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To reach an admin immediately, see Wikispecies:Administrators' Noticeboard
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Administrator access is granted to known and trusted members of the community who are familiar with the policies of Wikispecies. Administrator access is not meant to imply editorial authority on the project.

You can request adminship on Wikispecies if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are not completely new to Wikimedia projects. You have been an editor for at least 2 months and you understand and agree with the goals of the project.
  • You have a user page on Wikispecies and are a contributor here.
  • You agree to follow relevant policies and respect consensus of Wikispecies' users.
  • There is a consensus amongst users here that you would be a suitable administrator.

As with the policy for administrator access on Meta, inactive Administrators may have their access removed by a Steward.

Administrators' abilities[edit]

An admin wielding the mop, a common symbol of administrators. See also: The good admin.

Administrators have the technical ability to perform the following actions:

  • block (and unblock) user accounts and IP addresses from editing
  • protect (and unprotect) pages to restrict editing of a particular page
  • delete and undelete pages
  • delete images and other uploaded files
  • edit the interface and other protected pages

Administrators assume these responsibilities as volunteers who go through a community review process. They are not acting as employees of the Wikimedia Foundation. They are never required to use their tools, and must never use them to gain an advantage in a dispute in which they are involved.


Administrator status can be assigned by any Bureaucrat, and may be removed by a Steward in cases of abuse.

Misuse of administrative tools[edit]

Misusing the administrative tools is considered a serious issue. The administrative tools are provided to trusted users for maintenance and other tasks, and should be used with thought. Serious misuse may result in sanction or even their removal. Misuse, and its consequences, are defined and decided by consensus of the Wikispecies community.

List of Administrators[edit]

Wikispecies has 25 administrators (including 2 bots). The current list can be found at Special:ListUsers/sysop.

Administrator Last activity
Alan Cassidy 2017 (check)
AlvaroMolina 2017 (check)
Andyboorman 2017 (check)
Circeus 2017 (check)
Dan Koehl 2017 (check)
EncycloPetey 2017 (check)
Faendalimas 2017 (check)
Floscuculi 2017 (check)
Franz Xaver 2017 (check)
Geni 2017 (check)
Hector Bottai 2017 (check)
Keith Edkins 2017 (check)
Koavf 2017 (check)
Mariusm 2017 (check)
MKOliver 2017 (check)
MPF 2017 (check)
Murma174 2017 (check)
Neferkheperre 2017 (check)
OhanaUnited 2017 (check)
PeterR 2017 (check)
Pigsonthewing 2017 (check)
Thiotrix 2017 (check)
Tommy Kronkvist 2017 (check)
Wikiklaas 2017 (check)
Bots with admin flag: Last activity
Abuse filter 2013 (check)
KoehlBot 2017 (check)

IRC for admins[edit]

Wikispecies has an IRC-channel as an option for live communication; #wikispecies-admins (IRC channel), which is accessible for invited members.


  1. Before you can request access, you must register your nickname and log in.
  2. Type "/nick theusernameyouwantgoeshere" to switch to that username,
    register by typing "/msg nickserv register yourpassword youremail".
    To keep your email address private, type: "/msg nickserv set hidemail on"
    To keep others from using your name while you're offline, type: "/msg nickserv set enforce on"
    In the future, you must login by typing "/msg nickserv identify yourpasswordgoeshere" (some clients can do this automatically when you connect).

You access the channel with command /join #wikispecies-admins.

Mailing list[edit]

There is a mailing list located at mail:wikispecies-admin. This is a useful tool for coordination off-wiki; it is recommended that admins sign up for the list.

Admin userbox on Wikispecies[edit]

Wikispecies Administrator.png

This user is an administrator on Wikispecies. (verify)

Administrators may use the administrator user box on their user page. Copy and paste the following code to your user page:

{{User Admin}}

Userbox on Meta-Wiki[edit]

If you have a Meta-Wiki user page, you can put the Wikispecies admin user box for Meta on your Meta-Wiki user page.

Past requests[edit]

Requests for adminship[edit]

Please explain here why you need administrator access. After seven days, if there is general agreement that you should be an administrator, one of the bureaucrats will fulfill the request.

You can use {{subst:RFA|Username| Why you want to be a sysop. ~~~~}} when making a request to automatically create the form.

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Kaganer (talkcontribsblockall projects)[edit]

For improving translatable help pages and categories. Requested "administrator" and "translation administrator" rights (both flags at once). As example, for improving translation markup in Wikispecies:Localization etc. I have admin rights on Meta-wiki and (mainly for these same goals), and also translation admin rights in Wikidata, Commons, Meta-wiki and --Kaganer (talk) 09:32, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

PS: Reasons for regular adminship:
  1. In Wikispecies some project pages is (or may be in future) fully protected (Wikispecies:Localization, Wikispecies:Oversight etc.); for any small improvenets needs requestings to other administratrs.
  2. MediaWiki messages (related with Wikispecies:Localization) is available for editing ('editinterface' right) for regular administrators only (but not for translation administrators)
  3. Special:PageTranslationDeletePage (for deletion incorrect translations) is currently available for regular administrators only (but not for translation administrators without sysop rights);
--Kaganer (talk) 16:20, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
Poll starts 09:32, 17 September 2017 (UTC); poll closes 09:32, 24 September 2017. OhanaUnitedTalk page 19:53, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Nota bene: This poll only regards the request for Administrator user rights. The poll for Translation Administrator user rights can be found here.
Poll closed as not promoted. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 10:22, 24 September 2017 (UTC).


Could you explain what tasks that require admin flag to perform that cannot be accomplished with translation admin flag? OhanaUnitedTalk page 19:55, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Normally admin rights are only granted to contributors on taxon pages. Please explain why you need these rights. I support translation rights however. Andyboorman (talk) 09:47, 19 September 2017 (UTC)



  1. for translator flag Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:33, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
    Action was not feasible Not valid. @Pigsonthewing: i.e. Andy Mabbett: Please note that the poll for Kaganer's request for Translation admin user rights can be found here. Tommy Kronkvist (talk) 14:00, 18 September 2017 (UTC)


  1. for admin flag - no valid justification given Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:33, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
  2. Neither needed nor justifiable. Mariusm (talk) 13:31, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
    @Mariusm, Pigsonthewing: I'm sorry, see explanation in this edit. --Kaganer (talk) 16:22, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
  3. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose There is no demonstrable need for administrator permission at this time, but like other users, I am not against permission from translation administrator. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 01:04, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
  4. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - I do not see the need, as others have said no objection for translator. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:32, 22 September 2017 (UTC)


The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.