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Completed nominee reviews

What do you think about new style of table?

User Staff Discussion Date(s) Verdict
K-Mac August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
Armisael August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
Szumin August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
Nero123 August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
Cappy August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram cross.png No
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Nik9990 August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
Lexar August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
MrPaulolefou August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram cross.png No
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Meadows August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
Lhavelund August 7, 2011 Pictogram tick.png Yes
Stevoisiak August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram cross.png No
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Balladofwindfishes August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram cross.png No
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Swarfega August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram cross.png No
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Cructo August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram cross.png No
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Stewsta August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram cross.png No
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
VeKoB August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram tick.png Yes
CsS August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram cross.png No
BiBi August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram tick.png Yes
Cooper Kid August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram cross.png No
SilverHammer August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram tick.png Yes
Nightbox August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram cross.png No
Loginov August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram cross.png No
Thebigone August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
Pictogram comment.png Not discussed
Pictogram cross.png No

Cappy Login Soldier.png talk 00:09, 19 August 2011 (PDT)

This is the "Completed nominee reviews" table - everybody in that table has been discussed. Logs for the discussion are available on a per-user basis if editor's want to know why they weren't awarded the cap. -RJ 03:10, 19 August 2011 (PDT)
Me gusta. Simple as that. Userimg-real alien.jpg real_alien (T/C) 03:13, 19 August 2011 (PDT)
I don't see how this actually improves over the current table. All of the users here have already been discussed, and the dates are there to let the users look up their logs once they get their password. If you want to re-nominate a user, note at the bottom how it says not to immediately re-nominate them after they have been declined. The staff will look over these users again later on. --User LordKelvin Signature.png LordKelvin 10:38, 19 August 2011 (PDT)
IMO, we should have atable pretty much like this, BUT without the "Not discussed" days. Users with consecutive "No"'s should show several knows, but users not discussed on several weeks shouldn't have many "Not discussed"'s. The originally proposed table would unecessarily fill up easily.  –  Duel RED.png Epic Eric Duel BLU.png (T | C) 16:03, 22 August 2011 (PDT)

Table Disambiguation: Active Nominations, Recent Reviews, Archive of Approved Reviews, Archive of Nominations

If the rate of nominees continues at its current pace, then in a few months we will have a rather full table of completed reviews. In anticipation of that scenario, I suggest setting up tables with these four titles, moving entries into autocollapsed archives after a sensible amount of time spent in the 'Recent Reviews' table.

Whether you approve or disapprove of this idea, please also state what you believe would be the best length of time to wait before archiving a review. I've already decided what my vote would be... Mainman (TalkContribs.) 10:08, 22 August 2011 (PDT)

Pictogram plus.png Support Sure, why not. And 2 months sounds reasonable to me — Wind 15:57, 22 August 2011 (PDT)
Pictogram plus.png Support That's great.  –  Duel RED.png Epic Eric Duel BLU.png (T | C) 07:42, 28 August 2011 (PDT)
Since there were no objections, I've gone ahead and implemented the changes on the page. Mainman (TalkContribs.) 09:31, 12 September 2011 (PDT)

Archive of Nominations

Wouldn't it be better if it would be listed from new to old? I need to scroll down a long time till i see my nomination, and in the future i guess the list will be even longer. Why not put the latest nominations at top and the older in the bottom, would be more logical, right? TheDoctor(without a small pic) 18:49, 13 November 2011 (PST)

Suggesting an addition to New Noms./Re-Noms. tables

I think we should put a link to the users contribs onto the nominee table, something like this:

Nominee Backers Date Nominated Prior Nomination Dates Reasons Staff Notes
ExampleUser (contribs) ExampleSupporter 2011-11-25 2011-09-27 Example support message. N/A

Whaddya think? It's an easy addition, just go through the current New Nominations and Re-Nominations tables, find the nominee's userpage link, punch in a space and paste in ([[Special:Contributions/UsernameGoesHere|contribs]]). 404: User Not Found (talk) 12:56, 29 November 2011 (PST)

Pictogram plus.png Agree Actually looks fine to me, people could easily check someones contributions and by chance decide to support the guy they check up, evading going thru their respective profile page. Good idea imo. TF2 crosshair.png · T-Wayne · Talk 13:11, 29 November 2011 (PST)
Pictogram plus.png Agree Not a bad idea. Also it would only take a few seconds to implement. User M-NINJA Signature.png 13:07, 29 November 2011 (PST)
Pictogram comment.png Comment Indeed it would. I was actually thinking of implementing it a few seconds ago while adding my support for Stevosiak. But I'd rather get community opinion on it first. You might also want to head over to the Discussion board and check out my proposal for an addition to the Class bio template. 404: User Not Found (talk) 13:14, 29 November 2011 (PST)
Pictogram plus.png Pootis because why not. I was about to say that it needs to be smaller so that it fits on one line but then I realized the reasons column usually makes it a ton of lines long so it doesn't matter — Wind 13:24, 29 November 2011 (PST)

