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A MeritBadgeDotOrg article is a page that has information on it. See Special:Allpages for a list of all MeritBadgeDotOrg articles and Special:Statistics for statistics on MeritBadgeDotOrg and its growth. "Articles" belong to the main namespace of MeritBadgeDotOrg pages (also called "article namespace") which does not include any pages in any of the specified namespaces that are used for particular purposes, such as:

  • the Wikipedia namespace for material about meta subjects related to Wikipedia (example, Special:Statistics or its talk page, Special talk:Statistics);
  • the talk namespaces for discussing what the content of pages should be (for example, Talk:Art)
  • the special namespace, whose pages are created by the software on demand (see MeritBadgeDotOrg:Special pages);
  • the user namespace for pages that are used by individual Wikipedia writers (example, User:Optimist).
  • the image namespace which is used for describing and attributing images (example, Image:FleurDeLis.png)
  • the MediaWiki namespace which is used to define shortcuts and other text strings used around Wikipedia (example MediaWiki:Disclaimers)

But not all pages in the article namespace are considered to be articles; the most notable exceptions are:

  • the Main Page;
  • for wiki-statistical purposes, some extremely short and simple pages are not counted as articles. The criteria varied over time.
  • disambiguation pages which are used to resolve naming conflicts;
  • redirect pages which are used to re-route one page to another page.

The automatic definition used by the software at Special:Statistics is: any page that is in the article namespace, is not a redirect page and contains at least one wiki link. The statistics software currently has no method of detecting disambiguation pages, however; nor does it disregard stubs (but in any case, many articles tagged as stubs are quite substantial) or stublists (lists templates with little or no content).

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