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D.H Stamatis

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).

SNN's user groups

Bureaucrats

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 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 lacks any other additional abilities that the administrators have.

Username Contact Contributions Log actions Occupation
Luma.dash (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Editor
  • Site Maintainer
  • Discussions Maintainer
  • Interface designer
Supermorff (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Editor
Ultrasonic9000 (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions

Administrators

Username Contact Contributions Log actions Occupation
DeCool99 (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Editor
  • Site Maintainer
  • Discussions Maintainer
  • Discord Server Administrator
  • Twitter Administrator
Myself 123 (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
Mystic Monkey (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
SilverPlays97 (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Editor
  • Images Moderator
  • Site Maintainer

List of former administrators

Content Moderators

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, rollback and edit user blogs.

Username Contact Contributions Log action Occupation
CSR843 (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Images Moderator
DanikV (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Images Moderator
  • Editor
  • Site Maintainer
Skooa (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Images Moderator
  • Editor
Veralann (RfUR) Contact Contributions Log actions
  • Editor
  • Twitter Administrator

Rollbacks

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.

Currently, there is no user holding this user right.

Discussions Moderators

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 user right.

Bot accounts

Bot accounts are alternative accounts that belong to established users here on the wiki. They are used to help make small and/or repetitive tasks in isolation of wiki's tracking activity feeds, although one can keep track of their edits if "show bots" is marked on Special:Recentchanges.

For an account to be flagged as a bot, one has to contact a bureaucrat. Once the request is approved by the bureaucrat, the user is free to utilize third-party applications for doing tasks on their bot accounts.

Username Maintainer Contributions Log actions
Lumabot1 Luma.dash Contributions Log actions
Mystical Orbot Mystic Orb Contributions Log actions
Ultrasonic Bot Ultrasonic9000 Contributions Log actions

List of wiki-based contributors

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:

Protected pages

  • Protect and unprotect pages to restrict editing to only the administrators. Pages are only protected in certain rare circumstances under administrator discretion.
  • Directly edit protected pages.

Deletion and undeletion

  • Delete pages and their history. Sometimes deletion is a technical matter, in which a redirection page has to be removed to make way for renaming an article, or a page whose history has been broken up has to be deleted and the pieces recombined. Other times it's a matter of cleaning up simple junk edits on pages with no actual content.
  • View and restore deleted pages and their history.
  • Permanently delete images. This is a non-reversible change: once deleted, always deleted.

Reverting

  • Revert pages quickly. Any user can revert a page to an earlier version. Administrators have a faster, automated reversion tool to help them revert vandalism by anonymous editors. When looking at a user's contributions, a link that looks like: [rollback] – appears next to edits that are at the top of the edit history. Clicking on the link reverts to the last edit not authored by that user, with edit summary (Reverted edits by X (talk) to last version by Y) and marks it as a minor change. In a fairly recent change, admins can also rapidly revert changes when viewing a diff. This should not be used for reverting a change you just don't like, but is meant only for simple vandalism, particularly massive flood vandalism.
    • Some members of the community who have been known to deal with vandalism are also given access to the "rollback" right. Only bureaucrats can appoint users access to the "rollback" right after approval by the community.

Block and unblock

  • Block IP addresses, IP ranges, and user accounts, for a specific time, or indefinitely.
  • Unblock IP addresses, IP ranges, and user accounts.
  • See Special:BlockList for currently blocked addresses and usernames

