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MediaWiki.org is the official wiki site for the 'MediaWiki' wiki engine software and associated add-ons, called 'Extensions' — and nothing else related to MediaWiki or the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF).

The MediaWiki.org wiki now provides all documentation, technical support, and surrounding information for the MediaWiki software. Historically, before the MediaWiki.org wiki was created, most of the development and user support information was to be found at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (an older site, which deals with meta subjects relating to all WMF projects and wikis). The slightly newer MediaWiki.org wiki became the sole place for development, support and documentation of the MediaWiki software, and much of the earlier software-specific content originally created on the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki has now been moved across to the MediaWiki.org wiki.

Both sites are run by the 'not-for-profit' Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) who oversee MediaWiki development, and who also own and run the Wikipedia empire and all its sister projects. MediaWiki.org wiki is an extremely active and dedicated community; its members include software developers (for both the core MediaWiki software, and the many add-on Extensions), editors of other WMF wikis, and owners/sysops of other independent wikis which also use the MediaWiki software. Major portions of the MediaWiki.org wiki are multilingual, but the primary working language is English.

Textual content of the MediaWiki.org wiki is released under a dual license: the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License (CC BY-SA 3.0) and the GNU Free Documentation License (GNU FDL or GFDL).[1] However, the actual MediaWiki software is released for free under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPL v2), whereas the many related add-on extensions may be released under the GPL or any other license which their original developer deemed fit.

Wiki Size: 13,480 pages see stats...
(As of: 19 January 2014)

Culture[edit]

MediaWiki.org has very few written policies and guidelines and sysop actions are rarely discussed in any centralized forums. Deletion decisions, for example, are usually made unilaterally by sysops, rather than being processed through "x for deletion" pages. Therefore, MediaWiki has been compared to Hollywood depictions of the "old west" in which, after sheriffs (i.e. sysops) have been selected, there is little oversight of what they do.


The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), founded 20 June 2003, is the non-profit organization responsible for a very large number (over 850 in total) of very active wikis, grouped together and known as 'projects'; as well as the wiki engine software initially developed for them known as MediaWiki. The Foundations' wiki projects include Wikipedia (encyclopedias), Wiktionary (dictionary and thesaurus), Wikiquote (quotations), Wikibooks (open content textbooks), Wikinews (news source), Wikisource (free content primary and secondary source texts), Wikispecies (a free species directory), and many others as listed below. Most of these projects have separate wiki versions written in many different languages. There is also the Wikimedia Commons (for images, videos and other media files that can be used by all the Wikimedia projects), Wikidata (central space for data used on all WMF projects), and the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (for issues common to all Wikimedia projects). Its most recent project, Wikivoyage (a 'travelpedia'), was inducted to WMF in late 2012.

Wikimedia Foundation is a member of the Open Source Initiative.

All Wikimedia Foundation projects and wikis (edit) • (category)

Wikipedia • Wiktionary • Wikibooks • Wikiquote • Wikisource • Wikispecies • Wikinews • Wikiversity • Wikivoyage • Commons • MediaWiki • Meta-Wiki • Incubator • Chapters • Wikimania • Outreach • Toolserver • Statistics • Wikitech • Labs • Downloads • Wikidata • Blog • Shop • Donate • Login

Wikimedia Foundation private and management wikis

Office • Board • BoardGovCom • Executive • Internal • Movement Roles • Chapcom • Collab • OTRS • Audit Committee • Search Committee • Advisory Board • Quality • Usability Initiative • Strategic Planning • SP-Com