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The Description (or "meta description") of a Wikia community will be shown on search engines when the main page appears in the results. The description text is helpful for Search Engine Optimization, and tells viewers of search results what your wikia is about. The contents of the system message MediaWiki:Description will be placed inside the content of the <meta name="description" ... > tag of the main page of a wikia.

Description

The contents of MediaWiki:Description are pulled into search engines. Here you can see Wookeepedia's Description outlined in red.

Background

When main pages show up in Google results, they sometimes have odd text showing as the description. Keywords for the topic of the wikia sometimes appear in boxes and templates on the main page, rather than plain text, so what Google shows can be somewhat random.

MediaWiki:Description is a way for communities to customize what Google uses as the description for the main page. Right now, it's set to a default: "{{SITENAME}} is a database that anyone can edit." (The term {{SITENAME}} is replaced by the name of your wikia.)

Administrators can edit that page to expand the description, up to 150 characters. Good descriptions include search terms that one would expect people to use when they're looking for your site on a search engine.

MediaWiki:Description in action

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