Iron Chariots Wiki:Special pages

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Special pages are pages that can't be directly edited by users; their content is instead generated by the MediaWiki software automatically, sometimes in real-time, sometimes based on cached information. Most special pages provide lists of pages that match specific criteria, such as articles with no categories or those having no incoming links to them. Others list other things, such as registered users. Some are page-specific, such as "what links here".

Below is a list of the special pages in use on this wiki and brief descriptions of what they're used for. For more in-depth information, see WikimediaMeta:Help:Special page.


Special pages for all users

Special pages — Special:Specialpages
List of (almost) all special pages that the user can use. (Some pages are only usable by administrators and others are just not in this list.)


These special pages are primarily used for searching.

General searching and browsing

Search — Special:Search
Allows keyword searching in any namespace or combination of namespaces (chosen by checkboxes).
When wiki-linking to this special page, the results match those of a keyword search using the "search box" and the "Go" button; see Iron Chariots Wiki:Searching for more details.
Examples: [[Special:Search/bible]], [[Special:Search/video]]
All pages — Special:Allpages
Alphabetical listing of all pages in a specified namespace (chosen by drop-down menu), including redirects, which are shown in black.
When wiki-linking to this special page, a starting point can be given after a forward slash in the link; the main article namespace is used unless a different namespace prefix is specified with a colon in the usual way.
Examples: [[Special:Allpages/Bi]], [[Special:Allpages/Category:Bi]]
All pages with prefix — Special:Prefixindex
Very similar to Special:Allpages, described above, except the list contains only pages whose title begins with a given string of characters (the "prefix"); redirects are shown in black.
When linking to this special page, the "prefix" string is given after a forward slash at the end of the link; namespaces are handled in the same way as Special:Allpages.
Examples: [[Special:Prefixindex/Bi]], [[Special:Prefixindex/Category:Bi]]
Categories — Special:Categories
Alphabetical list of categories actually in use on the wiki, including those for which pages have not been created yet (i.e., "missing categories"). Alternatives to this list include searching the Category namespace using "Allpages" or "Prefixindex" (doesn't include missing categories), or browsing the category structure starting at the top (doesn't include categories that have not been themselves categorized).
Random page — Special:Randompage
Brings up a randomly chosen page in the main namespace (by default).
Can be made to work with other namespaces by appending the namespace prefix after a forward slash at the end of the link.
Example: [[Special:Randompage/Template]]

Specialized searching

List of redirects — Special:Listredirects
List of all redirect pages (pages whose sole purpose is to make links to non-existent page titles lead to existing pages). The existence of such redirects is not a problem that needs to be fixed. However, inappropriate redirects should be changed (for example, if Jesus were to redirect to Albert Einstein instead of Jesus Christ). Sometimes a redirect looks wrong, but that's just because more than one topic is discussed in a particular article. For example, BCE should redirect to Common Era, even though it means "Before Common Era", because both BCE and CE are discussed in the article Common Era.
MIME search — Special:MIMEsearch
User list — Special:Listusers
Alphabetical list of all users who have ever registered. Includes users with no user page, those who have been banned, etc. Can be narrowed down to bots, sysops (administrators) or bureaucrats using a drop-down menu.
Examples: [[Special:Listusers/sysops]], [[Special:Listusers/dc]]
Book sources — Special:Booksources
Not for searching the wiki, but for finding books for purchase by their ISBN. This is used in conjunction with the automatic linking of ISBNs by the MediaWiki software. This special page can also be linked to explicitly by appending the ISBN after a forward slash.
Example(s): the bare text ISBN 0-486-41862-6 is auto-linked and equivalent to [[Special:Booksources/0486418626]]


Checking for vandalism and other bad edits

Pages with the most revisions — Special:Mostrevisions
Articles that have been edited the most.
Gallery of new files — Special:Newimages
New pages — Special:Newpages
Recent changes — Special:Recentchanges

Wiki errors in need of fixing

Broken redirects — Special:BrokenRedirects
List of redirect pages whose target doesn't exist. Obviously, such errors always need fixing. If the target page is simply misspelled, fix the redirect page; if the target just hasn't been created yet, consider creating the page, or look for a more appropriate target that does exist.
Dead-end pages — Special:Deadendpages
Pages that don't link to any other page in the wiki. Such articles should be populated with relevant wikilinks.
Pages linking to disambiguation pages — Special:Disambiguations
List of links to disambiguation pages, pages that have been marked with {{disambig}}. These links should generally be changed to point to the more precise page being referred to in the article.
Double redirects — Special:DoubleRedirects
List of "chained" redirects (redirect pages that point to other redirect pages). These always need to be fixed since the MediaWiki software won't automatically follow such redirects to their ultimate target page. Note that single redirects (links that go through a single redirect page to a target article) never need fixing.
Orphaned pages — Special:Lonelypages
Also called "orphaned" pages, these articles are not linked to from any other page of the wiki. Consider setting up "reciprocal" links from articles the orphaned article links to, or search for other articles that should link to it.
Uncategorized categories — Special:Uncategorizedcategories
Uncategorized pages — Special:Uncategorizedpages
Unused categories — Special:Unusedcategories
Unused files — Special:Unusedimages
Wanted categories — Special:Wantedcategories
Wanted pages — Special:Wantedpages

General cleanup

Pages with the most categories — Special:Mostcategories
Articles containing the most [[Category:]] links.
Short pages — Special:Shortpages
Long pages — Special:Longpages
Most linked-to categories — Special:Mostlinkedcategories
Most linked-to files — Special:Mostimages
Most linked-to pages — Special:Mostlinked
Oldest pages — Special:Ancientpages
Popular pages — Special:Popularpages

Administrative information and tasks

Export pages — Special:Export
Blocked users — Special:Ipblocklist
Logs — Special:Log
Statistics — Special:Statistics
System messages — Special:Allmessages
Upload file — Special:Upload
Version — Special:Version

Special pages visible only to administrators

These special pages are only usable (and visible on Special:Specialpages) by administrators.

Block user — Special:Blockip
Import pages — Special:Import
Unwatched pages — Special:Unwatchedpages

Page-specific special pages

What links here — Special:Whatlinkshere
Related changes — Special:Recentchangeslinked

User-centric special pages

Log in / create account — Special:Userlogin
Shown on every page when a user is not logged in, this link leads to the login/register screen.

Shown on every page when a user is logged in

Log out — Special:Userlogout
Following this link (not provided here) logs the user out.
My page — Special:Mypage
The user's own User page.
My talk — Special:Mytalk
The user's own Talk page.
Preferences — Special:Preferences
The user's own Preferences page, where various options can be changed.
My watchlist — Special:Watchlist
A list of pages the user has chosen to "watch".

Shown on individual User pages

User contributions — Special:Contributions
A list of the user's contributions to the wiki (i.e., page edits).
When linking to this special page, a username is required after a forward slash.
Example: [[Special:Contributions/Dcljr]]
E-mail this user — Special:Emailuser
If enabled by the user, allows someone to e-mail them without knowing their e-mail address.
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