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''Note: while the definitions below may be useful for understanding and writing text in the community pages (Talk, Wikipedia, User, Meta, etc.), please write actual encyclopedia articles in jargon-free language which is readily understandable without specific knowledge of the Wikipedia project. This  glossary  is not for [[Orthodox Christianity]] terms.''
''Note: while the definitions below may be useful for understanding and writing text in the community pages (Talk, Wikipedia, User, Meta, etc.), please write actual encyclopedia articles in jargon-free language which is readily understandable without specific knowledge of the Wikipedia project.''a
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This is a '''[[glossary]] of terms commonly used on [[Wikipedia]]'''.  For more help, see [[Wikipedia:Help]], [[Wikipedia:FAQ]], and [[Wikipedia:Contributing FAQ]]. For abbreviations often used in [[Wikipedia:edit summary|edit summaries]], see [[Wikipedia:Edit summary legend]]. For [[Wikipedia:Votes for deletion|VfD]] shorthand, see [[Wikipedia:Votes for deletion phrases]].
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This is a '''glossary of terms commonly used on OrthodoxWiki''' and some other like sites.  For more help, see [[OrthodoxWiki:Help]], [[Help:Contents]], [[OrthodoxWiki:FAQs]], and [[OrthodoxWiki:Trapeza]].  
 
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==A==
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;<div id=admin style="font-weight: bold">Admin</div>
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;<div id=Admin style="font-weight: bold">Admin</div>
:: Short for [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Administrators|Administrator]].  A user with extra technical privileges who does housework.
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:: Short for [[OrthodoxWiki:Administrators|Administrator]].  A user with extra technical privileges who does housework.
  
 
:: ''Also used: '''sysop'''.''
 
:: ''Also used: '''sysop'''.''
  
 
;<div id=Anchor style="font-weight: bold">Anchor</div>
 
;<div id=Anchor style="font-weight: bold">Anchor</div>
:: An HTML term for code that lets you link to a specific point in a page, using the "#" character. You can use them to link to a [[Wikipedia:section|section]] of a page, e.g. [[Wikipedia:How to edit a page#Links,_URLs,_images]]. ''Note that anchors currently have no effect in redirects.''
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:: An HTML term for code that lets you link to a specific point in a page, using the "#" character. You can use them to link to a [[#Section editing|section]] of a page, e.g. [[Help:How_to_create_a_new_page#Second_method:_New_links]]. ''Note that anchors currently have no effect in redirects  
 
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;<div id=AOTW style="font-weight: bold">AOTW</div>
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:: [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Article of the week|Article of the week]], an article needing improvement that is selected by vote to be the subject of widespread cooperative editing for a week.  This has been recently renamed as [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Collaboration of the week]], or '''COTW'''.
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;<div id=Arbitration style="font-weight: bold">Arbitration</div>
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:: The final step in the [[Wikipedia:Dispute resolution|dispute resolution]] process.
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee]].''
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;<div id=Archive style="font-weight: bold">Archive</div>
 
;<div id=Archive style="font-weight: bold">Archive</div>
:: A '''[[#Subpage|subpage]]''' of a '''[[#Talk page|Talk page]]''' to which some parts of the discussion are transferred, to reduce the size of the Talk page.  Rarely, the term may refer to the [[Wikipedia:Archive]] page, for obsolete historical material.
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:: A '''[[#Subpage|subpage]]''' of a '''[[#Talk page|Talk page]]''' to which some parts of the discussion are transferred, to reduce the size of the Talk page.  
  
:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:How to archive a talk page|Wikipedia:How to archive a talk page]].''
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:: ''See also: [[OrthodoxWiki:OrthodoxWiki:How to archive a talk page|OrthodoxWiki:How to archive a talk page]].''
  
 
;<div id=Article style="font-weight: bold">Article</div>
 
;<div id=Article style="font-weight: bold">Article</div>
 
:: An encyclopedia entry. All articles are pages, but not all pages are articles.
 
:: An encyclopedia entry. All articles are pages, but not all pages are articles.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:What is an article]].''
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:: ''See also [[Help:How to write a great article]].''
 
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==B==
 
==B==
 
;<div id=Ban style="font-weight: bold">Ban</div>
 
;<div id=Ban style="font-weight: bold">Ban</div>
 
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:: Banning is the extreme, last resort action by which someone is prevented from editing Wikipedia for a prolonged or indeterminate length of time. Reason for banning is usually a long history of biased edits, persistent adding of incorrect or doubtful material, refusal to cooperate with others, or extreme incivility and threats. If someone is banned, their username is blocked, and any username or IP identified as being the same person that is with great likelihood identified as being the same person can be blocked without any further reason. See also: [[#Block|block]]
:: Banning is the extreme, last resort action by which someone is prevented from editing Wikipedia for a prolonged or indeterminate length of time. Reason for banning is usually a long history of biased edits, persistent adding of incorrect or doubtful material, refusal to cooperate with others, or extreme incivility and threats. If someone is banned, their username is blocked, and any username or IP identified as being the same person that is with great likelihood identified as being the same person can be blocked without any further reason. See also: '''block'''
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;<div id=BJAODN style="font-weight: bold">BJAODN</div>
 
;<div id=BJAODN style="font-weight: bold">BJAODN</div>
:: Abbreviation for [[Wikipedia:Bad jokes and other deleted nonsense]].
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:: Abbreviation for Bad jokes and other deleted nonsense.
  
 
;<div id=Blanking style="font-weight: bold">Blanking</div>
 
;<div id=Blanking style="font-weight: bold">Blanking</div>
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;<div id=Block style="font-weight: bold">Block</div>
 
;<div id=Block style="font-weight: bold">Block</div>
:: Action by a sysop, removing from a certain IP-number or username the ability to edit Wikipedia. Usually done against addresses that have done vandalism or against users who have been banned. See also: '''ban'''
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:: Action by a sysop, removing from a certain IP-number or username the ability to edit Wikipedia. Usually done against addresses that have done vandalism or against users who have been banned. See also: [[#ban|ban]]
  
 
;<div id=Boilerplate_text style="font-weight: bold">Boilerplate text</div>
 
;<div id=Boilerplate_text style="font-weight: bold">Boilerplate text</div>
:: A standard message which can be added to an article using a [[Meta:template]].  For example, <nowiki>{{stub}}</nowiki> is expanded to the following:
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:: A standard message which can be added to an article using a [[#Template|Template]].  For example, <nowiki>{{stub}}</nowiki> is expanded to the following:
  
 
<blockquote>
 
<blockquote>
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</blockquote>
 
</blockquote>
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Boilerplate text]].''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:Templates]].''
  
 
;<div id=Bot style="font-weight: bold">Bot</div>
 
;<div id=Bot style="font-weight: bold">Bot</div>
 
:: A program that automatically or semi-automatically adds or edits Wikipedia-pages.
 
:: A program that automatically or semi-automatically adds or edits Wikipedia-pages.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Bots]], '''[[#Rambot|Rambot]]'''.''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:Bots]], '''[[#Rambot|Rambot]]'''.''
  
 
;<div id=Broken_link style="font-weight: bold">Broken link</div>
 
;<div id=Broken_link style="font-weight: bold">Broken link</div>
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:: A Wikipedia Admininistrator who has been entrusted with promoting users to sysops.
 
:: A Wikipedia Admininistrator who has been entrusted with promoting users to sysops.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Bureaucrats]].''
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:: ''See also [[Special:Listusers/bureaucrat|List of bureaucrats]].''
 
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==C==
 
==C==
 
;<div id=Cabal style="font-weight: bold">Cabal</div>
 
;<div id=Cabal style="font-weight: bold">Cabal</div>
:: A secretive organization which some Wikipedians claim is ultimately responsible for the development of Wikipedia.  Supposedly the Cabal acts to stifle dissent and impose their private [[Wikipedia:Point of view|points of view]] while hypocritically extolling [[Wikipedia:Neutral point of view|NPOV]].  [[#Admin|Admins]] who take action against users for seemingly illogical or immature reasons are often claimed to be acting on behalf of the Cabal.
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:: A secretive organization which some Wikipedians claim is ultimately responsible for the development of Wikipedia.  Supposedly the Cabal acts to stifle dissent and impose their private [[OrthodoxWiki:Point of view|points of view]] while hypocritically extolling [[#NPOV|NPOV]].  [[#Admin|Admins]] who take action against users for seemingly illogical or immature reasons are often claimed to be acting on behalf of the Cabal.
  
 
:: ''Compare with '''[[#Troll|Troll]]'''.''
 
:: ''Compare with '''[[#Troll|Troll]]'''.''
  
 
:: ''See also [[Meta:Cabal]], [[w:There Is No Cabal]].''
 
:: ''See also [[Meta:Cabal]], [[w:There Is No Cabal]].''
 
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;<div id=Categories style="font-weight: bold">Categories </div>
;<div id=CfD style="font-weight: bold">CfD</div>
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:: A software feature that provides automatic indexes. They are useful as tables of contents. See: [[:Category:Categories]]
:: The [[Wikipedia:Categories for deletion]] page.
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;<div id=Chatty style="font-weight: bold">Chatty</div>
 
;<div id=Chatty style="font-weight: bold">Chatty</div>
:: A term used for articles which seem to attempt a conversation with the reader.  Chatty articles may need [[Wikipedia:cleanup|cleanup]].
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:: A term used for articles which seem to attempt a conversation with the reader.  Chatty articles may need [[#Cleanup|cleanup]].
  
 
;<div id=Cleanup style="font-weight: bold">Cleanup</div>
 
;<div id=Cleanup style="font-weight: bold">Cleanup</div>
:: The process of repairing articles that are ungrammatical, are poorly formatted, etc.  Cleanup generally requires only editing skills, as opposed to the specialized knowledge that is more often called for by [[Wikipedia:Pages needing attention|pages needing attention]].
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:: The process of repairing articles that are ungrammatical, are poorly formatted, etc.  Cleanup generally requires only editing skills, as opposed to the specialized knowledge that is more often called for by articles needing [[:Category:Articles for reorganization|reorganization]], [[:Category:Articles needing English standardization|English standardization]], [[:Category:Articles needing Orthodoxization|orthodoxization]], or [[:Category:Articles needing expert help|expert help]].
 
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:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:Cleanup process]].''
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;<div id=Copyvio style="font-weight: bold">Copyvio</div>
 
;<div id=Copyvio style="font-weight: bold">Copyvio</div>
 
:: ''Also used: '''copyviol'''.''
 
:: ''Also used: '''copyviol'''.''
  
