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Wikipedia's pages are divided into namespaces. Each namespace (except the main article space) has a prefix that is followed by a colon at the start of page names. Here are some of the namespaces you might encounter, along with an explanation and examples:
NamespacePurposeExample(s)
Main/article
no prefix
ArticlesStarfish
Disambiguation pages to help people find the article they're looking forDavid (disambiguation)
Wikipedia:
a.k.a. "Project"
Policies and guidelinesWikipedia:Neutral point of view
Wikipedia:Manual of Style
Process pagesWikipedia:Articles for Creation
Discussion forums and noticeboardsWikipedia:Village pump
WikiProject communities focusing on a particular topicWikipedia:WikiProject history
User:Personal profile pages about usersUser:Jimbo Wales
Sandboxes and personal draft articlesUser:Example/sandbox
Draft:Draft articles that are in progressDraft:Exampledraft
Help:Help pagesHelp:Contents
Template:Templates, which can be included or substituted on other pagesTemplate:Citation needed
Template:Infobox album
Category:Groups of pages organized by their similaritiesCategory:Painting
Category:Wikipedia maintenance
File:Images and other files, stored and describedFile:Wiki.png
Portal:Pages to highlight Wikipedia content in a particular topic areaPortal:Current events
Portal:Solar System
MediaWiki:Messages that appear in the wiki software (edited by administrators)MediaWiki:Wikimedia-copyrightwarning
Special:Pages that are part of the softwareSpecial:RecentChanges
Special:Preferences

Each page in each of these namespaces, except for Special, also has a corresponding Talk page for discussion. So, for example, you can discuss the starfish article at Talk:starfish, or talk about Wikipedia:Neutral point of view at Wikipedia talk:Neutral point of view. You can switch between the normal page and the talk page by clicking the tabs at the top left.





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