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A Namespace is a division in the wiki which defines and separates content. Except for "main", articles in them are distinguished by having the namespace and a colon before the title, like Essay:Gender and Sysops.

There are thirteen such divisions within RationalWiki:

  • Main
This is where "mission" articles go. Referred to as "Mainspace".
  • User
An editor's own space to treat or ignore as they wish. (obscenities/racial/homophobic/nasty entries/redlinks may be censored/amended).
  • RationalWiki
This is info at a "meta" level about the running of the wiki. It also contains the Saloon Bar and Non-CP WIGOs.
  • File (formerly "Image")
This is where pretty pictures or any non-text files are stored.
  • Media
This is not a true namespace, but a way to link directly to a file. For example, Media:Jellybrain.png links directly to the image, whereas File:Jellybrain.png links to its description page.
  • MediaWiki
Technical stuff that relates to the running of the software behind RationalWiki. Things such as the notices which automatically display are held in this space. Only editable by members of the Tech user group.
  • Template
This is a "storage area" for things that are likely to be used on more than one page. See: Help:Templates
  • Category
Any article or page can and should be classified into at least one category, this enables searching & identifying subjects much easier.
  • Conservapedia
Anything about Conservapedia goes in here. It has its own namespace to keep it from accidentally spilling over into the rest of RationalWiki.
  • Essay
A place for individual and original contributions which allow personal Point Of View or more specialised subjects to be edited by specified editor(s) without interference. However, we do request that essays have some tact as these essays will still be associated with RW.
  • Debate
For some reason this namespace is not very well used. The function is largely usurped by talk pages.
  • Forum
The namespace for our pure-discussion pages. See here for the main forum page. Sometimes talk pages or something from the saloon bar will outgrow its place and someone will start a forum page.
  • Fun
Totally off mission and amusing or entertaining? Then it goes here. Don't expect the humour to be too high brow. Mostly defunct.
  • Recipe
RationalWiki's concession to weirdness. Mostly defunct.
  • Help
Here we are.
  • Special
This is one of two namespaces that are not directly editable, but give you information about the wiki like Recent Changes and user contributions. (The other is the unused "media" namespace.)
  • Thread and Summary
The two namespaces used by the LiquidThreads extension.

Every page in all of these namespaces (except "special" and "media") has an associated Talk page. Talk pages are not the property of any editor and entries should not be deleted except to archive. In particular it should be noted that an editor's "Talk Page" is not the property of that editor and he or she has no exceptional rights over the contents beyond what is prescribed in the Community Standards.

When you use the "search" box on the left of the page, it will first search only in "main", (unless you have changed the criteria in "your preferences") but will then give you the option to check off boxes for any other namespaces (or their talk spaces) to run the search again.

Likewise, if you go to "special pages" and click on "all pages", the mainspace is the default, but you can pick any of the other namespaces from a drop down menu to see what is in them.

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