From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
< OTRS(Redirected from OTRS/volunteering)
Jump to: navigation, search
OTRS Wikimedia.svg

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.
German-speaking volunteers Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Liechtenstein.svg

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.

Dutch-speaking volunteers Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Suriname.svg

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): English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: permissions-commons, permissions-en, info-en

Hi. Could someone restore OTRS access to my account, please? It has been removed recently due to my lack of activity in handling tickets directly. I use OTRS mainly to access tickets of files that come up on the deletion queues. That's the same reason which I mentioned when I had applied for the access back in early 2011. Thanks, Rehman 13:49, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi Rehman. Thanks for re-applying! While I understand that you had previously indicated you mostly wanted access for the purpose of verifying permissions, we have since enacted a new activity policy which requires you to handle/respond at least one ticket every 6 months. Is this something you believe you will be able to do? Thanks, Tiptoety talk 20:50, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi Tiptoety. Thanks for the new policy page link, I had somehow missed that. Yes, I should be able to meet that threshold :) Rehman 12:37, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
Hello again, Rehman. We don't appear to have received your new email with this application (as noted towards the top of the page in the green box). Can you please (re-)send that to us? Thanks! Rjd0060 (talk) 18:21, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
Rehman, this is the final attempt. As I noted above and more recently on your local talk page we still have not received the email to process your application nor have you responded to my notices. Your application will be removed from this page in the near future unless we have a response soon. Thanks. Rjd0060 (talk) 16:42, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi Ryan. My apologies for not responding. I did not receive any watchlist notification for changes on this page for some reason. Thanks for your ping on en-wiki. I have now re-sent the email. Kind regards, Rehman 10:21, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Not sure about this one. User has been removed from inactivity and generally (correct me if I'm wrong) OTRS is not granted as some kind of "read only" activity. One ticket very six month's isn't much and the promise Yes, I should be able to meet that threshold :) makes me fear that the activity will stick to this one ticket. I believe that acces to private data like copies of ID's, legal documents, phonenumbers etc should only be given to volunteers who are thruly active. Natuur12 (talk) 12:20, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
I believe you misinterpreted. My light-worded reply and smiley was on a basis of politeness, directed to only Tiptoety, as I have come across that user before. It does not mean that I would stick to that limit, nor does it mean that I am taking this lightly. Rehman 13:35, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Mikael Häggström[edit]

  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: sv, en-4, de-1
  • Your most active user talk page(s): My English Wikipedia one
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: wikiversity, permissions

I'd like to help out on OTRS because I've found renewed interest in this activity. I was previously member of the OTRS team, but it was inactivated due to inactivity. The main reason for having a renewed membership is to deal with Wikiversity Journal of Medicine. Currently, authors send their works, peer reviews and permissions to my email address. With access to the Wikiversity OTRS queue I can let them send their works to there, availing for all OTRS members to verify the source of the works. When keeping an eye on this queue I may very well help out on other tickets too if I can. Since some works may involve media and their permissions to be used across several wiki projects, I find it useful to have access to permissions-en as well. -- Mikael Häggström (talk) 12:32, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Support, former OTRS volunteer. Wiki Journal of Medicine is a starting project. Researchers send in possible publications to be published in the journal. In order to be able to place this on Wikiversity the permission needs to go via OTRS. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 06:11, 8 April 2015 (UTC)
Support solid expertise for a starting project.--Alexmar983 (talk) 21:29, 12 April 2015 (UTC)


  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: English
  • Your most active user talk page(s): en:User talk:Miniapolis
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: Permissions-en

I'd like to help out on OTRS because I'm an admin on the English Wikipedia and was advised of a backlog. I have an even temperament, good communication skills, experience with image licensing and the time to devote. -- Miniapolis 23:17, 11 April 2015 (UTC)


  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: fr, en-4, de-3
  • Your most active user talk page(s): fr:User:Scoopfinder
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: info-fr@, permissions-fr@

Hello ! Mostly active on Wikipedia FR and Commons, I know how the project works and my background as an IT & Admin Student helped me to become an abusefilter editor & bot trainer. I am really active in the patrol and in the maintenance, but also in the translation of articles. I've already proven that I know specifically how the licence is applied and used on frwiki (no imports usually, but templates to credits the authors). Furthermore, my block log is empty and I'm usually active every day.
I'd like to join the OTRS team to extend the ways I contribute to the Wikimedia project. I understand that it involves reading messages that could be aggressive or hostile and promise to stay courteous and as friendly as possible even in such cases and hope to resolve the problems of the users (when it is possible) or to explain the policies, functionalities or procedures as clearly as possible.
If anything is missing, just contact me and I will give you more informations or respond to any of your questions. --Scoopfinder(d) 13:32, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Максим Підліснюк[edit]

  • Babel/Languages you can reply in: Ukraine, Russian-4, English-1
  • Your most active user talk page(s): w:uk:User talk:Максим Підліснюк
  • Email sent: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: info-uk, permissions-uk, info-ru (some requests for Ukrainian Wikipedia come to the Russian part, because some percentage of the population served by Ukraine in Russian)

I'd like to help out on OTRS because I am the sysop of Ukrainian Wikipedia, so I often have to meet various kinds of treatment, including the content of the pages or copyright.

