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Unless you haven't seen yet, charitwo's sysop was removed by Jen with no summary. I see no reason for this, and have to wonder why. As far as I know, the community members here appreciate Charitwo's work as an admin here. Am I wrong in that?  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  18:32,11/3/2011 

  • There was no reasoning for that as far as I know, except for Jen's apparent attempts to remove his sysop and vstf… 1358 (Talk) 18:37, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
Hey Monchoman45 and others - Charitwo and I, as well as other members of the Community Team staff, have had many conversations (including today) about what being an admin on Central means. Community Central is going through a lot of changes and we're looking at how to provide the absolute best service and help to all community members - new, old and somewhere in between. Charitwo is a dedicated member of the VSTF and we are happy to have him continue to be a part of that team, and the Central community. Jen Burton@Wikia (help forum | blog) 18:48, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
I suppose that means we get no say in it. Surprising </irony> 1358 (Talk) 18:51, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
None of that has anything to do with the point of the forum. You can't simply desysop someone because you feel like it, people will notice and I believe we deserve at the very least a reason other than "stuff changes".  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  19:24,11/3/2011 
It's between Charitwo and the staff. Signature5.pngSignature5Last.png 19:35, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
I find it to be horribly bad practice for staff to remove the rights of a user trusted with administrator privileges on over 300,000 wikis for, quite literally, no reason.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  20:11,11/3/2011 
I think it should have been the staff making this announcement ,instead of just doing it and hoping no one sees it in the logs.I would like to see the reason /a brief statement by staff telling us the exact reason why Charitwo lost his sysop powers --Tama63 20:14, November 3, 2011 (UTC)

(resetting indent) Hey Tama - we didn't have a chance! The forum was made before we were able to post about it. Moncho - I understand you disagree with this decision, but we're not going to go in to the specifics here. I trust people understand that we made the decision based on what we believe is in the best interest of both the active members of Community Central and those who "drive-by" looking for assistance. Jen Burton@Wikia (help forum | blog) 20:28, November 3, 2011 (UTC)

Yes, then staff should annouce it now then. --Ben (Talk) 20:33, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
What i can gather then , the demotion was because of Charitwo's "Public Relations"?--Tama63 20:35, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
No idea what happened, but really need a good reason for demoting someone who has done so much. I know you might think this is between you and him, but a short statement about this is really better then to leave this blank and stir up speculation.
Beside that, a great concern is brought up by Monchoman45 which is not adressed about possible abitrary decisions being made. Those fears need to be adressed or the loyalty of the users involved will deminish as well that it will be looking bad for the company.
As i said before, don't have a clue what happened nor the reasoning, and take this as advice, or simply ignore it, but it's better to adress such an event shortly even tough it might be painfull or bringing bad idea's to the surface. Not adressing it causes more issues usually.

(Reset indent)  Jen the issue being raised here is not so much about Charitwo in particular losing his sysop bit. The issue that our — yours and mine — fellow Wikians are raising is that the method of de-sysoping runs contrary to wiki tradition, custom, and principles. From Wikia’s perspective it was a staffing issue and wanting to ensure the best fit for “customer service”. However, for your fellow Wikians, the method and the manner is foreign to us. It makes us wonder: Is this a future we all might face on our home wikis? Might any of us be next, if traditional wiki de-sysoping processes no longer apply? Thanks! — SpikeToronto 22:13, November 3, 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, Spike - that's a legit question. The answer is no - policies on Central (which are changing) will not affect the policies on your home wikis. As you are aware, staff stays out of local wiki disputes unless there's a situation where the ToU has been violated. Jen Burton@Wikia (help forum | blog) 22:33, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
On central, sysops are promoted in votes, namely Community Central:RfA. And because of that, a demotion should also be voted, unless a bad action is made, in which case it should be reasoned. I won't consider fair the demotion if that's because of an internal or off-wiki (community central) discussion involved by Charitwo and a Wikia Staff. Also, Jen, a very *very* bad action should have been done Charitwo for being demoted without being accompanied with a blog post or forum page. 4 hours and still waiting for a reason. I think JenBurton is abusing her position in Wikia as a Staff member to do things that should be left to other groups. --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 22:19, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
Actually, sysops aren't voted on here. Since Wikia can appoint sysops as they please, I don't see why they shouldn't be able to remove them the same way tbh. ajr 22:21, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
Ciencia. the RfA process on Central is gone. All central admins are chosen by staff now and are demoted by staff.--GodPray  22:23,11/3/2011 
Ciencia - the previous promotions of admins on Central may have been done via RfA, but that will no longer be the case. Because Central is Wikia's communications hub and our chief support center, it's more important than ever that the people who are given the privilege of access to admin tools and responsibilities be chosen by staff as the best people for the job. I am not "abusing my position" as staff - Community Central is literally one of my top responsibilities here at Wikia and the decision was not taken lightly, made in haste, nor done on my own. Jen Burton@Wikia (help forum | blog) 22:33, November 3, 2011 (UTC)

Regardless of opinion, there could be something that we don't know about that isn't our business. I'm sure Jen has good intentions and has a reason for certain actions. —Technology Wizard ·Contribs· ~Talk~ ·E-Mail·  22:44, 11/3/2011 

The fact is that Jen doesn't want to share her reasons. Just an extension of the lack of transparency of several wikia actions. The forum wouldn't had been created in the first place if a valid reason were made for the demotion, and Jen is still replying to this forum and not giving the reasoning. --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 22:47, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
Yes I know and I would agree, but you have to consider that it could be a private reason that shouldn't be discussed among the whole community. However I definitely can see where you are coming from. —Technology Wizard ·Contribs· ~Talk~ ·E-Mail·  22:50, 11/3/2011 
When an administrator or community leader of a community is removed from his position, the community is entitled to know all of the reasoning behind the decision. Hiding the reasoning only encourages members of the community to assume there was insufficient/invalid reasoning (possibly a reason why this forum was made), and hence it is not being presented. I'm not saying that's the case, but the point still stands. --Callofduty4 22:56, November 3, 2011 (UTC)
True. But there is still the possibility where this rule may not apply in this case. I mean how do/don' we know that it is very private to the point where it can't be shared. I mean that point is still a possibility. —Technology Wizard ·Contribs· ~Talk~ ·E-Mail·  23:01, 11/3/2011 

I remember being equally confused when Godisme was given sysop without any fanfare or announcement. Similarly, the appointment of chatmods on community seems to be a closed process. Perhaps I'm just out of the loop. Ironically, here on community the community doesn't really get a say in the sysop positions.

I find it a little strange that this place is described as "Wikia's...chief support center". Most technical support requests are answered by non-staff members of the community, and often staff's response is "ask on the forums, the people there will help you out". The staff rely pretty heavily on the "power user"-base to maintain this as a chief support centre, which could be reflected a little more in the decisions about the wiki--Category:Acer4666 10:03, November 4, 2011 (UTC)

And to that end, desysoping charitwo doesn't prevent him from leaving comments like this. I fail to see how anyone gains anything from this. I know Jen has on multiple occasions lectured charitwo about being "nicer" and on how he does his job. Watching this unfold, I'm starting to believe that Jen did act alone and that this was more or less a personal attack. I also fail to see how someone with 3 months of limited experience with Wikia is qualified to judge the actions of someone with over 4 years of extensive work in countervandalism and wiki administration. Charitwo is quite literally the single most trusted user who doesn't get a pay check - he has more access than even the other VSTF. From the discussion, it appears to me that there is no reason why Charitwo was desysoped - his right were removed simply because someone didn't like him. Unless someone can give me evidence to show otherwise, this appears to be the logical conclusion that can be drawn from this conversation.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  11:23,11/4/2011 
Why don't you ask Charitwo for the reason, if you're interested in it? Per Urbancowgurl777, this is between Charitwo and the Staff. Seeing how Community Central is not just another wiki, I don't think the usual promote/demote rules apply here. Sovq 11:22, November 4, 2011 (UTC)
Such a drastic action, especially one that affects the entire community, should not be done in private. Unless the reason is obviously invalid, Jen has nothing to lose by posting it publicly, and everything to gain.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  11:35,11/4/2011 
Since we don't know the reason, perhaps calling it "drastic" is a bit much? Did you consider that maybe both sides agreed that this would be the best course of action and that the reasons for this decision would not be stated publicly? Sovq 11:44, November 4, 2011 (UTC)
In such a case, I would expect Charitwo to remove his own rights, as that would indicate that it was (at least in part) his decision.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  11:58,11/4/2011 


{C (Reset indent)  It was not my own decision, not did I agree with any aspect of it. I was told it was "staff consensus" more or less during a community team meeting and that the comment that Monchoman linked above was described by Jen as:

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"rude and dismissive - and, frankly, unacceptable" and "I remain unconvinced that you have the demeanor and social skills we need and want our central admins to possess."

However, my experience with Jen, our one-sided "Discussions", and an unofficial skype chat while i was asleep with friends on the inside led me to believe it was all her idea, regardless of whether or not she pushed the team to make their "decision". And just so staff don't think I'm making all this up, Meighan and Trella want more females as CC Admins and a breakdown of the current "admin vibe" :)

I highly doubt I'll ever be put back in the position as CC Admin, especially with what some of the current staff want. Although, I would like to see some more fair and unbiased treatment in the future. Current central regulars feel they have to self-moderate while Jen is present because they also fear losing their rights here and/or elsewhere. The fact that this forum even exists just makes me feel that I'm not alone in that my desysopping was rash, untimely, and without clear public reason which goes against the community principles wikis were founded on. --CharitwoTalk 16:13, November 4, 2011 (UTC)


I wanted to add another staff voice here, firstly to say that this was not Jen's decision alone. This was close to happening several times before Jen joined us (as Charitwo knows from our long discussions over the years) and I and others support this decision.

