MarioWiki:Glossary

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The Glossary is a list of gaming, computing, and Wiki terms used in the Super Mario Wiki. While entries in this list link to mainspace subjects, this page does not include definitions for fictional characters, living people, events, places and things appearing in the Mario series or relating to it in the real world.

Glossary: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Action Replay
A device that allows players to cheat in games by accessing the game's code.
Administrators (Admins)
Another name for Sysops. Also used as an umbrella term for all the promoted ranks (Sysops, Patrollers and Bureaucrats).
AI (Artificial Intelligence)
Usually refers to opponents programmed by the game.
Anons (Anonymous users)
Users who edit the wiki without creating an account. Their contributions are attributed to their IP address itself, rather than a unique username.
Autoconfirmed users
Users who have had an account on the MarioWiki for at least four days and have made at least five edits to the database.
Autopatrolled users
Users whose edits are automatically verified by the software. Their edits are not flagged and do not require being manually patrolled by the Administrators.
Avatar
A design that users use to represent themselves online. On forums, avatars are simply the picture or icon that users display on their profile.

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Bad Jokes and Other Deleted Nonsense (BJAODN)
An archive created as a way of storing vandalism and poor writing that users consider to be humorous.
Beta
A pre-release form of a video game. Beta versions of games are partially playable, but often do not utilize the final enemy placement, textures, or interface.
Beta Elements
Concepts that appeared in early versions or pitchs of a video game, but were removed in the final version of the game.
BGM
Abbreviation for "background music".
Binary
A system of numerical notation to the base 2, in which each place of a number, expressed as 0 or 1, corresponds to a power of 2. The decimal number 58 appears as 111010 in binary notation, since 58 = 1 × 32 + 1 × 16 + 1 × 8 + 0 × 4 + 1 × 2 + 0 × 1.
Bit 
The unit of information; the amount of information obtained by asking a yes-or-no question; a computational quantity that can take on one of two values, such as false and true or 0 and 1; the smallest unit of storage - sufficient to hold one bit.
Bitmap (BMP)
A picture created on a visual display unit where each pixel corresponds to one or more bits in memory, the number of bits per pixel determining the number of available colors.
Block
A restriction imposed upon a sockpuppet or severely misbehaving user by an Administrator that prevents them from editing the database.
Board
A page on a forum that groups together different threads that fit in the same category. For example, the Wiki Collaborations board is where users can discuss projects related to the wiki. Boards may be sub-divided into more specific "child boards".
Body paragraphs
The main text of an article, as opposed to lists of Trivia points, compilations of stats and biographies, etc.
Bootleg
Something, as a recording, made, reproduced, or sold illegally or without authorization. Also see "Knockoff".
Bug
An unwanted and unintended property of a program or piece of hardware, especially one that causes it to malfunction. E.g. "There's a bug in the editor: it writes things out backward." The identification and removal of bugs in a program is called "debugging".
Bureaucrats
Administrators that have Rename User rights, as well as their usual administrative rights.
Byte
Adjacent bits, usually eight, processed by a computer as a unit. Larger units are called kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terrabytes, etc.

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Cache
A small fast memory holding recently accessed data, designed to speed up subsequent access to the same data. Most often applied to processor-memory access but also used for a local copy of data accessible over a network etc.
Cameo
A brief appearance of a character, species or item in a medium (a game, movie, comic, etc.) other than the one it originated in. The cameo is of no lasting importance to the subject or the medium in which it appears.
Canon
A system of classification that separates official media products from unofficial media products and official but disowned works, therefore determining which characters, locations, events, etc. "actually" exist in a series' fictional universe.
Conjecture
An unofficial name for something.
Cookie
A piece of data downloaded to a computer by a website, containing details of the preferences of that computer's user, which identifies the user when revisiting that website.
Cover version (often shortened to cover)
A type of music that is a new performance or recording of a contemporary or previously recorded, commercially released song, usually by someone other than the original artist. Not to be confused with remix.
CPU (central processing unit)
Refers to a computerized player or opponent in a game. Also known as AI (artificial intelligence).
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
An extension to HTML to allow styles, e.g. colour, font, size to be specified for certain elements of a hypertext document. Style information can be included in-line in the HTML file or in a separate CSS file (which can then be easily shared by multiple HTML files). Multiple levels of CSS can be used to allow selective overriding of styles.

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Dynamic Page List (DPL)
A MediaWiki extension that allows a user to generate a list of articles that meet certain specified criteria. DPL is no longer used on the Super Mario Wiki.
DYK
Short for "Did You Know?"

