Incubator:Administrators' noticeboard

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This is the page to request attention from test administrators, administrators and bureaucrats. Note what they can do.

Administrators can:

  • protect and unprotect pages
  • delete and undelete pages
  • delete images and other uploaded files
  • block and unblock users
  • edit the interface and other protected pages
  • use the built-in rollback functionality

Test administrators can do the same (except protecting and unprotecting pages), but only within their tests (therefore they cannot edit the interface).

  • Exception: As rollback is only appropriate to use in cases of vandalism, test-administrators can use that feature anywhere they see vandalism.

Bureaucrats can do all the above, as well as:

  • grant administrator/bureaucrat status
  • grant/revoke test-administrator status
  • grant/revoke bot flags
  • rename users [now mostly obsolete in favor of global accounts and unified login]

Note: Only Stewards may remove adminship or bureaucratship. If you want this to be done go to Requests for permissions at the Meta-Wiki.

If there is no response, you may wish to try the IRC channel, #wikimedia-incubator.

  • For deletion requests, use I:RFD for test deletions and {{delete}} for speedy deletions.
  • For user rights (admins, test-admins, bots, ...) or renamings, see I:A.

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Current notices[edit source]

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Abusefilters for archives[edit source]

I see that you have a happy vandal stomping in your archive pages. We have a couple of filters at meta that could be migrated and adapted to your needs. Billinghurst (talk) 11:00, 16 February 2020 (UTC)

Incubator:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive/2019-[edit source]

Kindly block the IP vandalising the page. Thank you. Minorax (talk) 02:03, 18 February 2020 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Protected for 2 weeks. NinjaStrikers «» 02:34, 18 February 2020 (UTC)

@Minorax: @Ninjastrikers: for checking this--RAChitrali 03:31, 18 February 2020 (UTC)

Increased protection level and duration. NinjaStrikers «» 13:51, 18 February 2020 (UTC)
Whole bunch of the same mess posted to Incubator talk:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive/2019- by the user using multiple IPs. The content is also being sent out by email, I got one from User:Tortillaparty2‬. --Yair rand (talk) 02:46, 20 February 2020 (UTC)
And I just got an alert about multiple failed login attempts from an unknown device, via Incubator. Presumably the same guy.
Somebody should probably go through the various proxies by this individual and lock them all. Some relevant IPs not yet locked include,,,,, ‎,,,,,,, Most of the others were locked by User:Bsadowski1. --Yair rand (talk) 22:15, 20 February 2020 (UTC)
that is nothing, blocking is useless, they have access to any ip they like, they can usurp wmf ip too!. 21:47, 21 February 2020 (UTC)
That's it. They got botnet access, so blocking a few IPs is useless. --Achim55 (talk) 21:55, 22 February 2020 (UTC)
It does slow him down though. We have to do it on other wikis. It is why he is targeting you all now more likely. -Djsasso (talk) 23:18, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
Should probably semi-protect this page as well temporarily. -Djsasso (talk) 23:40, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
There is no slow-down: 15 different IPs during 1 hour. --Achim55 (talk) 15:42, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
Vandalism continues on this page. Please do something. Thanks. --Turkmen talk 00:21, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Vandalism is not when one wants to speak his/her mind since November but I'd volunteer to intermediate between all the parties involved.Cleanupteam (talk) 21:58, 18 May 2020 (UTC)

Report[edit source]

Hello. The vandalism of GRP continued today, and I temporarily semi-protected User talk:StevenJ8 for a day. I did not find a local admin that I could contact at the time, so I took a temporary measure. I would like to ask for your generous understanding. And please review the action again and let me know. Thank you. --Sotiale (talk) 23:16, 2 March 2020 (UTC)

Thanks! I've extended it to a week. Ebe123 (Talkabout it|contribs) 19:50, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Using MediaWiki API[edit source]

Hello everyone, I am contributing to Wt/lzz, I created all of my articles in my computer as text files and add them into Wt/lzz with a script via MediaWiki API. @Axel xadolik said it might be prohibited and I need a bot account. But for my opinion, it's very different from a bot, bot works unattended through an algorithm and I only add pages with a script. I'm asking you about this, am I needed to use a bot account or this is ok? Sincerely, --Magurale (talk) 04:50, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

User:Magurale: I am replying a bit late, but if you don't overdo this, there should be no problem. --MF-W {a, b} 20:01, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Marking for translation[edit source]

Can a translation admin please go through and re-mark the following pages for translation:

Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 04:36, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 14:31, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Will not let me make Wp/sencilloes[edit source]

I need help please it keeps on showing a message/error saying it has an invalid prefix though it actually does not. I tried to make Wp/sencilloes (SimpleSpanish). Thank you. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Arthurfan828 (discussioncontribs) 13:08, 6 April 2020 (UTC).

