Making wiki pages? Want to know how to name them in MediaWiki? This page tells you how we want the wiki structured, when it comes to creating new pages or moving around old content.
Consistency is good, it instills a sense of confidence in to the reader. These rules and the Help:Editing rules are designed to use MediaWiki features and match Fedora Project needs, while making life easier for contributors and readers.
Use this for naming new pages and areas. Also use it for planning where to move nested content migrated from the old wiki.
General naming rules
These rules are for pages and sections.
- Do not nest pages in sub-folders, e.g. Topic/FAQ
- Exception: Sub-projects with existing ProjectName/ nesting may choose to continue using one-level of nesting. All pages below that one level should be made to otherwise follow these rules
- Use natural language naming (as opposed to nesting)
- Use capital letters only for the initial word in a title or section title: "Like this"
- Exceptions: Sub-project names, proper nouns, and the titles/chapters of formal, full documentation guides that are converting to XHTML/XML
- Example: Join_the_Foo_Project; Setting-up-USB-boot-media; FAQ_on_SELinux; Standing_in_the_middle_of_the_field#With_my_eyes_wide_open.
End-user focused pages
These are pages focused on end-users of all levels, beginner to highly experienced. These are pages not specifically under a sub-project or SIG.
- Name pages within a single, flat namespace; do not use directory-like hierarchies:
- no : FedoraLiveCD/USBHowTo
- yes : How_to_boot_a_live_Fedora_image_from_USB
Project and SIG focused pages for contributors
These are pages focused on contributors who are working in one or more areas of Fedora. Some content may be end-user focused but belong within the project/SIG for reference.
The content here may be divided by one nesting level. Any further nesting needs to be squashed to the one sub-level with a natural language title. The best solution is to entirely rename without nesting, putting all pages in an appropriate Category:Foo Project category.
- If pages are in a single nested level:
- no : SIGs/ISV/Join
- yes : ISV_SIG/Join
- Content within the single nesting must be in a flat namespace with spaces
- no : EPEL/PackageMaintainer/GenericJobDescription
- yes : EPEL/FAQ
- yes : EPEL/Package_Maintainer_Generic_Job_Description
- best : Frequently_asked_questions_about_EPEL; Generic_job_description_for_package_maintainers
A MediaWiki namespace is a special word followed by a colon, that puts the content in a different naming areain the wiki.
Automatically searchable namespaces
- FedoraProject: (default namespace)
The User: namespace is somewhere you can put drafts and other personal material that you do not want searched and indexed by engines like Google. For instance, the user jpublic can build any wiki materials as desired under User:Jpublic, using subpages. If you need to know what pages you've built under your personal User: namespace, use the Special:Prefixindex page.
Move old content to this namespace. This gets it out of the regular search index but keeps it available for future needs.
If you are archiving old content while renaming a set of pages, do not give the page a new, natural language name in the Archive: namespace. It should remain under its old name in the new namespace, to make it easier to find in historical contexts. For example, FooProject/Some/OldStuff moves to Archive:FooProject/Some/OldStuff .
Use this namespace for naturally named pages related to project and SIG meetings. For example, Meeting:Docs_IRC_log_20080806.
- Use as many categories as needed that make sense:
- The category pages are the aggregation pages. Point to them prominently as the way to find all of something on a topic/within a category.