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Use this page for requests for:

  • 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 well-established 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 merge 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 or bot 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]

Archives: Autochecked userEditorAdministratorBureaucratOther user rights
Please fill out the form below to request rights.


Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

Following this suggestion, as I'm planning to work on translation to both French and Esperanto. --Psychoslave (talk) 12:30, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

This user does not understand <translate> mechanism :( --Shirayuki (talk) 21:58, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Shirayuki, could you elaborate? --Dereckson (talk) 22:48, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
You can start to work right now on translations Psychoslave, Translation administrator allows to mark for translation the edits you made on original English text, so they could be translated in another languages afterwards. --Dereckson (talk) 22:51, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for your indication. Actually, I knew that. I guess that Amire80 suggested me to ask for translation admin rights because I asked for several "mark for translation" lately. Thus said the Lua Reference Guide should take me a moment. I may translate other shorter documents in parallel thus said. Shirayuki, if I made a mistake while adding a <translate> anchor, please point to this. I tried to follow this guide, but maybe I went to fast and skipped an important step? --Psychoslave (talk) 07:01, 30 June 2016 (UTC)
I'd love to have your help in this area but [1] shows you've not yet learnt segmentation, tvar and the markup of links and categories. Can you please try again and finish marking one page (maybe a smaller/simpler one, if you can find one)? Nemo 16:33, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
Honestly though, has anyone figured out that bizarre markup? 😂 ^demon[omg plz] 20:29, 2 September 2016 (UTC)
A few dozens translation administrators did. ;-) Nemo 20:48, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

I've seen an example at [2] now. YesY Done and thanks for all your work in the translation area. Nemo 17:38, 3 June 2017 (UTC)


Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

I'm requesting to become a translation administrator with the purpose of preparing, marking articles for translation and also updating any existing ones where changes have been made. I'm very familiar with the task and the markup as I've been working on a private wiki project that focuses on localizing its content using Extension:Translate for years now. The reason why I'm also requesting these permissions is because an article I prepared 2 days ago is still pending to be marked, so I believe you can benefit from having me on board as I have both time and knowledge to manage translations. --Id508317 (talk) 14:30, 30 December 2016 (UTC)

Exclude untranslatable materials from translation finely. See Special:Diff/2329517 and Special:Diff/2330462. --Shirayuki (talk) 00:43, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
Hey, thanks for reviewing the article I prepared. I'll explain what I did and why I did it. I can see that you've excluded parts where translation units end with a template, rather than using a tvar. I also noticed the splitting of each sentence into a unit and was wondering if that's necessary (I can see how it's more convenient for translators, but it does make the source text more messy). I also noticed you using tvar partly on some templates to have the values, e.g. "content" translated and I agree. I also noticed you switching most of my trans variabled from numbers to words and I'll get to why I was using numbers instead in a minute.
The reason why I was trying to use one translation unit for each table cell (and include everything the cell contained within it) was for consistency and for keeping the code as readable/clean as possible after. So I didn't really split translation units where I considered there was no need, but of course I'll adapt to how it's done on this project. I completely agree with the change of having some template values translated and that's something I had missed whilst preparing. Regarding the switching of translation variables to words. I used to use word-variables on a private wiki project I'm working on, because I agree, it helps with getting the right context. But as soon as I found out it confuses some of the translators as they translate the variables, I switched to using numbers instead. If this isn't an issue on this project, then I see how word-variables are much more benefiting and I'll definitely learn from this fix. Thank you again for taking your time to review and polish the article I prepared for translation. --Id508317 (talk) 08:53, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Hello, thanks for your interest. I'm sad to see that you've not made any other edit after the discussion on the page mentioned above. Please try and prepare for translation another page, then we can consider this request for rights. --Nemo 17:40, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Community Tech bot[edit]

Requested user-rights: Bot.

This bot was used on Meta for the meta:Community Wishlist Survey, doing things like rotating proposals to ensure fair visibility, and generating a report with the most popular proposals, etc. Tgr asked me if we could adapt it for the Developer Wishlist, which was constructed in much the same way. The code is already written, we just need to comment out some functionality and adjust the configuration accordingly. No edits will be made outside the pages within the survey, and edit conflicts, 5-second maxlag, etc. all are respected MusikAnimal talk 21:26, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Support Support The same bot has been in use on Meta. Low risk; high reward. --BDavis (WMF) (talk) 01:12, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Sure, done. --MZMcBride (talk) 01:30, 9 February 2017 (UTC)


Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

I am a Pywikibot developer and a participant to projects such as Huggle or Copypatrol. See my phabricator profile. So I often modify the help pages according to the changes which have been made in the software. --Framawiki (talk) 17:50, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Can you point to some example of pages you tagged for translation, please? Nemo 17:22, 3 June 2017 (UTC)


Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

Hi, I'm Bowleerin. I'm mainly active on Chinese Wikipedia, where I'm an rollbacker and partoller there. I am also a Translation administrator on meta-wiki. I'd like to join the translation adminship to mark pages to translate. To make sure the latest correct version can be translated, this function will make my work more easier.--Bowleerin (talk) 13:01, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Are you saying you plan to re-mark pages for translation when they're updated, rather than to add new pages to translation? I couldn't quickly find examples of pages you prepared for translation; if you have any diff link, that would be appreciated. --Nemo 17:25, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Looks ok, YesY Done. Beware that some of the translation units over there are too big and that some links my need to be translated at some point. --Nemo 16:46, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

User:Star Warden[edit]

Requested user-rights: Autopatrolled.

