Differences between Wikipedia, Wikimedia, MediaWiki, and wiki/tg

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Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Russia etc. are the names of dozens of local chapters of enthusiasts of Wikimedia projects. They are independent of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia, depending on the context and locale, is often incorrectly used as a short name for the Wikimedia projects, or a chapter, or the Wikimedia Foundation (the latter can happen also on this wiki).

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The word "wiki", pronounced /ˈwɪki/ or WIK-ee, is a Hawaiian word meaning "quick".

A wiki is a type of website whose contents can be edited from the web browser, and which keeps a version history for each editable page. Wikis are often, but not always, editable by any visitor to the site.

  • вики (чун сифат), "вики тарз", ва антонимаш но-вики ҳамчун барои тавсифи философияи сотсиаливу нигаронанда истифода мешавад, ки бо чунин тарзи система меравад (намуна "ин тарзи коркарди вики барои кардани ашё нест").
  • Wiki (with a capital 'W') is an incorrect term, although it has sometimes been used to refer to either Wikipedia or the Portland Pattern Repository (also known as WikiWikiWeb), which was the first wiki to be created.
  • вики-программа ва вики-раванда калимаҳое ҳастанд, ки як қисми программа ҳастанд, йи вики веб-сайтҳо истифода мешаванд. Чандин навъи вики-программаҳо ҳастанд; яктояшон хеле осонанд, дигаронашон бо дастрасиҳои бисёр.

For a more complete description, see Wikipedia's entry on "wiki".


Wikimedia is the collective name for the Wikimedia movement, revolving around a group of inter-related projects, including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote and others, which aim to use the collaborative power of the Internet, and the wiki concept, to create and share free knowledge of all kinds.

  • The term Wikimedia servers is often used, referring to the computer hardware on which all Wikimedia projects are hosted.
  • Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in San Francisco that runs the Wikimedia projects and the MediaWiki software.
  • The Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, commonly referred to as Meta, is the wiki used to discuss issues which affect all Wikimedia projects. See also: Meta:About.


Wikipedia is a Wikimedia project that is a global, free and multilingual internet encyclopedia. It is the oldest and largest Wikimedia project, founded in 2001 predating the Wikimedia Foundation itself, which was founded in 2003. Wikipedia is often described as a wiki, but it is in fact a collection of over 200 wikis, one for each language, all running on the MediaWiki software.


MediaWiki is a particular wiki engine software developed for and used by Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. MediaWiki is freely available for others to use (and improve), and it is in use by all sorts of projects and organizations around the world.

This site, mediawiki.org, is intended for information about MediaWiki and related software.

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