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Please twiddle my admin bit, I'm going afk for a long period of time, and though I'm pretty confident my password is safe, we shouldn't have unused admin accounts laying around. [[User:Fvw|Fvw]] 01:25, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
===Temporary permissions for emergency or technical access===
===Temporary permissions for emergency or technical access===

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This page enables stewards to handle permissions requests, including the giving and taking of administrator, bureaucrat, checkuser, and oversight rights, for all Wikimedia wikis which do not have a local permissions procedure. If you are requesting adminship or bureaucratship, and your wiki has a local bureaucrat, submit your request to that user or to the relevant local request page (see the index of request pages). Requests for bot status, URL blacklisting and whitelisting, and CheckUser queries belong elsewhere.

Interface-translations are done at Betawiki.

For urgent requests, such as to combat large-scale vandalism on a small wiki, contact a steward in the #wikimedia-stewardsconnect IRC channel (see a web-based IRC client). In emergencies only, type !steward in the channel to inform stewards that you need help.

Please only make requests here after gaining the on-wiki approval of your local community.

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Crosswiki requests
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Using this page

  1. Place the following code at the bottom of the appropriate section below:
    ====user name@xxproject====
     |status    = <!--don't change this line-->
     |domain    =
     |user name =
    Thank you! ~~~~
  2. Fill in the values:
    • 'domain': the wiki's URL domain (like "ex.wikipedia" or "meta.wikimedia").
    • 'user name': the name of the user whose rights are to be changed (like "Exampleuser"). Leave it blank and list them yourself if you're requesting access for multiple bots.
    • 'discussion': a link to the local vote or discussion about the rights change (for example, "[[ex:Wikipedia:Requests_for_adminship#ExampleUser]]").
  3. If anything is missing from your request, a steward will request more information.

Confirmation of identity

Certain permissions (notably CheckUser and Oversight) additionally require users to confirm their identity. Users requesting these permissions must make a request below, and must also submit the relevant identification to the Foundation. The request is placed on hold temporarily, until receipt has been formally confirmed by the office.

Instructions for how you can confirm your identity can be found at: Steward handbook/email templates.

For stewards: Identification noticeboard.


Administrator access

See administrator for information about the position. Requests for temporary permissions and removal of access belong in other sections. Admins doing cross-wiki work may wish to see IRC/wikimedia-admin for information about joining #wikimedia-admin.

Bureaucrat access

See bureaucrat for information about the position. In principle, requests for temporary bureaucrat access are not granted.

user Guérin Nicolas@wowikipedia

Thank you! Guérin Nicolas (messages) 10:01, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