I am a long-time wiki manager, and have also been helping out on the Support Desk, thus I believe I could request the right to have my own edits autopatrolled. │Star-Warden│ 12:58, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Note Note: The patrolling system doesn't apply to Flow boards. MacFan4000 (talk) 16:42, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
  • With a whopping 3 edits on wiki pages here, all related to this request, it's not like there is a huge need for the flag, but sure. YesY Done --Nemo 17:28, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! │Star-Warden│ 19:43, 3 June 2017 (UTC)


Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

I am an active autopatrolled editor here, and I have many times found myself wanting to do things that require translationadmin rights. For example: mark pages for translation, move translation pages. MacFan4000 (talk) 16:54, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

  • In [3] [4] [5] [6] I see some overtagging, strange linking and perhaps sub-optimal timing, but still ok and with signs of improvement over time. YesY Done Make sure to (re)read the manual and pay attention to the corrections by other translation administrators. --Nemo 17:36, 3 June 2017 (UTC)


Requested user-rights: Translation administrator.

Hi, I would like to request translation administrator permission in order to help with page marking to translate with pending changes in Special:PageTranslation and maybe to prepare new pages. I have experience with this permission in other projects and I have read the corresponding manuals. Thanks. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 17:04, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Thanks for offering to help. What's your approach for translation invalidation here on --Nemo 17:36, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
    • @Nemo bis: Generally I do not invalidate any translation unit unless the original text has changed significantly and the previous translations can't longer be rewritten from it. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 17:46, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
    • @Nemo bis: I have prepared a new page for translation as an example. Regards. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 18:25, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
    • @Nemo bis: Any intention to review this request? —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 08:50, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
      • Support Support I know and trust this user. MacFan4000 (talk) 16:02, 20 June 2017 (UTC)
      • Oppose Oppose Based on his past misleading actions, I'm afraid I do not trust this user. Also note, he doesn't show a translation history that require the flag. He doesn't even seem to have performed any requests to translation admins. This is just hat-collecting. Platonides (talk) 23:52, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
        • @Platonides: Please elaborate on the misleading actions. MacFan4000 (talk) 01:12, 22 July 2017 (UTC)
          Hello MacFan4000.
          It isn't a nice story, but I will try to expose the events that I attempted to lightly mention that way:
          On May 2016, a trol started entering on irc from multiple proxies, he attacked many regular users (mostly insults, but also some death threats), and had a particular obsession on AlvaroMolina. The vandalism spanned many channels, and when he was banned and no longer able to disrupt there, also moved to the wiki projects. This went on for months, and it was common that he appeared several times a day. Many people worked banning those proxies and deleting the offending content: irc ops, freenode admins, bots, wiki sysops and Stewards. AlvaroMolina was an active part of this effort.
          Then, five months later, it was discovered that AlvaroMolina itself was the trol, revealing that he had been acting on both sides. At this point he was removed many of his accesses. This was also communicated to the foundation, which studied the case for several months. The evidence did not come from the wiki, though, which made it weaker. Finally, the WMF did not take any office action against him.
          More recently, he seems to have focused in hat-collecting, he has requested dozens of flags on the last months.
          Platonides (talk) 22:01, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
          • They appear to have sysop on 6+ wikimedia wikis. MacFan4000 (talk) 22:32, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
            • Currently, he has sysop access on 9 wikis, including test wikis. The most important imho are es.wikinews and species. But I'm not sure about your point here. Platonides (talk) 22:42, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

Other requests and requests for comments[edit]

Archives: Other requests and Requests for Comments

Broken Abuse Filter[edit]

Hi guys,

can you please have a look at the AbuseFilter and fix the wrong blocks, which it is making? E.g. see the block of my IP 88.130... from today (December 2nd), 13:30 o'clock.

I was answering a support request on the Support Desk and in the answer I wanted to include a link to an older Support Topic. The topic name is one of these random numbers. As soon as I try to point to a topic, it incorrectly blocks me, telling me, I would be a spam bot doing a mass attack.

It would be great, if this broken spam filter could be fixed, so that it at least properly allows links again.


