Community Central
Community Central
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Community Page

A sample Special:Community page

The Community Page feature is a launching point for editors on a community, bringing together information about recent activity and suggestions for pages to improve. In particular, it can help new editors become familiar with the community they're joining and areas where the wiki leadership has indicated need assistance.

How to reach it[]


The Community Page lives in Special:Community, and can be easily reached by clicking the "Community" link on the "Explore" tab of the wiki navigation bar.

On Discussions feed, users can also click on the 'Get Started' button on the welcome module on the left.

The page can be likewise accessed from mobile devices, however, it will be displayed with the desktop skin without loading the local wiki CSS for that skin.

What it contains[]

The Community Page contains:

  • On the top – A large banner image to show off your community's topic along with a welcoming headline.
  • On the left side
    • A 'Start here' section side with suggestions for pages to edit organized in cards, including sample of lists automatically picked from certain maintenance special pages.
    • An area for admins to provide their own suggestions and advice.
  • On the right-rail
    • Community information, including recently active admins, top contributors and recent arrivals.
    • A Help module with links to important help pages, and a customizable link to your community policies.

How it works[]


  • The banner image can be changed by community admins and content mods by uploading a file to File:Community-Page-Header.jpg.
    • Should be at least 1200x250px.
    • Check that the image colors work with your local theme.
    • Heading text can be edited at MediaWiki:Communitypage-tasks-header-welcome and MediaWiki:Communitypage-subheader-welcome.

From the community[]

  • This is an area where admins can provide a wide range of suggestions and pointers for new contributors. For example, it could:
    • Point visitors to pages of particular importance, such as an upcoming release.
    • Link categories of pages in need of updating, like Category:Stubs.
    • Direct users to the best place to ask questions.
    • Request comments on a current topic of discussion, such as new Discussions guidelines.
  • Normal article wikitext can be used here and can be any length.
  • The contents can be edited by admins via the pencil icon, or at MediaWiki:Community-to-do-list.

Top contributors this week[]

  • This list resets on Sunday night / Monday morning - specifically, around 00:00 UTC on Monday.
  • Uploading an image/video and adding it to a page are counted separately.
  • Note: rankings are not tracked over the long term, and there are no rewards for being high in the list.

Help links[]

  • The community policies that are linked within the help module message can be edited by admins.
    • It can be found at MediaWiki:Communitypage-policy-module-link-page-name.
    • This can point to any page in your community, and defaults to "Help:Community guidelines".

Other welcoming tools[]

Some tools that might also be relevant for new contributors: