Wikipedia:Requests for page importation

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Requests for page importation
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This is a place to request that pages be imported with history of pages from other Wikimedia Foundation wikis to here. This might be done if a page was copied and pasted from a WMF wiki to here, or, in the case of the Nostalgia Wikipedia, to make very old revisions accessible. Administrators can import pages from Meta, Commons, the Outreach Wiki, the Test2 Wikipedia site, and the German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, and Nostalgia Wikipedias to the English Wikipedia (see Phabricator task 22280 for relevant shell permission requests, and to request permissions for importing from more projects). It is also possible to indirectly perform a transwiki import from other projects by using step-wise process through a third project that has a project mapping already created, although using the export/import process may be simpler.

Guidelines for admins

Check the history of the source page before importing. If there are overlapping edits between the source and destination page, import the edits into the MediaWiki talk namespace, since it is very rarely used. Follow this procedure, where "foo" is the title of the page in the English Wikipedia and "bar" is the title of the source page:

  1. Import "bar". When asked for the namespace, select "MediaWiki talk".
  2. Move "foo" to "MediaWiki talk:bar". When asked whether you want to delete the page, answer yes.
  3. From the "move succeeded" window, there is a link to the page history at "MediaWiki talk:bar". Activate it, perhaps in another tab or window, and there will be some text in the form "View or restore xxx deleted edits?". Activate the link associated with that text and undelete the imported edits that you need. The remaining edits will stay safely deleted in the MediaWiki talk namespace.
  4. Revert the move you made in step two. Uncheck the box that says "Leave a redirect behind", since redirects from the MediaWiki talk namespace are useless. If you want, you can use the "revert" link in the "move succeeded" window. The page move should go without a hitch.

The same procedure can be used when there are no overlapping edits, but in this case, it's best to move the page first, so the import appears in the page history.

In general, do not use the "assign edits to local users where the named user exists locally", leaving this off will indicate in the history the project the edits came from and you won't have to worry about non-created accounts here.

See User:Graham87/Import for guidelines on importing from the Nostalgia Wikipedia. There is a log of all page imports at Special:Log/import.



  • Language: de:Hüseyin İlker Çınar
  • New name: Hüseyin İlker Çınar
  • Note: --Scientist53 (talk) 09:17, 11 January 2023 (UTC)I want to translate this above-mentioned text into English as Professor Çınar is a well-known person in Europe.Reply[reply]
  • Note by importing administrator: Not done; we can't import non-Ejnglish articles straight into the main namespace. I can either import it into your userspace or you can create the article first and then allow me to import it ... assuming you don't have any close conflict of interest regarding this person. Graham87 13:56, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks for your message. I have already written a text in english but where can i upload it so you can check and import it? Scientist53 (talk) 21:39, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Scientist53:  Done I've imported the German text to User:Scientist53/Hüseyin İlker Çınar, so you can work on it. To submit it to the articles for creation process, add {{subst:submit}} to the top of the page. For more help, ask at the teahouse. Graham87 05:14, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks for the hint. I did it like you recommended. But I am not sure if everything is correct. Scientist53 (talk) 11:37, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    It is fine, notice the Review waiting, please be patient. banner. There is certainly still lots that would need to be fixed on that page, for example you are starting with a redlnk and have a pile of broken templates at the bottom. Nothing else to do here at imports though. — xaosflux Talk 14:25, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]