Administrators on Uncyclopedia
Most administrators here are friendly and helpful if you ask nicely. Administrators, commonly abbreviated as admins and also called sysops (system operators), are Uncyclopedia editors who have access to technical features that help with maintenance such as banning users and deleting articles that aren't funny.
If your article is deleted
If this happens, do not freak out, call your attorney, file lawsuits, create a militia, and start calling the admin names. Instead, take the following steps:
- Breathe. Oxygen...good! Fire...bad!
- Search the deletion log. (Hint - put the name of the deleted page in the "Title" field and hit "Submit Query".) See who deleted your page and read why. VFD means it was voted to be deleted.
- Contact the admin by posting a nice, calm message on their talk page. If he or she has not already indicated a reason for the deletion/removal, request one.
- Wait for the admin to reply. We know it's hard. Try hitting the Random Page link to the far left a bunch of times. They aren't all nuclear powered robots, so give the admin a day or two.
- Read the reply. If it's wholly unreasonable, you may proceed to The Village Dump, or better yet the Ministry of Love where the admins hang out in a forum, where you may take it up with a larger group.
If the admin thinks you gave a good enough reason, they will most likely restore your work.
If the admin does not respond, do not recreate your work. If days pass without a response, consult another admin.
Admin rights, privileges, and responsibilities
Administrators are entitled to a certain degree of rights, privileges, and responsibilities which exceed those of normal users.
- Administrators have the right to ban users for any offense outside the scope of Uncyclopedia's rules, or within them. Because the rules of Uncyclopedia don't cover all unwanted behavior, administrators will sometimes have to use their own judgment. See here for a list of offenses that may warrant a ban.
- Despite popular belief, administrators are not infallible. Administrators make mistakes. Users have the right to question the decisions of administrators, and administrators have the right to ban users for questioning their authority.
- Administrators are vital to the maintaining of Uncyclopedia and its quality. Users are, however, equally important in their own way. Without administrators, Uncyclopedia would erupt into anarchy and users would die off. Without users, administrators would have nobody to ban. Because of this symbiotic relationship, users and administrators should respect one another and be civil.
- Administrators should not (usually) unban users who they did not ban. Sometimes a user will be banned, then plead their case in the chatroom to another administrator, who will then unban them. This can cause resentment between admins, or even a "wheel war", because the unbanning administrator may not be aware of important facts that the banning administrator is. If at all possible, users should discuss matters with the administrator who banned them.
- Administrators have the right to joke-ban. For those who don't know, a joke-ban is a ban that is a joke, and not the result of a user having violated the rules. Joke bans are usually a matter of seconds or minutes rather than days or weeks.
- Administrators should make no decision without reasonable justification. This justification might be shown on a talk page or edit/ban summary, or you might have to ask them for it.
- Administrators are not above the rules, even though they enforce them. Though there are probably no administrators who believe they are (as they wouldn't be an administrator in the first place if they did), it's still worth mentioning.
- See here for further information.
- Don't even think about filing lawsuits. (This is bad manners and is also one of Wikipedia's policies.)
- Creating an article with the same content as the one that was deleted, whether it is created with the same title or not, is prohibited. However, you may create an article with the same title but with different content.
- That last bit was a joke.
- Like the FFS.
- This is applicable to all users of Uncyclopedia.