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 Simple Talk. 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 00:46:53, 24 January 2021 (UTC)


Current requests for rollback

None at this time

Current requests for patroller

None at this time

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


Eptalon (talk · contribs · count)

End date: 00:16, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

As a very light user of Simple, but experienced user of en-wiki (and light participant at w:WP:ANI), I'm surprised, even stunned, to find myself here, and am sincerely hoping this is just one big misunderstanding, and someone will point out the error of my ways. That said, I feel I have no choice but to bring some facts to light concerning User:Eptalon. I should note at the outset, that I have no prior interaction with them, nor do I know if this represents a pattern of behavior; so I'll just state what I do know. (Fwiw, in 14 years at en-wiki, I've never requested a desysop, and I don't believe I've initiated a block request more than once or twice, so I take this extremely seriously.) I also beg your indulgence, if due to my inexperience here, I've mangled some procedures or not exhibited the conventional conversational style here.

My first/only interaction with Eptalon was at Talk:Nazism, today. (To my knowledge, we have never interacted at en-wiki.) It started when I collapsed a five year old discussion at Talk:Nasism by an IP entitled, "‎Poison Gas ??? Oh Really?", adding edit summary, "Collapsed denialist nonsense". I considered this a conservative move, and would have simply removed the post had I had more experience at Simple. When ImprovedWikiImprovment (talk · contribs) followed up and deleted it entirely, I was pleased. To my mind, that was the end of it.

I was surprised to see that it reappeared, and was stripped of its collapse bar, in two edits by Eptalon (talk · contribs):

  • this one (with the Edit summary, "Last known good version, there's on reason to remove a 5 year old discussion"), and
  • this one (with ES: no reason to hide a 5 year old discussion).

I assumed I was dealing with either a right wing troll, or a newbie unfamiliar with NPOV, OR, not to mention w:WP:NONAZIS (sorry, I'm not as familiar with Simple shortcuts, or even whether such pages exist here), so I headed over to their talk page to see whether I needed to leave them a gentle explanation, or something sterner.

By the time I got there, user IWI had already started this discussion on their talk page. Checking whether they were a newbie or not, I was stunned to find they are an admin, CU, crat and oversighter.

I requested clarification of their two reversions at Talk:Naziism, first to undo IWW's delete, followed by undoing my collapse. Quoting myself:

How about considering this principle, when considering restoring it: there's no reason to restore 5 year old pro-Nazi conspiracy theories by an IP user. And after you restored it, it was still hidden by the collapse bar I previously added, so you doubled down, and uncollapsed it (with ES: no reason to hide a 5 year old discussion) in this edit. Wtf?

At this point, I'm not sure if it's belaboring the discussion here by adding diffs to individual reverts and restores in the article TP history, or on their Talk page (User_talk:Eptalon#Revert) but I will, upon request.

At this point, I have to say I find their TP responses insufficient to allay the doubts I am having. I'm well versed in controversial topics at en-wiki, and have successfully contributed to many of them, including w:Holocaust denial; and I've been around long enough to know what w:WP:GAMING and w:WP:SEALIONing looks like, the tricky part being it's really hard to be sure and the best are highly skilled at tightrope walking, and AGF is of the absolute essence, all the while not allowing oneself to be suckered into their game, by someone who may not have the best interests of the encyclopedia at heart. It's a tricky balance, and all the more important when someone holds the quadruple mop. In a case like this, the response should be crystally clear, overwhelming, forceful, and incontrovertible. It was less than that; excusable, perhaps, from a newbie.

What kind of cinches it for me, is precisely the fact they are vested with such great responsibility, and have been here for fifteen years. Even if it's not a slam-dunk that would block a newbie, or light contributor, is this the kind of response we want to model to others from powerful members here? Shouldn't they know better—a whole lot better? I am trying to piece together a scenario in my mind, where one of the admins I know on en-wiki, through some unfortunate wording or misunderstanding might have left me wondering about their intentions in a case similar this, prompting me to query them on their en-wiki talk page in a similar fashion. I know what the response would have been: a tsunami of apology, explanation, respect, words of thanks for pointing it out, probable strikeouts and redactions, perhaps some self-reverts, and profuse excuses.

In my opinion, Eptalon has no business wielding administrative powers. I'm less aware of the other bits, but my guess is that CU and oversighting involves a lot of powers to view private information, and I'm opposed to someone with this inability to observe norms of behavior having such powers. I'm unaware of what crats do (I learned that abbreviation recently, and that's about the extent of my knowledge of it) so I can't comment on whether Eptalon should retain bureaucratship.

Respectfully submitted (and I really hope this is all just one big misunderstanding),

Mathglot (talk) 00:16, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

P.S. I know about two follow-up steps, please give me some more-than-usual few minutes to figure it out and attempt them, and then somebody please check if I did it right after a bit. Thanks.

PPS: I really wish the title of the page were hyphenated: de-adminship; "deadminship" looks macabre. Mathglot (talk)

Candidate's acceptance:


  • Per nom. Nazis are not welcome on Wikipedia. I also see that the nominator is unsure of the validity. I can assure you this Nazism has happened before. Eptalon has also said the N-word in #wikipedia-simple before and was very close to being kickbanned for it, although it did not occur due to their adminship (which in my opinion is wrong, admins should not be exempt to policies and should be treated the same as any other user). There is also a large amount of disruptvely editing and disregard for policy (i.e. closing RfDs how they personally prefer the outcome and not what the consensus is) from the candidate which I expect to be followed up on shortly. Naleksuh (talk) 00:40, 24 January 2021 (UTC)