First off I'm never one to give you people long speeches about to why this and that as I'm a strong believer in adventure and to how everything is not black and white. Still I'll break this one rule to tell you why I'm doing this. For one I am fully aware I'm not in a position to ask for this position. One for my edits and the other for my lack of activity. Yet I'm still asking because it's what I want to do. Not for myself but for someone else and in this case omnia. She was offered admin and as everyone here knows there's no more admin spot on claims. The solution to that problem didn't fit well with me. As I couldn't see it. I could never see claim dept functioning without omnia (Yes I know she would still check claims but still it won't be the same without her...) Nor can I see anyone else going off cause everyone there makes the essance of claims..Summer omnia kevin and even music to some extent.They're all the people that had helped made claim what it is now.. and to see it change without them... Would be heartbreaking for me. Thus why I took the iniciative to do this voting.. As stupid as it sound I hope you give me a chance...
Either way enough with the why and how. Now its for the "maybe and would be". I'm not gonna promise everyone here I'll be a better person when I get the star.. but I will promise I'll try...
Alright so I thought about this long and hard and I personally believe that Mel truly deserves crat. Not only do I think she knows claims in and out as if she's created the whole idea herself, but honestly I don't think I can see anyone more perfect for the whole. Yes, there's the whole lack of activity thing but I'd be a hypocrite if I voted against *mainly* because of that. With the fact that she's still in college kept in mind, I still feel like Mel can do the job. She is the essence of claims and while her edits aren't amazing right now, if she promises to pick them up, I don't see why not.
Aww, Melon, I luv u but I'm going to have to abstain on this vote, at least for now ;-; In the past few months, I've never really seen you active on here except for popping on once every week or two to meet your edit quota (and a lot of those edits were categorizing images instead of actual claiming department edits). Both Lord Brocktree and Miggy, our two existing b-crats, have consistently been on the wiki making department edits and interacting with everyone, be it on chat or in forums. They've both been role models for how active users can be, which is definitely important for a b-crat position. As for Omniverse, her joining the A&S department as an admin is basically just a little department reshuffle that doesn't actually prevent her from doing her claiming job! :D
Melon, I really hope I don't come off as rude or mean, but this is just what I honestly feel about the situation. :'( I know you're very busy with law school right now, which may be why you can't constantly be on the wiki, but if that's the case, maybe it'd be best to wait for a time when you're less busy before running for b-crat. Promoting a less-active user to b-crat just to make room for a claiming admin spot would be worse for the wiki than waiting a few more months and making the promotion when you've proven yourself to be more active. The reasons above are the reasons why I don't feel like I can vote "For" in good faith, but I also have no reason to conclusively vote "Against", so I'm abstaining for the moment and waiting to see how things go. If you put up this vote again after a month or two of consistent claiming activity, I'd definitely be willing to change my current vote!
Mel, I'm sorry, but I don't feel as if crat is for you. Yes, you've done a great job at what you do, but I feel as if there is another admin who deserves the title for what they do and for what they bring to the wiki.
Edit: I was on my phone, but now I can write a long comment without having to worry if I'll have to write it all over again.
Everyone who can vote, I'd like you guys to ask yourselves this question. Who do you think should represent our wiki? What qualities do I value in a person who should represent our wiki? For me, I won't name the person, but the qualities I want in a person are active, constantly helping out, working with the newbies, making people feel welcome, and most importantly, someone who can work well with their peers. Mel, does not fit those standards in my opinion.
Then I look at and remember Demi. We all know that no one will ever be able to completely fill her shoes, but I know someone who would do a damn good job at it. I have asked multiple users the same questions, and they have all given me the same response. Someone else would be a better fit.
Mel, Omnia can still do her claiming job. NOTHING, i repeat, NOTHING will change that. She can still check them, claim them, and help out. Please don't use this opportunity to gain power. Many RBs in the past have complained about how you've treated them, and how you've used them. Two of which I am close to. And one of those people is someone who I still consider a mentor. Nothing has changed with Omnia, besides the fact that she can help out in a few more places. In fact, per policy, any admin/rb/crat can claim claims. Hell, if I wanted to, I could check and claim claims, per policy. (Not saying that I will.) So please don't use that as an excuse.
And I'm not afraid to speak my mind about this. If this was someone going for admin/rb, I wouldn't write a long comment, but this is a person who represents our wiki to the newbies. My vote will stay the same, edits or not.
Mel has been on this wiki for a long, long time. Despite many hardships, and one hiatus, she's still always managed to do her work and is pretty much the heart and soul of claims. Is she as active now? Not particularly, but Mel isn't dumb. She knows perfectly well what entails becoming crat, hence why she hasn't done so until now. If she is ready now, I'll back her all the way. If anything, her commitment shows we should trust her. I respect all of your decisions, and I don't blame you for wanting proof of edits, just as I hope you all can understand and respect mine.
I'd like to add to Yorkie's comment above. While I can't blame you for wanting edits, I think Mel can really do it now hence why she runs now. Yes, there are admins in claim who are totally more active and do their edits but do they show the heart and soul of what the claim dept truly is? Not like Mel does. Mel has always managed to do her job and while things are a little off and on right now, she can and will represent this position as bcrat which makes her different from the rest.
Excellent checklist for a crat you have there, but if we're really gonna go down that route... then okay. I'm aware this is probably not going to look good in some people's eyes, however, I'd still like to throw my two cents in.
I left CHB twice. You know why? Because I felt unwelcome. Mel was one of the very few old users who didn't make me feel like crap. So the whole "working with newbies and making people feel welcome" is pure bs. I've always considered her what I had closest to a mentor. Yes, she hasn't got a consistent edit count. Yes, she has gotten into her share of spats while on here. Yes, she has bouts of inactivity. But get back to me if you find someone else who's got Mel's level of dedication and loyalty despite every iota of negativity that has come from this very wiki.
Yes, you're going to call me "biased" because I'm friends with her. No, I don't care. You're right, Mel's not a perfect choice. The thing is, no one is. I can't speak for anything or anyone here, but I can do one thing and that's tell you just how much Mel effing cares for this wiki.
tl;dr Literally just waiting for Mel to macro AdminMel.exe like the old days of pulling all nighters because she wanted to do her freaking best.
"Even music to some extent"
I'm not sure what this is supposed to mean? Because i've held up the claiming dept for month all by myself when no one else did - including yourself Mel. You seem to wanna downgrade the work that i've done for the dept and honestly, some other user do to. I've stayed quiet for a while because i'm not one to start drama but, it got pretty personal when you gave everyone in the claiming dep recognition and added me at the end like. "Oh and theres music to...." When you went on your Hiatus, as everyone is calling it, you were gone for a good amount of months and kevin was already inactive. I was there for those months doing EVERYTHING, with the occasional help from a helper who i am very proud to call an admin now - Summer. It also bothers me that you were able to give everyone a correct regonition, even one who haven't been here as long as me and done the amount of work i've done.
Many people may not get along with Mel on chat (not saying who) but apart from that, Mel clearly does everything needed when she can.
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