Wikipedia:Requests for permissions

Archived requests

Administrator / Bureaucrat / Checkuser / Oversighter
Transwiki Importer


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 and stewards.
  • 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.
  • IPExempt is a right given to trusted named users who may edit from an IP address that would otherwise be blocked through no fault of their own. It can also be used to allow editing via an anonymizing proxy when need is demonstrated and the user is trusted to not abuse the user right. Editors granted IP address block exemption should be aware that breach of this policy, including unauthorized editing via proxies, or significant concerns over account abuse or other conduct, may lead to the removal of the IP address block exemption. Duration is at the administrators decision. If you still need it when it expires you can re-request it by posting on the administrators notice board, or emailing the administrators email list Also use this email if you have any private information to share. To request this permission email

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 adminship 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 Wikipedia:Criteria for adminship for these users.

Current time is 15:17:13, 25 April 2024 (UTC)


Current requests for rollback


Hello there, I would like to request rollback permission because I believe it will help save my little extra time with the tool while fighting against vandalism. I am well aware of rollback tools and their use, as I have previously served as a rollback on enwiki for a few years. I hope you will consider this request. DIVINE 00:01, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
(Non-administrator observation): This user has been absent from this wiki for two years. Upon coming back to SEWP, the editor immediately took me to WP:RFCU (See Wikipedia:Requests_for_checkuser#PotsdamLamb) for absolutely no reason or even researching anything. They also have a slew of issues on ENWP, involving legal threats (for which they were blocked on April 6, 2024 ENWP block log and calling admins an "Ass" (w:User_talk:Primefac/Archive_40#Hi) and saying it is acceptable "Btw, someone calling you ass is not harassment in Wikipedia I reckon via AN." They also had a lot of other issues with "demanding things" as recently as before their block and numerous times asked to have their rights taken away and then re-added and was even told it would be the last time and they would need to request them again via a RfP on ENWP. While the editor may have had rollback on another wiki, they need to understand more of how we work, which includes following simple instructions such as placing new requests at the top of an RFCU page (See which was not done here). I also recommend they spend more time doing something on our wiki than automated edits, which show up as most of their edits. I encourage admins to look at this editor's behavior carefully before granting additional rights on this wiki. --Thanks, and be well! - PDLTalk to me!Please don't eat da 🐑! 02:01, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
First of all, I didn't call Primefac an ass. That was a different scenario when we were talking on the talk page, and I was asking them a question related to my ANI discussions, where one admin called me that. I requested my rights to be revoked and asked again after thinking, and I re-requested after a few weeks to have them revoked again according to Wikipedia policy, which is not known as demanding.

Secondly, your CU request was valid, and anyone can request CU. You were about to commit 3RR violations while removing that notice from the CU page.

Thirdly, legal threats issues arose from doxing and have already been resolved. I am following WP:STANDARD offer and haven't violated WP:SOCK policy. Plus, I was an editor here before I got blocked due to that issue.

In addition to the CU request placement, you could have pointed it out to me on my talk page or fixed it instead of complaining.

Fighting against vandalism or patrolling new pages always involves automated edits while putting warning templates on users' talk pages with the help of Twinkle.

Lastly, about contributing, I have created more than 61 pages and 14 pages recently without copying anything, but writing by myself. My motto is to create at least one page per day here on SWEP while being free.

Also, I don't understand why you bring enwiki issues here, while this is a completely different WikiProject, and I haven't done anything wrong here while volunteering with a positive attitude and positive manners. DIVINE 04:14, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

This is not the place to dispute anything. I am allowed to bring up my opinion to any admin to consider. It is brought up here due to our One-strike policy. What you do on other projects is carried over to any other of the 850 or so projects under WMF. That is all I am going to say, as again, this is not a place to dispute anything. Also I do not know what you are referring to as you are following their standard offer and such, as you are indef blocked on ENWP as of April 3, 2024. Thanks, and be well! - PDLTalk to me!Please don't eat da 🐑! 04:22, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

  Done please wait a couple of months and ask again and I'm sure it'll be fine then. I've changed my mind, a personal tiff is not a good reason to deny plus good reports to RFCU lately are helpful fr33kman 16:07, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Hello! I would like to be granted the rollback permission as I have good activity, no vandalism, and have improved articles. I have also participated in helpful discussion. Thanks! LOLHWAT (talk) 15:48, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  Not done Thank you for volunteering, but you have too few edits on the mainspace and not enough track record of anti-vandalism activity. As of this reply, you have made 34 mainspace edits and made 5 undos, 2 of them with Twinkle. — *Fehufangą✉ Talk page 22:35, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Current requests for patroller

None at this time

Current requests for transwiki importer

None at this time

Current requests for adminship


MathXplore (talk · contribs · count)

End date: 06:46, 26 April 2024 (UTC)

