Everything Food & Drink:User access levels

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A contributor's access to perform certain actions on Everything Food & Drink is determined by various flags on their account, some of which are automatic and others of which must be given to them manually. A user with a flag is said to be a member of that flag's 'user group', giving them certain 'permissions' and the use of certain features of the MediaWiki software.

Users are assigned the highest possible permissions based on the groups they are members of. A user who is an administrator, bureaucrat and rollbacker, for instance, would be able to use Special:Unwatchedpages (granted with the 'sysop' group), Special:RenameUser (granted with the 'bureaucrat' group) and to also use rollback (granted with the 'sysop' and 'rollbacker' groups). If the user was removed from the 'sysop' group, they would still be able to use rollback, because they are still a member of the 'rollbacker' group.

Membership in a user group is sometimes referred to as a 'flag' or 'bit'; being made a member of the 'sysop' group is synonymous with being 'given the admin bit' or 'receiving the admin flag'.


All visitors to the site, including unregistered users, are part of the '*' group, while all logged-in users are also part of the 'user' group. Users are automatically promoted into the Autoconfirmed users group when their account is four days old and has ten edits. Other flags are only given upon request; some, such as 'rollback' or 'bot', are granted unilaterally if the user demonstrates a need for them (see EFD:Requests for permissions‎ and EFD:Bots/Requests for approval). Others, such as 'sysop' and 'bureaucrat', are given only after community discussion and consensus at Requests for adminship. Users are only made members of groups such as 'oversight' and 'checkuser' with the approval and after confirming their identity with the site founder and staff.

User groups

Unregistered users

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Contributors who have not created an account or logged in are identified by their IP address rather than a user name, and may read all Everything Food & Drink pages (except restricted special pages), and edit pages that are not protected or semi-protected. They may create talk pages in any talk namespace but may need to ask for help to create pages in some parts of the wiki. They cannot upload files or images. They must answer a CAPTCHA if they wish to make an edit which involves the addition of one or more external links, and click a confirm link to purge pages. All users may also query the site API in 500-record batches.

New users

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A user who edits through an account they have registered, may immediately create pages in any namespace (except the MediaWiki namespace, and limited to 8 per minute) and may also e-mail other users if they activate an email address in their user preferences. All logged-in users may mark edits as minor. They may purge pages without a confirmation step, but are still required to answer a CAPTCHA when adding external links. They may also customize their Wikimedia interface and its options as they wish, via Special:Preferences or by adding personal CSS or JavaScript rules to their vector.css or vector.js files.

Confirmed users

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In some situations, it is necessary for accounts to be exempted from this customary confirmation period of 10 edits and 4 days experience. The 'confirmed' group contains the same rights as the 'autoconfirmed' group, but can be granted by administrators as necessary. Users must have a reason to have their accounts moved to Confirmed status. You can request that status here Requests for permissions.

See Special:Listusers/confirmed for a list of users in this group.

Autoconfirmed users

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A number of actions on the Everything Food & Drink are restricted to user accounts that pass certain thresholds of age (time passed since the first edit) and edit count: users who meet these requirements are considered part of the pseudo-group 'autoconfirmed'. Autoconfirmed status is checked every time a user performs a restricted action: it is then granted automatically by the software. The precise requirements for autoconfirmed status vary according to circumstances: for most users on Everything Food & Drink, accounts that are more than four days old and have made at least 10 edits are considered autoconfirmed. However, users with IPBE editing through the Tor network are subjected to stricter autoconfirmed thresholds: 90 days and 100 edits.

Autoconfirmed status is required to edit semi-protected pages. Autoconfirmed users are no longer required to enter a CAPTCHA for most events. Autoconfirmed users may mark pages created by others as patrolled in Special:NewPages and save books to the wiki. In addition, the Edit filter has a number of warning settings that only affect editors who are not autoconfirmed.


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Users who are given the rollback flag ('rollbacker' user group) may revert revisions using the rollback feature. This right is automatically assigned to administrators.

See Special:Listusers/rollbacker for a list of users in this group.


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Importer is a flag which give permissions on Special:Import. This interface allows users to move pages between Wikimedia wikis (for instance, to copy an article written in English on a foreign-language wiki, while preserving full edit history). Although Mediawiki software provides the ability to import articles directly from XML (which may come from any wiki site), this is disabled on Everything Food & Drink as well as most other Wiki's and Wikimedia projects.


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Users who are given the Uploader flag ('uploader' user group) site administration just want to discuss this flag with the requesting user and make sure the user is familiar with EFD's Image policy. This gives the Upload options.

