The user rights policy outlines the procedures on the wiki for gaining user rights and also for the removal of user rights. This policy is useful as it allows the community to promote users based on community consensus to work with the community to help make the wiki as best it can be. In order for the promotion process to work smoothly, the following policies should be followed.
Additional user roles shall be bureaucrats, administrators, assistants, discussion moderators, and rollbacks. Other roles may be granted to certain users, including, but not limited to bots, social media managers, and Discord moderators.
When a user is promoted, they have more privileges than the average user. They are expected to use these powers with good judgment and follow all the rules. Administrators are privileged with the power to block other users and are expected to have good judgment when it comes to using this tool. Administrators and moderators are the only ones allowed to inform a user that they have been blocked or banned. All promoted users may keep their position as long as they want, unless they resign, retire, quit or are demoted per the article on demotions.
Users requesting promotion to bureaucrat (link), administrator (link), assistant (link), or discussion moderator (link) must do so through a formal promotion request, linked in this section. Rollbacks may be promoted at the discretion of any administrator.
Applicants shall not use any images to advertise "support" for them or force other users to support them, so as to discourage unqualified users who seek the support of others who do not consider their qualifications. However, they are allowed to notify other users of such discussion, without imposing an agenda.
Nominating another user for any position requiring a request form is prohibited unless the nominating user is an administrator or bureaucrat. All other nominations will be closed as invalid. Administrator and bureaucrat requests may be posted on the forum to seek more input, and they may also be highlighted.
Promotion requests are to last no shorter than seven (7) days from the time the applicant makes the request. Any applicant that has 70% support of all votes shall be promoted after the seven (7) days. Successful requests may only be closed by those that have the ability to grant those rights while unsuccessful or invalid promotion requests may be closed by an assistant or administrator. If a user makes a promotion request but fails to be promoted, they must wait at least seven (7) days before making another request.
A request is deemed invalid if the questions remain blank for more than two (2) hours after the creation of their request, the user is not eligible for the position, or the user has received a valid block while having a pending request. The user will also be prohibited from making any request for thirty (30) days starting from the time their block ends.
Generally, a user seeking promotion must demonstrate that all their contributions are positive, and further the goal of improving the wiki. They must demonstrate understanding of the how the wiki operates, familiarity with the policies, proper use of spelling and grammar, and they must also show they can hold the position with maturity. The community shall make an assessment on whether or not the user shall be promoted based on their standards that includes these as well as others. They must also demonstrate good reasons for any questionable contributions.
The requirements for all positions are:
a. At least one (1) month must have passed since the user's first edit.
b. The user must have at least one hundred (100) edits, of which at least fifty (50) are main namespace edits.
c. The user must have a clean block record for at least three (3) months, not counting invalid blocks.
d. The user must have support from the active administrators.
e. The user must have support from the active bureaucrats. If the request fails to do so, it requires 75% support of administrators who are not bureaucrats for the request to pass unless otherwise stated.
Any user who retires, resigns, or quits and returns and wishes to be repromoted must follow the same procedures and requirements as if they were a user who had never been promoted before. If a retired or resigned user returns to ESB, they cannot be promoted to any position until three (3) months following the announcement of their return or decision not to retire or resign. Any requirement of the repromotion policy can be waived by the majority vote of the active bureaucrats. This can be overruled by a majority vote of the active administrators (sysop only).
A user may be demoted for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to: resignation, retirement, inaction, rule violation, abuse of rights, and/or destructive behavior, or Emergency User Rights Review. Any user who no longer wants to hold a promoted position and thus resigns or resigns can demote themselves to the position. They can also notify the bureaucrat of the revocation of their rights. If an official resigns or resigns and cannot revoke their rights, Fandom employees will be contacted to demote them.
In the case of inactivity, the promoted user cannot be demoted due to inactivity without communication between the relevant user and the rest of the administration. When a promoted user becomes inactive for two (2) months, the bureaucrats should discuss this with the relevant user to understand their intentions as to whether to continue in that promoted position. If a promoted user goes on an extended vacation or vacation of more than two (2) months with the intention of returning, they can notify the community of their intentions. If the promoted user is inactive for at least three (3) months without communication between him and the rest of the administration, he must be demoted. If the promoted user has been inactive for at least six (6) months IN communication between them and the rest of the administration, but has not made any effort to make any changes to the wiki, they should also be demoted.
User Rights Reviews
- A. Biannual User Rights Reviews
- 1. Every six (6) months, all bureaucrats, administrators, assistants, discussion moderators and Discord moderators are put through a review process so the community can assess their status to ensure the most qualified people remain in their positions.
- 2. Administration reviews will occur twice per year, beginning on the following dates: April 15 and October 15
- 3. If a user was promoted within one (1) week prior to the creation of the review, they will be exempt from the review.
- 4. The community shall vote on whether each promoted user should remain in their position or be demoted.
- 5. Each review period will last two (2) weeks. After two weeks, those users with a majority of all participants and participating administrators (more than 50%) supporting the removal of their position (excluding neutrals) will be subject to demotion.
- 6. Bureaucrats will discuss in private to determine the final verdict.
- B. Emergency User Rights Reviews
- 1. General
- a. An Emergency User Rights Review may occur between the biannual user rights reviews if a promoted user has received three (3) warnings.
- b. In such a case, a promoted user may be suspended, pending review, in accordance with this section.
- i. If the promoted user has received warnings for serious violations, then the bureaucrat has the right to demote the promoted user without Emergency User Rights Review.
- ii. If the promoted user does not stand down or admit to wrongdoing and thus the bureaucrat fails to resolve the issue, they may demote the promoted user for a suspension of one (1) week.
- c. After the suspension bureaucrat must then create an Emergency User Rights Review discussion.
- d. Creating a User Rights Review discussion by any non-administrator to have another user demoted from any position is prohibited and will result in the invalidation of that discussion.
- 2. Process
- a. If the promoted user received three (3) warnings, then the bureaucrats will discuss whether or not the promoted user in question should have a review discussion to let the community decide if that user should be demoted.
- b. All bureaucrats must support a review discussion in order for it to be created in the first place. If it is determined that all of bureaucrats do not support such a discussion taking place, the request is dropped and the promoted user is demoted.
- c. Once all bureaucrats support the creation of a review discussion, they must notify the promoted user in question to give them the following choices:
- i. Resign from your current position. The bureaucrats can then decide whether this user should remain: an administrator, if this is a bureaucrat, or an assistant, if this user was an administrator.
- ii. If the user does not do so, the review discussion will be published three (3) days after the relevant user is notified.
- d. Once the review discussion is posted, it will be in the following format.
- i. Each user will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter, summing up on what should be done, whether it is a complete demotion, demotion to another position, suspension, block, and/or combination.
- ii. After seven (7) days of discussion, the first stage will close. All listed options will be put up for a vote.
- e. In order to terminate or suspend a crew member, a majority of participating administrators (50% or more) and 70% of all participants must support the termination or suspension in order for it to be valid, not counting neutrals. The discussion must last no less than seven (7) days. The promoted user in question does not have a vote or is counted in the percentage for the decision but may make comments.
- f. If the completion is successful, the promoted user will be demoted, reassigned, suspended, blocked, and/or combination. The promoted user will only be able to apply for the rights fourteen (14) days after the Emergency User Rights Review.
- g. If the termination is not successful, the promoted user retains their rights and loses one (1) warning, retaining two (2) warnings out of three (3).