:: [[Meta:Copyright|Copyright]] violation. Usually used in an edit summary when some copyrighted material has been added to Wikipedia.
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:: [[Meta:Copyright|Copyright]] violation. Usually used in an edit summary when some copyrighted material has been added to OrthodoxWiki.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Copyrights]].''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:Copyrights]].''
 
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;<div id=COTW style="font-weight: bold">COTW</div>
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:: [[Wikipedia:Collaboration of the week|Collaboration of the week]], an article needing improvement that is selected by vote to be the subject of widespread cooperative editing for a week.
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;<div id=Cut_and_paste move style="font-weight: bold">Cut and paste move</div>
 
;<div id=Cut_and_paste move style="font-weight: bold">Cut and paste move</div>
 
:: Moving a page by taking the text of the page, and put it into the edit window for the second page. Generally considered worse than the 'move page' option, because it causes the page and its edit history to be in different places. Cut and paste moves can be fixed by administrators.
 
:: Moving a page by taking the text of the page, and put it into the edit window for the second page. Generally considered worse than the 'move page' option, because it causes the page and its edit history to be in different places. Cut and paste moves can be fixed by administrators.
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:How to fix cut and paste moves]].''
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==D==
 
==D==
 
;<div id=dab style="font-weight: bold">dab</div>
 
;<div id=dab style="font-weight: bold">dab</div>
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;<div id=Data dump style="font-weight: bold">Data dump</div>
 
;<div id=Data dump style="font-weight: bold">Data dump</div>
:: To import material from outside sources into Wikipedia without editing, formatting and linking. This is frowned upon by most [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians|Wikipedians]].
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:: To import material from outside sources into OrthodoxWiki without editing, formatting and linking. This is frowned upon by most [[#Wikipedian|Wikipedians]].
  
 
:: ''See also '''[[#Wikify|Wikify]]'''.''
 
:: ''See also '''[[#Wikify|Wikify]]'''.''
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;<div id=De-bold style="font-weight: bold">De-bold</div>
 
;<div id=De-bold style="font-weight: bold">De-bold</div>
:: ''Also used: '''un-bold'''.''
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:: ''Also used: [[#Un-bold|un-bold]].''
  
:: To remove a phrase's bold typeface, because it is not the first reference to the title or a synonym of the topic (which should be bold), or that it is not the topic of the article at all. Common situations when one would de-bold include: bold foreign words (should instead be italicized) and bold Wikilinks (which, according to current [[Wikipedia:Manual of Style|Manual of Style]], should be plain).
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:: To remove a phrase's bold typeface, because it is not the first reference to the title or a synonym of the topic (which should be bold), or that it is not the topic of the article at all. Common situations when one would de-bold include: bold foreign words (should instead be italicized) and bold Wikilinks (which, according to current [[OrthodoxWiki:Manual of Style|Manual of Style]], should be plain).
  
 
;<div id=Deletionist style="font-weight: bold">Deletionist</div>
 
;<div id=Deletionist style="font-weight: bold">Deletionist</div>
 
:: Someone who is in favor of deleting some pages that others prefer to keep. Often used as a derogatory term. The term 'inclusionist' for the opposite party is less used.
 
:: Someone who is in favor of deleting some pages that others prefer to keep. Often used as a derogatory term. The term 'inclusionist' for the opposite party is less used.
  
:: ''See also [[m:deletionism]] and [[m:inclusionism]].''
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:: ''See also [[Meta:deletionism]] and [[Meta:inclusionism]].''
  
 
;<div id=De-sysop style="font-weight: bold">De-sysop</div>
 
;<div id=De-sysop style="font-weight: bold">De-sysop</div>
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:: Take away someone's sysop status. Used very rarely, in cases where someone has misused their sysop powers.
 
:: Take away someone's sysop status. Used very rarely, in cases where someone has misused their sysop powers.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Possible misuses of admin privileges]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Developer style="font-weight: bold">Developer</div>
 
;<div id=Developer style="font-weight: bold">Developer</div>
:: A user who can make direct changes to the [[Wikipedia software]] and database.
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:: A user who can make direct changes to the [[w:Wikipedia software|Wikipedia software]] and database.
  
:: ''See also [[m:Developer]] for a list of developers and further information.''
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:: ''See also [[Meta:Developer]] for a list of developers and further information.''
  
 
;<div id=De-Wikify style="font-weight: bold">De-Wikify</div>
 
;<div id=De-Wikify style="font-weight: bold">De-Wikify</div>
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:: ''Also used: '''Dictdef'''.''
 
:: ''Also used: '''Dictdef'''.''
  
:: Short for a dictionary definition. This term is commonly used on [[Wikipedia:Votes for deletion]] when referring to an article that is more similar to a dictionary article than an encyclopedia one.
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:: Short for a dictionary definition. This term is commonly used when referring to an article that is more similar to a dictionary article than an encyclopedia one.
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not a dictionary]].''
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;<div id=Diff style="font-weight: bold">Diff</div>
 
;<div id=Diff style="font-weight: bold">Diff</div>
:: The difference between two versions of page, as displayed using the ''Page history'' feature, or from [[Special:Recentchanges|Recent Changes]]. The versions to compare are encoded in the [[URL]], so you can make a link by copying and pasting it - for instance when discussing a change on an article's talk page.
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:: The difference between two versions of page, as displayed using the ''Page history'' feature, or from [[Special:Recentchanges|Recent Changes]]. The versions to compare are encoded in the [[#URL|URL]], so you can make a link by copying and pasting it - for instance when discussing a change on an article's talk page.
  
:: ''See also [[m:Help:Diff]].''
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:: ''See also [[Meta:Help:Diff]].''
  
 
;<div id=Disambiguation style="font-weight: bold">Disambiguation</div>
 
;<div id=Disambiguation style="font-weight: bold">Disambiguation</div>
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:: The process of resolving the conflict that occurs when articles about two or more different topics have the same natural title.
 
:: The process of resolving the conflict that occurs when articles about two or more different topics have the same natural title.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Disambiguation]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Disambiguation_page style="font-weight: bold">Disambiguation page</div>
 
;<div id=Disambiguation_page style="font-weight: bold">Disambiguation page</div>
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;<div id=Dupe style="font-weight: bold">Dupe</div>
 
;<div id=Dupe style="font-weight: bold">Dupe</div>
 
:: Short for a duplicate article. Often used when identifying a duplicate page that needs to be '''[[#Merge|merged]]''' with another.
 
:: Short for a duplicate article. Often used when identifying a duplicate page that needs to be '''[[#Merge|merged]]''' with another.
 
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;<div id=DYK style="font-weight: bold">DYK</div>
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:: An abbreviation for [[Template:Did you know]].
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==E==
 
==E==
 
;<div id=Edit_conflict style="font-weight: bold">Edit conflict</div>
 
;<div id=Edit_conflict style="font-weight: bold">Edit conflict</div>
 
:: Two or more parties both attempt to save different edits to the same page at the same time, causing one to get canceled out.
 
:: Two or more parties both attempt to save different edits to the same page at the same time, causing one to get canceled out.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:edit conflicts]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Edit_link style="font-weight: bold">Edit link</div>
 
;<div id=Edit_link style="font-weight: bold">Edit link</div>
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;<div id=Edit_summary style="font-weight: bold">Edit summary</div>
 
;<div id=Edit_summary style="font-weight: bold">Edit summary</div>
 
:: The contents of the "Summary:" field below the edit box on the "Edit this page" page.
 
:: The contents of the "Summary:" field below the edit box on the "Edit this page" page.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Edit summary]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Edit_war style="font-weight: bold">Edit war</div>
 
;<div id=Edit_war style="font-weight: bold">Edit war</div>
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:: Two or more parties continually making their preferred changes to a page, and undoing the changes they don't agree with. Generally, an edit war is the result of an argument on a talk page that could not be resolved.
 
:: Two or more parties continually making their preferred changes to a page, and undoing the changes they don't agree with. Generally, an edit war is the result of an argument on a talk page that could not be resolved.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Edit war]].''
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;<div id=Editor style="font-weight: bold">Editor</div>
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:: A contributor, a [[#User|user]].  Sometimes called a [[#Wikipedian|Wikipedian]].
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:User guidelines]].''
  
 
;<div id=External_link style="font-weight: bold">External link</div>
 
;<div id=External_link style="font-weight: bold">External link</div>
 
:: ''Also used: '''ext. ln''', '''ext lk''', or '''extlink'''.''
 
:: ''Also used: '''ext. ln''', '''ext lk''', or '''extlink'''.''
  
:: A link to a website not owned by Wikimedia. The alternatives are an '''internal link''', '''wikilink''' or '''free link''' within Wikipedia, and an [[m:interwiki link|interwiki link]] to a sister project.
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:: A link to a website not owned by OrthodoxWiki. The alternatives are an '''internal link''', '''wikilink''' or '''free link''' within OrthodoxWiki, and an [[Help:InterWiki links|interwiki link]] to a sister project.
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:External links]].''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:External links]].''
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==F==
 
==F==
 
;<div id=FAC style="font-weight: bold">FAC</div>
 
;<div id=FAC style="font-weight: bold">FAC</div>
:: [[Wikipedia:Featured article candidates|Featured article candidate]], an article that has been proposed for consideration to be [[Wikipedia:Featured articles|featured]] as one of the best in Wikipedia.
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:: [[:Category:Featured Articles|Featured article candidate]], an article that has been proposed for consideration to be featured as one of the best in OrthodoxWiki.
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;<div id=FAQ  style="font-weight: bold">FAQ  </div>
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:: A page of Frequently Asked Questions along with answers. See: [[OrthodoxWiki:Frequently Asked Questions]]
  
 
;<div id=Fancruft style="font-weight: bold">Fancruft</div>
 
;<div id=Fancruft style="font-weight: bold">Fancruft</div>
::A [[neologism]] most often seen on [[WP:VFD]], meaning a trivia article of interest only to hardcore fans of a specific film, television series, book, game, etc. Where the line is drawn is highly subjective and can be controversial.  Often seen as an insult to those who've contributed that information, and to others interested in the subject.
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::A [[w:neologism|neologism]] meaning a trivia article of interest only to hardcore fans of a specific film, television series, book, game, etc. Where the line is drawn is highly subjective and can be controversial.  Often seen as an insult to those who've contributed that information, and to others interested in the subject.
  
