- Colin 23:26, 20 February 2007 (EST)
Support -- Tim 06:24, 21 February 2007 (EST)
Support, provided they're willing and hoping the new status won't slow down their great collaborations. Ricardo (Rmx) 15:31, 27 February 2007 (EST)
Support -- NJR_ZA 05:45, 28 February 2007 (EST)
Accept. I highly appreciate your nomination and support. --Episteme 11:10, 4 March 2007 (EST)
SupportRavikiran 11:35, 4 March 2007 (EST)


Well nobody seems to have nominated themselves recently, and, although I haven't been here long - I think I have a lot to offer this project, I hate to be self-indulgent, but really I just wanted to see how much credibility I've gained.. hehe. I certainly would make good use of the extra tools in monitoring articles, and cleanup of vandalism is something I want to become much more involved in. I will understand if my own nomination is politely dismissed, but, curiosity prevailed :-), see my contributions! here --MiddleEastern 17:31, 3 March 2007 (EST)

  • Object. User has only made 51 edits in the article namespace, has been fairly combative, and has not yet demonstrated an understanding of Consensus. While admin powers are a broom and not a sword, it is unclear at this time whether or not he can be trusted with the broom. Give it more time. -- Colin 18:43, 3 March 2007 (EST)
  • Object. I'm not convinced that the user is ready for the extra rights. This comment stands out as not fully understanding the idea or collaborating, especially when the IP made only one edit and said nothing about Europeans. See Special:Contributions/ The user didn't make any really offending or untrue statements. He didn't even mention Hezbollah, as the nominee kind of charges. I, personally, don't agree with many things and I'll bitch and moan, but I try not to let my prejudices tell someone off, unless it's a vandal/troll and I'm at my breaking point.

I'm going to be honest about this too, but I'm somewhat worried that you'd be so anxious to jump the gun, with less than 200 edits to date, and nominate yourself to become an administrator. Sure, in theory, someone could do this, but it's only a theory. I agree with Cjensen that you need to wait longer... -- Sapphire(Talk) • 23:09, 3 March 2007 (EST)

  • Not yet. It takes a little while to get the hang of how wikis work, and as others have pointed out a lot of patience and understanding is needed. I like the fact that you can provide an alternative view to many of us whose views are shaped by what Western governments and media outlets report, but at the same time I think most of us work hard to put politics aside, and I'd like to see more of an effort to do so on your part as well. If you'd like to be an admin stick around and do your best to make the guide as useful for travelers as possible, and eventually you'll see your name on this page again. -- Ryan 01:03, 4 March 2007 (EST)
  • Object. I only looked at a couple of edits, but what I have seen looks more politically motivated than travel related. --NJR_ZA 04:28, 4 March 2007 (EST)
  • Object per Nick. I think that adminship should not be a big deal and I have no problems with people who have strong opinions. But the minimum I expect from admins is that they should be interested in a travel guide. Your goal here seems to be to correct, what in your view are misconceptions about the political situation in the middle-east. That is not incompatible with our goal, but is not part of our primary goal. — Ravikiran 11:30, 4 March 2007 (EST)
  • Comment - Thanks for all your comments, they will serve as excellent pointers, if anyone has any more advice, please let me know --MiddleEastern 16:33, 5 March 2007 (EST)


I've been around quite a while now...And I am really sorry about the Kathgodam image issue....Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 06:20, 22 March 2007 (EDT)

  • Oppose. Youthful enthusiasm, yes, a sincere desire to improve Wikitravel, yes, but a thorough understanding of what this is all about and the responsibility to wield awesome janitorial powers — no. You're already an admin on Hindi, so please shepherd that for a while and then try again. Jpatokal 09:26, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Comment — I basically concur and suggest a two month pause before a re-application; we do need enthusiastic hard workers that can build consensus and produce a quality result.
    ...Gaimhreadhan (kiwiexile at DMOZ) 12:03, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Support — I realise that those incidents of misrepresentation would have been inexcusable if it weren't by a overenthusiastic 13 yo. (The Kathgodam incident wasn't the first one. He had earlier plastered the Pune article with images from Thane and Jaipur and captioned them rather imaginatively.) But his conduct since then has been almost exemplary. (Well, there were a couple of incidents related to pointless bickering, but he stopped once I called on him to stop the childishness.) He has worked hard to improve the guides, understood policies, and has started the Hindi Wikitravel almost singlehandedly. In my mind, there is no doubt that Upamanyu deserves to be an admin. — Ravikiran 10:16, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Comment - Oops, talking about the Pune article, I think I copied the history bit from wp, I didn't know about the GDFL/CCSA stuff. I'll delete it right away. Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 11:25, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
Nope. I was talking of the case where you took an image from the Thane article, put it in Pune and claimed that it was the NH3 to Pune, and you took an image from a fort in Jaipur and claimed that it was Shaniwarvada in Pune. That was ridiculously stupid of you. I reverted it and left a comment on the talk page, and you did it again with the Kathgodam stuff. I know that you've learnt your lessons and won't do it again, but please don't hide it, and accept that after this it will take some time before you gain the confidence of others. — Ravikiran 12:39, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Oppose. We're only 2 months removed from the Kathgodam nonsense. I promise not to bring this up 6 months from now, but I think this user needs more time to regain our (my?) trust. --Jonboy 11:49, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Oppose. I'd like some more time first, and Hindi wikitravel should be plenty to keep your plate full. Keep up the good work. -- Colin 12:06, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. He works hard and in general does a competent job. WindHorse 12:14, 22 March 2007 (EDT) Upamanyu, I fully agree with Ravi's later comments. You are young and made some dumb mistakes, but as Ravi advises, the way to make amends is not to hide your foolishness, but to admit what you did and clear up the mess. Then, I suggest that you just keep plodding away and doing a good job, and slowly you will regain the confidence and trust of others. Anyway, don't be disappointed, because you've learned something useful from the experience, right?
  • Oppose - you're a great contributer, but I don't think you're quite experienced enough yet, as the photo incidents showed. Give it a couple of months - prove to us you're up to the job of adminning on here by keeping up the good edits and the adminning on Hindi, and I'll support your nomination then! Keep it up! -- Tim 15:28, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Comment for all of you - Righto guys, I respect all your opinions and think all of you are right. But I hope none of you re trying to oppose my admin-ship on Hindi, should I resign out there as well? Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 00:35, 23 March 2007 (EDT)
Please don't resign on Hindi! If you're even half as enthusiastic on hi: as you are on en: then you are doing a fantastic job, so please don't resign! However, there is a difference between adminning on the largest language wikitravel and on one of the smaller language versions. On en: you need more than enthusiasm, you need to be trustworthy, dependable and experienced. As I said above, keep up the effort and edits and we will be convinced in time! -- Tim 14:26, 23 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Comments and questions only.
  1. Upmanyu, you mention that you didn't know about GNU FDL/CC-by-SA 1.0. When did you realize there were differences and can you tell us what the biggest differences in the licenses are?
  2. What can you offer the project? For most nominations the reason that most easily pass is because the nominee has usually displayed some kind of strength that the project needs. Of course, there are some cases where some amazing contributors are overlooked when it comes to adminship.
  3. In the past I've given simple support for nominations, but I also do some background checking and in the case of one nomination (not on en:) I practically hounded the nominee for a description of his views on certain aspects, even though I was the one who nominated him. What are your views on Wikitravel, Wikipedia, the wiki concept, etc.?
  4. I've essentially forgiven the incident where you lied about the license and authorship of the image, however, I didn't know about the Pune incident. Everyone essentially wants to know - will you lie again?
  5. As for your adminship on hi: no one on en: can revoke that, unless they bring it up on hi:. I would encourage you not to resign, because working on a foreign wiki can provide a lot of experience that you won't learn here. The reason for that is because en: is pretty solid with community policies and processes, but you get to learn new ideas and ways when you're helping to found a brand new wiki.
  6. You've got three admins opposing with two people supporting your nomination (including one admin). According to the standards set you need at least one more admin to support the nomination, but even then with so many other admins opposing your nomination is unlikely to pass. So my question then is - If the nomination fails what will you do?

