Zelda Wiki
    Guide to Basic Wiki Editing
    • Guide to Basic Editing - A mini-tutorial to editing on ZW and more!

      So you want to help out the Zelda Wiki. That's great! ZW is a great place for Zelda information, and is constantly growing and expanding. We are always looking forward to seeing new editors join us in this ongoing project. But where is it that you start? Wikis are very easy and simple to use, but to a newcomer may come off as confusing. This thread is intended to serve as an introductory guide to the basics of editing and understanding of the Zelda Wiki!

      Here this thread will be covering the bare basics to help you get started. In addition, we also have the on-wiki Help topics, where you can learn the same steps as well as the wiki's guidelines and more advanced editing as well. Another good page is also the Getting Started page, which covers much of the same topics here. I recommend also giving these a read.

      It is also a very good idea to review our wiki guidelines and quality standards before editing. It is important to know these when editing and adding new content so that we can keep our pages as organized and efficient as possible. Of course, everyone should have fun too while on the wiki!

      Joining the wiki:
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      Joining the Zelda Wiki is really easy and quick. On the wiki, click on 'Create Account' on the top right-hand side of the site. After filling out the info and validating your login through e-mail, you are free to get started as a new editor! You may also get a welcome message in your Talk page as well, introducing you to the wiki and where to go from there. Don't forget to check our guidelines and quality standards too.

      Editing a page:
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      See also, Getting Started/Editing Pages

      Editing a page is a very simple process. To edit a page, look to the top-right hand side of an article and you should find "Edit" close to the Search bar. Clicking that will take you to the page's editing screen where you make changes where you see fit, so as long as it conforms to our wiki's guidelines and quality standards.

      It is a general rule of thumb and highly recommended that you also Preview your changes before making any of them final! Below the screen click on "Show preview" to preview what the entire page or section will look like with your changes. It is generally good to preview all changes you make, to make sure there are no broken sections, images and so on, and so that you won't have to go back to fix these things with another edit.

      Once you feel your changes are good, click on "Save page" to save all of your changes. In addition to saving your changes, there is also a small edit summary bar. It's preferred that when making an edit you add a short summary to this bar to explain your changes - things such as "fixed typos", "fixed broken image", "added a chest item that was missed", so on. If you feel your edit was very minor, you can check on "This is a minor edit" to state it as so.

      You can also edit sections within pages too! Many pages may have their content divided by sections. If you find something off in a section but don't want to bring the entire page into the editor, just go to the section and click on Edit on its right side, which will bring up the editor only for that section!

      Note that not all pages can be edited. Some pages may also be "Protected", which will prevent all edits except from those who have permission to do so, like Admins. Pages are usually Protected if they are very important pages, such as the main page, or may be temporarily Protected because of an ongoing conflict with the page. This will only happen if there's a severe problem.

      Important too! On the wiki, we also have "Patrollers", people who look over newly made edits and check them. There is no such thing as a bad edit! (Unless it is vandalism) But Patrollers may fix or revert an edit to better fit the page quality. Thus it is very important to know our wiki's guidelines and to preview all edits before making them final. It'll make our jobs easier too!

      Basic wiki code, linking, and creating sections:
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      In the wiki editor, you can create different formattings using basic wiki code/text. These are also very easy to learn.

      See also, Getting Started/Text Formatting

      Text can be formatted into bold, italics, and more by wrapping the text around multiple apostrophes (') or around basic HTML tags. For bold and italicized text, we prefer the use of ' as opposed to HTML tags.

      ''Italic'' becomes Italic
      '''Bold''' becomes Bold
      '''''Bold and Italic''''' becomes Bold and Italic
      Generally, bolded text are used for bolding an article's title/name in the starting paragraph, while italics are primarily used when referring to a game by its subtitle. Example: Ocarina of Time would be italicized.

      In the editor screen, you can also click on the shortcut buttons above it to add these formattings as well!

      There are more text formats as well in the above Getting Started/Text Formatting section.

      Creating links:
      See also, Getting Started/Link Formatting

      Creating links is another very simple thing. You can create a link to another article by wrapping its name/title between double brackets, [[like this]]. It will link back to whatever article has that page name.

