Namespace

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This page summarises the current usage of the namespaces across the different Wikimedia projects. For an explanation of what the namespaces are, see Help:Namespace.

Wikipedia Meta-Wiki MediaWiki.org
(main) - - -
(project) Wikipedia: Meta: Project:
Help - - -
User - - -
Category - - -
File - - -
MediaWiki - - -
Template - - -
Special - - -
Media - - -
Additional Portal Extension
Manual
Color Legend
  different usage in different projects (see below)
  same usage in all projects
  virtual namespace


Main, project and help[edit]

Purpose of namespaces in different Wikimedia projects
Main namespace Project namespace Help namespace
Wikipedia encyclopedia articles information about Wikipedia—its policies, guidelines, rules, etc.—along with some help about MediaWiki that is particular to Wikipedia copied from Meta-Wiki's help namespace
Meta-Wiki meta-pages: information relevant to multiple Wikimedia projects pages related to Meta-Wiki itself, not to other Wikimedia projects documentation of the basic, technical features of MediaWiki
MediaWiki.org all general information about the software organisation of MediaWiki.org (this namespace should be as small as possible) set of basic help pages for users of existing wikis (formatting, etc.), aiming for a complete English version that can be shipped with the MW distribution (unlike elsewhere, contributions in this namespace are licensed in the public domain)

Additional namespaces[edit]

  • MediaWiki.org has two additional namespaces:
    • Manual :All technical or more detailed stuff behind the surface, that is not part of the basic help pages (full handbook, mainly for the ones who want to set up an own wiki).
    • Extension :All extensions and directly related stuff.
  • Meta-Wiki has several custom namespaces, see Meta:Namespaces.

See also[edit]