 
;<div id=Forest_fire style="font-weight: bold">Forest fire</div>
 
;<div id=Forest_fire style="font-weight: bold">Forest fire</div>
:: A [[flame war]] which spreads, seemingly uncontrollably, beyond the pages where it began into unrelated articles' talk pages.  A forest fire becomes progressively more difficult for any user to keep track of. On Wikipedia, this is less of a problem than on other [[wiki]]s, due to well-established boundaries for [[Wikipedia:Request for comments|user conduct]], clear guidelines for [[Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not|article content]], and a formal [[Wikipedia:Dispute resolution|dispute resolution process]].
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:: A [[w:flame war|flame war]] which spreads, seemingly uncontrollably, beyond the pages where it began into unrelated articles' talk pages.  A forest fire becomes progressively more difficult for any user to keep track of.  
 
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:: ''See also [[wildfire]] and [[MeatBall:ForestFire]].''
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;<div id=Free_link style="font-weight: bold">Free link</div>
 
;<div id=Free_link style="font-weight: bold">Free link</div>
:: A link pointing to another page within Wikipedia or its sister projects by using the wiki markup double square-brackets <nowiki>"[[" and "]]"</nowiki>.  Sometimes they are referred to as '''wikilink'''s or '''internal link'''s.  These links usually show up as <font color=blue>blue</font> if they are working and you haven't visited them before, <font color=red>red</font> if they are broken, and <font color=purple>purple</font> if they are working and you have visited them before; note that they do not have the arrow symbol characteristic of an external link.
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:: A link pointing to another page within OrthodoxWiki or its sister projects by using the wiki markup double square-brackets <nowiki>"[[" and "]]"</nowiki>.  Sometimes they are referred to as '''wikilink'''s or '''internal link'''s.  These links usually show up as <font color=blue>blue</font> if they are working and you haven't visited them before, <font color=red>red</font> if they are broken, and <font color=purple>purple</font> if they are working and you have visited them before; note that they do not have the arrow symbol characteristic of an external link.
 
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==G==
 
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;<div id=Gallery  style="font-weight: bold">Gallery  </div>
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:: Created by using the<nowiki> <gallery> </nowiki>tag, it is a way to format a collection of images on a page.
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;<div id=GFDL style="font-weight: bold">GFDL</div>
 
;<div id=GFDL style="font-weight: bold">GFDL</div>
:: [[GNU Free Documentation License]]. Wikipedia articles are released under this license.
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:: [[w:Gfdl|GNU Free Documentation License]]. OrthodoxWiki articles are released under this license.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Copyrights]].''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:Copyrights]].''
  
 
;<div id=Google test style="font-weight: bold">Google test</div>
 
;<div id=Google test style="font-weight: bold">Google test</div>
:: Running sections or titles of articles through the [[Google]] search engine for various purposes. The four most common are to check for copyright violations, to determine which term among several is the most widely used, to decide whether a person is sufficiently famous to warrant an article or is simply engaging in vanity and to check whether a questionable and obscure topic is real (as opposed to the idiosyncratic invention of a particular individual).
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:: Running sections or titles of articles through the [[w:Google|Google]] search engine for various purposes. The four most common are to check for copyright violations, to determine which term among several is the most widely used, to decide whether a person is sufficiently famous to warrant an article or is simply engaging in vanity and to check whether a questionable and obscure topic is real (as opposed to the idiosyncratic invention of a particular individual).
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Google Test]].''
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;<div id=GPL style="font-weight: bold">GPL</div>
 
;<div id=GPL style="font-weight: bold">GPL</div>
:: [[GNU General Public License]]. [[Wikipedia:PHP script|Wikipedia's software]] is released under this license.
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:: General Public License.  
 
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==H==
 
==H==
 
;<div id=History style="font-weight: bold">History</div>
 
;<div id=History style="font-weight: bold">History</div>
 
:: All previous versions of an article, from its creation to its current state.  Also called ''page history''.
 
:: All previous versions of an article, from its creation to its current state.  Also called ''page history''.
  
:''See also: '''''[[Wikipedia:Page history]]'''
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:''See also: '''''[[Help:Page history]]'''
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==I==
 
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;<div id=IfD style="font-weight: bold">IfD</div>
 
::An abbreviation for  [[Wikipedia:Images for deletion|Images for Deletion]].
 
 
 
;<div id=IANAL style="font-weight: bold">IANAL</div>
 
;<div id=IANAL style="font-weight: bold">IANAL</div>
 
::An abbreviation for I Am Not A Lawyer, indicating that an editor is about to give their opinion on a legal matter as they understand it, although they are not qualified and probably don't fully understand the law in question.
 
::An abbreviation for I Am Not A Lawyer, indicating that an editor is about to give their opinion on a legal matter as they understand it, although they are not qualified and probably don't fully understand the law in question.
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;<div id=Interwiki style="font-weight: bold">Interwiki</div>
 
;<div id=Interwiki style="font-weight: bold">Interwiki</div>
:: A link to a sister project; this can be an [[Wikipedia:Interlanguage links|interlanguage link]] to a corresponding article in a [[Wikipedia:Complete list of language wikis available|different language]] in Wikipedia, or a link to a project such as Wikibooks, Meta, etc.
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:: A link to a sister project; this can be a [[OrthodoxWiki:Localization|localization link]] to a corresponding article in a different language in OrthodoxWiki, or a link to another project such as Wikibooks, Meta, etc.
  
 
;<div id=Interwiki style="font-weight: bold">ITN</div>
 
;<div id=Interwiki style="font-weight: bold">ITN</div>
::An abbreviation for [[Template:In the news]]
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::An abbreviation for In the news.
 
+
<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
 
==J==
 
==J==
;<div id=Jimbo style="font-weight: bold">Jimbo</div>
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<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
:: [[Jimmy Wales]], chair of the [[Wikimedia]] Foundation.
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==K==
 
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<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
 
==L==
 
==L==
 
;<div id=Language_link style="font-weight: bold">Language link</div>
 
;<div id=Language_link style="font-weight: bold">Language link</div>
 
:: ''See '''[[#Interwiki|Interwiki]]'''.''
 
:: ''See '''[[#Interwiki|Interwiki]]'''.''
 
+
<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
 
==M==
 
==M==
;<div id=Mediation style="font-weight: bold">Mediation</div>
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;<div id=MCB style="font-weight: bold">MCB </div>
:: An attempt by a third party to resolve an edit war or other conflict between users. There exists a [[Wikipedia:Mediation Committee]] which can do so on a more or less official basis as the penultimate step in the [[Wikipedia:dispute resolution]] process.
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:: MCB Mainstream Chalcedonian Bias, OrthodoxWiki’s [[#NPOV|NPOV]].
 
+
:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:What is mediation?]]; [[Wikipedia:Mediation]].''
+
  
 
;<div id=MediaWiki style="font-weight: bold">MediaWiki</div>
 
;<div id=MediaWiki style="font-weight: bold">MediaWiki</div>
:: The software behind Wikipedia and its sister projects, as well as several projects not related to Wikimedia, and a namespace.
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:: The software behind OrthodoxWiki and its sister projects, as well as several projects not related to Wikimedia, and a namespace.
  
 
:: ''Compare with '''[[#Wikimedia|Wikimedia]]'''.''
 
:: ''Compare with '''[[#Wikimedia|Wikimedia]]'''.''
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:MediaWiki]], [[Wikipedia:MediaWiki namespace]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Merge style="font-weight: bold">Merge</div>
 
;<div id=Merge style="font-weight: bold">Merge</div>
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;<div id=Meta style="font-weight: bold">Meta</div>
 
;<div id=Meta style="font-weight: bold">Meta</div>
:: A separate [[wiki]] ([http://meta.wikipedia.org http://meta.wikipedia.org]) used to discuss general Wikipedia matters. In the past, this has been called ''Metapedia'', ''Meta Wikipedia'', ''Meta Wikimedia'', and many other combinations.
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:: A separate [[#Wiki|Wiki]] ([http://meta.wikipedia.org http://meta.wikipedia.org]) used to discuss general Wikipedia matters. In the past, this has been called ''Metapedia'', ''Meta Wikipedia'', ''Meta Wikimedia'', and many other combinations.
 
+
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Meta|Meta]].''
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;<div id=Meta_page style="font-weight: bold">Meta page</div>
 
;<div id=Meta_page style="font-weight: bold">Meta page</div>
:: Page that provides information about Wikipedia. Meta pages are more correctly referred to as [[Wikipedia:project namespace|project namespace]] pages. Meta pages should not be confused with a page on Meta-Wikimedia.
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:: A page that provides information about OrthodoxWiki. Meta pages are more correctly referred to as [[#Project namespace|project namespace]] pages. Meta pages should not be confused with a page on Meta-Wikimedia.
 
+
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Meta page]].''
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;<div id=Mirror style="font-weight: bold">Mirror</div>
 
;<div id=Mirror style="font-weight: bold">Mirror</div>
:: A website other than Wikipedia that uses content original to Wikipedia as a source for at least some of its content.
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:: A website other than OrthodoxWiki that uses content original to OrthodoxWiki as a source for at least some of its content.
 
+
<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks]].''
+
 
+
 
==N==
 
==N==
 
;<div id=Namespace style="font-weight: bold">n/a</div>
 
;<div id=Namespace style="font-weight: bold">n/a</div>
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;<div id=Namespace style="font-weight: bold">Namespace</div>
 
;<div id=Namespace style="font-weight: bold">Namespace</div>
:: A way to classify pages. Wikipedia has namespaces for encyclopedia articles, pages about Wikipedia (meta pages), user pages (User:), special pages (Special:), mediawiki pages (MediaWiki:) and talk pages (Talk:, Wikipedia talk:, and User talk:).
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:: A way to classify pages. OrthodoxWiki has namespaces for encyclopedia articles, pages about OrthodoxWiki(meta pages), user pages (User:), special pages (Special:), mediawiki pages (MediaWiki:) and talk pages (Talk:, OrthodoxWiki talk:, and User talk:).
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Namespace]].''
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;<div id=Navigation style="font-weight: bold">Navigation </div>
 +
:: The use of links to travel from the current [[#Page|page]] to another page.  
  
 
;<div id=Newbie_test style="font-weight: bold">Newbie test</div>
 
;<div id=Newbie_test style="font-weight: bold">Newbie test</div>
 
:: ''Also used: '''newb test''', '''noob test'''.''
 
:: ''Also used: '''newb test''', '''noob test'''.''
  