It's been general practice on this wiki for a while not to discuss blocks with anyone uninvolved. I'm sure you can find examples in Charitwo's contributions of him telling various people this. The choice not to discuss the details of this change was similar - it's between staff and Charitwo, and we prefer not to discuss it outside of that. Obviously we still trusted him and respect the skills he has for his VSTF work, or we would have removed those rights too (remember, this was a social change, not a practical one in his case - he still had the same rights, but was asked to only use them as VSTF and not as wiki admin).

Sadly, his latest comments have meant he has lost that trust, and this is something we need to address publicly. He has taken private comments from an internal wiki, and put them on this forum. I recognize that he is not the only one at fault here (obviously those comments were passed on to him by someone else) but we cannot trust someone involved in that breach of privacy. Because of this, Charitwo will also be leaving the VSTF.

I'm sorry this has escalated in this way -- sannse WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 17:55, November 4, 2011 (UTC)

All I have to say at this point is you're shooting yourself in the foot. I hope corporate understands what they've done here.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  17:58,11/4/2011 

What I don't understand is how his apparent loss of trust affects his ability to maintain wikis and keep them vandalism-free. I think this is highly preemptive - he is yet to abuse the VSTF tools, so why is he suddenly deemed untrustworthy of holding tools that taking private comments from an "internal wiki" (this proves that details were being kept from the community regarding the initial demotion) have nothing to do with? Maybe there's something I'm missing, or I'm just so blind that I cannot see through this. --Callofduty4 18:16, November 4, 2011 (UTC)

My bet is that you (Sannse) will retract that post and that decision.
I'm not a fan of Charitwo but the fact is that the man has years of work done and experience accumulated and that you (wikia) now has to get someone to do this sort of work or the whole wikia will be infested with spammers and the like.
It's also very amusing to see how this whole forum standards versus wiki standards work. I bet that if this was built as a real forum people wouldn't have pulled that "standard practice in wikis is..." talk.
But then again... You (wikia) consider this community something owned 100% by you even though you contribute absolutely nothing, the big burden is upon us. At the very least you should have set it up separate from your centralized thing.
I'll take this opportunity to say Good Bye.
 Nidek   (Talk)  309 edits made  18:35, November 4, 2011 (UTC)
What a mistake to do that. Talking of decisions not being "made in haste" - took a whole 1 hour 40 mins to make that one. Very much an overreaction, doesn't ease anyone's fears that there's an agenda here--Category:Acer4666 20:20, November 4, 2011 (UTC)
Wow, yust wow. This clearly has evolved rapidly into a power struggle/ clash of cultures where the new person (with more power and clear views on a different style/ way of doing things) has removed the old person(s), due to conflicts of interests (and perhaps lack of proper communication/ preparation for the transition).
I feel saddened to see this happening. This so clearly is a new boss demanding a new way and removing those not bending along. What has been done cannot be undone however.
I am sure it will affect the mood on the forum for the time to come, and is likely to take down quite a number of contributors in it's wake, especially since the community demanded explenations and gets something bad presented towards them.
I am only a bystander, but as written above here by another user, the agenda involved makes tensions rise.

(Reset indent)  Removing my VSTF rights for an issue unrelated to the VSTF or VSTF tools without discussion or notice is quite unfortunate. It is not my fault that Wikia cannot keep their internal wiki secure, not that I really leaked anything at all. Just a couple of opinions by Trella and Meighan on wanting some "female prowess" on the central admin team (big surprise girls wanting girl admins) and that Wikia was wanting to shake things up a bit (we already knew that part) both of these bits were discovered by me. I do not nor ever had access to internal, just to clear that up. Nor was I ever subject to non-disclosure. Again, nothing proprietary was mentioned here anyway.

I've been at Wikia for four years and two months and to see it happen like this with zero regard by Wikia is a slap in the face. I've never held any ill will towards the staff (sans Jenburton) or towards the company. I've always had reservations towards certain changes and decisions but I just bit my tongue and worked with everything the best I could. I've stuck around through thick and thin, during wiki forks, angry blogs, several big changes. They cannot sit here and say that I betrayed anyone. They certainly didn't waste any time removing my access (sloppily and unfinished at that) and it's a shame I won't be able to contribute to keeping this place clean like I always wanted to.

