Wikipedia:Bureaucrats

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Bureaucrats are Wikipedia users, usually administrators, with additional technical ability to:

They are bound by policy and consensus only to grant administrator or bureaucrat access when doing so reflects the wishes of the community, usually after a successful request at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship. In the same fashion, they are expected to exercise judgement in granting or removing bot flags with the advice of the Bot Approvals Group. They are expected to be capable judges of consensus, and are expected to explain the reasoning for their actions on request and in a civil manner. Actions by bureaucrats are also bound by the policy on use of administrative rights.

Bureaucrats have been authorized by the community to remove administrator permissions in certain situations outlined below. Bureaucrats do not have the technical ability to remove bureaucrat rights from users or to grant or remove certain levels of access such as oversight or checkuser rights. These actions are performed by stewards, a multilingual group of individuals who serve all Wikimedia projects and are elected and reconfirmed annually by their users. Changes in user rights by stewards are recorded at meta:Special:Log/rights; for more information see m:Requests for permissions.

Users are granted bureaucrat status by community consensus. The process is similar to the process of granting administrator status, but the expectations for potential bureaucrats are higher and community consensus must be clearer. See Wikipedia:Requests for bureaucratship.

On the English Wikipedia, there are currently 22 bureaucrats.

Current bureaucrats[edit]

Name Timezone E-mail Other positions
28bytes (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET email Global renamer
Acalamari (talk · contribs · rights · renames) GMT email Global renamer
Addshore (talk · contribs · rights · renames) WET/WEST email BAG
Andrevan (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET email
Avraham (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET email OTRS  • CU  • OS  • Steward
Bibliomaniac15 (talk · contribs · rights · renames) PT email
Cecropia (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET email
Deskana (talk · contribs · rights · renames) PT email OTRS
Dweller (talk · contribs · rights · renames) GMT email OTRS  • OS  • Global renamer
EVula (talk · contribs · rights · renames) CT email
Kingturtle (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET (UTC−4/-5) email
Maxim (talk · contribs · rights · renames) email BAG  • Global renamer
MBisanz (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET (UTC−4/-5) email OS  • BAG  • Steward
Nihonjoe (talk · contribs · rights · renames) MT (UTC−6/-7) email OTRS  • Global renamer
Pakaran (talk · contribs · rights · renames) email
UninvitedCompany (talk · contribs · rights · renames) CT email
Useight (talk · contribs · rights · renames) MT email
Warofdreams (talk · contribs · rights · renames) GMT email
Wizardman (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET email
WJBscribe (talk · contribs · rights · renames) UTC/UTC+1 email Global renamer
Xaosflux (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET (UTC−4/-5) email BAG  • importer
Xeno (talk · contribs · rights · renames) ET (UTC−4/-5) email Global renamer
See also: Special:ListUsers/bureaucrat

Former bureaucrats[edit]

Extended content

Procedures [edit]

These are instructions and procedures concerning bureaucratic actions and processes.

Promotions and RfX closures[edit]

Note: Similar to non-administrators closing deletion discussions, Requests for adminship can be closed by non-bureaucrats in certain cases; for example if the user has withdrawn the request or the outcome is very unlikely to be positive (see WP:NOTNOW). Non-bureaucrats should be very careful in the latter case and only close RfAs when they are not in doubt. In such cases the requesting user should always be asked to consider withdrawal first.
  • Wait at least seven days after the listing was made on Wikipedia:Requests for adminship or Wikipedia talk:Bot Approvals Group
  • Check the history for the transcluded page to be reasonably sure that the comments are genuine
  • Determine whether there is a consensus that the person should be promoted using the traditional rules of thumb and your best judgement
  • Edit the nomination. Add the relevant header and footer to the discussion page, remembering to substitute:
Discussion Header Footer
Successful RfA {{subst:rfap}} {{subst:rfab}}
Unsuccessful RfA {{subst:rfaf}} {{subst:rfab}}
Successful RfB {{subst:rfbp}} {{subst:rfbb}}
Unsuccessful RfB {{subst:rfbf}} {{subst:rfbb}}
On hold RfA {{subst:rfah}} {{subst:rfab}}
On hold RfB {{subst:rfbh}} {{subst:rfbb}}
Successful BAG {{subst:rfbagp}} {{subst:rfbagb}}
Unsuccessful BAG {{subst:rfbagf}} {{subst:rfbagb}}
For requests for adminship or bureaucratship
For requests for membership in the Bot Approvals Group
  • Inform the user of the result, whether it is successful or unsuccessful (perhaps using one of the optional templates)

Removal of permissions [edit]

Bureaucrats may remove the "administrator" user right from an account in some situations[3]:

Bureaucrats should include a permanent link to the request or relevant policy when removing permissions. If necessary, the affected user should be immediately notified and given a reason for the removal along with advice on seeking the reinstatement of the permissions.

Should the extended confirmed group have been removed from the account since becoming an administrator, it should be restored when removing administrator permissions.

