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Open-source Ticket Request System

For prospective volunteers

Volunteering for OTRS

The OTRS team always welcomes new volunteers to help with answering tickets. Nonetheless, to ensure the quality of service and given the confidential nature of the work, there is a selective application procedure.

The OTRS administrators are a group of highly-trusted and experienced volunteers who assess your application to join the OTRS team. When assessing an application, they familiarize themselves with your work on the Wikimedia projects to ensure that you are suitable as an addition to the OTRS team. It therefore takes some time before you receive a response regarding your application.

How do I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, please read OTRS/Recruiting for information about what the job entails. Feel free to join #wikimedia-otrsconnect to ask any questions that you might have with regard to Wikimedia OTRS. Before applying, please ensure that you are:

  • Willing to work on difficult, sensitive, and at times hostile messages
  • Courteous, skilled at resolving disputes, friendly – even in the face of hostility – sensitive to the needs of outsiders, and have exemplary discretion
  • Willing to provide identification to the Wikimedia Foundation if necessary, considering the access to nonpublic data policy
  • 16 years of age or older

Please review the list of queues prior to submitting your application, and apply for all of those queues where you think you'd be able to help.

  • The OTRS team is especially interested in users who are entrusted with any special tools on local projects (sysop, bureaucrat, checkuser, etc.), though this is not an absolute requirement.
  • Please also add links to help desk posts, talk pages, or other discussions you think are relevant.
  • Language skills – other than English – are also highly appreciated. Additional help in language queues is highly needed and we'd like to know if you are able to help in any other language.
  • If you already have access to OTRS, and you'd like to get access to additional queues, you typically don't need to apply here. Ask on otrswiki:Administrator requests.
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If you'd like to volunteer for the info-de queue, please apply locally by following the instructions at de:Wikipedia:Support-Team#Mitarbeit im Support-Team.

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If you'd like to volunteer for the info-nl queue, please apply below and send an email to contact-nl-at-lists.wikimedia.org for the team to assess your application.

Please add your application and also send an e-mail to volunteers-otrs-at-wikimedia.org linking to your application on this page and giving your age. Please do so each time you apply.


  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: en-N
  • Your most active user talk page(s): m:User talk:Varnent
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: info-en, photosubmission, wikimania

I'd like to help out on OTRS because I am involved with several Meta and MediaWiki related projects. I currently volunteer as an admin on a few meta project wikis, the MediaWiki wiki, help advise the Wikimedia LGBT efforts and their free media file archive project, served as a former Hackathon coordinator at Wikimania, and on the Wikimania program committee since 2012. I am also Vice-Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee and assist with the development of Wikimedia movement affiliates. I believe I would be able to help answer or direct an array of questions. I would not try to overstep and any questions I do not feel confident in answering, or in any way violate WM COI policies and my own COI statement. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 07:17, 13 August 2014 (UTC)


  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: English, Arabic
  • Your most active user talk page(s): w:ar:Aboluay
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to:info-ar

I'd like to help out on OTRS because I am interested in helping Arab volunteers with their journey into mastering wikipedia editing . -- Aboluay (talk) 07:11, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

  • Are you aware that is only a small part of OTRS? Usually Arab volunteers who have interest in editing use another ways to communicate with the community. Ziad (talk) 23:10, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

zen alramah[edit]

  • Babel / Languages you can reply in:Arabic
  • Your most active user talk page(s): w:ar:zen alramah
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to:info-ar

I'd like to help user otrs arbic --Zen alramahi (talk) 15:09, 14 August 2014 (UTC)


  • Babel/Languages you can reply in: Korean
  • Your most active user talk page(s): w:ko:User talk:Neoalpha
  • Email sent: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: info-ko

I'd like to help user otrs korean. --Neoalpha (talk) 14:13, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Support Trusted user in Korean Wikipedia. Revicomplaint? 08:13, 21 August 2014 (UTC)