I'll admit I've never been the most "PC" guy around here but I always work hard and I know the site inside and out. It does not surprise me that there is a huge forum against my removal of rights and that so many users are against how everything is being handled (regardless of the outcome). A big thanks to those community members that still believe in me. I appreciate it. --CharitwoTalk 04:31, November 5, 2011 (UTC)

Giving that the VSTF is doing their job without any reward, and subject to any demotion for a completely unrelated issue, if I were a VSTF member I would resign from my position and let all those girl staff members to do the job of finding and cleaning up spam and vandalism all over Wikia. Charitwo, you have all my support on this. And Sannse, with all the years you have here I would expect more from you than just following the current trending of the new staff bloggers --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 09:42, November 5, 2011 (UTC)
I would like to simply point out that Jenburton is technically Sannse's boss. Take that as you want to.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  12:57,11/5/2011 
I haven't been a huge fan of how Charitwo moderates. But seeing how was willing to work on his mistakes in the discussions on the new IRC channel and the amount of people coming to his defence, which is certainly more than I'd expect to receive if it was me, I think there may be more to Charitwo than I thought.
I don't know Jen very well or exactly what went on in the previous discussions staff had had with Charitwo about his behaviour, so I apologise if I say anything inaccurate.
Since even before these demotions, Charitwo and Jen have often struck me as similar people. (Although they do clearly have opposite views on many things.) They both haven't been shy about telling off people who they believe are behaving inappropriately, not always taking the feelings of the user into account. (That's something we've probably all been guilty of at some point.) At least by my understanding, Charitwo has in the past has been preoccupied with wanting to ban users he found disruptive, when other obstacles have held him back. If what we've been told about Jen's insistence on removing Charitwo's sysop is true, it sounds similar to his insistence on banning those users.
I can understand what makes both of you want to do those actions. I believe both of you were doing what you felt was best for the community and I respect that. If people are being disruptive, discouraging or rude. You are right, it is a problem and something should be done about it. Good communication and bad communication can be the difference between earning their co-operation and making things worse. For someone who's not on Wikia specifically to cause trouble, being told "Your behaviour is unacceptable. Now stop." is hurtful, even if they are being wrong and can make them resentful. For Charitwo this has resulted in other users hating him and resorting to trolling him and Wikia. For Jen it has resulted in this. I think these results could have been avoided and both parties best interests kept intact. Listening to each others' concerns and trying not to take the "do as I say" attitude. In Charitwo's case, even showing a bit more patience. I don't know if the talks with Charitwo about his behaviour went this way or not.
As someone who probably would have been glad to see Charitwo lose his userrights had this happened sooner, I'm willing to give him another chance. I hope Jen and the other staff can do the same and users who have turned against Jen can give her another chance too. At most would it be possible for his VSTF to be restored and his behaviour over the next few months be assessed to determine if he should be given his central adminship back? -- Deltaneos (talk) 20:44, November 5, 2011 (UTC)

This way that the staff don't appreciate just how much Charitwo contributes t Wikia and the abuse he has had to put up with to help enforce the rules, without their pay, yeah this is a sad day for the actual Wikia community!! SunXia (Chat) 23:58, November 5, 2011 (UTC)

My input on Charitwo's sysop state

From what I have seen in Charitwo's experience as a VSTF, he has several times lost his temper towards admins on wikis for reasons of the long past, such as his latest actions on both SmashWikis. Notably, on the SmashWiki in the past he was notorious for holding an elitism as an administrator, and when he was criticized he showed deep contempt towards the community. Such behavior is not the kind I would like to see in a VSTF. Several times he has been extremely unhelpful in some cases, once even reverting my vandalism reverts simply because they appeared on an IRC vandalism monitering channel. In another case, he overstepped his powers and literally censored a revision for linking to the other SmashWiki, despite the fact that there had been established consensus on that wiki that talk page content would not be removed like that. In addition, on other wikis, I have heard of him being especially unhelpful in solving IRC disputes on Wikitroid.

Links: Charitwo censors a comment despite it being relatively harmless and it could have been dealt with by other means than this

Charitwo reverting an anti-vandalism edit of mine

Upon politely confronting him on the talk page, Charitwo responds quite rudely.

