Wikinews:Requests for permissions/Policy

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Requests for permissions (RFP) is the process by which the Wikinews community decides which users can have access to the administrator, bureaucrat, checkuser, and oversight permissions.

  • Users can submit their own requests (self-nomination), or
  • Other users can nominate a candidate.

AdministratorsEdit

See also: Wikinews:Administrator

You may be eligible to become an administrator if you:

  1. have been active on Wikinews for at least two months.
  2. are trusted by the community.

Request requirementsEdit

  • The request will remain open for voting for at least one week.
  • The candidate will be deemed successful if:
    • there are at least five votes cast, and
    • a minimum of 80% in support.
  • Votes are only permitted from autoconfirmed users i.e. no anonymous IP or new accounts will be allowed to vote.
  • After at least seven days, a bureaucrat will review the request and add the admin flag if there is support from the community.

BureaucratsEdit

Bureaucrats are trusted users that handle additional tasks beyond those of administrators.

Request requirementsEdit

  • The request will remain open for voting for at least two weeks.
  • The candidate will be deemed successful if:
    • there are at least ten votes cast, and
    • a minimum of 80% in support.
  • Votes are only permitted from autoconfirmed users i.e. no anonymous IP or new accounts will be allowed to vote.
  • After two weeks, a bureaucrat will review the votes and add the bureaucrat flag if there is support from the community.

CheckUser and OversightEdit

See also: Wikinews:CheckUser policy and Wikinews:Oversight

Confirming your identityEdit

These permissions require users to:

  • confirm their identity to the WMF, and
  • be at least 18 years old.

Request requirementsEdit

  • The request will remain open for voting for at least two weeks.
  • The candidate will be deemed successful if:
    • there are at least twenty five votes cast, and
    • a minimum of 80% in support.
  • Votes are only permitted from autoconfirmed users i.e. no anonymous IP or new accounts will be allowed to vote.
  • After two weeks, an administrator or bureaucrat will review the votes and request the appropriate flag at m:SRP if there is support from the community.
  • Successful candidates must also sign the confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information. The request is placed on hold temporarily, until receipt has been formally confirmed by the office.

Requests for removal of permissionsEdit

Permissions can be requested to be removed from a user but only with a good reason e.g. based on privilege expiry policy.

  • Removal can only take place after community consensus through a vote here.
  • The vote must meet the minimum voting requirements for that permission as noted in the relevant sections above.
  • The only exception is emergency removal of permissions by stewards.
  • Bureaucrats are able to remove administrator privileges. A request for removal of your own permissions does not require a vote but may be subject to a short cooling off period, usually 24 hours.
  • Requests for removal of bureaucrat, Checkuser and Oversight must be made at Meta-Wiki following a successful vote here. The Meta request must be made by an administrator or a bureaucrat.