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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.


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]

Cehkuon (Wt/wuu)[edit]

I want to be a test-administrator of Wu-Chinese Wiktionary. I have been compiling this since a month ago, I wrote about 2500 words(articles) and more than a dozen templates already. I think, I am qulified for this position, thank you. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cehkuon (discussioncontribs) 20:42, 9 April 2018 (UTC).

User and test both eligible. Standard five-day hold for comments. StevenJ81 (talk) 22:13, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 12:44, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Neriman2003 (Wn/az)[edit]

X mark.svg Not done You're doing fine here so far, and you seem have some experience on Azerbaijani Wikipedia. But we'd like you to have a little more experience here before granting this flag. Please apply again around 1 May. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:20, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Current requests for bot flags[edit]

Revibot I and Revibot[edit]

Task: Archiving discussions. Mainly used by Wy/ko discussion page, but if someone wants to use it for their community, that's fine from me. Does the same thing as meta/Commons m:User:ArchiverBot which I also maintain. Need the bot flag to suppress user talk notification. (Suppressing from RC is good but not that important.) — regards, Revi 07:57, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Will it only run op Wy/ko? --OWTB (talk) 12:04, 7 April 2018 (UTC)
Basically any page that calls User:Revibot I/A (in the form of {{User:Revibot I/A}}), but I think I can constrain to Wy/ko (and my user talk, half debugging, half using it) if you think it needs to be done so. — regards, Revi 17:41, 7 April 2018 (UTC)
If there's any kind of bot I'm pretty much ok with, even here on Incubator, it's a bot to archive discussions. I'm going to let the discussion run a few more days, but if there are no objections I'll grant by the end of the week.
As far as the scope of activity goes, I think you're good on Wy/ko, and if individuals would like to have the bot archive their individual talk pages I think that's fine, too. I'm not going to use it on Incubator talk or Category talk pages now. For the time being, please don't use it in other test projects; if someone asks you, drop a note at I:AN and we'll see how things are working.
(Note that one reason we're a little gun-shy about bots here is that we really don't want article-creating bots. Tests created by bots are not going to be approved by LangCom.)
StevenJ81 (talk) 22:11, 9 April 2018 (UTC)
Acknowledged. By the time bot is flagged, bot will only allow whitelisted mainspace pages (i.e. current usage in Wy/ko, as I can't monitor all the incubator edits and discover unwanted usages) and User talk: namespaces. Any other usage will require prior arrangement with me. — regards, Revi 11:52, 10 April 2018 (UTC)
Under the terms outlined above, the request is approved. I don't see a need to time-limit the flag, but do let me know if you intend to stop operating it at any point. Also ... it doesn't look like the bot will be performing any admin functions. Is that correct? StevenJ81 (talk) 15:49, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
Also ... do you want me to flag User:Revibot? StevenJ81 (talk) 16:59, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, just noticed it now.
Yes, no admin function is required. This is, simply speaking, copy and paste bot. Just botflag is all it needs to do the job.
Long ago when I requested Revibot flag in 2014, MF-W said ‘we don’t have much double redirects’ and was declined but I actually see around 1500 edits in 3-4 years so sure if you would like to!— regards, Revi 19:24, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
No, we have them. I'm not sure why he said that. In any event, Revibot also flagged. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:46, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
1500 edits in 3-4 years is an average of ~1 edit per day. I say this proves my point made back then that the bot does not need to have a bot flag. --MF-W {a, b} 19:13, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
Matter of taste, I guess. I don't think stuff like that needs to show up in RC. No big deal anyway. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:04, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Proposal to deflag seven inactive bots[edit]

For security, I propose to deflag the following seven bot accounts. None of these bot accounts has made an edit here since 2013, and in five out of seven cases the bot operators have not edited here since 2014. List includes the following:

If any of these bots are reactivated, it is probably better that the edits appear in Special:RecentChanges, at least initially. We won't have a problem reflagging them if appropriate.

I do not propose deflagging any of the following:

  • System bots
  • Bots run by Incubator administrators, even if relatively inactive
  • Bots that carry the Global bot flag, even though Incubator opts out of global bots
  • Bots that have been active fairly recently

If you have any questions or comments on this proposal, please add them below. StevenJ81 (talk) 21:48, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

Shall we inform the operators prior to deflagging? --OWTB (talk) 09:37, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
I did just ping them, did I not? StevenJ81 (talk) 13:44, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
Woop. I'm still not entirely used to the notifications/pinging thing... :) --OWTB (talk) 14:56, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
If the user is not active on the wiki, unless the user has opted to receive the ping via mail (by visiting this wiki and setting preferences value) they won't get it. If they haven't been active for a while, leaving a talk page message would be a good idea. — regards, Revi 09:54, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
I don't see that there would be much value in running after these obviously inactive people then. --MF-W {a, b} 12:44, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi, I'm fine with deflagging my bot. Przemub (talk) 17:01, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg That one done. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:49, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

This proposal was mainly made from the assumption that with these accounts long-dormant, there is greater security in their tripping Recent Changes than in their avoiding them. If we go ahead and deflag the others, it will be on the condition that if a bot operator reappears and objects, we will reflag. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:27, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Don't make it more complicated than necessary. If a bot needs a bot flag again one time, it will get a bot flag again ... --MF-W {a, b} 19:14, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Rest done. If operators reactivate bots and need flag, just reapply. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:07, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
I agree. If they need a flag again, they'll get one. --OWTB (talk) 14:12, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Other requests[edit]

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

None currently