Summary of Charitwo abusing his powers on the SmashWikia

A display of Charitwo's poor handling on the NIWA SmashWiki

Mr. Anon 00:50, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

Well first off, I have no involvement with other wikis IRC channels and my desire to keep my name out of google searches for wikis not associated with Wikia is my business, not yours. The Wikia links you provided are me doing my job as VSTF, if you have a problem with it you were free to contact staff at the time and I would gladly not touched your wiki at all. Sorry, but that's just how it works. --CharitwoTalk 01:07, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
I had made a mistake on the IRC thing; according to my source, the said incident was on the VSTF IRC channel. Your "desire" conflicted with the NIWA SmashWiki's clear policies, and you got yourself into attrocious edit wars with other users, once saying "I stepped down from being an admin because of people like you". Such a statement clearly shows a level of elitism. I would like to point out that you have played the "I once was an admin but I stepped down" card several times, one of them being in a link I provided, which you dismiss as "doing your job". I didn't complain then because I was an IP at the time and did not know or care much about these issues. However, I have since learned more about your past on the SmashWikia (see one of the links I put up). As for the censorship issue, I did not complain because at the time Wikia staff had a heavy crackdown on users who linked to the NIWA SmashWiki, and, knowing your history, I was afraid of being blocked. Again, I don't have a problem with the Wikia staff, nor do I have a problem anymore with blocking users for repeatedly putting up links despite warnings, but I DO have a problem with censoring material that is not explicitly inappropriate. Read thoroughly what I pointed out, and tell me whether "that's just how it works". I respect Wikia staff, but I do not respect users who abuse their powers, and respond to criticism by making that kind of statement. If this kind of behavior is the type Charitwo displays on other wikis, then I am certainly opposed to him returning as a VSTF. Mr. Anon 01:19, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
If you had a clear understanding of Wikia's "crackdown" on users linking to the forked wiki you would have known that it was also me doing my job and not have brought it up here. Also the reversion of "vandalism" of a misplaced "Smasher" article on a user talk page was a mistake and nothing otherwise. To claim we are to be 100% precise and perfect in everything we do isn't feasible.
The forked wikis policies were completely foreign to me as here on Wikia it is generally accepted that removing or moving a conversation from a talk page is a form of acknowledgement and that the revisions are fully accessible through the history. It was my desire to keep that wiki from showing up on google through my name, your community thought otherwise and were taken aback by my attempts to loophole your policy through use of __NOINDEX__ to prevent crawling but retain the page per policy which was not in violation. --CharitwoTalk 01:27, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
"If you had a clear understanding of Wikia's "crackdown" on users linking to the forked wiki you would have known that it was also me doing my job and not have brought it up here. "
Did you read my post? "I don't have a problem with the Wikia staff, nor do I have a problem anymore with blocking users for repeatedly putting up links despite warnings, but I DO have a problem with censoring material that is not explicitly inappropriate." DaNASCAT blocked a few users for putting up links to the NIWA wiki. He NEVER actually censored harmless edit descriptions like that.
"Also the reversion of "vandalism" of a misplaced "Smasher" article on a user talk page was a mistake and nothing otherwise. To claim we are to be 100% precise and perfect in everything we do isn't feasible."
Again, do you read my posts? My main problem was not with you getting in my way there, but your response on your talk page after I notified you about your mistake.
"The forked wikis policies were completely foreign to me as here on Wikia it is generally accepted that removing or moving a conversation from a talk page is a form of acknowledgement and that the revisions are fully accessible through the history. It was my desire to keep that wiki from showing up on google through my name, your community thought otherwise and were taken aback by my attempts to loophole your policy through use of __NOINDEX__ to prevent crawling but retain the page per policy which was not in violation."
I don't care whether you had concerns about Google results or whatever (though that essentially is a form of sabotaging our wiki...), but you should have backed down after being reverted by members of our community. Edit warring is just as "generally accepted" as being a no-no on wikis, and you violated it. Users have been blocked on Wikia wikis for far less than your actions there. Mr. Anon 01:41, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
As far as I remember the edit summary was the auto-summary containing the link to the wiki, if it was something else I really can't recall that far back and inadvertently hid something I shouldn't have. Bringing that revision hiding up here is minor and petty and picking at straws.
That talk page reply is just sentiment thinking locally as someone from a local community standpoint, and not an "official" response/reply from a volunteer. I hated the merge and that's why I ended up leaving. There is no changing that sentiment. Sorry.
Then why wasn't I blocked? Please stop bringing up non-Wikia issues here. --CharitwoTalk 01:48, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
The censorship issue was an example of poor handling of powers. Again, I am basing my evaluation based on your actions on SmashWikia, and that was one of the more recent ones.
My point was to show that you have poor handling with local sysops of wikis, based on the way you reacted to PenguinofDeath. In addition, I pointed out a summary by the user Shadowcrest demonstrating your levels of abuse of power in the past. While the past is the past, your statements here ("I was doing my job") indicate that you have no regret of your actions there.
I brought up the NIWA SmashWiki issue to demonstrate your poor ability to handle yourself with wiki communities. It doesn't matter whether it was on Wikia or not; if you think it is OK to handle yourself poorly on a wiki just because it isn't part of your Wiki farm to me demonstrates poor handling of disputes in general. In addition, that was one of your more recent actions on wikis that I am part of, and you demonstrated that you still resort to elitist statements like "I was once an admin but I stepped down because of people like you". Mr. Anon 01:56, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
It was not a poor handling of powers. If the summary contained the link, it was intended to be hidden.
I do not regret my leaving of SmashWiki or my sentiment of it.
It's not elitist, I simply refused to administrate a wiki that had such a community. It was not something I wanted to be a part of. --CharitwoTalk 02:00, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
The edit summary did not contain a link to a harmful site, and if you had a serious problem with the IP who made the comment, you should have simply blocked it (or better yet, warned it first).
A VSTF is supposed to have good communication with Wiki communities. You may disagree with actions of the community, but I expect you to handle yourself well in disputes like that. You chose to help out the wiki by trying to revert vandalism, so expect people to treat you as a user. Saying "I'm no longer part of this wiki", and then editing it displays poor handling to me.
We didn't ask you to come back as an admin. You should have accepted our policies and backed down after we told you that you were violating them. Instead you got into edit wars, actions that would have got you blocked here. Mr. Anon 02:05, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
Okay, then I inadvertently ticked the wrong radial button meaning to hide the revision itself and not the summary. As I said, I don't remember what it said and obviously I can't check it for myself anymore. I don't understand why this is an issue. And the IP was dealt with as far as I remember.
I recused myself for a reason. The issue is done.
I never mentioned wanting to be an admin again, what are you talking about? If you want to do something about it, block me. Stop bringing up the issue here it is petty. Deal with it and move on. --CharitwoTalk 02:11, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

