Bvio.com:What is an article
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An "article" does not include any pages in any of the specified namespaces that are used for particular purposes, such as:
- the Wikipedia namespace for material about meta subjects related to Wikipedia (example, Wikipedia:Statistics and its talk page, Wikipedia talk:Statistics);
- the talk namespaces for discussing what the content of pages should be (for example, Talk:Mathematics)
- the special namespace, whose pages are created by the software on demand (see Wikipedia:Special pages);
- the user namespace for pages that are used by individual Wikipedia writers (example, User:Larry Sanger).
- the image namespace which is used for describing and attributing images (example, Image:Great Horned Owl.USFWS.jpg)
- the MediaWiki namespace which is used to define shortcuts and other text strings used around Wikipedia (example MediaWiki:Disclaimers)
In the Monobook (default) skin, the type of page is shown in the currently selected tab and non-article pages have a light blue background. In the Classic skin, pages from these namespaces are displayed on a yellow background to distinguish them from pages in the article namespace.
But not all pages in the article namespace are considered to be articles; most notably:
- the Main Page;
- thousands of "stub" pages that may not be considered real articles yet;
- thousands of disambiguation pages which are used to resolve naming conflicts;
- thousands of "redirect" pages which are used to re-route one page to another page;
The automatic definition used by the software at Special:Statistics is: any page that is in the article namespace, is not a redirect page and contains at least one wiki link. The statistics software currently has no method of detecting disambiguation pages, however; nor does it disregard Stubs and Stublists (lists templates with little or no content).
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