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To allow for proper quality control on Gamerpedia, since 14 April 2008, we have allowed our users to mark articles with tags in order to point out problems or suggest changes to an article that they do not feel they can fix themselves. These "Tags" vary in style, but most are message boxes that can be added to the start of, or a segment in an article to point out problems with the quality of the article. Currently, six such tags exist across Gamerpedia.

The following is a list of all the tags, what they are intended for, and what they look like. In some cases, it may be possible to find out more detailed information about a tag by visiting its page.

[edit] Quality Tags

[edit] Stub

Purpose: Used for indicating an article that is too short.

While there is no rule in Gamerpedia for how long an article can be, to be genuinely useful we ask that all articles are written with a large amount of detailed information. The "Stub" tag allows you to ask for more content to be added to articles that you think are lacking in content or detail.

Articles that are given the Stub tag are automatically put into Category:Stub Articles. This allows people to visit this category to see what articles need work. It also adds this text to the article:

To use this tag in an article, you simply have to end the article with the line {{Stub}}. This MUST be placed at the end of the article to work correctly.

[edit] Biased

Purpose: Highlights biased articles

All articles on Gamerpedia are written with the intention of informing people with truthful and factual information. However, there is always a possibility that one of our contributors may make a new article where the content appears to support a certain opinion, either accidentally or intentionally. If you feel an article is biased towards a certain opinion, you are encouraged to use the Bias tag on the article.

The easiest way to use this tag is simply to edit an article and type {{Biased}} at the start of it. This will cause this to be displayed:

This article may need rewriting from a neutral point of view.
This article appears to be biased towards a certain viewpoint.

Please edit this article to represent a neutral point of view. Biased material may be challenged and/or removed. Tagged since 23:13, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

However, you may wish to change the text inside the Tag to remove your name from it, or to give a better reason for why the article is tagged as Biased. To do that, type {{Biased|}} and add any of the following after the |:

  • date=April 2008

This will remove your name from the tag, and allow you to change the date shown for when the tag was added. Change "April 2008" to whatever date you want to use. You can type the date any way you want.

  • suggestion=Please read the Discussion Thread to see what material is challenged.

This allows you to make a suggestion for how to fix the problem. Change the part after the = to whatever you wish to suggest.

Example: {{Biased|date=April 2008|suggestion=This is only a test}} will show:

This article may need rewriting from a neutral point of view.
This article appears to be biased towards a certain viewpoint.

This is only a test April 2008

[edit] Move

Purpose: For suggesting that an article or part of it should be renamed.

If you think an article could be better named, mark it with the Move tag and let's all discuss why.

This is a very simple one. Put this into the top of the article you think needs renaming, changing NAME into the name you think the article should be renamed to:

{{Move|NAME}}

Example: {{Move|Help}} would show:

Merge-arrow.gif Move proposal: It has been suggested that this page be moved to a new name: 'Help'.
Use the talk page to discuss this action.

Discussing the rename should then be done on that article's talk page as linked to by the tag.

[edit] Needpics

Purpose: To request that an article has more pictures added to it.

For some articles, seeing what is being described instead of just reading about it, helps a person understand the topic better. Also, long swathes of text with nothing to break it up are tedious and can dissuade a person from reading the whole article. Thus, Gamerpedia heavily supports the inclusion of images within articles to offer pictorial demonstrations, or to show off box art, logos etc.

The {{needpics}} tag allows you to draw attention to articles that you feel fail to strike a good balance of text-to-pictures; or for which there is something on the page that you think needs a picture to properly explain the concept or fill in missing information. Pages with the {{needpics}} tag included are automatically added to the list located at, which is also linked to from the Main Page, allowing people to check them out and help to add more pictures to them. It also adds the following message to the article itself:

NoFile.png This article lacks pictures

Large articles such as this one are often hard to read, and using pictures can help make it easier on the eyes. The article may also contain information, such as a design, that can be better described through use of one or more pictures. If you have or can create a picture that is relevant to this article, please convert it to a web-compatible format, then use Special:Upload to upload it to Gamerpedia, and edit this article to include it. Tagged since 04/2011

Usage is simple. Just add the message {{needpics}} at the very top of the article, leaving space between the tag and the article itself, and Save page.

