User talk:Balmung of Azure Sky

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Tom? Aurora? May I have a word with you?

Tom and Aurora

How may I become a Sysop? I'd really appriciate it if you'd reply.


Dear Tim/Sanjuro/Balmung—I'll call you whatever you want to be called—you're not fooling anybody, but that's okay. I suggest we put the earlier craziness behind us and start over. So... welcome to the Homestar Runner wiki! One thing to note is that even regular users are good sources of information. I see that you're interested in becoming a sysop. Becoming an admin, as they're also called, is a good goal to have, but it doesn't happen overnight. Basically, you start out at the bottom of the totem pole, and work your way up. Over time, people will begin to notice your edits; you'll want to make good ones. If you do, gradually a sense of trust will develop between you and the wiki community. In the meantime, fight trolls, add good fun facts, monitor pages for bad edits, help out with the maintenance of the site, learn the ins and outs of the software. Undertake a worthwhile project (but, as I'm sure you noticed today, it's best to get approval before doing so). Then, sometime in the future, the current admins will open the floor for nominations for new sysops, at which time another user can throw your name in the ring. Then, we'll all vote on you. They probably won't nominate new admins for a while, and when they do, maybe you'll be nominated, maybe not. Either way, keep on keepin' on making good edits and building up that trust. It's just that simple! Again, welcome! — It's dot com 02:20, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Um, I appriciate you taking the time to type all that down, and I truly mean that. But there are some things in there that just didn't get through.

Like when you said "monitor pages for bad edits", just what did you mean there?

The White Knight of Fianna 02:28, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Look over to the left side of the page. See Recent changes? Click on it. That will bring up a page that shows all the recent edits to the wiki. Click on one of the diffs. That will show you the difference between the page as it is and as it was. Basically, when you monitor for bad edits, you watch for when users add incorrect or unnecessary information to a page, or when somebody adds vandalism. If you find something that shouldn't be there, you change it back (revert) to the way it was. Does that help? — It's dot com 02:41, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Vandalism? You mean destroyed?

Well on Tom's Talk page I erased chapter 73:Deleters. I don't think that it's reasonable to have that "conversation" there anymore, ya' know? Also I Deleted my comment to Aurora. I got the picture from there. Sanjuro/Balmung 02:50, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

It takes a lot of effort to actually destroy anything around here. But some users, people we call trolls, deface pages by putting nonsense or offensive remarks on them. When they do, however, it's really simple to restore a page to the way that it was. — It's dot com 02:53, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)
P.S. Whenever you write a comment on a talk page, be sure to put four tildes after your comments, like this: ~~~~. That will automatically add your name and the date to your post. — It's dot com

Others' talk pages

A quick note: you can delete old conversations from your talk page if you want to, but please don't delete them from others' talk pages. If they want to leave old comments there, they should have the right to do so. If you do delete them, at best people will consider you rude, and at worst it could be considered vandalism and get you banned. If you put something on someone's talk page and later change your mind about what you said, a good course of action is simply to strike your comments out, like this. I think Tom and Aurora may let it slide this time (we'll see), but I wouldn't do it again. — It's dot com 02:53, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I concur. I'll take off that part of the conversation if you'd like, but it's better to ask before just erasing parts of someone else's talk page. Like It's dot com said, you're free to erase parts of your own talk page if you want. I'm also curious about something: why do you want to become an admin so badly? Most of the sysops' tasks are just routine maintenance stuff. Aurora the Homestar Coder 02:56, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Ok. Got it.

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