Wikinews:Global rights usage

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Green check.png This page is an official policy on the English Wikinews. It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow. When making changes to this page, please ensure that your revision reflects consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.

Users with global rights should not use them on the English Wikinews except in the exceptional circumstances detailed below. Use of global rights which is prohibited by this policy may result in blocking and requested rights removal.

The implementation of global user rights on Wikimedia projects extends to the English Wikinews. This policy defines their use on this wiki.

Use of rights


See also: m:Stewards

Stewards may use their global rollback on the English Wikinews, and may use Special:Undelete to view deleted revisions in the course of their duties as stewards. They may also perform other actions at their discretion in emergency situations (such as removal of access). However, they may not otherwise use their global rights on this wiki.

In their global role, stewards grant CheckUser and Oversight permissions to all projects, and can remove all permissions (in an emergency, or per user request, Arbitration Committee decision, or Board decision). These actions can affect the English Wikinews, but are done and logged at Meta Wiki.

Global sysops

See also: m:Global sysops

Global sysops are users with global permissions associated with the fighting of vandals, especially on smaller wikis which struggle to deal with the level of vandalism. The global sysop group is disabled on the English Wikinews.

Global rollbackers

See also: m:Global rollback

Global rollbackers can use rollback by default, provided they previously have not had the right removed at the English Wikinews or been blocked in the last 90 days for edit warring on the English Wikinews. If removal has previously occurred, they must request and be allowed to be use rollback locally by an English Wikinews administrator. Furthermore, any English Wikinews administrator can ask a global rollbacker to stop using rollback if what they deem to be misuse occurs, and the global rollbacker must comply with such a request. Such a decision by an administrator can be appealed to the wider community.

Removal of rights

A user who abuses their global rights by knowingly or recklessly using their global rights on the English Wikinews in contravention of this policy should be reported to meta:Steward requests/Permissions or #wikimedia-stewards immediately, where the stewards will determine whether an emergency removal of tools is required. An indefinite block may also be placed on the account locally during this period if necessary to prevent further abuse (see the above section).

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