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Refers to members who're entitled to delete or protect a page, to block an anonymous or registered user. Anyone who has already contributed for some time can become an administrator, provided the existing team needs one more member and nobody is opposed to this step. See Administrator. Sometimes abridged as « admin ». Synonym : « sysop ».


An article refers to a page dedicated to an encyclopedic theme. The background is white whereas it is yellow, grey and pink for talk, meta and help pages.


Panel suggesting important links. Often show a flag. It may also refer to a navigation panel.


Means suppressing the whole content of a page which then becomes a blank.


Comes from Robot and refers to programmes to edit pages automatically. For correction, checking external links.


For sites and projects on Ekopedia, a bureaucrat is an administrator who is entitled to to give other users administrator rights.



In the summary, indicates the editor has added a category to the article. If there has been a modification of a category, the commentary will be recat.


CET means Central European Time. That is UTC + 1, the Greenwich time plus one. Except for Summer : CET becomes CEST, Central European Summer Time.
CUT stands for Coordinated Universal Time.
See Speaking clock [1]


Status of the users who check the correspondance between an IP and a User account.
To check whther a user is a sockpuppet on Ekopedia only. This makes it possible to :
  • determine which IP addresses a contributor uses,
  • determine the contributions from a given IP (even when registered).


Texte inserted in the source text, that can be read in edition mode but not in reading mode. Use the <!-- et --> symbols on either side of the commentary.


Anyone who contributes to start pages (initiates), writes articles, and in some measure people who discuss topics, improve the layout or the language. These are also called « participants » or Ekopedians. Contributor is then the opposite of reader.


copyright violation : copyright breach, using a content without permission.


Deadend page

A deadend page is an article that has no link to any existing article. Such a page has no [[]] or all the [[]] lead to articles that have not yet been created. So the reader's navigation is barred  ». See the list (weekly update).


Pages that are proposed for deletion.


Means an administrator, has taken another administrator's rights back. See sysop.


Clcking on diff enables a user to compare versions or see differences. Use the "diff" tab in the history or in the Recent changes or also in your watchlist.

An orange diff link will also apprear in a warning to indicate there is a user has a new message without him having to search for it.


Two articles (or users) that are redundant.


Eclipse, Ecliptic

The topic of an article eclipses or obscures another one. The ""eclipsed article is then renamed, the move is indicated between parentheses.


Both means « editing an article » and « starting a new article ».

Edition conflict

Editions and deletion of editions of the same article by several contributors, often in case of disagreement. Avoid, prefer using the talk page. See edition conflict


Means « contributor on Ekopedia ». See Ekopedians.


Or « participant», also user. See Contributor or Initiator.

Emptying a page

Updating a page by emptying the cache of one's browser to force the update and load of the templates used in the page.


From scratch

To start anew from the beginning instead of using a saved version.




The list of changes for a page. Following the history of a page enables a reader to check the evolution from the start and also to track an ancient version and restore it vandalism.

History break

Perform an action which implies the history of a page is lost, which violates the GNU license. eg copy-pasting a text instead of using the "move" tab. See also : Move page.



in my humble opinion.


A box inserted in an article, with a summary of the characteristics or other information about thearticle. Contrary to a panel that is fix, an infobox can be customized, the messages change according to the article. See also taxobox.


The Initiator of an article or a section is the contributor who starts the article or the section. He (she) is at the origin of the page. For this article, follow this link. See also Contributor




Lonely pages

Lonely pages have no links towards other pages. They are the opposite of deadend pages. See the list.

Long page

A long page or long article is obviously a lenghty page. The list is updated every week (descending order). See the list.


Making decisions

This page is a community space to manage pages as contributors vote to merge, delete or keep articles. See Making decisions.


Digital code that usually goes in pairs : <markup name> </markup name> to transform the elements in between. Thus a text put between <small> et </small> will appear in small characters.
Some markups are single marks; thus cas de la <br/>, to break a line.


The software thanks to which Ekopedia can work..


On Ekopedia, merging means including information from one article into another. This is often done when there are doublets.
A merge often goes together with a merge of histories, only an administrator can do this. The history merge abides by the GFDL.


A misspelling is a mistake in the text. So misspelling in the summary indicates the mistake has been corrected.

Moving a page

In fact means « rename a page » ie changing the original title of the page (and also of the talk page), the history is preserved, and a redirection is done to the new title.


Monobook is the way the page is displayed (the pages layout : coulours, fonts, etc.) by default on Ekopedia. See Help:User preferences to select a different outlook.


Navigation panel

This board leads to related articles. See also banner or Panel and infobox.


See TOC.



An orphan page is an article that links to no other page. It's always a good idea to create links in such a page to facilitate the navigation for readers. The list is available here.


The editions done to respect the norms as far as the form is concerned.



Rectangular and coloured zone usually at the end of an article inserted with a template, it contains important links (for example a portal), or a warning message (eg stub).

Piranha and piranha effect

Participaing in such editions. Positive concentration of efforts, following a buzz from a link, Recent changes.


Page listing a collection of articles related to a given theme.


Quality rated article

Some articles can be highlighted for their particular quality and listed as QRA.




RC, RecentChanges

The RecentChanges (or RC) page can be accessed from the left menu and lists the latest modifications on Ekopedia. See here.

Redirect, Redirection

A redirection automatically forwards to another page.
See Moving a page.


Consists in cleaning up tests or inappropriate editions on Ekopedia and restoring a prior version.
See Sandbox.



Page dedicated to tests : Sandbox. It's regularly cleaned so not to be used to save data.

Short page

A short page or short article may be somewhat longer than a stub, it may also be the special page listing short pages. This list is updated weekly .


A sock-puppet is a second user name. Such a practice can be justified in some cases (several watchlists eg), but more often than not to cheat and vote several times.


A quick way to access some pages, by typing only a few letters instead of the whole title. These can be used in talks and are a kind of jargon.


Mentioning sources for an assertion. Sources can be obooks, reviews, press articles, weblinks ...(see : Cite your sources)


In typography, a space is a blank between two characters.


Means the article introduces the subject but needs expanding.


From system operator : « operating system ». Synonym of administrator.


Line of text an editor uses to sum up the nature of his modification. This is then displayed in the history of the page. Abbreviations are often used : cat, misspel, recat, typo, etc.



Table listing the phylogenetic information for all the articles related to living organisms. It's one particular use of infoboxes.


A model to be reproduced on several pages. See Help:Using Templates.


Acronym for table of contents. The code __TOC__ enables the editor to insert the summary where he wishes. __NOTOC__ disables the display of the summary.


By analogy with animal training, the person who commands a robot is its trainer. See Bot.


A person or group of persons who take part in a discussion (say a forum), and who maliciously try to misuse the topic to provoke an argument .


Used in commentaries summing up minor typographic edits.





Editions of articles on Ekopedia that are meant to spoil the l'article, the theme studied in the article or the community. Vandalism is different from edition conflict : in the latter case, both users mean well. See also What to do in case of vandalism

IP Checkuser

See Checkuser.


Wanted pages

Pages not yet written, with already existing links leading to the title. The more links, the more wanted the page is. See the list.


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