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Note: while the definitions below may be useful for understanding and writing text in the community pages (Talk, DrumCorpsWiki, User, Meta, etc.) and edit summaries, please write actual encyclopedia articles in jargon-free language which is readily understandable without specific knowledge of the DrumCorpsWiki project. See: DrumCorpsWiki:Explain jargon.
Nonetheless, don't overdo the use of wiki jargon on DrumCorpsWiki talk pages or in edit summaries either (specifically linking to maybe less known guidelines/policies via shortcuts). This is a glossary of terms commonly used on DrumCorpsWiki. For more help, see DrumCorpsWiki:Help, DrumCorpsWiki:FAQ, and DrumCorpsWiki:Contributing FAQ. For abbreviations often used in edit summaries


The three-revert rule whereby no one is allowed to revert a single article more than three times in one day. See DrumCorpsWiki:Three-revert rule.


Accidental link
A wikilink where the displayed text is the name of the target article. To display text other than the name of the target article, use a piped link.
Short for Administrator. A user with extra technical privileges who does housework.
Also used: Sysop.
Describing an article that exists more to advertise or promote a product, company, service or site than to provide encyclopedic information on it.
The DrumCorpsWiki:Articles for deletion page.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Guide to deletion for explanation of some terms used on AfD.
Abbreviation for "assume good faith", a guideline whereby one should not assume that a bad edit was done maliciously. See DrumCorpsWiki:Assume good faith.
Abbreviation for "anonymous user". This is what you are if you have not logged in.
Also used: IP user.
An HTML term for code that lets you link to a specific point in a page, using the "#" character. You can use them to link to a section of a page, e.g. DrumCorpsWiki:How to edit a page#Links,_URLs,_images. Note that anchors currently have no effect in redirects.
A subpage of a Talk page to which some parts of the discussion are transferred, to reduce the size of the Talk page. Rarely, the term may refer to the DrumCorpsWiki:Archive page, for obsolete historical material.
See also: DrumCorpsWiki:How to archive a talk page.
An encyclopedia entry. All articles are pages, but not all pages are articles.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:What is an article.
Used only as a verb, astroturfing refers to the noxious practice of recruiting numerous sock puppets and meat puppets to make an idea, poll, article, or deletion discussion seem to have more support than it actually has.


Bad faith nomination
A bad faith nomination is the nomination of a page, or more pages (usually for deletion at AFD) for disingenuous reasons such as making a point or vandalism.
Banning is the extreme, last resort action by which someone is prevented from editing DrumCorpsWiki for a prolonged or indeterminate length of time. Reason for banning is usually a long history of biased edits, persistent adding of incorrect or doubtful material, refusal to cooperate with others, or extreme incivility and threats. If someone is banned, their username is blocked, and any username or IP that is with great likelihood identified as being the same person can be blocked without any further reason. See also: Block.
Be Bold
The exhortation that users should try to fix mistakes in articles themselves, rather than complain about them. See DrumCorpsWiki:Be bold in updating pages.
Removing all content from a page. Newcomers often do this accidentally. On the other hand, if blanking an article is done in bad faith, it is vandalism. If blanking is done to a vandalised brand-new page, it is maintenance, and the page will be deleted by an admin within a few hours if no dispute arises. Newcomers often mistake blanking for deletion.
Action by a sysop, removing from a certain IP-number or username the ability to edit DrumCorpsWiki. Usually done against addresses that have done vandalism or against users who have been banned. See also: Ban.
Boilerplate text
A standard message which can be added to an article using a template. For example,

This article is a stub. You can help DrumCorpsWiki by expanding it.

is expanded to the following:

This article is a stub. You can help DrumCorpsWiki by expanding it.

See also DrumCorpsWiki:Boilerplate text.
Broken link
Also used: edit link, red link.
A link to a nonexistent page, usually colored red. [[Template:]] may display this way depending on your settings.
Broken redirect
Redirect to a non-existing page. Common opinion is that these should be removed.
A DrumCorpsWiki Administrator who has been entrusted with promoting users to sysops.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Bureaucrats.
Also used: Crat.


