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No administrator may unilaterally overturn another administrator's decision.

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Wookieepedia's Administrative autonomy policy protects the legal authority of individual administrators to use their respective administrative privileges, also known as sysop rights. Wookieepedia administrators enjoy broad leeway in terms of interpreting and enforcing site policies, including deleting articles and blocking other users. No single administrator may unilaterally overturn any action or decision by another administrator. In general, only a group consensus from the rest of the administration may reverse an individual administrator's decision.

Rules

  1. Be it a matter of deletion, blocking, or interpretation of existing policy, no single member of the administration or bureaucracy may overturn any action or decision by another administrator. The following exceptions apply:
    • Undeletion of an item with a clear canonical basis. Administrators may undelete an article previously deleted by another administrator if there exists objective canonical evidence to justify the article's existence.
    • Article protection. If an administrator places a permanent protection of any level or type on an article, administrative autonomy expires six months after the protection's original institution. At that point, any administrator may remove the protection; if disagreement arises between administrators over the protection's removal, they should seek a quorum of available administrators to reach a final decision (see below for details). The original protection will remain in place until a decision is reached.
    • Former administrators. Administrative autonomy does not apply to former administrators. With the exception of blocks, any decision by a former administrator may be overturned by a current administrator at any time. An administrative quorum must convene to determine the possibility of reinstating a user blocked by a former administrator (see below for details).

Procedures for reversing an administrator's decision

  1. In the event an administrator feels that another administrator's decision should be overturned, a good-faith effort should ideally be made to first discuss the issue, in a timely manner, with the administrator whose decision is in question. If doing so does not, or most likely will not, produce resolution, a quorum of available administrators on IRC will convene to determine how to proceed, and will then overturn the decision if a majority agreement is reached. The format and timing of these discussions may not be engineered to skew the vote.
    • For particularly contentious issues, the administration should consider holding an administrator-only Consensus track vote rather than an IRC quorum so that the entire administration may participate in the final decision. Any such CT forum will be a simple majority vote.
  2. To determine whether to overturn any user's permanent block that has been in place for more than one year, the administration must hold an administrator-only Consensus track vote. This CT forum will be a simple majority vote.
    • Any non-permanent block issued by a former administrator may be overturned by a majority agreement of available administrators on IRC.