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On the Sonic News Network, certain users have access to particular features of the site. While any user has access to the majority of functions on the site, including reading and editing, an administrator, or system operator (sysop), has access to a few additional features in order to maintain the website. All administrators are wiki volunteers chosen by the users and are generally known, experienced, and trusted members of the community.
Administrators are not imbued with any special "power", and are equal to everyone else in terms of editorial responsibility. The terms "administrators" and "sysop" are misnomers, as they are simply used to indicate Sonic News Network users who have had performance and security-based restrictions lifted because they are trustworthy and responsible. It should be noted administrators do not have any "special power" over other users, but rather enforce and apply community decisions.
The community does look to administrators to perform essential housekeeping chores that require the extra access administrators are entrusted with, such as the deletion of articles and blocking of unruly editors. Since administrators are experienced members of the community, users seeking help should turn to an administrator for advice and information.
A bureaucrat can give additional rights to the users, that administrators cannot give. While bureaucrats are largely similar to administrators in general editing and housekeeping, their opinions are almost always considered in important policy decisions that affect the whole site, as well as determining consensus in difficult cases. Other than that, the role of a bureaucrat is similar to the role of the administrator. Note that any user can revoke the rights given to them, but they cannot regain it after that, without an administrator or bureaucrat's help (depending on the type of that right).
Who are the Sonic News Network administrators?
Bureaucrats can appoint more bureaucrats, administrators, content moderators, rollbacks and bots on the wiki or revoke these rights from users. Except that, the "Bureaucrat" state can only be removed by the Fandom Staff and Helpers, or by users who own that state. This group has the ability to block and unblock anonymous and registered users too, but lack any other additional abilities that the administrators have.
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Content Moderators are selected users with the ability to moderate parts of the community that host the Sonic News Network's content. They assume the following administrator abilities: Deleting and undeleting pages, protecting and unprotecting pages, suppress redirect on page moves, reuploading files, patrolling other users edits and rollback.
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Rollbacks are selected users with the ability to "rollback", or quickly revert, edits made by a user. See Project:Administrators#Reverting for more information on how the "rollback" permission works.
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Discussions Moderators are selected users with the ability to moderate parts of the community where conversations are traditionally held. They assume the following administrator abilities: moderation of the forum, moderation of the chat, moderation of message walls, and moderation of blog comments.
- Currently, there is no user holding this group right.
Coordinators are selected users with the ability to modify and administrate the social media division of the Sonic News Network. See Sonic News Network:Community Portal#The Sonic News Channel for more information.
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What are the functions of an administrator?
The Wiki software has a few important features that are restricted to only administrators for security purposes. Of those restricted features, administrators have access to the following:
Deletion and undeletion
Block and unblock
Design and wording of the interface
Management of the chat
Management of discussions
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 he or she prefers 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. Ideally an admin shouldn't be considered "in charge." The ideal admin is just someone who is trusted to have a few extra buttons and to use them for the benefit of the community.
All admin decisions are done in good faith. It is not uncommon for users, or the community, to disagree with them. The community and users have the right to ask why a decision was done and, if it is agreed upon, to undo it. This does not include bans; only the users involved and admins (and chat mods, if it is a chat ban), have the right to discuss it openly. Respect the wiki's Administrators! They are nominated for their positions and are respected members of the community. If you find an admin's actions questionable, it is best to contact another admin.
Gaining user rights
If you have been editing this wiki for some time and have gained the trust of the community here, you may nominate yourself or someone else for user rights at Board:User Rights Requests. Other users can comment on whether or not they approve your request. After two weeks, you should inform the current bureaucrats so they can assess the comments and decide whether or not to give you the rights you desire.
Removal of user rights
Lapsing rightsUser rights of a contributor may lapse and be removed if the contributor in question has not made a substantial amount of edits in a four month interval of time. Users will be notified of their pending demotion two weeks in advance. If the user fails to respond within the aforementioned timeframe, they will be relieved of their user rights. If a user returns to activity and desires to have their user rights restored, they should notify an active bureaucrat and their user rights may be restored (this depends on the user's recent activity). As a rule of thumb, a significant amount of contributions should have been made over a reasonable amount of time since the user's homecoming before their user rights are restored. The bureaucrat will assess the demoted user's recent contributions and decide whether or not to reinstate the user.