Also used: cat
A category is a collection of pages automatically formed by the DrumCorpsWiki server by analysing category tags in articles. Category tags are in the form [[Category:Venues]]. The part after the ":" is the name of the Category. Adding a category tag causes a link to the category and any super-categories to go to the bottom of the page. As stated, it also results in the page being added to the category listing. A list of basic categories to browse through can be found at Category:Fundamental, though a more user-friendly way to find a category is at DrumCorpsWiki:Browse.
The DrumCorpsWiki:Categories for discussion page
A term used for articles which seem to attempt a conversation with the reader. Chatty articles may need cleanup.
The process of repairing articles that are ungrammatical, are poorly formatted, etc. Cleanup generally requires only editing skills, as opposed to the specialized knowledge that is more often called for by pages needing attention.
See also: DrumCorpsWiki:Cleanup process.
Comment out
To hide from normal display whilst retaining the material for editors to see. This is done by inserting the characters <!-- at the start of the comment text and --> at the end. These character strings are used to delimit comments in HTML code.
Community Portal
One of DrumCorpsWiki's main pages. It can often be found on the quickbar (on the left side in most skins), and is a page that lists the collaboration of the week, outstanding tasks that need to be addressed, and several other useful bits of information and resources. The Community Portal is useful for picking an article or topic to work on or read.
Short for contributions. These are the edits that a user has made.
A change to an article that only affects formatting, grammar, and other presentational aspects.
Also used: copyviol, and occasionally CV.
Copyright violation. Usually used in an edit summary when some copyrighted material has been added to DrumCorpsWiki.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Copyrights.
Short for Bureaucrat.
A term used to describe an article or group of articles which are too detailed and/or irrelevant for a particular Wiki. Cruft is often deleted or merged into other articles by the DrumCorpsWiki community.
Cut and paste move
Moving a page by taking the text of the page, and put it into the edit window for the second page. Generally considered worse than the 'move page' option, because it causes the page and its edit history to be in different places. Cut and paste moves can be fixed by administrators.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:How to fix cut and paste moves.
See Copyvio.
Computer and video games.


See Disambiguation.
Data dump
To import material from outside sources into DrumCorpsWiki without editing, formatting and linking. This is frowned upon by most DrumCorpsWikiians.
See also Wikify.
Dead-end page
Page that has no links to existing other pages. Special:Deadendpages lists them, but this function is disabled in some Wikimedia projects.
See De-sysop.
Also used: un-bold.
To remove a phrase's bold typeface, because it is not the first reference to the title or a synonym of the topic (which should be bold), or that it is not the topic of the article at all. Common situations when one would de-bold include: bold foreign words (should instead be italicized) and bold Wikilinks (which, according to current Manual of Style, should be plain).
Someone who is in favor of deleting some pages that others prefer to keep. Often used as a derogatory term. The term 'inclusionist' for the opposite party is less used.
See also mediawiki:deletionism and mediawiki:inclusionism.
To make a page no longer an orphan.
See also Orphan
Techie-speak for "tolerated or supported but not recommended (i.e. beware: may well be on the way out)". The term is also used to refer to pages, templates or categories that have been orphaned or are no longer used. In non-technical English, the word means "deplored or strongly disapproved of".
Also used: De-admin.
Take away someone's sysop status. Used very rarely, in cases where someone has misused their sysop powers.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Possible misuses of admin privileges.
Also used: Un-Wikify.
To remove (de-link) a wikification of an article. This can be done to remove selflinks or excessive common-noun Wikification.
Also used: Dictdef.
Short for a dictionary definition. This term is commonly used on DrumCorpsWiki:Articles for deletion when referring to an article that is more similar to a dictionary article than an encyclopedia one.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:DrumCorpsWiki is not a dictionary.
The difference between two versions of page, as displayed using the Page history feature, or from Recent Changes. The versions to compare are encoded in the URL, so you can make a link by copying and pasting it - for instance when discussing a change on an article's talk page.
See also mediawiki:Help:Diff.
Also used: dab, disambig.
The process of resolving the conflict that occurs when articles about two or more different topics have the same natural title.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Disambiguation.
Disambiguation page
A page that contains various meanings of a word, and refers to the pages where the various meanings are defined.
Double redirect
A redirect which leads to another redirect. Counterintuitively, this will not bring one to the final destination, so it needs to be eliminated by linking directly to the target redirect.
Short for a duplicate article. Often used when identifying a duplicate page that needs to be merged with another.