Hello. This is working as intended. You need a valid code for the language, which "sencilloes" is not. --MF-W {a, b} 20:01, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Uyghur Latin Wikibooks[edit source]

Hello! Please give me the necessary permissions to create the Uyghur Latin wikipedia page. I am a strict Wikipedia follower. And I want to contribute on behalf of Uyghur Latin. Thanks now :) — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Keimain11 (discussioncontribs) 07:51, 16 April 2020 (UTC).

Hi user:Keimain11, you can do so at wb/ug. --MF-W {a, b} 13:07, 22 April 2020 (UTC)

Help[edit source]

Sorry.I can't speak English. Would you block this user?This user is trollingSpecial:Contributions/Tnnv.-- Object*tofu (Benutzer / erzählen) 10:35, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Already globally locked. --MF-W {a, b} 13:37, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
Thankyou!-- Object*tofu (Benutzer / erzählen) 08:59, 10 June 2020 (UTC)

pages nuke request made by LTA[edit source]

Hello. All of his edits have been reverted, but the page deletion must be done by Incubator admin, so please delete the pages created by the user below.

All accounts are locked. Thank you! --Sotiale (talk) 12:03, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

@Sotiale: Thank you very much. But I think Special:Contributions/BTKRS is not locked... --Atmark-chan <T/C> 12:19, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
@Atmark-chan: Oh my.. it is locked right away. Thank you! --Sotiale (talk) 12:22, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
@Sotiale: Thank you very much! --Atmark-chan <T/C> 12:27, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Nuked all. Thanks for the note! --MF-W {a, b} 13:37, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

New LitTerA-te emergency: Special:Contributions/Kypioys_dx Special:Contributions/Kypioys_sx

RV/V done by me:

Please block an LTA account[edit source]

Please block an LTA account, Special:Contribs/アノレクト一ノレ. It is one of w:ja:LTA:NDBTK... --Atmark-chan <T/C> 14:47, 13 June 2020 (UTC)

The account is global locked by Sotiale. Thank you! --Atmark-chan <T/C> 02:07, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
Blocked WikiDayer as LTA:NDBTK.--Tmv (talk|Contributions) 11:36, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

Edit request[edit source]

Can an admin please create Template:Category? I'd like to make a helper template that converts a normal category name into the prefixed one. I cannot create it because of the title blacklist, but should be able to edit it once its created.

Example: on Wt/pms/sbajé, using {{category|Verb}} would work the same as using [[Category:Wt/pms/Verb|Sbaje]].

This should make it easier for contributors. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 07:40, 12 July 2020 (UTC)

This would also make the cleanup after importing easier DannyS712 (talk) 07:48, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
I'm not sure this would be too helpful. Using a template for a category does not seem inherently easier than using a category for a category, albeit with a prefix. It also would not make it easier for the import, as removing a prefix is easier than changing a template to a category. --MF-W {a, b} 12:25, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
I mean that initially after an import the template can be updated to add the category without a prefix, and thus until all of the categorizations are updated they still show the correct category. Just a thought DannyS712 (talk) 19:57, 12 July 2020 (UTC)

Templates not working[edit source]

Dear Sirs!

Ӏ have no idea if this is the correct forum for my question. Ӏf not, couӀd you pӀease direct me to the appropriate one.

Ӏ am working on creating a Kabardino-Cherkess version of the Wiktionary on your Ӏncubator: Wt/kbd... Two days ago, aӀӀ my tempӀates were bӀocked. Ӏ can neither edit nor add them. AӀӀ Ӏ get is the message: tempӀates must have prefix Wt/kbd/TempӀate:... Up to now, aӀӀ my tempӀates were simpӀy TempӀate:... AӀӀ my existing entries (more than 1000) continue working, but Ӏ cannot edit the tempӀates in them. What do you recommend that Ӏ do?

AӀso, how does the tempӀate incӀusion instruction Template:... work with a prefix???

Best regards, RHDKabardian — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rhdkabardian (discussioncontribs).

