The Test Wiki
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The Test Wiki is a test wiki – a wiki used for testing! Anyone can be granted administrator rights for testing, however several confirmation steps are required first. Additionally, its founder, Skizzerz, has been known to be a little restrictive when it comes to open testing. Some basic administrator tools are restricted to higher groups (
editinterface is restricted to bureaucrats and
nuke are restricted to wiki staff). However, it is running the latest MediaWiki version (1.29), the same as global Wikimedia Foundation projects.
The one unique area that The Test Wiki specialises in is a test CheckUser custom extension available to bureaucrats. This extension allows bureaucrats to access Special:CheckUser, but they can only check their own username or IP address. This allows bureaucrat to see how CheckUser works without actually revealing private information about other users. It is unknown whether this right grants access to Special:CheckUserLog or not, and it is also unknown whether this custom code will ever be pushed globally upstream.
Due to recent spam and [[vandal]ism, administrators are no longer able to unblock themselves, nor are they able to bypass IP address hard-blocks (both of these rights are restricted to bureaucrats). Therefore, non-crat admins should not test blocking on themselves, because they will not be able to undo it. Additionally, most VPN networks, proxies, and other web hosts are automatically indefinitely blocked by MediaWiki, and cannot be bypassed by non-crat sysops unless they are in the IP Block Exemptions group. The same goes for standard IP blocks with "prevent logged in users from editing" enabled.
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