:: An edit made by a newcomer to Wikipedia, just to see if "Edit this page" ''really'' does what it sounds like. Newcomers should use [[Wikipedia:Sandbox]] for this purpose.
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:: An edit made by a newcomer to Wikipedia, just to see if "Edit this page" ''really'' does what it sounds like. Newcomers should use [[OrthodoxWiki:Sandbox]] for this purpose.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Clueless newbies]].''
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;<div id=Nickname style="font-weight: bold">Nickname </div>
 +
:: An entry in the [[#User Profile|User Profile]] tab of [[#Preferences|Preferences]], it is used for to generate a [[#Signature|signature]] in an edit box.
  
 
;<div id=NPOV style="font-weight: bold">NPOV</div>
 
;<div id=NPOV style="font-weight: bold">NPOV</div>
:: [[Wikipedia:Neutral point of view|Neutral point of view]], or the agreement to report subjective opinions objectively, so as not to cause edit wars between opposing sides. As a verb, to remove biased statements or slanted phrasing.  As an adjective, it indicates that an article is in compliance with Wikipedia's NPOV policy.
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:: '''N'''eutral '''p'''oint '''o'''f '''v'''iew, or the agreement to report subjective opinions objectively, so as not to cause edit wars between opposing sides. As a verb, to remove biased statements or slanted phrasing.  As an adjective, it indicates that an article is in compliance with [[OrthodoxWiki:Style Manual (Point of View)|OrthodoxWiki's NPOV policy]].
 
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<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
;<div id=Nupedia style="font-weight: bold">Nupedia</div>
+
:: A Wikipedia predecessor project that shut down in 2003.  It is currently inactive and there are no plans to resurrect it.
+
 
+
:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:Nupedia and Wikipedia]].''
+
 
+
 
==O==
 
==O==
 
;<div id=Orphan style="font-weight: bold">Orphan</div>
 
;<div id=Orphan style="font-weight: bold">Orphan</div>
 
:: A page with no links from other pages. You can view lists of [[Special:Lonelypages|orphaned articles]] and [[Special:Unusedimages|images]].
 
:: A page with no links from other pages. You can view lists of [[Special:Lonelypages|orphaned articles]] and [[Special:Unusedimages|images]].
 
+
<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Orphan]].''
+
 
+
 
==P==
 
==P==
 
;<div id=Page style="font-weight: bold">Page</div>
 
;<div id=Page style="font-weight: bold">Page</div>
:: Any individual topic within Wikipedia; the [[web page]] without the top, bottom and side bars. Pages include articles, stubs, redirects, disambiguation pages, user pages, talk pages, documentation and [[Wikipedia:Special pages|special pages]].
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:: Any individual topic within OrthodoxWiki; the web page without the top, bottom and side bars. Pages include [[#Article|articles]], [[#Stubs|stubs]], [[#redirects|redirects]], [[#disambiguation pages|disambiguation pages]], [[#user pages|user pages]], [[#talk pages|talk pages]], [[Special:Categories|Categories]] and [[Special:Specialpages|special pages]].
  
 
;<div id=Patent_nonsense style="font-weight: bold">Patent nonsense</div>
 
;<div id=Patent_nonsense style="font-weight: bold">Patent nonsense</div>
::A humorous pejorative applied to articles that are either completely unintelligible or totally irrelevant.  See [[Wikipedia:Patent nonsense]].
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::A humorous pejorative applied to articles that are either completely unintelligible or totally irrelevant.   
 
+
;<div id=Phase_I style="font-weight: bold">Phase I</div>
+
:: The [[wiki software]] [[UseModWiki]].  Wikipedia used this software prior to [[January 25]], [[2002]].
+
 
+
;<div id=Phase_II style="font-weight: bold">Phase II</div>
+
:: The wiki software written by [[User:Magnus Manske]] and adopted by Wikipedia after [[January 25]], [[2002]] ([[Magnus Manske Day]]).
+
 
+
;<div id=Phase_III style="font-weight: bold">Phase III</div>
+
:: A rewritten and improved version of the Phase II software.  It was eventually renamed to [[MediaWiki]].  Wikipedia currently uses MediaWiki version 1.4
+
 
+
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:MediaWiki]], [[m:MediaWiki]].''
+
 
+
;<div id=Phase_IV style="font-weight: bold">Phase IV</div>
+
:: A dreamy proposal for the next generation of Wikipedia software made back when complete rewrites were in vogue. Development is now focused on incremental progress.
+
 
+
:: ''See also [[m:Wikipedia4]].''
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;<div id=Piped_link style="font-weight: bold">Piped link</div>
 
;<div id=Piped_link style="font-weight: bold">Piped link</div>
 
:: A  link where the displayed text is not the name of the target article. Such links are created using the ''pipe character'' "|" e.g. <nowiki>[[Target article|Displayed text]]</nowiki>. The '''pipe trick''' is a software feature that generates the displayed text for you in certain circumstances.
 
:: A  link where the displayed text is not the name of the target article. Such links are created using the ''pipe character'' "|" e.g. <nowiki>[[Target article|Displayed text]]</nowiki>. The '''pipe trick''' is a software feature that generates the displayed text for you in certain circumstances.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Piped link]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=POV style="font-weight: bold">POV</div>
 
;<div id=POV style="font-weight: bold">POV</div>
:: [[Wikipedia:Point of view|Point of view]].  Often used negatively as an [[adjective]] to indicate [[bias]], as in "That reply was POV, not neutral.".
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:: '''P'''oint '''o'''f '''v'''iew.  Often used negatively as an adjective to indicate bias, as in "That reply was POV, not neutral.".
 +
 
 +
;<div id=Preferences  style="font-weight: bold">Preferences  </div>
 +
:: User information and settings that customize the site for a user.
  
 
;<div id=Project_namespace style="font-weight: bold">Project namespace</div>
 
;<div id=Project_namespace style="font-weight: bold">Project namespace</div>
:: The [[Wikipedia:project namespace|project namespace]] is a [[Wikipedia:namespace|namespace]] dedicated to providing information about wikipedia.
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:: The project namespace, [[Special:Allpages&from=&namespace=4|''OrthodoxWiki:'']], is a [[#Namespace|namespace]] dedicated to providing information about OrthodoxWiki.
  
 
;<div id=Protected_page style="font-weight: bold">Protected page</div>
 
;<div id=Protected_page style="font-weight: bold">Protected page</div>
 
:: A page that cannot be edited except by sysops. Usually this is done to cool down an edit war.
 
:: A page that cannot be edited except by sysops. Usually this is done to cool down an edit war.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:This page is protected]].''
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<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
 
+
;<div id=The_Pump style="font-weight: bold">The Pump</div>
+
:: ''Also used: '''VP'''.''
+
 
+
:: A nickname for [[Wikipedia:Village pump]].
+
 
+
 
==Q==
 
==Q==
;<div id=Quickpoll style="font-weight: bold">Quickpoll</div>
 
:: A poll among Wikipedia regulars on issues that need to be quickly resolved, such as the banning of problematic users. Also used as verb: ''to quickpoll'', meaning ''to hold a quickpoll''.  Considered obsolete.
 
  
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<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
 
==R==
 
==R==
;<div id=Rambot style="font-weight: bold">Rambot</div>
 
:: A controversial [[#Bot|bot]] written by [[User:Ram-Man]] and used to enter [[United States]] geographical data for tens of thousands of cities, notable and otherwise.
 
 
:: ''See also [[User talk:Rambot]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Redirect style="font-weight: bold">RC</div>
 
;<div id=Redirect style="font-weight: bold">RC</div>
::An abbreviation for [[Special:Recentchanges]]
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::An abbreviation for [[Special:Recentchanges|'''R'''ecent'''c'''hanges]]
 +
 
 +
:: ''See also [[Help:Recent changes]].''
  
 
;<div id=Redirect style="font-weight: bold">Redirect</div>
 
;<div id=Redirect style="font-weight: bold">Redirect</div>
 
:: ''Also used: '''redir'''.''
 
:: ''Also used: '''redir'''.''
  
:: A page title which, when requested, merely sends the reader to another page. This is used for synonyms and ease of linking. For example, ''[[impressionist]]'' might redirect to ''[[impressionism]]''.
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:: A page title which, when requested, merely sends the reader to another page. This is used for synonyms and ease of linking. For example, ''[[Fast]]'' might redirect to ''[[Fasting]]''.
 
+
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Redirect]].''
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;<div id=Red_link style="font-weight: bold">Red link</div>
 
;<div id=Red_link style="font-weight: bold">Red link</div>
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;<div id=Revert war style="font-weight: bold">Revert war</div>
 
;<div id=Revert war style="font-weight: bold">Revert war</div>
 
:: ''See '''[[#Edit war|Edit war]]'''.''
 
:: ''See '''[[#Edit war|Edit war]]'''.''
 
;<div id=RfA style="font-weight: bold">RfA</div>
 
:: Can mean [[Wikipedia:Requests for adminship|request for adminship]] or [[Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration|request for arbitration]], depending on the context.  The latter is frequently abbreviated '''''RfAr''''' to avoid the ambiguity.
 
 
;<div id=RfC style="font-weight: bold">RfC</div>
 
:: Request for comment, part of the [[Wikipedia:Dispute resolution|dispute resolution]] process.  A request for comment is an informal process for soliciting input from Wikipedians about a question of article content or a user?s conduct.
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:Requests for comment]].''
 
 
;<div id=RfD style="font-weight: bold">RfD</div>
 
:: The [[Wikipedia:Redirects for deletion]] page.
 
 
;<div id=RfM style="font-weight: bold">RfM</div>
 
:: Request for [[Wikipedia:Glossary#mediation|mediation]], part of the [[Wikipedia:Dispute resolution|dispute resolution]] process.
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:Requests for mediation]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=rm style="font-weight: bold">rm</div>
 
;<div id=rm style="font-weight: bold">rm</div>
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;<div id=rv style="font-weight: bold">rv</div>
 
;<div id=rv style="font-weight: bold">rv</div>
:: Revert. An edit summary indicating that the page has been reverted to a previous version, often because of [[Wikipedia:vandalism|vandalism]].
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:: Revert. An edit summary indicating that the page has been reverted to a previous version, often because of [[OrthodoxWiki:vandalism|vandalism]].
 
+
<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:How to revert a page to an earlier version]].''
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==S==
 
==S==
 
;<div id=s/word1/word2/ style="font-weight: bold">s/word1/word2/</div>
 
;<div id=s/word1/word2/ style="font-weight: bold">s/word1/word2/</div>
:: Replace ''word1'' with ''word2''. Used in edit summaries. It is a reference to the command for "find and replace" in languages such as [[sed]] and [[Perl]]. '''s/word1/word2/g''' means "replace ''all occurrences'' of ''word1'' with ''word2''" (''g'' stands for "global").
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:: Replace ''word1'' with ''word2''. Used in edit summaries. It is a reference to the command for "find and replace" in languages such as ''sed'' and ''Perl''. '''s/word1/word2/g''' means "replace ''all occurrences'' of ''word1'' with ''word2''" (''g'' stands for "global").
  
