Help:Editing Guide

Templatetutorials.png

Welcome to GamerEscape's Final Fantasy XIV wiki! Since this is a wiki, anyone can easily edit most pages and save those changes immediately to that page.

General Tips[edit]

How to Edit[edit]

Editing a page is a simple process. Simply click on the "Edit" tab at the top of a wiki page. This will bring you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the original page. When you have finished, press the Show Preview button to see how your changes will look. You can also see the difference between the page with your edits and the previous version of the page by pressing the Show Changes button. If you're satisfied with what you see, press the Save page button. Your changes will immediately be visible to other wiki users.

You should write a short summary in the small field below the edit-box, explaining what changes you've made. You can also mark your edit as being "minor". Minor edits generally mean spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearrangement of text. It can also be used to mark the removal of vandalism.

Neutrality[edit]

Please remember when editing articles that this site is for factual information regarding the Final Fantasy XIV universe and is intended to be used as a source database. Please do not populate the articles with opinions regarding your personal feelings about a topic. Ex: "X race stinks at Y job." If there are multiple points of view regarding a topic, and you feel that the content would be suitable for an article, please be sure to present both sides of the argument and give a neutral point of view on the topic. Ex: "Possible approaches to fighting X boss."

The only exception to this is if you create your own Guide page. For examples of some of the guides, see here.

References[edit]

When writing descriptors or notes for a subject on the wiki, it's important to provide a source for the information you are writing. This could be something like an official website for the game, published books like Encyclopaedia Eorzea, or in-game text such as NPC dialogue and item descriptions.

To include a reference to a source, you will need to use the ‹ref> tag, and place a link to the source between the opening and closing tags. When done correctly, you will see a small number link in the text, which directs to a newly added footnote at the bottom of the wiki page. You can see one at the end of this paragraph.[1]

Spoilers[edit]

As this wiki aims to index as much information as possible about Final Fantasy XIV, it naturally follows that users will easily run into spoilers. However, it is courteous to place some important information under a spoiler tag, giving visitors the option of whether or not to view it. This is especially useful for storylines or characters that are relevant to multiple major patches. For example, if a character was introduced during Heavensward, someone might want to look them up if they are still progressing through it. But if the character is involved in something major during Stormblood, that person may not be ready to see the more recent information.

To hide things like this, you can use the ARRSpoiler template:

{{ARRSpoiler|Patch=4.1|All text for Spoiler GOES HERE}}
Contains Spoilers for 4.1  
All text for Spoiler GOES HERE


Case[edit]

When creating links, case matters. If you create a link in one instance where a letter is capitalized, and another where it is not, they will be two separate links. Please be consistent!

There is an exception to this, though. Case only matters after the first word. For example "case" and "Case" will link to the same page, but "Case test" and "Case Test" will not.

Creating a New Page[edit]

To create a new page:

  • Create a link to it on some other (related) page.
  • Save that page.
  • Click on the link you just made. The new page will open for editing.

Alternatively, you can put ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/YOUR ARTICLE NAME in the address bar of your browser, then click the "Edit" tab.

Youtube Links[edit]

You can embed a youtube video onto any page! You can also make size and alignment adjustments.

<youtube align="center" width="800" height="450">VIDEO ID HERE</youtube>

Special Characters[edit]

Certain special characters cannot placed in the titles of pages, or if they can, may potentially cause problems with the way the wiki's templates work. These include commas (,), slashes (/), backslashes (\), ampersands (&), and colons (:). In many cases, if the name of an in-game subject has one of these characters in it, it is preferable to remove that character from the page title (or in the case of an ampersand, replace it with the word and).

In cases where a page title doesn't exactly match its in-game name due to this, you should use the Software Limitations template to both make note of the discrepancy and change how the title displays:

{{Software Limitations|In-game title}}

If a template needs to reference a page title containing one of these special characters, sometimes it can still work if the special character is replaced with a sequence of characters which the browser will interpret as representing that character. Commas will almost always need to be replaced. Simply use the sequence from the HTML column of the table below. Rarely, the HTML code is not enough, and at that point you may use the URL column.

Character HTML Code URL Code
, &#44; %2C
& &amp; %26
/ &#47; %2F
\ &#92; %5C
: &#58; %3A
" &quot; %22
' &apos; %27

Duplicate Page Names[edit]

There will be many cases in which two objects of interest in Final Fantasy XIV have the same name. For example, two NPCs with the same title (ex. Merchant & Mender), or a quest and a FATE that have the same name. It is not possible for two pages on the wiki to have the same name. Instead, you will need to add some kind of identifier in parentheses to the end of the page title to indicate what the page is about. This is discussed in more detail on the Disambiguation guide.

Similarly, if you are editing a page and are adding a link to another page that already exists, make sure you double-check that the link actually points to the subject you want.

Wiki Markup[edit]

The wiki markup is the syntax system you can use to format a wiki page. For a full guide on what you can do with this wiki's system, see this formatting guide.

Sandbox[edit]

Sometimes, you may want to experiment with different possibilities for a page without affecting existing wiki pages. In this case it's helpful to make use of a Sandbox.

