If you are reading this, then congratulations! You have joined an elite group of editors, here to protect Conservapedia, and act as "stewards" of the project. Below are some tips that will make your job as a Sysop much more effective:
- When blocking vandals or other troublemakers, uncheck the "block anonymous users only" box. The block is more secure this way as it will block the IP Address (computer connection) that the vandal or troublemaker is using which will make it impossible to use the same exact Internet connection to edit Conservapedia.
- Always check to see if a new editor is a sockpuppet. Use the "Checkuser" function to see if the editor is using the same IP address to edit Conservapedia as a known vandal or just another user. Checkuser can be found here, along with a short tutorial on how to use it here. Check all IP's given against both users and edits.
- Given the amount of vandalism at Conservapedia, if the IP address check shows that the IP address is being used by two usernames the person is likely a sockpuppet who is using the same computer connection to edit Conservapedia. It is suggested that you block the person and if a mistake was made and the person was merely using a public computer that another person used (this scenario is rare and highly unlikely) the mistake can be undone if necessary. However, given the amount of vandalism at Conservapedia it is better to err on the side of caution and block the suspected sockpuppet. Undertake a check of the user(s) edits, they will tell you much. Some keep one account for making lots of trivial change, adding a coma or the like on many articles, to get their edit count up, while using a "throw away" account(s) for subtle or major vandalism. Some even "argue" with their own puppet, and then "expose" them to us in order to gain credibility as a helpful editor, constantly repeating the cycle.
- In all cases where a user has been blocked infinitely for vandalism, and there is no doubt, remove their user and talk pages. First go into edit, and remove all content. Save. Protect the page "Sysop Only". Go back into edit, add a re-direct: "conservapedia:deletedpage" within the brackets. Save. Repeat with their talk page. In other cases, if you change a short block for infinite, after investigating, remember to go back and remove their pages. Care must be taken to check their user and talk pages for links to "sand boxes" and other pages they may have created ancillary to their user and talk pages. Wipe, save, protect and re-direct those as well.
- For blocks of over a day, but not infinite, use the "Blocked" template, found here [] in the template list.
- To move a page, click the "move" tab on the upper pane. It should be directly to the right of the "delete" tab. Once you have clicked this button, you will see a page which enables you to move the content of one page to a page with a different title. Simply type the new title of the page in to the box entitled "To new title:", and give a short reason in the "Reason:" box. By default, the "move associated talk page" checkbox should be marked; this should always be marked. It's up to you whether or not you want to "watch" the page (this places it on your watchlist).
- If a page already exists with the new name, you will be warned and asked if you want to delete that page. It is recommended that you answer "no" to this, and delete the page manually. The reason for this is that if you allow the software to delete the page, it will not delete the accompanying talk page, which means that the talk page of the article you are moving will not itself be moved. If you already know that there is no accompanying talk page, then answering "yes" will work.
Please check the upload log frequently to protect any new images. This will in turn prevent any image vandalism.
(Images are usually not on anyone's watchlist except that of the person who uploaded them, and cannot be reverted if someone replaces the image. This makes protecting images more important than protecting articles or templates, both of which are more easily reverted and/or more likely noticed.)
Keeping Informed of New Developments
- A area of Conservapedia has been created for Sysop discussion so Sysops can be informed of various new developments. The area is located here: Conservapedia:Sysops.
- Create a unique instant messenger user name on AIM, where most Sysops have accounts. With it you also get a free email account. Your name there could be CP_Sysop_(your CP user name) as an example. Experience has shown us the importance of this form of communication in heading off trouble, discussing users, vandals and their intentions and targets privately. It also provides you with a CP-only email address, so you can safely enable emails through CP from editors with questions. This completely protects your privacy.