Wikiafripedia:Project namespace

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The project namespace or Wikiafripedia namespace is a namespace consisting of administration pages with information or discussion about Wikiafripedia. Pages in this namespace will always have the prefix Wikiafripedia:. They can also be reached by alias WAP: or the standard (for any MediaWiki site) prefix Project:. Its namespace number is four (4).

Terminology[edit source | edit]

  • Project pages or Wikiafripedia pages are pages in the Wikiafripedia and Wikiafripedia talk namespaces. WikiProject pages, which are included in the Wikiafripedia namespace, are usually referred to as WikiProject pages to distinguish them from project pages as a whole.
  • Meta – Some people refer to pages in the project namespace as meta pages. However, this can be confusing, because Meta is actually the name of the site dedicated to all Wikimedia projects at

Content[edit source | edit]

For further information, see Wikiafripedia:Policies and guidelines#Not part of the encyclopedia

Pages within the "Project namespace" themselves are not part of the encyclopedia proper. These administrative pages are intended for use by editors or by automated tools for the organization and governance of the encyclopedia. Consequently, they do not generally need to conform to the same content protocols or style conventions as articles. These pages, as with all pages, do, however, need to comply with Wikiafripedia's conduct and legal policies.

The project namespace is not a free web host and should not be used as a long-term archive to host pages that look like articles. Articles in the project namespace under construction may be moved to the draft namespace or Userspace draft allowing time for their development and feedback before being moved to Wikiafripedia's mainspace. Stalled or abandoned drafts and pages in the project namespace that violate policies applicable to non-content pages may be subject to deletion. Editors may not violate copyrights or harass anywhere on Wikiafripedia. Under the criteria for speedy deletion, these types of pages are subject to expeditious deletion. See below for more information.

Pages within project namespace[edit source | edit]

The project namespace pages are organized according to their function within the overall project schema. This includes Wikiafripedia official policies and guidelines, process pages, discussion pages, optional essays, maintenance pages, informative pages, and historical pages.

For lists of pages in the project namespace, see:

A main gateway for the project namespace is Community portal. The Community Portal includes categorized links to the more commonly used pages related to the project. A link to the Community Portal page is available in the sidebar.

Policies and guidelines pages[edit source | edit]

Policies and guidelines pages describe Wikiafripedia's best practice and clarify principles that are widely accepted by the community and have been through the Wikiafripedia review process. These pages are marked with the {{policy}}, {{guideline}} or {{MoS guideline}} template. For summaries of key policies, see List of policies. For summaries of key guidelines, see List of guidelines. For summaries of guidelines about Wikiafripedia's house style, see the Manual of Style contents page. For information on editing policies or guidelines see Edits to policies and guidelines.

Process pages[edit source | edit]

Process pages help facilitate application of the policies and guidelines governing all Wikiafripedia pages. (e.g., Wikiafripedia:Articles for deletion). See Wikiafripedia processes for details.

Information and discussions[edit source | edit]

Many pages in the Wikiafripedia namespace have nothing to do with rules or implementation of those rules, and thus do not belong in the above categories. See Wikiafripedia:The difference between policies, guidelines and essays for more information.

Discussion and noticeboard pages[edit source | edit]

Some pages are designed for discussions, such as the Village pumps. Others serve as noticeboards to draw attention to discussions taking place elsewhere, such as the centralized discussions page and various requests for comments pages. While many of these pages operate like talk pages, some of them have posting rules (at the top of the page) which may be administratively enforced, and they also have their own talk pages, usually about the management of the noticeboard or other process in question. To ask a question or make a request, see the request directory. For a listing of ongoing discussions and current requests, see the dashboard.

Maintenance pages[edit source | edit]

Maintenance pages are used to help facilitate the organization and clean-up of articles to bring them up to encyclopedic standards. These editor- and bot-generated pages typically contain articles and others pages requiring maintenance or attention. (e.g., Wikiafripedia:Dusty articles). The Special namespace also contains bot generated maintenance reports (e.g. Special:UncategorizedPages). See Wikiafripedia maintenance for details.

How-to and information pages[edit source | edit]

Informative and instructional pages are typically edited by the community; while not policies or guidelines themselves, they are intended to supplement or clarify Wikiafripedia guidelines, policies, or other Wikiafripedia processes and practices that are communal norms. Where essay pages offer advice or opinions through viewpoints, information pages should supplement or clarify technical or factual information about Wikiafripedia in an impartial way. In comparison to policies and guidelines, information pages, like essay pages, have a limited status, as they have not been thoroughly vetted by the community. These pages are typically marked with the {{Information page}}, {{Wikiafripedia how-to}}, or {{Supplement}}[1] template.

There is a large amount of overlap between the Help namespace (which provides mainly technical information) and the Wikiafripedia namespace (which provides mainly procedural information and interpretation). For this reason, redirects and hatnotes are often set up between these two namespaces. See Help:About help pages for more information. For a listing of how-to and information pages, see the help directory.

