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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 and revoke these rights, including to themselves. 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]


I would like to request administrator access to Wikimedia Incubator. I have previously been a test admin at Wt/ba and Wt/mdf, I am currently a bureaucrat of the Bashkir Wikipedia. It can therefore be said that I'm definitely not new to the Wikimedia universe as a whole, and Incubator in particular. As an administrator, I would like to concentrate on the projects in the minority languages of Central and Eastern Europe (in collaboration with Wikimedia user groups and existent communities). I am planning to use the sysop rights to handle the following tasks:

  1. Maintaining existing Incubator projects (including, but not limited to Wt/ba, Wq/ba, Wy/ba): deleting unnecessary redirects, renaming pages without redirect, blocking users, undeleting pages etc., wherever necessary.
  2. Creating accounts during outreach events. This may be of particular importance due to my being a contact person for the user group for people with special needs (currently being created).
  3. Helping others translate various content pages via the Translate module, wherever necessary (Note: I do know that this is a duty of translation administrators, however Incubator administrators are given these rights by default).
  4. Other tasks where administrator access is required.

Becoming an administrator would enable me to consistently maintain the projects, without the need to apply for separate rights (test-admin, translation admin, account creator etc.) or the requirement of limiting my admin actions to one or several test wikis. Besides, I suppose that Incubator would benefit from having a sysop knowledgeable of "rarer" languages, and willing to promote the project in the Special Needs community. --Comp1089 (talk) 00:28, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Discussion is to run a minimum of 7 days, to at least 00:30, 24 November 2018 (UTC). (Please note that unless a different 'crat chooses to close the discussion, I will not be present on-line until about 00:00, 25 November 2018 (UTC) .) StevenJ81 (talk) 04:09, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

I know that Comp1089 is very interested in minority projects and could help much in incubator. So, my Symbol support vote.svg Support for him. --Visem (talk) 08:11, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg За: Active in many projects and has shown his skill with previous test-adminship and adminship on ba.wikipedia. Shown interest and how adminship would help him and the Incubator. Ebe123 (Talkabout it|contribs) 16:39, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment Comment Please keep in mind that we expect full administrators to work on overall maintenance of the wiki, too, at least a bit. StevenJ81 (talk) 04:23, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I am aware of that, I think I've read about some maintenance-related issues at the noticeboard before. I do want to help maintain the whole project. In addition, there's a right that test administrators do not have, and that would really come in handy while working with different test wikis: renaming categories (which is, incidentally, also a part of the 'overall maintenance'). --Comp1089 (talk) 09:15, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
Excellent. At this point, then, we will wait until the prescribed comment period has passed. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:20, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support My past interactions with Comp1089 and his familiarity with the incubator make me think he would be an excellent choice for this role. --Vogone (SWMT) 22:50, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Support, I think Comp1089 is trustworthy and competent. --MF-W {a, b} 10:22, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Support Level-headed user, he will be good addition to incubator team Mardetanha talk 06:10, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Never interacted with the user before, but research into his contributions shows a deep understanding of the management of a wiki. Certain a great addition to our team. --Hydriz (talk) 13:39, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I know him well and he is serious, hard-working and responsible person. I recommend him. Tomasz Bladyniec (talk) 10:34, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Congratulations, and welcome to the team! StevenJ81 (talk) 23:41, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks everyone! --Comp1089 (talk) 23:47, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

User:Cedric tsan cantonais (Wq/yue)[edit]

Greetings. Now that Wt/yue is officially out of the incubator, I will be shifting a part of my focus to helping Wy/yue get incubated by doing the grunt work that I did when Wt/yue was still in the incubator. I can greatly benefit from a test-adminship since I may need to delete pages/categories/etc. from time to time. 【粵語文學大使殘陽孤侠粵維辭典起錨! 16:22, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@Cedric tsan cantonais: First, congratulations on Wt/yue. And clearly you know what you're doing on this. Just one question: In the header, you mention Wq, but in the body of the request you mention Wy. Which would you like (or both)? (Note that Wq doesn't actually have enough pages yet on its own to warrant a test-admin. So you really need to include Wy in any event.) StevenJ81 (talk) 19:38, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@StevenJ81: You're right. In case the request includes both the wikis, I Symbol support vote.svg Support it. The user is competent in general, and also knows the language. --Comp1089 (talk) 21:59, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

@Cedric tsan cantonais: Still waiting for your clarification here. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:23, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
Oups. Sorry for the typo. My intention is Wq, Wikiquote. 【粵語文學大使殘陽孤侠粵維辭典起錨! 15:44, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
@Cedric tsan cantonais: Thank you. The problem is that Wq has too few pages on its own—policy says that at least one test you apply for must have 50 main space pages or more. (Wt/yue no longer counts.) So there are two ways you can go with this:
  • Go ahead and apply for both Wq/yue and Wy/yue. Wy/yue is over 50 pages, so it would meet the requirement—and then you could have Wq/yue also. I'd hope that you would give Wy/yue at least a little attention from a strictly housekeeping perspective, but you could spend most of your time on Wikiquote.
  • Tell me that you expect to push Wq/yue from its current 28 (or so) pages up past 50 in the next couple of months. If you can do that, I'm willing to stretch the point on this a little, given your strong record here on Incubator.
So just tell me which way to go on this. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:58, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
In this case, I'll attempt to make the push. If this does not succeed, I will re-apply when Wq/yue reaches 50 pages. 【粵語文學大使殘陽孤侠粵維辭典起錨! 16:42, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
OK. In that case, I'm going to give you a three-month term as test-admin on Wq/yue, which means it will expire on 2019-03-03. If you get the test up to 50 main space pages by then, I will simply automatically stretch the term out to a full year. If not, I'll let the rights expire until the test gets big enough. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:56, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
Vēnī, vīdī, vīcī! There are now 51 articles in Category:Wq/yue. 【粵語文學大使殘陽孤侠粵維辭典起錨! 01:14, 8 December 2018 (UTC)

Kellybundy (Wp/arq)[edit]

Hello, I want to be administrator of the algerian wikipedia projetc WP/arq (excuse me but I don't speak english very well). So, I want to be an administrator because there is no one! nobody supress nobody works and the project is full of empty pages and duplicates, it's catastrophic. I'v talk with one administrator but he don't do anything and it's impossible for me and other writters to work in this conditions. So I decide to told to you to be an administrator because I really like my language and my culture and I know I can work very good and I have time to do it, so.. can you help me please? Thank you. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kellybundy (discussioncontribs) 23:03, 2 December 2018 (UTC).

X mark.svg Pas encore. Tu dois être contributrice sur Incubateur depuis plus longtemps que maintenant avant de devenir test-admin. Merci pour tes contributions! S'il te plaît continuer à contribuer, et tu pourras faire une nouvelle demande près du 1ère février. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:33, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
NB: La pluspart de la travaille sur ce project (Wp/arq) jusqu'au présent venait de l'Université Hassiba Benbouali de Chlef. Donc, quelquefois il y a beaucoup de travaille, et après, seulement un peu, et après, beaucoup encore. STP sois patient. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:33, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Kellybundy Ok, thank you StevenJ81, but it's very difficult for me to contribute in this conditions, nothing is clear, too much errors on names, too much duplicates. Who can suppress all the duplicates please? It's a jungle and I can't contribute into a jungle so I never can be an admin :( Thank you for your answer.

Bachounda t'a répondu, et il a beaucoup d'expérience. Et il est test-admin—car s'il y a de duplication, il peut la supprimer. Demande-lui t'aider. StevenJ81 (talk) 21:48, 3 December 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

None currently