I am nominating this editor because they are very active (which we need), are very familiar with the rules of Wikipedia (they have admin rights on other projects), they are stable and level headed, and I have never seen any issues with their edits. They are great at reverting vandalism and make sure to post on user talk pages to help guide new editors to the correct way to do things. I do not see any reason as to why they should not get the mop. Thanks, and be well! - PDLTalk to me!Please don't eat da 🐑! 07:07, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Co-nomination from Ferien: Hi everyone, I'm here to co-nominate MathXplore for adminship on this wiki. MathXplore has done a lot of work on this wiki, in many different areas, working here since March 2020. A lot of their work involves new page patrol, in which they are probably one of the most active patrollers here. They have nominated over 1400 articles for quick deletion in this patrol in 2024 so far alone, with little to none declined, not only showing high activity but also very good understanding of deletion policy. Their new page patrol work alone already shows a clear need for adminship and understanding of policy, and they are also very active at VIP, with gnomish work, like with categories, and other areas, in which MathXplore would benefit from admin tools too. Combine that with a friendly attitude and not shying away from criticism, and for me, I have no doubt MathXplore would make a brilliant administrator. I hope the community agrees, and wish MathXplore the best of luck in this RfA! --Ferien (talk) 21:10, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

This would also be a good place to point out this is only RfA 2, due to the previous RfA nomination being declined and kept. This is MathXplore's first proper RfA run. --Ferien (talk) 21:15, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Candidate's acceptance:


  1.   Support I have seen them doing an excellent job of preventing vandalism and always being available to assist. I believe they would make a great addition to the SEWP Community as Administrator. DIVINE 07:29, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Support. Even if it is just doing QD items, with the amount they nominate would be a net positive for that work to be done by the nominee. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 07:51, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    Hey, I stalk QDs :) It's my favourite thing to do and the number nom'd by MathXplore is vast, they can do them thierselves fr33kman 03:08, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  3.   Support I have seen their work and their abilities, they are a great addition to the Simple English wiki based on past experiences with them. – Angerxiety! 17:37, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  4.   Support Very good idea fr33kman 19:07, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  5.   Support MathXplore is well qualified and a careful editor. Kk.urban (talk) 19:41, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  6.   Strong support Looks like I was late to co-nominate you, but you can still have my support. MathXplore is a very active member of the Simple English Wikipedia community and has a history of requesting many admin actions, such as QDs, page moves, and revdels. The tools would be very useful for them.— *Fehufangą✉ Talk page 21:06, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  7.   Support MathXplore would make a great admin. Also, we only have 17/18 admins now. I am sure that one more admin would help a lot. Our current admins work so much (thank you all btw). Dream Indigo 23:07, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    I've always been of the opinion that every suitable regular member of the community should be admins. We have a very active and a very trusted community plus we all.pretty much know eachother. Simplewiki is more of than enwiki which is more like Manhattan :) fr33kman 03:05, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  8.   Support Have seen this user do a lot of good work in administrative areas, plenty of counter-vandalism experience too. ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 23:55, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  9.   Support Since MathXplore has been doing a great job at stopping vandalism, I feel that the admin tools would benefit both them and the community. TheWikiCyclone (talk) 18:46, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  10.   Support Thorough, patient, excellent vandal fighter, they'll handle the admin role quite well. Ravensfire (talk) 15:38, 21 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    They already do lots of admin type things, they just need the tool set. fr33kman 03:02, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  11.   Support It would be super foolish not to support this nomination. MathXplore does a fantastic job fighting vandalism and is an integral part of this community. Shoot for the Stars (talk) 20:16, 21 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    Yeah, I'd be shocked to see a single oppose. Excellent candidate for admin. fr33kman 03:00, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  12.   Strong support Seeing Maths work on this Wikipedia since day 1 I started editing here. Experienced and already doing a lot of Admin things, the tools would undoubtedly benefit them and the community. Didn't know there was an RFA ongoing or my support would have been on the top. :) – Cyber.Eyes2005Talk 07:14, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  13.   Support LGTM --DannyS712 (talk) 08:43, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  14.   Support Long overdue.--BRP ever 12:19, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  15.   Support I asked why they were not an admin back in August 2023, and they said that they did not see a need for the tools. I am glad that they changed their mind. QuicoleJR (talk) 14:56, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  16.   Support MathXplore has been making great contributions to the Simple English Wikipedia. I think that he will positively use the administrator permission to improve this Wikipedia project. 84Swagahh (talk) 18:01, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  17.   Support MathXplore is an amazing editor and an equally amazing person. He will be using it to help Wikipedia. LOLHWAT (talk) 12:13, 23 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  18.   Support I can't think of any reason to oppose it. This editor has helped this wiki a lot, arguably more than certain admins. Having him on the admin team just makes sense.- FusionSub (Talk page) (Contributions) 19:47, 23 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  19.   Support Excellent idea, experienced user, will do a great job. Wutsje (talk) 01:41, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
      Support I'm from the English Wikipedia, and though I'm not very familiar with the Simple Wikipedia, I see no issues with having MathXplore is an administrator. They seem humble. Cleo Cooper (talk) 05:36, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
      Bureaucrat note: Cleo Cooper, thank you for your vote, however you cannot vote as your account was created here after the RfA had started. --Ferien (talk) 18:59, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  20.   Support - Tenure looks fine as does participation at AFD etc, My only concern is them knowing authority control at account creation which I find very strange however they've done nothing that screams SOCK so I'm taking their word (Question 3) and placing myself here, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 16:53, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  21.   Support I see no problems. Him being an administrator would make the current administrators' work easier, along with his own work. JustarandomamericanALT (talk) 17:01, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Initial statements from the candidate

