Project:PD help

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Help pages are released without copyrights (as public domain)
Help pages are released without copyrights (as public domain)

Project:PD help is a project to create a set of concise user help pages for MediaWiki users, i.e. for visitors to a website which is powered by MediaWiki. The project covers all content in the Help namespace. The main entry point for this is Help:Contents .

This help documentation is separate from the Manual (the GFDL and CC BY-SA-licensed MediaWiki administrator's manual). Contributors, please be clear about the differences! The PD help pages do not contain information for server administrators, about how to install, configure, or maintain MediaWiki software. See the 'Goal' section below, for a detailed statement of what we are trying to achieve.

Security Please do not copy and paste content from Meta-Wiki's Help pages in here. They were written under the GFDL and CC BY-SA licenses and are not in the public domain.


Die Idee ist es einen Satz von Hilfeseiten zu erstellen, welche man in eine frische MediaWiki-Installation kopieren kann oder dass diese Seiten mit der MediaWiki-Distribution ausgeliefert werden. This will include basic user information, along with other Meta information, in a reasonably concise form. The basic concept is to create a compressed "User Guide", not a reference work. It should focus on what users want and not explain other functions.


Contributions to the PD Help, are released as public domain via the CC0 waiver. This is necessary in order to allow users to easily copy the text into their own wiki installations. Please ensure you understand the following before contributing:

  • Every page in the PD Help, must contain the line {{PD Help Page}} to indicate the license.
  • No content can be copied from elsewhere into these pages. The only exceptions being:
  1. The content being copied is your own personal (e.g. the author), or you have documented permission from the original author(s).
  2. Content that is already in the Public Domain can be copied here; however, this does NOT include the majority of published web pages!
  • You are relinquishing all rights to the information you contribute here. Although you will continue to have your contributions listed and attributed on this site, others can copy the text without giving credit, and can modify it as they see fit.

De Lässer - Dä Normaale Metmaacher

De Hölp-Sigge sin vör allem för der nommaale Besöker em Wiki jedaach un jemaat.

Nit däm ßööver sing Administratore

Mer welle nit de kumplätte Dokkemäntazjuhn för MedijaWiki widerholle. Enfommazjuhne för de Administroore vun op däm ßööver Nivoh, Enshtallazjuhne, Enresschtunge, un et en Schoß hallde vun MedijaWiki, jehööt en et Handbooch. Information targeted at server administrators, detailing installation, configuration, or maintenance of MediaWiki, belongs in the Manual.

De eijnizze kleine Ußnahm sen de Käßte met Tips för de Administratoore, süsch onge.

Enfommazjuhne för de Wiki_Köbesse un Bürrokraate shton zerök

De Hölp_Sigge wöhre nit kumplät, without also describing what 'Wiki_Köbesse' can do, however these more advanced features are not available to majority of a target audience (the majority of wiki users). As such, we should keep this information a little bit separate, so that normal users are not confronted with information which is not relevant to them. Within the bulk of the Help pages we will make brief mentions of things which require sysop priviledges, but detailed descriptions of sysop procedures should be tucked away on less prominently linked pages, or should be left out of the Help pages all together. However, these advanced features are not available to a majority of the target audience (most wiki users). As such, this information is to be kept slightly separate from the majority of the contents, so that normal users are not confronted with information which is not relevant to them.

Heh dä Afschnett weed beklaaf.

This section is under discussion

Reeschlinnije för et Schriive

  • Create links between the pages, but avoid linking to other namespaces on Keep the links internal to the public domain help pages, or make external links (full URL) to relevant resources, e.g. on This is to facilitate easier copying of the text into fresh wiki installations. Do not use interwiki links, as these may not exist in the target wiki.
  • We probably don't want to swap in the {{SITENAME}} syntax anywhere. MediaWiki is the name of the software we are describing. This is the Content Management Software (CMS), that enables the destination wiki to run, so anywhere where our text is referring to the software (everywhere throughout help), it should be left as a literal string "MediaWiki". If, for some reason, the help text is mentioning the name of the site, then this would be an appropriate exception (use {{SITENAME}}). However, we are not going to swap this in everywhere we mention the word MediaWiki.
  • Translations should be done after the English version of a page has reached a stable status. The naming convention is Pagetitle/language-code (e.g. Help:Editing/pt).
  • Unless you have the perfect solution for navigation in this manual, please refrain from creating navigation templates, and focus content creation first.
  • Do not use extensions such as Cite, since they are not installed on all MediaWiki installations.

Et Formatteere

  • Formatting should be consistent. Use class="wikitable" for any tables you create, highlight cells or rows with {{Hl1}} etc.
  • All wiki markup and code should be put in ‎<code> or ‎<pre> tags. Help for inserting: {{subst:nw|text}}.
  • All references to menu texts and descriptions should appear in italic.

Beldscher vum Beldscherrem

Screenshots are useful. PD help pages should contain only public-domain screenshots; avoid any logos from being included in screenshots, and upload them to Commons with {{MediaWiki screenshot}} (for GPL), and {{CC-zero}} (for the user's work) license templates.

Images are shipped with the documentation or accessed from Commons with InstantCommons .

Tips för de Administratoore

Wann en dä Hölp_Sigge jet es, wat enem ßööver singe Administrator enshtelle künnt, do kanns De ene Tip för dä met {{Admin tip|tip=text}} enboue.


All Sigge em „Hölp:“-Appachtemang sin — esu ham_mer dat faßjelaat — Deijl vum Prjäk för jemeinfreije Dokkemtäntazjuhn. Se sullte met Category:Help en de Saachjropp jedonn wääde, wan en Sigg en Änglesch es. Wann nit, doht et Shprooche_Köözel dohenger schriive, för Ripoaresch/Kölsch zom Beishpöll Category:Help/ksh, udder Category:Help/de för Dütsch, un esu wigger. Help pages for MediaWiki extensions, should be categorized in its subcategory Category:Extension help .

Fröjer hatte mer de Saachjropp Category:PD Help doför. För et eijfacher ze maache, es di jäz op Category:Help ömjenannt woode un alle Sigge sen aanjepaß. In keeping with simplicity, the category is now simply Category:Help and all pages have been updated.

Süsch och hee