First, go to your own user page. Then add /Sandbox to the end of the URL in the address bar of your browser, and create the new page accordingly. Here, you can edit and save as many times as you need without it affecting the rest of the wiki. You can even make as many Sandboxes as you need (i.e. /Sandbox2, /Sandbox75) for different projects.

Tabbers[edit]

Many pages make use of tabbers to organize information into a more compact form. This creates a box with a horizontal list of tabs along the top, and the tabs can be clicked to display different sets of related information. Creating one is very simple, and can be done in one of two ways:

Method 1 Method 2
Opening tag ‹tabber> {{#tag:tabber∣
Closing tag ‹/tabber> }}
Separator ∣-∣ {{!}}-{{!}}

Here is an example of a tabber made using method 1:

<tabber>
Tab 1=
test 1
|-|
Tab 2=
2 test
</tabber>

This code produces the following:

test 1

2 test

Any number of tabs can be added to a tabber. The title precedes the equals sign (=) and the text following makes up the content of the tab. Tabs are then separated by the Separator character sequence.

It is also possible to nest a second tabber inside of one tab of the first one. However, certain special characters interfere with how the wiki interprets the code. Any nested tabber must be created using the tags from Method 2 described above.

<tabber>
Tab 1=
{{#tag:tabber|
Nested Tab 1=
test 3
{{!}}-{{!}}
Nested Tab 2=
4 test
}}
|-|
Tab 2=
2 test
</tabber>

test 3

4 test

2 test

Specific Page Types[edit]

The wiki features many different categories of pages such as NPCs, items, quests, and so on. Each type of page uses its own template, allowing for a uniform, organized look between all similar pages. In many cases, you will need to have an understanding of how these templates work in order to effectively edit these pages. But sometimes it might be as simple as changing a few words.

Many of these pages actually make use of Subpages, a page whose data is incorporated onto the subject's main page. Splitting up the data between the main and subpages allows users to edit them in smaller chunks. It also helps with pages that are automatically generated - user changes on the main page may potentially be overwritten, but the subpages remain untouched by the automated edits. If there is a section on a page you want to edit, keep an eye out for the Editbutton-dark.png icon in that section - clicking this will take you to the edit screen for the corresponding Subpage.

This section of the guide is intended to give a brief overview of how to edit the various page types. For more in-depth looks at how the templates function, see the Template Tutorials page.

NPCs[edit]

In general, NPC pages will be automatically generated, and will not need to be created or edited by users. However, NPCs that only appear in FATEs or instanced duties will often not be generated in this manner. Someone will have to create these manually.

NPCs make use of multiple subpages, including maps and appearance data. These are generated automatically alongside the main page. The page that will be the most relevant to the average editor is the Player Data subpage, where editors can add data to the NPC's page. This can be reached by adding /Player Data to the end of the URL in the address bar of your browser, or clicking the Editbutton-dark.png icon on the Biography or Notes tabs. For more specifics on how these pages are laid out, be sure to look over the template tutorial.

The main page will also need a screenshot to accompany it. Be sure to keep the wiki's image policy in mind when uploading images!

Enemies[edit]

Pages for enemies/monsters/mobs are fairly straightforward. There are two things that might be somewhat complicated: setting up location rows, and the taxonomy.

Adding a location that a monster appears in requires the use of a second template within the page, called a Mob Row. When adding these, the more specific the location the better - so if the monster is found at a Landmark such as Galvanth's Spire, write that as a location instead of Central Shroud. If the monster appears in a duty, such as a dungeon, be sure to put the actual zone/area as the location instead of the name of the duty. There are other fields within a Mob Row used to indicate what duty the monster can be found in.

Taxonomy is how the creatures are categorized, such as moles and hounds being Beastkin, morbols being Seedkin, and so on. You will need to provide a genus for the monster when making a page so that it can be grouped with other monsters of its kind. If you're unsure of what genus a monster might be, look through the bestiary to find other monsters like it. If you are creating a page for a monster that belongs to a genus not found in the wiki's bestiary, see this tutorial for creating a new genus. Make sure to create the genus page before using that genus name on any monster pages.

For more specifics on how these pages are laid out, be sure to look over the template tutorial.

Dialogue/Transcripts[edit]

The wiki has subpages for containing transcripts of dialogue for quests and duties. For quests, this subpage is located at Loremonger:[Quest Name], while for other things such as duties and FATEs, the subpage is located at [Duty Name]/Dialogue. Transcripts can also be edited by clicking the Editbutton-dark.png icon on the Dialogue tab.

Transcript pages for quests, like the quests themselves, are generated automatically, so there should not be a need to create new pages for quests. Other transcript pages will need to be created manually. You should be able to simply click the pencil icon on the Dialogue tab to create a new page if necessary. Alternatively, you can enter /Dialogue at the end of the URL to create the new page.

When making or editing these transcript pages, there are a number of different templates to use depending on what type of text is being displayed in-game. These are discussed in detail on the dialogue template tutorial.

Things to Do[edit]

Looking for something to work on for the wiki? There are a few category pages which keep track of pages that could use some improvement. Browse the links below to find a page to work on:

Missing Info[edit]

FATEs[edit]

Monsters[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Dialogue Transcripts[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • This is a sample footnote for demonstrating how references work.