I use personallyti email to communicate with those adress. However, this is impractical, because I often have to disturb other volunteers to address a particular issue.

Also I want to mention a small number of volunteers who understand the Ukrainian language. --Максим Підліснюк (talk) 20:11, 15 April 2015 (UTC)


  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: it-N en-3
  • Your most active user talk page(s): w:it:Discussioni utente:Yiyi
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: info-it, permissions-it

I'd like to help out on OTRS because I'm sysop of Italian Wikipedia and I help in orgazination of Wiki Loves Monuments Italia and a local edition, called Wiki Loves Busto Arsizio. I've experience with image licensing and I am very patient. -- Yiyi (talk) 09:02, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

support. User focused on real ns-0 work and useful initiatives, not just sysop operations.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:49, 20 April 2015 (UTC)


  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: English-4, Dutch-N
  • Your most active user talk page(s): nl:User talk:Woodcutterty
  • Email sent?: Yes
  • Queues you would like access to: info-nl@, permissions-nl@

I'd like to help out on OTRS because, besides having been asked to do so, I have over five years of experience contributing to (primarily the Dutch) Wikipedia and as a student of law specialize in intellectual property law, which I believe would make me a valuable addition to the team.

I do not hold any special privileges on any project, because my activities do not require me to hold any. I deal primarily with copyright issues on the Dutch Wikipedia, assessing whether new or existing articles contain infringing material, ensuring license compliance, advising users both onwiki and via IRC on copyright-related issues and informing users who have been found to contribute (allegedly) infringing material of the steps to take to meet our requirements. Besides this I have a good amount of experience writing and editing articles, where I'm always critical when gathering and assessing source, especially when it comes to writing about living people. In addition, I am one of the few people on the Dutch Wikipedia who actively reply to users providing feedback using the moodbar extension.

I believe my communication skills have strongly improved since I first started contributing to Wikipedia. I don't easily get agitated and people in real life often tell me I exude calmness. Over the past years I have learned to keep my cool, be patient and not type the first thing that comes to mind on the rare occasions I do get frustrated when dealing with certain, seemingly unreasonable people, always assuming the other person is acting in good faith. I understand the number of aggressive and hostile people I am used to dealing with will increase if my application gets accepted, but I'm confident I have the skills to properly handle these cases (i.e. courteous and friendly with the goal of resolving any issues they might have).

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have and look forward to hearing from you. -- Woodcutterty (talk) 13:01, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Support User is good at helping other users on the Dutch Wikipedia, has good communicating skills and has good knowledge of copyright rules. Even though he isn't an admin, he would be a good addition to the team. Mbch331 (talk) 13:44, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Support Per Mbch331. Natuur12 (talk) 13:49, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Comment Comment this application is currently being discussed at the OTRS-NL maillist. We did receive the required email message. Jcb (talk) 21:29, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Support, he would be a great addition to the Dutch OTRS-team. Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 07:06, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Фил Вечеровский[edit]

  • Babel / Languages you can reply in: English-1, Russian-N
  • Your most active user talk page(s): Фил Вечеровский
  • Email sent?: yes
  • Queues you would like access to: permissions-ru, info-ru

Фил Вечеровский isn't really fluent in English and asked me to put his request here. He says that he is aware of licensing and copyright, including Russian copyright legislature. He knows that there are a lot of unique and non-standard situations and is going to work closely with more experienced colleagues at the beginning. He is a closer of Russian Wikipedia and was a sysop before. rubin16 (talk) 19:40, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

  • I also want to support his desire to be a volunteer and we are ready to help him when needed: our mailing lists and other communication channels are open rubin16 (talk) 19:40, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
I approved this request. My letter with confirmation of my age will be arrived in the near future.--Фил Вечеровский (talk) 20:14, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Trusted user. Strong support.--Iluvatar (talk) 20:16, 19 April 2015 (UTC)


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

I'd like to help out on OTRS because I have almost 10 years experience on Wikipedia and would like to add a little bit more of my time to the development of the project. My account is in good standing, I've never undergone any sanctions or blocks and I possess a very patient attitude when communicating with individuals. I'm also identified to the Wikimedia Foundation -- — BranStark (talk) 11:03, 20 April 2015 (UTC) (NB: Was previously known as Possum on all MediaWiki projects)

  • Question Question: @BranStark: You sure don't want access to permission-en ? You do non-admin closure, right? You can use OTRS request to confirm or handle the release of copyrights on article such on RfD/AfD. In any case you have my support, this user is a User in a good standing, long term Wikipedian who do Administrative action (not logged like real admin) as non-Admin.--AldNonymousBicara? 11:11, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Ok, I've added it — BranStark (talk) 11:27, 20 April 2015 (UTC)