I feel like I'm being passed by

Okay, I would like to start by saying that I do not wish to offend Warlike in any way and he deserves a Wiki Cap, but I'm rather peeved. I have been working on the Dutch side of the TF Wiki for nearly 1.5 year by now (I started in October 2010), I have contributed heavily and I have yet to receive the wikichievement for translating, let alone the Wiki Cap. Now I come here and see that Warlike has been nominated. Again, he deserves it, but I feel like I'm being ignored here. In fact, despite being the only translator for a good year, I was getting flak for supposedly having edits that 'were not up to standard', while I was the bloody standard. Yes, I am aware that in the past month I haven't done a lot of work, that's how a study is for ya, but that does not take away that I have sunk a lot of time and work into the Wiki, yet I'm not seeing any kind of recognition here, not even in the form of a simple wikichievement.
I know, I know. The Wiki Cap is a privilege, not a right and I have been working silently all this time, not ever asking for anything for that reason. And for a similar reason, I should not be frustrated, nor disappointed for not being granted such privilege. But that doesn't take away that it looks like people just keep ignoring my work over and over and over again.
Again, I do not wish to insult anyone, particularly not Warlike, whom I still believe deserves a Wiki Cap, but I just had to get this out there. -- Killicon train.png Hefaistus - talk 14:26, 22 January 2012 (PST)

I couldn't agree more to be honest. This is ofcourse based on just interacting with Hefaistus for just a few times and going through his edits, but I do feel there is some form of applause missing. Of course I cannot really say much more about this as I am in no position to do so, perhaps other people have thought different about you or maybe people simply had other issues. This is highly unofrtunate though, and I do understand your sentiments. Thank you for expressing your faith in me as a editor though, that means a lot coming from someone who has edited the Dutch wiki before I cam along. Also remember I am only nominated for this hat, I do not have it yet. I think interacting with the wiki community is very important in order to get recognized easier by other people, as they will be the ones making the first step (nominating you).
Perhaps a moderator or a senior user could eloborate on why this has not happened yet or if there are particular reasons. Warlike 14:34, 22 January 2012 (PST)
Then how about nominating Hefaistus, Warlike? :3 — Wind 15:46, 22 January 2012 (PST)
Don't feel sad, mad or bad about not getting a Wiki Cap. If you think you deserve it, you don't get it. If you don't need/want it, but worked for it, you maybe get it. I was nominated twice(first was terrible), and still i don't got it. But the guys who got it are the people chosen by the people, which are also checked by the moderators which then decide if a person puts enough into it to deserve it. I won't say that you don't deserve it, but some languages are a wasteland and you must accept that some persons don't read or look at these edits, and maybe that's why you were not chosen. Give it time and people will see what you did. Also your text is a good reminder, maybe some people will look more into what you did and maybe you get a cap without being nominated for extra-hard-work. TheDoctor 14:38, 22 January 2012 (PST)
Thanks, these replies do me good. It is just that for the longest time already, I feel like I'm being ignored around here, ya know? This is also in part of the aforementioned wikichievement. While I know and accept the fact that it is quite likely I will never get the Wiki Cap - which is fine anyway, like I said, it's a privilege, not a right - it just saddens me to know that my work goes even too unnoticed for that simple wikichievement. I may have overreacted a little, I may have hasted my previous message and if I did, I apologize. But I just had to get this off my chest. I will continue working, I will continue editting, and I will continue warring with Warlike for who gets the first edit. Thanks for reading and replying.
That reminds me, I need to add my support to Warlike's Nomation. -- Killicon train.png Hefaistus - talk 15:27, 22 January 2012 (PST)
Some history: You were previous nominated and all were actually in favor of giving you a Wiki Cap based on your English contributions and how Dutch contributions approximately looked (no staff member could read Dutch). So we had to check, and this was done with Luurtt from the Dutch Steam Translation Service who (to everyone's surprise) found the translations to use poor spelling and unrelated words.
In retrospect we should probably have checked with other people as well, from the Steam Translation Service or with other Dutch wiki editors now that there are some (hai Warlike), in case Luurtt was wrong in the first place, or in case things have improved since then. I just re-checked with Warlike though and he seemed to agree with what Luurtt said, but said that things have improved since then.
As for addressing the "feeling overlooked", I highly recommend the IRC channel. You've been in there twice before, but try to stick in there for longer, rather than just coming when you need to ask something and then leaving. No need to talk if you don't want to, just being there helps as it means you're available, and that's something good by itself~ — Wind 15:46, 22 January 2012 (PST)
I was nominated? I thought that the policy was to let nominees know that they had been nominated and that they could review the logs so that they knew how they could improve? Because, if I'm going to be terribly honest, LordKelvin's comment on my talk page came out of nowhere and I put absolutely no link between his message and a potential nomination.
It is funny that you mention the STS, because I joined the STS some time after LordKelvin left that message on my talk page, which is also why there has been improvements in my translations.
I have actually been in the IRC more often than twice, although rarely for long. I tend to be ten different kinds of busy (especially now, with my study) and when I am gone for a bit and I tab back to see my screen filled with only edit reports from the Wiki, I tend to not really see much added value for me during that time. I always figure that if people really need me, they can post on my talk page.
I do apologize heavily for my outburst though, especially since I have this new information. Had I known that I was nominated before, I would've remained silent. Thanks for the reply, Wind. -- Killicon train.png Hefaistus - talk 07:52, 23 January 2012 (PST)
Yes, you were nominated once before, prior to having this public nominations list, which is probably why you didn't know. Maybe we should have let you know... Well, that's done now~ And you're nominated again, which I'm sure you noticed.
Also please don't hesitate to voice your concerns; you sound very withdrawn, as if what you're doing is wrong (it's not). It is entirely fine to express your opinion on how things are handled, and in your situation I'd probably have done so as well :3 — Wind 13:17, 23 January 2012 (PST)
(P.S. the message LordKelvin left you was a consequence of us checking your translations with Luurtt as a result of your nomination. Maybe that should have been explicitly mentioned in his message) — Wind 13:18, 23 January 2012 (PST)
I knew I was nominated for a while, all the way back when the list was still produced by WindBOT, but I thought nominations had pretty much come to a halt in that time period between WindBOT producing the list and this new nomination system. And yes, I did notice I have been nominated again, which I am quite grateful for.
I tend to be quite careful with my responses, which is why I rarely speak up. Back when discussions were going for a new Wiki Cap system, I made a post about translators versus English editors. It took me 2 to 3 hours to write that thing, just to make sure everything I said was clear and correct. Most of the time, I type out a reply for a discussion and end up wiping it completely, because I believe it's not up to par. That is why I am also so very apologetic about my previous post. It does not have the same care I usually invest into posts.
But up till now, everyone has been very understanding and supportive, which I am glad with. And who knows? Maybe next giveaway, we have an all out Dutch party =P -- Killicon train.png Hefaistus - talk 15:36, 23 January 2012 (PST)

