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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]

None currently

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

Илья Драконов (Wp/inh, Wp/orv, Wy/eo)[edit]

Hi. Could you please continue my test-admin rights please? They expire in a few days. Cheers. Ilya Drakonov (talk) 18:43, 26 January 2017 (UTC).

Since your term still runs until 14 February, I think we can let your request here until then and then prolong them. Best regards --MF-W {a, b} 23:33, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
Cheers mate:) Ilya Drakonov (talk) 17:39, 5 February 2017 (UTC).
I think I'm going to go ahead and pull the trigger on this a little early. It's been here for two weeks with no objections, it's a renewal, and it's only five days early, so ...
Yes check.svg Done Extended for one year from original date, to 2018-02-14. Thank you for your continued contributions. StevenJ81 (talk) 19:26, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Nirajan Pant (Wp/dty)[edit]

Hi, I would like to request test administrator rights for the Doteli Wikipedia project as I need to create and import templates/modules, correct articles, delete the ones with wrong titles, etc. --Nirajan Pant (talk) 04:08, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Project and user have sufficient history. On hold until 16 February. (But see a related comment on your user page, please.) StevenJ81 (talk) 16:29, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Thank you for your contributions, and good luck! StevenJ81 (talk) 14:35, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali (Wp/khw)[edit]

Dear sir, my Test Adminship for Khowar Wikipedia Incubator project is going to be expired on 9th March 2017, The Khowar Wiki project has already been verified as eligible, I am affiliated with Wikimedia Incubator project as test admin, translator and linguist from Pakistan. I request you to kindly renew my test adminship for more two years for smooth running of Khowar wikipedia Incubator project--Rehmat Aziz Chitrali Linguist 15:10, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

On hold until March 2 (one week before expiration). Just to clarify:
  • Test-admin status is always for one year.
  • If this project is approved and moved into its own subdomain during the next year, your test-admin status will last only while the test is still in Incubator. After that, you will have to apply separately to be an administrator on the newly approved wiki. When the time comes, we'll let you know how to do that. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:17, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Ilja.mos (Wp/krl)[edit]

I would like to continue as a test-admin in Krl-project. - talk 9:50, 17 February 2017 (UTC).

@Ilja.mos: Please affirm with an edit from your account that this is what you want. Thanks. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:53, 17 February 2017 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: Sorry, but what do you mean? Now I'm logged in. (talk) 20:30, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
@Ilja.mos: I need you to confirm while logged in that you want to continue as a test-admin. (It's not that I don't believe you; I just need something on the record showing that it's you.) But I'll go ahead and start the five day clock as of 20:30, 19 February UTC. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:59, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

ⓝⓘⓙⓦⓜ (Wp/brx), (wt/brx)[edit]

I need test admin rights for my project, wp/brx and wt/brx. and no more writing... ----👤ⓝⓘⓙⓦⓜ👥тalĸ📨мaιl мe 08:20, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done There is no chance that you can become a test administrator here unless and until you show better understanding of the rules. Please see your talk page for a further discussion. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:55, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

Current requests for bot flags[edit]

None currently

Other requests[edit]

None currently

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