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MediaWiki provides many features beyond hyperlinks for structuring content. One of the earliest features is namespaces. One of Wikipedia's earliest problems had been the separation of encyclopedic content from pages pertaining to maintenance and communal discussion, as well as personal pages about encyclopedia editors. Namespaces are prefixes before a page title (such as "User:" or "Talk:") that serve as descriptors for the page's purpose and allow multiple pages with different functions to exist under the same title. For instance, a page titled "[[The Terminator]]", in the default namespace, could describe the 1984 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, while a page titled "[[User:The Terminator]]" could be a profile describing a user who chooses this name as a pseudonym. More commonly, each page and each namespace has an associated "Talk:" page, which can be used to discuss its contents, such as "User talk:" or "Template talk:". The purpose of having discussion pages is to allow content to be separated from discussion surrounding the content.[1][2]

Namespaces can be viewed as folders that separate different basic types of information or functionality. Custom namespaces can be added by the site administrators. There are 16 namespaces by default for content, with 2 "pseudo-namespaces" used for dynamically generated "Special:" pages and links to media files. Each namespace on MediaWiki is numbered: content page namespaces have even numbers and their associated talk page namespaces have odd numbers.[3]


  1. ^ Newman, Aaron, Adam Steinberg, and Jeremy Thomas (2008) Enterprise 2. 0 Implementation McGraw-Hill Professional p. 185 ISBN 978-0-07-159160-7 
  2. ^ Malcolm, Jeremy (2008) Multi-Stakeholder Governance and the Internet Governance Forum Terminus Press pp. 188, 280 ISBN 978-0-9805084-0-6 
  3. ^ Ebersbach, Anja, Markus Glaser, Richard Heigl, and Gunter Dueck (2006) Wiki Springer pp. 55, 80–82, 109, 120–121, 156 ISBN 978-3-540-25995-4