Wikinews:Requests for permissions

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This page enables bureaucrats to handle requests for granting administrator, bureaucrat, checkuser, and oversight permissions, and revoking them on this wiki. Please be aware that we can only alter permissions for this wiki. To change permissions for any other wiki, check your local policies, or go to Meta.

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Requests for adminship[edit]

  • Requesting adminship: You may be qualified for adminship if the following conditions are true:
  1. You've done at least two months' work on Wikinews.
  2. You are trusted by the community.
You can view some of the latest requests in the archive, where you can also see some common questions, comments, and objections made during the process.

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  • Requesting de-adminship: Local project bureaucrats are able to remove administrator privileges. They, however, will not deadmin unless there is community consensus for this to happen, or at the request of the administrator in question.

After seven days, a bureaucrat will turn those users into sysops who have consensus support from the community. Do not list as administrators people who have not been granted the appropriate permissions by a bureaucrat!

See Wikinews:Requests for permissions/Archive for old requests. Don't forget to inform the Wikinews community of your RFA.

acagastya (talk · contribs) — adminship[edit]


Questions and comments[edit]

  • @Acagastya: Could you tell folks a bit about your history on-wiki, to provide them with some perspective on your request?
    (I'm fairly familiar with the nominee's wiki history, myself; but I think we'd all benefit from hearing what the nominee says about xyrself, and I'm interested to hear what others think independent of my impressions.) --Pi zero (talk) 21:10, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
    • Comment: I made my first edit on Wikinews exactly thirteen months ago. It took me nineteen more days, and four unsuccessful submissions for my first article to be published. I have contributed to 72 news articles. When I am not writing news articles, I read the project pages, and sometimes see the changes of those pages, to know how rules were changed or modified over time. I frequently check the recent changes, except when I sleep. That time, Pi zero is online. As I mentioned earlier, I am requesting for adminship to fight vandalism. Many a times there is a notorious IP editor or user, who tries to vandalise, if it can be undone, I undo it. If it can be deleted, I place the delete template. If I can't do anything, either I inform it to admin on IRC or I just let them delete it. Is thre anything else I should tell the community?
      acagastya 08:30, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Hi acagastya. I must say I was out of the loop for several months or years. I am glad to see you around; this is I think one of the first times.
This is just a question for getting more background; it seems to me only tangentially related to the role. What is your level of technical experience with wikis, and with programming or scripting? Thank you. Gryllida 01:39, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Before contributing to Wikinews, I used to edit Wikipedia for a year. I am a Computer student, who has just completed first year. About technical knowledge, I would say that I have worked in JavaScript and yes, C. (CSS won't be considered as scripting language but I have also worked on the front end development.)
acagastya 11:05, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! To further illustrate this point, have you got any JavaScript code uploaded to public? This, along with PHP, is the language wiki uses. (Furthermore, administrators get access to editing some JavaScript snippets on-site. This is something not everyone engages in, but that's just one more part to it.) --Gryllida 07:53, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
I am sorry for responding late, but I did not make any of the JavaScript work public. I did not work much on GitHub; as I had no idea how it would help me. Though my work on school website was available, but that was three years ago. Later, students who were junior to me changed the entire look.
acagastya 13:17, 5 June 2016 (UTC)
But yes, I do remember saving SVG file of a clock. I used canvas to draw the clock, and to animate it, I used JavaScript. Though a simple side-project, I enjoyed its simplicity and design. I would share the drive link tomorrow
acagastya 19:15, 5 June 2016 (UTC)
That requires login, so I'm unable to view it. Thanks for the answer; I had moved it to maintain the discussion structure. I must say I'm a bit excited; a bit of interest in JavaScript is a good thing. We have an extra question now, below. --Gryllida 03:05, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Would you consider reviewing? (This is the resource that might be needed most; this privilege, and the corresponding responsibilities, may or may not come together with admin, even as a part of a separate request.) --Gryllida 07:53, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
@Gryllida: I don't think I can be a reviewer. I was tangled trying to stay up to date with sports news in the month of June (plus being at home, preparing for an entrance exam). It was a busy month; I was able to create 30+ articles in one month for the first time. Few were deleted as they got stale. But, Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn failed the peer review twice before losing freshness with NPOV issues. I had to ask Pi zero to know why it was the problem. Other submissions required a lot of copyedits. I didn't proofread a couple of submissions. I don't think I am ready for it. Also to add, I placed {{delete}} template on a userpage thinking it was in main space. I feel I am not ready for either privilege at the moment. Don't know about others, but I fail when I try to evaluate myself.
acagastya 10:22, 1 July 2016 (UTC)


Neutral at present but leaning oppose - little activity recent here save for the last month upon which to judge Acagastya's suitability; worryingly, Acagastya left Wikipedia in a huff last year (requesting a block) after another editor criticized their dealings with a vandal. Not convinced that there is enough evidence to show that Acagastya has since gained the temperament to cope with the responsibilities of an admin, even though the workload of an admin on Wikinews is much less than that on Wikipedia. Bencherlite (talk) 07:29, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

