Importer

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An importer is a user with import rights, generally speaking.

On Wikimedia wikis, there are two kinds of importers:

  • transwiki importers can perform only transwiki import (import permission);[1]
  • importers can perform both transwiki and upload import (import and importupload permissions).[2]

Import is a rarely needed feature; for instance, it's not needed for CC-BY-SA copyright compliance, see Terms of use#7. Licensing of Content (c. Importing text).

These flags are enabled on all wikis,[3] but can be assigned only by stewards after a request on Steward requests/Permissions (especially the import flag which includes the importupload right which is particularly dangerous) and only on a temporary basis for a specific task, unless the project has a local process and policy to assign permanent import rights. Very few projects need and have such a policy including

Wikis where bureaucrats can assign import rights[edit]

On some wikis local bureaucrats (or sysops) can assign and remove import rights. Their list is in the Table below.

Transwiki
No Wiki Bug Fixed on Notes
1 simplewiki bug 23988 16.06.2010 Assigned and removed by bureaucrats. see also bug 23462
2 enwikibooks bug 24304 15.08.2010 Assigned and removed by local sysops
3 nowiki bug 21041 17.12.2009 Assigned by local sysops and removed by bureaucrats
4 zhwikivoyage bug 60085 16.01.2014 Assigned and removed by sysops. see also bug 61238
Transwiki and importer
5 ckbwiki bug 52633 11.08.2013 Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
6 frwiktionary bug 23545 23.05.2010 Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
7 MediaWikiwiki bug 17071 16.03.2009 Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
8 checkuserwiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
9 donatewiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
10 foundationwiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
11 noboard_chapterswikimedia  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
12 officewiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
13 ombudsmenwiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
14 otrs_wikiwiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
15 stewardwiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
Importer
16 arwiki bug 19138 29.06.2009 Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
17 incubatorwiki  ? 06.04.2011 Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
18 bnwiki  ?  ? Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.
19 urwiki bug 19138 12.12.2012 Assigned and removed by bureaucrats.

Notes[edit]

  1. Besides transwiki importers, the 'import' userright is assigned by default to sysops on all Mediawiki projects (except closed wikis) and to the 'botadmin' group in ckbwiki (see Bug 52578), frwiktionary, mlwiki, mlwikisource and mlwiktionary; and 'editinterface' groups in hewiki.
  2. On ckbwiki (bug 52633), dewikiquote, dewiktionary and hewikivoyage, sysops have importupload rights; on ckbwiki, the 'botadmin' group have importupload rights.
  3. Although transwiki import may require requesting wiki configuration changes to enable import from the wiki you're interested in (import source).


User groups
Local: blocked user – unregistered user – newly-registered user – registered user – autopatroller – bot – administrator – bureaucrat – oversight – checkuser – IP block exempt – importer – translation admin – centralnotice admin – uploader – massmessage senders
Global: locked account – unified account – bot – rollbacker – abuse filter editor – interface editor – IP block exemption – new wiki importers – sysop – ombudsman – founder – staff – WMF researcher – system administrator – steward