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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]


Hello! I would like to request for administrator access in Wikimedia Incubator. I am a test admin at Wp/kjp and previously at Wp/shn. I am also a bureaucrat at Burmese Wikipedia and administrator at Burmese Wiktionary. As an administrator, I would like to focus to the test projects of South East Asian languages. Thanks. NinjaStrikers «» 07:39, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

This request is open for community comments here for seven days. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:06, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
Could you name some examples of what actions you have in mind which require admin tools? --MF-W {a, b} 19:28, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
Editing MediaWiki namespaces like MediaWiki:Wp/mnw/Common.css will require admin tools. NinjaStrikers «» 05:18, 29 October 2019 (UTC)
This user has been a solid citizen here and has been helpful beyond his registered tests. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:36, 29 October 2019 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: Are you OK with this? I recommend to approve. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:13, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done as there have been no objections. Ninjastrikers, maybe you can consider to create a local userpage here on Incubator. The policy above requires admin (candidates) to have one such, and you have a global user page, which I guess is fine enough, but as a local admin, you could put some customized info for Incubator there. --MF-W {a, b} 00:18, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

Thank you. I'll create a local userpage here. NinjaStrikers «» 13:42, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

Current requests for test adminship[edit]

Short-term extension of Mon Wikipedia test admins (Wp/mnw)[edit]

Mon Wikipedia was recently approved, and its wiki is awaiting creation. Until creation is finished, on my initiative, I am extending the test-admin rights for User:Htawmonzel for 30 days, effective immediately. I will continue to do that every 30 days until the test is created. I will do similarly for User:Aue Nai when that user's rights expire on 12 November, again for 30 days at a time. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:37, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

Creation is now finished. I will let User:Aue Nai's rights expire naturally on 12 November, and will remove User:Htawmonzel's rights on the same day. StevenJ81 (talk) 16:26, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

SADIQUI (Wp/ary) 2[edit]

@StevenJ81: I am interested in becoming a test admin in Moroccan Arabic Wikipedia. This is my 2nd request after the first one a month ago.--SADIQUI (talk) 16:34, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

About your suggestions concerning Magheribi Wikipedia, I think it's a bad idea. Personally I understand Algerian & Tunisian Arabic with a such difficulty especially when they introduce some frensh words or when they speak quickly. By the way, Moroccan Arabic have some words from Spanish which doesn't exist in Algerian & Tunisian (for ex: صباط (Sbbat) from Zapatos means Shoe).--SADIQUI (talk) 16:34, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Concerning the script used in writing. I agreed with Ayoub El Wardi (another active user in wp/ary) to write with arabic script. I think it's the best choice.--SADIQUI (talk) 16:34, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
OK. Standard hold of five days for community comments.
Concerning which script to use, that's up to the participants in the community.
This is not the place for a detailed discussion of the idea of a combined Maghrebi project. Don't worry about that right now. I will add a further comment on your talk page. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:18, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Thank you for volunteering. Rights expire on 2020-11-06. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:49, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

Dokuz sekiz (wt/diq, Wy/tr, Wy/diq)[edit]

I want to help my language/project. Dokuz sekiz (talk) 20:59, 11 November 2019 (UTC)

Standard five-day hold for community comments. StevenJ81 (talk) 22:18, 11 November 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