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This page is for requests to have stewards grant or revoke administrator, bureaucrat, checkuser, and oversight rights on Wikimedia projects which do not have a local permissions procedure.

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  • 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).
  • For urgent requests, such as to combat large-scale vandalism on a small wiki, contact a steward in the #wikimedia-stewardsconnect IRC channel. In emergencies, type !steward in the channel to get the attention of stewards. Otherwise, you can type @steward for non-urgent help.

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    = <!-- such as en.wikibooks -->
 |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 signing confidentiality agreement[edit]

Certain permissions (notably CheckUser and Oversight) additionally require users to sign a confidentiality agreement. Users requesting these permissions must make a request below, and must also sign the confidentiality agreement with the Wikimedia 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:

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

Administrator access[edit]

See administrator for information about this user group.

  • MediaWiki interface translations are done at Please do not request administrator access solely for that purpose; your request will be declined.

  • Stewards: Please use {{Systmp}} for approved temporary requests. Approved temporary access requests are listed at SRAT. Requests are moved to that page by a bot.

Requests for removal of access should be posted at the section below.

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


I am a rollbacker at wuu.wikipedia,for some reason ,wuu.wikipedia has been plagued by many spam and vandalism,and the sysop in wuu.wikipedia is not active enough.I am a sysop on zh.wikipedia so I think I have enough experience to deal with the spam and vandalism on wuu.wikipedia.I need three months of privileges,thx! Nbfreeh (talk) 11:12, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

  • Support Support:She has enough experience to be a sysop there.--- Earth Saver (talk) at 11:16, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support,active and experienced enough for her to be an sysop.--Q -{「}-Talk with me-{」}- 11:29, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support:She?... He has enough experience to be a sysop there.--Charlie Qi (talk) 11:43, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support An admin and experienced user in zhwiki, I believe he can deal with the work in other languages. By the way, vandalisms in wuu, yue, zh-classical have been becoming a big problem after the blockage of zhwiki in mainland China last year.--Techyan (talk) 11:47, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
Please comment on the local request, and do not list your supports here. Placing on hold until the 22nd. Savhñ 13:28, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
Question Question: @Savh:Sorry but I have a question: why the TA right is requested at here rather than locally? As there's two crats at wuuwiki. Maybe Locally handled is a better idea. --Stang 07:30, 21 May 2016 (UTC)
I missed that, sorry. Closing as not done, should be handled locally. Savhñ 09:41, 22 May 2016 (UTC)


Hi all steward. I contribue to Wikipédia and I want to become a sysop Apipo1907 (talk) 14:56, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Please start a discussion on Wikipedia first. --Stryn (talk) 19:33, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

@Stryn: I can't write or speak English very well. Sur Wikipédia Lingala, les utilisateurs ne sont pas actifs voilà pourquoi je suis venu ici. J'ai besoin de ses outils afin de lutter contre le vandalisme, supprimer les pages inutiles, revoquer et bloquer les vandales.Apipo1907 (talk) 21:24, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Il y a au moins un administrateur qui est assez actif, mais en tout cas tu devras faire une demande sur ln.wikipedia - pour au moins donner l'opportunité a la communauté locale de réagir. Savhñ 10:42, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Bureaucrat access[edit]

See bureaucrat for information about this user group.
  • In principle, requests for temporary bureaucrat access are not granted.

Requests for removal of access should be posted at the section below.

CheckUser access[edit]

See CheckUser policy for information about this user group and the policy governing the use of this tool.
  • To request CheckUser information, see Steward requests/Checkuser. This is the place to request CheckUser access.
  • Temporary CheckUser access is not permitted and temporary access is only used by stewards.

  • Stewards: Before granting this permission to a user, please check the current policy and make sure that the user has signed the confidentiality agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation. An email template is available for requesting new users to identify. Breaching these rules may be the cause for removing your steward access.

Oversight access[edit]

See Oversight policy for information about this user group and the policy governing the use of this tool.
  • To request to have content oversighted, ask for a steward in #wikimedia-stewardsconnect and contact a steward privately. This section is for requesting access to the Oversight tool.
  • For contact details about oversighters across the wikis, refer to this page.
  • Note that temporary Oversight access is not permitted and temporary status is only used by stewards.

  • When a new user is assigned to this group, please add them to this list.

