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About the BoardGameGeek Wiki

What is a Wiki?


A wiki is a type of website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change some available content. For more information about what a wiki is have a look at this entry in Wikipedia.

How do I find content in the BoardGameGeek Wiki?

To find content in the wiki use the Search box in the wiki toolbar or choose wiki in the regular search box. A great place to start exploring the wiki is the wiki main index.

How do I link to a Wiki Page?

Links to other wiki pages can be entered in wiki pages, forum entries and game entries etc. Links to wiki pages are created by putting the page name in double square brackets. [[BoardGameGeek]] becomes BoardGameGeek. Another way to link to a wiki page when posting in the Forums is to click on the "Wiki button".

How do I link to Games, Forum entries and Geeklists etc?

This wiki exists in conjunction with the BoardGameGeek database. Using Wiki Formatting, you can link to database content including games, forums and GeekLists. For example, if you wish to link to a specific game from a forum entry or a wiki page just put "gameid=" followed by the GameID number between square brackets. Typing [gameid=1] will result in a link to Die Macher.

How do I edit content in the BoardGameGeek Wiki?

To edit an existing wiki page simply click on "Edit" at the top of the page. Read about Wiki Formatting and the Wiki Content Guidelines before editing a page. Click on Save when you're ready or Preview to see what the page will look like once you have saved. It's also a good idea to enter some information about what changes you have made to the page in the Edit summary field.

How do I edit Game, Designer, and Publisher Descriptions?

On each game page, the "Description" section is a wiki page named game:GAMEID. Click on "Edit" in the blue header strip to edit the content. See the Game Description Guidelines for what kind of content should and should not be included on these pages. To edit the profile of a game designer or a game publisher, go to their respective page and click on Edit in the blue header strip of the profile module.

How do I create a new Wiki Page?

Read about Wiki Formatting and the Wiki Content Guidelines before creating a new page.

If you find a red link, that means that someone has created a link to a page that he or she thinks should be created. If you think you can contribute to that page simply follow the red link. The page will be almost empty except the title of the page and an invitation to edit the page. Click on Edit and start typing. Don't worry if what you write isn't perfect. Someone else will probably correct it later by editing the page again. Click on Save when you're ready or Preview to see what the page will look like once you have saved it.

Example: This is a red link to a page that has not yet been edited: Do not edit this page.

You may also create a new wiki page even if you don't find a red link. Lets say you want to create a wiki page about Monkeys. One way to do this would be to go to http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Monkeys and click on edit. However, this will create an orphaned page, a page that isn't linked to from any other page. There's a better way to create new wiki pages and that is to create a link to the new page from an already existing wiki page. If you want to create a page about Monkeys then you might want to link to that page from an already existing page called Animals. You can find already existing wiki pages by using the search box or clicking on All or Index in the toolbar. You create the link to the new page by putting the page name in double square brackets, e.g. [[Monkeys]]. Save the page, follow the link and start editing the new page you have created.

Example: Go to this page and try creating a link to a new page: Link Test Page.

What content belongs in the Wiki?

Generally, the Wiki is open to content of all types, however certain kinds of content lend themselves better to other areas of BGG. Specifically, discussions, questions, strategy articles and the like belong in the Forums. Lists of games, especially with personal commentary and the like, should be GeekLists. Informational lists (eg, lists of game "sets", such as the Alea big box series) would be good wiki pages. Images should be submitted and approved through the standard game Image submissions. The wiki is not meant to be a way to circumvent GeekMod. Links to outside sites should generally be submitted as game links in the Links Section of the game entries or in the Forums.

The wiki is especially well suited for site and community documentation as well as organization of information about a particular topic that is spread throughout the Geek. See the Wiki Content Highlights for a list and discussion of highlighted content. Click on index in the toolbar above for a top level index for the content in the wiki.

More information about what content belongs in the wiki can be found in the Wiki Content Guidelines.

How should I format my wiki page or game/designer/publisher description to be consistent?

For game, designer, and publisher descriptions, you really should refer to the BoardGameGeek Wiki Style Guide, so the site gradually gets a cleaner, more consistent look to its game descriptions. Though with a wiki page you have more creative license, you still should at least consider the guidelines and rationale of the Style Guide.

Wiki Toolbar

The wiki toolbar is at the top of each wiki page and contains the following tools:

  • Search box: Use the search box to search for content in the wiki.
  • Index: The index is a top level index for the content in the wiki.
  • All: Lists all the pages in the wiki (except game descriptions, publisher- and designer profiles).
  • Recent: Shows recent changes made to all pages in the wiki.
  • Guidelines: Guidelines for what content is appropriate for the wiki.
  • Article: Link to the current page you are on.
  • Edit: Click on edit to make changes to the current wiki page.
  • History: Shows all the changes made to the current wiki page.

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