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These are the Frequently Asked Questions.

Is this part of Wikipedia? What is Wikimedia, and MediaWiki?[edit]

Take a look at these images:

The Wikimedia Foundation and its projects
Wikipedia, MediaWiki and Wikimedia
The Wikimedia Incubator is part of the Wikimedia Foundation which operates various projects, like Wikipedia.

Incubator and approval[edit]

What are the rules and policies?[edit]

You can find the policy on Incubator:Policy. See also Category:Incubator:Policy.

How do I upload an image?[edit]

If you are a registered user, you normally can upload a file through Special:Upload but it's disabled here. You have to upload it on Wikimedia Commons. You can find more information on Incubator:Upload.

How do I start a new test wiki?[edit]

Follow the instructions on Help:Manual. Note that you really need a valid ISO 639 language code.

When will our test wiki have its own site?[edit]

After you have submitted a request at Meta, the test wiki will remain on Incubator until the Language committee gives its approval. The wiki will first be verified to be eligible, that means the test wiki is allowed to have its own wiki. Then you will see a link to a status page. There you can easily see what needs to be done yet. If everything has been done and your test wiki here is still active, the test wiki will be approved. After approval, it takes some time before a bug is submitted and before the wiki is actually created.

How do we develop an active test project?[edit]

What to write? And what to write about?[edit]

See also the Manual for small and new Wikipedias on Meta. For Test-Wikipedias:

  • You will want to have a high-quality encyclopaedia. Please write a few suggestions for writers. Are there websites in your language about how to write? Maybe you want to add a dictionary or a grammar guide here. Put in everything that could be useful for writers.
  • You can use the list of articles every Wikipedia should have as an inspiration for topics to write about.
  • Articles about the region where your language is spoken are probably of special interest for your readers.
    • Geography, History, Society, Politics
    • Science, Technology, Arts, Religion, Sports
  • You can translate articles from other Wikipedias.

Why does the subdomain not work? Why does the URL not redirect to Incubator? How do the redirects work?[edit]

For a test wiki on Incubator in a language listed on Special:SiteMatrix, the URL redirects to Incubator (redlinks on Special:SiteMatrix). Exceptions:

  • Previously existing wikis that were closed (struck-through bluelinks).
  • Wikis in languages not listed there (usually Wikipedias).
  • Wikiversities and Wikisources.

You can specify a normal URL, and it will redirect to the page on Incubator (xyz.wikiproject.org/wiki/Page → incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wx/xyz/Page) but it will not take into account parameters like "action=history". The base URL xyz.wikiproject.org will redirect to the Wx/xyz/Main_Page if it exists, and it will take into account a "uselang" parameter.

How can we use interwiki links?[edit]

For Wikipedia test-projects, you can use interwiki links in the normal format (e.g. [[ru:Page name]] for an interwiki link to the Russian Wikipedia). Wikidata unfortunately does not yet work for Incubator, but there is a bot which updates interwiki links from time to time. Interwiki links in the sidebar from existing Wikipedias to Incubator pages are not possible.

For other projects, you can use interwiki links by adding the project code, e.g. [[en:voy:Page]] for Links to the English Wikivoyage, [[fr:wikt:Page]] for Wiktionary, and so on.

Prefix[edit]

What is a prefix?[edit]

A prefix is the first part of a page title, if you go to a random page you will likely go to a page "Wx/xx/Page title". The first two letters indicate the project, then a slash, the following two or three letters indicate the language, then another slash, then the normal page title as it will be when the wiki is created.

Prefixes are used in all namespaces for test-wiki content, e.g. "Template:Wx/xx/Template name" and "Category:Wx/xx/Category name". Note that the language code must be lowercase.

What is the prefix of our test wiki?[edit]

This needs to be Project/code

  • Project: Normally you start with Wikipedia, so use Wp, but it can also be: Wiktionary (prefix "Wt/"), Wikiquote (prefix "Wq/"), Wikibooks (prefix "Wb/"), Wikinews (prefix "Wn/"), or Wikivoyage (prefix "Wy/"). Wikisource and Wikiversity projects are hosted elsewhere: oldwikisource: and betawikiversity:.
  • Code: The ISO 639 code of your language. The language must have a valid ISO 639 code (search).