Edit conflict
Two or more parties both attempt to save different edits to the same page at the same time. The later edit doesn't take effect, but the editor is prompted to merge their edit with the earlier one.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Edit conflicts.
A humorous term for having an unhealthy obsession with the number of edits that a person makes to DrumCorpsWiki.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Editcountitis.
Edit link
See Broken link.
Edit summary
The contents of the "Summary:" field below the edit box on the "Edit this page" page.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Edit summary.
Edit war
Also used: revert war.
Two or more parties continually making their preferred changes to a page, and undoing the changes they don't agree with. Generally, an edit war is the result of an argument on a talk page that could not be resolved.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Edit war.
External link
Also used: ext. ln, ext lk, or extlink.
A link to a website not owned by DrumCorpsWiki. The alternatives are an internal link, wikilink or free link within DrumCorpsWiki, and an interwiki link to a sister project.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:External links.


See Cruft.
Forest fire
A flame war which spreads, seemingly uncontrollably, beyond the pages where it began into unrelated articles' talk pages. A forest fire becomes progressively more difficult for any user to keep track of.
See also wildfire and MeatBall:ForestFire.
A splitting of an entity to satisfy different groups of people - in DrumCorpsWiki, this can either mean a project-wide split, in which a group of users decides to take a project database and continue with it on their own site (which is perfectly legal under the GFDL, and one of an editor's least disputed rights), or the split of an article, usually to accommodate different POVs. The latter is often called a POV fork and generally regarded as highly undesirable.
Free link
A link pointing to another page within DrumCorpsWiki or its sister projects by using the wiki markup double square-brackets "[[" and "]]". Sometimes they are referred to as wikilinks or internal links. Unless otherwise specified in a user's monobook.css, these links usually show up as blue if they are working and you haven't visited them before, red if they are broken, and purple if they are working and you have visited them before; note that they do not have the arrow symbol characteristic of an external link.


An edit war over which of several possible names should be used for a place, after an ancient lengthy edit war (on Wikipedia) over the name of Gdnask.
GNU Free Documentation License. DrumCorpsWiki articles are released under this license.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Copyrights.
Google test
Running sections or titles of articles through the Google search engine for various purposes. The four most common are to check for copyright violations, to determine which term among several is the most widely used, to decide whether a person is sufficiently famous to warrant an article or is simply engaging in vanity and to check whether a questionable and obscure topic is real (as opposed to the idiosyncratic invention of a particular individual).
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Google test.
GNU General Public License. Wikipedia's software is released under this license.


Wording that is excessively flushing or glowing, to the point of being POV, in a biographical article. See Hagiography.
All previous versions of an article, from its creation to its current state. Also called page history.
See also: DrumCorpsWiki:Page history
Hopelessly POV
Describing an article which, in the opinion of some DrumCorpsWikiians, is so closely tied to a particular point of view as to be inherently in violation of DrumCorpsWiki policy and unable to be made neutral. Other DrumCorpsWikiians consider the accusation "hopelessly POV" as being merely an excuse to suppress certain points of view.


