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 by default 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 17:40:35, 18 May 2021 (UTC)


Current requests for rollback


For fighting against vandals repeatedly PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:32, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • I was blocked on EN over a year ago (and yes, I created socks but have since stopped and focused on SWP), and since I have been here for 3.5-4 months, I have done a lot of work in fighting vandalism and fixing technical issues on articles through Project Check Wikipedia (WPCleaner). I use both Huggle and Twinkle. I am happy to answer any questions. Thanks for your input! PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:32, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
      Done Edits are unproblematic, vandal-fighters are welcome, and rights can easily be revoked if abused. Btw: I also granted patroller rights.--Eptalon (talk) 15:14, 16 May 2021 (UTC)

Current requests for patroller


I would like to request the patroller user right. I am free now and hoping to contribute a lot to the Simple Wikipedia. Thanks in advance. StarLightMe (talk) 00:21, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

  Not done sorry, but I'm not comfortable granting patroller to a user as new as you are (only 35 edits here on simplewiki), especially since the patroller group includes autopatrol here. --DannyS712 (talk) 01:35, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

User:Android 2113853211

I created lots of articles, reverted vandalisms and warned lots of vandals. Android 2113853211 (talk) 18:59, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
  Not done Two reasons: first, you've been here less than three weeks, and I'd want to see more history before giving this right. Second, I checked some of the articles you created, and all of the ones I checked needed some work. That's an issue because 1) patroller here includes autopatrol and your articles need patrolling and 2) that indicates you don't know what an article should have to be patrolled. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:45, 17 April 2021 (UTC)


I would like to help with patrolling new articles. Whilst the articles I used to create were quite stubby, I think the articles I have been creating over the past couple of months are patrollable and I know what a new article should look like. Thanks. --Ferien (talk) 20:11, 10 May 2021 (UTC)
  •   Done You have the necessary experience in page creation and new page patrol for this user group. No apparent need to patrol your new pages; granted. --IWI (talk) 00:10, 11 May 2021 (UTC)

Current requests for importer

None at this time

Current requests for adminship


PotsdamLamb (talk · contribs · count)

End date: 15:21, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

I feel I have done an amazing job here on SWP. It is a 360° turn around from who I was. I understand the rules and some I am still learning. I focus a lot on vandalism and technical fixes and once in a while I’ll expand an article. More importantly I help the new comers understand what they can and can’t do, point them in the right direction and assist them if I can. I feel I would be a great addition to our already amazing sysops team!
I am withdrawing this RFA at this time. Thanks PotsdamLamb (talk) 15:21, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

Candidate's acceptance: Self-Nomination



  1. Right off the bat, I have to oppose. This user doesn't understand some of our procedures, as evidenced by 1) inappropriate/premature reports at WP:VIP and 2) the way this RfA was incorrectly created. The user has also apparently never created any articles here, which I think is important to help understand how this wiki works. I think it's quite a bit too early for this user to get the mop. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:33, 7 May 2021 (UTC)
  2. Oppose This user does not at all understand how this wiki works and frequently has to have their edits fixed. From my view they are a very long way off from being an admin. -Djsasso (talk) 12:26, 7 May 2021 (UTC)
    • Ironically to the point that this request is completely broken and I am going to have to fix it now. -Djsasso (talk) 12:29, 7 May 2021 (UTC)
      • Although PotsdamLamb has now withdrawn, can you show some of their edits that have to be fixed? I can't recall any of PotsdamLamb's contributions that have had to be fixed, obviously excluding this rfa. --Ferien (talk) 16:31, 7 May 2021 (UTC)
        @Djsasso: PotsdamLamb (talk) 09:01, 9 May 2021 (UTC)


@Auntof6: - Can you give me examples of the VIPs you are referring to please? This RfA was created via mobile and it didn’t populate the fields. That is why I redid it. I have expanded some articles and fixed quite a few as I’d rather fix the technical, spelling, and grammar on articles. I am looking at the cleanup categories. We have a lot of people that come over and create articles. I admitted I don’t know all of the rules as some I don’t have experience in but I have a good grasp of them and if I don’t I ask questions before I do anything. PotsdamLamb (talk) 11:11, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

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