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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]

ჯეო (Wn/ka)[edit]

Hello my friends I want to be an admin of Georgian Wikinews, because I am only one active user, I want to made a good news web, You can see I made news but I want to be admin, because I'am a human, who makes new life to this project--ჯეო (talk) 14:45, 2 June 2019 (UTC) I made more than 40 pages in two days and I think Wn/ka is the most active Wikinews in Incubator--ჯეო (talk) 11:13, 3 June 2019 (UTC) @StevenJ81:; @Ebe123:

  • Comment Comment Standard 5-day hold for comments. I suggest more news articles while waiting :) FYI, I moved Template:Wn/ka/ესკიზი out of article-space. Ebe123 (Talkabout it|contribs) 17:41, 2 June 2019 (UTC)
    @ჯეო: You are blocked on three projects. That makes me nervous about giving you admin rights here. Can you please explain the problems on those other projects? (@Ebe123: for information). StevenJ81 (talk) 16:36, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
    @StevenJ81: German wiki blocked me because they thought my edits wast'nt true about footballer, I copied statistic from Enwiki. Abkhazian blocked me because I didn't know language well but I made pages, but now I start learning and third? but I am most active user in Kawiktionary and I was the most active user in Kawikipedia--ჯეო (talk) 16:40, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
    @StevenJ81: Please give my status, I am only one active user and I am working in it, I want to open this project after 7-8 months--ჯეო (talk) 16:42, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

See it:

and this:

--ჯეო (talk) 16:43, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

@StevenJ81: Please answer me, I want to make one good project named Georgian Wikinews which has more than 100 (108) articles, when I start work there was only 50. And you think I can't do my job good because I am blocked in three wikiprojects?--ჯეო (talk) 17:02, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

@ჯეო: If you are asking StevenJ81 to grant you the rights, you need to wait until 8th June provided no other objections are being made by other wikipedians. Adithyak1997 (talk) 17:07, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

@Adithyak1997: That's my birthday (8th June) :)--ჯეო (talk) 17:11, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

@ჯეო: I have a few comments:
  • I wonder why you need these rights. You have not put in a request for page deletions. You have not requested that any protected pages be edited. You have not requested anything be placed in MediaWiki namespace. Overall, you have not done anything here suggesting why you even need these rights. Am I missing something?
  • 100 pages is not going to be enough content to get this turned into an independent project. The smallest independent Wikinews project that is still open has 250 pages. And at that, your pages are not very well developed yet.
  • A test project community needs more than one contributor in order to be approved as an independent project. You must recruit others to work with you on this project, or it will never be approved, no matter how big or good you make it. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:22, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Waiting for an answer ... StevenJ81 (talk) 13:41, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

@StevenJ81: Yep, you miss, I am only one active user, I want to make tags and defence them because they will be important. And second I didn't said that I will open it at next week, I say in 7-8 months or 1 year, and active users will be much in this project--ჯეო (talk) 16:10, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

@ჯეო: You're doing fine so far. Is there something you haven't been able to do yet because you aren't an administrator? StevenJ81 (talk) 18:22, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

@StevenJ81: Nope, but It will be, so it isn't wrong to I become administrator--ჯეო (talk) 18:24, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: There are 122 articles,now. And I am not working? and I don't need status? Yes I need it, because I am only one active user now, but there are many active users in Georgian wikiprojects, so I will call them later--ჯეო (talk) 12:16, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not right now. You are working, and you're doing a good job. That's not the question here. The question is whether you need the extra rights of a test-administrator. So far, I don't see a need for it. You haven't asked the administrators to do anything that requires administrator rights, so why would you need them? That's especially true if you're the only contributor for now; it's not as if someone else is coming in and creating bad content that you need to address. When there are more contributors here, and when you are more regularly needing administrator-level rights for things like page deletions and blocks, the bureaucrats will be happy to reconsider. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:55, 18 June 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