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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. (Please note, though, that many rights here—notably test-administrator rights—have automatic expiration dates. Automatic expirations are not logged.)


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.

Interface administrators[edit]

In general, even most bureaucrats and administrators on Wikimedia projects are not expert at editing JavaScript (JS) and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) pages. For the safety and security of Incubator (and other projects), the right to edit such pages is being limited (as of 27 August 2018) to a small group called Interface administrators that have demonstrated (a) that they are trusted on WMF projects, (b) that they understand how to code these pages and (c) that they have a need to be able to edit these pages.

Bureaucrats are able to grant these rights, including to themselves, but cannot remove these rights. If you need a JS or CSS page to be changed, follow these guidelines:

  • For most people, the procedure should be the same as what you do now: make a page edit request at I:Administrators' noticeboard, and an administrator will handle it for you.
  • If you are an administrator or test-administrator, request the Interface administrator rights on this page. Say what you need the rights for, and how long you will need them—ideally, no more than a few days. Under no circumstances will this right be granted for more than a year, or beyond the next rights expiration of a test-administrator.
    Bureaucrats should remember to assign an end time for these rights, even for themselves. For security reasons, it is better that you not hold this right unless you are in the middle of using it.
  • For other users, make a request on this page. The request should include some evidence of your ability to do this coding, and some evidence of trust on this or other WMF projects. The request will remain open for comment for at least seven days (as with an administrator). Rights will be granted for no more than one year.

Exception to the limitation on editing JS and CSS pages: All users will remain able to edit JS and CSS pages in their own user space, such as Special:MyPage/common.js and Special:MyPage/common.css.

Formerly, administrators could edit anyone's personal JS and CSS pages, but that right will now be limited to interface administrators.

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.
    Ordinarily, the translator rights are granted for one year at a time, effective on approval, and can be renewed by request on this page. (Exception: When a test administrator requests this right for the first time, the first expiration will coincide with the expiration of the test administrator right, so that both run on the same parallel term.)
  • 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 the translation administrator rights 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]

ⲁϩⲙⲉⲧ (Wp/cop)[edit]

Hi, I'm a test adminstrator at Coptic Wikipedia. My test adminship will end soon, so I wanted to ask for a renewal. ⲁϩⲙⲉⲧ (talk) 14:42, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Glad to have you staying on board. Standard hold for five days [to 14:42, 17 August 2018 (UTC)]. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:34, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

R12ntech (Wp/lkt)[edit]

I've been helping facilitate the development of the Lakota Wikipedia for a while, including planning and running an editathon in Lakota country a few weeks ago. While I'm not a native speaker, I'm happy to continue in this role until the community develops more technical capacity. --R12ntech (talk) 12:43, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

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

Removal admin status Romaine[edit]

Per our policy, any admin who has (virtually) no edits or logged actions for the past twelve months ([1]), should be desysopped.

Romaine has no edits and no logged actions since 2 August 2017.

I suggest we give him some time to react in case he wishes to keep the rights; if no reaction, we will desysop him per our policy. --OWTB (talk) 11:41, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Oei yes, thank you for the notification. About a year ago a close family member to me died which had a big impact on me. I recently started to catch up again with things on my list of things to do, and that includes on Incubator (while not started here yet). So yes, I would be happy to return now and stay as admin to help out small language communities where I can. Romaine (talk) 11:56, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
We're sorry for your loss. still, we are now glad to have you back here. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:09, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Welcome back! :) --OWTB (talk) 08:11, 14 August 2018 (UTC)