Creators Manual

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The present Creators Manual give overall recommendations and tools to help you create and write an article on the GodWiki, and even more. For category-specific guides, see the Guidelines.

Writing an article

The Rules of wiki editing must be kept to at all times.

Step 1: Create or Edit

To start writing a new article, write the title of it in the search bar. Clicking on a red link will also open the window to start a new article. If the article does not already exist, it will give you the option to 'create page', so click it. If you want to edit an already existing article, just click the edit button at the top of the article.

Before writing or editing an article, you should read the Guideline for that type of article.

See: List of Guidelines

Never sign an article or change you make to an article, unless you are in a talk page.

Step 2: Writing

Creativity is the most important adjective to keep in mind when writing an article on the GodWiki. Though, an article should be at least two paragraph long and it's appreciated to have the subject of the article included in bold in the first sentence.

Again, it is highly recommended to follow Guidelines recommendations regarding the writing of category specific articles.

You may want to use various Formatting and Templates to write your articles.

Don't hesitate to ask for help to if you need some!

Step 3: Categorize

Make sure you write all the categories your article belongs to at the bottom of the article. Here is an example:

[[Category:Artifacts]] [[Category:Bold Artifacts]]

If you have used an infobox template, categorization is done automatically.



To make text on the Wiki appear italic, bold, or both bold and italic, one must place a certain number of apostrophes at the beginning and end of the text to be formatted.

  • 2 apostrophes at each end makes text appear italic. (''italic'')
  • 3 apostrophes at each end makes text appear bold. ('''bold''')
  • 5 apostrophes at each end makes text appear both bold and italic. ('''''both''''')

To make text appear crossed-out: mark it at either end with <s> and </s>

To make text appear underlined: mark it at either end with <u> and </u>

Both strikethrough and underlining should be used sparingly, as they can have a big impact on readability and accessibility for some users.

Paragraphs are separated by a blank line (press Enter/Return twice).


For color text, use {{colour | colour code of the text here | colour code of the background here | text to appear here}}. As an example, for white text on green background use: {{colour| white| green| for white text on green background use:}}.

For colored text with normal background, leave the background color blank. For example, if you want red text use: {{color| red| | if you want red text use:}}

The color names can also be substituted with the html color code. See Template:Colour for more information.


Headings should be used at the beginning of a new paragraph about a new topic.

==Level 2 Heading==

appears as:

Level 2 Heading

There are various levels of heading which can be used to give structure to an article. The heading you should use is the level two heading although you may also use smaller sub-headings. The level is decided by the number of equal signs on either side. E.g:

===Level 3 Heading===

appears as:

Level 3 Heading

====Level 4 Heading====

appears as:

Level 4 Heading


Write a clickable link to an article inside this wiki — encase title of article to be linked to (which is case sensitive) in double square brackets then a pipe symbol and the intended appearance

[[Pets|All about pets!]]

--> All about pets!

Note: the pipe symbol is above the backwards slash key (\) on many keyboards, type Shift+\ to access it.

Write a clickable link to an external page — Encase link with single square brackets then after the link, type a space, then write the intended appearence of the link

[ Example link]

Example link


How to write bullet points — write an asterisk at the beginning of the line

* Example
  • Example

How to write a numbered list — write # at the beginning of each line. spaces will separate the number sequences.




  1. point
  2. pointy
  3. pointer
  1. pointthesecond

Collapsible Tables

First, read the wikipedia article on tables

This code will make a collapsed table:

{| class="mw-collapsible mw-collapsed wikitable"  style="text-align:left;
! colspan="6"| Words to Appear Before Expansion
! scope="col" | Column 1 Title
! scope="col" | Column 2 Title
! scope="col" | Column 3 Title
! scope="col" | Column 4 Title
! scope="col" | Column 5 Title
! scope="col" | Column 6 Title
||  A1 || B1 || C1 || D1 || E1 || F1
||  A2 || B2 || C2 || D2 || E2 || F2
which produces
Words to Appear Before Expansion
Column 1 Title Column 2 Title Column 3 Title Column 4 Title Column 5 Title Column 6 Title
A1 B1 C1 D1 E1 F1
A2 B2 C2 D2 E2 F2
  • To make the table initially expanded replace the word "collapsed" with "expand"
  • To change the number of columns, add columns like a normal table, but change the "6" to the total number of columns so that the "Words to Appear Before Expansion" spread across the whole table.

