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Use this page for requests for:

  • Renaming
  • Promotion (to administrator, bot, bureaucrat, etc.)
  • Anything else bureaucrats are needed for (is there anything?)

Any new flagging to +sysop should have an associated subpage here, except for staff and well-established volunteer developers, where a developer is someone who has had changes accepted to the MediaWiki core or a MediaWiki extension where the total number of changed lines in the relevant whitespace-insensitive diffs exceeds 100.

One thing to keep in mind is that unlike most Wikimedia sites, this site is controlled by the MediaWiki developers, not the other users in this community. Being a developer (someone with commit access who uses it to maintain code that runs on Wikimedia sites) automatically entitles you to at least administrator status, and a long-time developer won't find it hard to become a bureaucrat. If you're not a developer, you do have to give some good reason to get any privileges; you should not expect to ever be made a bureaucrat; and if you are, you might want to stick to renames and leave promotions to developers. Something like a third of administrators and a quarter of bureaucrats are non-developers, however, so it's not like you shouldn't bother asking.

That said, there aren't really any formal policies on what's required: you just have to convince a bureaucrat. Use common sense―if you're trustworthy and your services are in need, there's no reason not to promote you to administrator at least, but don't ask for administrator without giving a concrete reason (unless you're a developer). Being personally known to a developer or having administrator or higher status on a major Wikimedia project are two ways to be deemed trustworthy.

Asking for transwiki, bot, or a rename is fine without demonstrating that you're trustworthy, since those can be revoked/reverted at will and don't do much anyway.

Requests for permissions[edit | edit source]

Archives: Autochecked userEditorAdministratorBureaucratOther user rights
  • Please create a subpage under Project:Requests/User rights/ with your user name as the page title and then transclude it to the bottom of this section.
=== User:Example ===
{{Rfur|Requested user right}} (Choose from: Administrator, Bot, Bureaucrat, Coder, Autochecked user, Transwiki importer, Other)
{{UserLinks|Example}}
I am a MediaWiki developer [http://svn.wikimedia.org/users.php (svn proof)] [https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/dashboard/0 (git proof)] or 
I have rolled back many instances of vandalism here and assisted users extensively.
I have accounts on Meta and am an active maintainer of the WMF Bugzilla. - Example 1 Apr 2008, 12:00am

* '''support''' I thought you were an admin here already! - User1, 1 Apr 2008, 12:45am
* '''oppose''' Example punched me in the nose at the last Wikimeet and broke it. I have a personal grudge. - User2, 1 Apr 2008, 1:15am

User:SG (WMF)[edit | edit source]

Requested user-rights: Administrator.

I gave Shahyar Ghobadpour administrator rights because he needs them for his work on Flow.--Jorm (WMF) (talk) 22:21, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Please expand on "needs". Peachey88 (talk) 02:28, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
@Jorm (WMF): See above, apparently there's still an open question. Vogone talk 13:44, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
He's the front end developer for flow. As such, he has to build and test interfaces. Interfaces that change depending on if the user is an administrator or not. He is also an employee, and we tend to give sysop to foundation staff as a rule when requested. Is this satisfactory?--Jorm (WMF) (talk) 20:43, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
MW Wiki is not a test wiki for that type of stuff, See test,test2 or betalabs. And I thought we had gone past handing out to sysop rights to just anyone these days unless they actually proposed a reason and it was deemed "decent". Peachey88 (talk) 09:01, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
Policy has been, and I quote,

Any new flagging to +sysop should have an associated subpage here, except for staff and well-established volunteer developers, where a developer is someone who has had changes accepted to the MediaWiki core or a MediaWiki extension where the total number of changed lines in the relevant whitespace-insensitive diffs exceeds 100...don't ask for administrator without giving a concrete reason (unless you're a developer)."

TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 08:28, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

User:MeikoBot[edit | edit source]

Requested user-rights: Bot.

I'd like to have this account of mine (verify ownership) be made a bot so that it can perform basic cosmetic changes to pages, carefully of course, using pywikibot. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 01:15, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
Edit: Maybe I could also have it periodically clean the sandbox? It seems like this isn't something that's done by a bot consistently, so I could have it done by a bot too. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 03:21, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Support Don't see why not. --Goldenburg111 (talk) 01:16, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Can you please be more specific about what kinds of changes? Why do you need a bot for it?--Jasper Deng (talk) 01:17, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
    • It'd be using Pywikibot's cosmetic_changes.py script, where it would automatically go through pages and show me what it wants to change, and I'd manually say "yes" or "no" to it. What the script does is fix some basic syntax issues or common mistakes people make in wikisyntax, for example it'd change [[Example|examples]] to just [[example]]s. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 01:20, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
      • So if I understand correctly, then it's like en:WP:AWB, for which I don't think you'd need a bot account for.--Jasper Deng (talk) 01:21, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
        • Yes. The only reason I figured it'd be best to have as a bot would be to not flood the recent changes and/or peoples' watchlists. Since it is automated/semi-automated (depending on how it's run), it can make many edits in a short timeframe, which I'm sure you can imagine can get obnoxious it it weren't flagged as a bot edit. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 01:23, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm fine with this, giving it a few days for other people to voice their opinions otherwise I'll go ahead and +bot it. Even if manually driven, having the bot flag is nice to avoid the RC flood as well as since it has the potential to hit user talk pages. --Skizzerz 04:48, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Will the bot be making only cosmetic wikicode changes that don't create a display difference or will there be noticeable changes to the display of the pages? Peachey88 (talk) 09:04, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
    • It shouldn't make any display changes. I'll also be doing what I can to make sure it doesn't mess up translation pages, but it shouldn't be able to do that. Like I said, I'll be keeping a close eye on it and manually telling it which pages to edit for a while just to see where any possible problems with it may be. Once any possible problems are worked out, I'd let it be more automated. But starting out, it will be semi-automatic so I'll make sure it doesn't make any mistakes. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 14:56, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

