Wikipedia:Hat collecting: Difference between revisions

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[[File:Hat shop.jpg|thumb|right|All these hats to choose from…]]
{{nutshell|When [[WP:RFA|requesting for adminship]] or any other rights, you must demonstrate that you will actually use these tools to help improve Wikipedia. They are not to be used as a means to merely show off or to boost one's ego.}}
 
[[File:Hat shop.jpg|thumb|right|All these hats to choose from…from…]]
 
'''Hat collecting''' is the process of gaining rights on Wikipedia (and other wikis) just to show off or to boost one's ego, rather than because you have any actual use for them. Voters in the [[WP:RFA|request for adminship]] process need to decide whether or not the user requesting adminship actually has a use for those rights or is simply "hat collecting". This is why adminship candidates should have some clear idea ''why'' they want to become admins, rather than simply the feeling that this is what one does at a certain stage in one's Wikipedia career.
If you are applying for rights, be sure to show why you think you can improve Wikipedia by having those rights, generally by showing a positive record of actions and attitude. Don't just assert that you'll find the tool useful, give evidence of why you need the tool and you'll dramatically reduce accusations that you are simply collecting hats.
 
* If you are applying for rollback, point to anti-vandalism efforts ([[WP:AIV|AIV]] reports, [[WP:RFPP|RFPP]] reports, user talk pages with warnings on etc.)
* If you are applying for autopatrol, point to the articles you created.
* If you are applying for file mover, point to file namespace work, to use of the {{tl|Rename media}} template. Don't assume that because you have a right on Commons, that means you automatically deserve it on Wikipedia too (and vice versa): while it is great that you do work on Commons, admins on Wikipedia want to see that you understand local policies before handing out rights.