@Rhdkabardian: Can you specify a template in which you are not able to edit? Adithyak1997 (talk) 10:58, 16 July 2020 (UTC)
@Adithyak1997: Let's take the first one: TempӀate:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ. This is the HEADER for aӀӀ entries. Ӏt is viewabӀe in aӀӀ entries, but can't be edited or changed.
@Adithyak1997: When Ӏ enter "TempӀate:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ", Ӏ get the foӀӀowing two messages:

Showing results for template:wp kbd псалъащхьэ. No results found for TempӀate:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ. You searched for "TempӀate:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ". You can create a page in your wiki at Wt/kbd/TempӀate:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ! Before, the message: You can create a page in your wiki at Wt/kbd/TempӀate..." message aӀways read "TempӀate:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ" without the prefix. Note: Ӏ can see your <TESTӀNG> message, but onӀy when Ӏ open it though the New Edits screen on the right of the home page. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rhdkabardian (discussioncontribs).

@Rhdkabardian: I am not sure, I think there is a bug in the search page ie. the statement needs to show the message ' You can create a page in your wiki at TempӀate:Wp/khw/adasdas!' instead of ' You can create a page in your wiki at Wp/khw/TempӀate:Wp/khw/adasdas'. A prefix issue exist there I guess. Adithyak1997 (talk) 16:27, 16 July 2020 (UTC)
@Adithyak1997: ApparentӀy a change was made within the Ӏast two days. What can be done about it???!!! — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rhdkabardian (discussioncontribs).
Any link about where such an edit has been made? (Please note: After posting your reply, before pressing 'Publish changes...' button, please add ~~~~ at the end of your reply. Adithyak1997 (talk) 16:49, 16 July 2020 (UTC)
@Adithyak1997: UnfortunateӀy, none whatsoever. Ӏt mereӀy started happening 2 days ago. Ӏt apparentӀy happened about 17:00 on the August 14th.Rhdkabardian (talk) 17:56, 16 July 2020 (UTC)Adithyak1997 (talk) 17:51, 16 July 2020 (UTC)
Then it will have to be resolved from the part of admins (Please note: nowiki tags are not required. You just need to insert 4 tildes). Adithyak1997 (talk) 17:51, 16 July 2020 (UTC)

Hi! This seems to be a problem with out title blacklist, which is set up in a way which should prevent unprefixed pages from being created. Templates should indeed be put unter Template:Wt/kbd/Name. As you can see, the blacklist has not yet been changed in this year at all, so it's a bit strange what is causing this problem. Are you unable to edit existing pages like Template:Wt/kbd/къызэгъэдзэкӏа? Or are you only prevented from creating new ones? To me, it shows that TempӀate:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ would be caught by the blacklist, while Template:Wt/kbd/къызэг would not be. So I'm not exactly sure yet what is causing it (at first I thought there could be a problem with lowercase or cyrillic letters). --MF-W {a, b} 01:16, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

User:Danny B., can you check the titleblacklist regex? --MF-W {a, b} 01:17, 17 July 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: Please try setting a wiki as your homewiki and try searching a non existent template. Eg: Wt/kbd/gjjbj. Then, just under the search box, it asks me to create a page Wt/kbd/Template:At/kbd/gjjbj ie. prefix not showing correctly. Please check if you can reproduce the same. Adithyak1997 (talk) 04:45, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

The cause of the problem is typo in TempӀate (uppercase palochka) instead of correct Template (lowercase L). (Cf. all Rhdkabardian's posts in this thread displayed in monospace font.)
Danny B. 11:07, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

@Adithyak1997: :@MF-Warburg:1) Ӏ was abӀe to edit ANY of my tempӀates untiӀ the 14th of JuӀy, when suddenӀy the prefix Wt/kbd/TempӀate started being added to ALL EDӀT OR CREATӀON REQUESTS.
2) Ӏ am unabӀe to edit Template:Wt/kbd/къызэгъэдзэкӏа from the Search Window. Ӏ can, however, edit it from the Recent Edits Ӏist, where it is stiӀӀ recent. TempӀates not in the recent edits Ӏist are compӀeteӀy bӀocked. UnfortuneӀy, aӀӀ of my most important tempӀates are aӀready off the Ӏist because there are aӀmost 2000 edits, and the list is limited to 1000.
3) Ӏt's not a CyriӀӀic case probӀem. Before, Ӏ was abӀe to use both upper and Ӏower case Ӏetters in names without a probӀem. However, the system does have a habit of automaticaӀӀy making Ӏower case CyriӀӀic Ӏetters uppercase in certain situations. This sometimes resuӀts in my misnaming fiӀes. There is aӀso a probӀem with PaӀochka ("Ӏ").
4) “tempӀate:wp kbd” appears in the search result string rather than “tempӀate:wt kbd”. For some reason WT is being replaced by WP.
5) DANNY B: There is NO MӀSPELLӀNG of TempӀate. Ӏt is mereӀy the font in this forum that has a probӀem. There is NO PROBLEM when Ӏ enter "TEMPLATE" into the search window.
6) Adithyak1997: How were you able to access Template:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ? I am totally blocked.Rhdkabardian (talk) 16:29, 17 July 2020 (UTC)
Yes, there is some problem with the Paloshka. When you look at your comment, it is everywhere where there should be a Latin lowercase L ("CyriӀӀic", "resuӀts "). Maybe it is some issue with your keyboard. Template:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ works fine, as it has an L. --MF-W {a, b} 16:52, 17 July 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg:Ӏt's mereLy an issue of this font on this specific forum. Everywhere eLse, the L dispӀays correctLy. My keyboard generates aLL codes correctLy. When Ӏ change the font, the "L" dispLays correctLy. This has NOTHӀNG to do with PaLochka. Ӏ'm writing capitaL Ls on purpose.Rhdkabardian (talk) 17:03, 17 July 2020 (UTC)
Now you are doing that indeed. In previous posts there are Ӏ's, however. --MF-W {a, b} 17:38, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

