Wiktionary:Tutorial (Related site links)

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Wiktionary is mainly for dictionary definitions (along with other things that would typically be found in a dictionary).

Encyclopedia articles should be contributed to Wiktionary's sister project Wikipedia.

Original source text, such as from a public domain book that you want to post to make it more accessible, should be contributed to Wiktionary's other sister project Wikisource.

Quotations may be contributed to Wikiquote if they don't make good citations for Wiktionary.

For a list of all related projects, see the complete list of wikimedia projects.

Linking to related sitesEdit

Linking to entries at our sister Wikimedia Foundation sites is accomplished in a similar manner to making a Wiktionary link, with the addition that you prefix the title with a single letter code assigned to each of the other projects, followed by a colon.

To illustrate, the code for Wikipedia is "w"; in order to link to their encyclopedia entry for the colour "orange" you would type [[w:orange (colour)]] In your entry it will appear like "w:orange (colour)"—you can hide "w:" and "(colour)" using the "pipe trick" from the previous page, i.e., typing [[w:orange (colour)|orange]] results in a link to the Wikipedia article, but displays simply as orange. If you only want to get rid of the "w:" in a link, a pipe after the first word will do this. For example, [[w:William Shakespeare|]] renders William Shakespeare. Another alternative is to use a template: {{w|William Shakespeare}}.

Other Wikimedia projects have similar shortcuts:

  • To link to Wikiquote, use the prefix "q:", such as [[q:Abraham Lincoln|]], which will appear as Abraham Lincoln
  • To link to Wikibooks, use the prefix "b:", such as [[b:German|]], which will appear as German
  • To link to Wikinews, use the prefix "n:", such as [[n:Google translates Gmail to 12 languages, asks for volunteers to target 144 more|]], which will appear as Google translates Gmail to 12 languages, asks for volunteers to target 144 more
  • To link to Wikisource, use the prefix "s:", such as [[s:The Lord's Prayer|]], which will appear as The Lord's Prayer
  • To link to Wikiversity, use the prefix "v:", such as [[v:Introduction to Swedish|]], which will appear as Introduction to Swedish
  • To add an image from Wikimedia Commons, use the prefix "File:", such as [[File:Polarlicht 2.jpg|thumb|The Aurora Borealis]], which will appear as the image you see on this page:
    The Aurora Borealis

Cross-language linksEdit

You are viewing this article on the English version of Wiktionary, but there are Wiktionary editions with entries written in many languages. For information about the German word frei in English, you use the English-language version (this one), and for information of the German word frei in German, you should search on the German-language Wiktionary.

To link from the English Wiktionary to the German article on frei, type [[:de:frei]] (with a colon in front of it). It will appear as de:frei.

Similarly, to link from a foreign language Wiktionary back to the article on frei in English, type [[:en:frei]] (en:frei).

The Meta siteEdit

There is one main site that serves as a common area to coordinate development of all these sites, Meta-Wiki. The Meta and Wiktionary sites can be linked to in a similar manner:

  • Link to the Meta by typing something such as [[m:Wiktionary]] (m:Wiktionary).
  • Link back to the English Wiktionary from Meta, or any other Wikimedia project, by typing something such as [[wiktionary:frei]] or [[wikt:frei]]. To link to a separate project in a different language, type something like [[wiktionary:de:frei]] or [[wikt:de:frei]].


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