Bureaucrat

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Within Wikimedia projects, a bureaucrat is a user who has the technical ability to:

  • Promote other users to administrator or bureaucrat;
  • Grant and revoke a user's bot flag;
  • Add and remove users from custom local groups created by local consensus like account creator, deleter, etc;
  • Remove a user's administrator and/or bureaucrat flags on some projects listed below.

Stewards fulfill these roles on wikis without bureaucrats using the requests for permissions page. A small community generally doesn't require a local bureaucrat, because stewards can easily handle the low traffic of requests from that wiki with little delay; generally a user with this access is not needed until several local administrators are present. Other positions may be subject to global policies like the Checkuser policy and the Oversight policy, which define minimum community requirements. The default configuration of the MediaWiki software permits bureaucrats with access to Special:UserRights to add and remove users from all user groups. On Wikimedia projects only stewards have full access to Special:UserRights, while bureaucrats can add/remove only a subset of rights.

Promoting users and bots[edit]

See also: a tutorial

If you are a bureaucrat, to give or remove another user administrator, bureaucrat or bot access (or any other access), go to Special:UserRights on the wiki where you are a bureaucrat. There is a link to this on the list of special pages.

You will see the following form:

Screenshot showing the interface of Special:UserRights on a local wiki.

Type the user's name into the box, and enter a reason for the change. Choose the rights you wish to assign/remove to the user by ticking/unticking the relevant boxes. Note that if the user group has an asterisk (*) next to it, you will not be able to remove it yourself. When you are done, press the Save user groups button.

The user will gain their access immediately and the action will be recorded at the User rights log.

If you make a mistake and need to remove an access level which you cannot remove, contact a steward.

Renaming users[edit]

See also: a tutorial

Screenshot showing the Special:RenameUser interface.

Prior to 15 September 2014, bureaucrats were able to rename local accounts through Special:RenameUser. The renameuser right was removed from bureaucrats' toolset as part of SUL finalization. After this date, only stewards are able to rename local accounts. Renaming of global accounts are now done by global renamers and stewards. See global rename for details.

Removing access[edit]

Below is a list of public wikis where bureaucrats can remove sysop and bureaucrat access. Normally these removals have to be done by the stewards.

both administrator and bureaucrat flags
No Wiki Bug Fixed on Notes
1 Meta bug 13509 24.04.2008
2 ru.wikisource bug 14568 05.07.2008 It looks like this was set inadvertently.
3 se chapter wiki bug 14665 05.07.2008 It looks like this was set inadvertently, but the Swedish chapter board wishes to keep this configuration.
no.wikibooks bug 13853 03.06.2009 It looks like this was set inadvertently. (Now removed bugzilla:42105)
4 fi.wikipedia No bug 04.03.2009 Originally very likely to have been set inadvertently in March 2009.
bug 42114 04.01.2013 Local consensus reached (see bugs 42114 and 42105, and this summary).
5 outreach.wiki bug 23118 09.04.2010
6 fi chapter wiki bug 25668 27.10.2010
7 wikimania2014 wiki bug 55480 11.10.2013
8 hu.wikipedia bug 72055 16.10.2014
only administrator flag
9 en.wiktionary No bug Per a community vote and bug 42113, enwiktionary bureaucrats lost the power to remove the bureaucrat right (which was apparently never asked for).
pa-us chapter wiki bug 10611 16.09.2008 Wiki was closed.
uk chapter wiki bug 17388 26.02.2009 Wiki was redirected.
10 simple.wikipedia bug 20271 24.09.2009
11 simple.wiktionary bug 22522 22.02.2010
12 en.wikinews bug 23392 08.05.2010
13 hi.wiktionary bug 29702 11.07.2011
14 en.wikipedia bug 18390 11.08.2011
15 ru.wikipedia bug 30307 11.08.2011
16 ba.wikipedia bug 33769 17.01.2012
17 fr.wikipedia bug 35258 12.04.2012
18 en.wikivoyage bug 43851 17.01.2013
19 test.wiki