I've added the bot policy to the pages here. Waiting for a steward to assign the rights global bot to this wiki. Laaknor 10:18, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
Oh, I added the wiki to the set this morning. Just forgot to mention it. Anyhow, 5 votes is really a borderline case. Let's see what other stewards think. --FiliP × 19:10, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
It is borderline. The wiki previously elected a crat with 6, apparently. I've sent a note to the mailing list to solicit more views. ++Lar: t/c 20:26, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
I'm not in favorof granting, looking at the votes. One of the votes is the candidate himself, one is Jose77 with edits mainly in 2007, two are users with less then 10 edits from other projects (fr: and it:). So actually, I only count one really good vote. So, I'm sorry, but that pulls the case over the borderline I think. Effeietsanders 20:41, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
I agree with Effeietsanders conclusion, there seems to be one vote, that is not enough for bureaucrat, sorry, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 20:56, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
This is a really small wiki with less than 1000 articles. Please have a look at the active people on this wiki and you will see that we are... 3! We need highly the help of bots and someone to take care about them. However, last bureaucrat gave up and i didn't see any active steward on this wiki since a long time. If you think that you can take care and do a better job on this wiki than active people there, please do it. Guérin Nicolas (messages) 21:54, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
Hello Guérin Nicolas, this is not about saying that someone would do a better job than You, it is just that there is no need for a local bureaucrat in such small communities, wo:Wikipedia:Bot and wo:Wikipedia:Yorkat are not spammed with backlogs. Stewards don't have to be active in the local community to help (and their actions won't be seen locally), the botrequests can be added to SRB and requests for permissions here.
Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 22:11, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
Let me present you the things how it happened :
1) We saw that bot flag requests on the Bureaucrat's page were not satisfied anymore
2) So we decided to have a second bureaucrat because bot flag requests are existing on this wiki and still on demand.
3) I checked how many bots we have and i counted 35 (see here), this number justifies that some of them need to get a bot flags.
4) We decided to write a bot policy to allow global bot and to get a new bureaucrat to flag new bot. The idea behind is that this wiki is badly organised and that's maybe the reason why it doesn't attract people anymore.
5) We ran an election with the few people we have and try to get a maximum of vote. As i know there's no obligation for such votation on such wiki to exclude "old contributors" or "new contributors" (same as a votation on Commons), so the 4 votes are valid.
6) What you propose me in exchange is to check the Bureaucrat's page if there's a bot flag request, then if there's one request i have to go on SRB to make a new request, or to explain to people who want their bot flagged that they should go directly on SRB because we don't have bureaucrat anymore... This is really complicated in my oppinion and that's not helping us.
Please consider that there was an election and that this is election is over. I have impression really that we did this for nothing finally. How many votes do we need totally to have right to get a bureaucrat? Guérin Nicolas (messages) 23:04, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
Can you ask the current 'crat to stand down, to clear the way for stewards to help you more easily? Because you have a very thin election turnout, and some of those folk are not huge contributors to your wiki. I'm inclined to think that it would be better to wait until your community grows further. I am sensing a potential consensus here among the stewards that this election is too small. ++Lar: t/c 23:14, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
The problem is that this community never grew since it exists, it was always less than 5 active people, some coming, some leaving. We try to attract more people by organizing better this wiki, and recently more people were interested to contribute on this wiki, that's why for the 'crat election you saw voters having few contributions. I can make that the election is opened for a longer time and ask 2/3 other active contributors to vote. For the current 'crat, i already left a message on his talk page for the election, i will try to contact him again but i cannot promise that he will answer. I understand what you mean, two bureaucrats are maybe to much for such a small wiki. But a biggest problem is too have no activ bureaucrat at all. Guérin Nicolas 12:07, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
Guérin Nicolas and I talked a bit on IRC and I think the agreement was to wait a while for the local bureaucrats response, and to ask the users who requested bot-status on the local bureaucrats user-talk to come to SRB or the new local requestpage. Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 21:49, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

CheckUser access

To request CheckUser information, see Meta:Requests for CheckUser information. This is the place to request CheckUser access. Note that temporary CheckUser access is not permitted and the temporary status is only used by Stewards.

Stewards: When someone asks for CheckUser status, please check the current policy regarding bestowal of status before giving the status. The current mail template to use to request identification from the new CU can be found here. Do not grant CheckUser access unless the user is identified to the foundation, which will be announced on the Identification noticeboard. Breaching these rules may be cause for removing your steward access. When you give someone CheckUser, please list them on CheckUser, ask them to subscribe to checkuser-l, email checkuser-l-ownerAt sign.svglists.wikimedia.org so that the listadmins know the person is allowed on the mailing list (the list may contain confidential information), and make sure they contact an op for access to #wikimedia-checkuser.

Oversight access

As with Checkuser, do not initiate a request for oversight access here. You need to work through your local wiki. Some wikis have elections. Some wikis have their Arbitration Committee make the request once there is consensus on the local wiki. The request should show a link to the local wiki election results, or be made on behalf of an ArbCom by a member of that ArbCom, whichever is applicable.

Stewards: Do not grant Oversight access unless the user is identified to the foundation, which will be announced on the Identification noticeboard. When you give someone oversight access, list them on Hiding revisions.

Removal of access

If you're requesting the removal of your own status, make sure you're logged in to a global account or place an English note on your local user talk page to prove you own both accounts (and add the diff link of your local confirmation edit to the request).

To request the removal of another user's status, you must gain consensus on the local wiki first. All discussion must be kept on your local wiki. When there is community consensus that the user's access should be removed, a trusted person from that wiki should provide a link here to the discussion, a very brief explanation of the reason for the request, and summarize the results of discussion.

In either case, copy and paste the following text into the correct section (see instructions above).

