Admins or Trusted users
The function of an admin is quite specific; an admin is trusted with extra functionality that help to manage the project. This functionality allows for the roll back of changes, for the deletion of content and for the blocking of users that have vandalised the project.
The function of a bureaucrat is also very specific; a bureaucrat can make a user an admin or a bureaucrat and it will also become possible to mark a user as a bot.
Technically, both these tools should be given to people that are trusted. People that are trusted to perform these tools for what they are intended to do. Technically it does not mean at all that any special expertise about subject matter is implied by the status that these titles seem to imply. It is therefore that I am of the opinion that the names of these functions are misnomers, they do not adequately reflect what they are. The name "trusted user" would better reflect what we call an admin. A bureaucrat is nothing but and admin; when consensus has arrived that someone is to be trusted, it is acted upon by the bureaucrat.
Within the wiktionaries and certainly within WiktionaryZ, there is another group that will be more relevant they are the people who have expertise. This expertise is something multi faceted; it does not take much expertise to add many translations to a phrase like "Olympische Winterspelen". I have added some 20 translations, but I do not have the expertise to say that they are correct. I have written a lot about WiktionaryZ so I do have a certain type of expertise about the subject of terminlogy, lexicology and thesauri.
Most of the time when people work on the content of a wiki project, the admins have a good feel to distinguish the good from the bad. Typically it is rather obvious when it is bad. You do not have to be much of an expert to do this; you have to be trusted to give a consistent best effort. That is all.
My proposal is therefore to rename "admin" to "trusted user" and "bureaucrat" to "admin" for WiktionaryZ. When people have a minimum of say 500 or maybe 1000 good edits, a language community can be asked if they have objections. When there is no objection, the admin for that language community just does the deed.
When someone proves that he is not to be trusted as a vandal fighter, the person is first warned and when this proves not to be enough the trust is revoked and the person has to win back the trust.
This does not mean at all that the person is less of an expert in his subject matter, it is just that he is not trusted as a vandal fighter. I am sure that in time we will create functionality that is best trusted in the hands of people that know a language well. These tools are different tools from the current vandal fighting tools, there may be some overlap however ..
So what do you think ?