The administrators' dashboard is a centralised space that highlights the most important tools used by administrators. The special pages are built into it to make the administrators' dashboard the go-to place for administrators to easily tweak and monitor their wiki.
Because only administrators and discussion moderators are able to view the dashboard, there may be some debate as to whether a replica should be included as part of the community portal navigation. But because it is just a replica of the Special:AdminDashboard, and it is not the dashboard itself, it doesn't really seem to matter.
Accessing the dashboard
The administrators' dashboard is available on all wikis a user has founded, or are an administrator or discussion moderator on.
How it works
Important administrator tools that are often used live on the "General" tab. The following links point to the help pages for each function.
The "Advanced" tab is home to the rest of the special pages on the wiki, normally found on Special:SpecialPages. (If you visit a wiki that you are not an administrator or discussion moderator of you will see Special:SpecialPages in a more basic format.)
Quick Stats lives on the right side of the administrators' dashboard. Here administrators can monitor the wiki's recent statistics. It shows page views, edits, and image uploads for the past seven days.