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This page is for the discussion and co-ordination of the MediaWiki Manual.

The manual is located in the Manual: namespace (starting at Manual:Contents ) and is released under the GNU Free Documentation License. Note that manual content must be kept completely separate from the PD Help pages located in the Help: namespace, as they are released under a different, incompatible license (see Project:Copyrights for details).


For general information about what should go in which namespace, see Project:Namespaces .

  • What content should be in the Manual: namespace?
    • Information on setting up a new wiki
    • Information on moving/upgrading/exporting/importing
    • Documentation for Maintenance scripts
    • Information about hooks/API/Database layout etc.
  • What should not be in the Manual: namespace?
    • Basic help on using and editing. This belongs in the Help: namespace
    • Extensions and tools, that are not part of the default MediaWiki distribution. (Extension: namespace)


Some discussion has been held regarding the layout of the Manual: namespace, but no formal decision has been made. The main debate is whether Manual pages should be organized in a flat hierarchy, with all pages at the root level, or with subtopics as subpages of the main topics. Here is where prior discussion has taken place:

Editorial guidelines


to be discussed


to be discussed



to be discussed

Naming scheme non-English pages

Some general discussions about internationalisation are at Project:Language policy .