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Link is:

  • [[UMassWiki:Article name]]

Points to:


Reasoning: Active wiki dedicated to the UMass community, home to some 28,000 students and staff. A lot of the UMass-related cruft continually accumulating in the w:UMass Amherst article and elsewhere which doesn't meet Wikipedia notability standards is perfectly acceptable on UMassWiki given its narrower focus. Further, topics of wider interest which are tied to the UMass community, such as w:Jill Carroll, are featured on UMassWiki. -- 05:03, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

Since nobody's paying attention to this, it gives me time to add that there's some discussion about splitting the giant Wikipedia:UMass Amherst article into a number of smaller ones, increasing the number of pages on which an interwiki map to UMassWiki will be useful. -- 05:33, 20 October 2006 (UTC)


  • Wiki format: [[ManyBytesAgo:Article name]] or [[manybytesago:Article name]]
  • Native format:$1
  • Reasoning: I'm developing ManyBytesAgo as a wiki to absorb content not otherwise suitable on Wikipedia itself. I've already implemented use of InterWiki on the site to link to articles on the other accepted wikis. Cwolfsheep 04:57, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
Hmm, only 45 articles[1]. Doesn't look like other wikis will benefit from interwiki to it. MaxSem 11:48, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

pls add more Stadtwikis


there are some more aktive city-wikis (Stadtwiki in german) than Karlsruhe: and RheinNeckar:

I'm admin in all five. Yours Wilhelm --Kawana 10:14, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

The existing InterWiki-Links (Karlsruhe/Rhein-Neckar) are used in de:, between the growing number of city-wikis in Germany and some other wikis. --Kawana 21:30, 8 June 2006 (UTC)


Also, ones for the other crazy subdomains would be nice:

  • (why the other committees, but not this one?)
  • (right now wmania: goes to the current wikimania, which so happens to be wikimania2006)
  • Any others?

I also have trouble with bugzilla: (for instance, how do you link to the main page, since there is no bugzilla:Main Page?) Koavf 17:06, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

Wikimania2006 would have been very useful for Summer of Code 2006. -- Bronson 21:31, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

I'd like to request the addition of to the map.

Proposed Prefix: moreperfect Full URL:

Why useful? More perfect is a new project that allows citizens and policy advocacy groups the ability to post and edit policy proposals and law. The ability to quickly reference multiple sources between various wiki's will increase the free-flow of information for our users. We've built a site that will focus on local issues in all 50 states, and across the entire country of the United States.

Although the ideal is interesting, please explain how this prefix would be useful to a significant number of pages on Wikimedia Foundation wikis. // [admin] Pathoschild (talk/map) 04:59, 11 August 2006 (UTC)


I would like to propose the InterWiki prefix MopedWiki to point to$1. This interwiki map would provide easy linking from various manufacturer/model pages, for example Sachs (at MopedWiki), Motobecane (at MopedWiki), Puch (at MopedWiki), etc. to moped specific information. It could also offer forseeable links in other wiki pages about mopeds, motorized bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters. Thank you. -- 06:26, 16 August 2006 (UTC)


UMLWiki focuses on enhancing WikiPedia articles by featuring original publicly accessible content particular to the Unified Modeling Language. WikiPedia's external link policy has many reasons why individually linking each article would not be appropriate. Although WikiPedia requests original content, is not a publisher of original thought. WikiPedia's general encyclopedic articles should not contain a large amount of programmer-specific material, as envisioned for UMLWiki, which seeks to expand them into a Wikiproject. objectives seek to avoid such excessive linking, while still providing a quality platform for a publicly accessible, WikiMedia presentation of non-proprietary UML information for programmers. I feel that the majority of encyclopedic work should remain upon WikiPedia, while the "original content" (in formats such as XML) should be in UMLWiki. There is a lot of overlap that an InterWiki link would resolve. would like to request an InterWiki link based upon these objectives. Please point us to additional required effort necessary to accomplish our objectives while still satisfying WikiPedia, if this does not yet qualify. Thanks for your consideration! Brick Thrower 16:35, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

AGS Wiki

Wikipedia:Category:Adventure_Game_Studio contains 21 articles which may all find it useful to link to the Adventure Game Studio wiki --Wikipedia:User:Amaccormack 11:29, 22 August 2006 (UTC)


[[gmwiki:GMC]] should link to I, Workman161, run the GMWiki. It is quite small but I am to expand it to document everything about Game Maker. It would most likely only benefit Game Maker and its related pages, but over time I'm sure there will be a lot more encyclopedic reference on Wikipedia concerning the Game Maker world. --workman161 2006-28-08 03:10 03:10, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, because I think that this link would not be used on more than one article in Wikipedia. There would be no need to interwiki. -- mzlla 11:36, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Super Mario Wiki