====user name@xxproject====
 |status    = <!--don't change this line-->
 |domain    =
 |user name =
 |discussion= <!-- local confirmation link / local policy link -->

__Summary of discussion here__. Thank you! ~~~~


Please twiddle my admin bit, I'm going afk for a long period of time, and though I'm pretty confident my password is safe, we shouldn't have unused admin accounts laying around. Fvw 01:25, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Temporary permissions for emergency or technical access

If you are requesting administrator status to translate the wiki interface, this should done at the BetaWiki project instead (see mw:localisation). You can ask questions in the IRC channel or on the mailing list.

If you are requesting adminship to handle one-time vandalism incidents or clearing a deletion backlog, please see Vandalism reports and Multilingual speedy deletions.

Stewards: Currently active temporary permissions are listed at /Approved temporary. When granting a request, please copy the request to the appropriate section there, and clearly state the date of removal. Requests only need remain listed below for a few days, and may afterward be removed as long as they have been copied to the subpage.


I request temporary sysop access.

  • Language Code: gv
  • List of local sysops: (0) gv:Special:Listadmins
  • List of local bureaucrats: (0) gv:Special:Listusers/bureaucrat
  • Local Request Link: gv:Wikipedia:Ynnyd y phobble#Reireydys
  • Local User Page: gv:User:MacTire02
  • Preferred duration and reason: Currently there are only two users on the Manx language project that are active, and our wikipedia has grown immensely over the past year (from under 300 articles to over 2100). This requires a lot of constant vigilance and maintenance to protect against vandalism. As there are only two of us there we haven't really been able to have a proper open discussion but on the link above you will find another link to the other user's page where the topic of adminship is discussed in further detail. Some of the MediaWiki stuff previously translated needs to be updated as some of the grammar etc. is inaccurate. Preferably we would request an admin on a permanent basis, but as I understand this may not be possible due to the size of the project, a shorter term would be sufficient, which can be extended/changed/transferred if sufficient people decide to join us (depending on a vote of course). Regards, --MacTire02 09:10, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done, Hello MacTire02, please note that without a voting we can't make it permanent, but let's make it six months this time,
expires: 17-07-2009 please remember to translate the interface at betawiki: only and to upload images preferably to commons:, please come back a few days before the status expires to prolong it or hold a local voting if the community grows, thanks, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 14:57, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Birdy. For future reference, how many users need to contribute to the vote, and how active must those users be on the project? The problem we have is there are only two active users - myself and Shimmin Beg on a continual basis (pretty much every day) - and one other user - Norrin Strange - who contributes maybe once every two months. That means only two votes (obviously I can't vote for myself :-) ). Or would you know where I could obtain the guidelines to electing a sysop? Regards, --MacTire02 15:11, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
Hello MacTire02, about 4-5, I'd generally say, also they should have contributions over a timespan, I am sorry to say, that in the past on other projects there occured sockedpuppeting for voting purposes...
In this case, I personally would grant You permanent status if the three (the two above and Alison) active users on that project would support Your candidacy, because You have had three temporary 3 months periods already.
As for the voting guidelines, there are no real general guidelines, because every project makes it a bit different, but usually the voting time is assumed at least one week (on smaller projects it would maybe be good to be left open longer), You could put an announcement in the village pump and create a page like Wikipedia:Administrators (in Your language, which is gv:Wikipedia:Reireyderyn, I guess).
I hope it helped, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 15:23, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Birdy. That's a great help to know. I'll check it out with the other users and see what we can do. It will unfortunately have to be a vote extended over a period of time longer than a week, unfortunately. --MacTire02 15:31, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Miscellaneous requests

Requests that don't fit in other sections belong here. Note that the following types of requests belong on separate pages: bot status, URL blacklisting and whitelisting, and requests for CheckUser queries. If you want to have your Meta username changed, please go to Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat. If you want to have changed a username on a Wikimedia wiki without bureaucrats, please go to Requests for username changes.(Existing requests have been moved to the appropriate page.)


  • Import rights can be granted by stewards only, not bureaucrats, so the automatic list of local bureaucrats is irrelevant for this; please show a link to a consensus if the wiki has a community.
  • Usurpation requests should be placed at Steward requests/Usurpation.
  • Username changes should be placed at Requests for username changes.

See also