MediaWiki.org has only one topic: the wiki engine MediaWiki and connected software, such as extensions and skins. It includes documentation for some related software that runs externally but connects to and relies on a MediaWiki installation.
MediaWiki.org is not Wikipedia
You are currently at a website called MediaWiki.org. Unless you are a software developer
or someone who installs computer software
, you probably ended up here accidentally. MediaWiki.org is not the free encyclopedia Wikipedia. Please read this article
if you are confused about the names. Wikipedia is a wiki running the software documented by this site. If you're interested in working on the free encyclopedia, check it out directly
.MediaWiki is not Wikimedia Wikitech
MediaWiki.org is not intended for Wikimedia-specific technical documentation. Please read this article
if you are confused about the names and scope. Wikimedia is a group of wikis running some of software documented on this site. Please see wikitech:Main Page
.MediaWiki.org is not a free host or webspace provider
This site is not meant to store private, commercial or any other content that is unrelated to the MediaWiki software. It is also not meant to be used as a test wiki e.g. to try out formatting (only use our Project:Sandbox
for that or have a look at our test wiki
) or to create valid XHTML
contents for foreign projects.
You may not host your own website, homepage, blog
, or wiki at MediaWiki.org. If you are interested in using the wiki technology for a collaborative effort on something else, even if it is just a single page, there are many websites that provide wiki hosting
, either free or for money. You can also install wiki software on your server
; see the Wiki science
wikibook for information on doing this.
Of course, users can have their own personal pages, but they are used for information relevant to working on MediaWiki.org. If you are looking to make a personal webpage that is not related to MediaWiki, please make use of one of the many free homepage providers on the Internet or find a suitable blog
. Advertising, especially external links, may be removed from a user's page when there are no relevant contributions related to MediaWiki.MediaWiki.org is not a repository of links, images, or media files
This site is neither a mirror
nor a repository of links, images, or media files. Please upload only files that are useful for MediaWiki.org and provide full information on source and a free license; everything else will be deleted
. Read the upload instructions carefully and consider uploading media files to the Wikimedia Commons
, where they can be linked from all Wikimedia projects.
All content added to MediaWiki.org may have to be edited mercilessly, and can be redistributed at will. By submitting any content, you agree to release it for free use under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
(CC BY-SA) or if it is stated explicitly, as Public Domain.MediaWiki.org is not a vehicle for advertising
This site is not to be used for commercial promotion
- other than for MediaWiki itself and the Wikimedia projects.MediaWiki.org is not an indiscriminate collection of information
This site is not an indiscriminate collection of items relating to every project utilizing MediaWiki software. Articles dealing with other software issues, or issues with individual wikis, are not suitable for this site. Please try to stay on the task of creating contents concerning the MediaWiki software itself.MediaWiki.org is not a forum or a chatroom
Don't (mis)use this site, especially user pages and talk pages, as a forum, bulletin board or chatroom. We have an IRC channel
for that: #mediawiki connect
Also see the recommended communications channels