Wikipedia:What is an article?

  • wikipedia data structure
    namespaces
    subject namespaces talk namespaces
    0 (main/article) talk 1
    2 user user talk 3
    4 wikipedia wikipedia talk 5
    6 file file talk 7
    8 mediawiki mediawiki talk 9
    10 template template talk 11
    12 help help talk 13
    14 category category talk 15
    100 portal portal talk 101
    118 draft draft talk 119
    710 timedtext timedtext talk 711
    828 module module talk 829
    currently unused
    108 book book talk 109
    446 education program education program talk 447
    2300 gadget gadget talk 2301
    2302 gadget definition gadget definition talk 2303
    virtual namespaces
    -1 special
    -2 media

    a wikipedia article or entry is a page on this site that has encyclopedic information on it. a well-written encyclopedia article:

    • identifies a notable topic,
    • summarizes that topic comprehensively,
    • is written in an encyclopedic style of language,
    • has been well copyedited,
    • contains references to reliable sources, and
    • contains wikilinks to and is linked to by other articles or article sections about related topics.

    most articles consist of paragraphs and images (perhaps with other types of audiovisual media). however, articles may also be formatted as stand-alone lists or tables (not to be confused with disambiguation pages which are purely navigation aids). these lists or tables are also considered articles for wikipedia's purposes and are included in the main/article namespace, the one without a title prefix followed by a colon (:).

    the following items are not counted as articles (see also wikipedia:administration § data structure and development):

    • disambiguation pages,
    • templates,
    • navboxes (aka navigation boxes),
    • user pages,
    • talk pages (aka discussion pages),
    • file pages for media such as images,
    • category pages,
    • help pages, and
    • wikipedia policies and guidelines pages (along with everything else in the wikipedia: namespace).
  • article titles
  • article scope
  • quality of articles
  • namespace
  • lists of articles and statistics
  • see also
  • external links

Wikipedia data structure
Subject namespaces Talk namespaces
0 (Main/Article) Talk 1
2 User User talk 3
4 Wikipedia Wikipedia talk 5
6 File File talk 7
8 MediaWiki MediaWiki talk 9
10 Template Template talk 11
12 Help Help talk 13
14 Category Category talk 15
100 Portal Portal talk 101
118 Draft Draft talk 119
710 TimedText TimedText talk 711
828 Module Module talk 829
Currently unused
108 Book Book talk 109
446 Education Program Education Program talk 447
2300 Gadget Gadget talk 2301
2302 Gadget definition Gadget definition talk 2303
-1 Special
-2 Media

A Wikipedia article or entry is a page on this site that has encyclopedic information on it. A well-written encyclopedia article:

Most articles consist of paragraphs and images (perhaps with other types of audiovisual media). However, articles may also be formatted as stand-alone lists or tables (not to be confused with disambiguation pages which are purely navigation aids). These lists or tables are also considered articles for Wikipedia's purposes and are included in the Main/Article namespace, the one without a title prefix followed by a colon (:).

The following items are not counted as articles (see also Wikipedia:Administration § Data structure and development):