Thanks for your responses in advance. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 01:01, 23 March 2007 (EDT)

The Pune incident

I realised that most people know not of the Pune incident I referred to above. So an explanation is in order, because on the face of it it is much more bizarre than the Kathgodam incident, but once you think of it, Upamanyu comes out looking somewhat better.

The incident I refer to can be seen in these diffs [12]. In them, among other changes, most good and some misplaced, he added the following images

  • Image:Entering Thane.JPG — claiming that it was "Pune in the distance, as seen from NH 3" (It is actually the toll gate to Thane. The photo is taken by me. )
  • Image:Image029.jpg — claiming that it was "Domestic Terminal, Lohegaon Airport" (It is actually Mumbai airport and linked from there. )
  • Image:Indian Train.jpg —"Snacks off the platform, Pune City Stn" (There is no evidence that it is so, someone else had uploaded the image with the generic description that it is from the window of an Indian train.)
  • Image:IndianDress.jpg — "Inside the Shanivar Waada". (The photo was actually contributed by Yann and he had captioned it "Indian dress of Rajasthan" back when it was on the India page. )
  • Image:Idli vada sambar and chutney.JPG — "Breakfast, Fergusson College Rd. Enjoy the hot and piping street food." (The image I uploaded did not contain any location information.)

These image additions will look bizarre, because if the intent was to deceive the effort was supremely pointless. All one had to do was click on those images to find out that they were not, in fact what they were captioned as. Upamanyu is not dumb, quite the contrary, so I find myself unable to believe that he was unaware of the concept of clicking on an image. My best explanation is that he was taking artistic license too far, and he was at that time unable to distinguish between the ethics of using stock images and an image of a particular place. For example, if the "Do" section of Tamil Nadu lists "enjoy a Bharata Natyam dance performance" and I upload a photo of a Bharata Natyam dancer I had clicked in Mumbai and caption it "A Bharata Natyam dancer", it would be within the bounds of ethics. If I let my imagination run wild and say "A Bharata Natyam performance in Thiruvalluvar sabha, Chennai", then I am breaching ethics. If a professional photographer did it, it would be a firing offense. But at Upamanyu's age, I think that the problem was with a simple lack of knowledge of the ethics involved. This indicates immaturity rather than dishonesty.

Also, I mentioned above that Kathgodam occurred after Pune. In one sense it is true, but I checked the history and he had uploaded the image a month before the Pune incident. Later, he was questioned and lied about taking the photo himself, most probably because he felt cornered.

Of course, all of this is extremely immature behaviour and those of you who feel that Upamanyu needs some more time before you are convinced that he has grown probably have a point. But if you think that he was dishonest and you need more time before you trust him, then I just want to point out that his problems with honesty had more to do with immaturity than with any other failing of character. — Ravikiran 08:08, 24 March 2007 (EDT)

Hey Ravi, thanks for taking the time to explain the situation in such detail, and I fully agree with your conclusions that immaturity rather deceit were behind those incidences. I reiterate my support for Upamanyu's admin application. WindHorse 08:24, 24 March 2007 (EDT)
  • Future support - looks like this won't pass through this time, but as others have said, keep up the good work, you've been really helpful lately and I'm looking forward to what you get going with the Hindi version. And if you have time, keep helping us here on English too! – cacahuate talk 02:51, 29 March 2007 (EDT)

User:Hypatia resignation

[Procedural note: Wikitravel:Administrators gives no way to resign, that's why I'm asking here!]

