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This page is for requests to have stewards grant or revoke administrator, bureaucrat, checkuser, and oversight rights on Wikimedia wikis which do not have a local permissions procedure. Please check the sidebar to the right to see whether your request belongs better elsewhere. Specifically, bot requests, requests for CheckUser information and global rights requests belong on their respective pages.

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 (index).

Interface translations are done at translatewiki. Please do not request administrator access for that purpose; your request will be declined.

For urgent requests, such as to combat large-scale vandalism on a small wiki, contact a steward in the #wikimedia-stewardsconnect IRC channel (web client). In emergencies only, type !steward in the channel to inform stewards that you need help. Otherwise, you can use @steward to gain attention if the channel is quiet.

Other than requests to remove your own access or emergencies, please only make requests here after gaining the on-wiki approval of your local community.

Quick navigation: Administrator | Bureaucrat | CheckUser | Oversight | Removal of access | Miscellaneous | Global permissions | Unexpired temporary access

Cross-wiki requests
Meta-Wiki requests

Using this page[edit]

  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 =
    (your remarks) ~~~~
  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"). In case you're requesting access for multiple bots, leave this field blank and give a list of these bots in your remarks
    • '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[edit]

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 the receipt has been formally confirmed by the office.


COPY THE FOLLOWING CODE to the bottom of the appropriate section below:

==== Username@xxproject ====
 |status    = <!--don't change this line-->
 |domain    =
 |user name =

Administrator access[edit]

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

If you are requesting administrator status to translate the wiki interface, this should be done at the 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 Steward requests/Miscellaneous.

Currently-active temporary permissions are listed at /Approved temporary; please use {{Systmp}} for temporary permission. Please invite new sysops to the admin IRC channel.
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. Users who archive requests on that page, please check if the request was correctly added to the temporary subpage before removing it from this page.

For permanent sysopship please provide a link to the local community approval. For temporary sysopship please state for how long and for which tasks you need it, and link to a local announcement.

बिप्लब आनन्द@mai.wp[edit]

Please grant me permanent adminship for Maithili Wikipedia.The link of discussion page here Thanks Star प्रमुख.pngBiplab Anand (Talk to me) 05:50, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Please, provide a link to a local discussion. Ruslik (talk) 02:51, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold till 25th November--Shanmugamp7 (talk) 07:35, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Done Granted for 6 months to expire on 2015-05-25. Project is still relatively small with less than a score regular editors in the past 30days. Also, this would be the project's only admin currently. Start with six months, and we can revisit the length at the next opportunity. Please remember to translate the interface at only and preferably upload images to Wikimedia Commons. To prolong your adminship, please come back a few days before the status expires or hold a local election if the community grows. Thanks. -- Avi (talk) 19:53, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks @Avraham: for the approval. I will do my best to make community moving and translate the message in translatewiki.Star प्रमुख.pngBiplab Anand (Talk to me) 05:30, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

User Aleksandr19@mzn.wp[edit]

Please clarify what is requested. Temporary adminship for 20 days? For what reason? Preferably a community discussion should happen first, certainly for stuff that is "extended". --MF-W 22:33, 7 October 2014 (UTC)
Temporary adminship for 20 days, I have indicated it here, Decision for extension will be available at the end of 20 days, thank you --Parthava 11:16, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
@Parthava: Still do you need the rights to be granted for Aleksandr19? If yes please state your reason clearly and provide link to local community decision. Community discussion should happen in a central place like Community portal or village pump, not on user talk pages.--Shanmugamp7 (talk) 14:06, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

User Ajeem95@ms.wp[edit]

@Ajeem95: thanks for volunteering. Mswiki has its own local bureaucrats, so we cannot grant administrator access there. Please contact one of the bureaucrats and use the local process for requesting adminship. Thanks, Ajraddatz (talk) 03:51, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Bureaucrat access[edit]

See bureaucrat for information about the position. In principle, requests for temporary bureaucrat access are not granted.
General note
There is an ongoing discussion regarding the minimum number of votes and overall participation to promote users to bureaucrat at Talk:Bureaucrat/2010-02#Minimum number of votes (see also this RFC). Users are encouraged to assist in the development of a policy that allows stewards to not decide on whether a promotion is valid or not. Thank you.

CheckUser access[edit]

To request CheckUser information, see Steward requests/Checkuser. 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.

When someone asks for CheckUser status, please check the current policy before giving the status. There is an email template to request identification from the new CU. Do not grant CU access unless the user is identified to the Foundation. 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 so the listadmins know the person is allowed on the mailing list, and make sure they contact an op for access to #wikimedia-privacy and #wikimedia-checkuser.

Oversight access[edit]

To request to have content oversighted, ask in #wikimedia-stewards, or, for requests regarding English Wikipedia email This is the place to request Oversight access. Note that temporary Oversight access is not permitted and the temporary status is only used by 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 Oversight.

Removal of access[edit]

If you're requesting the removal of your own status, make sure you're logged in to a global account. If you have multiple flags, specify which you want removed. Stewards may delay your request a short time to ensure you have time to rethink your request (see previous discussion on 24 hour delays); the rights will not be restored by stewards once they are removed.