I would like to use this subsection for statements before RFA acceptance. MathXplore (talk) 02:39, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

  Done MathXplore (talk) 08:35, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
About me

Dear community, as introduced by Ferien and PDL, I'm an editor since 2020. I was allowed to join the rollbacker user group in January 2022 per local anti-vandalism efforts (special:redirect/logid/2122903). I also used to be in the patroller user group, but since I didn't understand the patrol feature in Wikimedia projects (in technical meanings) I was removed from the user group. I have re-negotiated about previous cases and agreed with the involved admins to move forward RFA, please see special:permalink/9491679#Transitions_between_RFRR_and_RFP for this discussion. Today, I have restored auto-patrol via global rollback, and I have local patroller permissions at Commons, English Wikibooks (as reviewer), English Wikiversity (as custodian since March 2024), Simple English Wiktionary (as sysop since January 2024), Japanese Wiktionary, etc., but hitting the patrol button or collecting such buttons are not the main part of my activities. Actually, I check users and edits rather than specific pages, so "patroller" is not absolutely needed for me. If I just wanted to restore patroller permissions I would just go back to the same RFP venue, but we have this RFA for different objectives beyond "patroller" (I mean things that cannot be done by "patroller"). I will give a full description of such objectives in the following "plans" section. MathXplore (talk) 02:31, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


As mentioned in Special:Diff/9479316, the works of our admins include WP:VIP, WP:RFD, CAT:QD and WP:AN in the main part. I plan to prioritize WP:VIP, CAT:QD and WP:AN, etc., because these can be emergencies while RFDs are not (in general, emergencies in RFDs may need QD or WP:OS when applicable). However, I don't think this is enough, and I would like to provide further description. MathXplore (talk) 02:38, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

(Non-English) anti-derogatory/vandalism efforts

Since m:Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Simple English Wikipedia (3), it is believed that spam and vandalism are handled in a reasonable way. I generally agree to this statement, but I believe that I might be able to provide further assistance in some complicated cases, such as non-English cases.

It is needless to remind that we are a simple English project. However, we have editors from all over the world, including those we cannot accept. We also get derogatory content from various languages, including those that I can understand. You can see special:permalink/9483065#About_your_recent_VIP_reports_(special:diff/9431290) and Wikipedia:Requests_for_checkuser/Archive21#JA/ZH-originated_fake_doppelganger_accounts for one of my recent alerts about such cases. For the most recent violent incidents, I assume the involvement of ja:LTA:GNSN or ja:LTA:LMG, etc. Previously, we had more editors with proficiency higher than ja/zh-3, so it was easier to detect such issues, but today I do not recognize enough substitutes in this area. I believe that language barriers and time zone differences may have delayed the community's response.

The full record of my activities in this area can be found from my VIP log, AN report log, and SRG log for LTAs or gloabl username issues. Some cases involve deleted revisions, you can send questions to our admins about such cases. By joining the admin team I look forward to expanding the linguistic and time zone coverage of our anti-derogatory/vandalism efforts. Please note that m:stewards may be able to handle global username issues when applicable, but other issues (such as edit summaries, revisions, etc.) must be handled by our local admins.

(Non-English) anti-spam efforts

m:Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Simple English Wikipedia (3) says that our community is handling spam and vandalism in a reasonable way. However, I believe it is still hard to detect and revert non-English spams, and I believe that is why smaller projects like us are being targeted.

Again, we are a simple English project, but we get weblinks from all over the world, including those we cannot accept. We also get spams from various languages, including those that I can understand. You can see User talk:Justarandomamerican/Archives/2023/April and special:diff/9454809 (both are w:ja:LTA:GRIMM cases) for my efforts in this area. In general, they look like adding references, but they are just adding their favorite blogs, etc. Cross-wiki cases or LTAs can be handled by stewards, but otherwise they have to be handled locally. By joining the admin team I look forward to expanding the linguistic coverage of our anti-spam efforts.