      For example, typing in [[Navi]] will create a link back to Navi's page. The link itself will read as "Navi".

      There are more ways of creating links as well, including links that redirect to a page but are displayed with a different name. To create a redirecting link, put a pipe between the article's title and the word or sentence you wish to display.

      For example: If you type in [[Princess Zelda|Zelda]], then the link will read as "Zelda" but will properly redirect to Princess Zelda's article as opposed to the disambiguation (branching) page.

      You can make a very simple redirect for plural forms and subsequent text too. [[Rupee]]s and [[Ganon]]dorf are examples of this.

      You can also make a link that redirects to an article's section. Put a # between the article's title and the name of the section.

      Example: [[Ganon#Ocarina of Time]], which will create a link back to the named section in Ganon's page.

      You can also change the way this link is displayed too as a redirect. [[Ganon#Ocarina of Time|Demon King Ganondorf]]. This will create a link to Ganon's OoT section, but will read as "Demon King Ganondorf".

      If a link is displayed in red text, then it means that the page doesn't exist! This may be because it is a wanted page, but there is also the possibility that the page already exists and may need a redirect. Be sure to also check your spelling too and to always preview your edits.

      To create a link to a site outside the wiki, such as Zelda Universe, wrap the link in single brackets followed by the site's name.

      Example: [Zelda Universe | The Legend of Zelda fan community, news, and walkthroughs Zelda Universe]

      This will create a link to Zelda Universe.

      Extra! For ease and quickness, you can create an instant link to a game page without having to type out the game's full name or subtitle!

      If you type in a game's subtitle abbreviation wrapped in curly brackets/braces, {{like these}}, it will create an instant redirecting link back to the proper game page.

      Example: {{OoT}}, creating a quick link back to the Ocarina of Time game page. This will even automatically format the link in italics too.

      When linking back to a game's page, we prefer this form of linking be used.

      There are more link formats as well in the above Getting Started/Link Formatting section.

      Sections and lists:
      See also, Getting Started/Sections and Lists

      In an article, you can separate content into sections. This is done by using equals signs (=). For example,

      == A section ==
      This creates a new section. If a page has multiple sections, then a table of contents will be added to the page. You can also create sections-within-sections, called subsections, by adding extra =.

      === This makes a subsection within the current main section ===
      ==== This can create a subsection-within-a-subsection ====

      Sections are good to have for dividing a page up and to make it more neater and organized. Generally, for things like characters, items and places, a new section can be added for every game appearance it has.

      You can also create lists with bullet points as well. This is done with asterisks. (*)

      * Adding this asterisk creates a bullet point. This is especially useful for trivia sections.
      ** Adding more asterisks creates an indent too.

      There are more formats as well in the above Getting Started/Section and Lists section.

      Creating a new page:
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      See also, Getting Started/Creating a Page

      Creating a new page can be another simple task, though there are things you must keep in mind first.

      First of all, all pages on the Zelda Wiki must be related to the Zelda franchise or Nintendo to an extent. The second and most important thing to keep in mind, is to check to see if the page already exists. It is a very good idea to use the Search bar to check what pages are already on the wiki. If a page already exists, then we do not need duplicates of it. A duplicate page may be merged with a current one or turned into a Redirect, especially if it's an alternate name or spelling of something that already exists. In general, always double check with the Search before making a page! The Search will also list Redirect pages that redirect to other articles.

      Once you're certain the page does not exist, you may create it by typing it into the Search, select and click it, and then going to "Create the page ___ on this wiki!".

      Creating a new page is about the same as editing a current one, just with a blank slate. You'll be taken to the editor with your usual options. Again, be sure to Preview all changes before saving them!

      Another way to create a new page is by clicking on a red link, which will prompt to create it. You can find a whole list of wanted articles by checking this page. You can also check character, place, item and dungeon listings, to name a few, to see if there's anything there that needs creating. Keep in mind of possible existing pages though! The red link may just require a simple redirect!

      Redirect pages:
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      See also, Redirects

      In the previous wiki code section, you learned how to make links that redirect to another page. This is good for alternate spellings or names of things, or for linking to a specific section. Now we move onto Redirect pages.

