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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 account creator, autopatrolled, confirmed, file mover, extended confirmed, mass message sender, page mover, pending changes reviewer, rollback, template editor rights and AutoWikiBrowser access.
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.
Bot report: No errors! Report generated at 17:31, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


Handled here

User groups

  • 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 25 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.
  • AutoWikiBrowser (add request · view requests): AutoWikiBrowser is a semi-automated MediaWiki editor for Microsoft Windows, 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. This is not a true user right, but access needs to be granted by administrators just like other permissions. If approved, your name will be added to the CheckPage. Users with under 250 non-automated mainspace edits or 500 total mainspace edits are rarely approved. You only need to give a reason for wanting AWB access if you do not meet these qualifications.
  • 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.
  • Extended confirmed (add request · view requests): The extended confirmed flag is normally automatically added to accounts, but may be added to legitimate alternate accounts of users that already have this access. The flag allows users to edit pages under extended confirmed protection.
  • File mover (add request · view requests): 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.
  • Mass message sender (add request · view requests): Mass message sender enables users to send messages to multiple users at once. This flag is given to users who have had made requests for delivery in the past, clearly showing an understanding of the guidance for use.
  • Page mover (add request · view requests): The page mover user right allows users experienced in working with article names to move them, subject to policy, without leaving behind a redirect. They may also move all subpages when moving the parent page(s). General guidelines include making 3,000 edits and 6 months of editing history.
  • Pending changes reviewer (add request · view requests): The reviewer flag is granted to users who are experienced enough with Wikipedia editing and its policies for contributing to the process of reviewing articles placed under pending changes.
  • 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. Also, it is unlikely that editors with under 200 mainspace edits will have their request granted. 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 or modules), 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:

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 account creator, autopatrolled, confirmed, file mover, mass message sender, pending changes reviewer, rollback and template editor flags to any user who meets the criteria explained above and can be trusted not to abuse the tool(s). For convenience, a bot will automatically comment with relevant data if the user does not meet configurable qualifications. Even if the bot does not comment, administrators 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. N hours after the last comment was made (as specified by the config), the request will be archived automatically: approved requests will be placed here; declined requests will go here. See User:MusikBot/PermClerk#Archiving for more information on archiving functionality.

Current requests

Account creator



Have created many articles so I hope I qualify for this tool. Kurdistantolive (talk) 07:47, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done Several of your recent articles are entirely unsourced, such as Byara District. ~ Rob13Talk 03:22, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
I add source , can you see Byara District.Kurdistantolive (talk) 03:57, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
Only after another user reviewed it, which is the whole point here. Beeblebrox (talk) 05:34, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
I've responded at User_talk:BU_Rob13#Autopatrolled, where you provided the same message. ~ Rob13Talk 19:40, 23 October 2016 (UTC)



I have recently gotten involved with checking Wikipedia and doing section formatting, particularly with new articles. I would like to add WP:AWB to my toolbox. Gluons12 | 20:38, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Automated comment This user has approximately 260 non-automated edits in the mainspace. MusikBot talk 18:21, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
@Gluons12: Could you provide five sample diffs of changes you would like to make with AWB? ~ Rob13Talk 13:58, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
Sure. Here are a few, although most of these fixes would be situations where AWB would show me an issue that I would fix manually, instead of it being done automatically: [1][2][3][4][5] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gluons12 (talkcontribs) 18:46, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done There are a couple issues in the diffs you provided. I corrected one of the articles, as your edit caused information in the embedded infobox not to be displayed. Additionally, this is an edit which would be against the AWB rules of use, which bars cosmetic-only edits. You have about a dozen manual edits above our lower threshold of 250 according to the tool, and I see several within the list generated by the tool which were actually semi-automated with some of the more obscure tools that aren't screened out of by the manual edit counter. Please gain a bit more experience and familiarize yourself with the AWB rules of use before reapplying. ~ Rob13Talk 19:30, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


