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This is an 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. 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]

Mogoeilor (Wp/bqi and Wp/lki)[edit]

Would you please renew the test adminship for my account for Wp/bqi and Wp/lki.
So thanks.Mogoeilor (talk) 15:34, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Standard hold for comments until 15:34, 10 July 2017 (UTC). StevenJ81 (talk) 17:04, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Renewed for one year (from original expiration), so expires 2018-07-17. Thanks for your continued contributions. StevenJ81 (talk) 20:16, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

so thanks best wishes.Mogoeilor (talk) 14:39, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

revi (Wy/ko)[edit]


I've been around on wy/ko since mid-2013 and was one of the most active participant there. While I know ko.voy is really small and kinda inactive, I'd benefit from having test-admin by doing some protections and deletions on behalf of Korean-speaking user by Korean-speaking user, rahter than trying to convince admins using English, which most of the users are not comfortable. I've been admin on Wikidata since Nov 2013 and Korean Wikipedia since Oct 2014, so I already know what admins can do/cannot do and I'm aware of Incubator test-admin policy. Thanks.

— regards, Revi 16:20, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

Yeah, I've seen you around a little bit here and there. (smile) I'd be happy to have your help. Standard hold for comments until 16:20, 16 July 2017 (UTC). StevenJ81 (talk) 16:53, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Thank you for volunteering. Expires in one year (2018-07-17). StevenJ81 (talk) 14:41, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

Benoit Rochon (Wp/moe)[edit]

Hello, I would like to become test-admin again, but this time for Wp/moe. Wikimedia Canada is running a pedagogic project with Innu community, for the next year and maybe more. It would be useful to have admin tools for maintenance, but also create accounts for teachers and students since there's a limitation of 6 accounts per IP address / per 24 hours. I'm sysop on Wikipedia-fr and on Commons for many years, and I was for Wp/atj, so I know how to use admin tools. Sooner or later, Innu community will elect their own admins, but until then, there's management that have to be done. Best regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 18:45, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

Reminder to all that Benoit is President of Wikimedia Canada and was instrumental in having Wp/atj up and working so quickly.
Benoit, I need to list you here again for five days for comments, since you now want to serve a different community.
Separately, you should know that test administrators do not have (noratelimit). I have some ideas to address that which I will send by email. StevenJ81 (talk) 19:47, 18 July 2017 (UTC)
(Unrelated to the RfTestA) Since Benoit said he has admin on frwiki and commonswiki, he can simply create account on those wiki (where he has noratelimit) and the SUL magic will do all the job, AFAIK. — regards, Revi 14:45, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. We figured that part out already. (See I:AN.) StevenJ81 (talk) 14:48, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --MF-W {a, b} 14:15, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Asdfugil (Wt/yue)[edit]

Hi, I'm requesting for test administrator rights for Cantonese Wiktionary project. Asdfugil (talk) 01:57, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Standard hold for five days for comments. @Cedric tsan cantonais, 昏君: Are there any comments from the test community? StevenJ81 (talk) 13:54, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
It appears to me that this user has been a solid and stable contributor for Cantonese Wiktionary, so I don't have any reason to oppose. 【粵語文學大使殘陽孤侠粵維辭典起錨! 15:17, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --MF-W {a, b} 14:15, 24 July 2017 (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

None currently