One of the risks with self-selected elite is that those of us who self-select may not be very good at what we’re doing. Like most humans, I know quite a lot about certain things that are useful on wiki (in my case, punctuation in English) but almost nothing about certain other things (in my case, how to write a Lua module).
But when you have power (e.g., if you become an admin on wiki), many people assume you are an expert on everything: copyright law, interpersonal relationships, computer programming, and more. This does not lead to healthy communities.
((especially on smaller wikis, where number of admins and number of hours they individually can commit to is small in total - admin-ship is not just tools access but effective power))
((it is even worse, because systematically there is no clear segmentation in naming rolls/type of admin for tech, content, community relations…everyone can potentially interfere with any aspects of wiki))
Yes and wikis only need very few sub-optimal contributors to keep the situation permanently sub-optimal or worse. You can keep distancing yourself constantly to remain productive, but then you feed into dynamics of deflating community going quickly for the lowest common denominator of tolerated coordination.
I agree. It is the strength and weakness of the wikis that:
everyone can potentially interfere with any aspects of wiki
You do not need to be an admin to cause problems. For example, I am good with punctuation; I know something about health science; I seem to be better than most people at writing rules.
Should you therefore also trust me to decide whether an article about an Indian musician, or a Nigerian politician, or a Brazilian architect belongs in Wikipedia?
I don’t think so, but there is nothing to stop me from taking my very partial and/or incorrect knowledge and using it to reject your article. There isn’t even anything that requires me to have ever read the WP:SHORTCUT page that I’m telling people they are “violating”. At the English Wikipedia, I’ve seen many people claim that others are required to follow “WP:BRD”. If you read the page, one of the first things you see is the word “OPTIONAL”. No editor is required to follow BRD. But, this is also true: No editor is required to read the rules, either.