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This page is a translated version of the page Interface administrators and the translation is 10% complete.

Interface administrators are the only users with the ability to edit sitewide CSS and JS pages (such as MediaWiki:Common.js, MediaWiki:Vector.css, interface messages which are interpreted as raw HTML, or the gadget pages listed on Special:Gadgets), and other users' personal CSS/JS pages. JS and CSS pages are executed by the browser of wiki editors and readers as code, which can be used to change how content is styled, change the behavior of pages or even create highly complex tools such as wikEd.

Editing CSS/JS that gets executed in other users' browsers is very powerful and potentially dangerous in the hands of a malicious user; interface administrators should be users who are highly trusted, have at least a basic understanding of CSS and JS, are aware of the privacy expectations of Wikimedia wikis, and have a decent understanding of account security (choosing strong unique passwords, not getting infected by malware and using two-factor authentication ). It is recommended to remove the interface administrator rights of inactive users, to reduce the attack surface. Small wikis might also want to make sure they have at least two people who can read JavaScript so they can vet each other's edits (a bit like checkusers).

Interface administrators can also edit other users' personal JSON pages and all pages in the MediaWiki namespace. These abilities are less dangerous and shared with other user groups.


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