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This retirement policy applies to any user who has received one or more user rights on The Sims Wiki. Users who have one or more user rights and who are in good standing on the wiki may resign any or all of their user rights at any time. There are also procedures under which, for a limited time, a retired user can reclaim rights previously granted without submitting a new rights request

Procedures for retirement[edit source]

When a user chooses to retire, they should notify the administrative team by posting a message to the administrators' noticeboard. If the user has access to Special:UserRights, they should go onto that page and manually remove all rights they wish to remove. If the user cannot access the User Rights control page, they should place a request on the administrators' noticeboard to have the relevant rights removed by a bureaucrat. Note that bureaucrats cannot remove the bureaucrat user right from other bureaucrats, so bureaucrats wishing to retire bureaucrat rights must do so themselves via Special:UserRights.

Users who retire some user rights may choose, at their discretion, to retain 'lower' user rights, even if they did not hold those rights originally. For example, a user who retires from administratorship may choose to serve as a content moderator, even if they were not a content moderator before becoming an administrator. For purposes of this rule, 'higher' roles are implied to also include 'lower' roles, so a user retiring from 'higher' rights can choose to retain some 'lower' rights. Rollback rights are included in content moderator rights; content moderator rights are included in administrator rights; and administrator rights are included in bureaucrat rights.

Procedures for reinstatement[edit source]

A user who has retired one or more user rights, and who was and continues to be in good standing on the wiki, may choose to reverse a retirement and request those surrendered rights back. Users who retire/resign one or more rights have 180 days (approximately six months) to request that those rights be reinstated. Requests for reinstatement must be made on the administrators' noticeboard. After the 180 day period has elapsed, these users will have no right for direct reinstatement of retired rights and must proceed through the relevant rights request process(es) in order to obtain those rights again.

"Good standing" rule[edit source]

Resigned users may request rights back under the policy above as long as they are in 'good standing' on the wiki. Users will be considered in good standing if they are not currently blocked and have not been under a block since they retired. However, if a user abuses their user rights or violates wiki policy and resigns to avoid punishment, or violates wiki policy after their resignation, the community may decide, via a discussion in the Community Discussions forum, to revoke the resigned user's ability to automatically request rights back. The wiki administrators and/or the community may also choose to impose other sanctions as necessary.

Policy history[edit source]

The retirement policy was adopted following a wiki discussion which concluded on July 12, 2014. The policy was amended and moved to its own standalone page due to this forum thread, effective April 20, 2021.