How long does it take?

Hmm.. in the case of Warlike and Hefaistus, they've been nominated about 4 month ago but, they haven't been reviewed yet and same here.

Just wondering, review date is something irregular?

--Yjy950105 18:24, 4 May 2012 (PDT)

There were some issues in getting a Dutch STS mod to judge our work, hence the massive delay on the decision for Warlike and I. I have no idea what the hold up is for the other nominees, though. -- Killicon train.png Hefaistus - talk 09:47, 5 May 2012 (PDT)

How to nominate...(v1)

We dont need to adjust this: Nominee, Backers, Date Nominated . It works well and can't be simplified with a template or other code to be more efficient. What maybe should be added in the description that the way they should "layer" there "backer"-nomination for a person. I think maybe this gives a good example and is already done that way in some nominations:
[Link(Article)]: Text about the link, and what made you pick it, tell us people what is well done special or interesting in it. [Link(Upload]: (...) others . I just wanted to point that here silently out, because i also didnt do that and think this would be better to note, that way. A link itself to articles doesnt help much if you a.) don't speak the language and b.) doesnt understand the significant difference in the code itself and c.) what is alternatively done to make it work. δ³Σx² > Add + or - skills for me 17:31, 5 November 2012 (PST)

I'm sorry, but I simply don't understand what you're trying to say :( — Wind 18:40, 5 November 2012 (PST)
Example>> Jiggle bones/de (normal article): Updated this ; [1] [2] [3]: Added missing strings into high level templates. ; Cleanup edit. ; ALL new articles by him are 99,99% perfectly done, and yes i really mean that no an/a error like in the english articles or other flaws. Really really exceptional quality of the grammar use and a clear sentence structur. << Like this. First the link and after that a short text why the contribution from the person was important and/or good and/or bad. At the end other reasons in general which cant be shown in one or two links. δ³Σx² > Add + or - skills for me 00:31, 6 November 2012 (PST)
People should provide direct evidence and explain what these links mean. Trying to find corollaries in english (for translators) is very useful. Darkid (talk|contribs) 05:39, 6 November 2012 (PST)

Veto for Flying Furry

Leaving a note here since I don't want to gum up the edit summary.