(Reset indent) To put an end to this, Mr. Anon, Charitwo is merely human (though I sometimes have my doubts). He made a mistake, he admitted to making a mistake and has apologized. Please move on now, this is no longer a productive line of discussion.--GodPray  02:18,11/6/2011 

I don't think you realize why I am bringing this up. I see your actions on the SmashWikis, particularly your recent actions on the NIWA SmashWiki, as reflections on your ability to handle yourself in disputes, and thus based on these observations I cannot trust you as a VSTF. Mr. Anon 02:22, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
Okay then. --CharitwoTalk 02:24, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

(Reset indent) It sounds like there's a lot of grudge on Mr. Anon's part going on here. --Callofduty4 03:32, November 6, 2011 (UTC)

Actually I'd like to step in. Charitwo is not the friendliest person around, definitely. Please, please take a look here. Just look at the way he is very rude and aggressive to people while they ask questions and for help in good faith. If anyone holds a grudge, it's him. Also, I am actually glad he isn't sysop here. He abused his power by blocking me for 2 weeks for "edit warring and spamming" when I never spammed anything (I left to different messages on 2 different people's talk pages (The wording was very different)) and I undid someone's edit for removing one of my messages. All I have to say is that I don't like his attitude and behavior and honestly, I just don't trust him at this point. —Technology Wizard ·Contribs· ~Talk~ ·E-Mail·  03:41, 11/6/2011 
You are implying that Charitwo was not trying to help out in good faith himself in the situation in the link you posted. I am also not convinced by your self-example of Charitwo holding a grudge - one link with an argument between 4 different users is inconclusive of the claim that Charitwo holds grudges. --Callofduty4 03:52, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
I forgot to mention that Chaitwo holds a grudge against Ajraddatz as you can see in that link. I asked Charitwo about the story, but he didn't want to share, all I can say is that his behavior in that link shows that he is rude to others because of personal issues with them. —Technology Wizard ·Contribs· ~Talk~ ·E-Mail·  04:03, 11/6/2011 
Why can't it be the other way around? Not saying it is or it isn't, but why are you instantly dashing to the conclusion that it is automatically Charitwo who is the grudge holder here? --Callofduty4 04:09, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
My 2 cents: Mr Anon, you are jumping to conclusions REAL quickly. Removing a page content without giving a reason in the summery for why you do it results on some wiki's in a perma ban when done without being logged in. I have seen it happen on a few spots recently.
You beside that decline to take into account reasons Charitwo brings up which are viable for not wanting to show up in search results from search engines. I know that people who are doing a lot can take a lot of criticism, but give him a slack. It's not pretty how the people on that wiki have been dealing with Charitwo as well (editing his signature (truely a no-no unless you are asking first/ have been asked), starting editing wars on his talk page, and more). He still is a volunteer as you are as well. Appreciate the effort he makes to help, and be nice if he makes mistakes.
I'm going to clarify my example on the NIWA SmashWiki; we had reached a compromise, where he used mediawiki code to prevent his page from reaching Google search results (the user who reverted him initially on that was a new user who was not aware of the intentions). However, he first started by placing a deletion tag on his user talk page, and after being notified that such an action was against the rules, he replied "Guess what? You're not an admin, I used to be an admin. Buzz off :)" Such a statement suggests that Charitwo views being an administrator as a throne above the rules, rather than a privilege to help maintain the wiki. I rest my case. Mr. Anon 17:12, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
Those are his actions off Wikia --Tama63 17:36, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
Your point fell down as soon as you used an off-Wikia site as a determining factor of his behaviour on-Wikia. --Callofduty4 17:45, November 6, 2011 (UTC)
Well, part of the off-wikia thing was his statement that displayed his attitude towards being an administrator, but I mainly used it to confirm that he has not changed his attitudes that he reflected on wikia, as I had shown as well. I brought up his actions on the NIWA SmashWiki because I did not want to make it seem like I was judging him based on actions in the past. And if Charitwo feels that he should not be expected to behave properly simply because the wiki he is on is not on Wikia, then that also reflects poorly on my judgement of him. Mr. Anon 01:17, November 7, 2011 (UTC)
Also, I am not going to spend my time here debating with Charitwo and his supporters (I was asked by an administrator here to stop, so I can't even if I wanted to). However, I will clarify my points if someone asks it. Remember, this is supposed to be my input on Charitwo, so I would ask his supporters not to try to cause a debate here by saying stuff like "you're wrong, Charitwo is a good user", though I will clarify my points if someone requests me to. Mr. Anon 01:35, November 7, 2011 (UTC)

