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Bureaucrats are OutHistory users with the technical ability to:

promote other users to administrator or bureaucrat status;

grant and revoke an account's bot status; and

rename user accounts.

Bureaucrats are bound by policy and consensus to grant administrator or bureaucrat access only when doing so reflects the wishes of the community, usually after a successful request at OutHistory:Requests for adminship.[1]

Bureaucrats are also expected to exercise judgment in changing usernames, and in granting or removing bot flags on the advice of the Bot Approvals Group.[2]

Bureaucrats are expected to be capable judges of consensus, and are expected to explain the reasoning for their actions on request and in a civil manner.

Bureaucrats do not have the ability to remove admin rights from users or to grant other levels of access (they cannot assign oversight or checkuser rights). These actions are performed by Stewards.[3]

Additional Stewards are elected annually.[4]

Changes in user rights by Stewards are recorded on Wikipedia at Meta:Special:Log/rights.[5]

[For Wikipedia's statement and policy on Bureaucrats see:]


  1. See Wikipedia:Requests for adminship.
  2. see Wikipedia's Bot Approvals Group.
  3. On Wikipedia, a small multilingual group that serves all Wikimedia projects. Study this.
  4. For more information see Wikipedia's Requests for permissions.
  5. Study this.