Help:Glossary

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This page is a glossary to help users of this wiki.

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A

  • admin - short for administrator. A user with extra technical privileges for "custodial" work on this wiki– specifically, deleting and protecting pages, and blocking abusive users. See also sysop.

B

  • broken link - a link to a nonexistent page, usually colored red
  • blue link, bluelink - a wikilink to an article that already exists shows up blue - or purple if it has been recently visited by that reader

C

  • category - a collection of pages linked by topic. Category tags are in the form Category:Computers and are listed at the bottom of a page. The part after the ":" is the name of the category. A list of basic categories to browse through can be found at Special:Categories

D

  • disambiguation - the process of resolving the conflict that occurs when pages about two or more different topics have the same natural title
  • disambiguation page - a page that contains various meanings of a word, and refers to the pages where the various meanings are defined. In cases when there is a prevailing meaning of the term, disambiguation pages are named "subject (disambiguation)"
  • discussion - a link at the top of a page that leads to the discussion for that page (also called its talk page).

E

  • external link - a link to a website that is external to this wiki.

H

  • history - all previous versions of page, from its creation to its current state. Also called page history. See also: Help:Page history.

L

  • link - a string of coloured text making a hyperlink to give access to another document. On this wiki there may be wikilinks, and external links.

M

  • Main Page - the page to which every user not specifying an article is redirected. The Main Page contains links to featured communities, the Spotlight, popular pages, statistics, etc.
  • MediaWiki - the software running this wiki

N

  • Namespace - a way to classify pages. Wikipedia has namespaces for encyclopedia articles, pages about Wikipedia (project namespace), user pages (User:), special pages (Special:), template pages (Template:), and talk pages (Talk:, Wikipedia talk:, and User talk:), among others. See also Namespace

P

  • page - any individual topic within Wikipedia; the web page without the top, bottom and sidebars. Pages include articles, stubs, redirects, disambiguation pages, user pages, talk pages, documentation and special pages.
  • Portal - pages intended to serve as "Main Pages" for specific topics or areas
  • protected page - indicates a page that cannot be edited except by administrators, or in some cases, established users. Usually this is done to cool down an edit war.

R

  • Random page - on the left of each page. It will take you to a wiki page that is chosen by a computer algorithm without any deliberate pattern or meaning to the choice.
  • Recent changes - a real-time list of changes wiki users have made to pages
  • Redirect, redir - a page title which, when requested, merely sends the reader to another page. This is used for synonyms and ease of linking. The name of the redirected page is shown under the title of the resulting target page. For example, OCASI redirects to Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.
  • Red link, redlink - a wikilink to an article that does not exist shows up red. See also blue link.

S

  • stub - a page considered too short to give an adequate introduction to a subject (often one paragraph or less). Stubs are marked with stub templates, a specific type of cleanup template, which add the articles to stub categories sorted by subject matter.

T

  • Talk page - most pages have a Talk page which is accessed via the "discussion" link at the top of a page.

U

  • user - a contributor who has created an account

W

  • wiki - any website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language. Wikipedia is the most well known example of a wiki.
  • wikilink - an internal link to another page within this wiki
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The text in this page is adapted from Help:Glossary.