The name "Banglawiki" is a portmanteau of the words wiki -a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning "quick" - an encyclopedia. Bangla wiki's articles provide links designed to guide the user to related pages with additional information.
BanglaWiki is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Bengali volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to BanglaWiki articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism. Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity.
The fundamental principles by which BanglaWiki operates are the five pillars. The BanglaWiki community has developed many policies and guidelines to improve the encyclopedia; however, it is not a formal requirement to be familiar with them before contributing.