I'd like to resign my Admin status before it is taken from me by force :) I just don't feel that I'm a regular enough editor these days, since I only edit when I travel, and only travel once a year or so Hypatia 07:42, 24 April 2007 (EDT) Withdrawn, see below

Good point, should this be requested on this page, or on a Beaurocrat's talk page? – cacahuate talk 19:47, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
If you'd like to resign then I think you should be allowed to do so, but if your sole reason for resigning is due to the existing admin guidelines then I'd rather see you stay. I think the original guidelines about how active an admin should be were put in place to allow a way to plug a potential security hole for someone who has become completely inactive. Since you edit occasionally I think it is fine for you to keep your shiny buttons, and others may feel the same given the support you received during the admin nomination. -- Ryan • (talk) • 20:50, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Agree with Ryan, the only stipulation for keeping the buttons is that you log in once every 3 months, which you seem to have no problem doing – cacahuate talk 21:37, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Me three. It's great to have you as even an occasional admin, but if you're sure you want out, it can be done. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 21:58, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Strong oppose on the ground that it will set a wrong signal to future administrators. The requirement for an administrative role is that she understands policies and that she has a level head on her shoulders. As long as you have those, it does not matter how much or how little you contribute. Any contributions are welcome as long as they are positive contributions. If we accept your resignation without a fight, it will deter future administrator nominees who will think that they may not be able to commit sufficient time. Of course, we can't stop you from resigning, but I strongly urge you to reconsider. — Ravikiran 23:35, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
  • I'm in general agreement with the above. I don't have anywhere near as much time to do admin work here as I used to, but as long as I find time periodically to do so, I figure I'll retain that "job". I'd be happy for you to stay on, on the same terms. But if you're intent on resigning... well, if you stay away for three months, that would give "cause", and your admin status would be terminated as a security precaution. But if you can't stay away that long... :) - Todd VerBeek 00:37, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
Oppose, for reasons already mentioned. Mary, you're an important asset to this site and I'd greatly regret losing you as an admin. You seem to be able to meet the once-every-3-months requirement, and you seem to still be interested in the project, and as far as I'm concerned that's good enough. --Evan 09:02, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
Withdrawn nomination. As long as Wikitravel is happy with me retaining admin privileges while remaining a user who becomes active only in the middle of occasional travel (and meets the 3 month minimum! Hypatia 22:13, 27 April 2007 (EDT)), I'm happy to do so. I'm more used to projects where people whose level of activity is drastically dropping are required/encouraged to pull out in fairness to the project. Perhaps there should be a document aimed at us overly conscientious volunteers :) Hypatia 22:10, 27 April 2007 (EDT)


Stacy is a fairly new user, but right from the start dove straight into the policies, guidelines and goals, in which she now seems well versed. She makes lots of edits, seems to do a fair amount of patrolling which would help diminish the red exclamation marks, and is a helpful and collaborative editor. And I think she's added WP, isin's and official websites for nearly half this entire site. Anyway, I'd supportcacahuate talk 19:16, 24 April 2007 (EDT)

  • Support. I need more Ohioans for the takeover and she'll do. Today it will be Wikitravel. Tomorrow it'll be the office of Brown County Auditor, then the world! {Insert evil laughter}. So Stacy, think you can handle all of that? -- Sapphire(Talk) • 01:18, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Provided she wants to be nominated, of course. She hasn't been around very long, but she's been great about working with people in a friendly way to correct mistakes and come to decisions. -- Ryan • (talk) • 01:22, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. She is very active on shared:, too! --Flip666 writeme! • 04:48, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Pashley 07:02, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Strong support. FDE has been a great contributor and would make an great admin. I have a rule of thumb that I don't nominate anyone until after 3 months on the site, but FDE is about to pass this mark, so fantastic. As an aside, I may have missed something, but it might be good to do a gender check before using the feminine pronoun. "Stacy" is also a male name, after all. Cacahuate, can you notify the nominee of the nomination, please? --Evan 09:07, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Definitely admin material. Level headed, excellent updates and not scared of doing general maintenance work. -- NJR ZA 09:20, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Accept. Sure I will. I think this is a great project that still has so much potential. I can't even remember how I stumbled across WT, but I'm glad I did. BTW - I'm a chick, but my dad didn't want me to be when he named me after this Stacy. -- Fastestdogever 10:24, 25 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Thank you for accepting. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 23:25, 27 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Late to the party, but just wanted to chime in. (And Stacy, he could have named you "Walter"!). Maj 23:36, 27 April 2007 (EDT)


He or she is fairly new but seems to have experience on other wikis and is doing lots of good cleanup work, spelling fixes, etc. I'm tired of having Flickety fix some page I'm watching so I have to go click on it to mark the edit "patrolled"; let's just make him or her an admin and save me the trouble :-) Pashley 23:51, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

  • Oppose. Great user -- but people sometimes come and do some great work for a few weeks and leave (and we love them for the time they do give us). I prefer to wait a few months to see by demonstration whether or not the user really wants to work on this project on an ongoing basis, or if they tire of us. This user has only been here two weeks, so let's give it some more time first. -- Colin 00:34, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Oppose - I just don't think that this user has done enough edit yet. Give it a while longer --NJR_ZA 01:18, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • In the Future - Flickerty is staring off to make a great Administrator in the future. Additional time (a least three months total) and some more involvement with policy discussions and I see an excellent Administrator in the making. Hang in there and before you know it there will be another nomination. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 07:23, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Future Support. Still not around long enough. Bring this back up at the end of July & Flickety will have my support. -- Fastestdogever 11:31, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Not yet. - Todd VerBeek 11:41, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Decline - Thanks for your support here. I would be honoured to have this opportunity but I can understand that most of you feel that I am too new. I do appreciate being considered, however. Please consider me next time around (although I will be on a long travel vacation then...). If you wish to see my work elsewhere, I am an administrator on wikiHow. Thanks. P.S. I only just found this because I have been at Rococo all weekend. PPS & should have added decline but I was so stoked by the wiki-love. :) Anyway, I would like to have a go another time when I've done some more here. THANKS! -- Flickety 15:50, 20 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. I met Flickety in person at RoCoCo; she's extremely personable, knowledgeable about wiki, and enthusiastic about creating great content and working with others. I hope that when/if she is re-nominated she accepts the job -- it would be great to have someone who's an admin on wikiHow be an admin here, too. --Evan 22:38, 4 June 2007 (EDT)
Yep, stick around, glad to have you as a new and enthusiastic contributor! And a long travel vacation will, I'm sure, only add to the quality of your edits! Take lots of notes, please – cacahuate talk 12:52, 21 May 2007 (EDT)