An abbreviation for I Am Not A Lawyer, indicating that an editor is about to give their opinion on a legal matter as they understand it, although they are not qualified and probably don't fully understand the law in question. May be generalized to other professions, e.g. IANAD (doctor).
An abbreviation for Images and media for Deletion.
A user who is of the opinion that DrumCorpsWiki should contain as much information as possible, often regardless of presentation or notability. There are varying degrees of Inclusionism — radical Inclusionists vote "Keep" on every AfD they come across, while more moderate ones merely express their desire for a wide variety of topics to be covered, even if they do not fit the classical criteria for inclusion in an encyclopedia, or if the articles in question have quality problems.
A consistently formatted table which is present in articles with a common subject. See DrumCorpsWiki:Infobox and DrumCorpsWiki:Infobox templates for a how-to guide.
Internal link
See free link.


See Admin.



link rot
Because websites change over time, many external links from DrumCorpsWiki to other sites cannot be guaranteed to remain active. When an article's links becomes outdated and no longer work, the article is said to have undergone link rot.
Link. See DrumCorpsWiki:Links.


On the Recent changes page, m (lower case, bold) indicates a minor edit.
Main Page
The page to which every user not specifying an article is redirected. The DrumCorpsWiki:Main Page contains links to current events, presents certain articles, and also serves as an entry point to browsing all articles by topic or other classification. Due to its high exposure, all content on the Main Page is protected.
The software behind DrumCorpsWiki and its sister projects, as well as several projects not related to Wikimedia, and a namespace.
Compare with Wikimedia.
See also Wikipedia:MediaWiki, Wikipedia:MediaWiki namespace.
Taking the text of two pages, and turning it into a single page. See DrumCorpsWiki:Merging and moving pages
A user who adheres to the principle of Mergism, which is a compromise between the Inclusionist and Deletionist principles. A Mergist is of the opinion that while many topics merit inclusion, not every topic deserves its own article, and tries to combine these "side" topics into longer, less specific articles.
Meta page
Page that provides information about DrumCorpsWiki. Meta pages are more correctly referred to as project namespace pages. Meta pages should not be confused with a page on Meta-Wikimedia.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Meta page.
A website other than DrumCorpsWiki that uses content original to DrumCorpsWiki as a source for at least some of its content.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Mirrors and forks.
A term used to refer to administrator duties (compare Janitor). Often seen in the phrase to give someone a mop (i.e., to make someone into an administrator).
Changing the name and location of an article because of a misspelling, violation of naming convention, misnomer, or inaccuracy. Involves either renaming the page or moving it and constructing a redirect to keep the original link intact.
See also Help:Renaming (moving) a page.


On the Recent changes page, N (upper case, bold) indicates a new page or article.
An abbreviation for new article, often used in edit summaries.
A way to classify pages. DrumCorpsWiki has namespaces for encyclopedia articles, pages about DrumCorpsWiki (project namespace), user pages (User:), special pages (Special:), template pages (Template:), and talk pages (Talk:, DrumCorpsWiki talk:, and User talk:), among others.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Namespace.
Newbie test
Also used: newb test, noob test.
An edit made by a newcomer to DrumCorpsWiki, just to see if "Edit this page" really does what it sounds like. Newcomers should use DrumCorpsWiki:Sandbox for this purpose.
See also newcomers.
The DrumCorpsWiki policy that No Original Research is allowed for sources in articles.
Notice board
Also used: noticeboard.
A page which acts as a forum for a group of users, who use it to coordinate their editing. Most notice boards are by geographic location, for example a UK DrumCorpsWikiians' notice board.
Neutral point of view, or the agreement to report subjective opinions objectively, so as not to cause edit wars between opposing sides. As a verb, to remove biased statements or slanted phrasing. As an adjective, it indicates that an article is in compliance with DrumCorpsWiki's NPOV policy.
Null edit
a null edit is made when an editor opens the edit window of a document then re-saves the file without having made any text changes. This is sometimes done to change the functioning of templates (which require articles containing them to be edited in order for any changes to take effect).
A Wikipedia predecessor project that shut down in 2003. It is currently inactive and there are no plans to resurrect it.
See also: Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Nupedia and Wikipedia.


Original research
In DrumCorpsWiki, original research (sometimes abbreviated OR) is material added to articles that has not been published already by a reputable source. DrumCorpsWiki is not the place for original research.
A page with no links from other pages. You can view lists of orphaned articles and images.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Orphan.


