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This is an official Incubator policy.
You may edit it, but please discuss major changes on the talk page first.
To request assistance from an administrator, go to Incubator:Administrators' noticeboard.

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.
Note for test-admins with sysop experience on other projects: The main sysop rights you do not have here are (a) revdel, (b) editing in the MediaWiki namespace, and (c) protection. Contact an administrator at I:AN if you need assistance on those matters.
  • 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).

Account creators[edit]

Currently on Wikimedia projects, the number of accounts that can be created in a 24-hour period from a single IP is limited to six. There may be situations, such as outreach events, where creating more would be helpful.

Administrators and bureaucrats are already exempt from the six-account limit and do not need this right. Anyone else (including test administrators) needing an exemption from the six-account limit for a specific event should ask here.

  • This right will normally be granted only to people with a history of responsible editing on Incubator and other Wikimedia projects.
  • When asking for this right, please provide detailed information on the reason you need the right (such as the time, place and sponsorship of the outreach event). This right will be provided only for the period needed, and then removed.
  • Ideally, please ask for this right at least three days in advance to provide time for comments. After that, a bureaucrat will make the decision.


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.

Transwiki importers can import from the same defined wikis, but cannot import in bulk from XML files.

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. (Exception: administrators—not test administrators—may add and remove this right for themselves.) 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. Note: Bots for mass article creation are typically not approved. The ultimate approval of projects into subdomains is based on the existence of active communities, not only the numbers of articles.

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]

None currently

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

None currently

Current requests for bot flags[edit]

None currently

Other requests[edit]

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

Pamputt (Wt/ary)[edit]

I would like to get importer right on Wt/ary. I am active on the French Wiktionary and people from Wt/ary asked me some help to import some module and template from fr.wikt to Wt/ary. I cannot do it for now (if I want to keep the history). Could you give me the "Importer" right? Pamputt (talk) 14:32, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Hi. First, I take it what you really need is Transwiki importer, right?
Second, how much transwiki importing have you done previously?
Third, right now Wiktionnaire is not one of our defined import wikis. English Wiktionary is, if the corresponding infrastructure is equally useful to you. Otherwise, we'd need to put in a Phabricator request (I think) in order to connect French Wiktionary here. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:51, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Actually, you are right, what I need is "Transwiki importer".
I have already imported several pages from fr.wikipedia to fr.wiktionary mainly. I would say 10 pages or maybe more.
Finally, I am not sure to understand why it is not possible to import from fr.wiktionary yet but I will open a Phabricator ticket to do so. I will give the number here once it will be done. Pamputt (talk) 15:43, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Don't do that just yet. Waiting for MF-Warburg or OWTB: Do you want to do the importing?
Also: Are you familiar with the prefix system here? (See I:PREFIX.)
StevenJ81 (talk) 17:24, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
How many pages do you expect to import in total? If not too many, I can do that. --MF-W {a, b} 20:34, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: It is not clear how many pages exactly I want to import. At least I would like to import wikt:fr:Module:section and wikt:fr:Module:section langue but there are probably some other pages that are required by these two modules. And I could need to import other stuff later. So I think it could be useful that I get this "transwiki importer" right. StevenJ81, thanks for the link to I:PREFIX; I was not aware of it. I will read it carefully before any import if I get the right one day. Pamputt (talk) 22:40, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
I'm not a fan of copying such templates from the bigger wiki's as they tend to be way too complicated with way too many subtemplates (which cause 99% of the infoboxes here to be broken). I prefer you look for a way to simplify and create your own templates. However, if you really want to have these specific templates, I think granting you temporary transwiki import rights would be the best option. --OWTB (talk) 10:45, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
That is true, they always need a rat-tail of other templates and modules to be imported as well. That's why I would offer to do it. I am equally fine with Pamputt doing it himself (we can always help him to get everything he needs), however if he gets a right, it should be import, not transwiki-import, because frwiktionary is not a defined import source and editing the XML files is the best way to add prefixes (another horrifiying factor causing imported modules to fail). --MF-W {a, b} 11:08, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
Better importer, or go to phabricator and have frwiktionary added to designated sources? StevenJ81 (talk) 19:58, 21 March 2018 (UTC)