Everyone, this is definitely not the place to argue whether various past decisions or actions of Charitwo's were right or wrong. This is the sort of thing we tried to avoid by discussing the reasons for removing admin rights with Charitwo directly, rather than publically. On any wiki, creating a healthy environment always includes banning or otherwise moderating some people, which will always generate some unhappyness - there's no expectation that any admin will be approved of by everyone. So I don't think it's helpful to look at individual incidents, especially as any shown to staff would have been assessed and (where needed) discussed directly already. Let's move on from this please. (Note: There are likely other points above that need addressing, we'll look when we are back in the office, I just wanted to quickly ask for a move away from the current direction of the discussion) -- sannse WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 03:05, November 7, 2011 (UTC)

My appologies, Sannse. However, if you do have in mind a better place for reporting negative feedback about VSTF, please say so, as VSTF should not be immune to criticism, and surely they have the ability to go much farther than simply "upsetting users because of a block". Mr. Anon 04:24, November 7, 2011 (UTC)
The best way to reach staff with confidential feedback is Special:Contact. Those requests do not go to VSTF. --Dopp WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 19:52, November 7, 2011 (UTC)
I still keep having the feeling that your 'direct talk' isn't the best way to deal with this situation.
Actually i do have the feeling that you should have openly discussed the reason of demotion AFTER you informed and/ or discussed it with ChariTwo and BEFORE you actually where going to do it.
Still there is a lot of vagueness around this and you still fail to adress the main issues brought up here.
I keep persisting because i want to know. I don't accept 'we discussed it in private' when it's about a public figure doing a lot of work and getting taken off all possible roles in less then 48 hours after years and years of work. That really is not dealt with correctly and i am AGAIN, requesting a statement from wikia staff about reasons, and perhaps even a bit of insight on the path length it took to get to this point.
It remains very uncomfortable that you ignore those issues and choose not to adress them in any form or way. If press would be involved it would have gone way out of control because of lack of communication.
Press in this case is nothing more then a group of people being represented by a journalist who is a little better at digging into matters.
Please do adress the issues brought up here.


Comment

Charitwo may be blunt and "unfriendly", but I have seen abusive sysops; and believe me, he does not fit that mold. He has four years of excellent service to Wikia, and should not have lost his VSTF rights merely because he publicly disagreed with the staff. I propose that his VSTF status be reassesed for this reason. -- Echmann1174 (talk) 05:05, November 8, 2011 (UTC)

I think this forum should be officially closed and any other questions or concerns should be taken to the appropriate place. —Technology Wizard ·Contribs· ~Talk~ ·E-Mail·  00:04, 11/9/2011 

That is not your decision, and you should not tell users to go to Special:Contact when this forum has not been closed yet by staff. --00:18, November 9, 2011 (UTC)
I have the right to say what I feel should be done. I never said it was my decision, so where you got that from is a mystery to me. —Technology Wizard ·Contribs· ~Talk~ ·E-Mail·  02:31, 11/9/2011 
Agree with Echmann. He needs to get VSTF rights back, he only did good with them and removing them is indirectly harming wikis which may need his help, which he can no longer provide. --Callofduty4 00:51, November 9, 2011 (UTC)

We really are in a Catch 22 position here. I do not want to criticize Charitwo's style publicly or go in to a case by case discussion of complaints, actions, and attempted remedies. I have had discussions with Charitwo many times over the last few years (and Jen has more recently) so this is not in any way a sudden change. But a public discussion of details is not fair to him, and totally pointless in terms of changing what happened.

Charitwo's actions and contributions as an admin on this wiki are fully visible, and you are able to look at every reply and decision he made. And then you can ask yourself "was it the right tone? Was it gentle and welcoming? Did it respect each person he talked to, however new and inexperienced they were? Is it the type of interaction that we should strive for as a community?" And while you are at it, please look at mine too.... I slip up, I use over harsh words, or act too quickly and regret it... saying that Charitwo's style isn't right for this wiki is in no way saying that anyone else here is perfect or that his style is not right in another role. As I said above, we did not initially want to remove his VSTF rights, he was very good at that role (although, as I suggested above, we did get complaints about his actions there at times)

The VSTF situation is different from the admin one. In that case, it was about loss of trust, and most certainly not "because he disagreed with staff". The VSTF have a lot of access to powerful tools and to private information. They can see IPs, which are usually anonymous, but can potentially show a home town or even an individual’s school. They also have extra access to staff – for example, they all have my direct phone number for emergencies. Charitwo was involved in taking private conversations from a restricted wiki and making them public. He wasn't the only one involved, and he (unlike the person who gave him the text) hadn't signed a legal confidentiality agreement. But I don't think that anyone on the Community Team can feel comfortable with someone who would take even the most innocuous of our private conversations and paste them on wikis and IRC. -- sannse WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 18:07, November 9, 2011 (UTC)

