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A contributor's ability to perform certain actions in Wikipedia depends on their user access level. This is determined by whether the editor is logged in to an account, whether the account has a sufficient age and number of edits, and what additional rights ("user groups", also called "flags" or "bits") have been assigned manually to the account.

Everyone is able to read Wikipedia. Unless they are blocked, they may freely edit most pages without the need to be logged in. Being logged in gives users a number of advantages including the ability to create new pages. Accounts more than a certain number of days old with more than a certain number of edits automatically become autoconfirmed. Further access levels need to be assigned manually by a user with the appropriate authority. An editor with more experience and good standing can attempt to become an administrator (sysop), which provides a large number of advanced permissions. A number of other flags for specialized tasks are also available.


All visitors to the site, including unregistered users, are part of the '*' group, and all logged-in users are also part of the 'user' group. Users are automatically promoted into the Autoconfirmed/Established users pseudo-group when their account is more than four days old and has ten edits. Other flags are only given upon request; some, such as 'rollbacker' or 'bot', are granted unilaterally if the user demonstrates a need for them (see Wikipedia:Requests for permissions and Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval). Others, such as 'sysop' and 'bureaucrat', are given only after community discussion and consensus at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship. Users are only made members of groups such as 'oversight' and 'checkuser' with the approval of the Arbitration Committee and after confirming their identity with the Wikimedia Foundation.

User groups

The system-generated technical permissions are listed at Special:ListGroupRights.

Unregistered (not logged in) users

"WP:IP" redirects here. For intellectual property, see Wikipedia:Copyrights.

Contributors who are not logged in are identified by their IP address rather than a user name, whether or not they have already registered an account. They may read all Wikipedia pages (except restricted special pages), and edit pages that are not protected (with the exception of Pending changes protected/ move-protected articles). They may create talk pages in any talk namespace but need to ask for help to create pages in some parts of the wiki. They cannot upload files or images. They must answer a CAPTCHA if they wish to make an edit which involves the addition of one or more external links, and click a confirm link to purge pages. All users may also query the site API in 500-record batches.

Edit screens of unregistered users are headed by a banner that reads:

New users

Users who edit through an account they have registered may immediately create pages in any namespace (except the MediaWiki namespace, and limited to eight per minute) and may also e-mail other users if they activate an email address in their user preferences. All logged-in users may mark edits as minor. They may purge pages without a confirmation step, but are still required to answer a CAPTCHA when adding external links. They may save books to their userspace but not the Books namespace. They may also customize their Wikimedia interface and its options as they wish, via Special:Preferences or by adding personal CSS or JavaScript rules to their vector.css or vector.js files.

Autoconfirmed and confirmed users

Not to be confused with Wikipedia:Autochecked users.

Several actions on the English Wikipedia are restricted to user accounts that have been created for a certain number of days and which have made a certain number of edits. Users who meet these requirements are considered part of the pseudo-group 'autoconfirmed'. The conditions for autoconfirmed status are checked every time a user attempts to perform a restricted action; if they are met, permission is granted automatically by the software. Although the precise requirements for autoconfirmed status vary according to circumstances, most English Wikipedia user accounts that are more than four days old and have made at least 10 edits are considered autoconfirmed. However, users with IPBE editing through the Tor network are subjected to stricter autoconfirmed thresholds: 90 days and 100 edits.

Autoconfirmed or confirmed status is required to move pages, edit semi-protected pages, and upload files or upload a new version of an existing file. Autoconfirmed users are no longer required to enter a CAPTCHA for most events; they may mark pages created by others as patrolled in Special:NewPages and save books to the Books namespace. In addition, the Edit filter has a number of warning settings that only affect editors who are not autoconfirmed.

In some situations, it is necessary for accounts to be exempted from the customary confirmation period. The 'confirmed' group contains the same rights as the 'autoconfirmed' pseudo-group, but can be granted by administrators as necessary. There is no point in giving this right to a user whose account is already autoconfirmed, because it provides exactly the same abilities. To request this permission see Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Confirmed. See Special:ListUsers/confirmed for a list of the 421 confirmed users.

As of 1 August 2014, there were approximately 1.4 million autoconfirmed users on English Wikipedia, of which the vast majority are inactive. See Special:ActiveUsers for recently active users.

