Short for Administrator. A user with extra technical privileges who does housework such as deleting pages and blocking vandals.
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.
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 vandalized brand-new page, it is maintenance, and the page should be deleted by an admin.
Action by an admin, removing from a certain IP address or user the ability to edit a wiki. Usually done against IP addresses that have done vandalism or against users who have been banned.
A standard message which can be added to an article using a template.
Also used: edit link, red link.
A link to a nonexistent page, usually colored red.
Redirect to a non-existing page. These are listed at Special:BrokenRedirects and should usually be removed or redirected.
A user who has the ability to promote and demote other users to the positions of rollback and admin, and promote to bureaucrat.
Moving a page by taking the text of the page, and copying 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.
To remove (de-link) a wikification of an article. This can be done to remove selflinks or excessive common-noun Wikification.
The difference between two versions of a 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.
A page that contains various meanings of a word, and points to the pages where the various meanings are defined.
A redirect which leads to another redirect. Counter-intuitively, this will not bring one to the final destination, so it needs to be eliminated by linking directly to the final target page. Listed at Special:DoubleRedirects.
Also used: dup.
Short for a duplicate article. Often used when identifying a duplicate page that needs to be merged with another.
Two or more parties both attempt to save different edits to the same page at the same time. Usually if this happens you will be asked to re-make your edit into the newly modified page.
A link pointing to another page within the same wiki created by using the wiki markup double square-brackets "[[" and "]]". These links usually show up as blue if they are working, and red if they are broken. Note that they do not have the arrow symbol characteristic of an external link.
A link to a different wiki. Usually links a word or name to a page covering the topic in depth on another wiki. Also seen at the bottom of pages when the page is available in different languages.
Taking the text of two pages, and turning it into a single page. Also used for the combination of two wikis.
A website other than Wikia that uses content original to Wikia as a source for at least some of its content. This is allowed under the CC-by-SA.
A way to classify pages. Wikia has namespaces for the main content, pages about the project (which on many wikis will be in the main namespace), user pages (User:), special pages (Special:), MediaWiki pages (MediaWiki:) and talk pages (Talk:, Wikipedia talk:, and User talk:).
"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 fits this idea of neutrality. Commonly used at Wikipedia, where NPOV is a primary policy, it is also a local policy on many Wikia wikis.
A null edit occurs when an editor opens the edit window of a document then re-saves the page without having made any text changes. This is sometimes done as a lazy way to purge – to update the functioning of templates (which require articles containing them to be edited in order for any changes to take effect). Moreover, a null edit can more quickly populate the page being null-edited into a new category. The term also applies to making a very small, non-substantive change (e.g., removing an unneeded blank line or adding one) in order to get the article history to register a change, for the purpose of leaving an edit summary that responds to a previous one.
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.
The project namespace is a namespace dedicated to providing information about a wiki. At Wikipedia, this is used to separate policies from encyclopedia articles. It is less commonly used at Wikia.
A page that cannot be edited by all users. A page can be protected against anonymous users and new accounts, or against all users except admins. Often this is done to protect against frequent vandalism or to cool down an edit war.
A sandbox is a page that users may edit however they want. This is for users to experiment and gain familiarity with Wiki markup.
A Wikilink contained in an article that points the reader to that same article, e.g. linking Help:Contents in the article "Help:Contents". Such links are automatically displayed as strongly emphasized 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.
The wiki's overall layout and appearance. Currently, two basic choices are available: Wikia and Monobook, and the user can choose between them in Special:Preferences. All wikis display in the Wikia skin by default. Customizations to the colors and other details can be made in a personal css file, or, as an admin, by using Special:Themedesigner.
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 way of automatically including the contents of one page within another page, used for boilerplate text, navigational aids, etc. Templates on Community Central can be used on any other Wikia (see Help:Shared templates for details).
A cute misspelling of "typo". Used as an edit summary when correcting typos.
Going against the character of a wiki. Usually saying that something is un-wiki means that it makes editing more difficult or impossible.
A small colored box which allows users to add small messages on their user page. Most people use this to share facts about themselves, such as their interests, hobbies, likes, and dislikes.
For more information about userboxes, check out the userbox template on Templates Wiki.
A personal page for editors at Wikia. Most people use their pages to introduce themselves and to keep various personal notes and lists. They are also used to communicate with other users via the user talk pages.
To format using wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or HTML) and add internal links to material, integrating it into the wiki. Noun: Wikification. Sometimes abbreviated wfy.
A link to another page on the same wiki, as opposed to an external link.
Also used: wiki text, wikitext.
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 editor in source mode. Searching by the MediaWiki software is done in the wikitext, as opposed to searching by Google, which is done in the visible text. The size of a page is the size of the wikitext.