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This essay outlines the more common tendencies of wiki admins. This essay does not intend to criticize or bitch, but instead exists to raise awareness of these tendencies and to help administrators avoid them.
- "What's good for the goose is definitely not good for the gander" - In short, users are allowed to rip the piss out of n00bs, but should the n00b under fire actually fight back, an admin will step in before the established member starts losing too much face.
- "This is not a democracy" - a phrase invoked when an admin has been seriously pwned for making a crap decision, and will not (or, more likely, cannot) justify the decision in public.
- "I'll see how I feel" - a decision made by an admin does not have to be consistent, but instead will often be arrived at through gut instinct and with absolutely no regard to whether or not a rule has been breached. Can often result in double standards, a basic requirement for any self-respecting wiki.
- "Let's just take this to PM" - when an admin has been called out for being a douche and a Nazi. Rather than face the masses and actually admit to being an epic failure, they seek resolution behind the cozy barrier of an IRC PM and hide from the public.
- "You don't need thick skin" - Since every admin is an asshole, there is often an unspoken rule within wikis that you should bring your "thick skin." Administrators are exempt from this. If anyone is being an asshole to them, they can simply throw a hissy-fit and ban you without recourse.