SmashWiki:Requests for bureaucratship/Serpent King

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Serpent King (talkcontribsedit countpassing RFARFB page)[edit]

Candidate, please summarize why you are running for bureaucratship below.

Hey all, Serpent King here. So yeah, I figured I would throw my hat in the ring here, in part on inspiration from Crow's guide to applying for adminship (his bit about promotions not being about whether the wiki needs it or not being the part that stuck out, and I fully agree) and in (larger) part because I feel like I fit the role sufficiently well.

I have been a user since March, 2015, and an administrator since November, 2015. I have contributed truckloads (over 17,000 edits) towards this wiki, and while I understand this means little, I think it is important to point out my overall dedication towards the wiki.

Since gaining adminship, I have gone to great lengths to improve my dispute handling skills, which was something that a lot of people were saying needed work. I now believe that the skill has become one of the strongest tools I possess. I think I can speak for most users when I say that I have obtained the trust of our community, though I suppose the results of this will tell us that for sure.

As you guys probably know, bureaucrats gain 3 major new powers:

  • Promotions: While RfR promotions are pretty clear cut, RfA/B promotions are obviously the hardest part of the job. I believe, however, that I am capable of making promotion decisions without bias and based on both consensus and, as the case may be, my own judge of character. I want to re-enforce the fact that, especially in promotions, making a decision based in part on judge of character is not a bad thing, not in the slightest, because a promotion is a long-standing change in the very workings of our project. This is not to say that crats should be deaf to consensus when making these decisions, but it is important that they understand exactly what they are doing by promoting a new staff member.
  • Renames: Easy enough, we have a clear cut policy for that. I have never really been sure why admins don't have this power to be completely honest.
  • Interwiki: Not a tool that I see myself using in the near future, true, but who knows?

I have never been good at bragging about myself or...well really even talking about myself without a prompt, so while I realize that the contents of this RfB may be minimal, I wish to really get the work done in responses to all of your questions, comments, and concerns. I will do my best to answer and address them accordingly. Thank you all for your consideration, and have a nice day.


