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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]


I have been a test administrator now for several months. Beyond any work on my own projects, I have been contributing at Incubator in a number of ways, including (a) helping people work on templates, especially in rtl languages, (b) using the partial administrator tools that I have to roll back vandalism or delete vandalism pages, and (c) staying vigilant and communicating with the current administrators on other violations of policy here. Additionally, I am currently an administrator on Ladino Wikipedia. I think I can be helpful to the current administrators here by joining them. StevenJ81 (talk) 16:32, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Support Steven does useful work here and I'm sure he'll make good use of the tools. --MF-W {a, b} 23:25, 16 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Support, agree with MF-Warburg. SPQRobin (talk) 14:32, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --MF-W {a, b} 15:16, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

Commander1987 (Wp/eng)[edit]

Hello, I have good skills for adminship. I have my own business called DBrowser. I am also a skilled coder for HTML. Thanks, --Commander1987 (talk) 17:38, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done Wp/eng is not a valid test. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:31, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Ali Saki (Wp/luz)[edit]

Hi , I was test admin of Southern Luri Wikipedia.I will happy and work harder on my wiki if being test admin again, thanks--Ali Saki (talk) 17:49, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 21:05, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

Amqui (Wp/atj)[edit]

Hi, I have been a test-admin on other test-projects before and I'm also admin on other projects such as Wikipedia and Wikivoyage in French for example. We are currently running a pedogagic project with the Atikamekw community as well as giving training to the community on how to contribute to Wikipedia. It would be useful to be able to perform the admin tasks myself, mainly deleting pages, or being able to create account directly on the Incubator (I had to create students account on the French Wikipedia for the last project); this is needed during formation because there is a limit of 6 new accounts per IP address in a day, in it would be good if the Incubator is there home wiki. We will have the community elect their own test-admin. I have put a notice of this request on the main talk page of the project. We have the intent, later, to have the community elect an admin speaking Atikamekw, but the potential volunteers need to get more familiar with Wikipedia and MediaWiki first. Thanks, Amqui (talk) 21:58, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Best regards, --MF-W {a, b} 13:43, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Benoit Rochon (Wp/atj)[edit]

Hello, on my talkpage, Funny Danny think it would be a good idea if I become test-admin on Wp/atj and he's right. As mentioned by Amqui above, Wikimedia Canada is running a pedagogic project with Atikamekw community, for the next year and maybe more. It would be useful to have admin tools to delete pages that are obsolete, but also create accounts for teachers and students since there's a limitation of 6 accounts per IP address / per 24 hours. I'm sysop on Wikipedia-fr and on Commons for many years, so I know how to use admin tools. Sooner or later, Atikamekw community will elect their own admins, but until then, there's management that have to be done. Best regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 04:45, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

Done. Good luck and success with your project!
Danny B. 13:57, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
Ahem. Requests last 5 days. --MF-W {a, b} 11:48, 19 November 2016 (UTC)
True. My fault. I was not looking further up than just couple lines and since I haven't spotted any rules (they are quite further here than eg. on Meta), the user is trusted and well known, and was invited to become test admin, I acted. Which actually reminds me, that once ago before I've got busy with other projects, I thought about splitting this page as this is neither noticeboard nor bots are administrators etc. (= it mixes various things). Anyway, while I hardly doubt anybody would have an objection, you as steward may of course remove the rights for the following 4 days and we can then reassign them, but I think it is overbureaucratized. Of course if within next 4 days someone raises an objection, then removal is in place.
My apologies to both of you for the inconvenience, I acted in good will to help out to the WMCA project because technical restrictions (# of account created) should not be the cause of its fail, lower success nor even an obstacle on its way. Should you think I should step down from bureaucratship because of this fault, let me know.
Danny B. 13:48, 19 November 2016 (UTC)
I am at a loss about your comment. - I didn't expect that any opposes would be made on this request, and it's also not a big deal if it once happens that a request is closed a day or so too early by accident. But closing a request on its first day is really over the top, especially when the person who "invited" the request was you yourself. The argument about the account creation limit can't mitigate that: neither was it said that this is an urgent issue, nor do test-admins actually have the right to bypass the rate limits (!). I agree that, now that the right is already assigned, it would just generate unnecessary log entries to take it away again, however 1) I couldn't remove it as a steward because I cannot do anything on this my home wiki as a steward, 2) bureaucrats can actually remove test-admins by themselves. You are a bureaucrat for 8 years now, and as far as I recall, the scheduled duration of test-adminship requests has not been changed during this time; bureaucrats could also remove test-adminship during all this time. This action here was in itself rather harmless, but since you somehow forgot or never knew all these policies, it makes me rather concerned and I think it might indeed be better if you resigned as a bureaucrat. --MF-W {a, b} 18:47, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Tulsi Bhagat (wp/dty) (wn/ne) (wq/ne)[edit]

