Different users have access to different functions of the site. While anyone can do most things on the site, including reading and editing, administrators can access a few additional functions to maintain the high standard of content on SmashWiki. They are usually entrusted to mediate user disputes, arbitrate users, and interpret policy during times of argument.
Users can request adminship at SmashWiki:Requests for adminship.
The additional abilities of administrators include:
- Deleting and restoring pages, page histories, and uploaded files.
- Locking (protecting) a page so it cannot be edited or renamed by non-admins, or semi-protect pages so that autoconfirmed users can edit it but new ones and IPs cannot.
- Blocking or unblocking IP addresses or user names from editing, and very quick "rollback" of undesirable edits.
- Change the text and style of the interface by editing the pages in the MediaWiki namespace.
- Can view Special:Unwatchedpages to see pages which may be more vulnerable to vandalism.
- Have access to the SmashWiki email account and YouTube account.
- Applying (and removing) probation to users.
Who are the administrators?
Listed below are SmashWiki's administrators. For a complete list of users with administrator access, see Special:Listusers/sysop.
Active admins are generally on the wiki every day and edit on a regular basis. When it comes to looking for an admin for whatever reason, this group is generally the best bet.
- Disaster Flare (Sysop)
- Miles of SmashWiki (Sysop)
- Nyargleblargle (Sysop)
- Serpent King (Sysop)
- Toomai (Bureaucrat)
Admins in this group are not active enough to be considered so, but do show up on an irregular basis with reasonable frequency. Alternatively, they may be active, but choose to be considered semi-active.
- Omega Tyrant (Sysop)
Admins in this group have not made an edit or been seen on-wiki in about a month, or may choose to be considered inactive.
- Clarinet Hawk (Bureaucrat)
- Emmett (Bureaucrat)
- PenguinofDeath (Sysop)
- Porplemontage (Developer)
- Semicolon (Sysop)
What can administrators not do?
Administrators should not use their administrator powers to settle editing disputes; for example, to lock a page on a version he or she prefers in an editing dispute that isn't vandalism. Administrator powers should be used to help keep the wiki clear of vandalism, spam, and users who make malicious edits, but not for simple disagreements between users acting in good faith. Ideally an admin shouldn't be considered "in charge". The ideal admin is just someone who is trusted to have a few extra buttons and to use them for the benefit of the SmashWiki community.
What are "bureaucrats" and "developers"?
Bureaucrats and developers are additional types of users that have powers distinct from a regular administrator. While one does not technically have to be an admin to be in one of these groups, that's what happens in practice.
Bureaucrats (or bcrats) are typically regarded as the next step above an admin. They have the following abilities:
- Can promote and demote other users to and from rollbackers, admins, or bureaucrats.
- Can edit interwiki data, adding, editing, or removing keywords used to apply shortcut links to other wikis.
- Can rename or merge and delete users.
- Can hide edits. Hidden edits are invisible to not only regular users, but admins as well, making them impossible for other admins to delete or undelete. As a collary, bureaucrats can also see the log of these hidden edits.
Developers usually have all the power of a bureaucrat in addition to one powerful tool: They can lock the site completely. Currently, only the owner of SmashWiki, Porplemontage, has this power, which is usually only used during server maintenance when editing the site could damage it.
Administrators are not kings
Administrators have no additional say in the content of SmashWiki. Administrators are equally valuable to every contributor. Most administrators actively contribute to SmashWiki - they will, inevitably, get into conflict disputes with other users.
Likewise, no non-administrators should back down in a content-related argument with an administrator simply because the administrator has extra user rights. Simply being an administrator does not make one universally-knowledgeable about all things related to Super Smash Bros.; normal users or even IPs are not immediately wrong because they disagree with an administrator.
Any arbitrary decisions made by admins should not be applied to content disputes, only user disputes. Additionally, such decisions should be clearly marked as an administrative decision. Users are not required nor expected to remember who the administrators are, nor are they supposed to be able to recall offhand who admins are. Users should view the comments of other users as just that - comments from just another user.