Design and wording of the interface

  • Sysops can change the text of the interface and modify the look of the wiki by editing the pages in the MediaWiki namespace. This includes, but not limited to, these pages:
System message Description
MediaWiki:Custom-wikia.less Where CSS/LESS rules to be processed should be added. After making an edit there, the "UPDATE CSS" button must be pressed in order to apply the changes to MediaWiki:Wikia.css in order to be executed. Imports from other wikis must be kept in this page only.
MediaWiki:Wikia.css Where CSS rules to apply to the Wikia skin (the default one) are installed. This should not be edited. Use MediaWiki:Custom-wikia.less instead.
MediaWiki:Portable Infoboxes.css The CSS rules that control the Portable infoboxes' form are stored here. After making an edit there, press the "UPDATE CSS" button on MediaWiki:Wikia.css in order for your changes to be executed.
MediaWiki:Homepage.css The CSS rules that control the homepage's underlying codes are stored here. After making an edit there, press the "UPDATE CSS" button on MediaWiki:Wikia.css in order for your changes to be executed.
MediaWiki:Highlight.css The CSS rules that make the administrators and bureaucrats' names bold are stored here. After making an edit there, press the "UPDATE CSS" button on MediaWiki:Wikia.css in order for your changes to be executed.
MediaWiki:Wikia.js Where JavaScript codes are stored in order to take effect on the Wikia skin (the default one) only. It precedes MediaWiki:ImportJS in the loading sequence.
MediaWiki:CodeLoad-definitions.js Where the CodeLoad scripts are stored to be executed and served to users on the wiki.
MediaWiki:ImportJS Used to import scripts from the wiki and from FANDOM Open Source Library wiki after the content of MediaWiki:Common.js is loaded first.
MediaWiki:Custom-WikiaNotifications This can be used to add a custom notification bubble in the bottom right corner of the wiki. The text inside of the bubble can be determined from this system message and it supports wikitext.
MediaWiki:community-corner The "Community Messages" that appear on the right rail of Special:WikiActivity can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:deletereason-dropdown The "Reason" list that appears in the process of deleting an article can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:filedelete-reason-dropdown The "Reason" list that appears in the process of deleting a file (image/video) can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:edittools The "Wikitext shortcuts" accessed from the top toolbar of the Classic editor can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:protect-dropdown The "Reason" list that appears in the process of protecting a page can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:Titleblacklist Where files and articles are prohibited from creation by users with no administration privileges from their titles.
MediaWiki:ipboptions The pre-defined list of expiry times for blocking a user can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:ipbreason-dropdown The "Reason" list that appears in the process of blocking a user can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:recentchangestext The box of useful links that is placed on the top of Special:Recentchanges can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:talkpageheader This system message displays the Talk template over every talk page.
MediaWiki:Welcome-message-wall-user The welcome message that is sent to new users by User:FANDOM can be customized from this system message.
MediaWiki:welcome-user This system message defines the user who signs the welcome message.
MediaWiki:wiki-navigation From this system message, the Navigation bar can be customized.
MediaWiki:Uploadtext The content inside of this system message is displayed on the top of Special:Upload page and Special:MultipleUpload page.
MediaWiki:Custom-DiscordIntegrator-config-id This system messages stores the server id of SNN's Discord channel necessary to set up the Discord rail module.

For more system messages, see this.

Management of the chat

  • Administrators are also responsible for the management of the chat and enforcement of its policies (if necessary). Only administrators can add emoticons to the chat room.

Management of discussions

  • Administrators are responsible for the management of the forums. They are able to create new boards, delete boards, move threads, edit other user's comments, etc.
  • Administrators are responsible for the management of blogs. They are able to edit blogs, edit blog comments, delete blogs, move blogs, etc. Administrators' comments on blogs can be identified by a blue background.
  • Administrators are responsible for the management of Message Walls. Similar to forums and blogs, they are able to edit, delete, and move message wall threads.
  • Administrators are also responsible for appointing "discussion moderators" for the duties explained above in this section, and to moderate the chat.

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

User rights of a contributor may be removed without discussion only for vandalism, harassment, spam, sexual conduct, excessive harsh language, excessively violent content, or violations of the Wikia Terms of Use. Otherwise, user rights may be removed only after discussion on the Requests for User Rights board if they are unwilling to cooperate with the wiki community.

Lapsing rights

User 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.