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Spongebob456 and I have recently discussed this, and recently we reduced the wikibreak policy. However, we have found that the original intention of the wikibreak policies (which was due to abuse of the wikibreak) has done more harm than good. We understand that users go through periods where outside of ESB, life becomes busy and so they are unable to contribute, and this can result in policy violations or demotions of good users. See the 2016 discussion (ESB:Proposals/Wikibreak policies) for the original rationale for wikibreak policies.
Not only does this concern wikibreaks, but user activity in general. If someone is a great user, stuff outside ESB should not pressure them to edit at ESB during busy times in their life or force them to leave due to this.
Therefore, we are proposing the following policy and bylaws changes, to remove any mention of wikibreaks from policies and to decreasing the stress of worrying about inactivity when someone is busy in life (such as school, college, other things, etc.). The only concern we should have regarding inactivity is that if someone doesn't use their account, it could be vulnerable to someone else getting access if they don't continue to log in and make sure it is secure.
Update from first stage: activity changed based on 1, 2, and 3 months. Inactivity changes from 30 days to 2 months.
Changes to "Definitions" policy
C. User activity. These policies define user activity for leaders at ESB as listed at ESB:Crew for informational purposes only, so that users are aware of which leaders are more likely to respond at a certain period in time.
1. Active User - Any user who has made at least one hundred (100) contributions within one (1) month preceding the present date and/or is actively involved in any of the ESB official discussions as well as ESB Chat (not including Skype). By actively involved, meaning participating in conversations on a regular basis.
2. Semi-Active User - Any user who has made between fifty (50) and ninety-nine (99) contributions within one (1)two (2) months preceding the present date and/or is occasionally involved in ESB official discussions as well as ESB Chat (not including Skype). By occasionally involved, meaning participating in conversations on a not-so-much regular basis.
3. Inactive User - Any user who has made fewer than fifty (50) contributions within one (1)three (3) months preceding the present date and/or is rarely involved in ESB official discussions as well as ESB Chat (not including Skype). By rarely involved, meaning participating in conversations every once in a while.
4. Wikibreak - any promoted user taking an extended vacation or leave of absence lasting longer than two (2) weeks.
a. If a promoted user makes more than ten (10) edits during their wikibreak, their wikibreak is rendered invalid.
b. Any promoted user on wikibreak who becomes actively involved in any of the ESB official discussions as well as ESB Chat (not including Skype) will have their wikibreak rendered as invalid. By actively involved, meaning participating in conversations on a regular basis.
c. After three (3) invalid wikibreaks during a six (6) month period, a bureaucrat must initiate the user rights review process for that promoted user.
Changes to "Article XI: Demotion" bylaws
1. All promoted users may keep their position as long as they want, with the exceptions outlined in this section.
B. Retirement and resignation
1. Any user who wishes to no longer hold a promoted position and thus retires or resigns can demote themselves. They may notify a bureaucrat to have their powers removed as well.
2. If a bureaucrat resigns or retires and fails to remove their powers, FANDOM Staff will be contacted to demote them.
C. Termination due to policy violations
1. A user may be terminated for various reasons, including, but not limited to: inactivity, violating the rules, abuse of rights, and/or disruptive behavior.
2. The process for termination is different depending on the user's position in the wiki.
a. Termination of a rollback must be done so by a majority vote of all administrators.
b. Termination of a chat moderator, discussion moderator, or an assistant must be done so by a majority vote of all bureaucrats. The rest of the administration (sysop only) may overrule the decision by a majority vote.
c. Termination of an administrator or bureaucrat must be done so through the user rights review process.
D. ExceptionsTermination due to inactivity
1. A promoted user shall not be demoted due to inactivity without communication between the user in question and the rest of the administration.
1.2. When a promoted user becomes inactive, they shall be warned. If they do not edit within three (3) days after the warning, they will be demoted immediately at the discretion of a bureaucrat, unless otherwise stated.for two (2) months, bureaucrats shall discuss this with the user in question, to understand their intentions on whether or not to continue holding that promoted position.
2.3. If a promoted user goes on an extended vacation or leave of absence lasting more than two (2) months with intentions of returning, they may declare "wikibreak" status. See the article on definitions for wikibreak policies.notify the community to make their intentions known.
4. If a promoted user is inactive for a period of at least six (6) months without communication between them and the rest of the administration, they shall be demoted.
This discussion ends on Sunday, December 3, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., eastern time. — AMK152 (Wall • Contrib) 21:22, November 25, 2018 (UTC)