 
;<div id=Sandbox style="font-weight: bold">Sandbox</div>
 
;<div id=Sandbox style="font-weight: bold">Sandbox</div>
:: A [[sandbox]] is a page that users may edit however they want.  Though it is meant to help users experiment and gain familiarity with [[#Wiki markup|Wiki markup]], the public sandbox at [[Wikipedia:Sandbox]] is often filled with [[Wikipedia:Sandbox In-sand-ity|strange things]] and [[Wikipedia:patent nonsense|patent nonsense]].  In addition to the public sandbox, users may create private sandboxes on [[Wikipedia:subpages|subpages]] of their [[Wikipedia:user page|user page]], e.g. [[User:Hephaestos/Sandbox]].
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:: A sandbox is a page that users may edit however they want.  In addition to the public sandbox, users may create private sandboxes on [[#Subpages|subpages]] of their [[#ser page|user page]], e.g. [[User:Hephaestos/Sandbox]].
  
 
;<div id=Section_editing style="font-weight: bold">Section editing</div>
 
;<div id=Section_editing style="font-weight: bold">Section editing</div>
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;<div id=Self-link style="font-weight: bold">Self-link</div>
 
;<div id=Self-link style="font-weight: bold">Self-link</div>
:: A Wikilink contained in an article that points the reader to that same article, e.g. linking ''[[Vice President]]'' in the article "[[Vice President]]". Such links are automatically displayed as '''strongly emphasised text''' rather than links, but the more complex case of a link which ''redirects'' to the same article is not, and should be de-[[#Wikify|wikified]].
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:: A Wikilink contained in an article that points the reader to that same article, e.g. linking ''[[Vice President]]'' in the article "[[Vice President]]". Such links are automatically displayed as '''strongly emphasised text''' rather than links, but the more complex case of a link which ''redirects'' to the same article is not, and should be [[#De-Wikify|de-wikified]].
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 +
;<div id=Sidebar style="font-weight: bold">Sidebar </div>
 +
:: Displayed on the left edge of the page below the site logo (if using the default skin). The sidebar gives access to other pages in OrthodoxWiki for [[#Navigation|navigation]] or information.
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 +
;<div id=Signature style="font-weight: bold">Signature </div>
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:: The tag used on [[#Talk page|talk pages]] at the end of a posted comment.  It can be generated by clicking the signature tab of the edit box.
  
 
;<div id=Skin style="font-weight: bold">Skin</div>
 
;<div id=Skin style="font-weight: bold">Skin</div>
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;<div id=Sock_puppet style="font-weight: bold">Sock puppet</div>
 
;<div id=Sock_puppet style="font-weight: bold">Sock puppet</div>
 
:: Another user account created secretly by an existing wikipedian, generally to manufacture the illusion of support in a vote or argument.
 
:: Another user account created secretly by an existing wikipedian, generally to manufacture the illusion of support in a vote or argument.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Sock puppet]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Soft_redirect style="font-weight: bold">Soft redirect</div>
 
;<div id=Soft_redirect style="font-weight: bold">Soft redirect</div>
 
:: A very short article or page that essentially points the reader in the direction of another page. Used in cases where a normal redirect is inappropriate for various reasons (e.g. it is a cross-wiki redirect)
 
:: A very short article or page that essentially points the reader in the direction of another page. Used in cases where a normal redirect is inappropriate for various reasons (e.g. it is a cross-wiki redirect)
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Soft redirect]]''.
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;<div id=Sp style="font-weight: bold">sp</div>
 +
:: Short for ''spelling correction''. Used in [[#Edit summary|edit summaries]].
  
;<div id=sp style="font-weight: bold">sp</div>
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;<div id=Special pages style="font-weight: bold">Special pages </div>
:: Short for ''spelling correction''. Used in [[Wikipedia:Edit summary|edit summaries]].
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:: The pages in the  [[#Namespace|namespace]] "Special:"  have no corresponding wikitext; they are created by the software on demand.  
  
 
;<div id=Split style="font-weight: bold">Split</div>
 
;<div id=Split style="font-weight: bold">Split</div>
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:: An [[#Administrator|Administrator]] who has been empowered to change any user's status, including granting and revoking Administrator status and granting [[#Bureaucrat|bureaucrat]] status.
 
:: An [[#Administrator|Administrator]] who has been empowered to change any user's status, including granting and revoking Administrator status and granting [[#Bureaucrat|bureaucrat]] status.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Administrators#Stewards]].''
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;<div id=Style Manual style="font-weight: bold">Style Manual </div>
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:: Guidelines that outline the way most pages are formatted and styled on OrthodoxWiki. See: [[OrthodoxWiki:Style Manual]]
  
 
;<div id=Stub style="font-weight: bold">Stub</div>
 
;<div id=Stub style="font-weight: bold">Stub</div>
 
:: An article usually consisting of one short paragraph or less.
 
:: An article usually consisting of one short paragraph or less.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Find or fix a stub]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Sub-stub style="font-weight: bold">Sub-stub</div>
 
;<div id=Sub-stub style="font-weight: bold">Sub-stub</div>
 
:: A very short [[#Stub|stub]]. For example, an article that is no more than a simple definition ("An airplane is a type of winged flying vehicle").
 
:: A very short [[#Stub|stub]]. For example, an article that is no more than a simple definition ("An airplane is a type of winged flying vehicle").
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Substub]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Subpage style="font-weight: bold">Subpage</div>
 
;<div id=Subpage style="font-weight: bold">Subpage</div>
 
:: A page connected to a parent page. You can only create subpages in certain namespaces. Do not use subpages in the main article space.
 
:: A page connected to a parent page. You can only create subpages in certain namespaces. Do not use subpages in the main article space.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Subpages]].''
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;<div id=SUBST style="font-weight: bold">SUBST:</div>
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:: Evokes a [[#template|template]] without an automatic link, just a one time substitution. If the template changes in the future the substituted text will not automatically change.  
  
 
;<div id=Sysop style="font-weight: bold">Sysop</div>
 
;<div id=Sysop style="font-weight: bold">Sysop</div>
 
:: ''See '''[[#Admin|Admin]]'''.''
 
:: ''See '''[[#Admin|Admin]]'''.''
 
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<small>[[#top|top]]</small>
 
==T==
 
==T==
 
;<div id=Talk_page style="font-weight: bold">Talk page</div>
 
;<div id=Talk_page style="font-weight: bold">Talk page</div>
:: A page reserved for discussion. All pages within Wikipedia (except talk pages themselves!) have talk pages attached to them.
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:: A page reserved for discussion. All pages within Wikipedia (except talk pages themselves!) have talk pages attached to them. Use the discussion tab to access the talk page for any [[#Article|article]] or [[#User page|User page]].
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Talk page]].''
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:: ''See also '''[[Help:Talk page]]'''.''
 
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;<div id=Taxobox style="font-weight: bold">Taxobox</div>
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:: A type of [[#Infobox|infobox]], a taxobox is a [[taxonomy]] table positioned at the right side of an entry for a species of organism (or for a [[genus]] or [[family]]), giving a chart of the [[Kingdom (biology)|kingdom]], [[phylum]], etc. of the creature. Taxoboxes are also used for similar standardised tables.
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+
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Taxobox]].''
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;<div id=Template style="font-weight: bold">Template</div>
 
;<div id=Template style="font-weight: bold">Template</div>
 
:: A way of automatically including the contents of one page within another page, used for '''[[#Boilerplate text|boilerplate text]]''', navigational aids, etc.
 
:: A way of automatically including the contents of one page within another page, used for '''[[#Boilerplate text|boilerplate text]]''', navigational aids, etc.
 
:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:Template namespace]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=TfD style="font-weight: bold">TfD</div>
 
;<div id=TfD style="font-weight: bold">TfD</div>
:: The [[Wikipedia:Templates for deletion]] page.
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:: A Templates for deletion page.
  
 
;<div id=Transclusion style="font-weight: bold">Transclusion</div>
 
;<div id=Transclusion style="font-weight: bold">Transclusion</div>
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;<div id=Translation style="font-weight: bold">Translation</div>
 
;<div id=Translation style="font-weight: bold">Translation</div>
:: The English-language Wikipedia should have only pages in English.  Non-English pages are subject to deletion unless translated.
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:: The English-language OrthodoxWiki should have only pages in English.  Non-English pages are subject to deletion unless translated.
 
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:: ''See also: [[Wikipedia:Pages needing translation into English]] for pages on the English Wikipedia that are written in a foreign language; [[Wikipedia:Translation into English]] for requests for translations into English of pages from foreign-language Wikipedias.''
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;<div id=Transwiki style="font-weight: bold">Transwiki</div>
 
;<div id=Transwiki style="font-weight: bold">Transwiki</div>
:: Move a page to another wiki, in particular [[Wiktionary]], [[Wikibooks]], [[Wikisource]] or [http://sep11.wikipedia.org sep11].
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:: Move a page to another wiki.
  
:: ''See also [[m:Transwiki]].''
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;<div id=Trapeza style="font-weight: bold">Trapeza </div>
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:: The main discussion point for OrthodoxWiki.
  
 
;<div id=Troll style="font-weight: bold">Troll</div>
 
;<div id=Troll style="font-weight: bold">Troll</div>
:: A user who incites or engages in disruptive behavior ('''trolling''').  This term is applied fairly arbitrarily; generally, it can be assumed that someone who calls another user a ''troll'' simply does not like that user.  [[#Admin|Admins]] sometimes consider trolling to be justification for [[#Ban|banning]] indefinitely.  The validity of this is somewhat questionable, partly because the definition of ''troll'' is not agreed upon, and because calling someone a troll has an effect similar to calling them a [[Nazi]]: no further meaningful debate can be held.
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:: A user who incites or engages in disruptive behavior ('''trolling''').  This term is applied fairly arbitrarily; generally, it can be assumed that someone who calls another user a ''troll'' simply does not like that user.  [[#Admin|Admins]] sometimes consider trolling to be justification for [[#Ban|banning]] indefinitely.  The validity of this is somewhat questionable, partly because the definition of ''troll'' is not agreed upon, and because calling someone a troll has an effect: no further meaningful debate can be held.
  
