Administrators, also known as sysops, are editors who have special tools that aid them in the maintenance of the site. These editors are recommended by the community and then promoted at the discretion of Daveh. They have the ability to protect and delete pages, block malicious users, and undo these actions as well. They can also assign patroller and blockuser rights. By default, administrators are appointed for life, but may step down at any time.
This is a list of the current sysops of UESP (an automatically-generated list is also available from Listusers). If you need to tell them something or request their services, feel free to contact one of them. If you have a general request for any administrator, you can use the Administrator Noticeboard.
The community looks to administrators to perform essential chores and tasks that require the extra tools that administrators are entrusted with. These duties include:
- Deleting Pages: Administrators are responsible for monitoring the Marked for Deletion category and carrying out any requested deletions.
- Blocking Users: Administrators are able to block users in cases where it is necessary to prevent damage to the site, in accordance with the Blocking Policy.
- The Vandalism page provides more information on some situations under which blocking may be appropriate.
- Protecting Pages: A limited number of pages on the Wiki are protected.
- All page protections should be in accordance the UESP's Protection Policy.
- Editing Protected Pages: Any edits to fully protected pages (e.g., the main page of the Wiki) need to be made by administrators.
- Patrollers: All administrators are also automatically patrollers.
- Administrators have access to one additional feature when monitoring recent changes made to pages: they are able to "rollback" any edit as long as it is the most recent change made to a page. This is only intended for use with vandalism. In the case of a vandal who quickly changes a large number of pages, the "rollback" feature allows the vandal's work to be reverted very efficiently.
Finally, since administrators are expected to be experienced with the procedures of the Wiki, editors will often turn to one when they need information or advice; other editors may also volunteer to be mentors.
Administrators should not override or undo another's administrative actions; any such action can lead to a wheel war. This includes deleting official warnings or notifications placed on a user's talk page; however, another administrator may choose to add their own comments to a user talk page (e.g., for emphasis, clarification, or to point out an overlooked circumstance). This does not apply in cases where there have been new developments since the first action was taken: for example, if one administrator warned a user about inappropriate behavior (first action), and the user then resumed the behavior (new developments), any administrator may then proceed to take further action (i.e., blocking) against the user. Also, this does not apply to regular contributions (such as routine editing) done by an administrator; the standard etiquette that applies to all editors should be used for any non-administrative types of contributions.
If an administrator has a disagreement with another administrator's actions, it is recommended that a discussion be started on that admin's talk page: ask why the first administrator chose that course of action, and point out what other alternatives there may have been (in particular whether any policies apply). If the first administrator agrees, it should be left up to the first admin to undo their own actions. If there is no existing policy covering the situation, or the policy is ambiguous, a more general discussion involving the rest of the community may be needed to try to establish an appropriate policy.
If you believe that another administrator has in some way undone one of your administrative actions, it is best to assume that the administrator was not aware of your previous action. Do not override the new action; instead, explain the situation to the other administrator and follow the same guidelines as in the previous paragraph.
If two administrators cannot reach an agreement on what is appropriate, other administrators may be asked to provide their opinion on the situation. As a last resort, Daveh can be asked to provide arbitration.
- UESPWiki:User Group Rights — A listing of all the user groups for the site, including other administrative roles.
- UESPWiki:Blocking Policy — UESPWiki's policy governing blocking user accounts.
- UESPWiki:Deletion Policy — UESPWiki's policy governing the deletion of pages.
- UESPWiki:Protection Policy — UESPWiki's policy governing the protection of pages against editing.
- Wikipedia on Administrators — Wikipedia's article about administrators and their roles
- Wikipedia Guide for Administrators
- Wikipedia Reading List for Administrators