A role account is an account that is not associated with a particular person, but with an office, position, or task. Those doing the task use the account only to do the task. They have other accounts for other work.
Use of role accounts is not officially sanctioned on most Wikimedia Foundation projects, though their use has been proposed. To use them, consensus must be made. Meta-Wiki does not use them currently, but Foundation representatives may do so in the future.
The following role accounts were created globally and exist for the use of the Wikimedia Foundation.
On the English Wikipedia, five role accounts are currently permitted.
- User:Mediation Committee,[ref?] the account for contacting the members of the Mediation Committee on the English Wikipedia, this account does not edit.
- User:Oversight[ref?] account was created by the Arbitration Committee in February 2008 to make reporting of privacy violations easier.[en 1]
- User:Bureaucrats[ref?] account was created by bureaucrats on the English Wikipedia as of March 2009 to enable people to contact the private mailing list.[en 1]
- User:Wikipedia Information Team[ref?] account created to send emails to accounts where an email address exists; or for emails to be sent direct to OTRS. Account makes no edits.
The following role accounts exist on the English Wikipedia for historical purposes and are inactive:
Any other accounts with multiple users are likely to be blocked.
- A special:emailuser points directly to the oversight list, however this account does not edit.
- Role accounts were created unilaterally in 2003 and are no longer used. However, the User:Mediator role account helped lay the groundwork for the Mediation Committee and the Arbitration Committee, and the User:User Advocate role account did the same for the Association of Members' Advocates.
In the Spanish Wikipedia one role account is currently permited:
- Usuario:Supervisor~eswiki is a special account used to contact the oversight mailing list for the Spanish Wikipedia via Special:EmailUser. The account does not edit.
A "gardener" role account exists on the French Wikipedia and was used for a while without any opposition.
Un autre role existe également sur la wikipédia française, la jardinière. Il a fonctionné un certain temps, sans la moindre opposition de quiconque.
On the Hungarian Wikipedia, one role account is currently permitted.
- Szerkesztő:Wikitanács, the account only for contacting (secretly, via e-mail) the members of the Arbitration Committee on the Hungarian Wikipedia. This account does not edit.
On Portuguese Wikipedia, one role account is currently permitted:
- Usuário(a):Supressor is a special account used to contact the oversight mailing list for the Portuguese Wikipedia via Special:EmailUser. The account does not edit. Its creation was proposed here.
On Meta-Wiki the following role account is currently permitted:
- User:Wikimedia Stewards is a role account for the stewards so users can contact their OTRS queue easily using Special:EmailUser/Wikimedia Stewards. Intended to facilitate users making oversight requests. The account is only present at Meta and, except an edit on the userpage, this account will not edit[meta 1]
- Account was created by MarcoAurelio following agreement from stewards. An special page may be set up in the future.