[edit] Attribution Tags

[edit] WikipediaBased

Purpose: Mandatory tag for indicating an article is based on a Wikipedia article.

This tag is different from most other tags, as it is used for attribution purposes. You see, Gamerpedia articles often copy or use information from Wikipedia articles as their base to allow us to give you the most detailed information possible about something. But, to allow Wikipedia to be as open as it is right now and make copying or sourcing possible, Wikipedia uses a type of licence called the GNU GPL, which basically lets you do anything with the licensed work, provided that the results are also licensed under the same terms. But, for this precise reason, the GNU GPL is incompatible with almost any other licence.

Gamerpedia does NOT use the GNU GPL. While we encourage the use of our articles as a source for future works or to enhance your own knowledge, we also want to make sure that those around us who have pooled their own knowledge together to bring you the kinds of detailed information Wikis such as this base their reputation on, are properly credited for their efforts, and also give them the comfort that their work will not ever be misused, as well as a legal recourse if it is. For this reason, we instead use the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Licence. This still allows articles to be used in almost any possible way, but requires credit to be given to the original work as well as the modified work keeping to the same licence.

Since the two licences are not compatible, we can only copy Wikipedia articles if we agree to the GNU GPL terms - and do not apply the Creative Commons licence - for those articles alone. This is the purpose of the WikipediaBased tag. By marking an article with this tag, the article is correctly marked as having originally belonged to Wikipedia. Articles marked as such do not follow the licensing terms of Gamerpedia itself, but instead retain the GNU GPL licence used by Wikipedia, and may never be re-licensed in any form from this point forwards.

To put it simply, if an article or significant parts of an article come directly from Wikipedia, you MUST use this tag within the article! Failure to do so will result in removal of the offending edits.

To use the WikipediaBased tag, place this at the very top of the required article:

{{WikipediaBased|original=ARTICLE}}

Where ARTICLE is the name of the Wikipedia Article being used as the base. For best results, you should write the Article name exactly as it appears on the Wikipedia page itself.

Note: On 6 April 2011, this tag's template was rewritten to work around an annoying flaw. Prior to this date, if the title of the Wikipedia article contained spaces (which was the case in most article names longer than one word), the spaces would need to be replaced with underscores for the link back to Wikipedia to work. This was due to how MediaWiki handles external links by default. While links will still work if underscores are used, it is no longer necessary or recommended, as it makes the link shown on the Gamerpedia article look odd.

[edit] Informative Tags

[edit] Tooltip

Purpose: Adds a tooltip to a piece of text.

The tooltip tag can be used in-line in any article to aid understanding of an unclear part of an article. Say, for example, an article mentions the size of something as "3 feet" and you want people to be able to see how much that is in Meters. You can do something like this:

{{tip|3 feet|0.9144 meters}}

In an article, that example would appear like this: 3 feet. Notice the dotted line. Now put your mouse over it and see what happens. As you can see, the cursor changes to a "help" cursor and you see the "hint" as a tooltip. When you move away these disappear.

To use the Tooltip tag, just place this in an article wherever you want it to appear: {{tip|text|help}} . Change "text" to what you want underlined in the article, and "help" to what you want the tip to be when a person mouses over it.

[edit] Links

These are not technically tags, but are still useful. MediaWiki contains some "interwiki" definitions, which mean that you can make a link on one Wiki that links to an article on another Wiki, without creating an external link. This makes it easier, for example if you need to link to a Wikipedia article.

A full list of these can be found at mw:Manual:Interwiki, but the main one of note is "Wikipedia". You can link to a Wikipedia article directly from Gamerpedia by simply writing a link like this:

LINK TEXT

Where ARTICLE is the name of the Wikipedia article you want to link to, and LINK TEXT is what you want to call the link (this is optional and can be left out).

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