References section

Footnotes and citations can be added with <ref> tags like this:

There are 600 cows<ref>as of 2012-09-15</ref> which roam the fields.

appears as:

There are 600 cows[1] which roam the fields.

Note that there's no space between cows and <ref>.

Then at the very end of the article, add this:

== References ==

which appears as:

  1. as of 2012-09-15

Making text invisible / only visible when editing

Useful for comments to be seen by editors only. To exclude text from the page, but leave it visible in the "edit" tab, place it inside an HTML comment.

Comments start with <!-- and end with -->. Note that if the comment is on a line of its own, the software will count that as a blank line, which can affect formatting.



You may want to use Templates in your article.

Most templates you're likely to use will have documentation about how to use it, and if you use the What links here special page (listed under Tools in the sidebar to the left) you'll see a list of pages that use that particular template, so you can see it in action.

It is very important that you don't edit any page with Template: at the start of the page name. Editing the templates is not how you use them; putting the name of the template in double curly brackets {{like this}} in the page you want to use it is what you need to do.

See: List of Templates


Those special templates allow to display information in an aesthetic box. Always appearing at the top of the page, they allow to categorize instantly the page they are in and so their use is highly recommanded in articles.

See: Infoboxes

Some commonly used templates

  • {{Usergod}} used on your user page to present a nicely formatted summary of yourself as a God or Goddess of Godville
  • {{Monster}} used as a basis for most articles about the monsters that appear on Godville
  • {{Hero}} used to present a nicely formatted summary of your hero or heroine's stats
  • {{Guild}} used to present a nicely formatted summary of a guild's stats on its page
  • {{Diary}} used to write like if it was a diary entry from your superhero page.
  • {{GE}} used to easily convert from A.D. date to g.e. date.
  • {{Quote}} used to write quote in a more aesthetic way.
  • {{Top}} add floating "Back to the Top" and "To the Bottom" to the page, in the bottom left of the screen.

A list of available templates can be found on Category:Templates



Image files must be uploaded to the Godwiki server in order to be used in an article. They can be uploaded either before or after editing the article where the image will be used.

To upload images, visit the special page Upload file and use the form there to place images on the server.

Please note that images should only be uploaded if they are for immediate use in an article. Godwiki is not an image-hosting platform, and images should never be uploaded "in case they're useful" or "to be used at some point". Images which are not used in articles may be deleted without notice.

Placing in articles

More information: See Help:Pictures on The Other Wiki.

Images can be used in articles by typing the name of the image file into different codes.

As the display of the full version of the file will rarely look very good, it is highly recommanded to use parameter which will allow the picture size to scale according to the screen size:

  • For a picture with a border and the possibility to add a caption
[[File:Example.png|thumb|your caption here]]
  • For a picture without border (and no possibility of caption)
  • If you still need to change the size of picture (will still scale) add the following parameter:

|upright=1 (1 being the default size, 0,5 being half size, etc.)

  • If you want to add a picture to an infobox, you only need to add the name of the file after the infobox parameter:


Some infoboxes on the Godwiki have different names for the image parameters, check each template's page for documentation, and you can take a look at the list of infoboxes templates.


You can also add a link to the image without displaying it:

  • Link to the file page of the image:
  • Link to a full version display of the picture

Talks and Help


When you write in a talk page, it is useful to leave a signature so readers know by whom and when it was written without consulting the historic of the page. To do it so, add two dashes - and four tildes ~ at the end of your message.


Example of display:

 --WardPhoenix (talk) 16:11, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

Signature is only meant to be used in talk pages.


The special page Help:Requests is the place where you can ask for help if you need some for the writing of your GodWiki article, weither it is for English language assistance or for the formatting of your article.

It is also used for the full reviewing of articles during GodWiki events.


Now that you know enough to write a good wiki article, you can contribute! Thank you for reading. The first version of this guide was originally developed by GodSpode  and was updated by many contributors since.

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