Administrators are Multiversal Omnipedia users who have "SysOp rights". Current MOA policy is to grant this access to anyone who has been an active contributor for a while and is generally a known and trusted member of the community.
The wiki software has a few important features that are restricted. Of those restricted features, administrators have access to the following.
- Protect and unprotect pages. Pages are only protected in certain rare circumstances - for information and guidelines, see Multiversal Omnipedia:Protection policy.
Deletion and undeletion
- Delete pages and their history.
- Revert pages quickly. Any user (logged-in or not) can revert a page to an earlier version. Administrators have a faster, automated reversion tool to help them revert vandalism by anonymous editors. When looking at a user's contributions, a link that looks like: [rollback] – appears next to edits that are at the top of the edit history. Clicking on the link reverts to the last edit not authored by that user, with an edit summary of (Reverted edits by X to last version by Y) and marks it as a minor change.
- Do not use one-click rollback on edits that are not simple vandalism; please use manual rollback with an appropriate edit summary.
Block and unblock
- Block IP addresses, IP ranges, and user accounts, for a specific time, or indefinitely.
- Unblock IP addresses, IP ranges, and user accounts.
- See Multiversal Omnipedia:Blocking policy for more information on when blocks are appropriate and when they are not. See Special:Ipblocklist for currently blocked addresses and usernames
Design and wording of the interface
- Sysops can change the text of the interface by editing the pages in the MediaWiki namespace. This includes the text at the top of pages such as the "Special:Whatlinkshere" and the page that a blocked user will see when they try to edit a page (MediaWiki:Blockedtext).
- Sysops can edit the style of the interface by changing the CSS in the monobook stylesheet at MediaWiki:Monobook.css.
Becoming an administrator
If you would like sysop access add your name to Multiversal Omnipedia:Requests for adminship according to the guidelines mentioned there, and a voting will take place by fellow editors in order to determine if you should become an administrator.
It is recommended that you write for the Multiversal Omnipedia for a while before requesting administrator status, since other users will have to recognize you before they can agree on your promotion.
Be careful, please! If you are granted access, we ask that you exercise care in using these functions, especially the ability to delete pages and their history, to delete images (which is permanent!), and the ability to block IP addresses.
Other access types
In addition to administrators, there are other types of identified users, listed here in roughly ascending order of power. (Administrators, clearly, go after Signed-in users.)
Users with ordinary access, including visitors who haven't "signed in," can still do most things, including the most important: editing articles and helping with maintenance tasks.
Users with "bureaucrat" status can turn other users into sysops (but not remove sysop status). Bureaucrats are created by other bureaucrats. Sysoppings are recorded in Special:Log/rights.
Administrators can be removed if they abuse their powers.
Dealing with grievances
If you think an administrator has acted improperly against you or another editor, you should express your concerns directly to the administrator responsible. Try to come to a resolution in an orderly and civil manner. If that fails, contact one of the bureaucrats to deal with the situation.