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You sometimes see the term administrator, or admin, thrown around in discussions from time to time, but what is an admin? In the simple sense, an admin is a user with special powers over administration and management of the site. There are several ways to contact the administrators: leaving a talk page message for any active admin, or by using one of the contact options at the "admins" userpage.


What administrators are[]

Admins have several special abilities including:

  • Protecting pages (lock them from editing or moving)
  • Deleting pages and images (remove them from the public database)
  • Deletion review and undeletion of pages
  • Suspending or banning users
  • Implementing certain policies
  • Editing protected and restricted pages
  • Creating new admins and flagging bots (bureaucrats only)

They are also empowered to break the spirit of a wiki, but only in rare cases. Being an admin is a privilege, not a right.

Note that admins are not "required" to use their powers, but when they do it is appreciated.

What they are not[]

Importantly, they should not generally be viewed as the leaders, or staff, of the wiki. The wiki is generally not hierarchical, and only very rarely can the title be used to win an argument. Unilateral decision-making should also be avoided as it can damage the trust that should be built up between all users of a wiki.

Becoming an admin[]

Every so often, users are asked if they wish to become admins or users may ask to be considered for the role. However, admins need to show that they can cope with a fair bit of responsibility. To request the position of adminship, please see Wowpedia:Requests for adminship. Before doing so, it should be noted that prospective (and incumbent) admins should be able to:

  • Stay calm, mature, and rational at all times.
  • Be able to negotiate and cope with not always getting their way.
  • Have a high standard of reasoning and communication skills.

Types of administrators[]

System administrator[]

This is the admin (also known as a sysadmin) who sets up and maintains the actual infrastructure of the wiki, such as what computer it runs on, what internet connection it uses, how things get paid for, what software is used, etc. All major decisions about Wowpedia defer to the system administrator.

Fandom acts as our system administrator, while the technical system administrator role is filled by Fandom technical staff.

Surafbrov is the wiki representative, acting as a liaison from Fandom Staff to the Wowpedia community.


A bureaucrat is a type of wiki user able to alter the group memberships of users. These groups include the "bot" right, the "sysop" right, the "patrollers group" right, among others.[1]

  • Kaydeethree – PTR and new-content fanatic. Active on Discord.

Wiki administrator[]

This is your more day-to-day admin (member of the "Sysop" wiki user group) who responds to issues in the wiki, like making special changes (page locking, blocking users, restoring deleted pages, large-scale rollbacks, importing pages, etc.). This is the user who you should appeal to when you have a problem, and they should also help resolve disputes and enforce policies.

Most active or semi-active administrators can be reached, at least by talk page or Discord. Activity in this case is how much said administrator makes changes to the wiki in some way, outside of certain page maintenance.


  • Surafbrov – Focuses mainly on miscellaneous content but still finds time to check nearly everything. Looking to modernize Wowpedia's templates. Active on Discord.


Resigned or removed by Fandom in October 2023:

  • Berenal – Semi-active on Discord.
  • Dark T Zeratul – A great scholar of lore, and a stickler for patch changes. Semi-active on Discord.
  • Eithris – Big on gameplay, always meddling with templates/categories/etc. Druids rule! Active on Discord.
  • Kaydeethree – PTR and new-content fanatic. Active on Discord.
  • Pcj – Creator of Wowpedia's hover tooltips and other JavaScript functionality. Active on Discord.
  • PeterWind – Active on Discord.
  • Sandwichman2448 – Goes by "SWM2448" to shorten his signature. Hard-working and humble (most of the time). Semi-active on Discord.
  • xporc – Loves finding about cut content and organizing categories. Validations are key to his happiness. Active on Discord.
  • Coobra <Icon Specialist> – A stickler for how many racial icons get uploaded and will delete unnecessary ones. Sweep sweep sweep. You'll find him sneaking up behind you to clean up messes.
  • Gourra – Adds and fixes that stuff that nobody else wants to. Obsessed with categories and boilerplates. Inactive on Discord.

Inactive prior to October 2023:

  • AlexanderYoshi – Cosmos founder and initiator of the Interface Customization section of Wowpedia. Performing secret missions in a hidden land.
  • A'noob – New Images/Articles/Speedydelete/Double Redirects Watcher. DNP Enforcer. Lore Eater. "bot-worthy in a good way"©SWM2448. In other words "This is gonna be legen– wait for it –dary!". Inactive on IRC.
  • Baggins – crazy lore contributor.
  • D. F. Schmidt – Organizer, thoughtful editor.
  • Foxlit – Solves various technical problems around the site, maintains API documentation and occasionally tweaks articles to improve narrative style. Can usually be found on IRC.
  • Gryphon – Wiki spam and vandalism cleaner. Battlegroup and Mal'Ganis stylist, tender of Servers.
  • Hobinheim – Navigation bar enthusiast and Hobinbot controller.
  • Howbizr – Black belt raider. Blue belt theorycrafter. Green belt HTML/CSS/Javascript. Yellow belt categories. White belt lore. And oh ya, "token female admin."
  • Mikk – Policy wonk, sculpteur de monde de warcraft, wiki expert, template-maker, bot-coder, and voter extraordinaire.
  • Montag – Active commentator and contributor; player character caretaker.
  • Ragestorm – Laird of the Lore. Busy uncovering long-forgotten secrets of the past. Will occasionally re-appear during bombardments of new lore.
  • Sky2042 – Ultimate target is the Main page.
  • Tekkub – Member and wikimaster of the Ace development team, table stylist, and Bc icon stuff contributor.
  • Teomyr – Background worker. Developer of multiple extensions, maintains WoWTestWiki and more.
  • TherasTaneel‎Image naming fanatic and NPC organization extraordinaire.
  • Varghedin – Disturbingly active contributor, over 50,000 listed edits about NPCs, zones, and much more. Inactive on Slack.
  • WoWWiki-Rustak – One-time leader of the wiki. Today he is very busy with projects outside of Wowpedia.
  • WoWWiki-Sancus – Rustak's support class, but also busy on other projects. Mostly EVE Online.


  1. ^ Via Special:Userrights: Add and remove admin, add bureaucrat, add and remove rollback, add and remove Patrollers (WoW), add and remove bot