  1. Support. With all the work he has done for our wiki to improve its quality, his great understanding of the writing language, his better abilities at handling disputes, and general activity, it would be dumb to not choose this guy eventually for bureaucratship. --My signature's image :v Beep (talk) 02:08, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  2. Support. As far as admins go, you are probably the one most suited to become a bureaucrat. You are by far the most responsible admin, and you seem to have a very good understanding of what it means to be an admin or a bureaucrat, which is a good sign. Your ability to enforce policy stands out, as you not only have a great understanding of these things, but handle them in a polite manner, so as not to upset the users who potentially violate them. Your strong judgement skills would come in very useful for the ability to promote users, and overall you seem to have more consistent presence than Toomai, which could potentially speed up processes such as RFRs. I can't imagine a situation in which you misuse, or clumsily apply bureaucratic powers, so given all the positives I have mentioned, and your strong experience on the wiki, I see no reason why I shouldn't support this. Alex Parpotta the flying lobster! 05:46, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  3. Support. Incredibly active and amazing at dispute resolution. More importantly, very thoughtful before taking concrete action, so I would trust SK with pretty much any permission other than the ability to delete the entire wiki at once. Nyargleblargle.pngNyargleblargle (Contribs) 08:02, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  4. Support I've never been one for big words, but at the same time I feel that anything I could say has already been said. AidanzapunkSig1.pngAidan, the Wandering Dragon WarriorAidanzapunkSig2.png 10:03, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  5. Support. Serpent is amazing as an admin, and I know he can do even better as a bureaucrat. Black Vulpine of the Furry Nation. Furries make the Internets go! :3 10:07, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  6. Support. I can't really think of anything to say for this, so I'm just gonna let the other comments speak for me. Great candidate though! even if he's a pain for me sometimes. BSTIK (talk) 12:02, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  7. I've been an admin for over a year now. A year and...about 4 months, to be precise. Of course, I failed in my first attempt, but I attribute my success to my second attempt to a variety of factors, the most prominent one being Serpent. He was basically like my mentor, teaching me how to be a more professional user among other things. If it weren't for him, I'd probably never be where I am now, or, at the least, it would've taken me longer to get here. Keep in mind, this is completely without bias. I'm merely stating my experience with him. With that in mind, I support this. If there's anyone I'm going to trust with the powers of a bureaucrat, it's Serpent. Disaster Flare My signature image for the default signature. Duplicate of Lucina's life white stock head. (talk) 12:42, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  8. Support. Per Black Vulpine. Area51Guard.png A51 Trooper 18:29, 21 July 2017 (EDT)
  9. Solid support. Per what has been said already, the only issues SK seems to have are being human and making some non-perfect decisions. He is very active (which can lead to more opportunities for error/arguments, mind you) and knows what to do. He is responsible, full stop. I know this is a bad argument, but only Toomai has bureaucratic power and is ever actually around. It is a shame admin has a green text for Luigi and bureau is a weird brown tho. RobSir RobSir-sig.jpg zx 22:58, 21 July 2017 (EDT)
  10. Support Serp has been one of the most agreeable users I've worked with on the wiki, and I can only see him using b-crat for good. He's proven himself a respectable admin and while he has had his mistakes like the rest of us, he still works for the betterment of the wiki and I can't see anyone else really getting this promotion at the moment (though maybe at a later point). BaconMasterFor my sig, of course. 15:27, 23 July 2017 (EDT)
