Bureaucrats are wiki administrators with an extended set of permissions. While not technically necessary, all bureaucrats have been administrators at the same time.
The main purpose of bureaucrats is to deal with promotions and denotions of users. In case you need assistance and are not certain if such administrative powers are required, you might want to consider contacting a member of the wiki team or post your question at Talk:Wiki.
Most bureaucrats can be reached via their talk page (see column) or via the e-mail feature.
Very few actions actually require bureaucrats' permissions, the most typical actions include:
- hide, rename, and disable user accounts
- assign and remove all user rights
- hide specific page revisions and logs from other users including admins (also known as on Wikipedia)
- check user's IP addresses (also known as on Wikipedia)
Checking IP addresses is also possible for users with the check user permissions only, but this is currently unused (all check users are bureaucrats as well).