Administrators and bureaucrats


Administrator rights are granted by the community at Requests for Adminship (RfA).[1] The RfA process involves considerable discussion and examination of their activities as an editor. Users who are members of this user group have access to a number of tools to allow them to carry out certain functions on the wiki. The tools cover processes such as page deletion, page protection, blocking and unblocking, access to modify fully protected pages and the Mediawiki interface. Administrators also have the ability to grant and remove account creator, rollback, ipblock-exempt, confirmed user, file mover, pending changes reviewer, autopatrolled, template editor and edit filter manager rights to other users, and to their own alternate accounts. By convention, administrators also normally take responsibility for judging the outcome of certain discussions requiring these technical controls (such as deletions). Administrators are not granted special editorial control over article content.

See Special:ListUsers/sysop for a list of the 1331 administrators, also known as "sysops" (system operators). The two terms are used interchangeably.



Bureaucrat rights are granted by the community at Requests for Bureaucratship (RfB) to exceptionally trusted users who are allowed to perform certain actions on other users' accounts.

Bureaucrats have extended access to Special:UserRights, enabling them to add users to the 'bureaucrat' group (but not remove them),[2] and both add users to and remove users from the 'administrator'[3] and 'bot' user groups. Bureaucrats who are also Global renamers can use meta:Special:GlobalRenameUser to rename users (including themselves).

See Special:ListUsers/bureaucrat for a list of the 32 bureaucrats.

Other flags giving access to specialized functions

Pending changes reviewer

Members of this group can review other users' edits to articles placed under pending changes protection. This right is automatically assigned to administrators. Prior to September 2014, this right was known as "reviewer".

See Special:ListUsers/reviewer for a list of the 6443 reviewers.


Users who are given the rollback flag ('rollbacker' user group) may revert consecutive revisions of an editor using the rollback feature. This right is automatically assigned to administrators.

See Special:ListUsers/rollbacker for a list of the 5421 rollbackers.


Members of this group have 'autopatrol', which allows them to have their pages automatically patrolled on the New Pages list. This right is automatically assigned to administrators. Prior to June 2010, this right was known as "autoreviewer".

See Special:ListUsers/autoreviewer for a list of the 3281 autoreviewers.

File mover

The file mover user right is intended to allow users experienced in working with files to rename them, subject to policy, with the ease that autoconfirmed users already enjoy when renaming Wikipedia articles. This right is automatically assigned to administrators.

See Special:ListUsers/filemover for a list of the 378 additional filemovers.



Users who are given the accountcreator flag ('accountcreator' user group) are not affected by the 6 account creation limit per day per IP, and can create accounts for other users without restriction. Users in this group can also override the anti-spoof checks on account creation. This right is automatically assigned to administrators and bureaucrats.[4] Additionally, account creators are able to create accounts with names that are otherwise blocked by the title blacklist.

See Special:ListUsers/accountcreator for a list of the 129 additional account creators.

Template editor

Members of this group are allowed to edit pages protected with template protection as well as create and edit editnotices. Template protection is only applied to pages in the template and module namespaces. It is intended to allow experienced template and module coders to make changes without having to request that an administrator make the edits for them.

See Special:ListUsers/templateeditor for a list of the 116 template editors.


Users who are given the ipblock-exempt flag ('ipblock-exempt' user group) are not affected by autoblocks and blocks of IP addresses and ranges that aren't made with the "anonymous users only" setting. This right is automatically assigned to administrators and bots, however the flag must be added separately to enable editing from IP addresses affected by Tor blocks.

See Special:ListUsers/ipblock-exempt for a list of the 285 affected users.

Edit Filter managers


Members of this group can create, modify and delete edit filters. This flag is given and removed by administrators. It is not assigned to administrators by default.

See Special:ListUsers/abusefilter for a list of the 171 filter editors. All users can check their abuse log on the Special:AbuseFilter pages.


Users who are given the oversight flag ('oversight' user group) have access to additional functions on the deletion and block screens through which they can permanently hide revisions of pages from all users, and Special:Log/suppress, where they can view a log of such actions and the content of the hidden revisions. This right is only granted to exceedingly few users who are at least 18 years old and have identified themselves to the Wikimedia Foundation. Oversights are also required to be administrators.[1]

See Special:ListUsers/oversight for a list of the 50 oversight administrators.


Users who are given the checkuser flag ('checkuser' user group) have access to Special:CheckUser. They are able to view a list of all IP addresses used by a user account to edit the English Wikipedia, a list of all edits made by an IP, or all user accounts that have used an IP address. They may also view a log of such requests. This right is only granted to exceedingly few users who are at least 18 years old and have identified themselves to the Wikimedia Foundation. Checkusers are also required to be administrators.[1]

See Special:ListUsers/checkuser for a list of the 39 CheckUser administrators.

