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People with bureaucrat (sometimes shortened to 'crat for brevity) user group rights can add or remove rights / permissions from other people's user accounts here on WikiIndex. Typically, bureaucrats are also sysops, because the first step to promote a person within a basic user account is to give them sysop, or 'admin' rights. In terms of day-to-day operation of a wiki, bureaucrats are basically the top-tier level of administrator on a MediaWiki wiki – nearly all other groups are technically subordinate to bureaucrats, and as such, actual numbers of bureaucrats are generally quite limited, for better or worse. Some MediaWiki sites might also have owner or founder(s), which would be the absolute pinnacle of authority. However, in reality, the owner or founder user groups are sometimes seen as a nod to a token gesture, because said persons may actually be an 'emeritus' position, and may no longer take an active role in the running and administration of said wiki. The most obvious example of an emeritus position is Jimmy Wales – founder of Wikipedia who now leaves it to others to run the project.

As of May 2017, WikiIndex has 13 bureaucrats, although only 2 or 3 of them are active on a daily basis. The full list of WikiIndex bureaucrats can be found here.

If you, as a bureaucrat, want to edit an accounts rights, go to the page "User rights management" (over Special:SpecialPages)

  • Input the users name
  • click [edit user groups]

select on ore more items from the list and then click [Save User Groups] after having edited the "Reason for change:" field.

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