A custom namespace is a new namespace, created additionally to the standard 18 namespaces and 2 special namespaces that exist on every wikia. Custom namespaces allow communities to divide their content into extra areas with unique, wikia-themed titles and technical setups.
Custom namespaces can only be added by staff, so after reviewing the rest of this page, please use Special:Contact to request any new namespaces to be set up.
What restrictions are there on namespace creation?
- There must be consensus on your wikia for the addition of the namespace.
- The namespace must not be the same as any of the names in the interwiki map.
- There must not be any pages in the custom namespace before it is created -- this means you can't have any pages (including redirects) with a title of the form "Custom namespace name:Pagetitle". Any such pages will be inaccessible after the namespace addition.
- Every namespace will have a talk namespace associated with it. This will usually be at "Custom namespace name_talk:" unless you request otherwise.
How do I request a custom namespace?
If you want to request more than one custom namespace (you can ask for a maximum of three), please request them all at once rather than on three separate occasions. Please decide these choices for each namespace, and include it in your initial request to speed up the process and processing.
- Should the new namespace be considered "content" or not?
- That is, are the pages about the topic of the wikia, not about wikia administration, news, opinions, or other things that your community doesn't count as "real" pages.
- Content namespaces are included in article counts and maintenance lists
- Content namespaces are included in results for Special:Random
- A good example of a content namespace would be the Comics: namespace on the DC and Marvel wikias, those are content.
- Should the new namespace be visible in search results by default?
- Unless you have an unusual wikia setup, this answer would usually be "yes" for a content namespace.
- Users can still search the namespace using the checkboxes, this choice is only about if the checkbox is defaultly checked.
- Should the new namespace have subpages?
- By default, we enable subpages for all new namespaces unless told not to. Please inform us if you have unique/specific intentions for the namespace.
- What should the talk namespace be called?
- If you request "Foo", the talk pages will be "Foo_talk"
- This is often important in other languages.
Make your request using the Special:Contact form. To help us respond quickly, be sure to include the answers to the above questions.
Some Common Custom Namespaces
While custom namespaces can be used to organize anything, there are some common namespaces communities often request. While you are not limited to these, we want to illustrate some typical uses:
- Portal: A typical gaming namespace that functions as a point of access to similar information on the wikia.
- Episode: Entertainment wikias focusing on television shows often like to put all of their articles about series episodes into the same namespace.
- News: Wikias that want to publish official press releases about their topic from game creators, movie studios, etc., etc.,
- Gallery: For pages meant to solely house an image gallery about a wikia topic.
- Help:Namespace - for general information about what namespaces are and a list of the default namespaces wikias have.
- Help:Special pages - a guide about how some Special Pages can help you view and organize namespace pages.