|The following page documents an official cross-project policy.
This page has been developed and approved by the community and its compliance is mandatory for all users. It must not be modified without prior community approval.
|For legal and security reasons, the Wikimedia Foundation has decided to require two-factor authentication for this role.
Global sysops are highly trusted users with a strong track record of cross-wiki contributions that have sysop and interface administrator privileges on most public wikis, for the purposes of antivandalism and routine maintenance. They are not users with sysop tools on all wikis and they have no extra editorial control over content or the local community.
By default, global sysops may use this global user group's permissions on wikis that meet one or both of the following criteria:
- fewer than ten administrators exist; or
- fewer than three administrators have made a logged action within the past two months.
Projects may opt-in or opt-out at their own discretion if they obtain local consensus. Simply inform the stewards of the community's decision. A wiki set is used to specify a list of wikis where global sysops do not have access (list).
Most global sysops also have global rollback. Unlike the global sysop rights, global rollback is truly global.
Requests for global sysop rights should be placed on Steward requests/Global permissions. The request will be approved by a steward if there is a consensus for the user to become a global sysop after a period of discussion of no less than two weeks. The discussion is not a vote; comments must present specific points in favor of or against the user's approval.
Continued global sysop access depends on both activity and the continued support of the Wikimedia community.
- Global sysops will automatically lose their access if in six months they've not used the respective rights outside of wikis on which they have local rights.
Vote of confidence:
- Any steward may remove a global sysop's rights at any time if they feel the tools have been misused, or if a request for comment has shown that a significant minority does not trust the global sysop. If this occurs and the global sysop wants the tools back, a vote of confidence shall occur, where the global sysop must retain the consensus of the community in order to return their access.
This is the list of permissions, with explanations, which global sysops have. The permissions are nearly identical to those of regular administrators; however, these permissions apply to any Wikimedia Foundation project that has not opted out of the global sysops' access list. They are not capable of changing any local userrights either (unless they also have appropriate local permissions).
|Not be affected by IP-based rate limits
|Normally part of the autoconfirmed user group or granted to all users
|Edit pages protected as "Allow only autoconfirmed users"
|Edit Structured Discussions posts by other users
|Hide Structured Discussions topics and posts
|Retrieve information about IP addresses attached to revisions or log entries
|Move pages with stable versions
|Overwrite existing files
|Overwrite existing files uploaded by oneself
|Perform CAPTCHA-triggering actions without having to go through the CAPTCHA
|View the spam block list log
|View detailed abuse log entries
|Governed by local policies where they exist, otherwise part of the sysop user group
|Create or modify abuse filters
|Create or modify what external domains are blocked from being linked
|Have one's own edits automatically marked as patrolled
|Auto-review on rollback
|Edit pages protected as "Allow only autopatrollers"
|Bypass IP blocks, auto-blocks and range blocks
|Move category pages
|Move root user pages
|Move pages with their subpages
|Enable two-factor authentication
|Mark others' edits as patrolled
|Quickly rollback the edits of the last user who edited a particular page
|Edit protected templates
|Use higher limits in API queries
|Normally part of the sysop user group
|Block or unblock other users from editing
|Block or unblock a user from sending email
|Search deleted pages
|Forcibly create a local account for a global account
|View deleted history entries, without their associated text
|View deleted text and changes between deleted revisions
|Delete and undelete specific log entries
|Delete and undelete specific revisions of pages
|Edit the content model of a page
|Edit the user interface
|Edit pages protected as "Allow only administrators"
|Edit sitewide JSON
|Edit other users' JSON files
|Delete Structured Discussions topics and posts
|Import pages from other wikis
|Access a full view of the IP information attached to revisions or log entries
|Mark rolled-back edits as bot edits
|Merge the history of pages
|Not be affected by rate limits
|Mass delete pages
|Override the spoofing checks
|Change protection settings and edit cascade-protected pages
|Override files on the shared media repository locally
|Mark revisions as being "checked"
|Bypass IP restrictions issued by the StopForumSpam extension
|Configure how the stable version is selected and displayed
|Not create redirects from source pages when moving pages
|Override the disallowed titles or usernames list
|View the disallowed titles list log
|Undelete a page
|View the list of unreviewed pages
|View a list of unwatched pages
|Edit sitewide CSS
|Normally part of the Interface administrators user group
|Edit other users' CSS files
Global sysops must have user pages on every wiki they use their global sysop access on, which provide contact information or link to their primary user page (creation bot available currently). Generally a global user page on Meta will cover that requirement, and those users are asked to include a user language declaration ("Babel").
Global sysops may contact each other via the private mailing list.
Users with global sysop access
- Last updated: 2024-02-27 
|Global sysop since
|ru, de-4, en-3, la-1
|de, en-4, nds-2, fr-1, tlh-1
|ru, he-5, en-4, ca-3, eo-2, es-2, it-2, fr-1, am-1, ar-1, la-1, lt-1
|ne, mai, hi-4, en-2, bh-2, awa-2, dty-2, sa-2
|gu, hi-4, en-3
|Daniuu / Westvleteren
|nl, en-4, fr-2, de-2, la-2, vls-2, li-1
|en, he-2, es-2, zh-2
|it, pt-4, en-4, es-2, fr-2, gl-2, th-1
|id, en-4, ms-2, zh-2, la-1, su-0
|ru, en-1, be-1
|ja, en-3, de-3, fr-2, it-1
|ko, en-3, ja-1
|bn, en-3, as-1
|de, en-3, fr-1, tet-1, la-1, es-1
|en, zh, nan-2, ko-1, ms-1, fr-1, yue-1
|it, lij-2, en-1, fr-1
|uk, ru-4, en-3, pl-3, lt-1
|it, lij-2, en-2, fr-1, la-1, ia-1
|es, nl, en-3, fr-2
|az, tr-4, en-2
|tr, en-2, fr-2
|WhitePhosphorus / P4-mobile
|zh, en-3, ja-1, lzh-1, wuu-1, yue-1
|bar, de, en-1