I've decided to veto Flying Furry's nomination because we only last reviewed him back in November. To be perfectly honest, he hasn't added very much more on top of his contributions since then, so it's unlikely that the result of a nomination discussion would change very much. This veto isn't due to any problems with the contributions themselves, it's rather because it's being done too soon after his last one. Please try to nominate him again at a later date when there's more to look at. --User LordKelvin Signature.png LordKelvin 11:28, 5 January 2013 (PST)

I can agree that it was abit too soon. Sorry for bringing up this so soon after the last review. User Ravecrib9t4 Signature Logo.JPG TNS 12:05, 5 January 2013 (PST)

The new Nominee Vote Queue

I assume one of the characteristics of this setup was anonymity, however viewing the history for the page allows one to see, for each admin, which number they incremented. One solution would be fore the admins to put in their votes with an alternate account, or to simply ignore the issue. Darkid (talk|contribs) 05:51, 2 April 2013 (PDT)

I thought this was that new way that was discussed last year (ish). So in the case of all the mods not able to get together at one time, this system is used to throw it votes. Also, If this setup was for anonymity, Then they would have restricted us from giving out Wiki Cap discussion logs of said person. (Which they don't). Ashes 05:54, 2 April 2013 (PDT)
Good point, set up this shared staff account for this purpose — Wind 14:46, 2 April 2013 (PDT)


It would be nice to get some of these in, considering how I, Gonard and Darkid have been nominated for almost 3 months now.

Item icon Market Gardener.png Zabidenu

(contribstalk) 04:54, 20 October 2013 (PDT)

Item icon Market Gardener.png Zabidenu
(contribstalk) 15:20, 30 October 2013 (PDT)

Voting Hiatus

So four people have been up nominated for a few months now, and they haven't been voted on since. Is there some trouble going on? --Dr. Scaphandre (talk) 15:59, 23 September 2015 (PDT)

I agree; the voting process seem to have been stagnating for quite so time now, and there are eight nominees of which only half have gotten votes. Jew (talk) 12:16, 29 December 2015 (PST)

Emergency meeting 1.0

So it was recently brought to staff attention that a user hit 1 year in the nomination queue, so we held an impromptu meeting to try and resolve the bottleneck. The basic gist of what we got was this:

  1. Don't change the nomination rules. 5 for is good enough for the time being, and it's preferable to find other means of enforcement.
  2. In the same vein, bug people more often. If someone's sitting in queue for a month or so, and they have a good number of backers, they should get votes.
  3. Possibly go over the list of staff members and mark a few 'inactive' or 'on break'. This will help to determine how big of a quorum we need, i.e. 5 out of 10 is enough but 5 out of 16 is not.
  4. Possibly add a caveat to the rules so that if someone raises an objection for a nominee, it's dealt with.
  5. Set a deadline as to when we revisit these rules, i.e. if nothing changes. My suggest is 'if anyone has been in queue for more than 6 months after this month'.

Staff members who were present: User:Lagg, User:WindPower, User:Darkid, User:LordKelvin
Staff members who were not present: User:i-ghost, User:Moussekateer, User:Pilk, User:RJackson, User:seb26, User:Fuffeh, User:Muriloricci, User:Org, User:Piemanmoo, User:SackZement, User:Zabidenu, User:~www~
Let the discussion begin! Mostly, the real question is what to do with points 3 and 4. Darkid « TalkContribs » 22:14, 17 May 2016 (PDT)

