Autoconfirmed users are defined as users who have had an account on SmashWiki for at least seven (7) days and have made at least ten (10) edits. New users gain certain rights upon becoming autoconfirmed.
The rights that are gained upon being autoconfirmed are:
- Creating non-discussion pages
- Moving pages and files
- Editing semi-protected pages
- Uploading files from a URL
- Uploading new versions of existing files
- Q. What rights do new users have?
- A. New users have all the same rights as autoconfirmed users except for those listed above.
- Q. What is the purpose of autoconfirmation?
- A. We restrict these abilities for the purposes of security against vandalism and spam. Specifically:
- Moving pages and files can be burdensome to undo even for admins.
- The purpose of semi-protection is to disallow edits from anonymous and new users to combat vandalism or spam.
- Uploading files from a URL is generally unnecessary anyway, and makes it significantly easier to upload undesired images.
- While the most important images are often protected, uploading new versions of existing files can be abused by new-account vandals to quickly insert unwanted images onto a multitude of pages.
- Q. Why does the wiki require autoconfirmation to create new articles?
- A. The wiki is fairly established in its content with an active userbase, so this helps to prevent vandalism, spam, and policy-breaking pages. We want new users to familiarize themselves with our policies and editing tools before diving-in to the advanced task of article creation, and the autoconfirmed process is what allows us to set some kind of baseline.
- Q. Can a user become autoconfirmed without making any edits?
- Q. Can a user become autoconfirmed in less than seven days?
- Q. Can users bypass autoconfirm?
- A. No. All users must pass both parts of the autoconfirm criteria with no exceptions.
- Q. Do users have to be autoconfirmed to be given rollback?
- A. No. If one makes enough valid reverts within their first week to create and pass an RfR, there is no reason to withhold the position.
- Q. Do users have to be autoconfirmed to be promoted to administrator?
- A. Yes. You won't be able to create your RfA subpage or add it to the requests page unless you're autoconfirmed.
Established users are a step up from autoconfirmed users, requiring an account age of ninety (90) days and a total of a hundred (100) edits. Established users have a singular additional permission: editing pages under established-protection. This allows more granular control over how pages are protected:
- Pages that can be edited by anyone
- Pages that new users and IPs cannot edit, but everyone else can (used as a simple anti-spam or anti-vandalism measure)
- Pages that only users with a fair amount of experience can edit (used on pages that are nice for non-staff to edit but too complex/important for newer editors, or pages where autoconfirmed-protection against vandalism has proven ineffective)
- Pages that only staff may edit (used for pages too important to leave open)
As with autoconfirmed, users cannot skip ahead to obtaining the permission. It is not a requirement to be given rollback or administrator status.