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Policies and guidelines Bureaucrat policies and information
This page provides information on Meta-Wiki bureaucrats, and lays out relevant policies.

Bureaucrats are Meta-Wiki users with the technical ability to:

  • Promote and demote other users to administrator or bureaucrat status;
  • Grant and revoke an account's bot status; and
  • Rename user accounts.

They are bound by policy and consensus to grant administrator or bureaucrat access only when doing so reflects the wishes of the community, usually after a successful request at Meta:Requests for adminship. Administrators who have been active for at least the past 6 months may request for bureaucrat status here. Bureaucrats are expected to exercise judgement in changing user names, and ensure that the bot policies are followed when granting bot status to an user. They are expected to be capable judges of consensus, and are expected to explain the reasoning for their actions on request and in a civil manner.

Bureaucrats do not have the ability to grant further levels of access (they cannot promote to oversight or checkuser). These capabilities are held only by stewards, a small multilingual group that serves all Wikimedia projects. Stewards are elected annually; for more information, see Steward requests/Permissions.

Requirements[edit]

Administrators can request bureaucrat permissions on Meta if they:

  1. Are active on Meta with over 150 edits/log actions (after getting adminship and not including own userspace) in the last six months.
  2. User is endorsed by two current bureaucrats after he or she nominates themselves at Meta:Requests for adminship.
  3. No objections are raised in 24 hours after he or she nominates themselves at Meta:Requests for adminship. If objections are raised, a short discussion should ensue, at which point after 48 hours an uninvolved bureaucrat will close it and analyse whether consensus believes the concerns are valid or not. If the concerns are considered valid by consensus, the candidate must nominate himself via a one-week RfB process identical to RfA and pass to become a bureaucrat.

See also[edit]


User groups
Local: blocked user – unregistered user – newly-registered user – registered user – autopatroller – bot – administrator – bureaucrat – oversight – checkuser – IP block exempt – importer – translation admin – centralnotice admin – uploader – massmessage senders
Global: locked account – unified account – bot – rollbacker – abuse filter editor – interface editor – IP block exemption – new wiki importers – sysop – ombudsman – founder – staff – WMF researcher – system administrator – steward