Another relatively new one that is doing good work, e.g. reorganising the Russia regions, and would probably make good use of admin privileges. He's shown an understanding of policy and consensus in some discussions, too. Pashley 23:51, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

  • Support. Peter has been here three months. While I prefer more time than that, Peter has participated in some tough discussions in a productive manner in addition to his work on content organization. -- Colin 00:34, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support - Hard to belive he has only been here three months. He has done a huge amount of very good work, understands teamwork and contributes not only to articles, but also to the discussions that keeps to improve Wikitravel. --NJR_ZA 01:21, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support - I almost nominated him in the last round, but decided to wait until he'd hit 500 edits (which he's now done). He's enthusiastic about the project, works well with the rest of us, and has my support. – cacahuate talk 05:38, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support - Peter has been doing some really good work and has made good contributions to policy discussions. -- DanielC 14:10, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Accept - Thank you for your kind words. If I do become an administrator, I plan to mostly continue the type of work that I have been doing: maps, geographical hierarchy organization, throwing around my 2¢, and eventually getting Georgia (country) up to star status. But with the extra admin privileges (rollback and patrolled edits), I would also contribute more to the recent changes patrol. I should also mention that I may be absent for about a week after tonight—I'm leaving early tomorrow morning for Guanacaste and don't know whether I'll have wireless! --Peterfitzgerald Talk 16:59, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Hopefully we can welcome you to the shiny button club soon. -- Ryan • (talk) • 23:39, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Jonboy 06:41, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Will make a good Administrator. Thank you for accepting. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 07:23, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Is great at copyediting & working towards consensus. -- Fastestdogever 11:31, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Good choice. - Todd VerBeek 11:41, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support, and it is now time for the button to be flipped. — Ravikiran 08:52, 31 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Support, and the button will be flipped in a few seconds. --Evan 10:10, 4 June 2007 (EDT)

User:Gorilla Jones

Has been doing a great job on many, many articles related to Japan, South-East Asia and more since last October. Follows the MoS to a tee and does anti-spam/vandalism housekeeping regularly. Jpatokal 23:06, 11 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Strong support. Great, thoughtful participant in Wikitravel. --Evan 23:27, 11 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Marc, are you willing to do this? Many of us hope so. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 00:11, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. I LOVE Gorillas! – cacahuate talk 01:10, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support -- Colin 01:15, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support -- Paul Richter 04:49, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support -- Tim (writeme!) 07:56, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support with one caveat - he isn't a real gorilla. I'm specieist. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 08:13, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support -- I've been noticing your great participation here and on shared. Maj 08:51, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Fingers crossed for an acceptance! --Peterfitzgerald Talk 14:55, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Accept. Thanks! I appreciate the compliments and the confidence. Drinks at the Myer Centre are on me, everyone. Gorilla Jones 16:48, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
Sweet. I'm going for the world record of being gassed there. So far I've got three-and-a-half gassings. -- 18:55, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Good user, and anyone who offers drinks at Myer is OK by me. -- Ryan • (talk) • 17:03, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Gorillas are almost as cool as badgers. Texugo 22:37, 13 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. — Ravikiran 00:52, 14 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 14:37, 14 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Ricardo (Rmx) 18:10, 14 June 2007 (EDT)


Brian has been collaborating since July 2006 and has become one of the most helpful and indispensable users to the project as a whole. He is currently an admin on es:, pt:, and ro: (despite not speaking Romanian, but wanted to help out where he could). He's also been active in helping out on de:. He seems to understand the wiki process and our policies and has participated in cross-lingual discussions including the "WikiTours" discussion. I think it'd be wise of us to give him a few extra powers to help keep things nice and clean on en:. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 11:27, 12 June 2007 (EDT)

  • Support – Andrew said it well – cacahuate talk 11:42, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Colin 12:24, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. I don't see why en: should be different from our other language versions. B-) --Evan 12:35, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Even if he is a collaborator like Sapphire alleges, since this way we can keep a closer eye on him. Jpatokal 12:55, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. He's not an administrator?! --Peterfitzgerald Talk 14:55, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Accept - Glad to help! Texugo 19:14, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. - Ryan • (talk) • 19:29, 12 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. — Ravikiran 00:53, 14 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 14:37, 14 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Bryan is very committed to the project and does a terrific job at patrolling edits on pt: (and other versions as well), I'm sure we'd benefit from his profile here too. --Ricardo (Rmx) 18:10, 14 June 2007 (EDT)


I would like to nominate myself to become a bureaucrat on the English Wikitravel. I've been fulfilling the job for the past couple of months and there's really no difference in the job description of an administrator and bureaucrat, except two extra buttons.

