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"The hallmark of a well-managed organization is not the absence of problems, but whether or not problems are effectively resolved."
―D.H. Stamatis[src]

Administrators are experienced and trusted Wookieepedians who have been elected by the community to carry out a wide range of tasks, both technical and political. To this end, administrators have "sysop rights," a set of tools that allows them to perform operations that ordinary Wookieepedians cannot, including the deletion of pages and blocking troublemakers. Administrators are often seen as community leaders, with users turning to them for advice and information, but they are not imbued with any special authority and are equal to everybody else in terms of editorial responsibility.

Bureaucrats are administrators with additional privileges, including the management of user rights. Like administrators, they are elected by the community.


Meet the team

Sysop tools

Administrators, by virtue of their sysop privileges, have access to a range of tools that normal users do not. Below are listed some, but not all, of the additional abilities that administrators have access to. For the full list, see Special:ListGroupRights.

Blocking

  • Block and unblock IP addresses, IP ranges, and user accounts for a specific time, or indefinitely, in accordance with the Blocking policy.

Interface management

Administrators can manage the appearance and functionality of Wookieepedia to the extent allowed by Fandom's Terms of Use.

  • Change the text of software messages seen on various pages, including the page that blocked users see when attempting to edit.
  • Change the style and functionality of the interface using CSS and Javascript.

Moving pages

  • Move pages without creating a redirect.
  • Automatically move all associated subpages when moving a page.
  • Move files.

Page deletion

Page protection

Rollback

Spam filter

Moderation of chat platforms

Administrators automatically receive additional privileges on Wookieepedia's official chat platforms.

  • Server moderator status ("administrators" role) on Discord.
  • Channel operator privileges on IRC.

Responsibilities

Administrators are expected to participate in carrying out tasks that require sysop rights, including but not limited to:

Becoming an administrator

Experienced and trusted Wookieepedians may be nominated and elected by the community to become administrators. To be eligible for becoming an administrator, you must meet the requirements listed on Wookieepedia:Requests for user rights, including a period of consistent, quality editing to the site:

  • Adult candidates (18+): at least six months of active contribution
  • Underaged candidates (13–17): at least eighteen months of active contribution
See Forum:CT:Admin Age, Wookieepedia:Mofferences/January 25, 2009, and Forum:CT:Admin age exception

A request for adminship ("RFA") lasts for two weeks, after which a bureaucrat will grant you sysop privileges if the request is successful. New administrators are asked to exercise care in using sysop tools, especially the ability to delete pages and their history, to delete images, and the ability to block IP addresses. You can learn about your newfound powers at the Administrators' how-to-guide. You should also take a look at the pages linked from the Administrators' reading list before using any of your sysop abilities. Your fellow administrators are more than happy to help you, as well.

Extended leaves of absence

In the event that an administrator enters into a protracted absence from the wiki, some form of explanation, be it even a simple "I'm taking a break" or {{Vacation}} template, is desired. In the absence of any explanation, if an administrator does not edit or use admin tools for four months or more, the following steps are to be taken outside of the RFRA process:


Length of absence 4 months' absence 5 months' absence 6 months' absence
Action taken attempts to communicate will be made warning that removal will occur at 6 months Bureaucrat will remove sysops


Activity requirements

In order to maintain their sysop rights, administrators are required to meet a regular level of productivity:

  • Administrators and bureaucrats must make at least 250 mainspace edits in any six-month span, excepting prior explanation of inactivity.
  • Bureaucrats must make at least 500 total edits combined in the mainspace, Wookieepedia:, File:, MediaWiki:, Template:, and Category: namespaces in any six-month span, excepting prior explanation of inactivity.
  • Additionally, administrators must use their administrative tools at least once every six months.

Administrators who fail to meet any of these requirements will be eligible for immediate removal by a bureaucrat. Those who provide an explanation of inactivity should clearly state an expected date for return to activity. Failing to return to activity by the specified date without further explanation will leave administrators subject to the "Extended leaves of absence" removal process (see above).

Administrator abuse

Administrative actions fall under the Administrative autonomy policy, meaning that no administrator may overturn another administrator's decision without agreement from a quorum of administrators.

If you think an administrator has acted improperly against you or another editor, you should express your concerns directly to the administrator responsible. Try to come to a resolution in an orderly and civil manner. However, if the matter is not resolved between the two parties, please post on Forum:Administrators' noticeboard.

In extreme circumstances, administrators who have demonstrated a deliberate abuse of their powers over a prolonged period of time can be removed from their position via Wookieepedia:Requests for removal of user rights.

See also

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