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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]

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

Current requests for bot flags[edit]

Other requests[edit]

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

Requests for translation adminship/WikiBronze[edit]

Translation student and experienced translator. Translator on TranslateWiki (joined recently), patroller on Turkish Wikipedia, translation administrator (granted recently) on Commons and Meta-Wiki. Requesting translation adminship to mark the pages on Incubator that need translation and also administer the translation requests relating to Wikimedia Turkey. I am also planning to launch an expedition with the translators of Turkish Wikipedia Community to deal with over 25.000 messages (as in translation message groups) on various wiki projects that is waiting either to be translated or updated, and one of these projects is Incubator. Therefore, being a translation administrator would make my life considerably easier. I have thoroughly read and understood[*] the following list of documents concerning the translation, translation extension and translation administratorship. I have used the extension before and I know how it functions. --WikiBronze [T] 13:58, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Read & Understood:

I don't think Incubator has anything related to Wikimedia Turkey. --Glaisher (talk) 16:08, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
I don't think so either. --MF-W {a, b} 18:30, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Hello! Sorry for late reply. I have seen your comments before and took them as personal opinions of the community individuals but I decided to wait for an Administrator to make a judgement on my request and on these comments before I respond, only to realize that Warburg infact, is one. However, I thought an Administrator would be more broad on his comment and rather guiding. Was I supposed to take your opinion as a decision? Because I didn't. I was still waiting for a more "addressing" response. Because Wikimedia Turkey was not the only reason I have indicated as to why I am requesting TA rights. It is just one of them. With this being said, I am asking you to kindly reconsider my request and tell me if you see any reason as to why should I not have the TA rights and get other administrators' or/and users' opinion, if necessary. Thank you! --WikiBronze [T] 00:08, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
Ok. You request translation adminship:
1. "to mark the pages on Incubator that need translation" - I have no idea which pages you want to mark for translation and why you don't simply ask on I:AN that a page be marked for translation when you find one that needs to be marked in your opinion.
2. [to] "administer the translation requests relating to Wikimedia Turkey" - we don't have pages related to Wikimedia Turkey, as mentioned above.
3. because you plan to translate pages on several wikis together with other users, which is of course a laudable plan. However I don't know how translation adminship will make that easier, because it's not needed for translating. --MF-W {a, b} 02:11, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
If he's willing to help, I think we should let him. PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:09, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank you Warburg for your elaborated response. I will be constantly translating message groups and while doing so, it would make it easier for me to have TA flag if I come across any page missing TA tag or waiting to be marked. This could be a page updated after the TA mark or simply a page after a small change. I would prefer to deal with it myself rather than looking around for a TA every single time. If it is a matter of being a trusted user; I know that I am new on Incubator but you can still check my contributions on other projects through my global log. As PiRSquared17 stated, I am willing to help. --WikiBronze [T] 03:57, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, but that's not how we work. The current translation admins are quite quick to handle it if pages need to be marked for translation again. Also we have been historically cautious when setting up pages for translation; not all pages in the project namespace need to be translated. I still don't get why you don't start translating at first. Also I just checked your log actions on Meta, Commons and Outreach and did not spot a single translation admin action. --MF-W {a, b} 00:33, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Hello Warburg! Long story short; you don't want/need another TA,-which would have made it a lot easier for everyone if you have made this remark at the very beginning. I understand your point on how you handle it here and thus, I am withdrawing my request. However, for the record, I would like to clarify two points regarding to my TA activities on the said projects and translation process; although, there have been SOME (not none, some-I don't know how you have checked it and could not spot a SINGLE action: Outreach, Commons) TA actions done by me, as I have stated above in my first post, I have been granted TA rights on those projects very recently, and lately, I have been working on other sort of arrangements relating to my mass translation project. Everyone's priorities on dealing with things are different as you can see. Now, this is how I work! Anyhow, thank you for your time. You may conclude this RfTA. --WikiBronze [T] 02:48, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Well ok, but of course that does not mean you can't become a translation admin in the future if you have been more active on Incubator.
Sorry, I should have been more clear in my wording, I had seen the actions on outreach, but didn't include them as they were not marking a page for translation, but removing it from translation (though certainly both are T-A actions). --MF-W {a, b} 14:00, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done - request withdrawn. --MF-W {a, b} 14:00, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Requests for username changes[edit]

Request for username change : Hosiryuhosi -> Rxy[edit]

  • Current username: Hosiryuhosi
  • Target username: Rxy
  • Reason: I want to change my current username to short username at WMF wikis globally. Note: Global account "Rxy" is my account (confirm). Thanks. --Hosiryuhosi (talk) 18:58, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
A link like特別%3Aログ&page=User%3ARxy would have been better. I ask why you created Rxy on jawiki and not renamed Hosiryuhosi to Rxy? Ebe123 (Talkabout it|contribs) 01:42, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for advice. In jawp, local renaming request page is now closed for SUL finalization. I doing preparations to renaming in WMF projects globally. After I finished investigation, I'll request to stewards for my renaming (includes jawp).--Hosiryuhosi (talk) 19:35, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Ebe123 (Talkabout it|contribs) 02:01, 16 March 2014 (UTC)