|This page documents a procedural policy of Wikipedia.|
|This page in a nutshell: Interface administrators are highly trusted users able to edit all CSS/JS/JSON pages, gadgets, and MediaWiki messages.|
There are currently 13 interface administrators (including one interface-admin bot). If you need assistance from an interface administrator, you can make a request at the Interface administrators' noticeboard.
The ability to edit CSS/JS that is executed in other users' browsers is very powerful and extremely dangerous in the hands of a malicious user; interface administrators should be users who are highly trusted, have at least a basic understanding of CSS and JS, are aware of the privacy expectations of Wikimedia wikis, and have a decent understanding of how to secure their accounts (such as choosing strong and unique passwords and avoiding malware infection). The WMF Office requires all interface administrators to use two-factor authentication.
Per community discussions, interface admin rights may be granted only to existing administrators. The Wikimedia Foundation requires interface administrators enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for legal and security reasons.
Permission should be removed by bureaucrats in the following circumstances:
Any bot operator requesting access for their bot(s) must permanently possess the user right themselves.
All bot operators are required to enable 2FA for their bot accounts and create a strong account password, and are strongly urged to use OAuth for maximum security. Bureaucrats and BAG members may ask bot operators to enforce these security measures at their discretion.
There are two general kinds of pages in the MediaWiki namespace: Message pages and site configuration pages. Interface administrators can edit and delete these pages and can modify user configuration pages that live in user space of other editors. Administrators who are not interface administrators can instead edit and delete most message pages (but not all of them).
Administrators and oversighters who are not interface administrators can delete and revision delete (or suppress in case of oversighters) CSS or JS pages that live in user space of other editors. However, they cannot restore revisions of those pages. Both regular administrators and interface administrators can modify JSON pages in the MediaWiki namespace or within the user space of other editors.
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