 
:: ''Compare with '''[[#Cabal|Cabal]]'''.''
 
:: ''Compare with '''[[#Cabal|Cabal]]'''.''
 
:: ''See also [[polarization (psychology)|polarization]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Tyop style="font-weight: bold">Tyop</div>
 
;<div id=Tyop style="font-weight: bold">Tyop</div>
:: A cute misspelling of [[typo]]. Used as an edit summary when correcting typos.
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:: A cute misspelling of '''typo'''. Used as an edit summary when correcting typos.
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:typo]].''
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==U==
 
==U==
 
;<div id=Unencyclopedic style="font-weight: bold">Unencyclopedic</div>
 
;<div id=Unencyclopedic style="font-weight: bold">Unencyclopedic</div>
:: What should not be in Wikipedia; the term is highly debated and sometimes considered useless or tautological.
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:: What should not be in a [[#Wiki|Wiki]]; the term is highly debated and sometimes considered useless or tautological.
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Unencyclopedic]].''
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;<div id=Un-wiki style="font-weight: bold">Un-wiki</div>
 
;<div id=Un-wiki style="font-weight: bold">Un-wiki</div>
:: Going against the character of a [[Wiki]]. Usually saying that something is un-wiki means that it makes editing more difficult or impossible.
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:: Going against the character of a [[#Wiki|Wiki]]. Usually saying that something is un-wiki means that it makes editing more difficult or impossible.
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;<div id=Un-wiki style="font-weight: bold">Userbox</div>
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::A userbox is a small rectangular box that appears on a [[#User page|userpage]].  It can show someone’s abilities in different languages, or it can also show the user’s interests and associations. Sometimes a user will create one just for fun.  See: [[Help:Userbox]]
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;<div id=User style="font-weight: bold">User</div>
  
;<div id=UseMod style="font-weight: bold">UseMod</div>
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:: A contributor, an [[#Editor|editor]].  Sometimes called a [[#Wikipedian|Wikipedian]].
:: ''See [[UseModWiki]].''
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;<div id=User_page style="font-weight: bold">User page</div>
 
;<div id=User_page style="font-weight: bold">User page</div>
:: A personal page for [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians|Wikipedians]]. Most people use their pages to introduce themselves and to keep various personal notes and lists. They are also used by Wikipedians to communicate with each other via the user talk pages. A user page is linked to as <nowiki>[[User:Hephaestos|Hephaestos]]</nowiki> and appears as [[User:Hephaestos|Hephaestos]].
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:: A personal page for [[#Wikipedians|Wikipedians]]. Most people use their pages to introduce themselves and to keep various personal notes and lists. They are also used by Wikipedians to communicate with each other via the user talk pages. A user page is linked to as <nowiki>[[User:Hephaestos|Hephaestos]]</nowiki> and appears as [[User:Hephaestos|Hephaestos]].
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:User page]].''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:User guidelines]].''
  
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;<div id=User_Profile  style="font-weight: bold">User Profile </div>
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:: A  [[#Special pages|special page]] where [[#Preferences|Preferences]] can be viewed or changed.
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==V==
 
==V==
 
;<div id=Vandalbot style="font-weight: bold">Vandalbot</div>
 
;<div id=Vandalbot style="font-weight: bold">Vandalbot</div>
:: Some kind of [[#bot|bot]] being used for vandalism or spamming. Recognizable by the fact that one or a few IP-addresses make many similar clearly vandalist edits in a short time. In the worst cases these have created or vandalized hundreds of pages in several Wikipedias in a timespan of only minutes.
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:: Some kind of [[#Bot|bot]] being used for vandalism or spamming. Recognizable by the fact that one or a few IP-addresses make many similar clearly vandalist edits in a short time. In the worst cases these have created or vandalized hundreds of pages in several Wikipedias in a timespan of only minutes.
  
:: ''See also [[m:Vandalbot]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Vandalism style="font-weight: bold">Vandalism</div>
 
;<div id=Vandalism style="font-weight: bold">Vandalism</div>
:: Deliberate defacement of Wikipedia pages. This can be by deleting text or writing nonsense, bad language etcetera. The term is often incorrectly used to discredit the views of an opponent in edit wars.  Vandalism can be reported at [[Wikipedia:Vandalism in progress]].
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:: Deliberate defacement of Wikipedia pages. This can be by deleting text or writing nonsense, bad language etcetera. The term is often incorrectly used to discredit the views of an opponent in edit wars.  Vandalism can be reported to [[Special:Listusers/sysop|one of the Sysops]].
  
:: ''See also [[m:Wikipedia vandalism]].''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:Vandalism]].''
  
 
;<div id=Vanity_page style="font-weight: bold">Vanity page</div>
 
;<div id=Vanity_page style="font-weight: bold">Vanity page</div>
:: A page in the article [[Wikipedia:Namespace|namespace]] that presents biographical details of a non-famous person favorably and is considered inappropriate and/or [[Wikipedia:Unencyclopedic|unencyclopedic]] by most Wikipedians. Such articles are often suspected to be written by their subjects.
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:: A page in the article [[#Namespace|namespace]] that presents biographical details of a non-famous person favorably and is considered inappropriate and/or [[#Unencyclopedic|unencyclopedic]] by most Wikipedians. Such articles are often suspected to be written by their subjects.
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not a vanity press]].''
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;<div id=VfD style="font-weight: bold">VfD</div>
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:: The [[Wikipedia:Votes for deletion]] page. 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Votes for deletion phrases]] for explanation of some terms used on VfD.''
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;<div id=VfU style="font-weight: bold">VfU</div>
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:: The [[Wikipedia:Votes for undeletion]] page.
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==W==
 
==W==
 
;<div id=Watchlist style="font-weight: bold">Watchlist</div>
 
;<div id=Watchlist style="font-weight: bold">Watchlist</div>
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:: ''See also: [[meta:Help:Watching pages|Help:Watching pages]]''.
 
:: ''See also: [[meta:Help:Watching pages|Help:Watching pages]]''.
  
;<div id=Wikibooks style="font-weight: bold">Wikibooks</div>
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;<div id=Wiki style="font-weight: bold">Wiki</div>
:: A Wikipedia sister project that works to develop free textbooks, manuals, and other texts online.
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:: ''See also [[Wikibooks]].''
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:: Server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content (mostly [[#Article|articles]] using any Web browser.  A Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between pages on the fly. It is also a database of these pages and the users of the site.
  
 
;<div id=Wikibreak style="font-weight: bold">Wikibreak</div>
 
;<div id=Wikibreak style="font-weight: bold">Wikibreak</div>
 
:: ''Also used: '''Wikivacation'''.''
 
:: ''Also used: '''Wikivacation'''.''
  
:: When a [[Wikipedia:Wikipedian|Wikipedian]] takes a break from [[Wikipedia]].
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:: When a [[#Wikipedian|Wikipedian]] takes a break from '''Wiki''' activity.
 
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:: ''See also [[m:Wikibreak]].''
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;<div id=Wikify style="font-weight: bold">Wikify</div>
 
;<div id=Wikify style="font-weight: bold">Wikify</div>
:: To format using wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or [[HTML]]) and add internal links to material, incorporating it into the whole of Wikipedia. Noun: '''Wikification'''.  Sometimes abbreviated '''wfy'''.
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:: To format using [[#Wiki markup|wiki markup]] (as opposed to plain text or HTML) and add internal links to material, incorporating it into the whole of OrthodoxWiki. Noun: '''Wikification'''.  Sometimes abbreviated '''wfy'''.
  
 
;<div id=Wikilink style="font-weight: bold">Wikilink</div>
 
;<div id=Wikilink style="font-weight: bold">Wikilink</div>
:: A link to another Wikipedia page, as opposed to an '''[[#External link|external link]]'''. See [[Wikipedia:Canonicalization]].
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:: A link to another OrthodoxWiki page, as opposed to an '''[[#External link|external link]]'''.  
  
 
;<div id=Wiki_markup style="font-weight: bold">Wiki markup</div>
 
;<div id=Wiki_markup style="font-weight: bold">Wiki markup</div>
:: ''Also used: '''wiki text''', '''wikitext'''.''
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:: ''Also used: '''wiki text''', '''wikitext''' and '''wiki markup text'''.''
  
:: Code like HTML, but simplified and more convenient, for example <nowiki>'''bold'''</nowiki> instead of <nowiki><b>bold</b></nowiki>. It is the source code stored in the database and shown in the edit box. [[Wikipedia:Searching|Searching]] by the Wikipedia software is done in the wikitext, as opposed to searching by Google, which is done in the resulting text. The size of a page is the size of the wikitext.
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:: Code like HTML, but simplified and more convenient, for example <nowiki>'''bold'''</nowiki> instead of <nowiki><b>bold</b></nowiki>. It is the source code stored in the database and shown in the edit box. [[OrthodoxWiki:Searching|Searching]] by the Wikipedia software is done in the wiki markup text, as opposed to searching by Google, which is done in the resulting text. The size of a page is the size of the wiki markup text.
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:How to edit a page]].''
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:: ''See also [[Help:Editing]].''
  
 
;<div id=Wikimedia style="font-weight: bold">Wikimedia</div>
 
;<div id=Wikimedia style="font-weight: bold">Wikimedia</div>
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:: ''Compare with '''[[#MediaWiki|MediaWiki]]'''.''
 
:: ''Compare with '''[[#MediaWiki|MediaWiki]]'''.''
 
:: ''See also [[Wikimedia]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Wikipedian style="font-weight: bold">Wikipedian</div>
 
;<div id=Wikipedian style="font-weight: bold">Wikipedian</div>
:: ''Also used: '''Wikipedist''', '''Wikipede'''.''
 
  
:: A contributor to Wikipedia.
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:: A contributor, also called a [[#User|user]] or [[#Editor|editor]].
  
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians]].''
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:: ''See also [[OrthodoxWiki:User guidelines]].''
  
 
;<div id=WikiProject style="font-weight: bold">WikiProject</div>
 
;<div id=WikiProject style="font-weight: bold">WikiProject</div>
 
:: An attempt to standardise the content and formatting of a particular category of articles using an agreed template.
 
:: An attempt to standardise the content and formatting of a particular category of articles using an agreed template.
 
:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:WikiProject]].''
 
  
 
;<div id=Wikiquette style="font-weight: bold">Wikiquette</div>
 
;<div id=Wikiquette style="font-weight: bold">Wikiquette</div>
:: The Wikipedia etiquette of working with others on Wikipedia.
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:: The etiquette of working with others on Wiki site.
 
