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Applying for Importers[edit]

In order to extend and in some cases simplify the functionality of Wikispecies we sometimes need to import data from our sister projects. For instance, there is a way to branch translated templates based on user language preferences, but for this to work we need to import all these pages from Commons to Wikispecies. To be able to import files we need local Importers and Transwiki importers, but right now both of those user groups are empty. These user rights can only be assigned by a Wikimedia steward (not by Wikispecies' administrators or bureaucrats). Contrary to Wikimedia policies regarding for example Checkusers we do not need two or more (transwiki) importers, but one of each group will suffice.

Please note that we did discuss this about a year ago (Administrators' Noticeboard 2016: LangSwitch) but that conference sort of died out...

I ask the community whether or not we should apply for such user rights? Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 11:21, 7 July 2017 (UTC).


  1. I often import templates (in fact, I did so just a few minutes ago), and doing so manually is sub-optimal. We should introduce this user-right, and I would be happy to serve in that role. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:20, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
    "we sometimes need to import data from our sister projects" Note that this is utterly distinct from including data from Wikidata. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:21, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
  2. Symbol support vote.svg Support CreativeC38 (talk) 15:23, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
  3. Symbol support vote.svg Support Precisely because Andy imports so much and it would probably make things easier for him. —Justin (koavf)TCM 17:23, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
  4. Symbol support vote.svg Support the notion of an importer on this wiki. Further if Andy (@Pigsonthewing:) wishes this role I have after consideration no objection to it. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 02:47, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
  5. Symbol support vote.svg Support It would facilitate the import of mass pages (in the case of XML import), however, it is necessary to configure import wikis before the transwiki import can work (accessible by default to administrators and transwiki importers). —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 09:57, 8 July 2017 (UTC)


Transwiki Importers[edit]