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The Abuse Team group was created to allow some members of the Staff team to lock accounts, globally block IPs, manage wikis and change user rights globally while ensuring it is all centrally logged on Meta instead of having the ability to do it globally via a global group. This user group was created to respond to wiki-abuse at miraheze.org emails.

Rights for the group in Meta

This usergroup in Meta gives a user the following rights:

Right

Description

Reason

userrights

Allow the user to change any user rights.

This allows the staff member to give rights to accounts as needed, and on rare occasions, remove them due to Abuse or to effect a ban. This right is exercised only from Meta, for better logging and transparency. (This right used to be granted to those with the "sysadmin" right on a temporary basis, but is now limited only to the Abuse Team.)

centralauth-lock

Allows users to lock or unlock an account globally.

This allows the staff member to lock accounts when they need to be locked for official reasons; such as global bans, abuse, or legal concerns. It also allow the staff member to unlock accounts, either because the lock was done in error or because the concern has been alleviated. This right is exercised only from Meta, for better logging and transparency.

userrights-interwiki

Allows users to change userrights crosswiki from meta.

This allows the staff member to change userrights on other wikis from meta to allow it to be centrally logged for better, central, transparency instead of having it spread out across small wikis.

globalblock

Allows users to globally block IPs from meta.

This allows the staff member to block IPs globally for abuse or legal reasons. This right is exercised only from Meta, for better logging and transparency.

managewiki

Allows users to manage wikis from meta.

This allows the staff member to manage the status of the wiki from meta, usually for closing wikis that are found to be violating Terms of Use or Content Policy. This right is exercised only from Meta, for better logging and transparency.


Right for the global group

The global user group grants user the following rights:

Right Description Reason
autoconfirmed Not be affected by IP-based rate limits

This will bypass restrictions placed for new users, because users in this group is already experienced and does not need to be subject to such restrictions.

bigdelete, delete, deletelogentry, deleterevision, undelete Delete pages with large histories, Delete pages, Delete and undelete specific log entries, Delete and undelete specific revisions of pages, Undelete a page From time to time, Miraheze might need to delete certain pages in response to abuse complaints. These user rights allows staff to do so. Also allows staff to undelete if they deleted pages by error or the problem is solved.
block, blockemail, unblockself, Block other users from editing, Block a user from sending email, Unblock oneself Allows staff to block users violating global policies. They may need to unblock themselves to continue their duty, so they are allowed to unblock to complete their duty.
browsearchive, deletedhistory, deletedtext Search deleted pages, View deleted history entries, without their associated text, View deleted text and changes between deleted revisions These user rights allows staff to browse deleted page's archives. This rights does not allow the user to see suppressed revisions. Oversight user right must be explicitly granted to do so.
edit, editinterface, editprotected, editsemiprotected, editusercss, edituserjs Edit pages, Edit the user interface, Edit pages protected as "Allow only administrators", Edit pages protected as "Allow only autoconfirmed users", Edit other users' CSS files, Edit other users' JavaScript files Staff is permitted to edit on all pages, to allow them to make changes to the wiki, when needed.
protect Change protection levels and edit cascade-protected pages This allows staff to change protection level of a page to disallow further violation of global policies.
read Read pages This user right allows staff to investigate private wikis.

Members