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Different users have access to different functions of the site. While anyone can do most things on the site, including reading and editing, administrators can access a few additional functions.
These additional functions include:
- Deleting and undeleting pages, page histories, and uploaded files.
- Locking (protecting) a page so it cannot be edited or renamed by users without admin rights or autoconfirmed status.
- Blocking IP addresses or user names from editing; and very quick "rollback" of undesirable edits.
- Editing the interface by changing system messages and skins.
A bureaucrat can make other users into bureaucrats or administrators on their own wiki. Bureaucrats can also give users the ability to "rollback" edits not made in good faith. Currently, the only bureaucrats are Jonny Manz, TheodoreRowy, and Tulipclaymore.
Becoming an administrator
For you to become an administrator, someone with bureaucrat access must make you one. Once the community grows and acquires more active users, requesting administrative powers should be handled by community discussion via the forum. If you are made an administrator, this guide is an introduction on using basic admin functions. Qualities a prospective administrator ought to possess include a reasonable grasp of the English language, basic wiki editing skills and a willingness to improve them, an unconfrontational attitude, helpfulness to newcomers, participation in community discussions, and frequent editing activity on the main wiki namespace.
If, for some reason, the wiki is abandoned by the existing bureaucrats, you can use the "Requests for adminship" page to nominate users to become admins or bureaucrats. Once a community decision has been reached (or if there is no active community to debate the decision), please leave a message at the wiki adoption requests page and Wikia Staff can provide the rights.
What can administrators not do?
Administrators should not use their administrator powers to settle editing disputes; for example, to lock a page on a version he or she prefers in an editing dispute that isn't vandalism. Administrator powers should be used to help keep the wiki clear of vandalism, spam, and users who make malicious edits, but not for simple disagreements between users acting in good faith. Ideally an admin shouldn't be considered "in charge". The ideal admin is just someone who is trusted to have a few extra buttons and to use them for the benefit of the Wikia community.