Essay pages[edit source | edit]

Essays about Wikiafripedia may be written by anyone; some represent widespread norms, others only represent minority viewpoints. Essays can be long monologues or short theses, serious or funny, informative or opinionated. Essays like information pages have no official status, and do not speak for the Wikiafripedia community as they may be created and edited without overall community oversight. Essays are typically marked with one of the various {{essay}} templates. See Wikiafripedia:Essays for more information. For a listing of essays, see the essay directory.

WikiProject pages[edit source | edit]

Pages of a WikiProject are the central place for editor collaboration and organization on a particular topic area. Many WikiProjects compose "advice essays" about how to apply Wikiafripedia's policies and guidelines to their specific subject area. Pages with Wikiafripedia:WikiProject prefix form a WikiProject pseudo-namespace. These pages are typically marked with the {{WikiProject status}} or {{WikiProject advice}} template. For a listing of projects, see the directory of WikiProjects. For additional resources, or if you have any questions, please visit the WikiProject Council.

Historical pages[edit source | edit]

A historical page or process is one which is no longer in use, or is no longer relevant or consensus has changed about its content. They are kept as a record of past Wikiafripedia processes to give context to historical discussions and to inform future discussions on similar topics. These pages are typically marked with the {{historical}}, {{superseded}} or {{dormant}} template. See HISTORICAL for more details.

Creating new project pages[edit source | edit]

For further information, see Wikiafripedia:Avoid writing redundant essays

Essays and information pages may be established by writing them and adding {{Essay}}, {{Information page}}, {{Wikiafripedia how-to}}, or similar templates to the page. Essays and information pages in the "Wikiafripedia namespace" should not be used to create an alternative rule set. Creation of new guideline and policy pages require discussion and a high level of consensus from the entire community before publication (see WAP:PROPOSAL for procedural details). For general recommendations about the creation and improvement of existing guideline and policy pages, see Wikiafripedia:Policy writing is hard.

The project namespace contains many pages and a lot of information. Try to avoid creating new pages unnecessarily. Before creating a new page, you should consider looking through the topical index, essay directory and help directory to see if the material belongs at a page that already exists. It is strongly recommended that you propose a WikiProject at the proposal page, if there are enough willing editors to participate in the project. Already existing WikiProjects can be found in the directory of WikiProjects.

Deletion of project pages[edit source | edit]

The usual deletion process is to post a request at miscellany for deletion to have project pages deleted. Make sure that a notice of the request is posted to the talk page of the affected project. If the project is under a parent WikiProject a notice should be posted there as well. However, if editing can improve the page, this should be done rather than deleting the page. Disputes over page content are usually not dealt with by deleting the page, except in severe cases. The content issues should be discussed at the relevant talk page, and other methods of dispute resolution should be used first, such as listing on "requests for comments" for further input. Essays, information pages, and other informal pages that are only supported by a small minority of the community may be moved to the primary author's userspace over deletion. The Wikiafripedia community has historically tolerated a wide range of Wikiafripedia related subjects and viewpoints on user pages.

Policies, guidelines and process pages should not be nominated for deletion, as such nominations will probably be considered disruptive, and the ensuing discussions closed early. The {{Disputed tag}} template is typically used for claims that an essay, WikiProject advice or information page was recently assigned guideline or policy status without proper or sufficient consensus being established. See WAP:Local consensus for more details.

It is generally preferable that inactive WikiProjects not be deleted, but instead be marked as {{WikiProject status|inactive}}, or redirected to a relevant WikiProject, or changed to a task force of a parent WikiProject, unless the WikiProject was incompletely created or is entirely undesirable. See WAP:INACTIVEWAP for more details.

If a project page clearly satisfies a "general" speedy deletion criterion, it should be tagged with the appropriate template. For issues only affecting specific revisions on a page (where other page versions are fine) revision delete is usually more appropriate. To request revision-deletion for copyright violations, see {{Copyvio-revdel}} for details.

For a complete listing of past and current project namespace deletion requests at MfD, see all MfD pages with Wikiafripedia prefix.

Namespace history[edit source | edit]

The Wikiafripedia namespace began after the January 2002 release of the Phase II software. Prior to that, an index of related pages was maintained at Wikiafripedia utilities, which remained for some time afterwards at Wikiafripedia:Utilities. This list of pages in the project namespace has been replaced by the pages as described above.

Project namespace search[edit source | edit]

By default Wikiafripedia's search engine is restricted to the Article namespace. Typing the project page prefix Wikiafripedia: (Wikiafripedia followed by a colon) or WAP: (WAP followed by a colon) provides search results for the "Wikiafripedia namespace". You can also use the Special:Search box below to locate Wikiafripedia/Project namespace pages. See Help:Searching for more information.

Project namespace banners[edit source | edit]

See Wikiafripedia:Template messages/Wikiafripedia namespace for a listing of Wikiafripedia namespace banners.

Notes[edit source | edit]

^ The {{Supplement}} template is intended as a separate "supplement" banner used for pages derived from policy improvement conversations. The template does not indicate a "higher status" within the community for an essay, but is used to denote that the essay in question has wide acceptance to be linked from said policy or guideline page. See Template:Supplement for more information.