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Policies and guidelines Administrator policies and information
This page provides information on Meta administrators, and lays out relevant policies.
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An administrator is a user who can protect and unprotect pages, delete and undelete pages, block and unblock users, and perform a variety of other tasks (see full list here). To become an administrator, make a request at Requests for adminship and meet the requirements listed there and below.

For a list of administrators on other Wikimedia projects, see Administrators of Wikimedia projects.

For current administrators: Template:AdminWelcome contains some handy links.

Policy for requesting adminship

To request administrator access on Meta, you need to:

  • Demonstrate cross-wiki experience (e.g., be a participant of at least two months' duration on at least one project other than Meta and the "home" project).
  • Have a user page on Meta, with links to the user pages on other participated projects (this can state that SUL is activated or be provided via a Wiki matrix, if that is not possible).
  • Have a valid contact address (either a confirmed email address in preferences, or a valid email address on the user page).
  • Be an active contributor on Meta (this is a subjective, not objective, measure; there is no official edit-count).
  • Preferably add {{#babel}} to your user page, given the multilingual nature of Meta.

Ill-considered nominations for adminship can be draining and deflating to both community and candidate. Any successful candidate will need to demonstrate sufficient experience within the Wikimedia community, in addition to a familiarity with Meta. If a candidate is not already a local administrator or holder of advanced permissions on a Wikimedia content project, he or she is less likely pass a request for adminship at Meta.

The request is made at Requests for adminship, with at least one week allocated for the community to express opinions. The candidate will be named sysop here only if approved by at least 75% of participants. All editors with an account on Meta, at least one active account on any Wikimedia project, and a link between the two, may participate and give their opinion on the candidate.

If the candidate becomes a sysop, they should add their name to Administrator list, and ensure they keep a valid user name page, links to at least one other project, and valid contact. Administrators not respecting these rules will be desysoped.

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It is helpful for some people to have access to protected pages on Meta (related to languages files). In such cases, two options are possible:

  • Temporary unprotection of these pages, so that the user can quietly work on them for a limited time.
  • Temporary sysoping of the user so they can edit the protected pages. In this case, the adminship shall be granted with no requirements and approval, but the user will promise to limit their activity to the necessity of their local project. Preferably, the admin status will be temporary.

Policy for de-adminship

Temporary sysop status

Sysop access can be granted temporarily. For example, people starting up a new project need to be able to work on some protected pages on Meta to set up their project. Usually, temporary sysop status will be removed after 30 days, but in certain cases temporary administrators may be granted longer periods or sometimes an indefinite period.


Any sysop inactive on Meta will be desysopped. "Inactivity" is normally defined as fewer than 10 logged actions in the past six months. Desysopping is formally undertaken at Meta:Administrators/Removal. Users who are desysopped may reapply through the regular avenue.

The next formal administrator review takes place on: 1 October 2015 (update)

Removal criteria

  1. Users who have made fewer than ten edits in the six months immediately before the removal date (April 1 or October 1) are desysopped without notice.
  2. Users who have made more than ten edits but fewer than ten actions requiring admin privileges in the same period are given a week to indicate they would like to retain their access. Users in this category are to be notified on the first day, and adminship is removed without notice on the seventh day if there is no response.

Involved administrators

Administrators should avoid using their tools in situations where they may not be impartial. Those situations include using the tools in disputes in which they are involved parties. If the administrator is in doubt, the administrator is encouraged to ask for opinions, or to ask another administrator to take the case to Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat.

List of administrators

The following users have sysop rights on Meta. (See also auto-generated lists of administrators, bureaucrats, checkusers, oversighters and stewards.)

