Meet the Administrators!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Administrators?
Different users have access to different functions of the site. While anyone can do most things on the site, including reading and editing, administrators are trusted users that have access a few additional functions.
- Deleting and undeleting pages, uploaded images and page histories.
- Protecting a page so it can not be edited or moved by anonymous users (autoconfirmed protection) or non-admins (full/sysop protection).
- Blocking IP addresses or user names from editing; and quick reversion ("rollback") of undesirable edits.
- Editing the interface by changing system messages and skins (editing MediaWiki files).
- Viewing a user's IP addresses and other information.
- Mark page revisions or users' edits as "patrolled".
These functions are solely for housekeeping for keeping Halopedia nice and tidy. The community does look to administrators to perform the essential chores that require the extra access administrators are entrusted with. However, otherwise, administrators are the same as other users, and are expected to be well-tempered in all respects.
What can Administrators not do?
Administrators should not use their administrator powers to settle editing disputes; for example, to lock a page on a version they prefer in an editing dispute that isn't vandalism. Administrator powers should be used to help keep the wiki clear of vandalism, spam, and users who make malicious edits, but not for simple disagreements between users acting in good faith. Administrators should not be considered "in charge". The ideal admin is a regular user who is trusted to have a few extra buttons and to use them for the benefit of Halopedia.
Can I become an Administrator?
- Main article: Halopedia:Requests for Adminship
Administrators are usually selected on an as-needed basis only. As Halopedia grows, more administrators may be needed to assist in its operation. New administrators are always selected via a Request for Adminship.
What are Bureaucrats?
- Main article: Halopedia:Bureaucrats
A bureaucrat is simply an administrator that is granted a few extra tools, such as assigning or revoking user rights and renaming user accounts. Typically, bureaucrats are the most senior admins, but this is not always the case.
Meet the Team!
1 Is currently on a leave of absence
- Buz - Inactive since November 2004
- AgentSeethroo - Inactive since July 2006
- Esemono - Inactive since March 2007
- Guesty-Persony-Thingy - Resigned February 2008
- ED - Resigned August 2008
- EwCDnaudee419 - Resigned October 2009
- Simon rjh - Resigned October 2009
- HaloDude - Honorably Discharged April 2010
- Manticore - Honorably Discharged April 2010
- RelentlessRecusant - Honorably Discharged April 2010
- Spirit of Fire - Honorably Discharged April 2010
- Devout Atheist - Resigned August 2010
- Subtank - Resigned September 2010
- General5 7 - Resigned March 2011
- Grizzlei - Resigned May 2013
- Nicmavr - Resigned June 2013
- Smoke. - Resigned June 2013
- Halo-343 - Resigned June 2013
- Forerunner - Honorably Discharged June 2013
Administrator Help Guide
- See Wikipedia's administrators' how-to guide for a complete guide on using administrator functions. For bureaucrats, see Halopedia:Bureaucrats for a Bureaucrat Help Guide.
- Special:Blockip - block a username, IP address, or IP range
- Special:DeletedContributions - view a user's deleted contributions
- Special:Import - import pages with full history and content from other wikis
- Special:RevisionDelete - Hides individual page revisions in the case of exposure of sensitive information (eg. potentially libelous or personal information as well as copyright violations). Note: See manual here
- Special:Undelete - view and restore deleted content
- Special:Unwatchedpages - view a list of pages not on any users' watchlist
- Special:Checkuser - view IP addresses used by a user, or vice-versa. This tool should only be used in accordance with the policy