Wikipedia:Requests for permissions

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Requests for permissions
This page enables administrators to handle requests for permissions on the English Wikipedia. Administrators are able to modify rollback, reviewer, file mover, template editor, account creator, confirmed, and autopatrolled rights.
Editors wishing to request a permission flag here should do so following the procedure below. Editors requesting permissions are advised to periodically revisit the requests page, as notifications will not always be given after a decision is made. To find out what permissions your account has, go to Special:Preferences, where your permissions are listed in the user profile tab under "Member of groups".
Requests for permissions are archived regularly, please see Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Archive for an index of past requests.


Handled here

The following are requested and handled here:

  • Account creator (add request · view requests): The account creator flag is granted to users who are active in the request an account process. The flag removes the limit on the maximum number of new accounts that can be created in a 24 hour period. It also allows users to make accounts with names similar to other accounts. The account creator flag is only given to users who participate in the ACC process and may be removed without notice should a user's participation in the account creation process cease.
  • Autopatrolled (add request · view requests): The autopatrolled flag is granted to users who are active in the creation of new articles. This tool is granted so their creations are auto patrolled in Special:NewPages. Unlike other requests, any user may nominate an editor for Autopatrolled, even without that user's consent. A user who wishes to have this flag generally should have created at least 50 articles and must be trusted, experienced, and must have demonstrated they are familiar with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines, especially WP:BLP and Wikipedia:Notability.
  • Confirmed (add request · view requests): The confirmed flag may be granted to new users who have not yet hit the threshold for autoconfirmed status. These are users who have not had both 10 edits and 4 days experience. People with this flag can upload files and edit semi-protected pages before hitting the autoconfirmed flag. Users requesting this flag must indicate clearly why they should be exempted from the customary confirmation period.
  • Rollback (add request · view requests): Rollback enables users to remove vandalism much more quickly and efficiently than by undoing it. Users who do not demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes capable vandalism fighting, either because they have no or little history of doing so, or show a poor ability to discern between good and bad faith edits will not be granted this right. For a more detailed explanation of rollback and information about when it is appropriate to use the tool, see Wikipedia:Rollback. For information about the technical details of the feature, see here.
  • Template editor (add request · view requests): The template editor flag allows users to edit protected templates and Lua modules. General guidelines for granting include making at least 1,000 edits overall (with at least 150 to templates), being a registered user for over a year, and having a record of successfully proposing significant edits to several protected templates. Users should demonstrate proficiency with template syntax and an understanding of the need for caution when editing heavily-used templates.

Handled elsewhere

Several permissions are requested and handled elsewhere:

  • AutoWikiBrowser: Requests for access to AutoWikiBrowser should be made at Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage, if approved, your name will be added to the CheckPage. AutoWikiBrowser is a semi-automated MediaWiki editor for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 designed to make tedious repetitive tasks quicker and easier. It is essentially a browser that automatically opens up a new page when the last is saved. When set to do so, it suggests some changes (typically formatting) that are generally meant to be incidental to the main change. Please read the quick guide on the main page before requesting permission. Users with under 500 mainspace edits are RARELY approved and you only need to give a reason for wanting AWB access if you have fewer than 500 mainspace edits!
  • Edit filter: Requests for access to the Edit filter manager group should be made at Wikipedia talk:Edit filter. Requests may take in general up to seven days to process; more in case appropriate consensus, or lack of it, is not clear.
  • IP-block-exempt: While the IP-block-exempt right can also be granted by admins, this should not be requested here. Requests for the IP-block exempt right should be sent to the unblock-en mailing list or, if there are significant privacy concerns, to the Functionaries list (see Wikipedia:Functionaries).

Removal of permissions

If you wish to have any of your permission flags (except administrator) removed, you should contact an administrator. If you want your administrator flag removed, you should contact a bureaucrat.

This is not the place to request review of another user's rights. If you believe someone's actions merit removal of a permission flag, you should raise your concern at the incidents noticeboard.

Note: The bureaucrat, checkuser and oversight flags cannot be removed using this process page; those need to be posted at Steward requests/permissions. Stewards will typically not carry out such requests unless they come from members of the Arbitration Committee or a user who is requesting their own access be removed.



To make a request for a permission, click "add request" next to the appropriate header and fill in the reason for wanting permission.

Any editor may comment on requests for permission.


