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This is 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.

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]

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

User:Pitpisit (Wn/th)[edit]

Hello I want to test-adminship Thai Wikinews --Pitpisit (talk) 22:26, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Could you please create a user page first? It is one of the requirements. --OWTB (talk) 19:40, 5 March 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --Pitpisit (talk) 12:26, 18 March 2016 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay here. However, you are meanwhile inactive. Are you still interested in this? --MF-W {a, b} 16:58, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Universal Life (Wt/lad)[edit]

  • Universal Life (Wt/lad)
    His term expires tomorrow, but I request an extension on his behalf as he is temporarily unable to come on wiki. If you would be willing to make a full year's extension it would be outstanding, but if you are more comfortable with a shorter extension in the meantime I understand. I will try to get him on-wiki to make a request for a full renewal. Thank you. StevenJ81 (talk) (administrator, along with Universal Life, lad:) 15:46, 16 March 2016 (UTC)
    • Test-adminship is always for 1 year. --MF-W {a, b} 00:36, 19 March 2016 (UTC)
    By all means make it for 1 year, then. StevenJ81 (talk) 16:08, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 16:50, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Rachitrali (Wp/khw)[edit]

  • Dear sir, my translatorship rights has been expired in February 2016, please renew the same for translating in Khowar Language--Raki 16:02, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
Are you sure you are in the right section? --MF-W {a, b} 01:35, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: Sir if this is not right section, please guide me the right section, Thanks--Raki 05:36, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
"Other requests", below. --Ghiutun 15:11, 23 March 2016 (UTC)
Sir I mean Translator Rights in incubator not in 12:32, 30 March 2016 (UTC)
If this request is for translator rights on Incubator, please move it to "Other requests" below and state a reason / examples for how you will use the tools. --MF-W {a, b} 16:58, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support--Ibrahim Khashrowdi (TalK) 16:04, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Csisc (Wt/arq)[edit]

Hello, I would like to be a test adminstrator of Algerian Wiktionary, all requirements are met. Thanks. --Csisc (talk) 13:47, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay here. However, you only made 5 edits since this request. Are you still interested? --MF-W {a, b} 16:52, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Илья Драконов (Wp/inh)[edit]

We need a sysop in Ingush Wikipedia. All the best, Ilya Drakonov (talk) 12:25, 25 March 2016 (UTC).

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 16:52, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Ghiutun (Wp/krl)[edit]

Hello. I would like to be a test administrator for the [Proper] Karelian Wikipedia. To the moment I contributed with 25 edits for this wiki (incl. 14 edits in this month) and of course it's not too much, but I'm active in Incubator generally since 2014 and I know the policy. The rights are needed for me to delete/restore pages (e.g. I want to delete pages in another project's language), and maybe for another goals. I promise not to overreach the rights (otherwise you might desysop me).

I don't speak [Proper] Karelian, but I'm able to understand it more-or-less good (thank my basic skills in Veps). I'll inform the rest of community. Thank you. --Ghiutun 13:00, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support--Zaheeruddin25 (talk) 13:37, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support--Ibrahim Khashrowdi (TalK) 16:04, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Would you like to explain why you want to delete pages in other dialect? It's better to do some small changes to the text and let them be in this project. Original texts in Livvinkarjala would be better to move to Wp/olo. - Ilja.mos, 21:21, 18 April 2016 (UTC).

Adam-Yourist (Wp/inh)[edit]

This is a trusted user, who knows Ingush language and could help with adminship there. Ilya Drakonov (talk) 15:55, 9 April 2016 (UTC).

Yes, I would be happy to help. Adam-Yourist (talk) 16:03, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 16:53, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

mohammed bachounda (Wp/arq)[edit]

this is a request to renewing the rights for algerian wikipedia test project, thanks --Bachounda (talk) 11:45, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Nacim Aboura (Wp/arq)[edit]

This request is for renewing the rights for algerian wikipedia test project, thanks --Oldstoneage (talk) 19:04, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Gnangbade (Wp/kbp)[edit]

I would like to request administrators rights for the Kabiye Wikipedia please. Gnangbade (talk) 17:58, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Current requests for bot flags[edit]

Other requests[edit]

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

Rachitrali (Wp/khw)[edit]

  • Dear sir, I was Translator in incubator and my translatorship rights alongwith my Test Adminship rights have been expired in February 2016, I have been granted only the Adminship but the Translatorship rights have not yet been renewed. I have translated from English to Khowar in incubator. please renew the same for translating in Khowar Language only if possible.--Raki 11:47, 26 April 2016 (UTC)