A bureaucrat is a member of a bureaucracy and can comprise the administration of any organization of any size, though the term usually connotes someone within an institution of a government. Bureaucrat jobs were often "desk jobs" (the French for "desk" being bureau, though bureau can also be translated as "office"), though the modern bureaucrat may be found "in the field" as well as in an office.
|“||But to fear the creation of a domineering, illiberal officialism as a result of the studies I am here proposing is to miss altogether the principle upon which I wish most to insist. That principle is, that administration in the United States must be at all points sensitive to public opinion. A body of thoroughly trained officials serving during good behavior we must have in any case: that is a plain business necessity. But the apprehension that such a body will be anything un-American clears away the moment it is asked. What is to constitute good behavior? For that question obviously carries its own answer on its face. Steady, hearty allegiance to the policy of the government they serve will constitute good behavior. That policy will have no taint of officialism about it. It will not be the creation of permanent officials, but of statesmen whose responsibility to public opinion will be direct and inevitable. Bureaucracy can exist only where the whole service of the state is removed from the common political life of the people, its chiefs as well as its rank and file. Its motives, its objects, its policy, its standards, must be bureaucratic. It would be difficult to point out any examples of impudent exclusiveness and arbitrariness on the part of officials doing service under a chief of department who really served the people, as all our chiefs of departments must be made to do. It would be easy, on the other hand, to adduce other instances like that of the influence of Stein in Prussia, where the leadership of one statesman imbued with true public spirit transformed arrogant and perfunctory bureaux into public-spirited instruments of just government.||”|
In Imperial China, bureaucrats largely composed the social elite. Known in Europe as Mandarins, after the Portuguese word for 'councillor', this variety of bureaucrats passed a set of complicated examinations and were posted throughout the empire.
This page should eventually look something like Wikiversity:Custodianship. We can start by continuing discussion started here. A first draft is below.
Bureaucrats are part of Wikiversity's support staff. This is a proposed policy document detailing their roles, duties and rights. In this document, their role with respect to changing user groups of accounts is emphasized.
First and foremost, bureaucrats must be well-trusted members of the community. They must have a deep understanding of Wikiversity's mission and processes, and must be excellent judges of consensus. They must demonstrate through their extensive contributions to Wikiversity that they are not rash in decision-making, nor uncivil to others, even those whom they are in disagreement with. They must also have the ability and willingness to thoroughly explain decisions or he or she makes, as well as to admit fault, where appropriate.
Bureaucrats do not have the right to use their status to appropriate any undue influence in community discussions - their participation in such activities is on a par with any other community member, insofar as is possible. Whatever influence they may have should be akin to that of any other community member, according to the weight of their opinions or their previous participation in the project.
Bureaucrats have the following technical capabilities associated with their user account:
Generally speaking, these actions are taken independently of one another, based on prevailing community norms.
By marking an account as bot, custodian, or bureaucrat, the bureaucrat expands the set of groups which a user belongs to. Bureaucrats may remove the bot group from a user, but are not capable of removing the custodian or bureaucrat group. The technical means to do this are associated with the stewards of Wikimedia.
You can see the actual bureaucrats on Wikiversity here. Please feel free to contact them via their user talk pages, or by leaving a message on Wikiversity:Request custodian action.
How long is a piece of string? Any answer to this will be too vague, I feel. Cormaggio talk 16:12, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Does Wikiversity need more than two bureaucrats?