Different users have access to different functions of the site. While anyone can do most things on the site, including reading and editing, Administrators can access a few additional functions.
These additional functions are:
- Deleting and undeleting pages, page histories, and uploaded files.
- Locking (protecting) a page so it cannot be edited or renamed by users without admin rights.
- Blocking IP addresses or user names from editing; and very quick "rollback" of undesirable edits.
- Editing the interface by changing system messages and skins.
A Bureaucrat can make other users into Bureaucrats or Administrators on their own wiki. However, he or she is not currently able to remove admin access from any user; please contact one of the community staff if you need that done.
Who are this Wiki's Administrators?
The "founder" of a wiki, the person who first requested it, is given Administrator access automatically. Founders are also given Bureaucrat access so they can make any other user on their wiki an Administrator or Bureaucrat. For a complete list of users with Administrator access, see Special:Listusers/sysop.
You may also wish to list them on this page.
- Active - These are the best users to contact when you need an Administrator. They log on and edit every day, for most of the day, every day.
- Partially Active - These users log on most of the time. These users are good to contact, but not for emergencies.
- Inactive - Do not contact these users. They do not log on at all. They will be demoted soon. Whether or not they will keep their rights is currently being/has been discussed.
- Away - These users are currently away. (e.g. on vacation.), and their temporary inactivity has been excused.
What can Administrators not do?
Administrators should not use their Administrator powers to settle editing disputes; for example, to lock a page on a version he or she prefers in an editing dispute that isn't vandalism. Administrator powers should be used to help keep the wiki clear of vandalism, spam, and users who make malicious edits, but not for simple disagreements between users acting in good faith. Ideally an Administrator shouldn't be considered "in charge". The ideal Administrator is just someone who is trusted to have a few extra buttons and to use them for the benefit of the wiki community.