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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]

Interface administrators can edit JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and JSON pages (pages such as MediaWiki:Common.js, MediaWiki:Vector.css). They can also edit users' individual CSS and JS pages which otherwise can only by edited by the users themselves. CSS and JS access is particularly sensitive due to the possible damage caused by intentional or accidental misuse, so it is important that interface administrators ensure they practice good account security and be careful with the changes they make. For legal and security reasons, the Wikimedia Foundation has decided that you need to have two factor authentication enabled in order to hold this right.

Bureaucrats are able to grant and revoke these rights, including to themselves. Please make requests in the appropriate section below. They will run for at least 7 days.

This right is granted for no longer than one year at a time to non-administrators, but is renewable.

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. Administrators can also add/remove the translation administrator rights on their own accounts. 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]

Kellybundy (Wp/arq)[edit]

Hello, I wrote to you few months ago because I wanted to be in the team of the administrators of the Algerian Wikipedia Incubator, you told me to come back in February (I didn't find the old discussion between us), so we are the first day of february, how can I do to be in the administrator team? Thank you. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kellybundy (discussioncontribs) 10:11, 1 February 2019 (UTC).

The previous request was on 4 December, and you stopped editing on 9 December and returned today. Do you not want to focus on content work first? --MF-W {a, b} 11:59, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes I understand, but the problem is that the project is very badly organized, and all the people I contact don't want to work on it because it's too much disorganized. So I just want to re-organise pages and add a lot of very important recent templates (like references) for move forward in the project. The actual administrator don't do anything, I wish he did something but he don't so why why he monopolizes the project? we do not move forward. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kellybundy (discussioncontribs) 13:44, 1 February 2019 (UTC).

  • Please sign your posts.
  • A lot of this project is being run out of the university in Chlef, so the administrators tend to be more active when the students are more active, and less active when the students are less active. And when I asked you to come back in February, it was on the assumption that you would be actively creating content in the meantime—not that you would disappear for two months and then come back.
I'll defer to your judgment, @MF-Warburg, on this. If I had a choice, I'd like to see @Kellybundy be active creating content for a month or two first. But I appreciate that some people prefer to work on structure, and maybe that's OK here. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:41, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
Ok Steven, I understand your opinion and I'm agree with you, I don't really really want to be administrator, I prefer writting, it's a pleasur for me to write. So, can you, at least, supress the duplicates article that I have selected and actualise some templates (for example, give use the modern and actual templates like the english version). Can you do that or it's not your field of responsibilityes? For personnal intelectual reasons, it's very difficult for me to write in anarchical structure, but I will make efforts. Thank you for all your answers and your presence.
Kellybundy — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kellybundy (discussioncontribs) 10:52, 2 February 2019 (UTC).
If there is a need for administrative actions, I am not against it - I was mainly wondering if the priorities shouldn't be elsewhere. But if there is a situation to clean up, nothing speaks against test-admin rights for me (PS: please sign your posts using 4 tildes: ~~~~, which adds the date and time as well). --MF-W {a, b} 13:39, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes, can you just clean it? i'have already add the "supress option" and rename all wrong pages with french name "à supprimer", and I'll add another duplicates to supress because there is a lot of it. It's so difficult for me to write when there is a lot of duplicates (sometimes the same subject have 2 or 3 or 4 pages, so I just want to create one only page for each subject, it's more clear and easyier to make internal links). (sorry for my bad english, i'm a french-arabic speaker). Kellybundy Kellybundy (talk) 14:40, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

I think it's always easier if a speaker of the language cleans it up ;) --MF-W {a, b} 11:14, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
Kelly je viens de créer {{Suppression Immédiate}} comme rédirection vers {{Delete}}, et maintenant nous pouvons voir les pages que tu veux être supprimées. A l'avenir, il vaut mieux utiliser ce modèle et non pas changer le nom de la page. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:00, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

Kellybundy Hello Steven, thank you for your work :) Just a last question, is it normal all the redirections in green in this list? Special:PrefixIndex/Wp/arq I Think I made a mistake with redirections..... I'll read and learn about redirection to do not make the same mistake. Thanks a lot, the project is cleaner and I can write now. Kellybundy (talk) 11:16, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Redirections are automatic when you move pages, so, yes, it's normal. You did not do anything wrong. Administrators (and test-sysops) can prevent the creation of redirects, so when we move large numbers of pages we do not need to create redirections.
In general, we can remove them. I could even make you a test-sysop to do that. But here is how you need to do it:
  1. One by one, go to each redirection page.
  2. On each page, click the link What links here.
  3. If something links to the redirection page, go to that page, and change it, so that it points to the new target page.
  4. Once nothing links to the redirection page, you can delete it.
Or ... just leave them. See en:WP:Redirects are cheap—there is no harm in letting them stay. And in any case, it may be better to stop with the administrative tasks for a while and just do some writing, and then go back to those later. It's up to you. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:13, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done I see you've gotten busy with content here. So I'm going to go ahead and say yes. Your rights will expire 2020-02-15.
  • MAIS: S'il vous plaît être conscient que les étudiants de l'Université Hassiba Benbouali de Chlef ont beaucoup travaillé sur ce projet. Ils peuvent vous demander pourquoi avoir supprimé certaines choses, avoir combiné choses, etc. SVP leur donner une certaine liberté de contribuer, et ne pas être trop rapide pour supprimer ou combiner les choses. Demandez plutôt sur leur page de discussion s’ils sont disposés à faire ces changes eux-mêmes. Pingez-moi si vous avez de questions. Bonne chance. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:28, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Rachitrali (Wp/khw, Wp/bgn, Wp/scl, Wp/skr, Wt/skr)[edit]

@StevenJ81: My test adminship rights is going to be expired in 9th March 2019, I would like to extend my test-admin rights, please extend the same. Regards --RAChitrali 09:05, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Gosh, Rachitrali, can't you format your requests like everyone else? In any case, request is on hold until March 2, seven days before your current rights expire. I assume you want to renew the translator right, too? StevenJ81 (talk) 22:34, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: thanks for correction, please renew my translator rights too. regards --RAChitrali 04:47, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Pindtlzm (Wp/mnp)[edit]

I want to be a test administrator for the Test Minbei Wikipedia. Pindtlzm (talk) 09:40, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
I support you, I think you can do the job. Werijizhee(talk) 10:01, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

User and test both eligible. Standard five day hold for comments. StevenJ81 (talk) 22:46, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

FirePolyglot (Wt/cbk)[edit]

I would like to be a test administrator for the Test Chavacano Wiktionary. Thank you.

FirePolyglot (talk) 19:13, 14 February 2019 (UTC) FirePolyglot

X mark.svg Not yet. Thank you for offering. I see that you created a user page last fall, then edited one page in January, and then became active four days ago. You need to be around for a couple of months before I can consider this. Please keep contributing content, and if you remain active through about May 1, come back and ask again. StevenJ81 (talk) 22:38, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Ok. Thanks for letting me know. --FirePolyglot (talk) 00:56, 15 February 2019 (UTC)FirePolyglot

Brahim-essaidi (wp/zgh, wp/shi)[edit]

I would like to renew my test-admin rights pleas.
Thanks in advance. Brahim-essaidi (talk) 21:35, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Standard hold. StevenJ81 (talk) 05:29, 17 February 2019 (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