Feel free to ask me questions regarding the nomination (kinda like a Senate confirmation). -- Sapphire(Talk) • 17:29, 14 August 2007 (EDT)

Strong support. Andrew is already a bureaucrat at de: and I think on some other language versions, too. He has always shown his great interest in Wikitravel, not only by editing articles, but especially by participation in many discussions. I think he will be a great manager of the community! --Flip666 writeme! • 18:45, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
Strong support. Andrew is consistent in his thoughtfull approach both as a contributor and an admin. He's the perfect candidate for bureaucrat. -- Mark 01:01, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Strong support. Jpatokal 02:57, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Support -- Colin 03:03, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Support -- NJR_ZA 03:08, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Support Andrew is one of the most committed people in our community here, and he knows just about everything there is to know about Wikitravel. -- Tim (writeme!) 05:36, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Support. Easiest decision I've made since whether or not to have some ice cream last night. Gorilla Jones 10:05, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Support. Sounds good to me. -- Ryan • (talk) • 12:19, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Support. --Ricardo (Rmx) 22:00, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Strong support. – cacahuate talk 14:39, 18 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support My, my, my.... from cheerleader to honcho. Look out world! Luv ya, man. OldPine 16:41, 18 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support, but: How many people with Bureaucrat privileges should we have/do we need? I certainly have no problem with either Andrew or Jani having this privilege, but the more people have higher-powered access, the more chances there are for something to go wrong somewhere because of a compromise. I'd appreciate an explanation of why this is being done. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 17:43, 18 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Evan 16:01, 20 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Peter Talk 10:39, 21 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support -- Tom Holland (xltel) 10:44, 21 August 2007 (EDT)


I would like to nominate our ever-productive contributor in order to reduce his article productivity so that he stops making the rest of us look bad. Sure, flipping admin bits might not stop him much, but it's a start. Also he is fluent in shiny-buttonese, rarely presses them wrong as an admin, and is often around the site. Would be a nice to have an additional crat to flip bits when Sapphire is travelling and Evan is off working on that Extra thingie. -- Colin 03:03, 15 August 2007 (EDT)

Accept. Becoming an anonymous, faceless, unpaid bureaucrat in vast, impersonal machinery, with power over life and death bot bits and usernames, has been a lifelong dream. Jpatokal 03:18, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Strong support. Jani is an excellent admin, knows just about everything imaginable, and is, as Colin noted, around the site often enough to respond to requests in a timely manner. Plus, I owe him lunch and hopefully he'll settle for my support. ;) -- Sapphire(Talk) • 03:35, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Strong support Jani has been extrordinally important to this project. -- Mark 03:54, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support - excellent admin, committed contributer -- Tim (writeme!) 05:38, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support - it's a no brainer, Jani is the right person for the job. --NJR_ZA 05:55, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Flip666 writeme! • 07:44, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Yet another page to be ruthlessly published by the Wikitravel Press empire. Get ready for The Compleat Wikitravel Bureaucrat Nominations, 2003-2007 to take its place on the bestseller list alongside The Compleat Wikitravel Administrator Nominations, 2003-2007 and Being a Discourse on the Ruinous Character of Modern and Cosmopolitan Section Headings. Gorilla Jones 10:05, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • NO!!!!!Support. The Jani is growing in power exponentially, and soon we will be unable to control it... -- Ryan • (talk) • 12:19, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Support. --Ricardo (Rmx) 22:00, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Strong support. – cacahuate talk 14:39, 18 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support Just to demonstrate that non-admins can vote, too. Well, and cuz he rocks. OldPine 16:41, 18 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support, with the same caveat as above. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 17:37, 18 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Evan 16:01, 20 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Peter Talk 10:39, 21 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support -- Tom Holland (xltel) 10:44, 21 August 2007 (EDT)
Have these two nominations been processed? Gorilla Jones 16:16, 14 September 2007 (EDT)
Yes, see Special:Listusers/Bureaucrat. --Evan 16:41, 14 September 2007 (EDT)


Per the drug and peer induced, but vague acceptance of Colin's, Ryan's, and my past suggestions and requests, I hereby declare David/OldPine a nominee for administrator. He has been one of my favorite users – soldiering on and smacking us on the head when we get obsessed over trivial matters (such as vfds). This will likely be the easiest nomination since Evan voted himself an administrator/bureaucrat/developer some years ago. I'm really excited about this nomination because OldPine understands just about everything about Wikitravel, collaboration, and consensus. Plus, when he has goofed he is normally the one to go back and correct the mistake(s). What a guy. Support, as if that wasn't already clear. -- 15:33, 18 September 2007 (EDT)

  • Strong support, but let's make sure he wants the job first. --Evan 15:36, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
Andrew says I'll get paid as much as the rest of you guys (cept you, Evan); Colin says I won't have to work nights, so sign me up. If you'll have me, I mean (I throw Groucho Marx and his cautions to the wind). OldPine 15:51, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Stronger support. Very glad that you have accepted! --Peter Talk 15:52, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Strongerer support. -- Colin 16:16, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Exceptionally Strongest Support. Finally! -- Tom Holland (xltel) 16:38, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Just for a change, mild understated support. Pashley 19:09, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
Very nice. Showing true wisdom: that one can not truly appreciate the light without the darkness. OldPine 19:22, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Support, of whatever description, and agreed: finally! -- Bill-on-the-Hill 19:17, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Some port! or, um.. something. Texugo 19:42, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Absolutely! Gorilla Jones 22:35, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. In honor of Old Pine joining the shiny button club I shall compose an epic haiku in his honor: OldPine is great, Give him shiny buttons, Um... I don't know how to write haikus. -- Ryan • (talk) • 23:33, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Jpatokal 07:44, 19 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. He's doing a great job as a normal user on fr:, and I'm sure he'll do even better here with shiny buttons and without the language barrier... ;) WTDuck2 16:26, 19 September 2007 (EDT)
Hahaha! "Yankee-pigeon-french" comes to Wikitravel fr:. I won't be seeking admin rights over there! OldPine 16:57, 19 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. --Jonboy 17:51, 19 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. He has been a big help to me. I hope he supplies some good fall photo's of New England (please). 2old 09:52, 20 September 2007 (EDT)
An excellent request. I shall try. Thanks, 2old, I appreciate those words. I feared you'd never forgive all the initial nitpicking I gave you. ;) OldPine 11:07, 20 September 2007 (EDT)


I realize I haven't contributed for three months (school work is really getting hectic) but I'd still like to nominate myself... :) Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 07:19, 14 September 2007 (EDT)

