The system currently recognizes 70 administrators. If that is not the last number in the list above, there is an error in the list.
Administrators (also known as sysops) are users on Wikidata who are trusted with janitorial tasks such as deleting and blocking. Administrators are elected by a community vote at Wikidata:Requests for permissions, after a week of discussion with at least eight supporting votes, with a total of more than 75% of voters supporting.
Rights and abilities
Administrators have access to additional abilities, referred to as rights because they are expected to use them within the scope defined by the Wikidata community. Policies around administrators' abilities can be found on the following pages:
Administrators also manage the AbuseFilters, can edit the MediaWiki interface and use the
rollback right to remove vandalism.
Administrators can assign the following permissions, but do not need to assign these to themselves, because the administrator user group includes all of the rights (except for the translation administrator and flood flags, whose rights are not included in the sysop group):
- the confirmed flag to trusted users who have been registered for less than four days and have less than 50 edits.
- the IP block exemption right to users in good standing who are editing from a blocked IP
- the property creator right to users who are experienced in the property-creation process
- the rollback right to users who can be trusted to use rollback to revert vandalism and test edits only
- the flood flag to themselves temporarily if they make repetitive changes in a short period of time. Other users can request it from bureaucrats.
- the translation administrator right - only to their own account, not other users. Only bureaucrats can assign this right to other users.
For general help from administrators, Wikidata:Administrators' noticeboard may be used. Individual administrators may be contacted on their user talk pages.
Other accounts with administrative access
To facilitate the development of Wikidata, some Wikimedia Deutschland staff members technically hold full administrator access. A list of users with such access can be found here. These staff accounts should be used only for development, testing, spam-fighting, and emergencies. The private accounts of staff members do not get admin access by default. If Wikidata staff members desire admin rights for their private accounts, those should be gained going through the processes developed by the community.
Administrators are expected to reply promptly and civilly to concerns about their administrator actions. Repeated failure to do so may result in removal of the right, subject to the usual procedures.
Administrators should avoid using their tools to perform actions where there are credible concerns about their impartiality. Those situations include using the tools in disputes in which they are involved parties. If the administrator is in doubt, the administrator is encouraged to ask for opinions, or to ask another administrator to review the case at Wikidata:Administrators' noticeboard. Exception: An administrator who has interacted with an editor or topic area purely in an administrative role, or whose prior involvements are minor or obvious edits which do not show bias, is not involved and is not prevented from acting in an administrative capacity in relation to that editor or topic area.
For the purposes of this policy, actions related to the item representing a Wikidata user are considered actions relating to that Wikidata user.
Administrator access is removed from accounts which have been inactive for six months. Inactivity is defined as less than five administrator/bureaucrat actions or property creations over this six-month period. Admin accounts are checked for inactivity on the first day of each month. There is currently no reprieve system in place for inactive administrators other than filing a new permissions request.
Administrator access can also be removed after a community vote at Wikidata:Requests for permissions/Removal, with at least 50% of participants supporting the removal.
Administrator access can also be removed due to voluntary resignation of the administrator. Administrators wishing to resign their access may request removal at steward requests on meta. If the administrator wishes to regain their access after a voluntary resign, it can be requested at the bureaucrats' noticeboard within 6 months of their last logged action in line with the inactivity policy.
Timeline of Wikidata’s administrators
A timeline which shows all current and former administrators can be found at Wikidata:Administrators/Timeline.
- Wikidata:Requests for permissions/Administrator for gaining administrative access
- Wikidata:Administrators' noticeboard for all matters requiring administrator attention
- Wikidata:Database reports/Deletions for a list of administrators by number of deletions
- Wikidata:Administrators by language, a table of administrators by what language they speak