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As a new user here at the Diablofans Wiki, chances are you're not entirely sure of what to do and how to do it. This article will explain in the most simple and detailed of terms how to properly edit this particular wiki. This tutorial is intended for all users, both newcomers who've never edited a wiki before, and people more experienced with wiki editing and wiki code.

If this article does not however answer your question, please visit the forum, or leave a message for PhrozenDragon here at the wiki.

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[edit] Articles

If you want to create an article but are unsure of how to, these first steps outline what is needed. The rest of this page describes more in-depth how to use each separate function.

[edit] Does the article already exist?

First, you need to make sure you are actually creating a new article and that it doesn't already exist. This can be fixed by searching.

The wiki search function only shows exact matches. That means, if you type in "dialbo", this wiki won't realize what you really wanted to type was "diablo". Your search will then return no matches. Just remember this isn't Google.

The same goes for less obvious cases. Entering "uniqueitems" without the space generates no hits, while entering "unique items" will. This is important to remember when creating an article, as the subject article might already exist. To prevent you from creating a duplicate item, make your search less refined, such as only searching for "unique" and omitting "items".

It also only recognizes exact matches. A search for "axe" will not return hits for "axes".

The search function is not case sensitive however. "Diablo" and "diAbLO" will return the same hits.

The problem of not finding articles can be fixed in the long by using redirects and categories, more on those further down.

[edit] Creating an article

In order to create an article, you must have an auto-confirmed account. Accounts become auto-confirmed when they are four days old and have at least five edits.

This is perhaps the most basic and easy thing to do in a wiki. Creating an article is quite simple:

  • Enter a word or phrase in the search box
  • Press go
  • If a page with that name exists, you will be taken to it. For example, if you enter "Diablo II" and press go, you will be taken to the Diablo II article.
  • However, if an article with that name doesn't yet exist, you will be prompted with a message asking you if you wish to create it. Creating an article is as simple as clicking "create this page" once prompted, and then hitting save.

[edit] Look at other articles

Now that you are about to start writing, the first thing you should do is check how other pages on the same subject are written. For example, if your new article is about a monster, you should first check out monster articles from the same game and see how they look. This is easily done by clicking edit on other articles:

  • Go to the article you wish to examine more closely, in this case a monster article like for example the Fallen.
  • At the very top of the page, click "edit". (Don't worry, we're not going to edit other articles. Just click it.)
  • Now you will see the text and code of the select article. This will allow you to see how other users created tables and other graphical edits so that you may replicate it. When you're done looking, you can safely just close the tab or window. No changes will be made to articles unless one presses "Save Page", so there's no need to worry.
  • If the page you are viewing is protected, the edit button will have been replaced with "view source". It works exactly the same way, except you can't save changes you do.

Each type of article in the wiki will have specific structures and headings. For example, Diablo III monster articles start out with a brief description, most often taken from the official game guide, followed by some in-game info, locations of the monsters, superunique versions and finally their stats. This is how all monster pages for Diablo III should look.

There are several more things on the Fallen page that need to be explained however.

[edit] Including templates

There are two templates used on the Fallen page: Template:Monster (Diablo II) and Template:Diablo II Monsters.

{{Monster (Diablo II)}}

{{Diablo II Monsters}}

Both of these are to be included on all monster pages. The first one creates the table which displays monster stats, the second one creates what is called a navbox at the very bottom of the page. Different pages have different templates that need to be included. Check other articles to see what they are.

[edit] Including categories

All articles in the wiki need to belong to their right categories. It is important that the given categories are correct. If the article contains a navbox, chances are the categories are included. However double checking is always good. The Fallen article has three categories: Monster, Diablo II monster and Demon. However, Demon is not included in the navbox on the page, which means that if you do not add the Demon category separately, it won't appear.

[[Category:Demon]]

[edit] Wiki code

Wiki code is used to format articles. Since the wiki does not use the same interface like forums or MS Word, one cannot simply select a piece of text and make it bold or italic, there's no such command.

The most basic code is listed in the Cheatsheet at Wikipedia.

Those are the most basic formatting options one needs to know to actually create an article. There is much more to do with wiki code, some of which will be covered further down. It is much too extensive to put all here however, and you'll simply have to look at other places to learn more of it. Wikipedia is, once again, a good place to start. If you want to learn more than that, then CSS and HTML is what you'll need to look into.

[edit] Guides and Builds

These are a form of special pages which do not follow some of the regular conventions. Any user can create a guide to an aspect of the Diablo games, most commonly this takes the form of class builds. The author can choose to put the Template:Infobox Build at the top of his page.

If he chooses to do so, he claims the article for himself (this is only allowed for guides and build, not regular articles). While it doesn't prevent other users from editing the article, it is intended to signify that the guide is written by a specific author and designed by the same. If you have a similar build that you wish to write, you are not discouraged to do so. While the format of the guide is left largely to the writer, it should still comply with the Style Guide.

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