  • Link: [[MarioWiki:Article Name]]
  • URL path:$1
  • It's like a Wikipedia for Mario knowledge. Useful, active, informative. --Steve (talk) 00:11, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done, because I think that this link would not be used on more than one article in Wikipedia. There would be no need to interwiki. -- mzlla 11:31, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Porplemontage Studios Wiki

  • Link: [[PMSWiki:Article Name]]
  • URL path:$1
  • A wiki for Porplemontage Studios, a collection of Flash cartoons and comics. Contains information on all the series. --Steve (talk) 00:11, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Smash Wiki

A wiki about Smash Brothers with lots of articles about WaveDash, tiers, SSBM pros and stuff that can't be explained on one single Wikipedia page.$1, [[SmashWiki:Main Page]] or [[SSB:Main Page]] or something. – 17:04, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, because I think that this link would not be used on more than one article in Wikipedia. There would be no need to interwiki. -- mzlla 11:36, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

The BFI's FTVDB Search Engine

Please see and I stopped after 15, I should point out that I don't actually work for the BFI but for the development company that produced the search engine for them. It can handle a number of "Entity" types. Although I notice some discussion below about removing IMDB? if you would you be interested in proceeding, I could explain the different entity types and URL format. There's a few million odd entitys in total and around 2 million odd individual "main" pages (there's different views of each page BTW). I think the BFI's database would provide a very handy compliment to the IMDB links as they probably have a slightly different coverage.

Urban Dictionary

Please add [[urbandict:]] or [[urbdict:]] with$1 URI. Thanks. Danny B. 08:35, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. There would be some delay before it is updated to the databases. -- mzlla 11:35, 24 November 2006 (UTC)


Wmania: currently redirects to Wikimania 2006. I guess changing that to Wikimania 2007 would create a lot of false links. Probably a new Wikimania2007:, or wm2007: prefix would be better. Teofilo 14:46, 6 November 2006 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Wm2007: will now point to the wiki of Wikimania 2007. -- mzlla 16:35, 6 November 2006 (UTC)
Thank you. Do you know how long it will take for the wm2007: link to become blue ? Teofilo 09:05, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
No, I don't. I thought it should be updated already and now I sent a bug 7853. -- mzlla 13:48, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
winkThanks! Teofilo 22:39, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Link is
  • [[ValueWiki:Article name]]
Points to
Reason for inclusion

ValueWiki already covers over 50,000 stocks and funds, with plans to expand. As the Wiki develops, these pages can be linked to from potentially thousands of (e.g. Wikipedia, WikiNews, Wiktionary) articles covering companies, corporate executives, and other financial and investment topics.

Thank you. Jonathan


Existing templates and external links

I recently discovered this db of external/internal wikilinks. My original concerns were of the IMDB interwiki link, as there are already two templates in Wikipedia in use "imdb name" & "imdb title". These I feel better facilitate an external reference to a site than an interwiki. With the templates, they are easily modified on Wikipedia, and they inform the reader that its an external site, before the click on it. The IMDB interwiki, is confusing and redundant for those reasons. Is there going to be a policy on what links should and should not be made interwiki's? User:Who on Wikipdeia (generic sig) 20:29, 13 Jun 2005 (UTC) <>Who?¿? 20:55, 13 Jun 2005 (UTC)

{{IMDB title}} seems to be used more often on Wikipedia, and I don't think a prefix to IMDB is useful on most other Wikimedia projects. A user may be releasing a tool to scan Wikimedia Foundation wikis for usage of a given prefix; when it is released, we can make a more informed judgement. // [admin] Pathoschild (talk/map) 19:50, 9 June 2006 (UTC)


Dead link. usage --Pmsyyz 06:34, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Removed. — Timichal 11:51, 25 December 2006 (UTC)


Link has been heavily overused on en-wiki. Much of the content on YouTube is problematic for linking. A short-cut link is less then helpful. J.smith 18:10, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

ACK and a template with subst would be enough. -- 17:35, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
The template already exists. Shortcuts like this simply make it impossible to track'em. J.smith 18:14, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
It would be good to check en:Wikipedia talk:External links#Meta "custom namespaces" to decide on this. -- ReyBrujo 23:05, 7 January 200(UTC)
  • I second this request for removal. Enwiki has an ongoing problem with over-linking to YouTube. A group of admins is removing most of them, but the interwiki link is not helpful in that it cannot be found via special:linksearch, and that its existence implies (to some) that linking to YouTube is ok. Radiant! 12:30, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. MaxSem 13:46, 9 January 2007 (UTC)



DCDatabase$1 should be changed to$1 Probably derived of their migration to wikia. Old syntax is broken. Platonides 13:53, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. It does not go live yet, there is some delay before the developers update this to database. -- mzlla 14:57, 18 November 2006 (UTC)


Homepages instead of language subdomains

===>Tricks I know that I can use oldsource: to get to the homepage of wikisource (, but can I use any interwiki links to get to the homepages of other Wikimedia projects? If not, could someone create them?