Course coordinator, instructor, online and campus volunteer


Members of these user groups (in addition to administrators) can manage course pages in the "Education Program:" namespace. Course coordinator rights (as well as the instructor, online volunteer and campus volunteer rights) are assigned by administrators. Course coordinators may assign "course online volunteer", "course campus volunteer", and "course instructor" rights to other users. Online and campus volunteers, respectively, can designate themselves as supporters for individual courses (whom students can turn to for help, online or in person). They do this by going to the course page and using the software interface to associate their account with the course.

Mass message sender

Members of this group may send messages to multiple users at once. See Special:ListUsers/massmessage-sender for a list of the 39 mass message senders .

Other flagged accounts


Accounts used by approved bots to make pre-approved edits can be flagged as such. Bot accounts are automated or semi-automated, the nature of their edits is well defined, and they will be quickly blocked if their actions vary from their given tasks, so they need less scrutiny than human edits.

For this reason, contributions from accounts with the bot flag ('bot' user group) are not displayed in recent changes or watchlists to users who have opted to hide bot edits. Minor edits made by bot accounts to user talk pages do not trigger the "you have new messages" banner. Bot accounts can query the API in batches of 5,000 rather than 500.

See Special:ListUsers/bot for a list of the 351 bots.


The founder group was created on the English Wikipedia by developer Tim Starling,[when?] without community input, as a unique group for Jimmy Wales. The group gives Wales full access to user rights. As 'local founder actions' are usually of great interest to the local community, and are only relevant to the English Wikipedia, the local 'founder' right also has the benefit of allowing Wales' actions to be visible in the English Wikipedia rights log; actions performed with the global founder bit are not visible in that record, but only on the log at Metawiki.



The 'researcher' group was created in April 2010 to allow individuals explicitly approved by the Wikimedia Foundation to perform a title search for deleted pages and view deleted history entries but not to view the actual revisions of deleted pages.[5] Policies governing the access level are under development by the Wikimedia Foundation Research Committee (RCom) and being discussed here at Wikipedia talk:FAQ/Research.

See Special:ListUsers/researcher for a list of the at the moment 10 researchers and meta:Research:Special API permissions/Log for further details.

Importers and Transwiki


Transwiki and Importers are flags which give permissions on Special:Import. This interface allows users to move pages between Wikimedia wikis (for instance, to copy an article written in English on another-language wiki, while preserving full edit history). Although MediaWiki software provides the ability to import articles directly from XML (which may come from any wiki site), on en.wikipedia and most other Wikimedia projects this requires a special user right 'importupload' (formerly known as 'importraw'), which is restricted to Stewards and occasionally one or two other highly trusted users.

See Special:ListUsers/import for the 2 as of 2015 remaining importers. All users can use Special:Export. See also the import log, Transwiki log, Help:Import and WP:RFPI.


Members of the Oauthadmin user group manage OAuth consumers, all users can manage their connected apps on Special:OAuthManageMyGrants.[6]

Indefinitely blocked users

In general, rights of editors blocked indefinitely should be left as is. Rights specifically related to the reason for blocking may be removed at the discretion of the blocking or unblocking administrators.[7]

Global rights

Global rights have effects on all public Wikimedia wikis, but their use may be restricted by local policy, see Wikipedia:Global rights policy. For an automatically generated list of global groups with all their permissions, see Special:GlobalGroupPermissions. For a list of users along with their global groups, see Special:GlobalUsers.


See also: meta:Steward

Stewardship is an elected role, and stewards are appointed globally across all public Wikimedia wikis.

Users who are members of the 'steward' user group may grant and revoke any permission to or from any user on any wiki operated by the Wikimedia Foundation which allows open account creation. This group is set on MetaWiki, and may use meta:Special:Userrights to set permissions on any Wikimedia wiki; they may add or remove any user from any group configured on metawiki. Stewards generally act only when there is no user on a particular wiki that can make the necessary change. This includes granting of the 'administrator' or 'bureaucrat' access levels on wikis which do not have any local bureaucrats, and removing such flags if the user resigns or the account is acting maliciously. Stewards are also responsible for granting and revoking access levels such as 'oversight' and 'checkuser', as no other group is capable of making such changes except staff/sysadmins.

Stewards can also act as checkusers, oversighters, bureaucrats or administrators on wikis which do not have active local members of those groups. For example, if a wiki has a passing need for an edit to be oversighted, a steward can add themselves to the 'oversight' user group on that wiki, perform the necessary function, and then remove themselves from the 'oversight' group using their steward rights.