      Redirect pages automatically link back to a page or section when created. For example, "Chu" exists as a Redirect page, and by typing that into Search, you'll be instantly redirected to the Chuchu article. This also means that if you typed in [[Chu]] as a link in a page, it will instantly link back to Chuchu, though it is preferred and proper to refer to something by its proper name.

      To create a Redirect page, start as how you would with any other new page, and add just the following,

      #REDIRECT [[page name]]

      Once created, you will have made an instant redirect. For redirecting to specific sections, remember to add the #, like this, [[page name#section name]].

      Discussion / Talk pages:
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      See also, Talk Pages

      A Discussion page, more commonly referred to as a Talk page, is a separate page every article can have that deals with discussing subjects regarding the main article. These can be used to discuss the importance of certain content, things to share and verify before adding, bringing up problems, and so on. There are also user talk pages as well, which are a way editors can talk to one another.

      Talk pages should only be used for this purpose. They are not forums or for casual chat. Be sure to always stay on topic within a Talk page and their sections.

      Talk pages can be accessed by clicking on "Discussion" on the left hand-side on a page. If one doesn't exist yet, it'll have to be created. All topics should be separated into sections, and you can create a new topic by clicking on "Add Topic" on the right-hand side. Very importantly, be sure to always sign your responses by adding in ~~~~ at the end. This will automatically link back to your user page, talk page, and leave a date and time stamp. Use this only for Talk pages.

      For every response a section has, a : should be added at the beginning of every new message, which will indent it and make reading easier. Extra : should be added for further responses.

      Be sure to be courteous when responding on a Talk page. Never remove or edit someone else's messages unless it is your own.

      Uploading and adding pictures:
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      See also, Upload

      In addition to editing and adding new pages, you can also upload certain files onto the wiki as well, especially images and screenshots.

      There are however also a couple of guidelines in uploading files onto the wiki, especially with file sourcing and licensing, so that they may be properly used, identified and categorized. Keep these in mind. Also, all images uploaded onto the wiki must be used somewhere. Unused images will be deleted.

      To begin, to upload a file onto the wiki,
      1. Click on "Upload file" under "toolbox" of the left side bar.
      2. Click on "Browse/Choose File..." and select the file to upload.
      3. Fill out all of the appropriate fields of the upload form, which will be detailed below.
      4. Just like with editing and making a new page, be sure to click on "Preview" to preview everything!
      5. Click "Upload file" to upload the file onto the wiki.

      The types of files that may be uploaded onto the wiki include,
      .jpg or .jpeg
      .ogg, .ogv, and .oga (Audio and video formats)

      The upload form:
      When uploading a file, it is very important that the following fields be filled in the upload page. Not filling out these properly could result in the file being revised or deleted. They include the following,

      Destination filename: This is for naming the file as it will appear on the wiki. It is recommended to name image files with descriptive and concise filenames, such as "ALBW Link.png". Also, file extensions must be written in lowercase (i.e ".png", not ".PNG")

      Summary: This is where you put a summary of the file you're about to upload. This can be left blank, but it's good to at least include a short description.

      Source: All images uploaded should have their distributors sourced. Although while most images belong to Nintendo and are re-distributed, it is still important to source them. For fan art, these MUST be sourced.

      The form fields can also use wiki code, and it is recommended that it be used when sourcing and linking back a website, book, manual, or such other for the image. If you got an image from another website, it's recommended to copy-paste the URL and mention the author's name. Keep in mind that if the source is blank, it'll be assumed it was obtained by you, thus the importance of citing a source if there is one. If you captured the image yourself, such as a screenshot, refer to yourself by name, not "me" or "myself".

      Important! Please do not upload images from wiki competitors, such as Zeldapedia or the ZD Wiki, and it is strongly discouraged. Images from Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation sites are fine though, so long as it is properly licensed and sourced.

      Game: This is a dropdown for choosing games which an image belongs to. If an image belongs to several games (such as the Oracle series), select "Combinations". If the file is Zelda-related but not from any particular game, select "The Legend of Zelda series". If none of the latter, leave this blank.

      Type: Type lets you select what type of media the image is, such as Artwork, Render, Map, Printed Media, Screenshot, Sprite, and so on. If you are unsure what type the image is, leave this blank so it can be added by someone else.