Any individual topic within DrumCorpsWiki; the web page without the top, bottom and side bars. Pages include articles, stubs, redirects, disambiguation pages, user pages, talk pages, documentation and special pages.
Patent nonsense
A humorous pejorative applied to articles that are either completely unintelligible or totally irrelevant.
Public domain
Peer Review
A request to have fellow DrumCorpsWikiians review and help improve an article. DrumCorpsWiki has a page specifically for posting such a request and offering up your work for review. See DrumCorpsWiki:Peer Review.
Personal attack
A comment that is not directed at content, but insults or threatens another editor (or a group of editors) personally. To maintain a friendly and productive atmosphere, personal attacks are forbidden per DrumCorpsWiki policy and may be grounds for blocking in serious and/or repeated cases.
See also: DrumCorpsWiki:No personal attacks, DrumCorpsWiki:Remove personal attacks
Piped link
A link where the displayed text is not the name of the target article. Such links are created using the pipe character "|" e.g. [[Target article|Displayed text]]. The pipe trick is a software feature that generates the displayed text for you in certain circumstances.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Piped link.
"Thou shalt not deliberately skew any page, nor create or nominate for deletion any page, nor in any other way vandalise DrumCorpsWiki, in order to try to prove your point!"
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Don't disrupt DrumCorpsWiki to illustrate a point.

Point of view. Originally referred to each of many perspectives on an issue which may need to be considered and balanced in an encyclopedic article.
POV warrior
A wiki editor who aggressively distorts coverage of certain topics to suit his/her biases despite community norms of neutrality. An affliction that especially infests Wikipedia.
Process page
A wikispace page dedicated to discussion and (usually) voting on specific pages or users, or for similar administrative reasons.
Project namespace
The project namespace is a namespace dedicated to providing information about DrumCorpsWiki.
Protected page
This term indicates a page that cannot be edited except by sysops. Usually this is done to cool down an edit war.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:This page is protected.
A word that is created and used in the hope that it will become widely used and an accepted part of the language. A successful protologism becomes a neologism.
The term protologism has been adopted as jargon for use within Wiki communities, but is not in common usage outside this context. "Protologism" itself can be considered either a protologism or neologism. Coined by Mikhail Epstein from Greek protos, first + Greek logos, word.
See also list of protologisms.



Random page
The Random page link is on the left of each page for most skins. It will take you to a DrumCorpsWiki article that is chosen by a computer algorithm without any deliberate pattern or meaning to the choice.
An abbreviation for Recent changes
RC Patrol
See Recent changes.
A posting either of the same text of a deleted article by a new user, or of the same text or different text of a deleted article by the original creator.
Recent changes
A dynamically generated page (found at Special:Recentchanges) that lists all edits in descending chronological order. Recent changes are checked regularly by editors doing RC patrol, which means checking all suspicious edits to catch vandalism as early as possible.
Also used: redir.
A page title which, when requested, merely sends the reader to another page. This is used for synonyms and ease of linking. For example, The Bridgemen might redirect to Bridgemen.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Redirect.
Red link
A wikilink to an article that doesn't exist shows up red.
The act of restructuring a document, usually applied to the ordering and summarizing of talk pages.
See also: DrumCorpsWiki:Refactoring talk pages
A new user account created by a banned user. See sock puppet.
In the context of the World Wide Web, rendering is the operation performed by the user's browser of converting the web document (in HTML, XML, etc. plus image and other included files) into the visible page on the user's screen.
An edit that reverses changes made by someone else.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Revert
Revert war
See Edit war.
Remove. Used in edit summaries to indicate that a particular piece of text or formatting has been deleted.
Remove vandalism. Used in edit summaries when good edits were made after vandalism, requiring the editor to sort out the vandalism, as opposed to a simple reversion. (See "rvv" below.)
Rogue admin
Accusatory term for a DrumCorpsWiki administrator, suggesting that the accused person systematically abuses their administrative access. Such accusations are rarely found to be particularly productive.
To change a page back to the version before the last edit. Sysops have special tools to do this more easily.
Revert. An edit summary indicating that the page has been reverted to a previous version, often because of vandalism.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:How to revert a page to an earlier version.
Revert because of vandalism. See rv above.