Administrators are permitted to grant rollback, file mover, reviewer, confirmed, autopatrolled and/or account creator flags to any user who meets the criteria explained above and can be trusted not to abuse the tool(s). They should review the user's contributions and logs to ensure the tools will be used appropriately and check for any indication of potential misuse.

Once an administrator has granted a permission or decided to deny a request, they should add {{done}} or {{not done}} respectively under the request with their comments. If a user already has the requested permission, or is autoconfirmed and requesting confirmed, {{already done}} should be used. The request will then be archived automatically: approved requests will be placed here; declined requests will go here.

Current requests


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Reason for requesting confirmed rights Schnager (talk) 02:08, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Hello, I noticed a slight grammar issue with the main bio page for Nikola Tesla.

Location: under heading, MIDDLE YEARS (1886 - 1899)


paragraph two

sentence one (as displayed)

One of the things Tesla developed at that laboratory in 1887 was an induction motor that ran on alternating current, a power system format that was starting to be built in Europe and the US because its advantages in long distance high voltage transmission.

I believe a higher degree of fluidity in this sentence may be achieved by inserting "of" between "because" & "its".

I didn't feel like making ten other edits so that I could make this possible edit, just thought I'd let somebody with the ability to do so know about this potential issue. Thanks for all the work ya'll put in to make this site possible!

X mark.svg Not done Moved to an edit request on Talk:Nikola Tesla. — xaosflux Talk 02:22, 20 November 2014 (UTC)


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I'm under the threshold of 50 pages created. I've been editing for a few years and might be going on a tear of articles related to craft breweries. To date, none of my articles (architecture, sports, and establishments in Seattle) have been nominated for deletion. (note that the tool is not showing two new pages at the time of request) Cptnono (talk) 09:53, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:38, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

User:Anirudh Emani

I have created several tropical cyclone articles in the past and will keep doing so in the near future. Anirudh Emani (talk) 18:41, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:42, 20 November 2014 (UTC)


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Pending changes reviewer

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After a long wikibreak, I'd like to return and continue my anti-vandalism efforts. I'm familiar with the relevant policies and believe I can once again be a valued editor — Possum (talk) 17:08, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 17:22, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Account creator

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Experienced Wikipedian running the wikipedia side of the workshop described at Wikipedia talk:GLAM/National Digital Forum. Need permissions for the day and preferably at least 72 hours prior to have a look around the interface and so we're not seeing it for the interface first time in the heat of the moment. (Be aware that we're GMT+13 so our 'on the day' is unusual.) Stuartyeates (talk) 06:35, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Will remove after the event. Please note, this permission has a few extra rights we trust you to not misuse, you may override blacklist or spoofing but only if you are confident that the account name is appropriate and a false positive for spoofing (per WP:USERNAME). — xaosflux Talk 13:42, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Less experienced Wikipedian organising the workshop described at Wikipedia talk:GLAM/National Digital Forum. Fail-over for the above. Need permissions for the day and preferably at least 72 hours prior to have a look around the interface and so we're not seeing it for the interface first time in the heat of the moment. (Be aware that we're GMT+13 so our 'on the day' is unusual.) @Giantflightlessbirds: you probably want to sign below saying you want these permissions. Stuartyeates (talk) 06:35, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
{{onhold}} Pending acknowledgement by Giantflightlessbirds (sign below), and acceptance of condition that you may ONLY use this right for overriding the creation throttle, not the blacklist or anti-spoofing system. — xaosflux Talk 13:42, 30 October 2014 (UTC) (15:59, 6 November 2014 (UTC))
{{onhold}} Pending requested start dates. — xaosflux Talk 12:56, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Pictogram voting info.svg Administrator note: The Account Creator flag is not required to look around the interface. Mlpearc (open channel) 23:19, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
  • {{notdone}} Never acknowledged by user, may be re-requested if desired. This event already as one account creator assigned, Stuartyeates, and you can still create up to 6 accounts per day without this flag. — xaosflux Talk 15:06, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Sorry, late to this request. Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 08:23, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Yes check.svg Done Until 2014-11-30, with the restrictions listed above. — xaosflux Talk 13:24, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Hello, On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Bangla Wikipedia, we will be hosting and arranging a series of activities throughout Bangladesh to celebrate the anniversary as well as conduct outreach programs and university workshops throughout November, December and January. For this purpose, tomorrow we are going to arrange a workshop at State University of Bangladesh where i need to create mass accounts before starting the program. Thanks! ~ Nahid Talk 13:47, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Donexaosflux Talk 17:19, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi, I'm a trainer for Wikimedia UK, currently trying to create an account for people taking part in the training session at NIMR, I used to have this permission and was unaware I had it revoked. Thanks Mrjohncummings (talk) 12:18, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Account Creator gets removed if you dont use it for a while. — xaosflux Talk 21:41, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

