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.

Import of de:Thomas Ertl (Informatiker) (Export):Thomas Ertl (Informatiker) to Thomas Ertl (Computer Scientist)

Import of de:Kulturpalast (Dresden) to Kulturpalast (Dresden)

@Visuseditor:, @JJMC89: Please import the article into the usernamespace of the GodeNehler to carry out the translation — Preceding unsigned comment added by GodeNehler (talkcontribs) 18:42, 13 March 2020 (UTC)
 Done — JJMC89(T·C) 06:26, 14 March 2020 (UTC)

Import of de:Ad-media to en:ad-media

Import for non-WMF page to 0x88

  • Please import from
  • To 0x88
  • Note: Source is a non-wmf wiki that is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 04:28, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Note by importing administrator: Not done @DannyS712: the primary purpose of an import is to provide attribution of the users, in this case the users are not our users and we can't reference our history to an external site. Please document your source on that article's talk page. — xaosflux Talk 15:03, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

Import of de:Hoffmann Mineral GmbH to en:Hoffmann MineralGmbH

Import of de:Neuburger Kieselerde to en:Neuburg Siliceous Earth

Import of de:Fenaco to Fenaco

  • Language: de:Fenaco
  • New name: Fenaco
  • Note: Partially translated article. --Gestumblindi (talk) 16:14, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Note by importing administrator: @Gestumblindi: Not done; I'm not comfortable doing the import for only a partial translation, especially considering the number of edits involved. I think attribution in the edit summary is fine here. Graham87 06:08, 13 April 2020 (UTC)
@Graham87: Well, I think that from the point of view of many people in German-language Wikipedia (where most importation requests come from, due to the views there on necessary attribution), page importation should be done as soon as a translation contains text from the original that is above the threshold of originality, and it seems to me that is the case here. So I fear that there might be original contributors who might frown upon no page importation being done, and even accuse me of violating the license. If you insist on not importing, I will at least put a note on the talk page that importation was requested, but denied, so I can wash my hands of the responsibility... But I see that it's a borderline case. I didn't translate a lot of the text and structured it a bit differently, that is true. On the other hand, I also added the "Expand German" template, and as soon as there is more translated from German Wikipedia, importation would be necessary anyway, I assume, so it could be done now? Gestumblindi (talk) 12:32, 13 April 2020 (UTC)
@Gestumblindi: I guess so ... if anything, the process to do the import is easier now than it will ever be. I've imported the edits. Graham87 13:07, 13 April 2020 (UTC)
@Graham87: Thank you! :-) Gestumblindi (talk) 13:09, 13 April 2020 (UTC)
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