File mover


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Users who are given the ipblock-exempt flag ('ipblock-exempt' user group) are not affected by autoblocks and blocks of IP addresses and ranges that aren't made with the "anonymous users only" setting. This right is automatically assigned to administrators, however the flag must be added separately to enable editing from IP addresses affected by Tor blocks.

See Special:Listusers/ipblock-exempt for a list of users in this group.


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Accounts used by approved bots to make pre-approved edits can be flagged as such. Bot accounts are automated or semi-automated, the nature of their edits is well defined, and they will be quickly blocked if their actions vary from their given tasks, so they need less scrutiny than human edits.

For this reason, contributions from accounts with the bot flag ('bot' user group) are not displayed in recent changes or watchlists to users who have opted to hide bot edits. Minor edits made by bot accounts to user talk pages do not trigger the "you have new messages" banner. Bot accounts can query the API in batches of 5,000 rather than 500.

See Special:Listusers/bot for a list of users in this group.


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Users who are given the accountcreator flag ('accountcreator' user group) are not affected by the 6 account creation limit per day per IP, and can create accounts for other users without restriction. Users in this group can also override the anti-spoof checks on account creation. This right is automatically assigned to administrators.

See Special:ListUsers/accountcreator for a list of users in this group.

Template editor

Members of this group are allowed to edit pages protected with template protection as well as create and edit editnotices. Template protection is only applied to pages in the template. It is intended to allow experienced template coders to make changes without having to request that an administrator make the edits for them.

See Special:ListUsers/templateeditor for a list of users in this group.

Edit Filter managers

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Members of this group can create, modify and delete edit filters. This flag is given and removed by administrators. It is not assigned to administrators by default.

See Special:Listusers/abusefilter for a list of users in this group.


See MyWiki:Special:Listusers/coder for a list of users in this group.

SVN admins


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Administrators are also known historically as "sysops" (system operators). The two terms are used interchangeably. Administrator rights are granted by the community to users requesting them. The process involves considerable discussion and examination of their activities as an editor. Users who are members of the 'administrator' user group have access to a number of tools to allow them to carry out certain functions on the wiki. The tools cover processes such as page deletion, page protection, blocking and unblocking, access to modify fully protected pages and the Mediawiki interface. Administrators also have the ability to grant and remove account creator, rollback, ipblock-exempt rights, confirmed user, auto-reviewer, and edit filter manager rights to other users, and to their own alternate accounts. Administrators are otherwise no different from any other editor.

See Special:Listusers/sysop for a list of users in this group.




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Users who are given the oversight flag ('oversight' user group) have access to Special:HideRevision, through which they can permanently hide revisions of pages from all users, and Special:Oversight, where they can view a log of such actions and the content of the hidden revisions. This right is only granted to exceedingly few users who are at least 18 years of age and have identified themselves with the site founder and staff.

See Special:Listusers/oversight for a list of users in this group.


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Bureaucrat rights are granted by the community to exceptionally trusted users who are allowed to perform certain actions on other users' accounts.

Bureaucrats have extended access to Special:UserRights, enabling them to add users to the 'sysop' and 'bureaucrat' groups (but not remove them), and both add users to and remove users from the 'bot' user group. Bureaucrats can use Special:RenameUser to rename users (including themselves).

See Special:Listusers/bureaucrat for a list of users in this group.


Private access

Access to the Private namespace.

See Special:Listusers/private access for a list of users in this group.


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Staff may use Special:Undelete to view deleted revisions in the course of their duties as staff. They are also permitted to the oversight tool to suppress abusive usernames and apply and remove Global Blocks. Staff generally should not use their global rights to perform tasks that could be performed by local users. In emergency situations where local users are unable or unavailable to act, staff are asked to use their global rights to protect the best interests of Everything Food & Drink project.

In their global role, staff can remove all permissions (in an emergency, or in response to a user request, Community decision, or Founder decision).

See Special:Listusers/steward for a list of users in this group.


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Users who are given the checkuser flag ('checkuser' user group) have access to Special:CheckUser. They are able to view a list of all IP addresses used by a user account to edit Everything Food & Drink, a list of all edits made by an IP, or all user accounts that have used an IP address. They may also view a log of such requests. This right is only granted to exceedingly few users who are aged 18+ and have identified themselves to the site founder and staff.

See Special:Listusers/checkuser for a list of users in this group.


The 'founder' group was created on the English Wikipedia by developer Tim Starling, without community support, as a unique group. The group gives Mlpearc of Everything Food & Drink full access to Special:UserRights. As 'founder actions' are usually of great interest to the community, and are only relevant to Everything Food & Drink, the 'founder' right also has the benefit of allowing Mlpearc actions to be visible in the Everything Food & Drink rights log.