It illustrates standards of conduct which are widely accepted among editors and is considered a standard that everyone should follow. Except for minor edits, please use the forums to propose changes to this policy.
Different users have access to different functions of the site. While anyone can do most things on the site, including reading and editing, Administrators can access a few additional functions.
Administrators are respected and trusted contributors who have a thorough knowledge of the wiki, its editing practices, and its layouts. They have additional tools available to help them enforce the policies, including editing system messages and special locked pages, preventing vandalism and bad edits, and blocking destructive users.
These additional functions include:
- Deleting and undeleting pages, page histories, and uploaded files.
- Locking (protecting) a page so it cannot be edited or renamed by users without admin rights or auto-confirmed status.
- Blocking IP addresses or user names from editing; and very quick "rollback" of undesirable edits.
- Editing the interface by changing system messages and skins.
Who are this wiki's administrators?
The "founder" of a wiki, the person who first requested it, is given administrator access automatically. Founders are also given bureaucrat access so they can make any other user on their wiki an administrator or bureaucrat. For a complete list of users with administrator access, see Special:Listusers/sysop.
What can administrators not do?
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 may mediate disputes that users are unable to resolve on their own, however, they 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 or doesn't go against policy. Ideally an admin shouldn't be considered "in charge." The ideal admin is someone who is knowledgeable in the wiki's policies and trusted to have a few extra buttons and to use them for the benefit of the American Gods Wiki community.
A bureaucrat can make other users into bureaucrats or administrators on their own wiki. Bureaucrats can also give users the ability to "rollback" edits not made in good faith.