I'm working on {{infobox artwork}} and may need to edit a large number of pages to replace an old parameter. Beyond that, I'm positive this tool will be useful for more tasks in the future. I have a programming / web development background, don't have history of vandalism, and have over 250 non-automated edits in the mainspace, so there shouldn't be any problems getting this request through. I will be sure to familiarize myself well with the software before making any broad edits. Thanks. WClarke (talk) 17:56, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Automated comment This user has approximately 382 non-automated edits in the mainspace. MusikBot talk 06:51, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
@WClarke: Can you supply a diff or explanation of the exact change you may need to make? This might be better suited as a bot task. An estimated number of total edits would be helpful as well. See WP:BOTASSIST. ~ Rob13Talk 13:59, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
On {{infobox artwork}} (see discussion) we are in the process of depreciating the type parameter because it is ambiguous and is being used for many different purposes. The parameter is being replaced with medium, for material used to create the artwork and we currently are trying to replace all instances of type with the new parameter. Because type is being used for more than just material, my plan is to match all pages that use type for a specific material (e.g. "tempera" or "acrylic on canvas"), and then replace with medium. Examples:
  • 1 - I would match all pages that use type for "Woodcarving" and then change parameter to medium
  • 2 - Would do the same as above, but would match for "Oil on canvas"
I addition to changing from type to medium, I will also need to change from material to medium. In all, I think I will need to change a couple thousand articles, though many of those may need to be done manually. Thanks. WClarke (talk) 21:04, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


Would like to make quicker infobox and wikitable edits within WP:CANROADS articles. -- Acefitt 00:28, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done ~ Rob13Talk 19:35, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


I would like to fix links to redirects without diacritical marks. For example, fixing links to redirects such as Beyonce and Janelle Monae (without the "é" and "á"). TheKaphox T 13:18, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
@TheKaphox: Just to clarify, are you talking about mass changes of links from Beyonce to Beyoncé only where you'd be changing article text to include the diacritic, or all links including those which won't result in a visual change to the page? ~ Rob13Talk 19:37, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
@BU Rob13: The former - I'd want to change links from Beyonce to Beyoncé. TheKaphox T 19:41, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done @TheKaphox: Be especially careful to review all edits and ensure that you aren't making cosmetic-only changes. ~ Rob13Talk 19:48, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


Lately, I've been mostly engaged in typo and link fixing, and would like to give a try to AutoWikiBrowser. Thank you for your attention. Analytikone (talk) 11:27, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Automated comment This user has approximately 320 non-automated edits in the mainspace. MusikBot talk 11:31, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done Less than 400 edits total, with less than 50 edits since mid-2014. ~ Rob13Talk 19:39, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


Extended confirmed

File mover

User:Illegitimate Barrister

I've been here under this username for almost seven years, and been editing Wikipedia even longer than that. I'm also the 467th most active Wikipedian in the world. – Illegitimate Barrister (talkcontribs), 20:52, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Mass message sender

Page mover


I recently started a new project (WP:WILDFIRE) and have repeatedly needed to request non-controversial page moves in accordance with the project naming guidelines for pages. Rather than creating more work for other editors I would like to be able to make these moves on my own. Also would love to help out with that backlog when pages appear in it. I'm fairly certain I meet all 4 of the guidelines. Been an editor for nearly 5 years, Over 28,500 edits, requested multiple page moves and have never been blocked. I welcome any questions! Thanks. Zackmann08 (Talk to me/What I been doing) 23:08, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

User:Illegitimate Barrister

I've been here under this username for almost seven years, and been editing Wikipedia even longer than that. I'm also the 467th most active Wikipedian in the world. – Illegitimate Barrister (talkcontribs), 22:54, 22 October 2016 (UTC)


With some historic and recent frequenting of WP:RM for non-controversial moves, I figure I should apply for the right directly. SounderBruce 04:21, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


I have over 120,000 edits over ten years, with more than 2100 new articles created. I have found that I have an infrequent need to resolve page move and redirect situations and this permission would remove the need to appeal to an admin to make these moves on my behalf. - Ahunt (talk) 14:02, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

Pending changes reviewer


As a rollbacker, I thoroughly understand what Wikipedia articles should have on them and what makes an edit constructive. With pending changes reviewer rights, I will be able to use my knowledge to improve Wikipedia further. —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 22:42, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Widr (talk) 23:06, 22 October 2016 (UTC)



I've been on Wikipedia for 7 months now (over 800 edits, extended confirmed) and I come across a lot of vandalism in my days. It's really annoying to hope that it falls under the twinkle vandalism choice, which is different, but rollback would very much help me fight vandalism. Adotchar (talk) 21:13, 19 October 2016 (UTC)


Had a dozen consecutive reverts yesterday and I already see four today. Just discovered rollback; it would save quite bit of time. Thanks. Dmforcier (talk) 15:26, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Template editor