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Wikimedia Foundation

Welcome to Wikimedia Incubator!

This is the Wikimedia Incubator, where potential Wikimedia project wikis in new language versions of Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikiquote and Wiktionary can be arranged, written, tested and proven worthy of being hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Although these test wikis do not yet have their own wiki, they can be used for real like any other Wikimedia project wiki.

New language versions of Wikiversity should go to Beta Wikiversity, and those of Wikisource to Old Wikisource.

You cannot start a whole new project, you may only start a new language edition of an existing project.

How to start a new test wiki?

If you are here to start a new language edition of a project, you can find all information on Help:Manual. Please be aware of the local policy.

Some important rules:

  • You need a valid language code (explained on Help:Manual), if you haven't, go to Incubator Plus.
  • Starting a test wiki here doesn't mean it will later be automatically accepted by Wikimedia; you need it to be approved by the Language committee first. See Requests for new languages for more information.
  • Please respect the naming conventions for the test language, to help future migrations of pages to an actual wiki project. All of your test pages (including templates and categories) need to be named uniquely (by using a prefix — at least the language code; see above) and consistently.

How to contribute to a test wiki on Incubator?

If you have knowledge of a language which currently has a test language here, you are strongly encouraged to contribute to that test language.

Please give all pages you create a correct prefix. For more information about prefixes, see info about prefixes and tips for working with prefixes.

Current events

Sister projects

The Wikimedia Foundation operates several other multilingual and free-content projects:

Wikipedia Wikipedia
The free encyclopedia
Wiktionary Wiktionary
Dictionary and thesaurus
Wikisource Wikisource
Free-content library
Wikiquote Wikiquote
Collection of quotations
Wikibooks Wikibooks
Free textbooks and manuals
Wikinews Wikinews
Free-content news
Wikiversity Wikiversity
Free learning materials and activities
Wikispecies Wikispecies
Directory of species
  Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons
Shared media repository
Meta-Wiki Meta-Wiki
Wikimedia project coordination