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Easter Egg
A message hidden in the object code of a program as a joke, intended to be found by persons disassembling or browsing the code.
Edit Conflict
When two or more users attempt to edit the same page or page section at the same time. After one user saves his/her changes, the rest get edit conflicts. Their changes are not saved; instead, the new version of the page is provided for them to re-edit. A textbox with the version of the page they were going to submit is also presented to them, and the difference between the two is shown.
Edit War
Two or more users persistently reverting each other's edits. Edit Warring is a warnable offense.

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Featured Article (FA)
An article that represents the best that the Super Mario Wiki has to offer.
Filler Character
A conjectural term used for characters that were created to fill a void. For example, Waluigi is the opposite to Luigi as Wario is to Mario.
Forum
A website where users can discuss just about anything. The MarioWiki has a forum called the Super Mario Boards.
Fourth wall
"Breaking the fourth wall" is when a video game character happens to notice that he or she is in a video game, or when he or she refers directly to the player.

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GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
A standard compressed file format used for pictures. This format allows graphic movements through a sequence of images.
Glitch
A programming error in a video game that results in unintended behaviour, ranging from characters falling through solid objects or otherwise defying proper gameplay, to game freezes and the corruption or loss of saved data.
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
The time zone corresponding to the Prime Meridian, which passes through the Greenwich district of London in the United Kingdom. It it equivalent to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), from which all other time zones are offset. Proposals follow GMT time.

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Hexadecimal (Hex)
A numbering system that uses 16 as the radix, employing the numerals 0 through 9 and representing digits greater than 9 with the letters A through F.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
A set of standards used to tag elements of a hypertext document (such as this wiki). It is regularly used for displaying pages and formatting in the World Wide Web.
HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
The standard protocol for transferring hypertext documents on the World Wide Web. Compare HTML.

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IP (Internet Protocol) address
A code used to label packets of data sent across the internet, identifying both the sending and the receiving computers. Admins can check users and find matching IP addresses, in order to track down Sockpuppets.

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JPEG or JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
A standard file format for compressing pictures by disposing of redundant pixels.

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Knockoff
Colloquial for "Counterfeit consumer goods." These are goods that infringe the rights of a copyright holder by making a product similar or identical to the original one. Also see "Bootleg".

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Life
In some platformer games, there are a certain amount of lives that the player has. He or she can lose them by being hit by enemies too much or gain them by finding extra lives. If the player loses all of his or her lives, a Game Over ensues.
Log
A record of the activity of some system, often stored in a particular file. Public logs for the Super Mario Wiki can be seen here.

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Marioverse
An informal term used by fans to describe the entirety of the Mario series, often from an in-universe perspective.
Merge
When the information from two or more articles are combined into a single page. This happens when it is decided that the two subjects are similar enough to be considered the same thing, or when one of the merged subjects was determined to be undeserving of its own article.
Minor edit
An edit that doesn't really change the content of a page, but rather, fixes small details or mistakes, and other such maintenance work.
Move
When an article is moved to a new name. This can happen when subjects are renamed over the course of the Mario series itself, or when a more appropriate and/or useful name is discovered, revealed or suggested.

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Newbie (also known as Noob or n00b)
A newcomer or novice, especially an inexperienced user of the Internet or of computers in general.
NIWA (Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance)
A network of independent wikis striving to chronicle the many diverse video game universes created by Nintendo.
NPC
Abbreviation for "non-playable character". Refers to any character in a video game that cannot be used by the player. Some examples are Bowser and Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros.
NSFW
Abbreviation for "Not Safe for Work". It usually refers to something with swearing, gore, sexual references, drugs, nudity, etc.

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Patrollers
Users who are given blocking, rollbacking, patrolling, and CheckUser rights.
Per
Used before a username/a group of users (i.e. "Per X", or "Per all") to indicate that the person agrees with that/those user(s). Used in voting for Featured Articles, Proposals, etc. Etymologically, "per" is Latin for "through", so literally, the voter is expressing their opinion through the other user(s).
PipeProjects
Projects to improve the wiki or certain aspects of it; users can add their usernames to the Pipe Project if they believe they can help. PipeProjects are no longer used on the Super Mario Wiki. Instead, we have the Wiki Collaborations forum board.
Plagiarism
The copying of another person's work without giving any credit to the original author. This also includes altering the text (such as making the switch from active to passive (Ex: "Mario stomped on the Goomba" to "The Goomba was stomped by Mario.").
Player
The person playing a video game.
PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
An extensible file format for the lossless, portable, well-compressed storage of raster images.
Port
A game that was originally released on previous consoles or handhelds that is transferred to a different console or handheld with little to no changes regarding gameplay.
Proposal
The formal suggestion of an idea that is major enough to require the input of various users, who then vote to determine if the suggested changes will or will not be enacted.

