Help:Bureaucrat

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A bureaucrat is an editor with additional administrative functions compared to a sysop; primarily the ability to change other user's rights and merge accounts.

Like sysops, they are merely regular users. They gain no personal merits for providing the community this service.

Additional abilities[edit]

Modify user rights[edit]

Bureaucrats are unique in that they can modify the user right groups of other users. This allows them to create new sysops and extended editors.

Merging accounts[edit]

The existing contribution log from two accounts can be merged into one if requested on the user merge requests page.

Protect[edit]

Pages can be protected from edits for a set period of time. This disables the ability of certain user groups to edit the respective page. Similarly, the protection applied can be removed as well.

Delete[edit]

Administrators review and delete pages and files listed on the list of candidates for deletion. Before deleting a page, they will check which pages link to the article that is to be deleted to avoid causing the appearance of red links.

Hide revisions[edit]

In the rare cases where a revision of an article (including an edit summary) contains spoilers and/or personal information, administrators have the ability to hide these.

Check User[edit]

Using a MW tool, admins can check the IP addresses of contributors.

Suppress redirects[edit]

Suppress redirect checkbox on Special:MovePage

Suppress redirects makes it possible to move pages without automatically creating a redirect from the source to the target page. To use this, simply untick the "Leave a redirect behind" checkbox when moving pages.

Rollback[edit]

A rollback reverts all subsequent edits of the last contributor to a page. Essentially, the revision before that contributor started editing the page will be reinstated. It should be used to quickly revert vandalism or spam. As a rollback is a one-click ability that provides no additional information, it should not be used for normal disputes. In such cases, an undo or revert is preferred as it allows a user to specify further reasoning in the edit summary.

Rollback links appear in most revisions lists, including the watchlist and Special:RecentChanges. This makes it possible to accidentally roll back edits. A special user CSS can be used to hide the link. For example, to hide the rollback links in recent changes, add the following CSS:

body.page-Special_RecentChanges span.mw-rollback-link { display: none; }

Patrol[edit]

MediaWiki supports a way of monitoring revisions using the patrolling feature. With it, it is possible to mark a revision as patrolled, signalizing to other users with the permission that the revision was checked and for example did not contain vandalism. A red exclamation mark in recent changes will highlight revisions that have not been patrolled yet. Visiting the diff-view for the revision will show a link "Mark as patrolled" that allows to mark the revision as patrolled.

In addition, any edits made by an extended editor are automatically marked as patrolled.

However, the patrolling feature is currently not utilized on this wiki.

As above, this link and exclamation mark flag can be hidden with CSS:

 .unpatrolled, .patrollink { visibility: hidden; }

Acquiring bureaucracy[edit]

Bureaucrats are appointed, typically from the pool of existing administrators, via the process of requesting adminship. Similarly to sysophood, this is not a "promotion" or "rank-up" from being a normal editor.

See also[edit]