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Sometimes, a community just stops. Editing dries up. The administrative staff leaves. No new editors arrive. Outdated information builds up without editing. It becomes inactive.

And then you discover it. You want to revive it. You want to edit the CSS or JS pages. You want to change a system message. But you can't, because you're not an admin, and there is no admin to promote you.

In this situation, you can adopt the community.

With the demonstrated permission of your community, you can also use the Adoption:Requests page to grant you rights when an otherwise active community has no active bureaucrat, and therefore no practical method of promoting its users.

How to adopt

Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to adopting a community!

  1. Read over the adoption guidelines to make sure you are eligible to adopt the community, and that the community is eligible to be adopted.
  2. Scroll down and click Create new request.
  3. Answer the questions that appear so the staff member who reviews your request has a bit more information.
  4. Click Submit and your request will be online!

Important notes about the process

Once your request is made, please allow up to a full business week for a reply from a staff member. Replies will come from a Wiki Representative, who will have in their signature.

You will have no ability to edit your request after it's submitted, so please complete it as fully as you can.

When your request is reviewed by a staff member, it will be marked as "completed", no matter whether it's approved or declined.

In the case of unsuccessful requests, staff may ask you to contact them on their Community Central message wall to provide more information. Or they may tell you to re-apply with a brand new application when you've come into better compliance with the guidelines.

If you have any questions about the resolution of your completed request, please leave a message on the wall of the staff member who answered the request.

Can I participate in the process?

If you have specific knowledge about a particular request — maybe you're an admin on a wiki that's up for adoption — please reach out to a staff member currently handling adoptions. You can figure out who that is by clicking here and then looking for people appearing recently in the "last author" column.

If you use the VisualEditor, you might see an error message like this if you try to publish edits to an adoptions request.

Otherwise, the Adoptions Team need to judge the application solely on the merits of the applicant's original statement.

Therefore, if you try to publish edits on an adoption request, you'll get an error message. In most cases, that error message will helpfully point out that you can't edit the request. Unfortunately, the message is less clear in our VisualEditor.

Answers to frequently asked questions

  • You do not need to adopt a community to merge it with another, larger community on the same subject. For more information on how to merge communities, see Help:Merging communities or ask a staff member for guidance.
  • You do not need to adopt a community that you yourself founded. You already have admin and bureaucrat rights.
  • You may use the adoptions process to gain bureaucrat rights when you already have administrator rights. Make sure to get support from any other active admins first.
  • If there are recently active administrators, but no bureaucrats to grant the rights, you can adopt the wiki with the administrators' support. Make sure to include a link in your request to where they supported your promotion.
  • More than one user can request an adoption together, but there must be clearly stated agreement as to what rights (administrator/bureaucrat) each person will get linked in the request.
  • Demonstrated editing ability on another wiki cannot be considered. What's important to the adoption process is your work on the wiki you wish to adopt. We need to see not just that you can edit, but that you're actually interested in the topic of the wiki at hand.
  • Administrators who have been inactive for more than a year will be removed upon successful adoption. If your wiki has admins who have edited within the last year, though, make sure you reach out to them. Who knows? A little message may be all it takes to get them back in the game!

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