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Administrators, commonly known as admins and also called sysops (system operators), are editors who have access to technical features ("tools") that help with maintenance. For example, administrators can protect and delete pages, block other editors, and undo these actions as well. While the tools granted to administrators are technical and do not convey authority per se, administrators are entrusted with potentially harmful tools. Adminship is granted indefinitely, and is only removed upon request or under circumstances involving high-level intervention (see administrator abuse below).
Administrators undertake additional responsibilities on a voluntary basis, and are not employees of the Wikimedia Foundation.
In the very early days of Wikipedia, all users functioned as administrators, and in principle they still should. From early on, it has been pointed out that administrators should never develop into a special subgroup of the community but should be a part of the community like anyone else. Generally, the maintenance and administration of Wikipedia can be conducted by anyone, without the specific technical functions granted to administrators.
Because administrators are expected to be experienced members of the community, users seeking help will often turn to an administrator for advice and information, or in a dispute. In general, administrators acting in this role are neutral; they do not have any direct involvement in the issues they are helping people with.
Becoming an administrator
Post at Requests for Adminship. Be sure to read the guidelines before you make a request.
Admins are listed here if they have made no edits in longer than a month.
Users are listed here if they have had their status revoked or requested to give up Admin priveleges.