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The idea of creating an :en version Administrator handbook has been in the air for a while, so I decided to plunge on this. Does this look right? --Peter Talk 17:33, 11 April 2008 (EDT)

It's a good start, but it should be called Administrator's handbook, because that's the current job title. If admins are renamed to janitors -- a move I still support -- then the book can change as well. Jpatokal 05:14, 12 April 2008 (EDT)
OK, I like the cute janitor title too, but it's easier to just move the page ;) --Peter Talk 21:00, 4 July 2008 (EDT)
BTW, what stops us from renaming Administrators to Janitors? It feels much closer to truth, and doesn't give the illusion of extra power or burden of responsibility. --DenisYurkin 15:17, 22 October 2008 (EDT)
Nothing much; I don't think anyone ever opposed the change. We could reopen the discussion at Wikitravel talk:Administrators#”Administrator” name change, and see if anyone objects over the course of several weeks, then make the change. --Peter Talk 15:32, 22 October 2008 (EDT)

Protection expiry[edit]

How do you set the expiry time on protection? I know only how to protect pages for an infinite time span. The terms should be in this handbook. --Peter Talk 15:38, 22 October 2008 (EDT)

I usually type in text in the "Expires" field and hope that it gets parsed correctly - for example "4 hours" will result in protection that expires after four hours. "infinite" (or blank) apparently results in permanent protection. I'm not entirely sure what date format would be used to (for example) set an expiration of "noon tomorrow". -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:21, 7 December 2008 (EST)
Thanks, this does seem a lot easier than I remember it being. I'll try and write up something useful. --Peter Talk 00:47, 8 December 2008 (EST)
If you type in the date in full format (December 25, 2008), it sets the expiration time at around the same clock hour on that day. Texugo 00:58, 8 December 2008 (EST)


There's already a shared:Manual for administrators... Jpatokal 08:30, 15 November 2008 (EST)

At shared:Talk:Manual_for_administrators#Comments we discussed the possible need for language version-specific manuals, as the policies governing use of sysop tools differ a bit from version to version. --Peter Talk 12:30, 15 November 2008 (EST)

direction of this page[edit]

After we hone our actual policies, I think this page needs to be just a list of pointers to policies on how to user the mop, but not actually describe or try to sum up said policies, or be considered a policy in itself... it's simply a helper for guiding new admins to relevant policies – cacahuate talk 14:04, 10 January 2009 (EST)