My 2¢: We should change the rules so that if there's any votes against, a discussion (with the person who has the concern) is required. I'd also like to remove the staff members who haven't made more than 10 edits in 2 years. Darkid « TalkContribs » 22:14, 17 May 2016 (PDT)
+1 to all the above. Let the "if anyone has been in queue for more than 6 months after this month" start mid-june. We also discussed threshold changes to limit it by time but we figured it's better to leave the rules as-is for a short time to see if it's just a matter of poking the right people. If, in a month, we find out that it's not (by way of said metric), then we should change said thresholds. — Wind 22:30, 17 May 2016 (PDT)
Basically +1 as well, deadlines and objection rules sound good but: In the unlikely event that a staff member does not edit anything at all, but we know is active (in irc or emails) he should stay marked active. How do we deal with situations where multiple people vote against? Discuss with everyone who has a concern? Discuss with at least one who has a concern? Unlikely case that won't happen anyway? User SackZement signature.gifSackZement <Talk> 02:03, 18 May 2016 (PDT)
I don't know anybody who's active on IRC and hasn't hit 10 edits in the past 2 years. Regardless, we'd do this on a case-by-case basis anyways. If two people vote against, then there's probably a pretty serious issue going on, and I'd expect a lot of people to be voting against. Darkid « TalkContribs » 19:33, 18 May 2016 (PDT)
I agree with all the points raised here too. I would not be opposed to removing inactive staff members or asking them to step down, and that includes myself, as I believe keeping a wiki actively maintained requires active staff. User Moussekateer signature sprite.pngMoussekateer·talk 14:50, 28 May 2016 (PDT)
I don't know if I was ever considered part of the 'staff' in the normal sense. User:WindPower (I think, this is waaaaay long ago) gave me moderator permissions because of the amount of technical junk I was working with for templates, it was easier for me to have move and delete permissions instead of bugging someone over and over to push things from my sandboxes to the wiki proper. (In fact I wasn't even on the moderator list until, a few years later, someone compared Help:Group_rights to one of the system pages and copied my name over). Org (talk) 00:49, 1 June 2016 (PDT)
I agree with the above, and as for inactivity issue perhaps we could also include some sort of message on steam, since a lot of people don't really use IRC it seems like. --Piemanmoo 08:44, 1 June 2016 (PDT)
Good idea, create a Staff Steam Group (like the Wikicap Holder's Lounge) for notifications/events and a group chat (without logs though..)? User SackZement signature.gifSackZement <Talk> 11:04, 1 June 2016 (PDT)
I personally consider the IRC an important communication channel, especially in communication with other users, so this irc participation is a considerable point for (in)activity for me. Also, regarding the "10 edits in 2 years" rule, I'd say this time span is too long. If a quantitive criterion is sought after, a shorter period should be suitable for identifying a staff member as inactive, for example 1 edit in 3 months. — shots fired by: Nikno{Talk|Contribs} 08:56, 3 June 2016 (PDT)
3 months is way too short. I picked 2 years because that was already cutting about half of the staff. And again, it'll be case-by-case, I was more giving an example of *how inactive* some people are. I'm glad this post brought a few people out of the woodwork, it means that some people are still (vaguely) paying attention. IMHO we should make up a list of 'maybe inactive' and send them all an email (via secret staff means). Darkid « TalkContribs » 13:15, 3 June 2016 (PDT)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I agree with creating a list of inactive staff members, that's the first step in the right direction. But then after determining those inactives, the further steps should be consequently taken. It seems to be a big problem for everyone to tell inactive staff members about their status and to eventually remove them from the staff list. This surely is not a grateful task, but it's the only way we can revive the staff, the wiki is currently running basically without active staff. Hesitating to rebuild the team is the wrong approach.— shots fired by: Nikno{Talk|Contribs} 13:33, 3 June 2016 (PDT)

A Staff group on Steam could be useful as User:SackZement said. Although, my opinion is that the easiest way to solve some problems would be to remove inactive staff members and bring in some fresh ones. Fuffeh signature.png Fuffeh

TalkContributions 04:07, 5 June 2016 (PDT)

I agree with Fuffeh, some of them inactive like years, not online in any other way except Steam, and mostly don't come back here. User Hinaomi Hinaomi-sig.png Rikka Takanashi (talk) • (contributions) 05:50, 5 June 2016 (PDT)
+1 for culling the list. If they come back, it's not like we can't add them back. Keeping them around while inactive is not productive. — Wind 20:27, 14 June 2016 (PDT)
I've compiled a table here with quantitive information about staff to eventually ease decisions. — shots fired by: Nikno {Talk | Contribs} 15:17, 16 June 2016 (PDT)

So July 1 came and went, which means our deadline has passed. There's a few people in the nomination queue, all of which have been here over six months. That said, I understand the problem with trying to vote on these people: All of them are relatively new, and have basically no backers (aside from Scaphandre). IMO we should make a decision for Scaphandre, and add a caveat of 3 backers (or something) to mandate a vote.

