There are a number of software notices to display message(s) to broad sets of Wikipedians.


Shows to all users on all projects (or all users in a specific language, depending). Controlled at meta:Special:CentralNotice. See also meta:CentralNotice.


Shows to all users; appears above the page title. Dismissable and shows only to users with JavaScript support. Controlled by MediaWiki:Sitenotice and MediaWiki:Sitenotice id.


Shows to all anonymous users; if blank, the sitenotice shows to anons as well. Appears above the page title. Controlled by MediaWiki:Anonnotice. Not dismissable.

Watchlist notice

Main page: Wikipedia:Watchlist notices

Shows to all users who use a watchlist. Appears above the horizontal rule on the watchlist. Controlled by MediaWiki:Watchlist-messages. Dismissable using JavaScript found in MediaWiki:Common.js/watchlist.js.


Main page: Wikipedia:Geonotice

A watchlist notice that only displays to users in a certain geographical area, although geolocation is not perfect. Added and controlled by MediaWiki:Gadget-geonotice.js. See Wikipedia:Geonotice. Dismissable by JavaScript.


Main page: Wikipedia:Editnotice

Shows to all users who are able to edit the page. Appears above the edit textarea. More information available at Wikipedia:Editnotices.

See also