Basic question about terminology

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I've looked over our content so far as regards administrators, and wonder if we are using the term administators in two different ways: 1) as the word to describe users who perform technical day-to-day maintenance and support (sysops, bureaucrats...see "Types of Administrators") and 2) a short form referring to the Sysop Administrator. Although I'm beginning to gain a better understanding of this distinction, I found it very confusing when I first joined the WE Administrators group. I have no knowledge of how these terms relate to the mediawiki software, so maybe there's good reason for this double use.

If there is room for adjusting how we use these terms, my preference is to use Administrator to refer to the class of users who do technical maintenance/support and to refer to the Sysop Administrator as a Sysop (short for systems operator).

Other thoughts on this?

ASnieckus (talk)07:05, 15 August 2009

I just copied this message from another page on procedures: I am confused. I would shy away from so many initials/acronyms. I am afraid the procedure is far too sophisticated for me. I need something simple. I agree with Alison that we need to define some of the terms like: a bureaucrat? Administrator? Who is approving? What criteria will they have?

Nelliemuller (talk)02:19, 24 August 2009