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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 IncubatorEdit

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 creatorsEdit

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 administratorsEdit

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 administratorsEdit

  • 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 permissionsEdit

Below are the current requests for permissions.

Please always first read the policy written above before making a request.

Current requests for adminshipEdit


Hello! I would like to request for administrator access here on Incubator.

I think there is a lack of active administrators here to fight spam/vandalism. I have interest as well as experience of encountering vandalism. Granting the admin access will allow me to delete vandal/bad/test pages across the site and also block vandal users.

I would also like to be Bureaucrat to help with assigning user rights.

Note: Currently I have test-admin right at Wn/bn and Wq/bn.

Thanks in advance! –– T@hmid (T@lk) 05:05, 30 April 2021 (UTC)

Hello, thank you for your application. One thing I'm curious about, do you have a track record of dealing with vandalism here? Most of your mw-undo and mw-rollback are for undoing your edits, and it's hard to find if you've responded to vandalism. --Sotiale (talk) 09:06, 30 April 2021 (UTC)
@Sotiale: Thanks for your response. Actually I have experience of encountering vandalism (and a lot of edits of undo/rollback) on wikidata, bnwiki, enwiki and many other wikis. But yes, you are right about my undo & rollback history of Incubator. The reason is I didn’t patroll Special:RecentChanges of Incubator that much. I only worked at my test wiki (Wn/bn & Wq/bn) and added categories to some other test wikis. But I am starting to enlarge my working area.
My focus as a test admin was to remove vandal/test pages from my test wiki (see my deletion log). And after getting admin access I will work all over Incubator to encounter vandalism. I will also be responsing at the I:RFD and other areas where admin actions are necessary. Thanks. –– T@hmid (T@lk) 12:41, 30 April 2021 (UTC)
Oppose As mentioned by Sotiale, it's hard to judge with only 30+ admin-related actions and no undos/rollback at all (all were self-reverts). Additionally, user only started being reasonably active since February this year and out of the 4,695 edits made so far, 70% of them were made within the last 7 days. While admins here aren't as active, global sysops (21 other users, excluding me n MF-Warburg) and stewards (37 other users, excluding Sotiale) have access to admin tools here. --Minorax (talk) 03:08, 1 May 2021 (UTC)

Current requests for test adminshipEdit

User:Haoreima (Wp/omp)Edit

I am requesting for test sysop right for the test wiki for omp (Old Manipuri language). A few months ago, I and my team succeded in making mni Wikipedia (Modern Manipuri Wikipedia) from its incubator too. In both the cases, I am one of the most active users contributing to the test wiki project. In this case, I want to carry on some of the tasks, which could not be possible if one is not an admin. I hope for a Wikipedia status for Wp/omp. Haoreima (talk) 09:16, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

With the test-wiki being rather new and pages rather short, could you give some example of actions that need admin rights? --MF-W {a, b} 00:07, 27 April 2021 (UTC)

Not done as there was no reply. --MF-W {a, b} 14:46, 6 May 2021 (UTC)

User:ჯეო (Wn/ka)Edit

  • I have made first edit in this project 2 years ago and after this I was trying to contribute, I am more active and only one user in this project, now I need status of admin for make some technical changes and fight against vandalism, I think I am ready to contribute in incubator before I will request opening of this project--ჯეო (talk) 16:24, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

  Done --MF-W {a, b} 14:46, 6 May 2021 (UTC)

Current requests for bot flagsEdit


My bot will use pywikibot's script to archive talk pages. It will use User:Tahmid/TahmidBotArchive template. See User:TahmidBot/Archivetest page for result of test run. Thanks!! T@hmid (T@lk) 09:38, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

On which pages do you plan to use this bot? --MF-W {a, b} 00:08, 27 April 2021 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: All talk pages that includes {{User:Tahmid/TahmidBotArchive}} with necessary parameters filled. T@hmid (T@lk) 01:39, 27 April 2021 (UTC)
  Comment Mainly so that the news articles on bnwikinews could be archived. Changed to comment because it will archive talk page only.--Notbrev (talk) 07:48, 2 May 2021 (UTC)
@Notbrev: Bot will not work to archive bnwikinews pages. It will only archive talk pages. See for details about archiving. -- T@hmid (T@lk) 13:22, 2 May 2021 (UTC)

For now it seems that there are no objections. I think the bot can run without a bot flag. --MF-W {a, b} 14:46, 6 May 2021 (UTC)

Other requestsEdit

Note: If you want to translate the interface, Translatewiki is the preferred place: here. For local translations, see Incubator:Translation project

None currently