  11. Support. The only problem I have is that although you have drastically improved in this regard, you can still be a bit snarky sometimes... but besides that, in the sparse time I've been here in over a year, you've shown nothing but dedication. A lot of detractors are basically saying "why do we need more", and in my opinion that's a really awful reason to oppose. Ganonmew, The Evil Clone 15:32, 23 July 2017 (EDT)
    Actually...I still support you, but barely. I didn't know about the dumb stuff that happened with Project M, and...yeah that was pretty recent and not excusable. Ganonmew, The Evil Clone 13:28, 10 August 2017 (EDT)
    I was wondering when that would be brought up. The PM thing was a huge mistake on my part, but one which I have, I think, bounced back from sufficiently. Once it was brought up that I had my facts wrong, and that I may have bias against PM, I immediately noted that I would not be involved in any final decision making on the issue. Once it was made clear to me that I did in fact have a few fallacies in my argument (and not just PM fanboys whining about it), I backed off, apologized, and even encouraged the improvement of the PM character pages. The whole situation was a mess and I am not trying to deny it, but I do hope people can see through that and notice how my reaction to the backlash was as acceptable as possible. Serpent SKSig.png King 15:55, 10 August 2017 (EDT)
    @Ganonmew: If you saw what some people on Reddit were saying about SK during that whole issue, you would have to agree that he showed a large amount of restraint and humility compared to what he could have done. Rather than argue back and get rude (which honestly, would not have been entirely uncalled for), he instead constructively tried to bring about a conclusion to the problem. At least, that's how I see it. John This is for my signature, which I was told needed to be edited. HUAH! 16:49, 10 August 2017 (EDT)
  12. Strong Support. Serpent King has taught me a lot of guidelines that I have implemented in my head. His strong understanding of this wiki's regulations gives me a strong belief that he would make a good bureaucrat. I believe he can help keep the wiki under control, speed up promotion of RFRs, and deal with troll accounts much easier. So yeah, you've got my vote. :D --FXSig2.png Falcon-X (Freedom House) 16:27, 23 July 2017 (EDT)
  13. Support, SK is active on all branches of the project and responsible in dealing with problems and disputes. I see no real reason to think he wouldn't make a good bureaucrat. This is for my signature.
Hello to those of you who have found this page, I hope you have a nice day. Nymbare and his talk 14:55, 24 July 2017 (EDT)
  14. Support. You've been in the wiki almost every single day and have a great understanding of every single technique, the only problem is that you may be to quick to change something. Other than that, I certainly believe you should become a bureaucrat. You have the have the ability to confidently search the wiki and fix errors and correct mistakes, as well as to teach other users the ins and outs of SmashWiki, thereforere I give my support. Good luck! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Skittles03 (talkcontribs) 01:36, July 26, 2017
  15. Support. Definitely the most qualified admin for this position. Miles' raises a good point on the whole CharBar template issue, but I think you learned your lesson since then and your conflict resolutions have generally been admirable, as seen here and especially here. I don't think having two bureaucrats will be the end of the world - in the event that you and Toomai disagree we will find a way to resolve the issue, either by consensus voting or by a rational debate. The one thing I would advise for you, if this request passes, is to avoid being snippety with newer users who could leave if they don't feel welcome (obviously if they've been told multiple times to do things one way and they keep ignoring us, that's another issue). John This is for my signature, which I was told needed to be edited. HUAH! 16:18, 26 July 2017 (EDT)
  16. Support Well I haven't been active lately on the wiki due to my reasons, but I see that you are keeping up the good work. I heard from some users about you. You seemed to show some credibility in certain areas well. Look forward to experience new challenges when you're a bureaucrats. Luigi540 (talk) 18:22, 27 July 2017 (EDT)


