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I understand that MediaWiki cannot have subwikis, rather custom Namespaces would be the closest one could get (source).

In order to test this I created a Namespace as per Manual:Using custom namespaces#Creating_a_custom_namespace.

Despite pages like Help:Namespaces, Extension default namespaces, Manual:Configuration_settings#Namespaces, and Manual:Using custom namespaces, I cannot seem to get my head around it…

Therefore, here are my questions:

  1. Where/how can I find the Namespaces that exist?
  2. How can I create pages/articles that are under the newly created Namespace?
  3. How can the users see the pages/articles put under a certain Namespace?
  4. Is it possible to have all the users having read access to pages/articles created in a Namespace, but having only some of them with editors/contributors rights?

Technical details:

  • MediaWiki: 1.34.0-alpha (95b9bef) 2019-05-20T06:46:02
  • PHP 7.2.18 (apache2handler)
  • MySQL 5.6.43-log
  • ICU 62.1
  • Elasticsearch 6.7.0
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  1. One way is to go to a special page such as Special:AllPages and check the namespace selector dropdown.
  2. Just create a normal page whose name starts with the namespace name.
  3. As above. From the user point of view, namespaces are more or less just title prefixes.
  4. Yes, see $wgNamespaceProtection for one method that does not require any extensions.

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