File mover

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I've been a Commons contributor for many years now and would find it useful to have this right so that I can tidy up bad filenames when I come across them (which is often). Prioryman (talk) 10:59, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
(Non-administrator observation) If you wish to move files hosted on Commons, you are in the wrong page; it is Commons:Requests for rights.  revimsg 13:20, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done. Your most recent live edit to the file namespace on enwiki is from ~18 months ago. As -revi says, if you want the right on Commons you'll need to request it there. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:18, 20 November 2014 (UTC)


To rename files that need to be when I come across them. I understand the renaming policy and will use it prudently. Thanks! Earthsound (talk) 16:12, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
(Non-administrator observation) There isn't much to rename at enwiki anyways. This right is usually granted to those who have the tool at commons. We'll let the sysops here decide. Eurodyne (talk) 06:56, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the comment, Eurodyne. Yes, I don't run into very often on enwiki, but it'd be nice to change them myself. If I'm not granted file mover, I'll stick w/ the rename media template and perhaps try later. Earthsound (talk) 17:16, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done. You have seven live edits to the file namespace here, none of which are a rename request. Sorry, but I don't see that you have a use for the tool. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:21, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Template editor

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Although I do not regularly submit template edit requests, I've been working with templates for quite a while. I would be interested with helping keep the backlog down, which although never overwhelming, could do with a bit of pruning now and then. I would also be interested with occasionally editing edit notices; Although this is rarely needed, I have seen a few requests for this on IRC, so it would be useful to be able to fulfil these requests. --Mdann52talk to me! 16:21, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

User:Rich Farmbrough

From time to time I need to edit a template-editor protected template. I am a fairly experienced and active template editor, who has been editing templates in one way or another for over 10 years. Protected templates I have created include {{Asbox}} (used on about 2 million pages), {{Dated maintenance category}} (590k+ pages), {{DMCA}} (740k+ pages) and many many more. I have worked on almost all the very highly transcluded templates, including a complete re-work of the {{Portal}} (5 million pages +) template system that simplified and created a consistent look and feel across the project. I have a basic grasp of Lua. Face-smile.svg All the best: Rich Farmbrough18:52, 20 November 2014 (UTC).


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  • TheEpTic (talkcontribscounttotallogspage movesblock logemail) 20:43, 28 September 2014 (UTC) - I wish to use AWB to automate my tasks as a Wikipedia vandalism patroller, allowing me to fight vandalism easier and quicker. :)
    TheEpTic (not a not-done just curious) There has been an uptick in this request type recently - of all of the automation tools, I never really considered AWB an anti-vandalism tool like Huggle or STK; how are you going to make use of it for this type of activity? — xaosflux Talk 12:13, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
    Xaosflux, I wish to find vandalism easier by making automatic tasks that will find key words, such as a profanity. I will then manually check it over and I'll go from there on. That's just an example of one of the things I could possibly use it for with anti-vandalism. I'm sure there are many other things one could do with it. TheEpTic (talk) 12:18, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
    This is a very very bad way to find vandalism; Several articles include profanity anyway. Additionally, searching all our pages would 1. take ages and 2. use a lot of resources (unless you use a data dump). Can I suggest huggle or STiki instead? --Mdann52talk to me! 05:11, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
    Vandalism isn't just the only thing I wish to use it for. I'll also be using it for article cleaning such as dates and typo fixing. I already use Huggle for vandalism. TheEpTic (talk) 08:59, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
    (Bump) - Could somebody please look at this? It's been well over a month since the last reply. Thank you. TheEpTic (talk) 01:43, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
    X mark.svg Not done Please re-apply when you have 500 non-automated edits to article space. Anti-vandalism work is helpful but it doesn't show us whether you have any judgment about the quality of content. Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 00:56, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  • -revi (talkcontribscounttotallogspage movesblock logemail) Remove Hym411 and add -revi - I have been renamed on meta, so it should be changed. — revi^ 13:50, 3 October 2014 (UTC)


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