|Administrators as of May 2013 (edit)|
The system currently recognizes 79 administrators. If that is not the last number in the list above, there is an error in the list.
Administrators (also known as sysops) are users on Wikidata who are trusted with janitorial tasks such as deleting and blocking. Administrators are elected by a community vote at Wikidata:Requests for permissions, after a week of discussion with at least eight supporting votes, and a 75% margin of support from those who voted support or oppose.
Rights and abilities
Administrators have access to additional abilities, referred to as rights because they are expected to use them within the scope defined by the Wikidata community. Policies around administrators' abilities can be found on the following pages:
Administrators also manage the AbuseFilters, can edit the MediaWiki interface and use the
rollback right to remove vandalism.
Administrators can assign the following permissions, but do not need to assign these to themselves, because the administrator user group includes all of the rights (except for the translation administrator and flood flags, whose rights are not included in the sysop group):
- the autopatrolled right to users who have demonstrated an understanding of how Wikidata works
- the confirmed flag to trusted users who have been registered for less than four days
- the IP block exemption right to users in good standing who are editing from a blocked IP
- the property creator right to users who are experienced in the property-creation process
- the rollback right to users who can be trusted to use rollback for vandalism and test edits only
- the flood flag to themselves temporarily if they make repetitive changes in a short period of time. Other users can request it from bureaucrats.
- the translation administrator right - only to their own account, not other users. Only bureaucrats can assign this right to other users.
For general help from administrators, Wikidata:Administrators' noticeboard may be used. Individual administrators may be contacted on their user talk pages.
Other accounts with administrative access
To facilitate the development of Wikidata, some Wikimedia Deutschland staff members hold administrator and bureaucrat access, and can be identified with the (WMDE) suffix in their usernames.
Global sysops and stewards technically have full administrator access (except the ability to assign user rights that can be assigned locally). However, they are only allowed to use their admin tools for
- blocking accounts and IP addresses in cases of vandalism, spam or long-term abuse
- performing rollbacks according to Wikidata's rollback guideline and marking edits as patrolled
- deletions of vandalism or spam
- non-controversial housekeeping within the MediaWiki namespace
They must not revert or overrule any actions that are performed by a local administrator. If a global sysop misuses their rights, any local user in good standing may ask them to stop.
Administrator access is removed from accounts which have been inactive for six months. A discussion is scheduled to begin around 22 July 2013 to discuss what the community defines as inactive, with that policy applying retroactively to any account with administrative access at the time.
Administrator access can also be removed after a community vote at Wikidata:Requests for permissions, with a simple majority of 50% of users supporting the removal. Before a request for de-adminship is started, the issue must have been brought up and discussed at the administrators' noticeboard.
All administrators elected before 22 January 2013 held the rights for three months as temporary administrators. The confirmation page for these administrators can be found at Wikidata:Administrators/Confirm 2013. The confirmations ended on March 22.
Timeline of Wikidata’s administrators
A timeline which shows all administrators – including former administrators – can be found at Wikidata:Administrators/Timeline.
- Wikidata:Requests for permissions/Administrator for gaining administrative access
- Wikidata:Administrators' noticeboard for all matters requiring administrator attention
- Wikidata:Database reports/Deletions for a list of administrators by number of deletions
- Wikidata:Administrators by language, a table of administrators by what language they speak