Help:Copying

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Important note: When you edit this page, you agree to release your contribution into the public domain. If you don't want this or can't do this because of license restrictions, please don't edit. This page is one of the Public Domain Help Pages, which can be freely copied into fresh wiki installations and/or distributed with MediaWiki software; see Help:Contents for an overview of all pages.

You can obtain a copy of the help system in this wiki for local use in your own wiki following these steps:

  • Step one: In a separate browser window, navigate to Special:Export.
  • Step two: You will see an open textbox asking you for a list of pages to export.
  • Step three: Copy the list below and paste it into that textbox. This is a generally useful set, making the resulting help structure in your wiki look almost identical to the one here.
Help:Contents
Help:Navigation
Help:Searching
Help:Tracking_changes
Help:Editing_pages
Help:Starting_a_new_page
Help:Formatting
Help:Links
Help:Categories
Help:Images
Help:Subpages
Help:Templates
Help:Tables
Help:Variables
Help:Managing_files
Help:Preferences
Help:Skins
Help:Namespaces
Help:Range_blocks
Help:Interwiki_linking
Help:Special pages
Help:External searches
Help:Patrolled edits
Help:User_rights
Template:PD_Help_Page
Template:Meta
Template:Mediawiki
Template:Admin_tip
Template:Prettytable
Template:Hl2
Template:Hl3
Template:Thankyou
Image:Example.jpg
Image:Geographylogo.png 

Sysops only:

Template:Click
Template:Languages
Template:Languages/Lang


  • Step four: Make sure the box "Include only the current revision, not the full history" is CHECKED.
  • Step five: Click the 'Export' button.
  • Step six: Save the file to your desktop or other convenient location you'll remember.
  • Step seven: Navigate to Special:Import on YOUR wiki. (You must be logged in as Admin/Sysop level to do this.)
  • Step eight: Browse for the file you saved, and click 'Upload'.

For the images this only copies the image descriptions. You need also to upload them on your wiki. Although not complete, at least this gets you started on a decent help system.


Automated copying

If you use pywikipedia, there is a script to automate the copying at http://mediawiki-tools.cvs.sourceforge.net/mediawiki-tools/pywikipedia/mirrorhelp.py, which copies all pages in the help namespace along with templates and images directly referenced by those.