Jörg -- 22:54, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

Internal links inside also are not working correctly. This misconfiguration currently prevents me from helping users at the Support Desk. -- 15:45, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
Hello! Thanks for mentioning the problem here, and sorry for any inconvenience :( I changed the filter to not block users anymore and the filter rules should be more specific when identifying the real spam and let you post links :) Please give me some feedback, if you still have problems :) Best! --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 16:45, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
Hi Florian,
it is better now, but the problem is not yet solved.
Links to Flow topics and internal links with twice two square brackets seem to be working correctly now.
What is not working yet, are external links to E.g. a link to api.php or a link to the history function with an old revision or so. -- 19:00, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

A feedback, surprisingly "identified as SPAM", took me here[edit]

In response to a request for feedback, on the contents translation tool, in (the catalan Wikipedia) I just reported a problem (Subject "Tables translation"... or so) but, when sending it, I got a warning message saying that this had been identified as spam and suggesting that, if it wasn't, I should contact an administrator. The "user list" pages the message link took me to do recomend comming here for admin actions. My feedback provided links to original, translated and reconstructud pages, which would take me some effort to rebuild. Can someone do somethig for me: recover my contribution and take it to the proper destination? Thanks, --FranSisPac (talk) 17:24, 28 April 2016 (UTC) (also in ca:Usuari_Discussió:FranSisPac)

Remove Flow of my talk page[edit]

Hello, it is that Flow is active in my talk page (no it did) and I do not want that system, can help me to remove it. Thank you. -- Alvaro Molina (Let's Talk) 21:42, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

@AlvaroMolina: You should be able to turn it off at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures. Please let us know at Talk:Flow how you would improve the feature, or what you had problems with. Thanks! Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 04:47, 11 April 2016 (UTC)
@Quiddity (WMF): Hi, I want the same as Alvaro Molina; I've done as you said but my talk page is still a Flow page.--Syum90 (talk) 16:05, 11 April 2016 (UTC)
@ Syum90: Fixed for you. As above, please give us any feedback at Talk:Flow that you can. Thanks. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 17:02, 11 April 2016 (UTC)
@Quiddity (WMF): I deleted AlvaroMolina's talk page because it was still under Flow, and was showing under speedy deletion. It seems I also can't disable Flow by normal means for myself (the feature is added on all uncreated anon. talk pages, among other areas). Tropicalkitty (talk) 19:47, 11 April 2016 (UTC)
@Tropicalkitty: Now fixed that, too. (Using special:ChangeContentModel, as opposed to special:EnableFlow (this auto-archives existing content), both of which are available to admins on this wiki). Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 17:47, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
@Quiddity (WMF): Thanks for letting me know about that. Tropicalkitty (talk) 17:55, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

@Quiddity (WMF): Thank you very much :-) I will provide my reasons at Talk:Flow as you asked.--Syum90 (talk) 06:42, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

Thank you very much for the help, my talk page returned to normal. Regards. --Alvaro Molina (Let's Talk) 18:27, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
I did it for you. --wargo (talk) 15:08, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
@Wargo: Thank you very much. Cheers, Mlpearc (open channel) 15:11, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

@Quiddity (WMF): So I've got User talk:MarcoAurelio/Archive 1 which is an old flow board. I changed its content model to wikitext, deleted it and... suprise! The flow board re-appeared. Can that be fixed? I repeated the process w/o deleting this time. Regards, MarcoAurelio (talk) 19:01, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

@MarcoAurelio: Redlink talkpages are flow by default. If you want to keep that page as a wikitext page, the easiest solution is to either add some content (e.g. {{archive}}) or redirect it back to your existing talkpage. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 19:09, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
@Quiddity (WMF): Thank you. Ah, so everything in User_talk: is now flow by default, even subpages? In that case I'll leave the page as it is now. Regards, MarcoAurelio (talk) 19:12, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

Delete Talk:Technical Collaboration Guideline/Vision[edit]

Please delete Talk:Technical Collaboration Guideline/Vision to make space for move from the actual talk page, which was moved and made orphan without reason (the new talk page is empty). Users expect to be able to find and follow comments to a page but outside the page itself in the standard ways (clicking the "Talk" tab, watchlisting the subject page) but the moving user declined to consider solutions for that problem. Nemo 08:30, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

I actually proposed a solution allowing to keep the default discussion pages based on Flow and the extra wikitext-based discussion pages created manually by a user, having both of them linked to each other and to their content page. I explained my reasoning to Nemo.--Qgil-WMF (talk) 08:51, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
N Not done; I don't see a reason to fork the conversation away from the standard place. Also, please don't edit war, let alone to subvert this wiki's decision to use Flow by default on talk pages. Jdforrester (WMF) (talk) 14:55, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

Consider importing[edit]

