Wikibooks:Global rights policy

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

Use of rights


Main page: wmf:Staff

Staff are paid employees of the Wikimedia Foundation. Similar to the Ombudsmen, they hold global CheckUser rights as well as global adminship and global oversight rights. They will perform office actions when needed such as complaints related to defamation, privacy violations, or copyright infringement.


Main page: m:Stewards

Stewards may use their global rollback permission on the English Wikibooks, and may use Special:Undelete to view deleted revisions in the course of their duties as Stewards. Stewards generally should not use their global rights to perform tasks that could be performed by local users. In emergency situations where local users are unable or unavailable to act, Stewards are asked to use their global rights to protect the best interests of Wikibooks.

Wikibooks has no local Oversighters, therefore Stewards fill this role.

In their global role, Stewards grant CheckUser and Oversight permissions to all projects and can remove all permissions (in an emergency, or in response to a user request or Board decision). These actions can affect the English Wikibooks, but are done and logged at meta:Steward requests/Permissions.


Main page: m:System administrators

Wikimedia system administrators are people who do systems administration work on the Wikimedia servers. They can change Wikimedia site's live copy of MediaWiki, read server logs, etc. Those with server access can also carry out various non-development tasks.

The Wikimedia Foundation legally controls the servers, so the Wikimedia Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for determining who has sysadmin access. However, they generally delegate this responsibility. On a day-to-day basis, various sysadmins with root access manage the server accounts.

System administrators may use their global rights in whatever manner they deem necessary to manage the Wikimedia Foundation's assets.


Main page: m:Ombudsman commission

The ombudsman commission is tasked with investigating complaints about violations of the privacy policy (in particular concerning the use of CheckUser tools) on any Wikimedia project for the board in an official manner. The users who make up the ombudsman commission are given the ability to view the CheckUser log on every project. To file a complaint, please contact an Ombudsman privately.

The Ombudsmen may use their global rights for investigating complaints about violations of the privacy policy. Their use of the global rights is at the discretion and restriction of the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees.

Global bots

Main page: m:Global bots

The English Wikibooks does not allow the use of global bots approved by the Meta policy to update interwiki links. Users that run global bots are expected to follow Wikibooks:Bots when bots are used locally. English Wikibooks administrators may locally block global bots that do not confirm to English Wikibooks norms and policies.

Global rollbackers

Main page: m:Global rollback

Global rollbackers can use their rights by default, provided they have not previously had rollback removed at the English Wikibooks. If removal has previously occurred, they must request and be granted rollback locally by an English Wikibooks administrator. Furthermore, any English Wikibooks 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. Failure to comply may result in a block.

Global sysops

Main page: m:Global sysops

The global sysop group is activated on the English Wikibooks as community consensus to opt in was attained. By default, the proposal only applies to wikis with fewer than 10 sysops and/or fewer than 3 active 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. Global sysops are permitted to use any of the rights associated with their role on the English Wikibooks, except as detailed below. A global sysop who breaches these policies, except in urgent cases where no administrator can be found, will be indefinitely blocked at the English Wikibooks and will undergo an immediate vote of confidence at Meta.

Removal of rights

A user who abuses their global rights by knowingly or recklessly using their global rights on the English Wikibooks 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 also