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.
These additional functions include:
- Deleting and undeleting pages, page histories, and uploaded files.
- Locking (protecting) a page so it cannot be edited or renamed by users without admin rights or autoconfirmed status.
- Blocking IP addresses or user names from editing; and very quick "rollback" of undesirable edits.
- Editing the interface by changing system messages and skins.
A bureaucrat can make other users into bureaucrats or administrators on their own wiki.
Bureaucrats can also give users the ability to "rollback" edits not made in good faith.
Who are this wiki's administrators?
The "founder" of a wiki, the person who first requested it, is given administrator access automatically. Founders are also given bureaucrat access so they can make any other user on their wiki an administrator or bureaucrat. For a complete list of users with administrator access, see Special:Listusers/sysop.
How do I use administrator powers?
See Help:Administrators' how-to guide for a guide on using administrator functions.
Becoming an administrator
For you to become an administrator, someone with bureaucrat access must make you one. On larger Wikia, there will usually be a community page for requests, with a page name such as "Hot Wheels Wiki:Requests for adminship". On a smaller wiki, you may simply ask on the Community Portal or Forum, or ask a bureaucrat directly on his or her talk page.
What can administrators not do?
Administrators should use their administrative powers to settle editing disputes - someone has to make sure things stay true to it's intended purpose. Administrative powers should be used to help keep the wiki clear of vandalism, spam and users who make malicious edits. As should every user as well. The ideal admininistrator is someone entrusted to see that the wiki mainains it's original focus. Every user has the power to see that his edits conform with the standards the wiki was created to have. And that includes administrators as well. So in that sense, an administrator, and anybody else, can fix errors that other's might consider as being "simple disagreements." There should not be any disagreements on this wiki. Either use it the way it was created or don't use it.