Stewards are users with complete access to the wiki interface on all Wikimedia wikis, including the ability to change any and all user rights and groups. They are tasked with technical implementation of community consensus, and dealing with emergencies (for example, cross-wiki vandalism). Stewards are empowered to act as a member of any permissions group on any project with no active member of that permissions group. For example: wikis without administrators may call upon stewards to fulfill that role; stewards will act as bureaucrats as needed on wikis without bureaucrats.
To get emergency help or ask a question, join the IRC channel #wikimedia-stewards; say
!steward in this channel to notify stewards of an emergency. For regular requests, see the list of request pages in the box at right. To contact a steward directly, use that steward's talk page. Requests can also be sent to the steward OTRS queue at stewardswikimedia.org.
Stewards generally do not perform actions on wikis where local users are available to perform them, except in emergency or cross-wiki cases. This position was originally created to dissociate rights management from software development and systems administration.
Stewards do have a rough equivalent to being global sysops - they can block and unblock users on any Wikimedia wiki, even without assigning themselves the local sysop permission.
New stewards are regularly (once or twice a year) elected by the global Wikimedia community. Their total number is not limited. Elections are organized by existing stewards with input from the Wikimedia Foundation's Director, Community Advocacy, and run for roughly three weeks. Successful candidates must have a support-to-oppose ratio of at least 80% with at least 30 supporting editors.
Current stewards are also confirmed during the elections through an open call for community feedback and commentary, followed by discussion and consensus-building among the stewards. A team of stewards closes the elections and confirmation discussions. Further documentation may be found in the steward policies, election process, and handbook.
List of stewards
Last updated: 2013-09-12
|Name||IRC nick||Languages spoken||Active from|
|1||Amqui||Amqui||fr, en-4, es-1, it-1||2013-02-28|
|3||Barras||Barras||de, en-4, fr-1||2011-02-28|
|5||Bennylin||bennylin||id, ms-5, en-4, jv-3, map-bms-2, zh-2, able to read (-1 or -2) some Indonesian local languages||2011-10-07|
|8||DerHexer||DerHexer||de, en-3, grc-3, la-3, es-1||2007-12-21|
|11||Jon Harald Søby||Jhs||nb, en-4, nn-3, sv-3, da-2, de-2, sw-2||2013-03-28|
|12||Jusjih||Jusjih||zh-tw, zh-CN-3, en-3, fr-1, ja-0 (may read kanji), ko-0 (may read hanja)||2007-12-21|
|13||Jyothis||Jyothis||ml, hi-1, en-3||2010-03-08|
|15||M7||M7||en, it, de-1, es-1, fr-1||2006-12-22|
|16||Mardetanha||Mardetanha||az, fa, en-3, tr-2, ar-1, bqi-1, glk-1, mzn-1, tk-1||2009-02-28|
|18||Mathonius||Mathonius||nl, en-3, af-1, fr-1, de-1||2013-02-28|
|20||Melos||Melos||it, en-3, scn-4, es-1, la-1||2010-03-08|
|21||Mentifisto||Mentifisto||mt, en-4, it-2||2011-02-28|
|25||Pundit||pundit_wiki||pl, en-4, de-1, ru-1||2012-02-28|
|26||Quentinv57||Quentinv57||fr, en-3, de-1, lb-1||2011-10-07|
|29||Shizhao||Shizhao||zh, en-1, ru-1||2005-05-31|
|31||Tegel||Tegel||sv, en-3, da-1 (read), no-1 (read)||2012-02-28|
|32||Teles||Teles||pt, en-3, es-2||2012-02-28|
|33||Thogo||Thogo||de, en-3, ar-1, es-1, fr-1, la-1, ne-1, ru-1||2007-12-21|
|34||Trijnstel||Trijnstel||nl, en-4, de-1, fr-1||2011-10-07|
|35||Vituzzu||Vito||it, scn, en-2, fr-2, la-1, es-1, pt-1||2011-10-07|
|36||Wikitanvir||Tanvir||bn, en-3, as-2, bpy-1||2011-10-07|
|37||Wpedzich||Wpedzich||en, pl, de-2||2011-02-28|
- Special global permissions
- Current stewards by number of rights changes / actions / total
- Former stewards
- Documentation for stewards
- Stewards' noticeboard
- Stewards policy
- Steward elections: , 2005, early 2006, late 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, early 2011, late 2011, 2012, 2013.
- Discussion: Talk:Stewards/elections 2004 and Talk:Stewards
Steward logs on Meta
- Global account log
- Global block log
- Global rights changes
- Local rights changes
- Global changes performed out of meta-wiki.
|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|
|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|