Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Administrator instructions

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Administrator instructions for Requests for permissions:

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 outlined at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions#Permissions and can be trusted not to abuse the tool(s).

Prerequisites[edit]

The prerequisites that candidates should meet for a given permission represent consensus but may be discounted at the discretion of the responding administrator. A brief outline of expectations can be found at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions#Permissions, but you may wish to review the corresponding documentation page for that permission for more information.

Responding to requests[edit]

Note if a request was recently declined for a given user/permission, a bot will comment with a link to that discussion. You may wish to ping the administrator who declined the previous request asking for their input before responding to the new request.

To grant the permission:

  • Grant the user right(s) to the user at Special:UserRights. Indicate the request was approved at WP:PERM (or a specific page therein) in the "Reason", along with any other information you deem appropriate.
  • Issue the corresponding notification template to the user for the permissions that were added:
Notification templates

To respond to the request:

  • On the permissions page, mark the request as approved or denied using {{done}} or {{not done}}. Include any relevant rationale for the decision. If you are revoking a permission, use the template {{revoked}} which will archive as done. If the user has withdrawn their request, you can mark it as {{withdrawn}} which will archive as not done. For some permissions, there is a convenient template for canned responses, such as with Confirmed and Rollback.
  • 36 hours after the last comment was made (or whatever is specified in the config), a bot will automatically archive the request. You can force the bot to archive as soon as possible with the code {{User:MusikBot/archivenow}}

Helper script: The above process can be expedited using the script User:MusikAnimal/userRightsManager.js. Once installed, click "assign permissions" on any PERM page, enter optional closing remarks in the popup dialog, and the script will grant the right with a permalink to the discussion, and issue the corresponding talk page template.

To override where the bot archives, use {{User:MusikBot/override|d}} for approved, or {{User:MusikBot/override|nd}} for denied. This will override any other {{done}} or {{not done}} templates, and make the bot ignore the user's rights.

To re-open a request, deactivate the resolution template using the code {{tl|template name}}, as with {{done}} or {{not done}}. Strikethroughs like <s>{{done}}</s> will still be registered as resolved by the bot.

Archiving

All requests are archived at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Archive as approved or denied. This is done as a historical reference, namely so that admins can review previously declined requests.

N hours after the last comment was made on a request (as specified by the bot's config), the discussion is removed from that page and an entry containing a PermaLink to the discussion is added to the archives, noting the user and the permission. This archiving process is fully automated and should not be attempted manually.

Bot clerking

For convenience, the requests for permissions pages are clerked by MusikBot. See User:MusikBot/PermClerk for more information on the tasks and how to configure them.

See also[edit]

Admin instructions[edit]

Admin guide[edit]