I won't be able to log in regularly for another month. Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) •

  • Question. Given that you are not currently contributing to en wikitravel actively, why do you want to be an admin? -- Colin 11:39, 14 September 2007 (EDT)

I will be contributing actively after a month's time. If you look into my contributions, you'll find that I was quite active a few months back. I'm kind of taking a wikibreak for a few months. Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 12:32, 14 September 2007 (EDT)

I'm glad you have priorities in life and are taking a wikibreak. Enjoy it, and we look forward to your future contributions. Could we deal with this issue a few months after you return? I don't see a rush if you're on break, and waiting a few more months after your return will give newer folk time to work with you. -- Colin 15:22, 14 September 2007 (EDT)
I agree - delay consideration until nominees are ready to begin performing the duties. Gorilla Jones 16:16, 14 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Postpone. You've made some great contributions, but let's wait until you're contributing regularly again. Also, a gentle suggestion: instead of nominating yourself, wait until someone else nominates you; a self-nomination calls attention to the individual, while an admin nomination should instead be about the individual's contributions to Wikitravel. -- Ryan • (talk) • 23:53, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Oppose. Just want to have one clear "oppose" in here. --Jonboy 17:53, 19 September 2007 (EDT)
I respect your decision, but could you let me know if there are any other reasons... Thanks. Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 07:49, 20 September 2007 (EDT)
Basically, it doesn't make any sense to me to nominate as an admin someone in the middle of a wikibreak. Come back, resume contributions, and we'll see. Or, you might find the break worthwhile, in which case enjoy real life. --Jonboy 08:30, 20 September 2007 (EDT)
As you guys say... Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) •
Postpone Upanmanyuwikitravel is one of my favorite personalities here. I hope he continues to participate after his wikibreak. He is a great contributor. If he is able to participate and it does not take from his studies, I will fully support him. I hope he considers Ohio State to continue his studies. We need bright young people like him. 2old 10:14, 20 September 2007 (EDT)


He's been doing great stuff around here for almost a year now including helping to turn Albuquerque into a star, and I had to double-check just to make sure that he wasn't already an admin. Has been good about working with others, understands the policies, and meets all of the other pre-requisites for being an admin, so let's get him in the shiny button club. -- Ryan • (talk) • 12:16, 14 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Support. Definitely someone who can and would help. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 12:29, 14 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. John has definitely got my vote. He does excellent work around here --NJR_ZA 12:46, 14 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Support! Thought he was an admin already. Has a cool handle, too. Wait, that's not a good reason. Um.. what Ryan said. -- OldPine 13:31, 14 October 2007 (EDT)
    • Actually, because this trivium has been rattling around the back of my head ever since John started here, I'm not sure his handle is necessarily a message we want to convey ... but no matter, I still support him. :-) -- Bill-on-the-Hill 11:39, 16 October 2007 (EDT)
      • *falls off chair laughing* My dirty secret revealed! And just as I was running for office! Are you a member of the anti-insect media, Bill? Trying to corrupt my plans to promote roach motels on the Sleep sections of Wikitravel pages? :P PerryPlanet 18:12, 16 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Nice guy, knows what he's doing, and writes good articles. Good job on the detective work Bill, glad someone's doing the background checks around here – cacahuate talk 03:21, 17 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Policy-versed, smart, and polite; couldn't ask for more. --Peter Talk 19:08, 18 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Good news! Glad he's willing to do it. Gorilla Jones 19:18, 18 October 2007 (EDT)
  • indication of willingness. As an Administrator for Wikitravel, I promise to uphold the laws of the Wiki and help make this website the most up-to-date travel guide in the world. I promise to uphold the truth for the sake of travelers everywhere. I vow to protect all those who are weak, and...Eh, well you get the idea. I promise to do a good job. :) PerryPlanet 00:37, 30 October 2007 (EDT)


I just discovered that Wandering is not yet an admin. He's been around about six months or so plugging away at articles [13], starting new articles [14], helping out misguided contributions [15], fixing mere vandalism [16], and contributing to policy discussions with an understanding of how things are done around here [17] [18]. A fine contributor and I think we should let him janitoradmin to his heart's content.

  • Support -- Colin 20:33, 28 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support -- Pashley 20:38, 28 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support. He's a great editor and I'm very enthusiastic about all his pet projects. --Peter Talk 23:01, 28 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support. Great contributor — hope he accepts! Gorilla Jones 00:54, 29 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support with enthusiasm. -- OldPine 06:55, 29 November 2007 (EST)
  • Willing. Thanks! --Wandering 08:27, 29 November 2007 (EST)
  • Suport 2old 09:15, 29 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 09:37, 29 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support. -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:24, 29 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support -- NJR_ZA 12:13, 29 November 2007 (EST)
  • Support. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 09:05, 2 December 2007 (EST)
  • Support -- The Yeti 10:58, 2 December 2007 (EST)
  • Support. Nice work, will make a great admin – cacahuate talk 23:06, 5 December 2007 (EST)


Mike has been a regular contributor for nearly a year and has made loads of valuable contributions to our destination guides and to important policy discussions. He's also very familiar by now with our policies. Now, I don't know if we are supposed to make administrator nomination decisions based on who we'd most like to have a beer with, but what can I say, I'd most like to have a beer with Mike, so he's got my Support. --Peter Talk 06:28, 23 January 2008 (EST)

Support. And second in line for that beer. --OldPine 07:16, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Support. Again, I could have sworn User:2old was an administrator. Shows how little I know. --Wandering 08:43, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Thanks, but I must decline. My abilities with Wikitravel are marginal at best and I would be a example of the Peter Principle (reaching ones level of incompetence), if I were to accept. I appreciate my role as a contibutor and think that is where I am best suited. However, I do appreciate the thought and will buy each of you a beer if the opportunity ever arises. Thanks. 2old 09:25, 23 January 2008 (EST)