Ok, fair enough. However, I believe many of us would like to hear from Jenburton herself as to why she was pushing to desysop Charitwo in the first place. We at least deserve that. -- Echmann1174 (talk) 23:14, November 9, 2011 (UTC)
Echmann1174 - the fact that these conversations had been going on for long before I joined has been well established. Being the leader of this team simply means I made the decision at this time - if I weren't here it would have been Sannse or whomever would be leading the team. As Sannse mentions above, the longstanding difficulties with Charitwo centered around his tone and style. And, as I mentioned way at the top of this thread, "we're looking at how to provide the absolute best service and help to all community members..." Jen Burton@Wikia (help forum | blog) 23:45, November 9, 2011 (UTC)
The best service does not generally include deploying poorly tested software and forcing non-optional changes on the community. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 9 Nov 2011 5:37 PM Pacific
Fandyllic, I don't think that's totally fair. Unless I'm gravely mistaken, the Community Team's job isn't really to do with writing software and doing product development... ;) The 888th Avatar (talk) 09:50, November 10, 2011 (UTC)
I do hope that both Jen Burton and Sannse would like to take notice out of this situation that ignoring it and not disclosing a short summary on the points at hand when it comes to a publicly known person on a wiki with such drastic measures, even tough they might have come to a boiling point for quite some time, is needed.
The summary which was provided by Sannse was very late, unneccesary to have to be forced out of staff by various blogs and many comments and have given a bad impression on the wikia staff overall.
A wildfire spreading around not being tended to for such a time is also something which could have had long lasting effects.
Because most of us do not know you from reallife and have only little information on your overall performance, way of acting and policy on handling such situations, being clear, open and briefly disclosing a bit of background would have proven sufficient to cool down this situation without further damage to Wikia inc. or loyalty from members contributing here. Hence, you could have kept the loyalty from Charitwo intact if you would have been more open and would have perhaps even gotten a boost in loyalty from various members if you would have acted differently.
I also do think this way of acting has been something which has been a problem from the past, since the skin change also involved a widespread wildfire with a large movement against it, the message wall involved a very clear strong force which did not want that change to be forced upon the community and the concerns about more options being added without it being optional and being (very) drastic is not (very well) adressed either.
Beside that, i think the admin page where it is stated that Charitwo has resigned by himself is not true. Also i believe that your actions are proven to be inconsistant and you haven't been thinking them through very well. There still are quite a few errors you, Sannse have made in this process which currently are not corrected. If you do believe that the trust is gone, i would recommend you to be carefully going through the process of steps you have taken towards Charitwo. If you need to take additional steps there is up to you. A bit cryptic perhaps, mainly because i do not want to hurt anyone their interests.
I don't think any of this is productive anymore, unfortunately Wikia has made it clear that they have no intention of restoring my VSTF rights despite the discussion here. Thanks for the support from those who commented here. --CharitwoTalk 22:14, November 10, 2011 (UTC)
More free time for you. I'd consider that a good thing.

 Nidek   (Talk)  309 edits made 

Not surprised

Wow, I missed some major drama. Even though I've never been Charitwo's biggest fan (as some of you know), very few people have worked so hard for Wikia and yet deserved better treatment. From what I can tell, Wikia is working hard on their PR, but not doing a great job of it. They consistently underestimate and discourage much of the admin and power-user base. For some reason Wikia staff think they can make changes "under the radar" that somehow we'll just accept over time and forget their disregard without repercussion.

From what I can tell, Wikia has little loyalty to those who have helped them alot, unless they were generally uncritical of Wikia. It makes it very hard to continue to want to serve as their unpaid workforce and support group.

I just hope some of these changes and methods won't accelerate and become more insensitive with the recent regime change. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 9 Nov 2011 5:37 PM Pacific

"Hard work" does not make up for clear abuses. I'm not a fan of Wikia, but if according to Sannse, he violated privacy issues (on top of the clear communication problems with communities), he should not be a VSTF. Mr. Anon 01:22, November 10, 2011 (UTC)
I've noticed that Wikia staff sometimes confuses honesty with "communication problems". We'll see if their decision making process serves them in the long run. Maybe they're "too big to fail?" -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 11 Nov 2011 2:40 PM Pacific
The most hilarious part of this mess is that wikia does an even worse PR job than Charitwo. How is that for irony!?
If you are going to kick people out you probably should start from within.

 Nidek   (Talk)  309 edits made 

If this is actually a gender battle as stated above I'd like to point out that this at the height of stupidty. No gender should be superior to another. Ivo09~I did it for the lulz.~ 04:11, November 11, 2011 (UTC)

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