Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Blog Will Always Have At Least One Administrator

Almost daily, we see a confused query in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken
I lost ownership access to my blog. Can Blogger restore my access?
Not every blog owner realises that the Permissions wizard has a safeguard, ensuring that every blog will always have at least one administrator. Anybody who is the former owner is now a member of a team blog - and at least one other team member is an administrator.

The ownership transfer process involves 4 steps, out of necessity.
  1. Invite a new member (if necessary).
  2. Wait while the new member accepts the invitation (again, if necessary).
  3. Make the new member an administrator.
  4. Remove the old administrator (if necessary).
Each step can be executed immediately, or with any amount of elapsed time after the previous step, at your convenience.

Look at the Permissions wizard for your blog, some time. If you are the only administrator, you will see your name, with no ability to delete or demote yourself.

If you own a team blog, you'll have a link or selection list with each of the team members who are authors, allowing that member to be promoted to administrator status. If the team blog has at least 2 administrators, each administrator will have a link (Classic GUI) or selection list (New GUI), allowing any administrator to delete or demote any administrator. As an administrator demotes any administrator to an author, the entry for that new author will have the ability for that author to be again promoted to administrator.

Whenever you are the only administrator, your member entry will have no ability to delete or demote. This prevents you from having a blog with no administrator.

Of course, as noted elsewhere, when the blog has at least 2 administrators, any administrator can be deleted or demoted at the decision of any other administrator.

The bottom line here is, if you suddenly find yourself without administrative access to your blog, the advice that you will get will be to
Ask one of the blog administrators to restore your status.

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