Greetings, folks on enwiki have discussed whether en:Pygments is content more suitable for this project than the English Wikipedia. This is a question for this page I believe - if the answer is yes, can someone please import the contents from en:Pygments here? Once that is done - or if the answer is "no" - en:Pygments should be edited and {{Db-xfd}} added to it. Thanks! Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 10:12, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

N Not done Extension:SyntaxHighlight already says all we need, for the rest there is . Nemo 12:03, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
And I have thus deleted the enwiki article. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 12:37, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Another broken Abusefilter[edit]

Hello, I just report it : an user was catch by Special:AbuseFilter/43 Flow spam filter: low number of stopwords on topic Topic:Tbp3t0o9tjao4s4x. Thanks --Framawiki (talk) 08:05, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

Just for info: The filter doesn't really consider other languages than English. This means, that languages other than english may trigger the filter for no valid reason :/ --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 05:24, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
From the abusefilter log I don't see many benefits from this filter: it seems to mostly catch non-English external links spam which should be caught for its URLs instead. Can we disable the warning? Nemo 09:51, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
YesY Done per above. --Nemo 17:46, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

New Abusefilter[edit]

Can someone please set up an abusefilter that prohibits any form of garage door repair in the user space? This is ridiculous. Mainframe98 (talk) 06:36, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

YesY Done wargo (talk) 15:37, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Broken default gadget breaking a lot of site functionality[edit]

In non-debug mode I get this JavaScript error which breaks at least search box autocompletion, editing toolbar and hovercards. The error does not appear in debug mode. This is related to a gadget that is enabled for everyone. Nikerabbit (talk) 08:37, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

wmf17:11Uncaught Error: Unknown dependency: ext.gadget.enwp-boxes(…)sortDependencies @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=jquery%2Cmediawiki&only=scripts&skin=vector&version=0y4qflu:158sortDependencies @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=jquery%2Cmediawiki&only=scripts&skin=vector&version=0y4qflu:159(anonymous function) @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=jquery%2Cmediawiki&only=scripts&skin=vector&version=0y4qflu:159each @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=jquery%2Cmediawiki&only=scripts&skin=vector&version=0y4qflu:5resolve @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=jquery%2Cmediawiki&only=scripts&skin=vector&version=0y4qflu:159load @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=jquery%2Cmediawiki&only=scripts&skin=vector&version=0y4qflu:170(anonymous function) @ wmf17:11startUp @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=startup&only=scripts&skin=vector:66script.onload.script.onreadystatechange @ load.php?debug=false&lang=en&modules=startup&only=scripts&skin=vector:66
I can reproduce, after switching to Vector. Nemo 08:41, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
Well I fixed it on MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition, but the cache hasn't updated yet...? Legoktm (talk) 08:41, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

New wiki[edit]

I need help finding links to create my own wiki. Can somebody help me? --Brynda1231 (talk) 02:17, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

See Hosting. Mainframe98 talk 09:26, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

Flowbot flag for MediaWiki message delivery[edit]

The mass message bot has been flooding Recent changes lately whenever messages are being sent to Flow talk pages, can a bureaucrat please hand the flowbot flag to this bot so that this doesn't occur again? The bot already has the bot flag. Mainframe98 talk 09:26, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

@Mainframe98: Apparently flowbot doesn't actually do what it sounds like it does; there's a task, T119630, to fix the RC-flooding behaviour, which is unfortunately apparently not easy. I've asked the team to take a look. Jdforrester (WMF) (talk) 02:50, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Well that's disappointing. Thanks for the link, I've subscribed to the phabricator task. Mainframe98 talk 11:23, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Non-MW related manual talk pages[edit]

On manual talk pages which are not directly related to mediawiki, the MediaWiki:Editnotice-101 message which appear while editing should be replaced with another message(s). There are many Pywikibot manual talk pages; try to edit one of them, and you will see how irrelevant are the links in that message. --XXN (talk) 09:19, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Testing search in deleted pages archive[edit]


During Wikimedia Hackathon 2016, the Discovery team worked on one of the items on the 2015 community wishlist, namely enabling searching the archive of deleted pages. Now we are ready to deploy this capability in production, and are asking admins of select wikis to test-drive this feature. After accommodating any feedback from this trial, we plan to deploy it on all wikis and enable it by default.

To test it on your wiki, please go to the Special:Undelete page, and add &fuzzy=1 to the URL, like this: Then search for the pages you're interested in. The results should show more results than before, due to using ElasticSearch indexing (via the CirrusSearch extension). If you find anything that is not right with the results, or that you want to be changed, please comment.

Please note that since Special:Undelete is an admin-only feature, this search capability is also only accessible to admins. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 19:02, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Request wikibreak enforcement[edit]

Hi. I request to block my account for wikibreak. Block time is three years. Please do not set autoblock. Thank you. --mirinano (talk) 15:36, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

YesY Done--Infinite0694 (talk) 17:40, 25 June 2017 (UTC)