Wikipedia:Why self-nominated RfA candidates could be more competent

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Some people hold self-nominations to a higher standard at RfA than candidates nominated by someone else. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with either a self-nomination or a candidate who is nominated by someone else, it is certainly possible that self-nominated candidates stand out better.

Administrators get questioned about their actions; they need to explain why they did something. Writing a nomination statement setting out why people should support them for adminship is an excellent test of the candidate's communication skills. If someone cannot provide a satisfactory explanation why people should trust them with administrator tools, then chances are, they will not have the communication skills required of an administrator.

Self-nomination is also an indicator that the candidate has high self-esteem. Wikipedia is founded on the principle of being bold when updating pages. Good self-esteem means the candidate is motivated to make this place better, and a self-nomination demonstrates this. Wikipedia needs administrators who will be confident in making decisions and in their ability to judge what the community wants.

Self-nominated candidates can be strong candidates, and in fact some of our finest administrators self-nominated:

(Feel free to add yourself to the list if you self-nominated as well)

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