To request the removal of another user's status, you must gain consensus on the local wiki first. All discussion must take place 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 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). Please post requests at the bottom of the section.

However, as the bureaucrats of a few wikis may remove users from the administrator or bureaucrat group, please see also a separate list of these specific wikis.

==== username@domain ====
 |status    = <!--don't change this line-->
 |domain    = 
 |user name = 
 |discussion= <!-- local confirmation link / local policy link -->
Your remarks, etc. --~~~~

Ilya Voyager@ru.wikipedia[edit]

Please, remove my CheckUser access. --Ilya Voyager (talk) 17:33, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Done, Checkuser access removed on I will follow up for the related access removal. Thank you for your work as a CU. Savhñ 23:24, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Ilya Voyager (talk) 12:05, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Miscellaneous requests[edit]

Requests that don't fit in other sections belong here. Import rights can be granted on most wikis by stewards only, not bureaucrats, so the automatic list of local bureaucrats is irrelevant for this. Please gather community consensus before placing a link to the discussion here.

Note that the following types of requests belong on separate pages:


I request the transwiki importer rights to import from ca.wikipedia. Thanks in advanced! --Unapersona (talk) 15:25, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Time2wait.svg On hold until 26 November as request has been made less than a day ago, I would like to see the request in place for a few days prior to granting any rights.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:11, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Ok, no problem.--Unapersona (talk) 18:02, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Done Granted for 1 year to expire on 2015-11-26. If you still need them after a year please re-request. Thanks for volunteering! Ajraddatz (talk) 00:34, 26 November 2014 (UTC)


Recently we have a global user group for OTRS members. On Commons, OTRS users had OTRS rights to be able to check whether OTRS templates are added by users who actually have the rights for such and to prevent false/wrong OTRS templates added. There are also some bots with OTRS rights. They have OTRS rights, because they otherwise would flood OTRS logs and tools. As the local OTRS right on Commons is moved to the global one, I would like to request OTRS right on the wiki for my bot account to continue my periodical work. Here the local OTRS right was removed (one of many) on Commons. Thanks. Romaine (talk) 10:40, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

@Rjd0060: this is the right as determined by OTRS, please advise.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:44, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi billinghurst (and Romaine). Currently, here is how things stand: Commons is currently under discussion to adopt the global group and remove their own localized version. There is some minor hesitation at this point but it's too early to determine whether or not it will be enough to stop the proposal from passing. There was a mention at that discussion that perhaps the local Commons bots could/should retain the local group while the human users are in the global group, should Commons decide they want to be a part of the global setup.
But honestly (as an OTRS admin), I don't think it matters either way - we could add them to the group, or not. What I would like to do is ask the stewards to please put this request on hold indefinitely. If Romaine could send me/us (otrs-admins at the details of what the bots do with the permissions templates that causes them to need the rights to avoid filters, etc. But really, I don't foresee an issue with adding their bots to the global group - once we figure everything out. Especially if the bots only edit on Commons.
On a final note, we're currently working out the final process for regular maintenance of this group (additions/removals of users as their OTRS status changes). But generally, all requests for global group modifications will be made by OTRS admins. This will be done to keep the list consistent with the users' actual OTRS account standing. More on that once things are finalized - it will be documented here on Meta and elsewhere. Sorry for the elaborate response. Does that clarify, or make it all worse? ;-) Rjd0060 (talk) 10:54, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Sidenote to Romaine; why was the local group removed from the bot if it is actually not part of the global group?
The local OTRS right is removed from the bot because they want to remove the local OTRS right completely from Commons. At the moment all local OTRS rights have been removed from Commons, no exceptions.
What my bot does is or adding the OTRS template with ticket number to a large group of files which got permission with OTRS, or fixing an issue with the OTRS template. All changes to the OTRS template are monitored and checked to prevent abuse and errors. As my bot has added/changed OTRS templates multiple times, it is considered a must to have the bot OTRS right to keep it workable, otherwise the tools/check pages are flooded by the edits of my bot.
Until so far my bot has done only OTRS edits on Commons, but I can imagine that this can be done at nl-wiki too, and other wikis as well if an OTRS user requests it. I will send this in a mail as well. Romaine (talk) 11:24, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Oppose Oppose All 5 bots that are active on Commons as OTRS members have been manually excluded from abuse filter 69, including RomaineBot, so no action is necessary here. --Krd 11:29, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 10 December by when OTRS admins will advise whether to process this request. If discussion takes longer then suggest close as not done, and it can be added by recommendation of OTRS-admins with any subsequent batch to process.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:35, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
@Krd: to note that I have now imported Commons:Special:AbuseFilter/69 to m:Special:AbuseFilter/105 though without the special message. We will need to work out how to get translations of those available, and set them up at meta. @PiRSquared17: can you give some advice, or even run with that component?  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:51, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Do we have OTRS permissions at meta, or what do we need this filter for? --Krd 11:54, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
It is a global filter, so it applies to small, medium and opt-in wikis utilising global filters. So these wikis will be able to be tracked from AbuseLog here.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:57, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Ok. Well, I don't think we need the bots inside this filter, as they are hardly active at small wikis, but we need some more expressions for permission templates in different languages. Sadly I cannot edit the filter here… --Krd 12:11, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

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