      If you're just uploading an image for personal use, mainly for your user page, then just add it as "personal image" regardless of what it is.

      Licensing: All images uploaded onto the wiki must also be properly licensed, so as to avoid copyright violation and to provide info to those who may wish to re-distribute the image. Images without a license, or one that cannot be found, may be deleted from the wiki. For more details on this, please see Help:Upload/Licensing.

      Uploading newer versions and editing:
      Files uploaded onto the wiki are identified using the FileInfo template, which will have its fields filled according to the filled upload form. If necessary, these can be edited by going to the image's page and clicking on Edit on the top-right hand side.

      You can upload a new version of a file by going to its page as well. Scroll down to File History and click on "Upload a new version of this file". When uploading a new version, it's advised to change the source when applicable. Newer versions of uploads should also be that of higher quality or of images that were made transparent. A version may be reverted to an earlier one if there is little improvement found.

      Uploading a new version may not immediately update. In which case, either wait a few minutes or bypass or clear your browser's cache to see the change. Do not re-upload again if you don't see any immediate changes.

      Adding images to articles:
      See also, Images

      To add an image to a page, the most simplest method is to wrap the filename between double brackets, starting with File:. Like this,


      This will add the picture as-is. However to improve the way images are displayed, we use an extended syntax for images on the wiki. These basically add options to the way the image is to be displayed.

      A very basic example is,

      [[File:Example.jpg|right|thumb|200px|This is a sample image]]

      These syntax's make it so the image is displayed as a thumbail on the right side of the article, and scales the size down to 200 pixels. The added caption is meant to be flavor text, describing the image. This is just a basic example, and more syntax's are detailed in the Help:Images page.

      You can also make a whole gallery section of images as well, by placing the Filename (without brackets) between gallery tags, like this,

      File:Example.jpg|You can add captions to these as well like this.

      Sourcing and adding citations:
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      See also, Citing Sources

      Information and statements can be cited by sources, which we actively encourage when editing on the wiki. References can be any kind of source, including in-game text, quotes by real people, manuals and books, web pages, and so on.

      Citations appear as numbered footnotes, which are added next to statements, and clicking one will take you to the article's Reference section where you can see the source.

      When adding a new reference, the ref tags are used. Like this,
      <ref>Source here.</ref>

      This would add the reference as-is. To properly add and organize references though, we also use a simple template along with the ref tags. These templates are added between the tags.

      A source that references a character's quote for instance, would appear like this,

      <ref>{{Cite| Quote here | Character name | Game title}}</ref>
      This will properly render a quote and state which character said this and what game it is from. This is the one of the most commonly used citations.

      After adding your sources, be sure to also include the following at the end of the article,

      Adding that will instantly create a References section where all of the cited sources will be listed. If you go back to the footnotes and click them, you'll be taken back to this section.

      For adding other types of references, use these templates. You can also use the buttons in editor above to instantly add these as well!

      {{cite}} - For citing in-game quotes and text. For text not spoken by a character (such as "You got the ___" text), use N/A in place of a character name.
      {{cite web}} - For citing a web site.
      {{cite person}} - Often for developer quotes, this is for citing statements by real-life persons.
      {{cite manual}} - For citing a section or quote from a game manual.
      {{cite book}} - For citing a book, such as Hyrule Historia.
      {{cite episode}} - Not as commonly used. Used for citing quotes from a television show, such as the Zelda cartoon or Captain N: The Game Master.

      Whenever you add a source, be sure it is precise and contains only what is needed. There is no need to quote an entire speech just for one statement. Also, be sure to add references after any punctuation, and not before.

      Adding a footnote multiple times:
      There is a way to cite a source multiple times throughout the article without having it repeated in the References section. This is done by giving the footnote a unique identifier with the ref tags. Such as,

      <ref name="name"></ref>

      By doing this, the footnote in question will be identified as "name", and can be recalled anytime by typing in a ref tag with the same identifier. Like this,

      <ref name="name"/>

      When that is added, the footnote that was identified as "name" would be added again, and won't repeat in the References section. In this way, you can have several statements throughout the article cited by one source!

      On our wiki, when a source is cited multiple times, we refer to them as "Quote1" as their name. If an article has more, then they can be named "Quote2", "Quote3", and so on.