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  1. Switched to Support. In order to see what people genuinely think about this and for some edit-history evidence to be presented, I am not going to show outright support until after some time has passed. Really, there is no reason for me not to support in my mind currently. After all, there is only one currently? Serpent King has been a well performed admin from my perspective. RobSir RobSir-sig.jpg zx 03:16, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  2. Neutral with a lot of mixed feelings and a very weak lean towards oppose. To be honest, I'm not really sure where to go with a response to this RfB. Let me start with my reservations on the subject:
    • This may be nothing other than a weird mis-reading on my part, but it does seem like you occasionally play favorites. Going to a then-new user and saying they have "great promise" feels like you're deliberately trying to single out someone with atypical praise rather than simply the normal encouragement I'd expect.
    • I'm still leery about the Template:CharBar incident where you implemented a messy template without prior discussion, and users followed your lead into putting it on dozens of pages. While this was over a year ago and we've addressed the subject in SW:CONSENSUS recently, it still left a very bad taste in my mouth. Being the "popular" admin people see as a role model comes with the responsibility of setting an appropriate example, and that incident was the most concerning instance of users following your lead almost a little too eagerly.
    • A constant issue brought up every time someone pursues a bureaucratship request is "do we need another?" As you correctly identified, there are only three major powers associated with the position that you don't have already as admin, all of which are needed infrequently at most. With Toomai unambiguously active on a regular basis lately, there's no urgency to the position. Lack of need doesn't necessarily mean we shouldn't, but it does discourage me from wanting to support your candidacy (or anyone else's, for that matter) at the moment.
    As for positives:
    • You've generally matured in your handling of user interactions. You reasonably pointed out examples of your participation in discussions, and are generally reasonable in your interactions recently so far as I've seen. The few instances where I remembered being uncomfortable with your behavior are further in the past than I had thought.
    • You're regularly online and, to my knowledge, have used admin powers reasonably and responsibly.
    • You've contributed heavily to both the front-end and back-end of the wiki, showing that you're clearly more committed to the site than merely surface-level contributions.
    It's a weird situation. I see the pros and cons and, to be honest, I end up feeling like almost everything cancels out. You haven't done anything that is a dealbreaker or enough to push me into full opposition, but I also see no pressing need nor a particularly convincing case to support you. I apologize if this is overly long-winded or confusing, but I did my best to express the feelings I have on the subject. Miles (talk) 04:49, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    Playing favorites: "great promise" may have been too strong language, I'll admit. This was more or less an overjoyed reaction to gaining someone new who most likely wouldn't leave after 5 edits and who does not only focus on the competitive scene. While it is no problem that people focus on the competitive scene, there is still plenty of work to be done elsewhere, and getting help on those things elated my spirits a bit.
    CharBar: As stated, that was a long time ago, and I have since realized where I had gone wrong there. Talk's cheep, but you'll see: it won't happen again, that's a promise.
    Do we need another: I personally believe that the need for a new admin or crat shouldn't influence their gaining the promotion, both because it's not really fair to them to evaluate it this way, and because, looking to the future, we very well could run into a situation where a more consistent crat could be deemed necessary.
    Hope this clears up any misunderstandings towards your negative feelings on this. Serpent SKSig.png King 05:36, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    • The "great promise" statement was clearly not written in the context of "you are one of the best".
    • The CharBar incident was a long time ago and is very incompatible with the current Serpent King.
    • I really dislike the "do we need another?" argument, but even ignoring that, I don't think only one active bcrat is ideal for the wiki at any time. Plus, if a second bureaucrat becomes more urgent, the wiki is better off starting with a leg up instead of (most likely, given the circumstances where it would occur) having to rush an RfB through. Nyargleblargle.pngNyargleblargle (Contribs) 14:24, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
  3. While an extra bureaucrat (not sure on spelling lol) would be nice, I just don't see the need. Smash 4 having no important patches recently and smash for switch having no place to be announced means little traffic. Even in red, one semi-active bure was fine, because they don't seem to be needed much. Plus, I feel like one person should be the highest authority, similiar to our president for americans. Having two high powers will introduce many unique and possibly dangerous (in terms of the wiki, not people's health) situations that the wiki hasn't dealt with before. Some examples right off the top of my head include:
    Disagreeing on an RfA closing
    Disagreeing on a specific rollback example in a RfR
    One bure overpowering the other
    Penro 14:58, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    You are looking at it in the wrong way: having more than one opinion as a crat who promotes people should be a good thing. In this way, we flush out more bias that maybe one crat may have that the other doesn't. Serpent SKSig.png King 16:35, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    Maybe I am, but all of those examples are real and likely examples to occur. You do have a good point however, and the people on the support side have a huge point. Plus, as i mentioned before, i feel one bure is enough, and all we need, due to the reasons mentioned earlier. Penro 17:06, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    I think you are probably most worried about the overpowering thing? Well I'd like to think that...since Toomai and I don't really overpower each other now (crats don't have any more say than admins in discussions except for promotions) in any situation, this would be the case even if we had the same role. Serpent SKSig.png King 17:15, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    I don't believe it is proper to compare between now and future-adminship, as honestly, you two barely interact in wiki (except Discord maybe) and will interact much, much more later.
    There is one more thing i will mention: Poyo. If i recall, after he trolled hard on discord, you told him to "kindly go to hell" on discord. I honestly don't think that is acceptable, even if Poyo kinda was on the wrong. Temper can occasionaly get to you, i feel, and that left a bad taste in my mouth. You should have blocked him, and moved you, maybe raging irl instead of telling someome that. Otherwise, i now support you all the way. Penro 17:43, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    Perhaps I should have shown more tact, but I have little tolerance for those looking to pick fights or troll for the sake of trolling. Let it be known that I did ban him right after that, btw. Everyone's temper gets to them occasionally, and there are certain things that break through my otherwise "ironclad emotional armor"...err so to speak... Serpent SKSig.png King 17:55, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
    (reset indent) Perhaps, but "going to hell" is tremendously different then having low tolerence. You are right however, we are himans, and sometimes the armor cracks.
    Just to be clear, when i meant the disagreeing of an RfA, i'm meaning hostile disagreement. Two giant arguments between the highest powers of anything, espicially when a person's adminship is on the line, can lead into some very unwanted traffic all over. Maybe I'm overthinking this or sound dumb, but this is what i think. I can't possibly see arguments between bures healthy for the wiki, if it happens commonly.
    If we had a second one, though, you would be perfect for the role. It's moreso the idea of two bures i am againist, not you being one. -Penro 22:51, 20 July 2017 (EDT)