Also, now that we've had some time to reach out to staff members, here's some names I'd like to put down for moving to the 'inactive' list, since they haven't responded to anything:

For the rest of us, please post a response into this steam group thread stating your availability. Hopefully there's still 4-5 of us who are able to remain active as moderators, inasmuch as community management, spam removal, etc. I would also encourage revitalizing the TFW:Tasks page, (and having us all follow it) so that if someone wants help, they can contact 'the staff in general' rather than trying to pm one of us. Darkid « TalkContribs » 07:44, 6 July 2016 (PDT)

Scrub here. I just have to point out my opinion on this matter, although I really do not have much authority here, but here goes. I have been following this situation pretty much a whole year, and have noticed that the whole voting and revision process for the nominees has been slow. This is clearly understandable, since, as the statistics compiled by Nikno, indicate that the majority of the wiki staff has become inactive. I cannot really blame them, since this is entirely voluntary and people have their own lives outside the wiki, and I for one cannot judge them, as I have not made edits for quite a long time now. Getting people to actually read the contributions made by the nominees and assess the properly requires time and people who can actually understand what they have done. For example, the Finnish part of the community, as far as I have seen, is pretty much dead except for Koira, who has has shown clear dedication to the wiki. But the biggest issue here is that the Finnish speaking and reading moderators are pretty much gone, and seeing that Zabidenu, one of the only Finnish speaking moderators here, is on the list of inactive staff members is unfortunate. And I do not believe that the Finnish part of the wiki is the only one suffering from this. But for the nominees like me this is a problem, which has clearly resulted in slower voting process and will likely become a greater problem in the future. But ihave to disagree with your suggestion to change the nomination/voting process for getting the wiki cap in the middle of evaluation. Obviously this sounds from my part like my only motive is to protect my own interests, but I solely believe that changing your policy in the middle of the voting process would be unfair for those that do not have 3 backers. I do understand the idea behind it, because the number of backers indicates that the individual placed for nomination has become recognized in the community. However, people like me, who are here only focused to translate articles to someday get the wiki cap, and do not have irc nor do not actively take part discussions, but instead work alone, are in an unfavorable position: I was really surprised that Koira had nominated for the wiki cap and place great value for it, because he can actually read what I have done. The other comment that has been made about me demonstartes quite well that getting actual backers requires people that can understand the content. I am unlikely to get more backers because of this, and it is likely for other members of the community as well in the future. Without qualified people to read others work, in my opinion, makes it impossible to ultimately vote for the person to get the wiki cap, which would someday mean, not in far future if the current trend continues, that people will stop getting wiki caps. Obviously people can check if the basic things like links for example are properly made, but if people cannot read the actual content, they cannot really say if his/her contribution is valuable. I want to make it clear once again that this is just my opinion, and I acknowledge the fact that I do not know how the voting process proceeds in practice and what they assess, but I wanted point this issue out. I can be wrong, but in my opinion the people like me who have been in the list of nominees for the wiki cap should deserve to have their contributions evaluated like it has been done earlier, and then, for the future nominees, change the procedure. People on the list now have waited for half a year now for the verdict, and changing the policy could be demoralizing for them as well as wrong for them, since the lack of backers does not diminsh the value quality of their contributions.

Jew (talk) 03:45, 7 July 2016 (PDT)

So my two sense is the majority of the problem is admins just aren't active enough and can't review every candidate, right? A solution to this problem could be the staff appoint certain members to be part of a Wiki Cap review committee, where they would review each candidate's contributions and vote on them that way, similar to how CSGO's Overwatch system has selected players review footage to determine if someone's cheating or not. However, this could lead to problems of their own for committee members could vote yes on every nominee who comes in, then the Wiki Cap would be given out willy nilly. --User Dr. Scaphandre Golden Ghastly Gibus.png Dr. Scaphandre 06:59, 7 July 2016 (PDT)

A solution to the above: Get a variety of members who are not bias. 2-3 translators or those from STS, and 2 non translators. (for ex if we needed 5). They can't really just say to all until they say are given a criteria form and put in their reasoning etc. Although that's already done in the review logs for every nominee. Ashes (talk) 07:02, 7 July 2016 (PDT)
An addendum to this rule would be if you are on the committee, you are forbidden from nominating candidates. Reason being if they nominate someone then they'll vote yes for that person. Some would argue that they could still nominate someone but be forbidden from voting on the person they nominated, but that would kinda defeat the purpose of being on the committee if you can't vote. --User Dr. Scaphandre Golden Ghastly Gibus.png Dr. Scaphandre 08:18, 7 July 2016 (PDT)
I disagree, They should still be able to nominate, however again, a full review must be done in the Wiki Cap log of course. There shouldn't be too heavy restrictions such as can't nominate as that would give less people to be able to nominate someone for their work .Ashes (talk) 08:20, 8 July 2016 (PDT)
So has there been any update? It's been a while since the emergency meeting started and we haven't gotten any new updates. --User Dr. Scaphandre Golden Ghastly Gibus.png Dr. Scaphandre 14:02, 21 July 2016 (PDT)

Why have I been kicked from the nomination queue?