Hello, I would like to request for test-adminship to promote those projects ahead. Regards --Tulsi Bhagat (talk) 15:54, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

So far you made 4 edits to them. How will you promote them ahead? And how will test-adminship help you with it? --MF-W {a, b} 16:46, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
Request Withdrawn Tulsi Bhagat (talk) 12:49, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done (withdrawn) StevenJ81 (talk) 15:25, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Assiyala (Wp/inh)[edit]

Hello! Can I be the test administrator to test Ingush Wiki? I am an active user and speak the language very well. Assiyala (talk) 13:01, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

Very useful and active. I confirm. Adam-Yourist (talk) 13:45, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

omda4wady (Wy/ar) =[edit]

Hi, I have been a test-admin on Arabic Wikivoyage project before,kindly approve my request Omda4wady (talk) 08:50, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

Current requests for bot flags[edit]


Hello, I'm working on Algerian Arabic Wiktionary. I ask if I can get a bot flag for my bot User:GeekEdBot. Tasks:

  • Adding/removing categories
  • Adding/removing templates
  • Adding entries: All the dictionaries are either old and printed (can't be used to generate words) or have a bad quality, so I have to add the entries from a dictionary to an excel file (manually, ~200 words an hour), then I use CSVLoader to add them to Algerian Wiktionary.
  • Adding definitions, examples, inflection tables, and conjugation tables.
  • Correcting spelling of other users' entries (if any).

I know that actual users should be editing, I hope more users gets encouraged and starts editing in Wiktionary (there exist some volunteers, but they contributed to other websites or projects), but this is me writing the entries and not just a script collecting them from different sources.
As for an example of my edits, you can visit the Algerian Wiktionary. Note: At first I started editing in Latin script, since it is the script used in the dictionary, however, I stopped doing that and adopted Perso-Arabic letters (because they are the closest ones to handwritten Maghrebi and to the letters used in old dictionaries), but finally, I decided to use normal Arabic letters so people can find these entries on Google in the future.
Daily added entries won't be stable. Currently, I'm on summer vacation and I can normally spend 2 hours adding words. In the rest of the year, I think I will be active on weekends only. I hope that by that time, more users will start volunteering here.
By the way, is it considered "legal" to copy modules and templates from English Wiktionary? I wanted to do that, but I ended up designing my own templates (not as good as the English ones).
If I decide to start working on Algerian Wikipedia (maybe next summer), should I ask for another bot flag? Thank you so much. --GeekEmad (talk) 18:38, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

I don't think it's a good idea to start adding pages by bot while still in the incubation phase. It's better to do that when your domain is made. --OWTB (talk) 09:46, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
The pages that will be added will only be in Maghrebi Arabic (It constitues a dialectal continuum which includes Algerian Arabic). The bot is used to avoid repetitive tasks which take a lot of extra time (opening a new page, copying page style, copying words from the excel file that I made, adding categories, saving...), this, without talking about the long time that I need to collect words of Maghrebi Arabic dialects. This will make my work easier and will give me a lot of extra time to collect more words. I think that the logical reason behind not allowing bots for creating entries is to avoid Wiki projects which are based on simply copying from other projects. The case is different here, everything is collected and written manually, but submitting it is done using a bot to save time and effort. You have the full right to disable my bot account when I add a word from a language other than Maghrebi Arabic and Berber (even Classical Arabic words won't be added using this bot), with the exceptions of adding translation tables at the end of articles (the words might have red links, but the bot won't create any of the entries for foreign languages) and loanwords (the loanword in its actual Maghrebi pronunciation can be added using the bot, the original word in the source language will not be added using this bot, e.g. trisiti can be added using the bot, while électricité can be added only manually). --GeekEmad (talk) 19:23, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Other requests[edit]

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

Rachitrali (Wp/khw)[edit]

  • Dear sir, I was Translator in incubator and my translatorship rights alongwith my Test Adminship rights have been expired in February 2016, I have been granted only the Adminship but the Translatorship rights have not yet been renewed. I have translated from English to Khowar in incubator. please renew the same for translating in Khowar Language only if possible.--Raki 11:47, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Yes check.svg Done Ebe123 (Talkabout it|contribs) 17:39, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank you very much Mr@Ebe123: for granting translating rights for Khowar Language--Raki 03:57, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

User:昏君 (Wt/yue)[edit]

I would like to get importer's right as there are tons of pages that should belong to Cantonese Wiktionary in Cantonese Wikipedia. I would like to import them to the right place. LC 粵維語錄、粵維辭典啟動! 04:10, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Please give some examples. --MF-W {a, b} 03:23, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done as there was no response. --MF-W {a, b} 00:10, 6 October 2016 (UTC)