Thanks. Koavf 20:42, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

The root for Wikisource has pages you can go to, but for all of the others, they are just portals to the different language versions, with no other pages at the root level, so why would you need interwiki links for them? <font color=green>''Blank''</font>[[User talk:BlankVerse|<font color=#F88017>''Verse''</font>]] 06:41, 24 September 2006 (UTC)
Here's why Nothing practical, just a quirky request. By the by, Wikiversity is working fine now. Koavf 13:09, 25 September 2006 (UTC)


Lostpedia was added on November 5th, but interwiki links do not function. Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks, --Jabrwocky7 22:20, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

No, you aren't. These are not updating automatically to database, there has to be a developer who updates them. And we haven't seen one yet. -- mzlla 23:46, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

A funny interwiki

Huh? I was converting some off-site links to the double-bracket kind fo aesthetics reasons, using the UniversalResourceLocator: code (e.g. [[UniversalResourceLocator:|CLICKING HERE SHOULD TAKE YOU TO YAHOO, IF I DIDN'T USE <nowiki>]].) All was well, until I loaded the page in Opera (my default browser is Firefox), and instead of being directed to a web page, I was given a red link with an edit at the end of the URL. That is to say, Wikipedia was prompting me to create a page with the namespace UniversalResourceLocator:, just like User: proceeds a userpage. Why is it this works in Firefox, but not Opera or IE? Also, it gives me a funny green link instead of the standard blue. Can anyone tell me what's going on here? Koavf 05:40, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Okay... Now it doesn't work at all... Can anyone help me out here? Koavf 21:45, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
Working fine with me, maybe its just your computer. Check that you don't have any viruses, cheers Minun Spiderman 15:48, 5 September 2006 (UTC) question hosts other wikis, for instance a fiction-wiki at but the shortcut links to$1. Is there a method of linking to project wikis using the existing interwiki link? ~Kylu (u|t) 00:48, 15 October 2006 (UTC)


Let Project Admins have Some Autonomy

Somew interwiki prefixes are for wikis that are popular enough for it to be sensible to include those prefixes in a global map for all MediaWiki users. However - sometimes, there is a need to define a prefix that is only recognized in one project, or in a few projects.

For example -- there might be some place where there are a few sister-projects that need to be able to link to one another - but which would be of little interest to wiki-users elsewhere. In such a situation, each project's admins would want to set up a local prefix for each of the sister projects.

So maybe there should be some way for administrators of a wiki project to specify prefixes that are only recognized by that specific project? There could even be a naming-convention rule to prevent these local prefixes from ever conflicting with global ones!

I agree, it should be possible Minun Spiderman 12:45, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
REBUTTAL:I would disagree. This could cause interwiki chaos, because one could copy content from one wiki to another, and the links would not work, or might point to the wrong wiki. Let's keep it simple and less buggy by keeping everything centralized. Jesse Viviano 21:59, 22 October 2006 (UTC)


There were a TON of spam links added to this page while it was inexplicably left unprotected for months. It would be a nice project for an admin to go through and remove them. XT 03:23, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

I'll be cleaning up the map sometime using a Wikimedia-wide version of w:Special:Linksearch. // [admin] Pathoschild (talk/map) 12:19, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Adding particular websites

Just so I know, would requesting your own website to be added be considered spam? I just nmeed to know to decide what to do, cheers Minun Spiderman 14:57, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

I don't think that well-formed request should be considered spam. Sure, admins must not add interwikis to their own sites without discussion, but you can't add, you can just ask:) Feel free to request. Mind NPOV, however. MaxSem 12:37, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

please add YouTube to the map

Could an administrator please add YouTube (syntax:$1) to the interwiki map? Thanks. -- 17:36, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

MediaWiki website admins may want to add video and image sources to their articles. Of course they may want to interwiki to nonwiki sites, for example to some blogs' categories or tags. Some nonwiki video and image sites:
 Video sources:
 Image sources:

Adding these queries to interwiki table is not enough to add these "interwiki" links to our mediawiki driven site. How can we do that, I couldn't find it. -- 22:18, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Try this template -- you can develop similar ones from it.
Also, you add local interwiki prefixes to the interwiki table in your MySQL database. There is an extension to add a special page to do this, but I don't remember what it's called -- Google around. -- 16:24, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Is anyone paying attention to this?

There are a lot of outstanding requests that haven't been dealt with. -- 23:01, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

I dealt some, but most requests would need more information. If you would like to support some requests, please comment them. -- mzlla 11:38, 24 November 2006 (UTC)