Wikipedia:Requests for page importation

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Requests for page importation

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:Christin Neddens
  • New name: Christin Neddens
  • Note: english translation due to international relevance --Klaviermusikfan1972 (talk) 08:51, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Note by importing administrator: Not done, per my comments at your last request relating to this person. Graham87 15:01, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Hi Graham! Sorry for the inconvenience - this is my first attempt in translating an article... Ms. Neddens created the first version of the article, which is not the proper way. I totally agree. But since then, a lot of german Wikipedia users worked on referencing, verifying and improving it (please take a look the history to turn it from an "autobiography" into a serious Wiki. There even occurred a request for deletion, but the german admin refused to do so due to Ms. Neddens' relevance as a musician and the improvements/contributions from the other authors. I stumbled on the first version and was interested in improving it. No personal relationships or COI. Any chance for import? Would be great! Klaviermusikfan1972 (talk) 17:59, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Klaviermusikfan1972: I'm still not convinced. You only have 41 edits to the German Wikipedia, which is not enough to be an integral part of the community there or on any Wikimedia project. How do you know about this situation? Do you have a personal connection to her (e.g. you know her personally) or are you just a fan of her work? Has she asked for her article to be translated? The German Wikipedia has a very different approach to conflict-of-interest editing from that of the English Wikipedia. Graham87 07:12, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Hi Graham! Thanks for your reply! I went to a concert where she performed and liked her playing. Afterward, I wanted to get more info on her and stumbled on the German Wiki article. I’m an (amateur) musician myself and contributed to some articles on a few musicians I found interesting. Neddens studied in the US and has over 110k followers from all over the world on Instagram, and that’s why I considered it a good idea to translate into English. I know, I’m not a super experienced user, but I’m not starting a completely new article. I‘m only requesting a translation of an article that is already on Wikipedia and that was edited by a couple of established users. Klaviermusikfan1972 (talk) 08:30, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Klaviermusikfan1972: Thanks for the clarification. I've done the import now. Graham87 15:06, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks a lot, Graham! Highly appreciate it!!! Just one more question: I checked the new article, but it’s still empty. Do I have to do anything else or did I do anything wrong? Sorry for stealing your time and thanks for your help! Klaviermusikfan1972 (talk) 17:35, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I imported it into your userspace, as you requested, where you can make the translation. You can then move it into the article namespace when you're ready. For more help on this, you can ask at the teahouse. Graham87 18:37, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Awesome!!! Thanks a lot for your help and keep on the good work!!! Greetings from Germany! Klaviermusikfan1972 (talk) 19:00, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Language: meta:User:Guycn2/UserInfoPopup.js
  • New name: User:Guycn2/UserInfoPopup.js
  • Note: Please import my meta user script to the English Wikipedia, with the same name it has there. Also please make sure to include the entire version history while importing. I've been writing this script for the last couple of days, and I'd like to have it stored on enwiki instead of meta, but I don't want to just copy-paste since the preservation of edit history is important. Thanks :) --Guycn2 (talk) 20:33, 25 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Note by importing administrator: Not done; this almost certainly requires an interface administrator, and if it doesn't that's a serious bug. So that would be @Xaosflux:. However, I'd refuse to do this import on principle even if I could, because it's editor names that are most important, not editor timestamps, and by definition you are the only one to edit your CSS/JS subpages. I don't think it's worth gumming up edit histories for something like this that's not in the article namespace. Graham87 03:13, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Guycn2: import isn't necessary here, as you are the only author on the other project; standard process for this type of content is copy/paste, on your edit summary you can just put something like From [[:meta:User:Guycn2/UserInfoPopup.js]]. If you want the pages on metawiki deleted as well please reply back to me here and I can do this as a one-time thing (import here + delete there). — xaosflux Talk 09:11, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Xaosflux: Yes, I would indeed like to delete these two pages (JS + CSS) from meta after importing them here. I'll be very grateful if you could do this as a one-time thing. Thank you Guycn2 (talk) 09:17, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thank you both for your quick reply. Isn't preserving edit histories the main purpose of the import tool, though? It's not just about the credits; the edit history is also important in order to quickly restore previous versions of the script whenever needed, as well as for other debugging purposes. I really thought this would be a non-controvertial import, especially given it doesn't involve the article namespace but rather just my user space. Plus, AFAIK this doesn't even require dealing with complicated XML uploads, since pages from Metawiki can be easily imported "transwiki-ly". I'd appreciate if you could reconsider my request. Guycn2 (talk) 09:15, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Guycn2 the primary purpose is to preserve author attributions, especially on articles that may be reused outside of Wikipedia. — xaosflux Talk 09:41, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  •  Doing...xaosflux Talk 09:41, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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