Comment Thanks for pointing it. I have an alternate account (Agastya Chandrakant (t · c · b)). I requested Pi zero to block me from editing in August. I used my college IP ( (t · c · b)) for a while. But later, when I had to upload some media (Audio Wikinews), I was obliged to use the alternative account. If I count, the number of edits using my IP is greater than that of my registered accounts put together.
Also to add, the reason why I left en.wikipedia is true, it is because insulted me when I was trying to help a newbie, to understand how he/she should edit Wikipedia as the user had no idea what to do, and thus was vandalising the project.

acagastya 10:24, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Switching to Oppose - I did not realise that you did not have the "reviewer" permission at Wikinews. I cannot think of circumstances where it's appropriate to allow someone to edit the framework of the main page when the community doesn't trust that person to review the content of the main page. Also, you still seem unable to realise that you were dealing with a vandal at Wikipedia (here's a clue for you, a self-confessed vandal at that) not an innocent newbie. As you still approach this on the basis that this was just a newbie needing help, I have no confidence in your judgment. Bencherlite (talk) 23:56, 6 June 2016 (UTC)
The vandal discussions are, alas, one of the big problems of Wikipedia; being an admin there requires ability to be stern-looking enough to not spend time explaining things to people who are already doing harm. The same point applies at Wikinews; as much as we help newcomers, we don't spend time deleting harmful contributions over and over. (At a point I myself had left a number of projects which I was helping to run for the reason of me being too kind to moderate them adequately. That seems to be recovering with time.) Again, I am not seeing obstacles to learning that point through experience. Gryllida 03:14, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Oppose An editor should at least be a reviewer before requesting to be an administrator. Becoming a reviewer allows an editor to to further understand and explore how the project works and can show if you can be trusted with additional user rights. Furthermore, I'm concerned about your request to blocked and how you handled the situation with another editor on Wikipedia. Administrators have more responsibility than simply dealing with editors who vandalize articles and other pages. They need to have the ability to help new users and deal with problems that may arise on the project. Most importantly, administrators must be trusted by the community. For now, I am unable to trust that you would use administrative rights wisely. – Nascar1996 (talkcont) 00:29, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Comment About reviewer vs admin. When asked, I've remarked that we have sometimes had users who were admins but not reviewers. Come to think of it, though, I can only recall two such cases; in one case, the user had been a reviewer at one time, and later gave it up; and in the other case, ultimately things didn't work out well. So I can't offer any example to refute the claim that someone who's never been a reviewer might lack some perspective on adminship. --Pi zero (talk) 00:58, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Just to leave a quick note here, I was at one point a reviewer, though through my inactivity I no longer am, though curiously I still have the admin flag. —mikemoral (talk) 06:09, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
Ah! A third case. Though not, apparently, an exception to the principle that those who make admin have had the experience of being a reviewer. (I've a memory that the privilege expiry policy makes it easier to hang on to admin than reviewer.) --Pi zero (talk) 11:33, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
  • "Not ready", rather than oppose; to me, everything tells me that you could make a great admin, granted you hang on to the project for a bit more. (I haven't yet received a response to the last question, that of you considering reviewing things.) I trust you do not get demotivated by the discussions above. -Gryllida 03:14, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Requests for bureaucratship[edit]

  • Bureaucrats are trusted users by the community, that can handle requests for adminship and/or bureaucratship, and remove these rights, amidst other rights.

To add a nomination:

  • Put the new nomination just below the "just below this line" comment.
  • Suggested format:
==={{User|USERNAME}} — bureaucratship ===



====Questions and comments====


Requests for removal of access[edit]

Remember: For requests for de-adminship or removal of other access rights, " Support" means "support removal of access rights", and " Oppose" means "oppose removal of access rights".

Note that we have a Category:Admins open to recall, which may offer a route to a request for reconfirmation.

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====Questions and comments====


Bawolff (talk · contribs) — resign Oversight[edit]

This is just to let everyone know, I intend to resign oversight permissions in the near future (by dec 15). I'm really not active here anymore, and I believe oversight like permissions should be held by people who are active. Additionally, the last time I used oversight was over 2 years ago (And the last time Cspurrier (t · c · b) did was roughly 18 months ago). Given how rarely its needed, I wonder if we should just let the stewards handle any oversight requests that come up. But that's for the current community to decide.

To be clear, I intend to retain adminship (Assuming of course that's ok with everyone). I occasionally poke at local js in mediawiki namespace.

Thanks everyone Bawolff 20:58, 18 November 2015 (UTC)


Questions and comments[edit]

  • Comment Thanks for the heads-up. For my part, I see no problem with your keeping privs here that you're comfortable keeping. --Pi zero (talk) 22:15, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Requests for reconfirmation[edit]

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Requests for CheckUser and Oversight[edit]

Confirming your identity

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Requests for reviewer rights[edit]

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Requests for Wikinews:Accreditation[edit]

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