Removal of access[edit]

  • If you're requesting the removal of your own permissions, make sure you're logged in to your 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 permissions, you must gain consensus on the local wiki first. When there is community consensus that the user's access should be removed, a trusted user 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. However, as bureaucrats of some wikis may remove users from the administrator or bureaucrat group, please see also a separate list of these specific wikis.
  • See the instructions above for adding new requests. Please post new requests at the bottom of the section.


Factumquintus was not active since more than one year. The local policy, please remove his sysop rights. Cheers, Luke081515 17:47, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Done. ~ Nahid Talk 19:29, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
Wait... according to [1] Factumquintus has 90 days since he was informed until his admin rights get revoked. His last edit been on 20th of May, 2015, so now the correct procedure according to German Language Wikipedia-Rules would be to inform Factumquintus before his rights get revoked. --Odeesi (talk) 20:54, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
pinging @Luke081515: ~ Nahid Talk 05:29, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Factumquintus is not yet eligible for deadmin per local policy, notified 73 days ago, 90 required. Third party removal request should come from users with necessary experience only. --Krd 07:04, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
+1 Krd and Odeesi are right. Factumquintus is not out of the timeline. --Itti (talk) 08:10, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
It seems Luke has gone on an indefinite wikibreak now. I recommend returning the rights of the user in question for now. To be fair to Nahid, I did look through the dewiki policy myself and didn't find any reference to the 90 days, though I do not speak the language. Edit: Confirmed, nothing about 90 days on the policy page. If it is updated to reflect actual practice, then these mistakes could be avoided. You cannot expect stewards who are not active on dewiki to follow every local discussion, especially if the results are not reported on the policy page. Perhaps that would help avoid internal confusion as well. Regards, Ajraddatz (talk) 08:16, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
You are right --Itti (talk) 08:21, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Nobody does expect a Steward to fully understand a different language local policy, so no offense at all, but this could serve a precedent that for the large wikis removal requests should be either handled locally, or at least should be requested or confirmed by local crats. --Krd 08:28, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Granted, the confusion is clearly our fault, Ajraddatz :-). Pretty remotely, the Meinungsbild (= binding RFC) [2] says that a steward will remove the sysop flag, if the user fails to react within 90 days after notification. This will be the case on June 10th (notification Mar 12 [3]). To be pedantic, the withdrawal should be postponed until this date. (Honestly, I think this user has left our project forever and won't return whatever we do, sad to say). --MBq (talk)
Yes it ist our fault. I gave the rights back and we will see, if he will come back or not. Sorry for the trouble here. --Itti (talk) 09:07, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Itti, I've tagged this as locally handled for now. And apologies for my wording, I wasn't meaning to suggest that it was anyone's fault, only prevent blame from being forced on Nahid when it wasn't deserved :-). Moving forward, I think it is reasonable that we mostly accept inactivity removal requests from admins/bureaucrats (which is what we usually do anyway), and would it be possible for you to update the admin page to reflect the current consensus on removals for inactivity? Thanks, Ajraddatz (talk) 17:01, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
I suppose there is still a potential issue of what happens when the last 'crat/sysop is the one who has failed to meet the activity policy. Presumably Admin activity review eventually catches him/her anyway, but I think it's ok for stewards to keep at least a little latitude about that, especially if the policy is clearly written and the requester is an experienced editor. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:23, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
We usually have no problems reading the local policy, so then there's little issue who is requesting the removal. Some, like the English Wikipedia, require a bureaucrat to request the removal through their local policy. We generally look for requests from trusted users on the project, and will do some investigating to make sure that a) the policy requirements are met and b) the user requesting removal doesn't have an ulterior motive. That said, I've changed the "only" to a "mostly" above to reflect our flexibility on the issue. Ajraddatz (talk) 17:26, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Well, to be fair, you did say "what we usually do anyway", even before the edit. (;-) I couldn't quite tell if you were edging toward a slightly stricter approach. I'm happy to see that you're not; I think this is more than adequate. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:37, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
Kh80 already updated the admin page [4]. NNW (talk) 20:23, 24 May 2016 (UTC)


This user is inactive over 3 months. Please remove sysop rights from this user, as per removal policy for inactivity. Thanks --rxy (talk) 14:51, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Done. ~ Nahid Talk 19:29, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Miscellaneous requests[edit]

Requests for permissions that don't fit in other sections belong here. Importer rights can be granted on most wikis by stewards only. Please gain local community consensus before posting a new section here.

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

  • SRB — Local or global bot status
  • SRGP — Global permissions

See also[edit]