User:Eland Zhou[edit | edit source]

Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

I am now requesting for Translation Administrator for two purposes:

  1. To add API pages to the translation lists to ZH. because I'm translator also a developer using APIs, I think documents translated to ZH will do good to developers whose native language is Chinese in work efficiency.
  2. To have experience of Special:PageMigration and find bugs.
Thank you for your help with translations. Please confirm having read Project:Language policy. --Nemo 07:04, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! I confirm having read the Language Policy.--Pumpkin (talk) 18:09, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

User:Shirayuki[edit | edit source]

Requested user-rights: Administrator.
Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

Because he does just too much good work and I'm tired of fulfilling his deletion request and marking his pages for translation. (Rarely, I had to decline some of his deletion requests but I trust him to double check himself as needed.) He also has hundreds of merged patches in MediaWiki. --Nemo 09:51, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good. YesY Done! Legoktm (talk) 10:04, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your concern. --Shirayuki (talk) 12:00, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
Yay! I'm happy about this. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:55, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Excuse my butting in for no reason, but why is this still transcluded on Project:Requests? Cathfolant (talk) 22:37, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Because you or others have not removed it. :-) There isn't a strict practice on when requests are archived. --Nemo 22:41, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

User:CFCF[edit | edit source]

Requested user-rights: Transwiki importer.
Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

I'm an editor on Wikiproject Medicine's: Translation Taskforce, and have received an IEG for Medicine Translation Project Community Organizing to help the project grow and to ensure articles that have been translated are integrated properly to their target Wikis. This has to be done in a way where we don't just translate and article and leave it to someone else to fix the mess once (or even if) they find it.
To ensure that the content on smaller Wikis shows the proper references a number of Templates and Modules need to be imported. Additionally we are using infoboxes which display links and information, and importing these is also a goal. Also we are lacking en:MediaWiki:Common.css at for example rw:MediaWiki:Common.css, which results in broken infoboxes. We are looking for a fix for an infobox which does not rely on CSS, unless these could also be imported with Transwiki importer rights.
In the end we are talking about maybe 20+ templates and 10+ modules for each Wiki. As we are translating to over 100 languages and many of these are very small and thus lack any templates/modules, manual importing requires considerable work and effort which could be placed doing other things. Additionally many of the smaller Wikis do not have active admins, and even if they can be reached it is very cumbersome to contact them all in order to import something which most Wikis use and those who do not most likely will be willing to. If I receive such user rights I will also be willing to take on this role once the IEG has run its course so that the translation project can come to full fruition.
Thanks, CFCF (talk) 16:52, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

What does this have to do with mediawiki.org? I think you are in the wrong place. --Krenair (talkcontribs) 17:17, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
The issue seems to be that I'm being sent back and forth in trying to find the proper places to ask for permission. I'm trying to track how I got here, and honestly I can't really say. I'm sorry for wasting your time, I will have to make the requests on the Wikis one by one. CFCF (talk) 22:03, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
meta:Steward requests/Global permissions is what I was after. Feel free to delete this entry. CFCF (talk) 22:05, 22 June 2014 (UTC)


Requests for renames[edit | edit source]

Information on how renames work is available on Wikipedia. Archives: 2014 (Previous years).

Example request:

=== Oldname → Newname ===
I'd like to change my username to "Newname" because that's the
username I use on other projects. Thanks! - ~~~~

Vitalik7 → Vitalik[edit | edit source]

I'd like to change my username to "Vitalik" because that's the username I use on other projects. Thanks! - Vitalik7 (talk) 16:14, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Since User:Vitalik is not attached to your SUL account, could you please verify ownership of it? Also I don't think this is really necessary if you can use that account instead since this is your only edit here.--Jasper Deng (talk) 03:35, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

D_abhi → Abhinav[edit | edit source]

I'd like to change my username to "Abhinav", to complete the SUL Process. Confirmation link : diff. Thanks! - D abhi (talk) 07:13, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

YesY Done - Hoo man (talk) 20:38, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Ionic → cinoI[edit | edit source]

I'd like to change my username to "cinoI" because "Ionic" is already taken on quite some other Wikipedias. I cannot complete the SUL process with this user name. Thanks for your support. - Ionic (talk) 20:33, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

YesY Done - Hoo man (talk) 20:38, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Other requests and requests for comments[edit | edit source]

Archives: Other requests and Requests for Comments