Replace word1 with word2. Used in edit summaries. It is a reference to the command for "find and replace" in languages such as sed and Perl. s/word1/word2/g means "replace all occurrences of word1 with word2" (g stands for "global").
A sandbox is a page that users may edit however they want. Though it is meant to help users experiment and gain familiarity with Wiki markup, the public sandbox at DrumCorpsWiki:Sandbox is often filled with strange things. In addition to the public sandbox, users may create private sandboxes on subpages of their user page.
Section editing
Using one of the '[edit]' links to the right of each section's title, one can get an edit window containing only the section of the page that's below the [edit] link. This makes it (hopefully) easier to find the exact spot where one wants to edit, and helps you avoiding an edit conflict. You can turn section editing off in your preferences under the "Enable section editing via [edit] links" option.
A Wikilink contained in an article that points the reader to that same article, e.g. linking Timing gun in the article "Timing gun". Such links are automatically displayed as strongly emphasised text rather than links, but the more complex case of a link which redirects to the same article is not, and should be de-wikified.
A redirect used within Wikispace to enable editors to get to a project page more quickly.
The appearance theme in Special:Preferences. Currently, seven are available: Chic, Nostalgia, Cologne Blue, Monobook, Simple, Classic and MySkin.
A contraction of "slight merge".
Sock puppet
Another user account created secretly by an existing DrumCorpsWikiian, generally to manufacture the illusion of support in a vote or argument.
See also Wikipedia:Sock puppet.
Soft redirect
A very short article or page that essentially points the reader in the direction of another page. Used in cases where a normal redirect is inappropriate for various reasons (e.g. it is a cross-wiki redirect)
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Soft redirect.
Short for spelling correction. Used in edit summaries.

Separating a single page into two or more pages.
An Administrator who has been empowered to change any user's status, including granting and revoking Administrator status and granting bureaucrat status.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Administrators#Stewards.
Strike out
Placement of text in strikethrough (HTML <s></s>) tags. This is very rarely used in articles, but is relatively common in votes and discussions when a contributor changes his opinion. As not to cause confusion, the outdated comments are stricken out (like this). Generally, one should strike out only one's own comments.
An article usually consisting of one short paragraph or less.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Find or fix a stub.
See Transclusion.
A page connected to a parent page. You can only create subpages in certain namespaces. Do not use subpages in the main article space.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Subpages.
See Admin.


In addition to its usual HTML meanings, a tag can simply mean a category or a template that will assign an article to a category (most often a stub template). "To tag an article" means to either add a category or a stub template.
Talk page
A page reserved for discussion. Very confusingly, the link to a talk page is labelled "discussion". All pages within DrumCorpsWiki (except pages in the Special namespace, and talk pages themselves!) have talk pages attached to them.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Talk page.
A way of automatically including the contents of one page within another page, used for boilerplate text, navigational aids, etc.
See also: DrumCorpsWiki:Template namespace.
also used subst'ing
There are two main ways to use templates on articles: inclusion (accomplished by using {{Template Name}}), and transclusion ({{subst:Template Name}}). The former will include the content of Template Name on the fly whenever the article is loaded, while the latter will permanently insert the content of the template into the article. Thus, using transclusion, if the template content is modified at a later date, the article's content will not change.
Transclusion is the preferred method for long-term, permanent notices because it is less confusing, and it even helps to lighten the load on the database. Transclusion has a further advantage in that a template's content may be de-linked from any associated category or slightly modified to suit the circumstances, such as when the template is used on a talk page. Inclusion is preferred when it is possible that the template will be edited or replaced at a later date.
Some process pages are said to be transcluded when each day's additions to the page (or every new item) has its own subpage, which is linked to the main process page by a template.
A user who incites or engages in disruptive behavior (trolling). There are some people who just enjoy causing conflict, and there are those who make a hobby of it. However, these are few in number. Calling someone a troll in a dispute is a bad idea; no further meaningful debate can be held.
A cute misspelling of typo. Used as an edit summary when correcting typos.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:typo.