Help, I have no ISO code![edit]

Sorry, but you can not start a test wiki here.

Why must all pages be prefixed?[edit]

There are several reasons:

  • Logically, to distinguish the pages between the test languages.
    For example, if there is one page (e.g. "Europa") which is the same in many, many languages. Which test will have an article with that name? What should the other test have to do? Prefixes solve this problem.
  • The prefixed pages will be imported when your test language has its own subdomain, the unprefixed pages will not.
    Pages have to be imported instead of just copied. It is very very hard to import pages without a prefix.
  • The prefixed pages will be listed in the analysis for your test language, the unprefixed not.
    So, in some way, you will get your own wiki faster :-)

How to link to prefixed pages?[edit]

To link to pages, use [[Page title]] and to link to prefixed pages, use [[Wx/xx/Page title]].

To make it easier for yourself, you can use gadget AddPrefix.

  • When creating a page, it will add a prefix to links. When you don't want one, use [[|Link]] (pipe after "[[").
  • When editing a page, it will add such a pipe.

I still don't understand it, or I don't know what the prefix is[edit]

Try asking in the community portal for help.

New wiki created[edit]

Our wiki is created! But what do I need to do now?[edit]

First of all, you can create an account on the new wiki, but do not start copying or editing! Someone will import pages from here to the new wiki, see Incubator:Importing from Incubator for more information.

On Special:Statistics, the counter gives a low number of articles![edit]

It is a known problem that the number of pages is incorrect for new wikis. The counter is updated automatically after some time, so maybe it will be correct after a few days. Otherwise, developers need to run maintenance scripts to fix it.

Why are some pages not imported?[edit]

You probably got the number of articles from Special:Statistics or {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}. It is a known problem that page count is incorrect after import. So, look at Special:Allpages for the real number (no number, but a list of all pages). On the other side, after previous imports there were some pages missing. This could be fixed meanwhile, but it is still possible that there are some pages missing. If so, please report it to the user who imported the pages to your wiki.

How do we set our own logo?[edit]

  • First of all, add (or fix) the translation of name and motto of your project to your language in this list so that it will be possible in future to re-create the logo, and remove 5=incubator from your row if you have your own wiki now.
  • The page has also links to some how-tos: upload the logo on Commons under its standard title (like File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-en.png for en.wikipedia) and protect that image or ask someone with sysop access to do so. If you're not able to create it yourself, it's possible that someone else will do it for you from the list above; to ask help, try the talk page of the logo galleries on Commons, e.g. commons:Wikipedia/2.0.
  • Remember that it must be 135 pixels wide and transparent. When you are sure it is correctly done, request on Bugzilla to set your logo.

How do we change our sitename?[edit]

Request at Bugzilla to change the sitename.

How does someone become admin?[edit]

You can either request temporary adminship on the Meta page for permission requests, or you can elect an admin on your new wiki and then request normal adminship on the same page, with a link to the local election.

Interwiki links to our new project don't work![edit]

This occurs often for languages that are new to Wikimedia. Have patience, probably the issue is already reported and it will be resolved soon.

We are not listed on meta:List of Wikipedias! (or a similar list)[edit]

Don't worry, it will be updated soon. If not, you can always open a bug on Bugzilla (product: Wikimedia Labs; component: wikistats).

Localisation, interface, etc.[edit]

The interface is in English, how can I change it to a language I speak?[edit]

First, you need to be logged in. Then you can easily change your language in Special:Preferences (the list somewhere in the middle). Also see here for interface translation: Special:MyLanguage/Help:Manual#5 Alternatively, you can change the language by clicking at the name of your current interface language which is displayed at the top of the page, next to your user name.

My language is not in the list on Special:Preferences? / I've chosen my language but it is still in English?[edit]

This means your language is not yet translated, or not completely translated. If you are willing to translate it, you can do that on Translatewiki.net (follow the instructions on Special:FirstSteps). See also the localisation statistics on Translatewiki and Translation project on Incubator.

My question is not answered.[edit]

Try asking in the Community Portal. The question and answer will be added here.