Warhammer 40k - Lexicanum:Bureaucrat
Bureaucrats (occassionally also called Super-Administrators or Super-Admins for short) are the group of Lexicanum editors with the most comprehensive access to the wiki tools. i.e. an access that exceeds that of "normal" editors and also of Administrators. They are tasked with running, maintaining and safeguarding the Lexicanum.
The mission of a Bureaucrat is to maintain a smooth running of the Lexicanum, watch over the project as a whole, make far-reaching decisions after consulting other Bureaucrats, Administrators and normal editors (when appropriate and necessary). They are also tasked with intervening when there are problems with or between other editors and Administrators. As "Super-Administrators" this covers all areas that "normal" Administrators take care of, e.g. vandalism, non-compliance with Lexicanum rules, guidelines or standards, unacceptable behaviour, disputes necessitating mediation or a ruling etc. In addition they also have the means to perform specific actions on Lexicanum pages that are not open to normal editors or even Administrators.
Bureaucrats serve as the go-to persons for Administrators when specific problems necessitate an intervention going beyond their normal area of expertise or responsability. But Bureaucrats can also be contacted by normal editors in case of problems with Administrators. In general however issues should be escalated in the usual way which is Editor -> Administrator -> Bureaucrat.
Where to find and how to contact a Bureaucrat?
You can consult the List of Bureucrats here. Pay attention to the fact that Bureaucrats like all other volunteers here have a private life and no obligation whatsoever to be available 24/7. So sometimes (e.g. you have waited a reasonable amount of time for a reaction) you should try to contact another Bureaucrat if your first choice does not respond. This does however not mean that you should "carpet bomb" all Bureaucrats at once on your first contact attempt, that just creates confusion, thank you. For practical and administrative reasons the day-to-day running of the Lexicanum is (mostly) done by Bureaucrat Inquisitor S., so any editor or Administrator should first try to contact him via his User Talk Page or via the the Lexicanum's Discord server - unless there is a specific reason for contacting one of the other Bureaucrats.
Be aware that Bureaucrats listed here whose names appear in red (indicating that their User Pages are empty) should not be contacted as they are currently listed as inactive and will therefore not be available.
Examples of Bureaucrat tools, tasks and rights
- all tasks of an Administrator
- watch over and very ruthlessly enforce the Lexicanum rules
- appointing, supervising and managing Administrators
- document structural problems and make decisions for improving the Lexicanum after discussion with the other Bureaucrats and Administrators (when appropriate and necessary)
How do I become a Bureaucrat?
You normally don't.
What to do in case of problems with a Bureaucrat?
As Bureaucrats essentially run the Lexicanum and because some of them have been doing it for such a long time (in some cases they even form part of the original founders) in a certain way they impersonate the essence of what the Lexicanum actually is. That means that if an editor or Administrator runs into serious trouble with a Bureaucrat this means that this "trouble" is with the Lexicanum system itself. And it is quite improbable that in a case of System Vs. Editor the System will decide against itself. Nevertheless Bureaucrats are to differing degrees still liable to each other, therefore in case of relevant issues with one Bureaucrat another Bureaucrat should try to mediate.
It should go without saying that if an editor calls in another Bureaucrat and it turns out that his/her accusations against a Bureaucrat are unfounded or even phoney that this will have consequences for the reporting editor. This should not discourage editors from reporting problems with Bureaucrats but they should make really, really, REALLY sure that their case is very serious, superbly-documented and extremely logical. And editors should also be aware that Bureaucrats - like everybody else - are entitled to personal opinions, so you should distinguish between official and personal statements by Bureaucrats.
For further information on the role and abilities of Bureaucrats see here. You should however be acutely aware that the hierarchies and decision processes in the Lexicanum can deviate considerably from those encountered in Wikipedia.