The full record of my anti-spam/vandalism activites our included in my rollback log, undo log, ENWV logs (delete, protect, blocks) and more samples can be seen at m:User:MathXplore#Reverts_at_EN_and_multilingual_projects (please note that I have global rollback, I can use rollback outside this project). MathXplore (talk) 06:27, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

(Non-English) anti-LTA efforts

Some of these cases may overlap with above, but not all of them can be easily declared as spam or vandalism. Please see Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Current_issues_and_requests_archive_63#Request_for_Protection_of_User_talk:RadiX, Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Current_issues_and_requests_archive_66#Request_for_Protection_for_User_talk:郊外生活, Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Current_issues_and_requests_archive_74#ja:LTA:HEATHROW_targeting_User_talk:郊外生活_again, and Wikipedia:Requests_for_checkuser/Archive20#ja:LTA:HEATHROW for such cases. As well as above, I hope I can expand the linguistic coverage of our anti-LTA actions. MathXplore (talk) 06:27, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Interwiki collaborations between simplewiki and simplewikt

We are one of the 2 simple English projects, and I believe that collaborations with the other side can help the entire simple English movement. Since I started helping Simple English Wiktionary as their admin since January 2024, I have been working in this area. Please see wikt:special:permalink/520832#Please_wait_deletion_of_Hilary_of_Poitiers, wikt:special:permalink/520832#Please_wait_for_domino_theory, and wikt:special:permalink/520832#w:Wikipedia:Requests_for_deletion/Requests/2024/Oops for examples. As Simple English Wiktionary admin I can import simplewiki dicdefs. Having advanced permissions here can allow me to work on the opposite side, and I don't have to do things like User_talk:Auntof6/Archives/2024#Wikipedia:Requests_for_deletion/Requests/2024/Oops. MathXplore (talk) 06:27, 19 April 2024 (UTC) (Added signature, I noticed that I forgot to add my signature here when added this with the subsections above, MathXplore (talk) 03:36, 22 April 2024 (UTC))[reply]

Yeah, we should act more like a sorta single project really. Before Global Sysops simplewiki admins could just ask to be a Wiktionary admin automatically. fr33kman 03:31, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Comments from others

  Question: Do you believe that your adminship on the Simple English Wiktionary or the English Wikiverisity might distract you a little from here/adminship here may distract you from them a little?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Simpleist (talkcontribs)

I don't believe such distractions. I never felt that I was distracted by Simple English Wiktionary adminship or English Wikiversity custodianship. I already cleared the minimal activity requirements in both of them (More than one action in a year for Simple English Wiktionary, more than 5 edits and 5 admin actions in a year for English Wikiversity). For this project, I have cleared the minimal activity requirements since 2020 (100 edits or admin actions in one calendar year, Wikipedia:Inactive_administrators#De-adminship). In my opinion, adminship means you have to use time differently. For example, non-admins have to tag pages and report users to WP:VIP if needed. Admins don't have to do this, instead, they click the delete/block button for applicable cases. Distractions from off-wiki factors (factors outside Wikimedia) may exist. If I'm going to be inactive here, then I would be inactive in other places. MathXplore (talk) 13:47, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I think they amount of do here shows you've got time to spend here. fr33kman 03:33, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

  Question: How do you generally deal with disagreements or conflicts that emerge during editing? Have you ever dealt with it before? DIVINE 00:22, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

For edits that are not vandalism, not done by block evasions, I usually undo once (or add maintenance tags) with explanations in the edit summary (or no reverts), and send applicable messages via Wikipedia:Twinkle. I also use the page's talk page for further discussion, or bring it to WP:ST/WP:AN if wider attention is needed. My AN report log includes my records of such activities. I usually do this for disputed QDs (pages in which QD tags are repeatedly removed), I think this is better than repeating reverts (I was previously advised by Ferien to use WP:AN for such cases). Similarly, I use admin noticeboards for such cases in all projects that I'm active. MathXplore (talk) 02:00, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

  Question: - Have you had an account or edited here prior to the creation of MathXplore? and how did you know about {{authority control}} ? ([1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]),

I'll be honest I find it strange that you knew what authority control was and how it's supposed to be used when most newbies here get off to a rocky start, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 17:15, 23 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
No, I have no accounts/edits here before creating this account. MathXplore (talk) 01:30, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
(About authority control) I think I learned about it in en/jawiki. I think there was a bot to add {{authority control}} in jawiki (I forgot which bot), and that may have given hints to me. Many years have passed since then, and I don't accurately remember how I learned it. MathXplore (talk) 01:35, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Okay many thanks for answering this, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 16:45, 24 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Current requests for bureaucratship

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Current requests for checkusership

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Current requests for oversightership

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