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:: ''See also [[Wikipedia:Wikiquette]].''
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;<div id=Wikiquote style="font-weight: bold">Wikiquote</div>
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::A Wikipedia sister project to create a free online collection of quotations.
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:: ''See also [[Wikiquote]].''
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;<div id=Wikisource style="font-weight: bold">Wikisource</div>
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:: A Wikipedia sister project to create a free online compendium of primary source texts.
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:: ''See also [[Wikisource]].''
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;<div id=Wikistress style="font-weight: bold">Wikistress</div>
 
;<div id=Wikistress style="font-weight: bold">Wikistress</div>
:: Personal stress or tension induced by editing Wikipedia, or more often by being involved in minor conflict with another editor. Some users maintain a Wikistress meter on their user page. See [[Template_talk:Wstress3d|Wikistress template]].
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:: Personal stress or tension induced by editing Wikipedia, or more often by being involved in minor conflict with another editor. Some users maintain a Wikistress meter on their user page.  
 
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;<div id=Wiktionary style="font-weight: bold">Wiktionary</div>
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==X==
:: A Wikipedia sister project to create a free online dictionary of every language.
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==Y==
 
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==Z==
:: ''See also [[Wiktionary]].''
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==?==
 
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;<div id=en style="font-weight: bold">en: / de: / ja: / etc.</div>
 
;<div id=en style="font-weight: bold">en: / de: / ja: / etc.</div>
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Latest revision as of 05:36, January 17, 2011

Note: while the definitions below may be useful for understanding and writing text in the community pages (Talk, Wikipedia, User, Meta, etc.), please write actual encyclopedia articles in jargon-free language which is readily understandable without specific knowledge of the Wikipedia project. This glossary is not for Orthodox Christianity terms.


This is a glossary of terms commonly used on OrthodoxWiki and some other like sites. For more help, see OrthodoxWiki:Help, Help:Contents, OrthodoxWiki:FAQs, and OrthodoxWiki:Trapeza.


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Admin
Short for Administrator. A user with extra technical privileges who does housework.
Also used: sysop.
Anchor
An HTML term for code that lets you link to a specific point in a page, using the "#" character. You can use them to link to a section of a page, e.g. Help:How_to_create_a_new_page#Second_method:_New_links. Note that anchors currently have no effect in redirects

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Archive
A subpage of a Talk page to which some parts of the discussion are transferred, to reduce the size of the Talk page.
See also: OrthodoxWiki:How to archive a talk page.
Article
An encyclopedia entry. All articles are pages, but not all pages are articles.
See also Help:How to write a great article.

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Ban
Banning is the extreme, last resort action by which someone is prevented from editing Wikipedia for a prolonged or indeterminate length of time. Reason for banning is usually a long history of biased edits, persistent adding of incorrect or doubtful material, refusal to cooperate with others, or extreme incivility and threats. If someone is banned, their username is blocked, and any username or IP identified as being the same person that is with great likelihood identified as being the same person can be blocked without any further reason. See also: block
BJAODN
Abbreviation for Bad jokes and other deleted nonsense.
Blanking
Removing all content from a page. Newcomers often do this accidentally. On the other hand, if blanking an article is done in bad faith, it is vandalism. If blanking is done to a vandalised brand-new page, it is maintenance, and the page will be deleted by an admin within a few hours if no dispute arises. {{delete}} should be added to the blanked page to draw attention to it, rather than just blanking it.
Block
Action by a sysop, removing from a certain IP-number or username the ability to edit Wikipedia. Usually done against addresses that have done vandalism or against users who have been banned. See also: ban
Boilerplate text
A standard message which can be added to an article using a Template. For example, {{stub}} is expanded to the following:
This article or section is a stub (i.e., in need of additional material). You can help OrthodoxWiki by expanding it.
See also OrthodoxWiki:Templates.
Bot
A program that automatically or semi-automatically adds or edits Wikipedia-pages.
See also OrthodoxWiki:Bots, Rambot.
Also used: edit link, red link.
A link to a nonexistent page, usually colored red. [[Template:]] may display this way depending on your settings.
Broken redirect
Redirect to a non-existing page. Common opinion is that these should be removed.
Bureaucrat
A Wikipedia Admininistrator who has been entrusted with promoting users to sysops.
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Cabal
A secretive organization which some Wikipedians claim is ultimately responsible for the development of Wikipedia. Supposedly the Cabal acts to stifle dissent and impose their private points of view while hypocritically extolling NPOV. Admins who take action against users for seemingly illogical or immature reasons are often claimed to be acting on behalf of the Cabal.
Compare with Troll.
See also Meta:Cabal, w:There Is No Cabal.
Categories
A software feature that provides automatic indexes. They are useful as tables of contents. See: Category:Categories
Chatty
A term used for articles which seem to attempt a conversation with the reader. Chatty articles may need cleanup.
Cleanup
The process of repairing articles that are ungrammatical, are poorly formatted, etc. Cleanup generally requires only editing skills, as opposed to the specialized knowledge that is more often called for by articles needing reorganization, English standardization, orthodoxization, or expert help.
Copyvio
Also used: copyviol.
Copyright violation. Usually used in an edit summary when some copyrighted material has been added to OrthodoxWiki.
See also OrthodoxWiki:Copyrights.
Cut and paste move
Moving a page by taking the text of the page, and put it into the edit window for the second page. Generally considered worse than the 'move page' option, because it causes the page and its edit history to be in different places. Cut and paste moves can be fixed by administrators.

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dab
See Disambiguation.
Data dump
To import material from outside sources into OrthodoxWiki without editing, formatting and linking. This is frowned upon by most Wikipedians.
See also Wikify.
Dead-end page
Page that has no links to existing other pages, except perhaps interlanguage links. Special:Deadendpages lists them, but this function is disabled in some Wikimedia projects.
De-admin
See De-sysop.
De-bold
Also used: un-bold.
To remove a phrase's bold typeface, because it is not the first reference to the title or a synonym of the topic (which should be bold), or that it is not the topic of the article at all. Common situations when one would de-bold include: bold foreign words (should instead be italicized) and bold Wikilinks (which, according to current Manual of Style, should be plain).
Deletionist
Someone who is in favor of deleting some pages that others prefer to keep. Often used as a derogatory term. The term 'inclusionist' for the opposite party is less used.
See also Meta:deletionism and Meta:inclusionism.
De-sysop
Also used: De-admin.
Take away someone's sysop status. Used very rarely, in cases where someone has misused their sysop powers.
Developer
A user who can make direct changes to the Wikipedia software and database.
See also Meta:Developer for a list of developers and further information.
De-Wikify
Also used: Un-Wikify.
To remove (de-link) a wikification of an article. This can be done to remove selflinks or excessive common-noun Wikification.
Dicdef
Also used: Dictdef.
Short for a dictionary definition. This term is commonly used when referring to an article that is more similar to a dictionary article than an encyclopedia one.
Diff
The difference between two versions of page, as displayed using the Page history feature, or from Recent Changes. The versions to compare are encoded in the URL, so you can make a link by copying and pasting it - for instance when discussing a change on an article's talk page.
See also Meta:Help:Diff.
Disambiguation
Also used: dab, disambig.
The process of resolving the conflict that occurs when articles about two or more different topics have the same natural title.
Disambiguation page
A page that contains various meanings of a word, and refers to the pages where the various meanings are defined.
Double redirect
A redirect which leads to another redirect. Counterintuitively, this will not bring one to the final destination, so it needs to be eliminated by linking directly to the target redirect.
Dupe
Short for a duplicate article. Often used when identifying a duplicate page that needs to be merged with another.

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Edit conflict
Two or more parties both attempt to save different edits to the same page at the same time, causing one to get canceled out.
See Broken link.
Edit summary
The contents of the "Summary:" field below the edit box on the "Edit this page" page.
Edit war
Also used: revert war.
Two or more parties continually making their preferred changes to a page, and undoing the changes they don't agree with. Generally, an edit war is the result of an argument on a talk page that could not be resolved.
Editor
A contributor, a user. Sometimes called a Wikipedian.
See also OrthodoxWiki:User guidelines.
Also used: ext. ln, ext lk, or extlink.
A link to a website not owned by OrthodoxWiki. The alternatives are an internal link, wikilink or free link within OrthodoxWiki, and an interwiki link to a sister project.
See also OrthodoxWiki:External links.

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FAC
Featured article candidate, an article that has been proposed for consideration to be featured as one of the best in OrthodoxWiki.
FAQ
A page of Frequently Asked Questions along with answers. See: OrthodoxWiki:Frequently Asked Questions
Fancruft
A neologism meaning a trivia article of interest only to hardcore fans of a specific film, television series, book, game, etc. Where the line is drawn is highly subjective and can be controversial. Often seen as an insult to those who've contributed that information, and to others interested in the subject.
Forest fire
A flame war which spreads, seemingly uncontrollably, beyond the pages where it began into unrelated articles' talk pages. A forest fire becomes progressively more difficult for any user to keep track of.
A link pointing to another page within OrthodoxWiki or its sister projects by using the wiki markup double square-brackets "[[" and "]]". Sometimes they are referred to as wikilinks or internal links. These links usually show up as blue if they are working and you haven't visited them before, red if they are broken, and purple if they are working and you have visited them before; note that they do not have the arrow symbol characteristic of an external link.

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Created by using the <gallery> tag, it is a way to format a collection of images on a page.
GFDL
GNU Free Documentation License. OrthodoxWiki articles are released under this license.
See also OrthodoxWiki:Copyrights.
Google test
Running sections or titles of articles through the Google search engine for various purposes. The four most common are to check for copyright violations, to determine which term among several is the most widely used, to decide whether a person is sufficiently famous to warrant an article or is simply engaging in vanity and to check whether a questionable and obscure topic is real (as opposed to the idiosyncratic invention of a particular individual).
GPL
General Public License.

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History
All previous versions of an article, from its creation to its current state. Also called page history.
See also: Help:Page history

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IANAL
An abbreviation for I Am Not A Lawyer, indicating that an editor is about to give their opinion on a legal matter as they understand it, although they are not qualified and probably don't fully understand the law in question.
Infobox
A consistently-formatted table which is present in articles with a common subject.
See also: taxobox.
See free link.
Interwiki
A link to a sister project; this can be a localization link to a corresponding article in a different language in OrthodoxWiki, or a link to another project such as Wikibooks, Meta, etc.
ITN
An abbreviation for In the news.

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L

See Interwiki.

