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Hello Welcome, and welcome to Admin Tools Wiki (ATW)! This wiki is a free environment where any one can become an Administrator and test the tools without harming real wikis where there are real articles. It is also a place where anyone can practise editing. Here are several pages that can help you around the wiki with where to begin:

  • Contact us – Centralized directory for contacting the person appropriate to your issue.
  • User help – A place to ask questions to the community for answers or if you need help with something.
  • Recent changes – A great first stop, because you can see what pages other people have been editing, and where you can help and test.
  • Administrator requests – The information directory at ATW. This is the page that directs you to where you need to go depending on the issue at hand.
  • Requests for rights – The only place to ask to become an Administrator! Just follow exactly the instructions at the top of that page and Bureaucrats will review your request. If they think you won't abuse the tools, then they'll make you an Administrator.
  • Noticeboard – A place to report problems that would need other Administrators and/or Bureaucrats attention, or a place to ask questions to the whole community, or if you need help with something. You can ask there and someone will pass by and help you out.
  • About bureaucrats – Bureaucrats are the maintainers of the wiki. They are there to help you. If you need help, you can contact any of the active bureaucrats for help, as they generally know the most about the wiki. They are also the ones who grant adminship permissions.
  • Testing policy – One of our most important ATW polices. It tells you what, and what not, to test on. If you follow it, you will have no problems, but if you abuse it, a revocation of your rights and maybe even a block may occur. So it is very important that you read the policy. This is so that we can keep the wiki running smoothly.
  • Please always sign in every time you edit – This is so that we can recognize you! Also, you’re here to practise with Admin tools: You cannot do that unless you log in.

It's great that you're here, and do come by often to test whatever you would like! That's why you're here, isn't it? You can improve yourself if you practise, and improving yourself will make you an overall better user on any wiki. And again, welcome to the Admin Tools Wiki!

[edit] [purge] Template-info.svg Template documentation


Template:Welcome is for welcomeing new contributors who have a user name, by adding Template:Welcome to a user's talk page.

For an "anonymous" contributor, you may wish to use {{welcomeIP}} instead.




  • The first version is used most often.
  • The second version, without signature, is used when you want to add a personal message after the template, but before your signature (or if you have a complex signature).
  • As soon as you press Publish, the template will be substituted. You can then edit the resulting message in order to personalize it.

Further advice

Use of "subst:" prefix

This template must be substituted (i.e., subst:). Failure to substitute the template results in an error message, which is visible either when Preview is pressed and the changes are previewed, or when Publish is pressed and your edit is saved. The error message looks like this:

This template MUST be substituted. Replace {{Welcome}} with {{subst: Welcome}}.

Make another one just for you to use

In your own userspace, you could create a sub-page entitled Welcome. Into that page, you could copy and paste the current coding for {{Welcome}} and then modify it to suit your needs.

Then, when you wish to welcome a new, registered user using your own welcome template, you merely type onto their talkpage the following:

Where Username/Welcome is the exact name of the subpage in your userspace on which you created your personalized version of {{Welcome}}. For example, if User:Example were to create such a page, he would place the following on a new, registered user's page:

Auto sign

Template:Welcome is designed to automatically sign for you, but it will only work when it's substituted (i.e., subst:). If it is instead transcluded, the four tildes will show instead of your signature. (See the substitution discussion, above.)


At Tamora Pierce Wiki, there is a bot that automatically welcomes new users, both registered and unregistered, applying either {{welcome}} or {{welcomeIP}}, as appropriate. When the bot performs this action, it signs the welcome with the name of the mose recent sysop to have been working at Tamora Pierce Wiki.

See also

  • {{welcome}} for welcoming new, registered users.
  • {{welcomeIP}} for welcoming new, unregistered users.
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