Stewards are users with complete access to the wiki interface on all public Wikimedia wikis, including the ability to change any and all user rights and groups. Stewards have responsibility for technical implementation of community consensus and for dealing with emergencies such as cross-project vandalism. When a particular project has a permissions group with no member (such as the administrators permissions group or bureaucrats permissions group), a steward may exercise the powers of a member of the empty permissions group. However, except in an emergency or when action across multiple projects is needed, stewards generally do not exercise their powers in a project that has local users with the required rights.
To gain emergency assistance or to ask a question, join the IRC channel #wikimedia-stewards and write !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 through the interface at Special:Contact/Stewards, or by emailing stewardswikimedia.org.
New stewards are regularly (once or twice a year) elected by the global Wikimedia community. Their total number is not limited. The Elections are organized by existing stewards 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 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 can be found in the steward policies, election process, and handbook.
List of current stewards
Last updated: 2017-09-21 – total number of stewards: 31
|Name||IRC nick||Languages spoken||Active from|
|Avraham||Avraham, Avi|work||en, he-2||2010-03-08|
|Defender||defender01||pt, en-2, es-1||2017-02-28|
|DerHexer||DerHexer||de, en-3, grc-3, la-3, es-1||2007-12-21|
|Einsbor||einsbor||pl, en-3, fr-2||2015-02-28|
|HakanIST||HakanIST||tr, en-4, az-3, es-2, de-1||2017-02-28|
|Hoo man||hoo||de, en-3, it-1, fr-1||2014-02-28|
|Jyothis||Jyothis||ml, hi-1, en-3||2010-03-08|
|Linedwell||Linedwell||fr, en-3, it-2||2015-02-28|
|MarcoAurelio||MarcoAurelio||es, en-2, fr-2, la-1||2015-02-28|
|Mardetanha||Mardetanha||az, fa, en-3, tr-2, ar-1, bqi-1, glk-1, mzn-1, tk-1||2009-02-28|
|Masti||masti||pl-N, en-4, de-3, ru-2 several -1||2016-02-28|
|Melos||Melos||it, en-3, scn-4, es-1, la-1||2010-03-08|
|Mentifisto||mentifis||mt, en-4, it-2||2011-02-28|
|MF-Warburg||MF-W||de, en-3, fr-1, tet-1, la-1, es-1||2013-02-28|
|NahidSultan||NahidSultan||bn-N, en-3, bpy-1, as-1||2016-02-28|
|Pmlineditor||Pmlineditor||en(-4), bn, hi-2, de-1, (as, hif, bpy)-0.5||2015-02-28|
|QuiteUnusual||QuiteUnusual||en, fr-2, it-2, es-1||2013-02-28|
|RadiX (formerly known as Ruy Pugliesi)||RadiX||pt, en-3, es-2, fr-2, it-2, gl-1, sk-1, (sq, ms, hi)-0.5||2015-02-28|
|Sjoerddebruin||sjoerddebruin||nl, en-3, de-1, fr-1||2017-02-28|
|Stryn||Stryn||fi, en-2, sv-1||2015-02-28|
|Tegel||Tegel||sv, en-3, da-1 (read), no-1 (read)||2012-02-28|
|Teles||Teles||pt, en-3, es-2||2012-02-28|
|Trijnstel||Trijnstel||nl, en-4, de-1, fr-1||2011-10-07|
|Vituzzu||Vito||it, scn, en-2, fr-2, la-1, es-1, pt-1||2011-10-07|
- Special global permissions
- Former stewards.
- Documentation for stewards.
- Stewards' noticeboard.
- Stewards policy.
- Steward elections: 2004 (talk), 2005, early 2006, late 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, early 2011, late 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
- Meta:Meta-Steward relationship
Steward logs on Meta
- Global account log.
- Global block log.
- Global rights changes.
- Local rights changes.
- Global changes performed out of meta-wiki.