@MF-Warburg: Palochka is indeed a problem in Kabardian. Historically, it is explained as the capital Latin letter "I" added to certain letters to indicate a glottal stop. However, since it exists on no standard Cyrillic keyboard, people are forced to enter it in any way they can. Some use the digit "1", others shift keyboards and use the capital Latin letter "I", while still other use the logical OR symbol "|". I redefine a key on my PC keyboard in Cyrillic shift as Palochka. None of these ways is convienient. Standard printed texts (such as school textbooks) usually make no distinction between capital and small palochka. Standard software packages such as ABBYY FIneReader use the correct Cyrillic codes U04C0 (capital) and U04CF (small) (decimal 1216 and 1231 respectively). Searching the Internet for a word requires multiple searches, since there is no standard spelling of Palochka and any (and indeed all) of them may occur. The .ToLower and .ToUpper functions in Visual Basic, for example, also result in the correct Unicode values. In my work on Википсалъалъэ, I have tried to use primarily miniscule letters and the code U04CF. However, it is difficult to visually control consistency since, in most cases, there is no visible difference in how the different values display. As Википсалъалъэ currently provides no means of entering palochka from the keyboard in a consistent fashion, the only convenient way to find a word containing palochka is by using the full headword search list on the right of the homepage screen, or through the A Tergo dictionary list in one of the Appendices. The search box can be relied on to work correctly and consistently only with words without palochka. I rather suspect that the historical explanation of Palochka (little stick) is not totally correct. Since the letter designates a glottal stop, and the Arabic letter that usually carries the glottal stop is Alif (ا), this origin seems more likely to me. But for religious and ideological reasons, this was probably politically unacceptable in the USSR.))Rhdkabardian (talk) 18:27, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

@Adithyak1997: Ӏ am still unable to access Template:Wt/kbd/псалъащхьэ or any other templates older than 1000 edits. Has work on this stopped because of Danny B's "solution"? My work is frozen and Ӏ am unable to continue... The solution probably has something to do with the apparence of WP rather than WT in the inquiry response string... Before, it was always WT... HELP!Rhdkabardian (talk) 05:31, 18 July 2020 (UTC)

@MF-Warburg: :@Adithyak1997: My apologies to DANNY B. All I have to do to get my Templates is enter the word TEMPLATE all in caps. When I enter it in small letters, it is generating a small palochka. l is generating a capital palochka... Now I have to resolve the problem: what happened to my system to cause this misterious change? Thank you for your support and help! It apparently affects my capital I and small l... @MF-Warburg: :@Adithyak1997: I have solved the problem. The author of the Kabardian Wikipedia (or somebody) apparently privided a facility for entering "Palochkas". When entering a word in the search box, a small keyboard appears below. If you press on it, it offers the option "Palochka". Two days ago, I pressed this key as an experiment to see what would happen. I was expecting it to insert a polochki on the search entry line. I saw no change at the time and decided it didn't work... However, from that moment, everything "stopped working." It apparently converts all small Latin Ls to small palochkas, and all Latin capital Is to big palochkas. It remains in effect on Wikipedia and Wiktionary until it is explicity turned off using the same keyboard option. I have just turned it off and now everthing has gone back to normal. I have been unable to find any documentation, but I will try experimenting with it. It looks like it could be useful when using Wiktionary, provided the codes are correct... It should be documented!)) I have ckecked. Both Chapital I and small L generate capital palochka, U04C0...Rhdkabardian (talk) 14:43, 18 July 2020 (UTC)