One thing tho, try to extend in your RfB if possible, cause like you said, this seems minimal. I understand you have a lot of strong points to choose you as a bureaucrat, though it would be nice to "brag" a little more about them, at least the necessary to enrich your RfB, so that people who still have doubts about you, end up having NO doubts. Good luck on your RfB man ^.^ --My signature's image :v Beep (talk) 02:11, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

Thank you. As I said I have never been good at bragging about myself...Instead I brought up the concern most people had when voting on my RfA and detailed the difference between admin and crat powers and how I would use the new ones. Everything else should be able to be cleared up in responses to concerns and questions if you ask me. Serpent SKSig.png King 02:15, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

"Since gaining adminship, I have gone to great lengths to improve my dispute handling skills, which was something that a lot of people were saying needed work. I now believe that the skill has become one of the strongest tools I possess."

Could you please link some examples of disputes you handled that you think demonstrate this? Miles (talk) 02:54, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

Sure thing: there's this one that unfortunately went further on discord so you don't get to see the whole thing, Crow and I found a nice compromise here, not sure where the main discussion went for this, but we ended up with a decent compromise for the title of the competitive history articles, here I killed an edit summary dispute, I also broke up the favorite user list thing that started up a while back, then there was this debacle over a Palutena alt. There are probably more, better examples hiding among the heap of talk edits I have made over the years. This was significantly more difficult than for my RfA, just owing to the fact that I didn't have so much other crap (warnings, notices, etc) to sort through. Serpent SKSig.png King 03:43, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

I'm just making a post so people are aware that I acknowledge its existence. I don't currently have anything useful to say. Toomai Glittershine ??? The Dispenser 06:35, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

I would like to motion to make "do we need another one" be completely disregarded as a valid opposition. It is basically the antonym of the "why not" argument, which I think we can agree should NEVER be the basis of an argument for RfA/RfBs. Alex Parpotta the flying lobster! 15:16, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

I second this. Black Vulpine of the Furry Nation. Furries make the Internets go! :3 20:35, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

Question: Are there any bureaucrat actions in recent memory that you would have done differently? And why? Toomai Glittershine ??? The Hammer 18:41, 20 July 2017 (EDT) is going to sound lame but I guess not. Looking through logs, renames seem fine (is "ANИA" an unacceptable username given the "И"? I wouldn't count it unacceptable), and Vulpine's, Junko's, BSTIKs, Parpotta's, and Rob's RfRs seemed sound enough to pass. Serpent SKSig.png King 19:12, 20 July 2017 (EDT)
ANИA is a pretty clear-cut case. From SW:NAME:
"Usernames that consist of non-English characters [are unacceptable]. We are an English-speaking wiki, so most, if not all, users would have difficulty recognizing and referring to such usernames, and would likely not be able to understand what the username means. Additionally, the vast majority of users would not have the means to type the name out, making it needlessly difficult for them to refer to a user using such a username."
Nyargleblargle.pngNyargleblargle (Contribs) 22:35, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

Alright, so if you can't recall anything recent you disagree with (which is not at all a lame answer), is there anything at all in history that you recall thinking "that's not what I would have done"? Toomai Glittershine ??? The Interspacial 09:16, 22 July 2017 (EDT)

We've already spoken on discord about this, but I would not have given Drilly rollback. I understand that the criteria for obtaining the role is primarily "are the examples given reasonable vandalism by different parties and do not require edit summaries", but I also feel that the role should be given to those with a base minimum requirement of maturity, which I don't believe he really had. Serpent SKSig.png King 09:49, 22 July 2017 (EDT)
I'm not Serpent, but I have a feeling he would agree with me; I shouldn't have gotten rollback. Most of the examples I gave weren't really a case where rollback would've been better, and in the last one I submitted, an edit summary would've been better than rollback. Penro 13:43, 22 July 2017 (EDT)
Could you give some examples of his concerning behavior at the time? Because it's really easy to say that in hindsight. Nyargleblargle.pngNyargleblargle (Contribs) 10:27, 22 July 2017 (EDT)
I'm not ignoring you, I just have some things I am doing right at this moment. I'll go back and look for specifics later. Serpent SKSig.png King 11:21, 22 July 2017 (EDT)
Alright here it is and first of all, He got rollback at 17:12, October 25, 2015:
  • We had this talk post showcasing his inability to understand QDV (he asked why we were reverting provocative insults towards a vandal, he actually edit warred with us. If I recall correctly, it was a vandal page and the insults were in the {{d}} tag) a mere 13 hours before being promoted.
  • One example of many of his stupid behavior. Not a strike I guess against getting RB, but definitely enough to raise maturity concerns.
  • There's also the fact that I was already suspicious of his ability to always be there to counter vandals, as well as how touchy he got if anyone else reverted them.
Guess that's all. Serpent SKSig.png King 21:47, 22 July 2017 (EDT)

Bump Penro 15:21, 1 August 2017 (EDT)

Another bump, in the hopes that this gets the ball rolling again. Been sitting here dormant for a while now. Serpent SKSig.png King 23:42, 9 August 2017 (EDT)

I know that per SW:CONSENSUS RfBs are supposed to stay up for a while, but it doesn't look like many users (if any) are going to oppose this, and there's near unanimous support so does this really need to go on much longer? Alex Parpotta the flying lobster! 11:14, 13 August 2017 (EDT)