Personally I'd like us to explore agnostic and non-invasive solutions.
The subdivision of permissions across more user groups relies on a number of assumptions which may not hold. For instance, on thousands of MediaWiki wikis there's only one sysop anyway.
Something I would like is the ability to "have" a permission, but only "activate" it for limited periods of time when needed. The activation could require some extra steps (e.g. inserting the password again). It could be logged to Special:Log, which people can then monitor as they wish. A separate countermeasure (other than deflag) could inhibit it.
Granular permissions are tricky on MediaWiki, but we might come up with simple implementations. Maybe, set a rate limit to 0 and add a special page to temporarily increase it for yourself (or others). Something like that.
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