I am wondering why at WMF the ability to award the bit for "transwiki-importer"
restricted so that local bureaucrats are unable to award it. At this stage one has to get
a steward to award that bit, or to get a bugzilla request to be implemented on a per wiki
basis so that 'crats can do it.
The "transwiki-importer" gives one permission right, and it is one that is
assigned to an administrator, so it seems weird that a 'crat can give an administrator
right, yet cannot give a transwiki-importer. I was thinking that it is probably an
archaic restriction that has neither been noticed nor updated, and I was wondering whether
it was a time for a review and update.
For numbers of the smaller WMF wikis, it would seem a useful bit, especially cross-project
wikis, or for importing from the xxWPs where it is determined that it is not a WP matter.
Or am I missing something historical/hysterical?