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RAM (Random Access Memory)
The main memory of a computer, in which data can be stored or retrieved from all locations at the same (usually very high) speed.
Recovery
The act of regaining one's health, usually through restorative items, such as Coins or Mushrooms. Alternate methods include visiting Toad Houses or Inns. In Super Smash Bros. games, the term refers either to reducing one's damage percentage or returning to the stage after being attacked or falling.
Redirect
A page that is created with the purpose of leading users that search for the page to another page with a similar name.
Remix
A type of music that recombines audio pieces from a recording to create an altered version of the song. Not to be confused with cover version.
ROM (Read Only Memory)
Computer memory in which program instructions, operating procedures, or other data are permanently stored, generally on electronic chips during manufacture, and that ordinarily cannot be changed by the user.
RPG
Short for Role Playing Game. Some examples are Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Paper Mario.

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Self-Destruct (or SD)
The act of knocking oneself out in a Super Smash Bros. game or defeating a teammate. A common example is missing a jump from one platform to the next and falling into the bottomless pit.
Server
A program that provides some service to other (client) programs. The connection between client and server is normally by means of message passing, often over a network, and uses some protocol to encode the client's requests and the server's responses.
SFX
Abbreviation for "sound effects".
Sidescroller
A linear type of level that is shown from a perspective where the directions forward and backward are represented as left and right.
Signature (sig)
A user's name or a design that includes the name, which users put below or after their comments on talk pages to show that they were the one who wrote said comment. On forums, signatures are the text or words that appear beneath every one of a user's posts.
The 'Shroom
The Super Mario Wiki monthly newspaper.
Sockpuppet or Sock Puppet
An extra online identity created by a member of a discussion forum, etc., to agree with opinions submitted under his or her usual online name, or to evade a block or ban imposed upon the original user.
SPAM
Short for Stupid Pointless and Annoying Message. It is a form of vandalism.
Spin-off
A game that has other gameplay types rather than the usual gameplay type it has (eg: Mario Tennis, Mario Kart).
Split
When some information is taken out of one article and used to create another article on a subject that is now considered to be separate from the first, or otherwise deserving of its own unique article.
Stub
An article that lacks sufficient information. A list of stub articles can be seen here.
Super Mario Boards
A forum where users can discuss just about anything, although much of the content is focused on the Marioverse. There are also boards to discuss wiki-related matters, such as the Wiki Collaborations board.
SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
A file type which, unlike raster formats (PNG, JPEG, GIF), is comprised of vectors (shapes), rather than pixels. This means that the image retains the same quality for any size, even when displayed many times greater than the original size.
Sysops (system operators)
Users who are given deletion, blocking, rollback, CheckUser, protection, and patrolling rights. Also known as Administrators.

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Template
An electronic file with a predesigned, customized format and structure, as for a fax, letter, or expense report, ready to be filled in. Templates must be added with {{Template Name}}.
Thread
A topic on a forum.
TOC
Short for Table of Contents.
Troll
In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
Talk Page Proposal (TPP)
Like a proposal, but since its outcome should affect only one or two articles (typically involving spitting or merging), it is held on one of those articles' talk pages, rather than the main proposal page.
Trivia
Miscellaneous points of information that are ideally incorporated into the body paragraphs of articles, yet which are often given their own section on an article.

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Unlockable
A character, gameplay mode, item, or other element of a video game that can be accessed only after completing a certain task in the game.
MarioWiki:Userbox
Boxes that users are free to create and use to describe their likes, dislikes, favorites, and other pieces of information about themselves.
Userbox Tower
A user's unique tower of userboxes. Starts with the {{Userboxtop}} template and ends with the {{Userboxbottom}} template, with userboxes in between.
Userspace
Anything that belongs to a user such as their signature, certain sub-pages, talk pages, and the user page itself.

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Vandalism
Any addition, deletion, or altering of content intended for the sole purpose of disrupting the peace of the wiki.
Vaporware
A term for games that did start development but were never actually published.

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Wiki
Software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.
Wiki Collaborations
A forum board where wiki editors can collaborate on projects and discuss wiki matters.
World Wide Web (www) 
The complete set of electronic documents stored on computers that are connected over the Internet and are made available by the protocol known as HTTP. The World Wide Web makes up a large part of the Internet.

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