So, a few days ago I talked to Wikia about getting checkuser rights. Their response to me is included below:
Thanks for contacting Wikia. CheckUser is a tool Wikia hands out rarely, and often to our biggest communities and most trusted admins. In both cases, I feel as though you and your community qualify for this. However, it is important for us to ensure the community is on board with this decision, so please start a community discussion that highlights both its purpose and honestly state that it will allow you (or any other admin, we allow up to 3 admins who have that right) to look at sensitive data. If the community is on board, Community Support will review the list of possible admins and ensure that we have a high enough level of trust in these users to give out that right.
So, I'm making a forum to make sure I have the go ahead from everyone to get checkuser rights to stop sockpupptry in MM3. If any other admins want to make a case as to why they should have checkuser rights, then feel free.
"He wants to write a love song / An anthem of forgiving / A manual for living with defeat"
I would support Scathe having the rights as well. It's been an issue in past fights (as well as with the FA and vandalism), so it will be useful both for MMIII and afterwards. There's not really a need for anyone other than Scathe to have it, I think, given that sockpuppetry is seldom something that requires immediate action.
Yuna467 - "I will defeat Sin. I must defeat Sin."-Yuna after fighting Sin en route to Kilika TALK - The summoning and sphere mayhem begins now at 16:20, July 16, 2013 (UTC)
I don't see a problem with it, so I will throw my support for it.
FëasindëTalk"Burn the land, boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me." 16:22, July 16, 2013 (UTC)
Fully support, though I have to ask whether a single admin is enough to manage the possible sockpuppettry during MM3. I know socks aren't that much of a problem normally, but the tournament itself is supposed to last for months, so perhaps we should appoint somebody else besides Scathe? I volunteer.
DrakeyC - Crossing the distant night...Wandering the desert sea...The gods' voices are mirages... TALK - 16:26, July 16, 2013 (UTC)
Support, will also be useful if needed for the DNC and will be helpful with the mainspace.
Kuja FFIX - '...I won't let it happen. I won't... I won't let this world exist without me!' TALK - 16:31, July 16, 2013 (UTC)
I support Scathe and would support Fae as well. This is a useful tool for this wiki, and both users are respected and trustworthy enough to have it.
I am quite alright with Scathe having this right for the purposes of overseeing MM3. I understand why Wikia does hand out this stuff like candy, and I would also be perfectly OK with having them turn it off once the competition is over. We have certainly survived without it up to this point.
For the most part, it has limited usefulness, and it is arguably easier to abuse than to find useful information. For example, there are users on this wiki who have proven they are capable of using technology to shield their identity, to get around bans, and to continually violate our policies. Even knowing who these people are does not always allow you to compel better behavior.