  • Last updated: 2015-04-01
User name Languages spoken Other rights
Ajraddatz en, fr-1 steward
Aldnonymous id, en-4, bbc-Latn-3, bts-3, ms-3, bew-2, min-2, su-2, ace-2, jv-2, map-bms-2, (-1 or -2) some Indonesian local languages global rollbacker, global sysop
Amire80 ru, en-4, he-4, ca-3, it-2, eo-2, es-2, la-1, lt-1, am-1, ar-1
Anthere fr, en-3
Avraham en, he-2 ombudsmen, steward
Az1568 en global rollbacker
Barras de, en-4, fr-1 bureaucrat, checkuser, oversight, steward
Beetstra en global rollbacker
Beria pt, en-3, es-2, gl-2, mwl-2, ca-2, an-1, fr-1, it-1, oc-1
Billinghurst en checkuser, oversight, steward
Bsadowski1 en steward
Courcelles en, es-2, fr-2 global rollbacker, oversight
Danny B. cs, en-3, sk-3, fr-1, ru-1
Defender pt, en-2, es-1 global rollbacker, global sysop
DerHexer de, en-3, es-2, grc-2, la-2 oversight, steward
Dschwen de, en-3, fr-1 global renamer
Glaisher dv, en-2.5 global rollbacker, global sysop
Herbythyme en, fr-2, es-1, it-1, la-1
Hoo man de, en-2 steward
Jusjih zh, en-3, fr-1, ko-1
Kaldari en
Lustiger seth de, en-3
M7 it, en-3, es-2, fr-2 bureaucrat, steward
MarcoAurelio es, en-2, fr-2 bureaucrat, checkuser
Matanya en, he bureaucrat, steward
Mathonius nl, en-3, fr-1, de-1 steward
Mentifisto en, it-2 bureaucrat, steward
MF-Warburg de, en-3, fr-1, tet-1, la-1 bureaucrat, steward
Mh7kJ en, de-1, nl-1 global rollbacker, global sysop
Mxn en, es-2, vi-2
Mys 721tx zh, en-3
MZMcBride en, es-2
NahidSultan bn, en-3, bpy-1.05, as-1 global renamer
Notafish fr, en-4, de-3, es-2, it-2
Peteforsyth en, fr-1
Pharos en, fr-1
PiRSquared17 en, fr-2, la-1, it-1, lt-1 global rollbacker, global sysop
Pmlineditor en(-4), bn, hi-2, hif-1, as-1, de-1 steward
-revi ko, en-3 global renamer, global rollbacker
Savh nl, es, en-3, fr-2 steward
Shanmugamp7 ta, en-3 steward
Shizhao zh steward
Sj en bureaucrat
Snowolf en, it steward
Stemoc en, hi
Stryn fi, en-2, sv-1 steward
Tegel sv, en-3 steward
Teles pt, en-3, es-2 steward
Thehelpfulone en, es-2, fr-2 bureaucrat
Theo10011 en, de-2, fr-3, es-2, it-2, la-3, hi-5, ur-4, ar-1, sa-2, ks-2, mr-2, new-2, pa-2, gu-2
Tiptoety en bureaucrat, checkuser, global renamer, global rollbacker, global sysop
Trijnstel nl, en-4, de-1, fr-1 checkuser, steward
Vituzzu it, scn, en-2, fr-2, la-1, es-1, pt-1 checkuser, steward
Vogone de, en-3, lt-2, fr-2, nl-1 global renamer, global rollbacker, global sysop

Temporary adminship or adminship by decree

  • Last updated: 2015-02-10 (edit)
Temporary Meta-Wiki administrators or Meta-Wiki administrators by decree
User name Request page Approved for Granted by Expiration time
Heather (WMF) (talk · contribs) None WMF staff work Jalexander-WMF N/A
Jmorgan (WMF) (talk · contribs) None WMF staff work Jalexander-WMF 1 September 2015
Varnent (talk · contribs) RfA See RfA Matanya 2 October 2015
HaithamS (WMF) (talk · contribs) None WMF staff work Philippe (WMF) N/A
WMFOffice (talk · contribs) None  To mirror global blocks locally on meta Jalexander-WMF N/A
Jon_Harald_Søby (talk · contribs) RfTA Internationalization and translation of the Inspire grants campaign M/ 31 March 2015
Fhocutt (WMF) (talk · contribs) None WMF staff work - Grants namespace work during inspire campaign Jalexander-WMF 30 April 2015
AWang (WMF) (talk · contribs) None WMF staff work - Grants namespace work Jalexander-WMF 10 February 2016

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