Protect an article[edit source]

Can someone please protect wp/cnr/Moj mali poni: Prijateljstvo je magija so only registered users can edit it? It keeps getting vandalized by a homophobic IP address. Imjusttherediting (talk) 13:16, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

For now I have blocked the IP. I will watch the page and protect it, if necessary. --MF-W {a, b} 14:54, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
[1] Again the same. That IP often threats with the murder or raping (mostly homosexual rape). On we have problems with him since May of 2019. That IP maniac also hounds his targets across wikis, by editing the pages his targets edited or their usertalkpages. Especially he focuses on those that remove his vandalisms. Kubura (talk) 19:44, 16 August 2020 (UTC)
Protected and blocked. --MF-W {a, b} 22:48, 16 August 2020 (UTC)

Unable to create British English Wikipedia[edit source]

Hi, and I am trying to make a British English Wikipedia, but at the main page (Wp/en-gb/Main Page), it says that "You're trying to create a page with an incorrect title". Is there anything anybody could do? Eshaan011 (talk 11:43, 24 August 2020 (EST)

No, such a project is not in scope of Incubator. Variants such as "British English" or "American English" are all welcome on en.wikipedia and there is no need to create new projects. --MF-W {a, b} 15:54, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

Changing Notice[edit source]

Hello everyone. I have changed my internationalisation language to Bengali recently. As a result I see this following notice, whenever I open any of the ongoing projects: "আপনি যদি এই ভাষা জানেন, আপনাকে অবদান রাখতে উত্সাহিত করা হচ্ছে!" ("If you know this language, you are encouraged to contribute!") Here, "উত্সাহিত" (encouraged) is spelt wrongly. It would be "উৎসাহিত". How can I change it? আদিভাই (Adibhai) (talk) 09:13, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

You can do so at translatewiki:MediaWiki:Wminc-infopage-contribute/bn. --MF-W {a, b} 11:32, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: Thank you. :) -- Adibhai • আদিভাই (Talk • আলোচনা) 11:43, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: I cannot edit that page somehow. Can you please change "উত্সাহিত" to "উৎসাহিত"? -- Adibhai • আদিভাই (Talk • আলোচনা) 11:48, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
You probably don't have translator permissions in translatewiki. It's better for you to apply for that if you're thinking to make continuous changes in locales.--evrifaessa ❯❯❯ talk 11:50, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
You can register as a translator there, then you will be able to. --MF-W {a, b} 12:55, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
Do you mean I have to open a new account, just like I did here, on Wikimedia? -- Adibhai • আদিভাই (Talk • আলোচনা) 13:13, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
Yes, see the Main Page. --MF-W {a, b} 13:18, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

Simple English Wikivoyage[edit source]

Can you please enable Wn/simple and Wy/simple for editing? It says that it is unprefixed, but simple is technically Simple English Wikipedia. Please enable it for me, thank you. --Gioguch (talk) 00:10, 13 October 2020 (UTC)

New simple English projects will not be created. See, eg, m:Requests for new languages/Wikinews Simple English regarding rejection of Simple English Wikinews. I don't think working on such a project here would be beneficial DannyS712 (talk) 03:19, 13 October 2020 (UTC)

Shawiya Wikipedia[edit source]

This is just a question out of curiosity, but I was wondering if I could ask here. To my knowledge, Wikipedia is the first project to be created. Also, a language would develop Wikipedia first before developing any other projects. This is not a rule, but makes a lot of sense and is most common. Looking at Special:SiteMatrix, there are some languages that don't have Wikipedia, but many are just wrong or are aliases. For example, in the yue row, Wiktionary exists but not Wikipedia. Not that a Cantonese Wikipedia doesn't exist, but it uses zh-yue instead. That does not count. But Shawiya seemed to develop Wiktionary first before Wikipedia, and it's the only language that doesn't have a Wikipedia, but has a different project. I have checked and w:shy: redirects to Wp/shy, but wikt:shy: does not. Feel free to click on the links to see for yourself. This is not usual and I'm curious, why was it this way? --AJ 😃 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 04:29, 28 November 2020 (UTC)

I don't know. You could try asking the people who are active over there. --MF-W {a, b} 12:48, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: I don't speak Shawiya, and there is no help desk there. Are there any other suggestions? There are also no sysops there, other than User:Filtre anti-abus, which I'm pretty sure means "Anti-abuse filter." --AJ 😃 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 16:30, 28 November 2020 (UTC)