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Extensions are features and add-ons developed for Help:MediaWiki, the software platform that Wikia runs on. They are designed by third-party developers (that is to say, not Wikia or MediaWiki staff) for the purpose of either expanding the function of a wikia or overriding a built-in MediaWiki feature for customization purposes.

How to request an extensionEdit

First, verify that the extension you are looking for does not exist already on your wikia. 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. Wikia already has a significant number of extensions enabled by default.

Many other extensions are already in our codebase and can be enabled upon request. You can check what extensions Wikia offers later in this page. Some basic content tools, such Maps and Help:Variables, are automatically enabled by staff. Other complex extensions, such as DPL, usually have a staff member ask a few questions to ensure that the extension you are asking for is in fact the ideal solution. Other extensions, where wikia configuration may be dramatically changed (such as Abuse Filter, will be enabled at staff discretion depending on the context of the request.

If Wikia does not offer a particular extension, you may request our engineering staff investigate installing it by using Special:Contact and linking to the MediaWiki extension page along with some rationale as to why it's needed. Please be aware that our engineering staff may take a few months to review the extension and that most extensions will be rejected. This is mainly due to the amount of rewriting an extension would face to live on the Wikia codebase servers. As such, it's always good to ask yourself when looking an extension on MediaWiki.org if 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 we will not be able to install the extension.

List of ExtensionsEdit

Users and adminsEdit

Deleted user contributions
Gives sysops the ability to browse a user's deleted edits
Help:Global CSS and JS
Adds global user CSS and JavaScript to a page, fetched from Community Central
Editcount
Displays edit count of a user

Wiki toolsEdit

CategoryTree
AJAX based gadget to display the category structure of a community
CharInsert
Allows creation of JavaScript box for inserting non-standard characters
DPLforum
DPL-based forum extension using article pages.
EasyTimeline
Timeline extension
GoogleDocs4MW
Adds <googlespreadsheet> tag for Google Docs' spreadsheets display
ImageMap
Allows client-side clickable image maps using <imagemap> tag
Inputbox
Allow inclusion of predefined HTML forms
Cite
Adds <ref[ name=id]> and <references/> tags, for citations
LinkSearch
Search for Weblinks
MostPopularArticles
Get list of most popular articles
MostPopularCategories
Get list of most popular categories
MultipleUpload
Allows users to upload up to 20 files at once
ParserFunctions
Enhance parser with logical functions
Poem
Adds <poem> tag for poem formatting
Polls
Set up single-choice polls.
RandomImage
Provides a random media picker using <randomimage />
RandomSelection
Displays a random option from the given set
RSS feed extension
Displays an RSS feed on a wikia page
TabView and Tabber
Methods for having "tabbed" content
Timeline
Editors can create timelines of events using this tool's syntax.
Video Embed Tool
Embeds videos from YouTube, Metacafe and many other sites, and adds Video pages
WikiHiero
Syntax to display hieroglyph
YouTube
Embeds YouTube and Google Video movies

Spam and blockingEdit

AntiSpamInput
Simple spambot blocking mechanism
ConfirmEdit
Simple captcha implementation
Regular Expression Name Block
Alternate user block (by given name, using regular expressions, controlled globally)
Regular Expression Spam Block
Filters out unwanted phrases in edited pages, based on regular expression
SpamBlacklist
Regex based anti url spam tool

Other toolsEdit

AjaxLogin
Dynamic box which allow users to login and remind password
SyntaxHighlight
Code syntax highlighter - supports many languages
ArticleMetaDescription
Adding meta-description tag containing snippet of the Article
MiniUpload
Allow users to upload new files directly from edit page
SharedMessages
Allows drawing "shared" template messages from the shared DB
Shared Help
Provides the Help namespace pages from this wikia into all wikias (controlled globally)
SiteWideMessages
Provides an interface for sending messages seen on all wikias

On requestEdit

This is a non-comprehensive list of MediaWiki extensions that are available upon request at Wikia. See also w:Category:Extensions enabled on request.

AbuseFilter
Tool for automatically catching non-constructive edits.
Calendar
Allows for embedding of a calendar into wikia pages.
DynamicPageList2
Universal reporting tool for wikias, which adds the <dpl> tag
Maps Extension
Easily create maps with wiki-fied markers
Variables
Allows you to define a variable on a page then use it later in that same page.

RestrictedEdit

CheckUser
Grants users with the appropriate permission the ability to check user's IP addresses and other information (This is generally a staff-only tool. A few wikias have a few users with this access, but it is not requestable.)
Protect site
Allows a site administrator to temporarily block various site modifications (this is enabled as deemed needed)

External linksEdit

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