You probably have come to this page because you are interested in becoming a rollback, content/discussions mod, or administrator, or you believe that you are ready. How do you become one? Please refer to the below process for details - bureaucrats will never promote users who have not undergone the process of becoming a ranked user.
- The exception to this is if a user is temporarily promoted to perform duties in restricted namespaces or areas that require additional privileges. After 24 hours from being promoted, the user must demote themselves and apply to become a ranked user to retain those rights permanently. If work is not done in 24 hours, the user can ask for temporary rights again or request for an extension from the bureaucrat.
- See the inactivity policy if you previously held user rights and would like them restored.
What are the ranks?
Staff members are given additional editing tools in order to manage the wiki:
- Thread moderators (not synonymous to a Discord moderator)
- Content moderators
See more at Candy Crush Saga Wiki:Staff.
Generally, there is only one prerequisite.
- The candidate has neither been previously nominated nor failed to be promoted, within the past 30 days.
Why is this the case? We Candy Crush Saga Wikians believe that users do not need to meet a superficial benchmark in order to be deemed a “good” staff member, such as edit counts, badge collection, or the amount of time since a user has been around. For example, staff members should possess an unrelenting willingness and ability to work with others and eagerness to serve the community without any ulterior motive. They should be humble, kind, and enthusiastic about the subject of the wiki. They should always assume good faith in others and maintain neutrality now matter how heated discussions may get. Such qualities like these cannot be assessed quantitatively and need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The one prerequisite is there to ensure that a user has a cooldown period to spend some time with the community before deciding to run again.
If you believe you have met the prerequisite, it is time to get nominated using any one of the following four methods:
Write a self-nomination letter to an *active* bureaucrat either through their message wall or by private message through Discord (take a look at the above linked page for a list of active bureaucrats). You are highly encouraged, but not required, to explain at least one of the following:
- How do you define effective leadership, and how do you live up to those qualities/responsibilities?
- What are your strengths, and why are these qualities something the wiki staff needs?
- What do you believe is your biggest contribution on the wiki so far, and how would you be able to further develop the wiki if given new privileges?
- What has been your biggest struggle on this wiki, and how were you able to overcome it? What lessons have you learned?
- What do you think is the most important and/or difficult part of being a rollback, moderator, or administrator (depending on the role you’re running for?
- You may opt out of these questions and instead choose to write something about your wiki experiences or background, or something that happened that has been so meaningful to you that you feel like it has helped define who you are as a user.
If the bureaucrat rejects the application, the nominator can appeal by contacting one other bureaucrat. Otherwise, if the second bureaucrat rejects the application, the nomination fails.
One other current and active administrator (or bureaucrat) in some form must also express approval for the nomination in some manner (without the need of seeing your nomination letter), either through the message wall posting or through Discord.
Once both of these requirements are met, the voting round begins.
- A bureaucrat can nominate a candidate to be an admin, and the candidate must accept the nomination.
- The bureaucrat must also contact one other current and active administrator (or bureaucrat) and receive support.
- Once both of these requirements are met, the voting round begins.
This is something similar to how most wikis elect administrators:
- The nominator must be a registered user.
- The nominator may only nominate one candidate at a time (you can nominate another one right after) by writing a letter to a bureaucrat - suggested topics to address on someone’s behalf are above.
- The candidate must accept the nomination.
- One other current and active administrator (or bureaucrat) in some form must also express approval for the nomination in some manner.
This is generally done more by accident when a user simply begins a voting round before going through the nomination process. While this is generally allowed, it also has with it a higher rate of failing. Check voting method 4 below.
A voting round can be initiated by a bureaucrat on the Requests for User Rights Discussions board. The voting period lasts for 3 to 15 days, depending on whether the conditions have been reached.
- A vote can only be cast from users who have at least been autoconfirmed (preferably have been registered for at least 7 days and made around 100 edits - in this case, an edit count is required here just to serve as a bit of a CAPTCHA). IP users do not count in order to ensure the legitimacy of every vote.
- As in standard polls, voters may only vote once. If sockpuppeting is observed, all casted votes from that user will be discarded along with a block depending on severity.
- The user being nominated may not vote.
- At least five votes have been casted (this includes the supporting bureaucrat and administrator).
- If the vote receives at least 85%-100% support in total, then the user is automatically promoted (neutral votes do not count as supports nor opposes).
- If the vote receives at least 51%-84% support in total, then the decision is made by the votes only made by staff members and other deemed wiki regulars. Generally, if these votes receive at least 70% support (for rollback/content mod) or 80% support (for administrator), then the user is promoted.
- If this vote fails by a small margin, neutral voters will get a chance to change their votes to support and oppose, and the promotion will be made based on the discretion of the initiating bureaucrat.
