A namespace is a special prefix you can put in front of page titles (in links, for example), to distinguish between different kinds of pages having otherwise identical titles.
- Bible is an article in the so-called "main namespace" (no prefix required)
- Talk:Bible is the discussion page for that article
- Category:Bible is a category that should list all the Bible-related articles
- Category talk:Bible is the discussion page for that category
- Template:Bible is a reusable piece of wikicode that it is used to link citations of Bible verses to the full text of those passages at another website
And so forth. See WikimediaMeta:Help:Namespace for more technical information.
Namespaces in use at Religions Wiki
As can be seen in the table below, every "non-talk" page has an associated "talk" page that can be reached by following a link or tab called "Discussion" or "MediaWiki:Talkpage".
Note: The link on each namespace prefix below is to a list of all existing pages within that namespace.
|Namespace prefix||Purpose of namespace|
|(no prefix) "main namespace"||Articles relevant to the subject matter of this wiki.|
|Talk||Discussion of the articles themselves. The purpose of the "talk pages" is to assist editors in developing quality articles, not general discussion and debate.|
|User||Pages where users can identify and describe themselves to whatever extent they wish, and possibly work on articles or other relevant content before moving the information elsewhere in the wiki. These pages essentially act as "homepages" for our users, but they should not be used for personal material that has nothing to do with the subject matter of this wiki. Religions Wiki is not a free web hosting service.|
|User talk||Discussion between individual users. Please try to keep the discussion relevant to this wiki. Take any other discussion to private e-mail or some other appropriate online forum.|
|Religions Wiki||Pages related to the wiki itself, not to the subject matter of the wiki.|
|Religions Wiki talk||Discussion of the corresponding pages in the "Religions Wiki" namespace.|
|Project||A shorter alias of "Religions Wiki". Completely synonymous with that namespace.|
|Project talk||A shorter alias of "Religions Wiki talk". Completely synonymous with that namespace.|
|Image||Each uploaded image gets a corresponding page in this namespace where it can be described, including any relevant licensing information.|
|Image talk||Discussion of the corresponding pages in the "Image" namespace.|
|MediaWiki||Snippets of text and/or HTML code used by the MediaWiki software as part of the user interface. Because any changes to these pages are seen site-wide, only administrators can edit in this namespace.|
|MediaWiki talk||Discussion of the corresponding pages in the "MediaWiki" namespace. Regular users can edit these pages, but they might not get much attention from the admins.|
|Template||Snippets of text and/or wiki code that can be "included" in other pages. See Project:Templates for more information.|
|Template talk||Discussion of the corresponding pages in the "Template" namespace.|
|Help||General "help" pages for issues not addressed in the "Religions Wiki" namespace.|
|Help talk||Discussion of the corresponding pages in the "Help" namespace.|
|Category||Classification system for grouping pages from other namespaces. See Project:Categorization for more details.|
|Category talk||Discussion of the corresponding pages in the "Category" namespace.|