So you’ve recently started editing on a wiki about a topic that interests you, and you’ve decided that you’d like to take the next step and become an admin. If there are active bureaucrats, you may be able to simply contact one of them and state your desire to become an admin. But what do you do if there are no active bureaucrats or administrators? If you’re eligible, you can adopt the wiki.
What does adopting a wiki mean?
Adopting a wiki means that you are given bureaucrat and administrator rights to help you improve the wiki and its community. With these rights, you can customize the wiki’s appearance, delete spam, block vandals, and give admin rights to other editors in the community.
Which wikis can be adopted?
A wiki with no active bureaucrats or admins (no edits in the last 60 days) is eligible for adoption. Go to Special:ListAdmins on the wiki and look at the “Last edited” column. If no bureaucrat or admin has edited within the last 60 days, the wiki is eligible for adoption.
Curious what’s up for adoption? Check out these lists of Gaming and Entertainment wikis that need active admins. And if you come across an Adopt-a-wiki badge in the right rail of a wiki, that wiki has been identified by FANDOM staff as adoptable. Who can adopt a wiki?
Any user who has been actively contributing to a wiki’s content pages for at least one week, including creating one new page, is eligible to adopt the wiki. Note that if you’ve successfully adopted a wiki within the last month, you are not eligible to adopt another wiki for 30 days.
Any user who has an existing block on any FANDOM wiki issued in the last year is not usually eligible. When we review a request and realize that the user is currently blocked, we investigate the situation. If we determine that a block was unjustified, it will not prevent the user from adopting a wiki. If, however, we determine that a block was given for a legitimate reason, such as harassment, spam, vandalism, etc., the user will not be eligible to adopt a wiki until either the block has expired, a year has passed since the block was issued, or the user convinces an admin to unblock them on that wiki.
I’m ready to adopt! What do I do?
Go to the Adoption Requests page and read the full list of guidelines to be sure that you are eligible to adopt, and that the wiki you’re interested in is eligible for adoption. Before you submit a request, you should already have been editing the wiki nearly every day for at least a week. Also, check the ListUsers page to see if there are any other active editors within the last 30 days. If so, you’ll need to create a public discussion with either a blog post, Discussions thread, or Forum thread stating your desire to adopt the wiki and wait about a week to give the other editors time to respond.
If a wiki has one or more active administrators (sysop) but no active bureaucrats, the wiki is eligible for adoption. You’ll need to get written support from any active administrators for your adoption and include a link to that discussion when submitting your request.
If you are an admin on a wiki that does not have active bureaucrats, you can gain bureaucrat rights by submitting a request for adoption. If there are other active admins, you’ll need to provide a link to a discussion where they gave support for you becoming a bureaucrat.
We hope that you’ll consider adopting a wiki in need of administration, and that this blog post has been helpful in pointing you in the right direction.
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