Most steward actions are logged at meta:Special:Log/rights or meta:Special:Log/gblrights (some go to meta:Stewards/Additional log for global changes). See Special:GlobalUsers/steward or meta:Special:ListUsers/steward for a list of users in this group.

Other global user groups


  • As a function of the Requests for adminship and Requests for Bureaucratship processes, all bureaucrats on the English Wikipedia are also administrators, and so have all the permissions of the 'sysop' user group in addition to those rights from the 'bureaucrat' group. However this is not a requirement of the MediaWiki software; it is technically possible for a user to be a bureaucrat without also being an admin.
  • Deprecated permissions are either no longer assigned to any group, or the group to which they are assigned is no longer populated.
  • Special:ListGroupRights is an automatically generated list of granted user group rights. The below table is manually updated.
Granted Inherited Denied Revoked Depends Limited

Allows user(s) to… Blocked users Unregistered
Registered accounts Auto-confirmed
and Confirmed
Bots Administrators Bureaucrats other groups
abusefilter-log view the abuse log                
abusefilter-log-detail view detailed abuse log entries                
abusefilter-modify modify abuse filters               Edit Filter managers
abusefilter-view view abuse filters                
abusefilter-revert revert all changes by a given abuse filter                
apihighlimits request API queries in batches of 5,000, rather than 500               Researcher  
autoconfirmed edit semi-protected pages            
autopatrol automatically mark all edits made by the user as patrolled               autopatrolled, Global rollbacker  
bigdelete delete pages with over 5,000 revisions               steward
block block an IP address, user name, or range of IPs, from editing              
bot edit without their edits showing up in recent changes                
checkuser see all IP addresses used by a registered user or to show all edits from a given IP address               checkuser, ombudsman
collectionsaveascommunitypage Save books as community page in the book namespace                
collectionsaveasuserpage Save books as user subpage                
createaccount create a new user account for themselves or another user             account creator  
createpage create a new page                
createtalk create a new talk page                
delete delete a page with ≤ 5,000 revisions              
deletedhistory view the history of a deleted page or a user's deleted contributions             Researcher  
deletedtext view the text of deleted revisions               ombudsman
deleterevision access RevisionDelete tool for viewing, deleting, restoring the text, edit summary, and/or username of a revision                
edit edit any page which is not protected                
editinterface edit the MediaWiki namespace to affect the interface             Interface editors
edittalk edit their own talk page              
ep-addstudent Enroll users as student               Education Program staff
ep-becampus Add or remove yourself as campus ambassador from terms               Education Program campus ambassadors, Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-beinstructor Add or remove yourself as instructor from courses               Education Program instructors, Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-beonline Add or remove yourself as online ambassador from terms               Education Program online ambassadors, Education Program staff
ep-bereviewer Add or remove yourself as reviewer from articles                
ep-bulkdelcourses Bulk delete courses               Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-bulkdelorgs Bulk delete institutions               Education Program staff
ep-campus Add or remove campus ambassadors to courses               Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-course Manage Education Program courses               Education Program online ambassadors, Education Program instructors, Education Program campus ambassadors, Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-enroll Enroll in Education Program courses                
ep-instructor Add or remove instructors to courses               Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-online Add or remove online ambassadors to courses               Education Program staff
ep-org Manage Education Program institutions               Education Program online ambassadors, Education Program instructors, Education Program campus ambassadors, Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-remarticle Dissasociate articles from students               Education Program online ambassadors, Education Program instructors, Education Program campus ambassadors, Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-remreviewer Remove reviewers from articles               Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-remstudent Remove students from courses               Education Program instructors, Education Program admins, Education Program staff
ep-token See Education Program enrollment tokens               Education Program online ambassadors, Education Program instructors, Education Program campus ambassadors, Education Program admins, Education Program staff
editusercssjs edit .css or .js subpages of other users              
hiderevision permanently hide revisions from public view               oversight
import Import pages from other wikis               Importers and Transwiki importers
importupload import pages from a locally stored XML file               import
ipblockexempt be unaffected by blocks applied to the user's IP address or a range (CIDR) containing it.               Ipblock-exempt
markbotedits mark rollback as bot edits, to keep them out of recent changes               Global rollbacker
minoredit make an edit marked as 'minor'                