Hello I find the reasons for removing me from the nomination queue quite curious, since the points that Lagg made in his edit are something that are entirely out of my hands. His first reason for this is that I am "too contested proceed fairly in this cycle"; what exactly does it mean? Secondly the next point he proceeds to make is that the STS confirmation is unobtainable to which cannot do anything about and thus is not my fault. The final point Lagg proceeds to make is that my contribution quality could not be agreed upon, which again is something that should not lead to an automatic no. Even though the evaluation process created much discussion among the staff does not mean that the verdict would ultimately lead to a no, since the tables showed that I had four votes for getting the cap against three no's.

Jew (talk) 08:10, 31 August 2016 (PDT)

Well besides the fact you've been inactive for over half a year now, during the voting process we were all discussing your translations with the STS mod that they weren't up to snuff. There were also conflicting opinions from the other staff members as well. Remember, the Cap requires a majority vote. --User Dr. Scaphandre Golden Ghastly Gibus.png Dr. Scaphandre 08:16, 31 August 2016 (PDT)

So the main issue basically was that there would not be enough enough staff members to hypothetically give me enough yes's for me to gain that majority vote of five? If this is the case then the situation is quite clear and I can respect the verdict that they ended up giving. Thank you for clarification. Jew (talk) 08:21, 31 August 2016 (PDT)

You're welcome. Best of luck to you in the future. --User Dr. Scaphandre Golden Ghastly Gibus.png Dr. Scaphandre 08:23, 31 August 2016 (PDT)

Thank you. What comes to me practically disappearing from the wiki was because of the military service and the fact that I am currently studying in university, which does not really leave time for translating in the wiki. Jew (talk) 08:29, 31 August 2016 (PDT)

Question: Where do the no votes go?

The last time Wiki Pan was nominated he got 4 no votes. I checked some of the version history, but all I saw was people just changing the number of no votes, I didn't see anyone add any reasons, all I saw was Dr. Scaphandre with his nomination, the Pictogram tick.png Yes, his reason, and then in the table above (below the Nominee Vote Queue subheader), 1 yes and 4 nos. Do no votes not need a reason or something?

I checked out the past nominations and apparently a few had, like, one Pictogram cross.png No with a reason, but that was about it.

Also, just saying, I'm not asking this because I want to "no" Wiki Pan. He seems like a cool dude. Thanks, and sorry if I worded this unclearly. ⇒Leaderboard class spy.png Anyar (talk/contributions/giveaway) 17:10, 1 September 2017 (PDT)

You must distinguish between backing and voting. Everybody is able to write a backer note, which is in no way connected to a vote. In these backer comments you can add positive or negative (Pictogram cross.png No) reasons.
Votes instead are done only by staff members. Each vote comes with a detailed reason that is logged in a staff-only environment. After you've got the Wiki Cap you're free to get access to said discussion/reasons about your nomination. — shots fired by: Nikno {Talk | Contribs} 23:29, 1 September 2017 (PDT)
Ah, I see, only staff can actually add to the vote, other users can just say what they think.
Is this mentioned on the nomination's page, anywhere? If not, could ya add it in? Jboby1 *might*'ve made the same mistake too with the edit being undone by Lagg right after. ⇒Leaderboard class spy.png Anyar (talk/contributions/giveaway) 06:58, 2 September 2017 (PDT)
The mentioned case is known, I thought about protecting the nominee voting queue from normal users. Thanks for the report anyway. — shots fired by: Nikno {Talk | Contribs} 07:11, 2 September 2017 (PDT)

Does it usually take this long?

Wiki Pan's nomination has been up here for months, with 3 "YES" votes, 0 "NO" votes, and a required 5 "YES" votes for the vote to pass. Where's the staff? ⇒Leaderboard class spy.png Anyar (talk/contributions/giveaway) 11:33, 7 October 2017 (PDT)

It already got better. File:User_Nikno_staff_stats.png — shots fired by: Nikno {Talk | Contribs} 22:46, 8 October 2017 (PDT)
I can't make sense of the graph but I'm gonna assume this nomation isn't particularly slow then? ⇒Leaderboard class spy.png Anyar (talk/contributions/giveaway) 07:43, 9 October 2017 (PDT)

Unreasonably slow nomination

Mikado282 has been nominated since late October and has only 3 Yes votes when it is blatantly obvious he is one of the most active and skilled users on the present Wiki. I would highly encourage whoever sees this to give in their vote and not further tarry what should have already been completed because this is ridiculous in my view.--Akolyth (talk) 21:48, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

Side note: I am not biased and have not even communicated with him yet, I just wanted to call attention to this.--Akolyth (talk) 21:53, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

