Wikipedia:Requests for permissions

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Archived requests

Administrator / Bureaucrat / Checkuser / Oversighter


There are many kinds of special permissions that users can be granted. These include:

  • Rollbacker is a user who can quickly revert changes by other users. See Wikipedia:Rollback feature.
  • Flood is a very short-term permission that a user can get from any administrator to make lots of small edits in a row. When using the flood permission, a user’s edits will be hidden from Special:RecentChanges.
  • Patroller is a user who can review new pages that other users make by marking them "patrolled". Any pages a patroller makes do not have to be reviewed by others.
  • Administrator (also called an "admin" or "sysop") is a user who can delete and protect pages and block users. Admins can also grant the rollback, flood and patroller permissions.
  • Bureaucrat (also called a "crat") is a user who can grant and revoke the admin and bot permissions.
  • Checkuser is a user who can see private information about editors (for example, their IP addresses).
  • Oversight is a user who can hide private information from everyone except other oversighters, stewards and founders.
  • Transwiki importer is a user who has use of the import tool to move pages here from other projects. This is not to be confused with importer, who can upload XML files using the import tool. Importer is not granted on this wiki.
  • Uploader is a user who can upload files locally on this wiki. This permission is granted temporarily and will be removed once the task is complete.

Adding a new request


You must be an active member of Simple English Wikipedia, preferably with some experience in reverting vandalism.

Rollback must never be used to revert in edit wars, or to remove good-faith changes. Use the undo feature for this, and give a reason. Rollback does not let you give a reason when reverting. It must only be used to revert bad changes. It can and will be revoked if misused.

Click here to request rollback.


Requests for the temporary (short-term) flood permission should be made on an administrator’s talk page, on the #wikipedia-simple connect irc channel, or at the Administrators' noticeboard.


Requests for temporary (short-term) file upload permissions should be made on the Administrators' noticeboard. An administrator should be notified once the uploads are done so that the permission can be removed.
Image uploads are not allowed, this should only be requested for uploading other media (such as audio clips)


Please read the Criteria for administratorship before nominating another user or yourself, to make sure the nominated user meets the criteria for becoming an administrator. You may want to look at the archives first so you can see why other people’s requests have succeeded or failed.

Administrator tools are there to better help the community. They do not make certain users better than others. To nominate a candidate for adminship, please follow these instructions:

  1. In the input box below, replace USERNAME with the username of the person you are nominating for adminship.
  2. Complete the fields given to you.
  3. Once the user has accepted, add {{Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/<insert name of person nominated>}} underneath the Current requests for adminship heading below, at the very top of the list.
  4. Optional: Add {{rfa-notice}} to the candidate's userpage.

Notes: This is not the place to get "constructive feedback from others", if you want feedback from others in a less formal environment, please see Editor Review. If a candidate is successful, an administrator or bureaucrat should add them to MediaWiki:Gadget-HighlightAdmins.js.

Bureaucrat, Checkuser, or Oversight

For the bureaucrat, checkuser, or oversight permission, a user first needs to be an administrator. There are special requirements at Criteria for administratorship for these users.

Current time is 12:40:05, 4 August 2020 (UTC)


Current requests for rollback


It has been nearly a month since my last request, and I would like to request this right again. I would use the right to help fight off the long-term abusers that attack this wiki, and just also to combat the ordinary vandals. I understand that I may not be considered trustworthy due to my socking on enwiki, but I promise that I will be trustworthy with this right. I understand that if I abuse this right, it will be removed. I promise to only use this right in cases of clear vandalism; I will use Twinkle for everything else. Regards, --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 18:24, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
Considering SithJarJar's history on enwiki, he faces a mountain to climb to earn trust with this community. His conduct on that wiki was problematic. However, this user's conduct on our project has been reliable, dependable, trustworthy, and they have so far kept their promise to be an upstanding member of the community. I feel that the correct option for the community in this case is to help them climb that mountain. I'm not awarding this user right as I'd like for other sysops to share their thoughts. That being said, I'll support this user's request for rollback and monitor their use of it, should it be awarded. Operator873talkconnect 18:40, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
Support per Operator 873. This is what we want people who've had socking issues to do. Darkfrog24 (talk) 18:49, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
@SithJarJar666: Question. Looking through your last 5 undo, which of them would you have used rollback for? And, do you intend to use a script that would allow adding a custom summary? The edits I'm asking about are #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 19:34, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
@DannyS712: Well, #1 and #2 might have needed an explanation, as it is not obvious vandalism. #5 was one of my own edits; I would not have rolled back that, as it may have needed an explanation. #3 was an LTA known as The Suix; definitely rollback. #4 may have been rollbackable, but I can always use Twinkle if I am not sure. Regards, --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 19:44, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
So you would have only used it for #4? --DannyS712 (talk) 19:46, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
@DannyS712: Yes. If I am unsure about an edit, I will use Twinkle and an edit summary. I will only use rollback for LTAs and obvious vandalism. --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 19:49, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
Okay, I'm inclined to grant the rights temporarily and see how it goes. Leaving open for other admins' comments for a bit --DannyS712 (talk) 02:35, 29 July 2020 (UTC)

Current requests for patroller

User:Prahlad balaji

I have been tagging articles for improvement for some time now. The last issues I had with other editors were in 2017. I want patroller rights so that I can actually review new articles, not just tag them for improvement. Thank you. ~Prahlad balaji (t / c) 23:51, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation) Most of these "improvements" are just adding no sources to a one sentence stub, which in my opinion is not helpful and should be avoided. Also, patroller is for marking articles as patrolled, which should have a history of improving articles. This would be demonstrated by adding sources to the articles, not tagging for them to be added. Naleksuh (talk) 23:57, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
 Request withdrawn I will wait a few months and come back here again. ~Prahlad balaji (t / c) 03:25, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Current requests for importer

None at this time

Current requests for adminship

None at this time

Current requests for bureaucratship

None at this time

Current requests for checkusership

None at this time

Current requests for oversight

None at this time

Current requests for removal of rights

None at this time