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This is official Incubator policy.
You may edit it, but please discuss major changes on the talk page first.

User groups on Incubator[edit]

See Special:ListGroupRights for the full list of user groups with their user rights. User group changes are logged on Special:Log/rights.


A test administrator is an active contributor to a test here on Incubator who was given rights to take care of that test.
  • perform rollback
  • delete and undelete pages
  • view deleted history of pages
  • block users (also blocking the use of Special:Emailuser)
  • bypass the creation of redirects from source pages when moving pages
However, they may only use their tools on pages/users in their own test. Note that this is not maintained by the computer system, but by other users (mostly admins and bureaucrats). If you do something outside your test, be prepared to defend your actions or you may be desysopped.
  • There can be several test-admins for one test, and inversely, you can be a test-admin for more than one test.
  • You must have a user page on the Incubator and be a contributor to this wiki.
  • Your test must have more than 50 content pages/articles. Requests for multiple tests must include at least one test with 50 articles or more.
  • You are not completely new to Wikimedia projects and you understand and agree with the goals of the Incubator project.
  • You agree to follow relevant policies as those are developed here.
Requesting test-adminship
  • Place your request, including the name of the test(s) in which you work, below at #Current requests for test adminship.
  • Users are given 5 days to place comments. After this period, requests will be reviewed by a bureaucrat and if there is no reasonable opposition, you will be made into a test-admin.
    • Requests for test-adminship are not votes. They are opportunities for other users to raise possible problems. If you get no comment at all under your name, that doesn't mean you are a bad user; it means no one has any objections to you being a test admin.
  • You can alternatively hold a discussion in a "community portal" page of the test-project. After at least 5 days, you can then add your request here, so that a bureaucrat will decide about it directly.
Removal and renewal of rights
  • Test-administrators will be desysopped after a domain request for their language is completed, or "automatically" after a year.
  • After one year, test-administrators can simply request that their test-adminship is renewed.
See Incubator:Test-administrators for a list of current test sysops.


Administrator access is granted to known and trusted members of the community who are familiar with the policies of Wikimedia's Incubator wiki. Adminship status on Wikimedia Incubator is not an honour for outstanding content contributors but just an additional tool for people that showed that they want to clean up. Administrator access is also not meant to imply editorial authority on the project. An administrator is simply a trusted user who can:

  • protect and unprotect pages
  • delete and undelete pages
  • block and unblock users
  • edit the interface and other protected pages
  • more …

You can request adminship on the Incubator if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are not completely new to Wikimedia projects and you understand and agree with the goals of the Incubator project.
  • You have a user page on the Incubator and are a contributor to this wiki.
  • You agree to follow relevant policies as those are developed here and respect consensus of the users of this site.

As with the admin policy on Meta and Commons, inactive administrators may have their access removed. According to this policy, any sysop inactive on Incubator will be desysoped. "Inactive" means virtually no edits or log actions in the past twelve months. Inactive administrators may re-apply in the regular way.

Admins are expected to watch the Administrators' noticeboard for notices put up by other users.

When requesting adminship, after seven days, a bureaucrat will make a decision based on the votes and comments to grant, not to grant, or to extend the time for discussion if there is still need for it.

Any new admin should first propose (on the Community Portal for example) what he is going to do (certainly for mass-scale actions) before doing it. This is to prevent mass-scale mistakes that need to be reverted manually afterwards. Some time later (a few months or so), when the admin is used to common practices, this is no longer required.

Admins are strongly encouraged to join our IRC channel regularly.


Bureaucrats are administrators who can assign user rights of requests on this page.

There are no requests for bureaucratship; any administrator may optionally ask to become a bureaucrat after one month (providing they have behaved well).


Importers have the possibility to import pages with the full history from certain defined wikis (administrators can do this too). Additionally, they are able to edit pages in bulk from XML files, which is used for importing closed projects.

When requesting importer access, after three days, a bureaucrat will make a decision based on the votes and comments to grant, not to grant, or to extend the time for discussion if there is still need for it.

When you are already an administrator and/or bureaucrat, no waiting time is needed. Bureaucrats are also able to grant these rights to themselves.

Translators & translation administrators[edit]

  • There is a special usergroup which allows editing the MediaWiki namespace: the translator group. It was originally created for translating Incubator-specific messages in the MediaWiki namespace (see Incubator:Translation project). It is nowadays largely outdated, as most of the messages can now be translated on or via the local installation of the "Translate" extension. It may still be granted for specific purposes.
  • The translation administrator group is for managing the pages which can be translated with the Translate extension.

Bureaucrats decide about granting both rights. They are removed when a bureaucrat deems appropriate to do so (e.g. inactivity).