It might be easy to mistake Morph for a bot, if his prolific edits were not done with a thorough understanding of how we format our destination guides and were they not accompanied by summaries with a sense of humor. He's been here over three months now, has morphed countless articles towards a standard of general respectability, and shows no signs of stopping. I think he'll make good use of the extra buttons, so I add my Support. --Peter Talk 06:28, 23 January 2008 (EST)

Support. Tirelessly goes where no man has gone before! --Wandering 08:43, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Support. For me, Morph is the man!!! (Umm, at least I think so, maybe Morph is the woman, but that sounds way wrong.) Anyway, one of my many weak points is spellling and I appreciate the idea that eventually he will visit and correct my errors. Thanks Morph, I appreciate the help. 2old 09:31, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Decline Dudes! (or babes, as 2old points out, though that does sound wrong). Thanks for the kindnesses and recognition. However I do not administrate and am only interested in orthography and format. It is, as you have seen, a full time janitorial avocation without end. --Morph 15:31, 23 January 2008 (EST)


Denis has been a regular contributor for nearly 2 and a half years here and has made countless valuable contributions to our site in terms of content organization, policy discussion, advising new contributors, and regular old content. Denis is also active on other versions of Wikitravel where he has been of irreplaceable help in devising accurate translations of Wikitravel jargon for the Russian Wikitravel, as he is intimately familiar with Wikitravel policies, practices, and idiosyncracies. And above all, his wiki-etiquette and patience are second-to-none. I think he's been overlooked for too long, so I lend my Support. --Peter Talk 06:28, 23 January 2008 (EST)

Support. -- OldPine 07:16, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Support. I thought DenisYurkin was an administrator! Careful in thought, takes a long term view and has done a lot for Spain. --Wandering 08:43, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Support. I have read many of his contributions, and he does a fine job. 2old 09:27, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Accept if.... If Evan asked me "how well you understand the Wikitravel:goals and non-goals and the Wikitravel:policies and guidelines, and how much you agree with them?", I would say "Oops, it's difficult to say". I challenge the policies too frequently, and I am not sure we always do the right thing here.
Seriously, I can't promise that I can spend any significant time on patrolling edits; and I only watch changes in the pages I edited (I use WatchList, not RecentEdits). For that limited subset of pages, however, I do already patrol edits in the periods when I have something to contribute. A tool simplifying reverts would help. However, I am not planning to use any other admin tools in the foreseeable future.
So if it's a matter of new rights, I accept the nomination. But if it's also about responsibilities to do something, especially on a regular basis--pitifully, I have to decline.
Anyway, thanks for consideration. --DenisYurkin 07:38, 26 January 2008 (EST)
  • Support. We often don't share the same opinions on policy, etc, but I think your understanding of them is fine, and your challenging of them can be a good thing... and I like that you are willing to listen to others and find a compromise, and sometimes willing to shut up if you're outvoted :) I also like that you think outside of the box and are always looking for ways to improve the site as a whole. You aren't expected to do anything more than you already are doing if you become an admin, but you may find the tools occasionally useful. – cacahuate talk 21:04, 26 January 2008 (EST)
  • Support. Good quality contributions in both the main and wikitravel namespaces. Denis' concern about policies and guideline challenges is unnecessary. As far as I can see it was always done in a friendly manner based on well thought out reasoning and he was always willing to accept consensus. Having someone challenge policies and guidelines in that fashion is a good thing, it keeps wikitravel from stagnating. --Nick 14:23, 27 January 2008 (EST)
  • Support. Regarding Denis' concerns, admins aren't expected to do any more (or any less) work than anyone else, and there isn't any expectation that you're going to do anything differently. "Admin" basically just means that the community feels you can be trusted with a few extra buttons, and I think you fit that description. -- Ryan • (talk) • 16:15, 27 January 2008 (EST)
  • Accept than. (Or am I supposed to say anything more in this thread?) --DenisYurkin 08:02, 29 February 2008 (EST)


I'd like to nominate User:LtPowers, provided he accepts. He does a lot of administrative work already, so I figure he could use the extra functions. He's demonstrated plenty familiarity with our policies (It's always heart-warming when people actually read them!), and has been here for 3+ months, an experienced wiki contributor, done some stellar work and recently surpassed 300 edits. I know we tend to like 500+ edits, but I still think it's clear he's here for the long haul. In my experience, he's polite and very open to compromise. Lastly, he's most active on my pettest of pet projects on :en, content organization/region articles ;) So support. --Peter Talk 16:07, 16 August 2008 (EDT)

  • Support. Happy to have him around :) – cacahuate talk 16:57, 16 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Support -- Colin 22:48, 16 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. An officer and a gentleman. Works hard and smart besides. Besides, we should all have pets. --OldPine 19:18, 17 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Accept; if you all trust me enough, then I can accept a little responsibility. =) LtPowers 19:41, 17 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Support -- Does some excellent work. --Nick 01:36, 18 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Support - If Mr. Pine, Mr. Peter and Mr. Jensen all vouch for the guy then he must be all good. I haven't been following things around here as closely as I used to, but I've seen the Lt. in a lot of discussions making some good comments, so bring him aboard. -- Ryan • (talk) • 01:47, 18 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. Me too! Extra brownie points for drawing and caring about maps. Jpatokal 07:50, 18 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. Really dedicated member, plus I like the way he writes. PerryPlanet 12:16, 18 August 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. Glad to have you! Gorilla Jones 01:46, 1 September 2008 (EDT)


He beefs up articles, gets janitorial, plays well with others, and most importantly has, in fact, drawn a map or two. Sertmann, please also let us know if you will accept.

