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Stewards/Elections 2017/Guidelines

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The 2017 steward elections are finished. No further votes will be accepted.

This page guides users interested in voting or being a candidate in the Steward Elections . Please read each relevant section below.



Please read carefully all this text before nominating yourself. If you do not meet the following prerequisites you will be automatically disqualified.

Before applying for stewardship, you must:

  • agree to abide by the policies governing steward access, checkuser access, oversight access, and privacy;
  • be eligible to vote as outlined below;
  • hold or have held administrator rights on at least one public Wikimedia Foundation project for a period of at least three months.

(You can check the above requirements automatically.)

Also, because steward work can lead to legal consequences and involvement (see the checkuser and oversight policies), you must:

Stewards are preferably multilingual, because steward work often involves projects of varying language, but this is not a requirement. They should also be available on a reasonably common basis. The stewards policy sets limitations; for example, stewards may not use their access on projects that they are active on to avoid conflicts of interest, and are encouraged to watch and help on the steward request pages. They can also join the IRC channel #wikimedia-stewardsconnect on Libera Chat to answer requests.

Inactive stewards will have their access removed.


If you want to submit yourself as a candidate, please follow these steps.

Candidate submissions begin on 15 January 2017, 00:00 (UTC) and end on 30 January 2017, 23:59 (UTC)

Create your statement and vote page

  • Create a subpage (enter your username in the box, open it and click Publish page)

  • Edit the page with the following information:
    • a link to your user account on Meta, and a link to a second active account that meets the prerequisites.
    • a list of languages you can read and write, using the language-independent Wikimedia shorthand like "en-3", "es-3" or "es-2" (see user language).
    • a short summary of your participation in the Wikimedia projects. Of particular interest are administrator or bureaucrat access, volunteer work such as membership of the email response team or an Arbitration Committee, or any other information you feel is relevant. You can read other applicants' statements for more ideas.
  • Now create your votes page (no need to do any modifications; just publish the page):

  • When you are done with that, add yourself in alphabetical order to the statements index page (with {{/YOUR USER NAME}}), add a section to the Questions page and list your subpage on the elections page by adding the following text: "{{Se candidate indexer|2017|YOUR USER NAME}}". Volunteers will add translations in various languages to it for you.

Sign the confidentiality agreement


Before you vote, you must:

  • have an account;
  • not primarily use the account for automated (bot) tasks;
  • have made at least 600 edits globally (on all Wikimedia wikis) before 01 November 2016;
  • have made at least 50 edits globally (on all Wikimedia wikis) between 01 August 2016 and 31 January 2017.

(You can check the above requirements automatically.)

You can vote "yes", "no" or "neutral" once per candidate. If you need to change your vote after, you are permitted to do so.

To vote, view the vote page of the candidate, through either clicking the link from their statement page or clicking any of the yes/no/neutral options from the main hub page. From there, right below the candidate statement is a "vote" button - press it, select your vote, enter an optional rationale and submit your vote. Your vote will be added right away, and your eligibility will be checked after.

Any user is also free to comment on the concurrently-running steward confirmations at Stewards/Confirm/2017.


Please see the steward election coordination portal for details.

Suggestions to participants

  • You can ask the candidates questions on Stewards/Elections 2017/Questions. Please post no more than 2 relevant questions per candidate (including those for all candidates), and keep them as short as possible.
  • You can add a short (at most one or two lines) statement explaining your vote. Long conversations (responses to the votes of others) may be moved to the talk page, with a note added so other participants know where to look for it.
  • As some users have disabled CentralNotice, you may also inform other users who might be interested in participating in the voting.