The use of these procedures is not intended to constrain the authority of the Wikimedia Stewards to undertake emergency removal of permissions on their own discretion, or removal following a request from the Arbitration Committee, pursuant to the relevant policies governing Steward actions.

Deceased Wikipedians[edit]

If an editor is verified as having died, all permissions on the account should be removed. Unless the account is suspected of being compromised, it should not be blocked. For Checkuser, Oversight and Bureaucrat rights, which cannot be removed locally, a request to remove those should be posted on m:Steward requests/Permissions#Removal of access. See also WP:DWG.

Inactive bureaucrat accounts [edit]

There are two separate activity requirements applicable to bureaucrat accounts:

  1. Bureaucrat accounts which have been completely inactive for at least one calendar year (without any edits or other logged actions) may have their bureaucrat permissions removed. The bureaucrat must be contacted on their user talk page and via email one month before the removal of permissions and again several days before the request is made. Should the bureaucrat remain inactive, another bureaucrat may request the procedural removal of permissions. This is not to be considered a reflection on the user's use of, or rights to, the tools. If an inactive bureaucrat returns to Wikipedia, they may request restoration of the permissions at the bureaucrats' noticeboard provided they have not been inactive for three consecutive years.
  2. Bureaucrats are expected to exercise the duties granted by their role while remaining cognizant of relevant community standards concerning their tasks. If a bureaucrat does not participate in bureaucrat activity[4] for over three years, their bureaucrat permissions may be removed. The user must be notified on their talk page and by email one month before the removal, and again a few days prior to the removal. If the user does not return to bureaucrat activity, another bureaucrat may request the removal of permissions at meta:Steward requests/Permissions. Permissions removed for not meeting bureaucrat activity requirements may be re-obtained through a new request for bureaucratship.

Restoration of permissions [edit]

In the case that a former administrator or bureaucrat requests their permissions be restored via the bureaucrats' noticeboard:

  1. Check that the user in question is indeed a former administrator or bureaucrat (in particular, a bureaucrat restoring permissions should satisfy themselves that the account has not been compromised since the permissions were relinquished).
  2. Check their talk page history and any pertinent discussions or noticeboards for indications that they may have resigned (or become inactive) for the purpose, or with the effect, of evading scrutiny of their actions that could have led to sanctions.[5]
  3. To allow time for requests to be checked thoroughly, it is required that a minimum of 24 hours elapse for multiple bureaucrats and other editors to comment on the request before restoring permissions. This time may be lengthened at a bureaucrat's discretion, if new information arises.
  4. If a former administrator ("lengthy inactivity") or bureaucrat ("inactive bureaucrat accounts") has been inactive (defined by zero edits or logged actions) for a period of three years or longer after the removal of permissions (or for three years from the last edit or log action in the case of permissions removed due to inactivity), they must be successful in a new request for adminship or bureaucratship to have the permission(s) restored.
  5. If the permission is restored, list the user at Wikipedia:List of resysopped users.

Bot flags[edit]

  1. Bot flags may be granted or removed in accordance with the bot policy, often on the advice of the Bot Approvals Group.
  2. (On process page) Ensure that the request is compliant with relevant policies and guidelines and that a Bot Approvals Group member asked for the bot to be flagged.
    Bot flags may also be granted or removed in other situations (such as requests to the bureaucrats' noticeboard or other noticeboard discussions).
  3. Use Special:UserRights to set or remove the flag, with a link to the approved BRFA or permanent link to the relevant discussion as the rationale.

Mailing list[edit]

A Bureaucrat mailing list was established in March 2009,[6] but was retired following a discussion in 2017.[7] It was intended as a convenient way to notify bureaucrats about urgent matters or, on rare occasions, to discuss private matters.

Any issue that is neither urgent nor necessarily private should instead be handled at the appropriate on-wiki venue, for instance at the bureaucrats' noticeboard. For sensitive matters you may contact an individual bureaucrat directly.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The bureaucrat privilege may be removed by Steward request in certain situations (including if an account appears to be compromised).
  2. ^ From July 2005 until April 2015, bureaucrats were also responsible for carrying out username changes. As a result of the final implementation of global accounts, username changes must now be completed globally by a user with centralauth-rename rights on meta (Global renamers and Stewards). Due to their experience in this area, many bureaucrats also hold those rights and continue to perform username changes.
  3. ^ Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Bureaucrat removal of adminship policy
  4. ^ Bureaucrat activity is widely construed and includes acting or commenting as a bureaucrat at any venue including WP:BN/RFA/RFB/RFBAG/BRFA and responding to requests in their capacity as a global renamer or signalling that they remain actively engaged and available for bureaucrat tasks.
  5. ^ In particular, see Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Scientology#Return of access levels: an administrator who requests desysopping while an arbitration case or a request for arbitration is pending against him or her will be deemed to have left under circumstances of controversy, unless the Arbitration Committee decides otherwise, for purposes of applying this rule.
  6. ^ It was at [mail:wikien-bureaucrats|wikien-bureaucrats]
  7. ^ Bureaucrats' noticeboard discussion to retire mailing list