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Vikidia users may have different "statuses", most of which are associated with technical rights.

Note that there is no hierarchy on Vikidia: no user stands "above" any other user.

This page provides an overview of some of the main user status and associated user rights on Vikidia. More information is available on dedicated pages (see frame above).

Basic technical statuses[edit | edit source]

IP user[edit | edit source]

The IP user is a Vikidia user that is not registered with a user account and hence contributes anonymously: instead of a user name, we only see the IP address of his computer. He can read all Vikidia pages and share his knowledge by modifying them as well (except those few pages that are "protected" or "semi-protected"). He may participate in discussions about the articles and share his thoughts on the encyclopedia in general, including discussions about decisions to be taken. The IP user has not right to vote: only registered users have this right.

Registered user[edit | edit source]

The registered user is connected as a user account that he first created. He may read, write and modify articles, as well as propose their deletion (which involves a vote). The registered user sees some additional actions in the tabs bar above the article, in particular he has the right to move (or rename) articles, with redirection from the old to the new article title. He is entitled to present himself and his way to contribute to Vikidia on a personal user page, with an associated personal talk page. He can manage a personal watch list that will help him to follow the changes made by other users on the pages that he is interested in. Finally, he has got the right to participate in votes about most community matters.

Autoconfirmed user[edit | edit source]

Several actions on Vikidia are restricted to user accounts that pass certain thresholds of age (time passed since account creation) 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. Although the precise requirements for autoconfirmed status vary according to circumstances, most Vikidia user 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 (or membership of the 'confirmed' group; see below) is required to move pages, edit semi-protected pages, and upload files or upload a new version of an existing file. 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 Books namespace. In addition, the Edit filter has a number of warning settings that only affect editors who are not autoconfirmed.

Technical statuses with elevated rights[edit | edit source]

Any registered user may ask to get a technical status with elevated rights. Whether or not this status is granted, is then decided based on rules specific to the requested status and typically involving a community vote.

Administrator[edit | edit source]

The administrator, also referred to as admin or sysop, is a registered users who benefits from some additional technical rights and tools. In particular, he can delete a page, protect a page and block harmful users.

Bureaucrat[edit | edit source]

The bureaucrat is an administrator who has got a few additional tools that allow him to manage user statuses (such as administrator, bot and bureaucrat), hence grant and revoke user rights on Vikidia. The bureaucrat is also able to rename a user account.

Bot[edit | edit source]

A robot, or simply bot, is a user account used to perform repetitive tasks whose manual execution would be cumbersome.