He is still far off beating the record, which is Tark who had to wait an entire year for his. Of course it is still ridiculous, but the mods are really slow and inactive which is understandable when you consider that there isn't enough people on the wiki who can take their place; forcing them to stay at the helm of something they might not even want to do anymore. It's sad and frustrating for a lot of people, but it is what it is. Faghetti V.2 (talk) 11:38, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

I had no idea about Tark's wait. That is crazy. I just thought regular users in Recent Changes would see this and perhaps vote. (Or did I have to be a mod to vote too?) I wonder if there is any way we can invite inactive old mods to come here again. There is a new update after all. And if this all isnt possible shouldn't the process be changed? 5 votes maybe too many in reality these days?--Leaderboard class allclass.png Akolyth (talk) 15:23, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

In reality Mikado only has 1 vote right now. What you were referring to was just the nominations - only mods get to vote on the nominee. As for the system, I think an easier solution would be to get some new mods, but either way something should probably be done, yes. Faghetti V.2 (talk) 15:26, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

I have no idea how a change would occur...TF2 isn't "dying" but I suppose I can understand why people have left for shinier, newer games and things in life. Should I go on the IRC channel or something and discuss this? Or is that place inactive too?--Leaderboard class allclass.png Akolyth (talk) 15:41, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
The IRC is active here and there but we are monitoring it. As for nomination votes, only us staff may vote on them. Overall, getting other staff to put in a hand here and there is difficult as we all have lives. (I'm guilty of this as well). We try to push this as much as we can. Though adding more staff may not solve the issue as people come and go. Ashes (talk) 15:47, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for your response, and I tend to forget people tend to have this foreign concept called "lives" haha. Do you think though that in light of this game's age, where even though we had a recent great update, many seem to think we have past the "golden age" where TF2 garnered so much attention, the nomination process should be reformed so it doesn't take over a year? Now I know it isn't quite comparable because of size difference, but over on Wikipedia such a timespan for a nomination would get a lot of angry responses by users. I just think maybe it could be adapted better to the times. (Also side note: I'm kind of nervous to get on IRC, I don't even know what to talk about there.)--Leaderboard class allclass.png Akolyth (talk) 15:54, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
A rehaul would require some discussion from the staff team and that will likely take awhile. But feedback helps. Ashes (talk) 15:57, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
Um, any updates or plans yet on any changes to the system at all? It's been a while...--Leaderboard class allclass.png Akolyth (talk) 20:30, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
We're working on it still. Getting all the staff members on this isn't exactly easy since again, we are volunteers after all. We also just did a recent purge on some inactive staff. Ashes (talk) 22:03, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
Oh awesome, even though it doesn't really matter I will join IRC chat (soon)... It's good to read this though.--Leaderboard class allclass.png Akolyth (talk) 23:32, 24 April 2018 (UTC)

removing other people's votes

nowhere in the policy does it say that supports must follow a specific guideline, nor that removing other peoples votes is okay. so wtf is this? Naleksuh (talk) 04:16, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

I'm not an expert on this, but I feel like just saying "master of doing stuff no one else wants to do" is not enough to be considered a backing. Killicon flaming huntsman.png VasyaTheWizard (talk) • (contributions) 04:28, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
Dereko thinks the reason you feel unhappy is that you think your vote has been ignored.
But why not just make a better comment again and discuss this with our management crews privately?User Dereko Name.png 04:38, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
1) That wasn't a vote - that was just a backing reason which is used as a reference for staff, 2) Staff reserve the right to remove any unnecessary backings, 3) It clearly states on the nominations page, that users should refrain from adding their name under the Backers field without adding a reason why they feel the user deserves a cap. It also states that "When writing feedback in the Feedback column please give examples with substance" - it is somewhat common sense that if one wish to back a candidate they must give a sufficient reasoning, too. Having a mere reasoning as "Master of doing stuff no one else wants to do" is nothing to work with and even left some staff members confused as to what the candidate's contributions really focused on. It kind of gives the impression that you were merely backing them because you felt like it. However, feel free to re-add your backing, though with a proper reasoning this time. User Wookipan Golden Strawberry.png Wookipan (talk | contribs) 08:26, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
fine, how do i vote then? Naleksuh (talk) 11:07, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
You don't. Moderators and administrators of the Wiki do the voting, you can just add reasons why you think they should receive the Wiki Cap. Killicon flaming huntsman.png VasyaTheWizard (talk) • (contributions) 12:04, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
well sorry to you grampa but my reason wasn't organic Naleksuh (talk) 15:59, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
If you want an example, I am doing demonstations and I did first person festivized variants and no one seemed to want to do those. Even if it isn't shown there, I still appreciate your support.
GrampaSwood (talk) 16:14, 8 September 2019 (UTC)