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Wikipedia's pages are divided into namespaces. Each namespace (except the main article space) has a prefix that is followed by a colon at the start of page names. Here are some of the namespaces you might encounter, along with an explanation and examples:

Namespace Purpose Example(s)
no prefix
Articles Starfish
Disambiguation pages to help people find the article they're looking for David (disambiguation)
a.k.a. "Project"
Policies and guidelines Wikipedia:Neutral point of view
Wikipedia:Manual of Style
Process pages Wikipedia:Articles for Creation
Discussion forums and noticeboards Wikipedia:Village pump
WikiProject communities focusing on a particular topic Wikipedia:WikiProject History
User: Personal profile pages about users User:Jimbo Wales
Sandboxes and personal draft articles User:Example/sandbox
Draft: Draft articles that are in progress Draft:Exampledraft
Help: Help pages Help:Contents
Template: Templates, which can be included or substituted on other pages Template:Citation needed
Template:Infobox album
Category: Groups of pages organized by their similarities Category:Painting
Category:Wikipedia maintenance
File: Images and other files, stored and described File:Wiki.png
Portal: Pages to highlight Wikipedia content in a particular topic area Portal:Current events
Portal:Solar System
Special: Pages that are part of the software Special:RecentChanges

Each page in each of these namespaces, except for Special, also has a corresponding Talk page for discussion. So, for example, you can discuss the starfish article at Talk:Starfish, or talk about Wikipedia:Neutral point of view at Wikipedia talk:Neutral point of view. You can switch between the normal page and the talk page by clicking the tabs at the top left.