Permission Allows user(s) to… Blocked users Unregistered
Registered accounts Auto-confirmed
and Confirmed
Bots Administrators Bureaucrats other groups
move change the title of a page by moving it                
movefile change the title of a file by moving it               file movers
move-rootuserpages Move root user pages                
move-subpages Move pages with their subpages                
nominornewtalk minor edits by this user to user talk pages do not trigger the "you have new messages" banner                
noratelimit Not be affected by rate limits               account creator, Global rollbacker
override-antispoof blocks the creation of accounts with mixed-script, confusing and similar usernames               account creator
oversight view revisions that have been permanently hidden               oversight
patrol state that they have checked a page that appeared in Special:Newpages                
protect change protection levels, edit and move protected pages              
purge purge a page by adding &action=purge to the URL                
read read pages                
renameuser change the name of an existing account               Global renamer, Stewards
reupload overwrite an existing unprotected file                
reupload-own Overwrite existing files uploaded by oneself                
rollback use a special link to more easily revert a bad edit             Rollbacker, global rollbacker
sendemail e-mail a user (using Special:EmailUser/username) who have associated an email address with themselves              
skipcaptcha Perform captcha triggering actions without having to go through the captcha              
suppressredirect not create a redirect from the old name when moving a page             Global rollbacker
tboverride Override the title blacklist             Template editors
tboverride-account Override the username blacklist             Template editors, Account creators
undelete undelete a previously deleted page or specific revisions from it, view deleted revisions              
unwatchedpages view a list of pages which are not on anyone's watchlist              
upload upload a media file                
userrights change the user groups of another user           ± rollbacker
± Ipblock-exempt
± accountcreator
± autopatrolled
± Edit Filter managers
± Confirmed
± Filemover
± Reviewer
± Template editor
± Mass message sender
- Ipblock-exempt
± accountcreator
± Filemover
± Reviewer
± administrator
± bot
± flow bot
+ bureaucrat
steward, founder
± any
writeapi Use of the write API                

Permission Allows user(s) to… Blocked users Unregistered
Registered accounts Auto-confirmed
and Confirmed
Bots Administrators Bureaucrats other groups

  • The userright proxyunbannable is assigned to administrators but has no effect since WMF wikis use mw:Extension:TorBlock instead of the default mediawiki proxy blocker. Administrators are not exempt from tor blocks, only users in the IP block exemptions usergroup are, due to the torunblocked userright.
  • IPs and new users are limited to 8 edits per minute. Autoconfirmed or confirmed users who are in no usergroup with the noratelimit userright are limited to 8 moves per minutes. Rollbackers in the same situation are limited to 100 rollbacks per minute.[8] Account creations are subject to an IP based limit, set at 6 for WMF wikis, but users with noratelimit are unaffected.

User access level changes

Key to Rights
Granted Inherited Denied
Key to Project
Local Global Restricted
Confirmed Bot Administrator Bureaucrat Pending changes reviewer Rollbacker Checkuser Autopatrolled Oversight Import Ipblock-Exempt Edit Filter managers Account Creator File mover
give take give take give take give take give take give take give take give take give take give take give take give take give take give take
Steward 1

^1 Because bureaucrats were granted the ability to do this, stewards would refer most ordinary requests for removal of the sysop permission to them, but retain the right to remove the sysop permission when appropriate (such as emergencies or requests from the Arbitration Committee).


  1. ^ a b c The Wikimedia Foundation has stated that an "RFA or RFA-identical process" is required for users to be granted access to deleted revisions and hence have the administrator user right.
  2. ^ MediaWiki default settings are that the 'bureaucrats' group has the userrights flag (giving access to Special:UserRights) and can add or remove any flags. However this can be modified by mw:Manual:$wgAddGroups and mw:Manual:$wgRemoveGroups to restrict adding/removing flags to specified ones. Wikimedia's settings file uses these, and by default bureaucrats can only remove bot flags and add administrator, bureaucrat and bot flags. English Wikipedia, or 'enwiki', settings additionally permit adding accountcreator and removal of ipblock-exempt and accountcreator; which administrators can do anyway, and removal of sysop.
  3. ^ Since August 2011, per Bugzilla: 18390
  4. ^ "Project:Account creators". MediaWikiWiki. 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-01. DefaultSettings.php grants the noratelimit user right to bureaucrats and sysops. 
  5. ^ The group has access to the browsearchive and deletedhistory rights, as well apihighlimits (Wikimedia NOC)
  6. ^ "User group rights". MediaWikiWiki. 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-10. Manage OAuth consumers (mwoauthmanageconsumer) 
  7. ^ See the RfC at Wikipedia talk:User access levels/Archive 2#Rights of indef blocked users.
  8. ^ The API query can be used to check those values.

See also