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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.
Multiple tests
  • A request can be for more than one test, provided the request meets the requirements noted above.
  • Similarly, a test-administrator can request being added to an additional test or tests during the middle of their year as a test-administrator, and the same rules apply. In this case, the rights for the new tests are for less than a full year, because they will expire the same day as the rights for the first test. After that, all tests are renewed at the same time for one year each.


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]


Hi all. I'd like to request for sysop rights here on incubator. Reason being that there aren't many active sysops to deal with spam/LTAs, so I'd like to lend a helping hand to the community. --Minorax (talk) 15:02, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support Adithyak1997 (talk) 16:42, 25 June 2020 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support was just wondering about something like this - soooo many ltas and spammers here. Minorax can be trusted to clean up after them --DannyS712 (talk) 07:23, 26 June 2020 (UTC)

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

Michael (Wp/qwh)[edit]

Hello. I would like to become an administrator again on Wp/qwh. I was the administrator on that project until 1 January 2019. --Michael junior obregon pozo (talk) 18:13, 18 June 2020 (UTC)

Done. --MF-W {a, b} 14:23, 26 June 2020 (UTC)

CptViraj (Wy/gu)[edit]

Hi, I'm interested in developing the wiki. Admin rights would be really helpful. Thankyou in advance. -- CptViraj (talk) 16:58, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

First there need to be at least 50 articles in Wy/gu (cf. policy at the top of the page). --MF-W {a, b} 11:31, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: Oh, Okay. Apologize! -- CptViraj (talk) 16:00, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Nothing I Can't (Nguyen Manh An) (Wn/vi)[edit]

Hello, I have contributed to this beta project about 90+ posts but there are no admin here and I want to be an admin to control this project. I promise that I will use this right helpfully. Nothing I Can't (talk) 14:17, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

@MF-Warburg: Can you help me to process this request. I have waited for it but nobody processed it. Thank you very much Nothing I Can't (talk) 12:22, 1 July 2020 (UTC)
@Nothing I Can't: I think you will have to wait. According to the Test-admin request procedure, you need to wait for 5 days (from the day of posting a request). It is the time that is given to other users to comment on your request. Adithyak1997 (talk) 12:33, 1 July 2020 (UTC)
This is true. --MF-W {a, b} 13:08, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

Current requests for bot flags[edit]


I request for a bot flag here. Please check this page. The task of the bot will be to remove tt tags only. It can easily be done using Find and Replace tag in AWB. Similar Find and Replace was done in Malayalam Wikipedia (example). You can check my contributions too for knowing sample edits. The edits are actually made with an edit summary 'Replaced obselete tags'. Adithyak1997 (talk) 17:57, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

Is such a bot actually needed? - Regardless of that, I think you can just run it without a bot flag, if at a not-too-fast pace like 5 edits/minute. --MF-W {a, b} 11:37, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
I am not sure whether I can convince you that a bot flag is required. Anyway, please check this page. Since many of the templates require placement of code, many have tt tags. So, editing each of the page even for one tag replacement will be tedious. So, I am not sure whether I will be able to follow 5 edits/minute criteria. There is a small thing too. Since this is the starting page for many projects and that pages from here are actually been converted as base pages in new wikis, I think these errors needs to be corrected now so that they don't need to correct it later. Adithyak1997 (talk) 11:59, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
I was hoping you could give an explanation of what this actually means and why it is a task that should be done. Just linking to a special page saying "aha this needs to be fixed" isn't very insightful. I don't understand what you mean by "editing each page ... will be tedious". Isn't a bot an automated tool that takes the tedium away? Does your bot not have a setting for how many edits it does in a certain timeframe? In pywikibot for example it's called the "throttle". --MF-W {a, b} 14:23, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
First of all, sorry for the misunderstanding. I will explain the method I am going to follow. The tool I will be using is AWB. Since only specific pages are to be updated from the list of lint errors and that the list cannot be directly retrieved according to my need in AWB, I will be copying the list of pages requiring change into a text file with UTF-8 encoding. With the help of Find and Replace option, I can search for tt and /tt tags and replace them with code and /code respectively which I think will be pretty easy. As mentioned in the last edit, the task would be somewhat simple since it does not require me to go to each and every page to make this replacement. The change I am requesting is only for tt tags only due to the reason that it can directly make changes without requiring any regex. In AWB, there is an option called seconds between edits. I usually used to give it as 10 seconds and it hasn't yet created any problems in mlwiki. Adithyak1997 (talk) 14:36, 26 June 2020 (UTC)
@Adithyak1997: could you please stop your bot because your bot still not authorized! ZI Jony (SWMT) 06:54, 29 June 2020 (UTC)
I have stopped it. Actually, in the first comment by MF-Warburg, it was informed that bot flag is not required. As mentioned, I am currently making 5 edits/minute. I tried editing with my own account, but the throttle could not be set, which led me to proceed with my bot account. Now, I will not proceed until further instructions. Adithyak1997 (talk) 07:17, 29 June 2020 (UTC)
It's all fine. After reading m:Meta:Babel/Archives/2020-04#Pointless_lint_filter_fixes_on_discussion_pages, I gave your bot a botflag now as it has the advantage of not showing up in watchlists etc. then. --MF-W {a, b} 19:02, 29 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. Adithyak1997 (talk) 19:06, 29 June 2020 (UTC)
Since the edits are not marked on watchlist, does my bot need to follow 5 edits/minute criteria? As you know, removing this will increase the number of pages in which edits are made. Adithyak1997 (talk) 19:29, 29 June 2020 (UTC)
No, that's not necessary anymore. --MF-W {a, b} 21:25, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Other requests[edit]

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

Minorax (Translation admin)[edit]

Hi all, I'd like to request for temporary TA flag to do some cleanup. Pages such as this is in quite a mess and should be standardized with <tvar> </tvar> tags. Yes, these can be done without the flag but it will be pointless to leave it hanging just like that. --Minorax (talk) 06:41, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Since you are already a translation-admin on other wikis, I suppose that's ok. How long do you want it? Also, can I offer you also a temporary group which allows deleting (e.g. test-adminship) in order to delete the "not a translation"s you find? --MF-W {a, b} 11:46, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: Having test-admin would be great! I'll probably need it a month for both. I'll request again if an extension is needed. --Minorax (talk) 12:02, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
Alright, done. Thanks for helping! --MF-W {a, b} 13:11, 10 June 2020 (UTC)