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This is an 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).

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.

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. 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]

Bloch khan (Wy/ps)[edit]

I am one and only active user on this project and I can speak read and write the language, that's why I need Admin access to make many more changes in this project. The test project has more than 68 pages. Khan (talk)

  • This is a borderline case. On the one hand, you've only really been here seriously now for about a week. (You had a few edits earlier than that, but you've only been working hard on this test for a week.)
    There are some things that work differently on Incubator than on other projects, and I'd really like to feel confident that you understand them. Please read, especially, I:PREFIX. I'd like you to read that section, then come back here and acknowledge that you understand it.
  • That having been said, it doesn't appear that others are active on the project. You have been serving as an administrator at Pashto Wikipedia, so you have some experience with the administrator tools.
    Remember, too, that test-administratorship works a little differently from administratorship on an independent project. Please review the differences up above on this page.
  • So I'm going to let the "pretty new here" get balanced by "administrator on another project", and your request can stay open here—though I do want you to look at I:PREFIX, please. Standard procedure, at this point, is for the request to be open for five days, to give people a chance to comment. So comments are now open, until 19:53, 11 September 2017 (UTC). StevenJ81 (talk) 22:02, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
Awaiting a response from @Khan. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:12, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: I understand about this project, I really want to help Pashto Wikivoyage, and I will try my best to help projec also another languages:)). Khan (talk)
Yes check.svg Done Expires in one year (2018-09-20). Thank you for volunteering. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:05, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

محمد جنید حفیظ کھوسہ (Wp/skr, Wt/skr)[edit]

Before the completion of Saraiki project, Test Administrators are Necessary for this project who can take control and review the project, words or topics in that language. Being a Native speaker of Saraiki I request to be a test-administrator of Saraiki wiki. I am also working on other independent projects but I understand that Incubator works differently and I know how it works. I have read I:PREFIX completely & I acknowledge that I understood it. — محمد جنید حفیظ کھوسہ (talk) 12:07, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not yet. On behalf of the Incubator team, we greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer, and hope you will continue to be active. For the time being, I am not going to approve your request, because you have been here a very short time.
The difference between this case and the one above is that the other user has actually been an administrator on other Wikimedia projects, but just didn't have very much experience here on Incubator. So in that user's case I am potentially willing to give the rights here, even though that user has not been around here very long, because of his great experience elsewhere.
In your case, you appear to have very little experience on Wikimedia projects at all. Normally, we do not give administrator rights (even test-administrator rights) to people who have only been here a short time with relatively few edits. I was turned down myself the first time I asked for that exact reason. If you remain active on your tests for another 4–6 weeks—to about the end of October—and ask again, I am much more likely to say "yes" at that time. Thank you in advance for your understanding and for your continued participation here. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:50, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

Arsenekoumyk (Wp/kum)[edit]

Hi everyone! I'd like to request test admin rights for Kumyk incubator. Have been the most active user for the past year with > 800 edits, and also gathered team. Thanks. Arsenekoumyk 12:42, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

@Arsenekoumyk: Just for your information, best to use the "tilde" notation instead of manually typing in the time. No big problem, just a suggestion.
StevenJ81 Thanks for the tip! Experiencing quite annoying crushes and layout jumps on mobile wiki-spaces, sometimes just glad that finished typing at all :) --Arsenekoumyk (talk) 20:32, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
Test is large enough, and user has sufficient experience. Standard hold for comments for five days (to 12:42, 20 September 2017 (UTC)). StevenJ81 (talk) 14:57, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support. I will help this user, if necessary. --Kaganer (talk) 17:43, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
Kaganer Already helping a lot. Lots of huge thanks!--Arsenekoumyk (talk) 20:32, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Expires in one year, on 2018-09-20. Thank you for volunteering! StevenJ81 (talk) 06:28, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Erpelili (Wp/kum)[edit]

I'd like to also request test admin rights for Kumyk wikipedia >300 edits in a few months. Thanks. Erpelili 9:53, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Standard hold (5 days) for comments. StevenJ81 (talk) 12:46, 18 September 2017 (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