Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors/Coordinators
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GOCE's project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining the Guild's internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers.
The coordinators' main role is performing the maintenance and housekeeping tasks required to keep the project and its internal processes running smoothly. These include updating the Ombox, managing and maintaining the Requests page, and managing the monthly Drive and Blitz events. Much of this could theoretically be done by any editor—the coordinators have explicit roles in only a few processes—but since experience suggests people tend to assume someone else is doing essential tasks, the most efficient route has proven to be to delegate formal responsibility for this administrative work to a specified group. For details, see this complete list of coordinator tasks.
The coordinators have several other roles. They serve as the project's designated points of contact and are explicitly listed as people to whom questions can be directed in a variety of places around the project. They lead the drafting of project guidelines, oversee the implementation of project decisions, and help to informally resolve disputes and keep discussions from becoming heated and unproductive. The coordinators are not, however, a body for formal dispute resolution; serious disputes should be addressed through the normal dispute resolution process.
Coordinators are elected by a simple approval vote of the membership, which is currently held every six months, or a period determined before each election. Any project member in good standing may nominate himself or herself, or may nominate another user. Elected coordinators may serve as many times as they wish, subject to community approval. The lead coordinator bears overall responsibility for coordinating the project. The other coordinators advise and assist the lead coordinator, and focus on any specific areas that require attention.
If the project has more work than the current coordinators can handle, and no election is imminent, the coordinators may co-opt additional users to serve as coordinators until the next election.
Occasionally, a motion to appoint a former lead coordinator as a coordinator emeritus is made for endorsement during an election. The objective is that the project may continue to benefit from their help and experience. The position has no special responsibilities and is held for as long as the coordinator emeritus wishes.
The idea for GOCE coordinators was formulated during discussion with project members in late 2010, and elections were scheduled at the end of the year. Members agreed that the Guild would organize coordinators based on the excellent system running at the Military history WikiProject, and many elements for the setup were borrowed from there. The table below (click "show" to view) contains a complete list of past and present GOCE coordinators.