When viewing any page on the Scratch Wiki, you'll find three main navigation elements:

  1. The sidebar on the left gives you access to important pages in the wiki such as Recent changes or Upload file.
  2. In the top right of the page is a pencil icon. Clicking this gives options to go to the page's talk page, edit the page, view the page's history, and more.
  3. In the top right corner of the wiki (to the right of the pencil), you'll find a button with your username on it. Clicking this button will give you options to go to your userpage, go to your user talk page, log out, go to your preferences, and more. As a logged out user, you'll see a button with the words "Not logged in", which when clicked brings up options to login or join the wiki.


The sidebar is displayed on the left edge of the page below the site logo. This sidebar gives you access to important pages in the wiki such as Recent Changes or Upload file.


Clicking on the logo brings you back to the main page of the wiki. The links in the navigation section just below will take you to important pages of the wiki, such as the Scratch Wiki Home, the Community Portal, Current Events, Recent Changes, Random Page, a page containing all help pages, labeled "Help", and an article about the Scratch Wiki, labeled "About". These links can be configured by site administrators.


The tools contains a selection of links which change depending on what type of page you are viewing and whether you are logged out or not.

On all pages (except special pages)
  • “What links here” takes you to a special page that lists the pages on this wiki which contain a link to the current page. This is helpful when you are looking for pages of related information. The “what links here” information can also be useful when you are refactoring wiki pages and need to check whether links to this page are still relevant after changes in the current page.
  • The “related changes” tool lists all recent changes in the pages linked to from the current page. Recent changes to all relevant template pages are included in the resulting page list. The "Hide minor edits" option that can be set in the user preferences applies, among other things, to “related changes”.
On all pages (including special pages)
  • “Upload file” displays a special page that allows logged-in users to upload images and other files to the wiki. Uploaded files can be linked from or embedded in wiki pages. This is not displayed if file uploading has been disabled or not enabled in the first place or if the user is logged out. Uploading files, viewing files on the server, including them in wiki pages and managing the uploaded files is discussed in the managing files section of this manual.
  • The “special pages” tool lists the MediaWiki special pages. In MediaWiki terminology, a special page is one that presents information about the Wiki and/or allows access to administration activities for the wiki. For example, a list of users registered with the wiki, statistics about the wiki such as the number of pages and number of page edits, system logs, a list of orphaned pages, and so on. These special pages are commonly generated when the special page is loaded rather than being stored in the wiki database.
    The function and use of the default special pages can be found in the special pages section of this manual.

Help the Wiki!

The part of the sidebar saying "Help the wiki!" when not logged in.

If the viewer is logged out, they will see another box at the bottom labeled "Help the Wiki!". It contains a link to Scratch Wiki:Become a contributor, a page with information about becoming a contributor, and to the Community Portal. It persuades viewers to contribute to the Scratch Wiki.

The Pencil Tool

An image of the pencil tool on the Home Page

The pencil is displayed at the top right of the page. When clicked on different options allow you to perform actions or view pages that are related to the current page. The available default actions include: viewing, editing, and discussing the current page. The specific options displayed on your pages depend on whether or not you are logged into the wiki and whether you have sysop (administrator) privileges on the wiki. On special pages, only the namespace option is displayed.

Default for all users
  • namespace” (page, help, special page, template, user page etc.)
  • “discussion”
  • “edit” (will read “view source” if you are logged out, the page is in the MediaWiki: namespace, or the page is protected)
  • “history”
Extra options for logged-in users
  • “move”
  • “watch”
Extra options for sysops
  • “protect”
  • “delete”

Administrators can add or remove options by using JavaScript or installing extensions, so the options you see may be different depending on which wiki you are using.

User Links

The user links are displayed once you click the button at the top right of the page with your username on it. These options allow the logged-in user to view and edit their user page and wiki preferences. Additionally, the user links allow the user to quickly access their contributions to the wiki and log out.

For anonymous users, the user links are replaced by links to login and joining the wiki.

This links to your user page which is where you can put information about yourself, store bits of information you want to remember or whatever else you fancy.
This links to your discussion page, where people can leave messages for you.
Allows you to change your personal site preferences.
A list of all pages that you are watching. Pages can be added to this list by clicking “watch” at the top of the page.
A list of all contributions you have made to the wiki.
“log out”
Click this link to log out of the wiki.
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