Hi fellow wiki editors!

To help newly registered users get more familiar with the wiki (and maybe older users too) there is now a {{Welcome to the wiki}} template. Have a look at it and feel free to add it to new users discussion pages (and perhaps your own).

I have tried to keep the template short, but meaningful. /Johan G

Help:Glossary

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This is a glossary of wiki related terms.


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A

Administrator
A user with a few extra privileges such as deleting pages, protecting pages from editing and blocking users.
Alphasort
Contraction of alphabetical sort
Article
A page in the main namespace.
Article revision
A revision of an article.

B

Basepage
The opposite of a subpage.
Block
An editor can sometimes be blocked. Could for example happen during an edit war, after spamming etc.

C

Category
A category is something between a directory in a directory path and a tag, as a page sometimes can benefit from being in more than one category. Adding a category to a page is a way to organise the articles and put them in a larger context. A page is added to a category by adding a link to the category on the page, like [[Category:Help]], preferably at the end. To link to a category without adding a page to the category, the page name is preceded by a colon, like [[:Category:Help]].
Category page
The page in the category namespace where the categories resides. Should preferably only contain a description, base categories and sometimes one or more templates.

D

Diff
A comparison between two revisions of a page that allows a reader to see what was changed, added or removed from an article.
Discussion page
Synonymous to a talk page, a page in one of the talk namespaces.

E

Edit
To change the contents of an article. An edit is saved into a new revision of a page.
Edit summary
A short but meaningful summary of an edit to be show in the revision history for that page.
Edit war
When two or more editors battle each other, most often by changing some text back and forth. Will often lead to that the editors will be blocked temporarily to calm down a bit.
External link
(1) Link to content outside the wiki.
(2) An internal link that is not a wikilink, like for example permalinks.

F

File
A file, usually an image that can be used on pages by linking to it, like [[File:Thumbs up 32px]].
File page
A page in the file namespace containing information about a file, usually an image. Since a normal link will show the file, a colon must precede the file name in order to link to the file page, like [[:File:Thumbs up 32px]].

G

H

Hidden category
A category that will not be seen on the page that is categorised. A category can be hidden by adding the magic word __HIDDENCAT__ to the category page.

I

Infobox
A box with information on the subject of a page. Usually a template.

J

K

L

M

Magic word
A built in functionality sometimes resembling templates, two of them are {{PAGENAME}} and __TOC__.
Mandatory
Something that have to be used. The opposite of optional.
Messagebox
A box with a message to readers and/or editors.
Meta template
A template used by a template.

N

Named parameter
A template parameter, which have to be used as a key=value pair.
Namespace
A context a page is in. Apart from the main or the article namespace, the namespace is shown as the text preceding the colon in a page title. There are several namespaces of which the ones one see the most of is the main, template, file and help namespaces. Most namespaces have an associated talk namespace for discussion of the contents of a page.

O

Optional
Something that does not have to be used. Opposite of mandatory.

P

Page
A page in any namespace, among others the main or article namespace.
Permalink
Short for permanent link.
Permanent link
A link to a certain revision of a page. The permalink can be found either in the revision history of a page or in the "Toolbox" drop-down menue on the left.
Piped link
A technique to use when the paged linked to is not want one want to show, for example Templates can be translated as well, though in a [[Help:Templates#Translating templates|different way]].
Protected page
A page that have been protected from editing by an administrator. Only administrators can edit protected pages.

Q

R

Redirect page
A page whose title for example is an abbreviation, alternative name or a common misspelling that redirects to the article page about the subject. The only content of a redirect page usually is #REDIRECT [[Page name]]
Revision
A page as it was at a fixed point in time. Can be linked to using a permalink.
Revision history
A list of all revisions done to a page with time, date, what users did the edits and any edit summaries for those revisions. The revision history is shown when clicking the "View history" tab. You can also compare the changes between different revisions on that page.

S

Spam
Links to commercial sites with the sole and only interest get readers over there to try and sell an often unrelated product.
Subpage
A page with a page title including a basepage name and the subpage name separated by a slash, like archive in Talk:Main page/archive.

T

Tag
A messagebox marking a page in one way or another.
Talk page
A page in one of the talk spaces. A page were contents of a page is discussed. Synonymous to discussion page.
Template
A template is a piece of wiki content that can be used by adding the template name between curly braces, like {{Template name}}. Many templates can take parameters to alter what they will show.
Template page
A page in the template namespace. Contains the template and any categories and often the template's documentation.

U

User
Someone who has registered to the wiki and can edit it. A few pages are protected from editing by users and users can not delete pages, though the can mark pages for deletion by administrators.

V

W

Wikilink
Internal link in a wiki, added with two square brackets on each side of the name of the page linked to, like [[Page name]]. Links to category and file pages must have the page name preceded by a colon, like [[:Category:Help]], in order to not add the page to that category or the file to the page.

X

Y

Z