Extensions are features and add-ons developed for MediaWiki, the software platform that Fandom runs on. They are designed by Fandom staff or third-party developers for either expanding the function of a wiki or overriding a built-in MediaWiki feature for customization purposes.
How to request an extension
First, verify that the extension you are looking for does not exist already on your community. You can check this by going to Special:Version and looking under the "installed extensions" section or checking the extension's parser function or tag against the "tags" and "hooks" section at the bottom of that page. Fandom already has a significant number of extensions enabled by default.
Many other extensions already exist in the Fandom codebase and can be enabled upon request. You can check which extensions Fandom offers later on this page. Some basic content tools, such as Variables, are automatically enabled by staff when requested. In the case of other complex extensions, such as DPL, a staff member will usually ask a few questions first to ensure that the extension you are asking for is, in fact, the ideal solution. Other extensions, where the resulting site configuration may be dramatically changed (such as AbuseFilter), will be enabled at staff discretion depending on the context of the request.
If Fandom does not offer a particular extension, you may request the Fandom engineering team investigate installing it by using Zendesk and linking to the MediaWiki extension page along with some rationale as to why it's needed. Please be aware that the engineering team may take a few months to review the extension. Most extension requests will be rejected; this is mainly due to the amount of rewriting an extension would require to live on the Fandom codebase servers. As such, it's always good to ask yourself when looking at an extension on MediaWiki.org, whether the extension is up to date, is well-maintained, and allows for a caching layer. If the answer to any of these questions is no, chances are Fandom will not be able to install the extension.
Extensions active by default
Users and admins
- AJAX based gadget to display the category structure of a community
- Adds <ref[ name=id]> and <references/> tags, for citations
- Community Page
- Provides a page for the community, to list things that need to be done on the wiki
- DPL-based forum extension using article pages.
- Editors can create timelines of events using this tool's syntax.
- Allows client-side clickable image maps using
- Allow inclusion of predefined HTML forms
- Adds syntax for on-page math formulas
- Maps Extension
- Easily create Earth-based maps with wiki-fied markers
- Enhance parser with logical functions
<poem>tag for poem formatting
- Provides a random media picker using
- Displays a random option from the given set
- Defines an additional set of parser functions that operate on strings
- Methods for having "tabbed" content
- Allows editors to specify how templates should be invoked
- Video Embed Tool
- Embeds videos from YouTube, Metacafe and many other sites
Spam and blocking
- Simple captcha implementation
- Regex based tool for blocking disruptive page titles
- Adding meta-description tag containing snippet of the Article
- Code syntax highlighter - supports many languages.
Available on request
- Add badges to users to encourage contributions
- Provides parser functions that operate on arrays
- Allows for embedding of a calendar into pages
- Community JS
- Allows for site JS (not including ImportJS)
- Content listing tool, which adds the
- Creates and allows usage of "gadgets" for users
- Provides parser functions for performing loops
- Recent Changes Patrol
- Tells if edits conform to the policies of the wiki
- Allows you to define a variable on a page then use it later in that same page
- Syntax to display hieroglyphs
These extensions are subject to access restrictions, and administrators are only given access when there is a clear and current need for them.
- Tool for automatically catching non-constructive edits.
- Grants users with the appropriate permission the ability to check user's IP addresses and other information. (This is generally a staff-only tool, but a few administrators of big wikis also have access to it.)
- Gives SOAPs, Helpers, Wiki Representatives, and Staff members the ability to mass delete pages. (Wiki admins can also use the nuke script to mass delete pages by a specific user)
- Protect site
- Allows Fandom staff, Fandom Helpers, Wiki Representatives and SOAP to temporarily block various site modifications (this is enabled as deemed needed. Local administrators of a wiki generally do not have access to it).
- Regex-based tool for filtering URL spam
- Semantic MediaWiki
- No longer requestable. Its "Help" page on this wiki redirects here, but discussion may be best confined to Semantic MediaWiki's official documentation site.
- Gives an easy way of combining pages into one page with a tab for each sub-page.
- MediaWiki Extensions List at MediaWiki.org, the homepage of MediaWiki software