Wikipedia:Global rights policy

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This page is about Global rights policy. For presenting articles with a global viewpoint, see WP:WORLDVIEW.

The implementation of global user rights on Wikimedia projects extends to the English Wikipedia. This policy defines their use on this wiki.

Use of rights[edit]

Staff[edit]

Main article: wmf:Staff

Members of this group are paid employees of the Wikimedia Foundation. Similar to the Ombudsmen, they hold global checkuser rights as well as global adminship and global oversight rights. They will perform office actions when needed such as complaints related to defamation, privacy violations or copyright infringement. Not all members of the Foundation staff are granted access to this group; it is based upon need for access.

Stewards[edit]

Main article: m:Stewards

Stewards may use their global rollback permission on the English Wikipedia, and may use Special:Undelete to view deleted revisions in the course of their duties as stewards. They are also permitted to use the oversight tool to suppress abusive usernames. According to their policy, Stewards should not use their global rights to perform tasks that could be performed by local users. In emergency situations where local users are unable or unavailable to act, stewards are asked to use their global rights to protect the best interests of Wikipedia.

In their global role, stewards grant CheckUser and Oversight permissions to all projects (per Arbitration Committee or Board decision), and can remove all permissions (in an emergency, or in response to a user request, Arbitration Committee decision, or Board decision). These actions can affect the English Wikipedia, but are done and logged at meta:Steward requests/Permissions.

Sysadmins[edit]

Wikimedia system administrators are people who do systems administration work on the Wikimedia servers. They can change the Wikimedia site's live copy of MediaWiki, read server logs, etc. Those with server access can also carry out various non-development tasks.

The Wikimedia Foundation legally controls the servers, so the Wikimedia Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for determining who has developer access. However, they generally delegate this responsibility. On a day-to-day basis, various developers with root access manage the server accounts.

System administrators may use their global rights in whatever manner they deem necessary to manage the Wikimedia Foundation's assets.

Ombudsmen[edit]

The ombudsman commission is tasked with investigating complaints about violations of the privacy policy (in particular concerning the use of CheckUser tools) on any Wikimedia project for the board in an official manner. The users who make up the ombudsman commission are given the ability to run checks, view the checkuser log, and view the suppression log on every project. They cannot view suppressed content. To file a complaint, please contact the Ombudsman Commission privately.

The Ombudsmen may use their global rights for investigating complaints about violations of the privacy policy. Their use of the global rights is at the discretion and restriction of the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees.

Global bots[edit]

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Main article: m:Global bots

The English Wikipedia allows the use of Global bots approved by the Meta policy to update interwiki links only without the need to request permission from the Bot Approvals Group (original discussion). While active, a global bot's userpage should indicate that it has global approval - {{bot|bot operator name|globalbot=yes|status=active}} may be used for this. Use of global bots for any other purpose is currently not permitted - a local bot request for approval must be filed for tasks other than interwiki linking.

Global rollbacker[edit]

Main article: m:Global rollback

Global rollbackers can use their rights by default, provided they have not previously had rollback removed at the English Wikipedia. If removal has previously occurred, they must request and be granted rollback locally by an English Wikipedia administrator. Furthermore, any English Wikipedia administrator can ask a global rollbacker to stop using rollback if what they deem to be misuse occurs, and the global rollbacker must comply with such a request. Such a decision by an administrator can be appealed to the wider community. Failure to comply may result in a block.

Global sysops[edit]

Main article: m:Global sysops

The global sysop group is not activated on the English Wikipedia as community consensus to opt in was not attained. By default, the proposal only applies to wikis with fewer than 10 sysops and/or fewer than 3 active sysops.

Global interface editors[edit]

Main article: m:Interface_editors

Global interface editors can use their rights by default, provided they have not previously had the administrator right removed at the English Wikipedia. If removal has previously occurred, they must request and be granted admin locally by an English Wikipedia Bureaucrat. Furthermore, any English Wikipedia bureaucrat can ask a global interface editor to stop using their global power if what they deem to be misuse occurs, and the global interface editor must comply with such a request. Such a decision by a bureaucrat can be appealed to the wider community. Failure to comply may result in a block. Interface editors are reminded that some interface pages, such as the watchlist, require notice or discussion prior to use.

Removal of rights[edit]

A user who abuses their global rights by knowingly or recklessly using their global rights on the English Wikipedia in contravention of this policy should be reported to meta:Steward requests/Permissions or #wikimedia-stewards immediately, where the stewards will determine whether an emergency removal of tools is required. An indefinite block may also be placed on the account locally during this period if necessary to prevent further abuse (see the above section).

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