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MCB
MCB Mainstream Chalcedonian Bias, OrthodoxWiki’s NPOV.
MediaWiki
The software behind OrthodoxWiki and its sister projects, as well as several projects not related to Wikimedia, and a namespace.
Compare with Wikimedia.
Merge
Taking the text of two pages, and turning it into a single page.
Meta
A separate Wiki (http://meta.wikipedia.org) used to discuss general Wikipedia matters. In the past, this has been called Metapedia, Meta Wikipedia, Meta Wikimedia, and many other combinations.
Meta page
A page that provides information about OrthodoxWiki. Meta pages are more correctly referred to as project namespace pages. Meta pages should not be confused with a page on Meta-Wikimedia.
Mirror
A website other than OrthodoxWiki that uses content original to OrthodoxWiki as a source for at least some of its content.

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n/a
An abbreviation for new article, often used in edit summaries.
Namespace
A way to classify pages. OrthodoxWiki has namespaces for encyclopedia articles, pages about OrthodoxWiki(meta pages), user pages (User:), special pages (Special:), mediawiki pages (MediaWiki:) and talk pages (Talk:, OrthodoxWiki talk:, and User talk:).
The use of links to travel from the current page to another page.
Newbie test
Also used: newb test, noob test.
An edit made by a newcomer to Wikipedia, just to see if "Edit this page" really does what it sounds like. Newcomers should use OrthodoxWiki:Sandbox for this purpose.
Nickname
An entry in the User Profile tab of Preferences, it is used for to generate a signature in an edit box.
NPOV
Neutral point of view, or the agreement to report subjective opinions objectively, so as not to cause edit wars between opposing sides. As a verb, to remove biased statements or slanted phrasing. As an adjective, it indicates that an article is in compliance with OrthodoxWiki's NPOV policy.

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Orphan
A page with no links from other pages. You can view lists of orphaned articles and images.

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Page
Any individual topic within OrthodoxWiki; the web page without the top, bottom and side bars. Pages include articles, stubs, redirects, disambiguation pages, user pages, talk pages, Categories and special pages.
Patent nonsense
A humorous pejorative applied to articles that are either completely unintelligible or totally irrelevant.
A link where the displayed text is not the name of the target article. Such links are created using the pipe character "|" e.g. [[Target article|Displayed text]]. The pipe trick is a software feature that generates the displayed text for you in certain circumstances.
POV
Point of view. Often used negatively as an adjective to indicate bias, as in "That reply was POV, not neutral.".
Preferences
User information and settings that customize the site for a user.
Project namespace
The project namespace, OrthodoxWiki:, is a namespace dedicated to providing information about OrthodoxWiki.
Protected page
A page that cannot be edited except by sysops. Usually this is done to cool down an edit war.

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RC
An abbreviation for Recentchanges
See also Help:Recent changes.
Redirect
Also used: redir.
A page title which, when requested, merely sends the reader to another page. This is used for synonyms and ease of linking. For example, Fast might redirect to Fasting.
See Broken link.
Revert
An edit made with the intent of reversing changes made by someone else.
Revert war
See Edit war.
rm
Remove. Used in edit summaries to indicate that a particular piece of text or formatting has been deleted.
Rollback
To change a page back to the version before the last edit. Sysops have special possibilities to do this more easily.
rv
Revert. An edit summary indicating that the page has been reverted to a previous version, often because of vandalism.

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s/word1/word2/
Replace word1 with word2. Used in edit summaries. It is a reference to the command for "find and replace" in languages such as sed and Perl. s/word1/word2/g means "replace all occurrences of word1 with word2" (g stands for "global").
Sandbox
A sandbox is a page that users may edit however they want. In addition to the public sandbox, users may create private sandboxes on subpages of their user page, e.g. User:Hephaestos/Sandbox.
Section editing
Using the 'edit' links to the right of the page, one can get an edit window containing only part of the page, making it (hopefully) easier to find the exact spot where one wants to edit. Javascript is needed for section editing. You can turn section editing off in your preferences under the "Enable section editing via [edit] links" option.
A Wikilink contained in an article that points the reader to that same article, e.g. linking Vice President in the article "Vice President". Such links are automatically displayed as strongly emphasised text rather than links, but the more complex case of a link which redirects to the same article is not, and should be de-wikified.
Displayed on the left edge of the page below the site logo (if using the default skin). The sidebar gives access to other pages in OrthodoxWiki for navigation or information.
Signature
The tag used on talk pages at the end of a posted comment. It can be generated by clicking the signature tab of the edit box.
Skin
The appearance theme in Special:Preferences. Currently, five are available: Standard, Nostalgia, Cologne Blue, Monobook, and MySkin.
Sock puppet
Another user account created secretly by an existing wikipedian, generally to manufacture the illusion of support in a vote or argument.
Soft redirect
A very short article or page that essentially points the reader in the direction of another page. Used in cases where a normal redirect is inappropriate for various reasons (e.g. it is a cross-wiki redirect)
sp
Short for spelling correction. Used in edit summaries.
Special pages
The pages in the namespace "Special:" have no corresponding wikitext; they are created by the software on demand.
Split
Separating a single page into two or more pages.
Steward
An Administrator who has been empowered to change any user's status, including granting and revoking Administrator status and granting bureaucrat status.
Style Manual
Guidelines that outline the way most pages are formatted and styled on OrthodoxWiki. See: OrthodoxWiki:Style Manual
Stub
An article usually consisting of one short paragraph or less.
Sub-stub
A very short stub. For example, an article that is no more than a simple definition ("An airplane is a type of winged flying vehicle").
Subpage
A page connected to a parent page. You can only create subpages in certain namespaces. Do not use subpages in the main article space.
SUBST:
Evokes a template without an automatic link, just a one time substitution. If the template changes in the future the substituted text will not automatically change.
Sysop
See Admin.

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Talk page
A page reserved for discussion. All pages within Wikipedia (except talk pages themselves!) have talk pages attached to them. Use the discussion tab to access the talk page for any article or User page.
See also Help:Talk page.
Template
A way of automatically including the contents of one page within another page, used for boilerplate text, navigational aids, etc.
TfD
A Templates for deletion page.
Transclusion
There are two main ways of using templates on articles: inclusion (accomplished by using {{Template Name}}), and transclusion ({{subst:Template Name}}). The former will include the content of Template Name on the fly whenever the article is loaded, while the latter will permanently insert the content of the template onto the article. Thus, using transclusion, if the template content is modified at a later date, the article's content will not change.
Transclusion is the preferred method for short-term, non-permanent notices, as it is less confusing, and even helps to lighten the load on the database.
Translation
The English-language OrthodoxWiki should have only pages in English. Non-English pages are subject to deletion unless translated.
Transwiki
Move a page to another wiki.
Trapeza
The main discussion point for OrthodoxWiki.
Troll
A user who incites or engages in disruptive behavior (trolling). This term is applied fairly arbitrarily; generally, it can be assumed that someone who calls another user a troll simply does not like that user. Admins sometimes consider trolling to be justification for banning indefinitely. The validity of this is somewhat questionable, partly because the definition of troll is not agreed upon, and because calling someone a troll has an effect: no further meaningful debate can be held.
Compare with Cabal.
Tyop
A cute misspelling of typo. Used as an edit summary when correcting typos.

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Unencyclopedic
What should not be in a Wiki; the term is highly debated and sometimes considered useless or tautological.
Un-wiki
Going against the character of a Wiki. Usually saying that something is un-wiki means that it makes editing more difficult or impossible.

Userbox
A userbox is a small rectangular box that appears on a userpage. It can show someone’s abilities in different languages, or it can also show the user’s interests and associations. Sometimes a user will create one just for fun. See: Help:Userbox
User
A contributor, an editor. Sometimes called a Wikipedian.
User page
A personal page for Wikipedians. Most people use their pages to introduce themselves and to keep various personal notes and lists. They are also used by Wikipedians to communicate with each other via the user talk pages. A user page is linked to as [[User:Hephaestos|Hephaestos]] and appears as Hephaestos.
See also OrthodoxWiki:User guidelines.
User Profile
A special page where Preferences can be viewed or changed.

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Vandalbot
Some kind of bot being used for vandalism or spamming. Recognizable by the fact that one or a few IP-addresses make many similar clearly vandalist edits in a short time. In the worst cases these have created or vandalized hundreds of pages in several Wikipedias in a timespan of only minutes.


Vandalism
Deliberate defacement of Wikipedia pages. This can be by deleting text or writing nonsense, bad language etcetera. The term is often incorrectly used to discredit the views of an opponent in edit wars. Vandalism can be reported to one of the Sysops.
See also OrthodoxWiki:Vandalism.
Vanity page
A page in the article namespace that presents biographical details of a non-famous person favorably and is considered inappropriate and/or unencyclopedic by most Wikipedians. Such articles are often suspected to be written by their subjects.

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Watchlist
A set of pages selected by the user, who can then click on ?My watchlist? to see recent changes to those pages.
See also: Help:Watching pages.
Wiki
Server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content (mostly articles using any Web browser. A Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between pages on the fly. It is also a database of these pages and the users of the site.
Wikibreak
Also used: Wikivacation.
When a Wikipedian takes a break from Wiki activity.
Wikify
To format using wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or HTML) and add internal links to material, incorporating it into the whole of OrthodoxWiki. Noun: Wikification. Sometimes abbreviated wfy.
A link to another OrthodoxWiki page, as opposed to an external link.
Wiki markup
Also used: wiki text, wikitext and wiki markup text.
Code like HTML, but simplified and more convenient, for example '''bold''' instead of <b>bold</b>. It is the source code stored in the database and shown in the edit box. Searching by the Wikipedia software is done in the wiki markup text, as opposed to searching by Google, which is done in the resulting text. The size of a page is the size of the wiki markup text.
See also Help:Editing.
Wikimedia
Properly Wikimedia Foundation Inc., a non-profit organisation that provides a legal, financial and organisational framework for Wikipedia and its sister projects and provides the necessary hardware.
Compare with MediaWiki.
Wikipedian
A contributor, also called a user or editor.
See also OrthodoxWiki:User guidelines.
WikiProject
An attempt to standardise the content and formatting of a particular category of articles using an agreed template.
Wikiquette
The etiquette of working with others on Wiki site.
Wikistress
Personal stress or tension induced by editing Wikipedia, or more often by being involved in minor conflict with another editor. Some users maintain a Wikistress meter on their user page.

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en: / de: / ja: / etc.
The English / German / Japanese / etc.-language Wikipedia. Often used in edit summaries to indicate changes to interwiki links.
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