The edits of an account with bot status will be hidden from the recent changes.

To request a bot status, please list you and your bot's name below along with a description of what your bot will be used for. A bureaucrat will decide if a bot is safe and needed though any user may make a comment about it.

Requests for permissions[edit]

Below are the current requests for permissions.

Please always first read the policy written above before making a request.

Current requests for adminship[edit]

Inactivity removal (Andrijko Z.)[edit]

An information: I requested on Meta to desysop Andrijko Z., who was inactive per the policy. It was done. --MF-W {a, b} 18:22, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

فلورانس (Wy/ar)[edit]

I want to administrate the Arabic test version of Wikivoyage - for help this wiki editors . Now i,m sysop in fa.voy . thanks --AA-Florence (talk) 01:58, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 01:18, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Cedric_tsan_cantonais (Wt/yue)[edit]

I would like to apply to renew my test-adminship for the Cantonese Wiktionary's Incubator. Thank you for your consideration. 【粵語文學大使殘陽孤侠粵維辭典起錨! 23:42, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 16:32, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Emara (Wy/ar)[edit]

I want to apply as a test-Wiki Administrator for arabic wikivoyage --Emara (talk) 10:04, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ebe123 (Talkabout it|contribs) 21:48, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

UsmanKhanShah (Wy/ur)[edit]

I am requesting Administrator rights and I am active contributor in incubator, mostly i edit Urdu project .I want to help this wiki editors and overlook the daily activities.--UsmanKhanShah (talk) 20:04, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Are you serious? -- 11:48, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes, Of course--UsmanKhanShah (talk) 19:54, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Current requests for bot flags[edit]


This will only fix double redirects across incubator wikis. (test edit running...) — revi^ 05:17, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

It will also try to fix broken redirect (under my supervision) — revi^ 05:38, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
  • The number of double redirects here is typically small, I think you can do it without a bot flag. --MF-W {a, b} 21:37, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
Ok, so incubatorwiki does not require approval to run bot? — revi^ 16:29, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
We have no real policy about it. In general, it's good if a planned bot run is announced on this page. A bot flag may or may not be granted, as users see necessary. In your case, I think you can run this bot without a bot flag, fixing double/broken redirects. --MF-W {a, b} 17:07, 20 October 2014 (UTC)


I would like to request a bot flag for Lsjbot, as I have been asked by a representative of the bto test wiki to create some articles on animals and plants there. The same bot code has already been extensively used on three other wikipedia projects, with some 3 million articles created to date, and 11 million edits total.

  • Operator: Lsj
  • Function: Main function is article creation. Will also perform fixes and maintenance on the created articles.
  • Operation: Runs are started manually, but once started a run can produce many articles without further user intervention.
  • Software: Dotnetwikibot
  • Bot status in other wikimedia projects/language versions: sulutil

Lsj (talk) 19:31, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

How many articles do you want to create? Have you already made example articles? Who from Wp/bto asked you? --MF-W {a, b} 20:57, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
The contact person is User:Filipinayzd. We have not discussed precise numbers of articles, but basically I can create as many as the Wp/bto community wants, the potential is much larger than an incubator wiki needs. For starters, we would likely make articles about high-level groups of plants and animals, plus well-known groups like dogs, cats, bears. I have not yet made any test articles on wp/bto, but you can find articles made by my bot in the related Waray-waray language here. The wp/bto articles will be very similar. Lsj (talk) 17:43, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Ok. Filipinayzd, can you or other contributors of the test-project please confirm this request? Also, I think the number of articles the bot creates in a test-project should be very limited (not more than 200 or so, before they are edited and expanded manually). --MF-W {a, b} 17:36, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Other requests[edit]

Note: It is better to translate at Translatewiki: this and this.
For local translations, see Incubator:Translation project

Biplab Anand (import)[edit]

I am requesting importing rights because i am active contributor in incubator, mostly i edit doteli and awadhi project now. certainly some project are near about finalize and they need to import.Having importer tool would allow me to do work more effectively.Star प्रमुख.pngबिप्लब आनन्द (वार्ता कएल जाउ) 13:22, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Please explain what exactly you want to import to which places. --MF-W {a, b} 01:09, 13 December 2014 (UTC)
I will coordinates to importing pages from incubator to new wikis as well work on some Mediawiki Files.. Thanks Star प्रमुख.pngबिप्लब आनन्द (वार्ता कएल जाउ) 07:08, 13 December 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately, you can do neither of this with the requested right. --MF-W {a, b} 23:20, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

Requests for username changes[edit]

These requests are handled on Meta now.