- Any bureaucrat shall not be forced to promote a user even if the vote passes.
In the case of an accident, a user might have accidentally started a voting round by posting on the discussions thread directly instead of contacting a bureaucrat. In this case, the following changes to methods 1-3 will be in place.
- The voting period lasts for 7 to 15 days, depending on whether the conditions have been reached.
- At least seven votes must have been casted (one support must be from an administrator and bureaucrat).
- Any administrator or bureaucrat, if they really believe that the candidate should not get a chance for a vote, is allowed to block the nomination during the voting period (note that this is different from simply casting oppose). In this case, the vote fails and the candidate must wait 30 days before being nominated again in the proper way.
- The “blocking” ranked user should specify why the user should not be promoted before closing (do not delete) the thread.
The responsibility of a bureaucrat is only to promote users and other bureaucrats, and thus are generally reserved for a select few long-serving administrators. Bureaucrat promotions are always done quietly (without a public voting round but with unanimous consent from current active bureaucrats). In general, if you see that a bureaucrat has recently been promoted, refrain from announcing it publicly until the promotion has generally been discovered by most users.
A bureaucrat is considered inactive if:
- They have made no actions within the last three months without an explained leave of absence, or
- They have placed a message in some form stating that they would be away until a ‘reasonable’ intended return date but still has not come back one month after that date.
In the case that there are no active bureaucrats, then an administrator is allowed to apply for bureaucrat by: (1) discussing this promotion with other active administrators and receiving majority consent (2) sending a message to the last active bureaucrat of their intentions, even if the inactive bureaucrat comes back and opposes the nomination (3) create an announcement to everyone of their intentions (4) leave a message at the wiki adoption requests page so that Fandom Staff can provide the rights.
If no other active admins are around, then the process may continue down the rankings to active content moderators and then to active rollbacks.
If no staff members are around, then any user may apply to become a bureaucrat, given that they have received majority consensus from active members and have been active on the wiki for at least a week.
In these cases, it is required to get a majority consensus with other ranked users (or unranked if none remain), leave a message to the last active bureaucrat (even if they spring back to activity and refuse), create an announcement, and send a message through wiki adoption requests.
Please refer to the list found on the staff page for a list of active administrators and bureaucrats.
Approving a bot
- Only administrators, bureaucrats, and wiki managers may have a bot account.
- Each bot must be approved by a semi-active to active bureaucrat.
- Bot accounts that do not meet the requirement above can be demoted without notice.
- If the user of a bot account gets demoted or goes inactive, their bot accounts will also be demoted for security purposes.
If you have become an administrator
Congratulations for becoming an admin and welcome to the team! Obtaining new privileges and a new status can understandably be challenging for the first week or so since can be a lot to take in, so here is some advice from a longer-standing admin who was in your shoes some years ago:
- While you now hold the ability to bypass protections for system pages and are now granted more access over certain facets of the wiki such as user rights and blocking privileges, in general “adminship is not a trophy” and does not mean that you are now more important than you were before. An administrator is someone proven to be a guiding hand and facilitator for all users and generally has more experience in wiki editing than the common user. You have been promoted because of your long-standing commitment to the wiki and have proven time and time again to be an unrelenting cooperative and loyal player with substantial knowledge of policies without being finicky in making sure that all users are in compliance with the rules to a T. You have been promoted because of your personable characteristics and your ability to develop substantial relationships with the community through wiki editing, assume good faith, and through interacting with others. Therefore, in general, do not act any differently than you would have a month before your promotion. Indeed, it was this characteristic that got you elected by the community in the first place.
- Admins, now having a dutiful responsibility in helping to mediate any situations shall they occur, should be very familiar with the “on-moderation” quote posted on the staff page. Do not ignore situations if you are unsure to handle something that requires an admin to step in - feel free to message a more experienced admin for help.
- If something can be solved without using administrative powers, it is preferable not to use them. Actions such as blocking should be considered preventative (aimed at keeping the project being disrupted) rather than punitive (aimed at punishing a user for misdemeanours) and should always be used as a last resort. There is a quote on Wikipedia that suits how administrators should view their new position: consider being an admin like a “custodian.” Each has all the “keys” to all of the wiki’s “rooms” in order to maintain the website and ensure that the place is presentable. Because of this, they are capable of locking out other editors as they please, but as rule, may not just because they can. Admins should not strive to protect pages or block users, but rather come to these options as a last resort.
- A bureaucrat has the right to demote any ranked user without warning if they have proven time and time again to be unworthy of the position, provided that they have at least one support from another staff member.
- Being an admin does not mean that one is exempt or immune from the rules stated on the policy page (please take a look at the additional rules for staff).
The following pages need to be updated whenever a user is promoted (if you are a new administrator, you may have the glory of updating these yourself!):