Most MediaWiki pages are articles, but some are web applications called special pages. We’ve encountered several of them:
and there are dozens of others with diverse purposes.
Special pages live in the
Special namespace, and have names such as
Special:Categories. You can jump
to a special page by entering its name in the search box, browse special
pages by clicking the Toolbox link “Special pages”, or link to them by
You’ll also find their links sprinkled around the wiki, such as the Move
tab for renaming articles (leading to
Special:Move) and many links in the user
options and toolbox menus.
In this chapter, we’ll cover the special pages included with MediaWiki and a few others found on Wikipedia. Some special pages will be immediately useful, while others might seem obscure to all but wiki administrators. Because there are so many special pages, this book presents them in three different ways: