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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]

Ibrahim khashrowdi[edit]

Hello! I want to get sysop rights to help other projects outside of my projects (Wp/bgn, wp/bgp, wp/bcc), I can help all 'RTL' projects in incubator.--Ibrahim Khashrowdi (TalK) 22:34, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support.--Kaiyr (talk) 14:49, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Ilyaskhorasani (talk) 12:28, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support.--AlnashPiyash (talk) 18:05, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. --Дагиров Умар (talk) 20:32, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The status of test administrator, which you already have, is meant for helping such projects. We can simply extend your administrator rights to the mentioned projects; I see no need for full administrator rights. SPQRobin (talk) 13:49, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose, based on the lack of understanding policies demonstrated below in the test-adminship request of Sultanselim baloch where he proposed to "pass on" his test-adminship status. --MF-W {a, b} 00:14, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per previous two comments. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:52, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per MF-W. Jianhui67 (talk) 16:34, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per previous comments and lack of community support. --OWTB (talk) 13:55, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done I think it can be safely said that there is a lack of consensus. --MF-W {a, b} 16:19, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Yair rand[edit]

I've been doing technical work for the various sign language projects (such as the ASL Wikipedia) here on Incubator over the past two and a half years, helping build scripts to make it possible to view and edit sign language pages. This has frequently required requesting administrator assistance for every change to interface pages, which slows things down more than I'd like. (The fact that many of the scripts involved are in my userspace makes things easier, but a lot of changes need direct editing of Mediawiki-namespace pages.) More recently, I wrote a script to ease editing in general here on Incubator that, if implemented, would be a lot easier to maintain if I had interface editing rights.

This is a somewhat unconventional request, as I probably won't be focusing on most of the general work done by administrators (deletions, blocking, protection).

I am currently an administrator on the English Wiktionary and on, and was previously an admin on Wikidata (removed due to inactivity). --Yair rand (talk) 23:35, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Trusted user. His arguments for administrator access seem legit to me. I don't see any problem with him getting admin access if he does not do general clean-up. --OWTB (talk) 13:57, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Jianhui67 (talk) 14:51, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --MF-W {a, b} 16:03, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

User:Илья Драконов (Wp/ady, Wy/eo)[edit]

I would like you to let me use my test-admin rights in theese projects. Ilya Drakonov (talk) 18:04, 4 February 2016 (UTC).

Wp/ady is probably not necessary. The project is approved and will soon be deleted from the incubator after it has been imported to its own domain. --OWTB (talk) 20:06, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. Ilya Drakonov (talk) 10:53, 5 February 2016 (UTC).
Wy/ta Upcoming tamil wikivoyage. 15:09, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
And? Ilya Drakonov (talk) 15:44, 6 February 2016 (UTC).

Current requests for bot flags[edit]


Hi! This bot is going to perform maintenance in all test wikis - [[Name of the article]] -> '''Name of the article''', moving categories to the bottom, capitalizing categories' names, [[Name|name]] -> [[name]], [[Name|names]] -> [[name]]s. These are minor edits but they should be done to improve the quality of the content. --Ochilov (talk) 10:37, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

I :Symbol support vote.svg Support sultanselim balochtalk 11:10, 18 December 2015 (UTC)
I do not think this is necessary nor that it will improve the quality of the content. The last two proposed changes also don't take prefixes into account and probably contradict I:CASE as well. --MF-W {a, b} 17:51, 18 December 2015 (UTC)
For what it's worth, I think it would be useful to have such a bot available, provided that Ochilov only runs it on a test-by-test basis, and only after the test-admins for the test have approved. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:36, 18 December 2015 (UTC)
StevenJ81, the idea sounds reasonable. As an admin of Voy/eo I agree to enable it on my wiki. Илья Драконов, are you interested in enabling the bot in Old Russian Wikipedia? --Ochilov (talk) 02:31, 24 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. It would be great if a bot worked with categories to make everything run faster. Ilya Drakonov (talk) 07:33, 26 December 2015 (UTC).
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, I think, It will be useful for incubator projects.--Ibrahim Khashrowdi (TalK) 12:34, 26 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment Comment I'm not sure whether this bot is compatible with I:CASE, as pointed out by MF-Warburg. However, a small test run of a few pages could always be done to see whether it may work after all. --OWTB (talk) 12:41, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
    Sure! I shall run my bot for test after X-mas holidays, because I am away from my PC and editing from laptop. --Ochilov (talk) 14:42, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done --MF-W {a, b} 16:06, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Other requests[edit]

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