The founder global group was created on February 27, 2009. Intended to duplicate the local English Wikipedia 'steward' flag that was attached to en:User:Jimbo Wales, the group used to give Wales full access to Special:UserRights and other Steward rights. It was created following his 2009 steward confirmation in an attempt to compromise between the various groups' positions (remove because of inactivity, move to the staff group, keep because he's a co-founder, etc.). The global group used to contain most of the rights the steward group had at the time of creation.
Following Requests for comment/Remove Founder flag and Petition to Jimbo, Wales renounced almost all these rights and removed them: after subsequent edits, the founder groups gives read access to most logs, read deleted content, and the ability to read suppressed content. Jimbo does not have the ability, through his founder tag, to delete content, hide content, perform checkusers, or change group membership. Technically, the ability to read suppressed content comes with the ability to unsuppress it, but not to hide it. This may be split in the future. Also, currently, Jimbo cannot edit protected pages through the founder flag, nor may he edit semi-protected pages, but that may change upon request.
Its roles in various Wikimedia projects are not yet defined.
- "[Foundation-l] Removing questions about me and my role from this discussion": mailarchive:foundation-l/2010-May/058095.html, mailarchive:foundation-l/2010-May/058158.html.
- Special global permissions
- Role of Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia
- Requests for comment: Remove Founder flag