Administrators, also termed admins or sysops (system operators), are wiki editors who have been entrusted with access to restricted technical features on the Wiki.
Administrators possess the basic abilities of regular editors, plus a few more. These additional abilities include:
- 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 or autoconfirmed status.
- Blocking IP addresses or user names from editing; and very quick "rollback" of undesirable edits.
- Editing the interface by changing system messages and skins.
The current Administration Team includes:
Becoming An AdministratorEdit
Potential admins can be nominated by starting a request thread in the User Rights Requests section of the Foums. Editors may choose to nominate themselves, or other registered editors on the Wiki for the role. In the case of the latter, the candidate must first agree to be nominated.
The request thread will remain open for a period of 1 to 2 weeks. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, cases where the candidate withdraws or where the request will clearly be rejected (such as failing to meet the minimum criteria etc.) During this period, registered editors on the Wiki may support or oppose the nomination by casting votes, as well as pose questions to the candidate. Votes cast must state clearly the stance of the voter, and voters are encouraged to leave reasons for their stance. Editors are reminded that personal attacks are not tolerated and disciplinary action will be taken as necessary. To prevent sock-puppetry, only registered voters on the wiki may cast votes.
After the time period expires, the voting window will close and the administration team will analyse the votes to determine if the request is successful. As a general rule, a candidate requires two-thirds majority for the request to be successful. However, the administration team reserves the right to weigh votes individually. This means that should a voter's rationale be especially compelling, it can possibly outweigh a numerical advantage. Conversely, if a voter's rationale is especially trivial, it may not be counted into the final tally. Interpreting voter's rationales will usually only occur in close calls and if it is a close decision.
If there should come a time when there are no active bureaucrats and you wish to become an administrator or adopt the wiki, please contact the community staff. If there are other active editors but no active bureaucrats/admins, you should first discuss with them on who should become an admin, whether it be one of you, or all of you.