Side note: There may be some appetite for leniency in the case of extended absence reported well in advance. Though this will need to be discussed further before becoming accepted policy. Del♉sion23(talk) 14:53, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
An editor has requested the community to provide input on "Defining inactivity" via the Requests for comment (RFC) process. This is the discussion page regarding the issue.
If you have an opinion regarding this issue, feel free to comment below. Thank you!
The same inactivity policy applies to administrators, bureaucrats, and oversighters. This does not prevent removal of the CU/OS flags under any global inactivity policy for those rights. When an admin is removed for inactivity, the other listed flags should be as well. Until the creation of a WMDE staff right, WMDE accounts are exempt from this.
I don't think its necessary either. TA is a weird right where its more important that you know the technical details of what you're doing rather than knowing policies. There are a few users here who have TA but they aren't "active" here, but they can assist if asked on IRC or on their talk page. Legoktm (talk) 03:35, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I agree that this isn't necessary. Hazard-SJ ✈ 04:10, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
This is not necessary unless the user holding translation admin is inaction and not reachable through contact channels. John F. Lewis (talk) 08:08, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
I also think It's not necessary.--DangSunM (talk) 11:36, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support Seeing as Wikidata has an almost perpetual backlog of relatively simple merge-deletion requests at RfD, even 10 admin actions represents less than 15 mins admin work in a 6 month period, but seems more reasonable than 50. Del♉sion23(talk) 00:39, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support this one, per Delusion. --Izno (talk) 02:47, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support - You can make 10 actions in a matter of minutes at any given time clearing out RfD, so I'd say that this is a reasonable expectation for admins here. Ajraddatz (Talk) 02:59, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support The difference between 5 and 10 is really arbitrary, and I don't think either makes a difference realistically. Legoktm (talk) 03:39, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
The section headings specify "admin" actions. If I flag 10 bots but don't delete 10 items, do I lose my admin, and then crat flags? This should be clarified somehow. Legoktm (talk) 03:38, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
If we consider user right management in general as an admin task (which I do, as this is only possible for users with at least sysop access), then you wouldn't lose your access. Though, I don't know how others think about this. Vogonetalk 03:42, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Well, would we count CU/OS too? That would be harder to verify. --Rschen7754 03:59, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Not really. Anyone with access to the Toolserver can look at OS logs (very limited data), and it would be easy to have any steward to peek at the CU logs. Legoktm (talk) 04:02, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I'd say no to CU (as this is an completely independent tool and not even subject of this RFC) and yes to OS. But as you already noticed, the logs are hidden and could only be observed by other users with the same permission. Anyway, I think such a situation is rather hypothetical than realistic. Vogonetalk 04:06, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Not necessarily, this happens at Commons too. --Rschen7754 09:52, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Okay, I'm going to propose adding crat and OS to the above list, since stewards can verify both of them before removal of appropriate flags. If memory serves me right CU won't be verifiable that way, but we can deal with that then. :) Any objections? --Rschen7754 08:53, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
I added crat to that list. OS seems rather pointless to me as there can be 6 months with less than 10 OS requests. Vogonetalk 18:43, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
1) If an administrator posts on the administrator noticeboard that they will be away for an extended period of time, then then no action should be taken until 30 days after their intended return date.
Oppose not a good idea. --Rschen7754 00:25, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Can you expand on why you think that please? Legoktm (talk) 03:40, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Largely because it could be easily gamed. --Rschen7754 03:59, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Don't you think we have a bigger problem if we've got a gaming administrator?... --Izno (talk) 21:38, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support ~ I don't see why it's not a good idea. If we get a note that an admin will be deployed (as with a military unit), then why go through the extra bureaucracy of another request for the rights when he returns? Obviously, the admin cares to have his rights if we receive such a forewarning. --Izno (talk) 02:54, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support - As an officer in the RCN I do have some periods of extended no-internet or little activity (more the latter thankfully), so something like this would be useful. Ajraddatz (Talk) 03:00, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Oppose unless some sort of limit would be added to this date of return. ·addshore·talk to me! 19:45, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
I do believe it says "30 days after their intended return date"... Unless your concern is the "he could say don't desysop me until 2015"? --Izno (talk) 21:38, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support per Ajraddatz but only really if a limit is added. John F. Lewis (talk) 21:23, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Support with a limit so no gaming can occur. Regards, — MoeEpsilon 21:36, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Oppose 6 months are enough time to be active. If a user is inactive for 5 months and leaves then completely, that's his own fault. I don't see what the big deal in making 10 sysop actions in a half year is. Vogonetalk 21:38, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Let me posit you the same question as I did in general: What about (for example) someone says "I'm being deployed". Why should we remove their rights when I would imagine that such a person has a quite legitimate reason for not being able to make 10 actions in 6 months? --Izno (talk) 21:42, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Because a user who does not make 10 actions in 6 months clearly does not need the tools. That's the reason why we even remove admin tools. To avoid having too many inactive users listed on Special:ListAdmins. Vogonetalk 21:57, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Sometimes serving personnel might have different things that they want to spend their limited internet access doing, while still being trusted and able to serve as an admin here when they get back. Keep in mind that (in Canada anyway) the average deployment time is six months, with lots of likewise internet-free time before that spent preparing. But, of course it is the person in question's "own fault" for choosing that career path, choosing to be deployed, and then choosing to spend limited time on the internet communicating with their friends and family instead of clearing out RfD. You are also correct, a navigation officer on a frigate has no need of the sysop tools on Wikidata while so employed. This RfC does not have a section on what happens if previous admins whose tools were removed from inactivity come back and want them again - do they need to go through the vote? If we do not make this provision for people with a good reason to be without access to this site, then we should make a clear system of regaining the tools after such a situation. Ajraddatz (Talk) 23:22, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
If somebody leaves he does not need the tools. It doesn't really matter for which reason. If he needs them again he can reapply. 7 days are really no long waiting period. Vogonetalk 23:44, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
The issue then becomes that admins who have allegedly abused their tools only require 50% support to retain them. Admins who were deployed or working for six months need the usual 70% to get them back. So, the admin who is active but isn't trusted by enough people to start the desysop procedure can retain the tools with 20% less support than an admin who is still fully trusted but put life as a priority over work on Wikidata. No, I think we do need some sort of system for regaining the tools in this case. Ajraddatz (Talk) 13:27, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
Oppose per Rschen7754 and Vogone; let the extended-leave admin decide for him/herself whether he/she should hand in the mop earlier than 6 months.--Jasper Deng (alternate) (talk) 23:18, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
2) If a user has made the same number of edits as the number of actions required in the "Levels" section above, but have not made that many actions requiring any of the administrator/crat/CU/OS flags (or translationadmin status if #2 from Scope passes) they may request to keep their admin status within a week of the official notification by talk page and email.
3) If a user has made the same number of edits as the number of actions required in the "Levels" section above, but have not made that many actions requiring any of the administrator/crat/CU/OS flags (or translationadmin status if #2 from Scope passes) they may request to keep their admin status within a week of the official notification by talk page and email. However, if during the last inactivity cycle they have already done this, they may not do so again.