Saying that something is unencyclopedic (also, unencyclopaedic) implies that it would not be expected to appear in an encyclopedia, and in particular DrumCorpsWiki.
Going against the character of a Wiki. Usually, saying that something is "un-wiki" means that it makes editing more difficult or impossible.
A small box which is stored in the template space, and which includes a small piece of information about a user (such as "This user likes cheese"). Many users use userboxes on their user page, although some look down upon it.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Userboxes.
To turn a page in the article or template namespace into a user page or subpage. A common case is where an inexperienced user who is not a notable person has created an article about himself/herself. The article would be deleted after userfying — moving its content to a user page.
User page
A personal page for DrumCorpsWikiians. Most people use their pages to introduce themselves and to keep various personal notes and lists. They are also used by DrumCorpsWikiians to communicate with each other via the user talk pages. A user page is linked to as [[User:Hephaestos|Hephaestos]] and appears as Hephaestos.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:User page.


Deliberate defacement of DrumCorpsWiki pages. This can be by deleting text or writing nonsense, bad language, et cetera. The term is often incorrectly used to discredit the views of an opponent in edit wars. Vandalism can be reported at DrumCorpsWiki:Vandalism in progress.
Vanity page
A page in the article namespace that presents biographical details of a non-famous person favorably and is considered inappropriate and/or unencyclopedic by most DrumCorpsWikiians. Such articles are often suspected to be written by their subjects.
See also WDrumCorpsWiki:DrumCorpsWiki is not a vanity press.


A set of pages selected by the user, who can then click on My watchlist to see recent changes to those pages.
Also used: Wikivacation.
When a DrumCorpsWikiian takes a break from DrumCorpsWiki.
Also used: Wiki faerie.
It is the slang term for a wiki editor who beautifies wiki entries by organizing messy articles, and adding style, color and graphics. The efforts of WikiFairies are normally welcome, though they do not necessarily create new articles or affect the substantive content of the articles they edit. WikiFairies are considered to be basically friendly, like WikiGnomes.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:WikiFairy.
To format using Wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or HTML) and add internal links to material, incorporating it into the whole of DrumCorpsWiki. Noun: Wikification. Sometimes shortened to wfy.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:How to edit a page, Category:Articles that need to be wikified, DrumCorpsWiki:Guide to layout and DrumCorpsWiki:Make only links relevant to the context.
A Wikipedian who makes minor, helpful edits.
See also Wikipedia:Wikipedia:WikiGnome.

A link to another Wikipedia page, as opposed to an external link. See DrumCorpsWiki:Only make links that are relevant to the context, DrumCorpsWiki:Build the web.
Wiki markup
Also used: wiki text, Wikipedia:wikitext.
Code like HTML, but simplified and more convenient, for example '''bold''' instead of <b>bold</b>. It is the source code stored in the database and shown in the edit box. Searching by the DrumCorpsWiki software is done in the wikitext, as opposed to searching by Google, which is done in the resulting text. The size of a page is the size of the wikitext.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:How to edit a page, DrumCorpsWiki:Guide to layout.
A contributor to DrumCorpsWiki.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:DrumCorpsWikiians.
An attempt to standardise the content and formatting of a particular category of articles using an agreed template.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:WikiProject.
The DrumCorpsWiki etiquette of working with others on DrumCorpsWiki.
See also DrumCorpsWiki:Wikiquette.
Providing someone with the URL of a Wikipedia article when they express a lack of knowledge about a particular topic.
Articles or sections created to promote a product or other meme. Spamming can also include adding extraneous links to promote an outside site, particularly for commercial purposes.


The term ø is sometimes used in edit summaries to indicate a null edit.