  • Support -- Colin 20:48, 21 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. We're seriously short on admins, and the scut-work burden is increasing. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 21:17, 21 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. He's a great contributor, has been around for a long while, is doing fantastic work on Copenhagen, and would make good use of the buttons. I was getting around to nominating him too ;) --Peter Talk 21:30, 21 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Accept As I said in the Pub, I would like to chip in and share some of the seemingly increasing burden of spam attacks after the server move, and do my part to relieve the stress and avoid any further exodus. And while I do think I have a good grasp of the policies and tone of this place, there are most certainly a few black holes here and there, and I can't say I'm 100% familiar with the mediawiki software yet either. Also in the long run, I do want to mostly work with contributing to my two projects (which is the whole reason i joined up) and not ending up using almost 90% of my time on janitorial work, as it seems many admins do these days - a figure of 20% would make me feel more comfortable. If people still think I'd make a good admin - I accept. Sertmann 00:04, 22 October 2008 (EDT)
No worries, there really aren't any responsibilities that come along with administrative status—it's basically just a fact that we trust you with a few additional functions, like the ability to one-click revert changes and to delete and protect pages. You might want to check the Wikitravel:Administrator handbook for a comprehensive idea of what rules and functions apply to sysops. --Peter Talk 12:48, 22 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. As Peter says, your work on the site doesn't need to change, you just get a couple extra functions. It's better that you don't change your editing habits significantly, good editors are hard to come by, the mop's an addition to your pen, not a replacement :) – cacahuate talk 17:34, 22 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support -- Ryan • (talk) • 19:17, 27 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. Gorilla Jones 00:10, 28 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support - Texugo 00:14, 28 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support. He's a great person and he is good help and very kind and is doing awesome with Denmark. Keep smiling, Edmontonenthusiast 00:37, 28 October 2008 (EDT)
  • Support Seen a lot of good work from Sertmann so would have no objection to giving admin. Nrms 04:22, 11 November 2008 (EST)


I have been an active member of wikitravel for two years. I've got a track record of thousands of edits [19] updating travel information on nearly every continent, and trying my best to bring order to articles closer to home. More recently I've been quite handy with the mop and bucket as well, and I'm happy to continue to help out for a while. --Inas 21:57, 3 November 2008 (EST)

  • Support -- Colin 00:27, 4 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support -- Texugo 00:37, 4 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support, you are a fantastic contributer INAS! Also, you did a fantastic thing fixing up the OOceanic hieracrhy. Keep smiling, ee talk 22:58, 14 November 2008 (EST).
I'd love to have Ian as an administrator, but there is one small thing troubling my mind. It's a basic wiki rule not to delete others' comments on talk pages unless they are abusive/vandalism. There are several deleted comments[20] at User talk:Inas—I'm not sure why they were removed—that I would like to see restored first. --Peter Talk 23:16, 14 November 2008 (EST)
Done --Inas 03:58, 15 November 2008 (EST)


This guy is so awesome, he's friendly, helpful, does a fine job with Western Canada, and has drawn some very great district overview maps. Not to mention, he's uploaded high quality images. All in all, a great member. Shaund, will you accept?

  • Support - you are an awesome person Shaund! Keep smiling, ee talk 23:14, 14 November 2008 (EST).
  • Supportcacahuate talk 04:29, 15 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support --Peter Talk 12:27, 15 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support -- PerryPlanet Talk 13:11, 15 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support -- Colin 17:10, 15 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support Jpatokal 06:00, 16 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support -- Texugo 08:29, 16 November 2008 (EST)
  • Support Gorilla Jones 15:42, 16 November 2008 (EST)
Thanks guys, I accept as long as you don't mind that I probably won't be very active on policy discussions. I'm happy to implement/enforce them, but I don't have a whole lot of free time so I'd rather do stuff (edits, patrolling, maps) than talk about it. Cheers Shaund 01:33, 20 November 2008 (EST)


You really look like a good contributor. He is bilingual and has done some nice travelling. He is friendly and has worked well. I don't think there's been any probs with him!

  • Object. AHeneen is a great contributor and we're really lucky to have him here. But he has only been very active since October, has less than 500 edits, does not regularly patrol, and has not participated in policy discussions. This nomination is very premature. --Peter Talk 13:33, 3 December 2008 (EST)
Yah, I have to agree that I don't deserve this. I am still getting used to all the policies. Maybe in the future, but not now. AHeneen 17:13, 3 December 2008 (EST)
EE, I thought you were laying low for a while and focusing on writing articles? Premature admin noms are embarrassing to deal with, and you risk offending great contributors – cacahuate talk 19:05, 3 December 2008 (EST)

Yeah, as stated above, this is very unfortunate. While I do not support yet, please please don't be offended by a premature nomination not going through - We value your work here, continue your great work, and let's discuss this thoroughly when you get some more experience, and the rest of us have some more work to judge from. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 23:14, 3 December 2008 (EST)


Aside from being a great contributor to our guides, Dguillaime been active in fighting vandalism and bad faith edits for quite some time, has been a patient and thoughtful participant in discussions with other users, and appears to know the site policies and manual of style quite well. The extra buttons would be in good hands here. Gorilla Jones 01:16, 29 April 2009 (EDT)

  • Support: Noticed a good number of janatorial edits here this morning and see no reason to object. Nrms 01:22, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. Yep. --Inas 02:15, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. He's already one of our most active and experienced janitors, and there have been several times when I really wished he had the buttons already. His contributions to discussions have been fewer than I would generally like to see before a nomination, but when he has commented, he has demonstrated himself to be policy-fluent, knowledgeable, creative, and polite. I think he'd make a great admin. --Peter Talk 02:28, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. Ditto what Peter said – cacahuate talk 03:28, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. Jpatokal 07:35, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. Colin 13:26, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. Pashley 20:05, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. I'm also surprised that you are not an admin already, let's fix that --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 10:00, 3 May 2009 (EDT)
  • Support. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:25, 3 May 2009 (EDT)
    • I'm surprised and flattered. I'd be happy to pick up a few new buttons in the hopes that they still won't need too much use. – Dguillaime 20:21, 29 April 2009 (EDT)



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