Summary: Put Simple English Wikibooks in locked state rather
                    than inaccessible
           Product: Wikimedia
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: shell
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Normal
         Component: Site requests
            Blocks: 22674

Many recent wikis that were proposed for closure were made entirely
inaccessible, while in the past the wikis were simply locked.  Simple English
Wikibooks was recently closed and made inaccessible.  However, this blocks the
process that was underway at English Wikibooks regarding a merge or adoption of
useful content (see  

An XML export of the content was made available
(, however that is not of use to
administrators at English Wikibooks, who do not have the importupload right and
who would need to selectively import pages such that existing pages are not
overwritten and to select only the content that is appropriate to bring in. 
That can only be accomplished through the traditional transwiki import via
Special:Import and can only be done if the wiki is accessible.

As discussed on Meta
the recently closed Simple English Wikiquote remains available but locked
( This wasn't done for Simple English Wikibooks.

While other closed projects could return to the Incubator via import of their
XML file, Simple English wikis would not be permitted to return to the
Incubator due to the fact that they are not their own language.  Effectively
this project is deleted rather than closed.  I request Simple English Wikibooks
to be made available, but locked, allowing transwiki import of content while
still maintaining the community consensus for closure.

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