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For more details on beginning a nomination for yourself or someone else, see the Nominate page.

Requests for permissions (RfA, generally) is the process by which the StrategyWiki community decides who becomes an administrator (also known as admin or sysop) or bureaucrat, and who receives rollback or bot status. These are users with access to additional technical features that aid in maintenance. A user either submits his/her own request for adminship, bureaucratship or rollbacker (a self-nomination) or is nominated by another user. Requests for bot status are self-nominations only. Please be familiar with the enforced policies and understand the nature of vandalism before submitting a request.

Requests for adminship[edit]

The community will grant administrator status only to trusted users who understand policy. Therefore, nominees should have been on StrategyWiki long enough for people to determine whether they're trustworthy and knowledgeable about policy. Administrators are held to high standards of conduct, as they are often perceived as the "official face" of StrategyWiki.

Nomination standards

There are no official prerequisites for adminship, other than having an account and having a basic level of trust from other editors. The only major consideration for whether a user should become an administrator is evidence of how the user will use administrator tools. Since users can't use the tools before they receive this status, their actions made towards performing administrative functions even without the tools to expedite them are looked upon.

Decision process

Any user may nominate another user. Self-nominations are permitted. If you are unsure about nominating yourself for adminship, you may wish to talk to a current admin first. Nominations remain posted for seven days from the time the nomination is posted on this page, during which time users give their opinions, ask questions, and make comments. At the end of that period, a bureaucrat will review the discussion to see whether there is a consensus for permissions. The numbers of people supporting, opposing, and commenting on a candidacy are significant factors in determining consensus, but a request for adminship is not a ballot.

Bureaucrats may also use their discretion to close nominations early if granting of permissions is unlikely and they see no further benefit in leaving the application open. Only bureaucrats may close a nomination as a definitive granting of permission, but any user in good standing can close a request that has no chance of passing; please don't close any requests that you have taken part in. In the case of vandalism, improper formatting or a declined or withdrawn nomination, non-bureaucrats may also de-list a nomination, but they should make sure they leave a note with the candidate.

In exceptional circumstances, bureaucrats extend RfAs beyond seven days or restart the nomination so as to make consensus clearer. If your nomination fails, please wait a reasonable period of time before renominating yourself or accepting another nomination.

Expressing opinions

Any StrategyWikian with an account is welcome to comment in the Support, Oppose and Discussion sections, except for the candidate (who may respond to the comments of others). Always be respectful towards others in your comments.

Requests for bureaucratship[edit]

Bureaucrats are administrators with the additional ability to make other users admins or bureaucrats, based on community decisions reached here. They can also set bot status on an account.

The process for bureaucrats is similar to that for adminship above; however the expectation for bureaucrat permissions is significantly higher than for admin, generally requiring a clearer consensus. Bureaucrats are expected to determine consensus in difficult cases and be ready to explain their decisions.

Rollbackers and bots[edit]

Requests for rollback and bot status do not require a consensus; any bureaucrat can make the decision on their own and grant the applicable permissions.