Patrollers are trusted users granted the custodian and rollback tool to keep the wiki free of any vandalism and who can mark newly created pages on Special:NewPages as patrolled. Patrollers are trusted to not add inappropriate material to Apexpedia, and make a lot of new pages that do not require patrolling. Only bureaucrats are able to grant their custodial rights. If they create a new page, it will automatically be marked as patrolled.
Becoming a patroller
Apexpedia has no official requirements to becoming a patroller. Anyone can apply regardless of their experience. Patrollers are expected to have the trust and confidence of the community, however, requests from users who do not have considerable experience are typically not approved.
Before requesting or accepting a nomination, candidates should generally be active and a regular Apexpedia contributor for a few months, be familiar with the procedures and practices of the wiki, respect and understand its policies, and have gained the general trust of the community.
Patroller Abilities and Obligations
- Watching the recent activity and checking edits for vandalism. Always post the reason of a revert-ion on the talk page of a user whose edits have been rollbacked; even IP addresses should be notified.
- Reporting vandalism to the notice board or notifying an admin on their talk page. In the event that an admin is unable to block a vandal, place a warning on the vandal's talk page. This may discourage further vandalism.
- Scout out the Special:NewPages for recently made articles that may not meet our style and formatting guidelines. Articles found here can be marked as patrolled, by scrolling to the bottom of the article and clicking [Mark this page as patrolled]. This link only appears if the page is opened through Special:NewPages. Before marking a page as patrolled, ensure it contains an infobox, wikilinks, and appropriate categories. Flag the page as a stub or as needing attention wherever applicable.
- Maintain an overall mature and friendly demeanor when interacting with other editors.
- Practice diplomacy when users make mistakes.
- Pointing new users to policies and guidelines when necessary.
Retaining the patroller title
- Patrollers who have not edited in exactly 30 days are considered semi-active, and will be moved to the semi-active list, until they prove they have made a steady return.
- Patrollers who have gone "rogue" and turned into obvious vandals will have their rights removed automatically. They can petition to have it returned on the consensus track form.
- Patrollers will not lose their rollback tool if marked as inactive, although the "purple" coloration of their name and their "custodial" tools of page patrolling and file renaming are indefinitely revoked. To request that a user be relieved of their rollback tool due to abuse, please petition on the consensus track form.
Procedural removal for inactive patrollers
Patroller accounts which have made no edits or custodial actions for at least 6 months may have their rights removed. This action may or may not be permanent, or be construed as a reflection on the user's use of, or rights to, the patroller tools. The patroller must be contacted on their user talk page and via e-mail (if possible) one month before the request for removing their rights and again several days before the action goes into effect. Removing user rights on grounds of inactivity should be handled by bureaucrats. The summary in the user rights log should make it clear that the action is purely procedural.
Patrollers are accountable for their actions involving patroller tools, and unexplained patroller actions can demoralize other editors who lack such tools. Subject only to the bounds of civility, avoiding personal attacks, and reasonable good faith, editors are free to question or to criticize actions of a patroller. As such patrollers are expected to respond promptly and civilly to queries about their Apexpedia-related conduct and their actions and to justify them when needed.
Patrollers who seriously, or repeatedly, act in a problematic manner or have lost the trust or confidence of the community may be sanctioned or have their access removed. The following is a reference for such cases:
- "Bad faith" patrollers (sock puppetry, gross breach of trust, etc.)
- Breach of basic policies (attacks, civility, edit warring, privacy, etc.)
- Conduct elsewhere incompatible with patroller (off-site attacking, etc.)
- Failure to communicate – this can be either to users (e.g., lack of suitable warnings or explanations of actions), or to concerns of the community (especially when explanations or other serious comments are sought).
- Repeated or consistent poor judgment.