Article maintenance


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This article is about maintaining articles, and cleaning them up, not about contribution guidelines, nor does this article attempt to document all templates in existence. It is only here to inform you of the general procedures used in maintaining articles.


Categorizing Articles

When placing a category tag in an article, it should always go at the bottom as this is where the category template will appear when reading the article. Write some more information here to create a standard used when categorizing articles on the wiki.

Needs Cleanup

When categorizing an article for needing a cleanup you should place the Cleanup template at the top of the article. This template will also automatically add the article to the Cleanup category. We also have pages listing missing pages and missing categories.

{{Cleanup|(example cleanup template)}}

For articles that contain dead links you can use the dead link template.

{{dead link|(example)}}

For articles requiring some sort of fragmentation you can use these templates.

{{merge|example| (example)}}
{{move|example| (example)}}
{{split|example| (example)}}

Work In Progress

This template can be used to show that you are currently working on a page, and it may not be fully completed.


Needs Deleted

When you see a page that you believe needs to be deleted, either because it is a duplicate page, outdated information, or against our rules, you may mark it for deletion. To do so, simply replace all the content of the page with the delete template. You should also provide a reason, {{delete|reason goes here}}.


To see a list of recently closed articles, see Articles for deletion.

Constantly Changing

Articles that are changed quite often can use the volatile template. This can alert and make people aware that they should take information from the article with a grain of salt, or for instance be prepared to adapt to new changes in ENIGMA.


Message Boxes


The notice template can be used to display general information or just notify readers or editors of the article about certain details.

{{Notice|This is an example of using the Notice template}}


When an article requires the Urgent attention of other editor's the alert template or warning can be used. A good example would be if someone vandalizes an article and you don't have the authority to revert the article, you can place the alert template to alert an administrator.

Travel Warning

WARNING: This is an example warning template and you should be very very very excited about it :)


Someone write a criteria for requests for protection, etc etc

Using Automatic Wiki Browser

AWB in action

AWB is the standard tool for making edits very quickly, it was originally designed for Wikipedia. Information regarding regular expressions and find and replace can be found on Wikipedia's website. The download link is here, and the url to connect to our wiki is here. FrogotoBot is a good example of a general purpose bot used to make AWB edits on the Wiki.

AWB runs on the .NET framework however it is possible to run it with WINE, however its known to have bugs. That is why I find it safe to just run it in a VM if you are on Linux.

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