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Improving, Reviewing, and Removing

These templates are the primary tools the community uses to regulate content. The wiki is intended to be self-regulating. That is to say, making a beautiful wiki is everyone's responsibility, not just that of a few specific users or the administrators. If you see anything on the wiki that doesn't seem up to scratch, don't hesitate to get involved. As Gandhi supposedly once said, "You must be the change you wish to see in this world." So too can be said to be true of this wiki. We all play an active role in making this a great community to be involved in, and helping each other improve each others' work is the primary mode of interaction with other users here.

It is often best to begin by bringing up issues on a talk page first however, as these templates, if left for too long, can ultimately result in the abandoned template being applied to a work, and then eventual deletion. If nobody answers back for a while, (Like a couple of days; people have lives, you know!) then it is perfectly reasonable to post a template on the page.

Of course, you could always go the alternative route and adopt a page which appears to have been abandoned. Some of the greatest works this wiki has ever seen have been deletion bin rescues or abandonment adoptees. Take a browse through the list of abandoned pages from time to time, if you're looking for something to polish. You might just find a diamond in the rough.

Finally, this wiki is intended to be collaborative. We are supposed to work with each other for the betterment of a page and the wiki as a whole. A page could have an original author as well as multiple adoptors at the same time, and that is totally OK. Please do not use these templates to needlessly harass your fellow wikians, (see our Help:Behavioral Policy) or use them to restrict a user from interacting with ostensibly main-wiki content. If you do not want your creation to be tampered with as a part of the main wiki's agenda, please contact an administrator for assistance with making user subpages.

Template Usage Example
{{abandoned}} To designate a page as abandoned, add the code below to the top of that page. Do not remove any content from the page when adding this template.

{{abandoned|~~~~~|(Optional) Reasoning behind template addition.}}

A page can be designated as abandoned if it (1) has enough of a framework started to be able to complete the page but is abandoned of content which falls under one of the other reviewing templates[1] or (2) has enough of a framework started to be able to complete the page but is abandoned of someone to make that happen.

In most cases 1 year after a page is marked as abandoned it will be deleted. Pages will not get deleted which have been improved upon to a better point. If the page does not meet these minimum standards, then add the {{delete}} template instead.

  1. Other reviewing templates include {{needsbalance}}, {{stub}}, {{wikify}}, or {{wording}}. Please note a reason is needed for such templates.
Recycle.png This page was marked as abandoned on ~~~~~ because: (Optional) Reasoning behind template addition. (discuss)

If you think you can improve this page please bring the page up to the level of other pages of its type, then remove this template. If this page is completely unusable as is and can't be improved upon based on the information given so far then replace this template with a {{delete}} template. If this page is not brought to playability within one year it will be proposed for deletion.

Edit this Page | All abandoned pages

{{delete}} To nominate a page for deletion add the code below to the top of that page. Do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. The discussion about its deletion should take place on its talk page.

{{delete|~~~~~|<!--Insert why this article should not be present on D&D Wiki here.-->}}

When nominating an incomplete page for deletion please make sure that it is not being actively improved upon. See Help:Improving, Reviewing, and Removing Templates for further information about the various tools and methods we use to improve pages on this wiki.

In most cases 14 days after a page is nominated for deletion it will be deleted. Pages will not get deleted which have been improved upon to a better point or the reason for deletion has been addressed.

Recycle.png This page was proposed for deletion on ~~~~~ because: <!--Insert why this article should not be present on D&D Wiki here.--> (discuss).

Need a page deleted immediately? Use {{needsadmin}} instead!

If it is obvious that this page should not be deleted or if this page has been fixed since this template was added, please remove this template. However please do not remove this template from pages you have created yourself. Instead, please discuss whether changes made to this page are sufficient to warrant removal of this template. Why is my article up for deletion?
Administrators remember to check if anything links here and the page history (last edit) before deleting

Edit this Page | Articles which may get deleted

{{wikify}} To request a page gets formatted please and add the code below to the top of that page. Please do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. The discussion about its formatting should take place on its talk page.

{{wikify|<!--Insert what one needs to format to have this template removed here.-->}}

600px-Ambox wikify.svg.png This page is not formatted correctly. Reason: <!--Insert what one needs to format to have this template removed here.-->


You can help D&D Wiki by improving the formatting on this page. When the formatting has been changed so that this template is no longer applicable please remove this template. If you do not understand D&D Wiki's formatting standards please leave comments on this page's talk page before making any edits.
Edit this Page | All pages needing formatting help

{{needsbalance}} To request a page gets balanced please and add the code below to the top of that page. Please do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. The discussion about its balance should take place on its talk page.

{{needsbalance|<!--Insert why this article is not balanced here.-->}}

Scales.png This page is of questionable balance. Reason: <!--Insert why this article is not balanced here.-->


You can help D&D Wiki by better balancing the mechanics of this page. When the mechanics have been changed so that this template is no longer applicable please remove this template. If you do not understand balance please leave comments on this page's talk page before making any edits.
Edit this Page | All pages needing balance

{{requestreview}} To request a page gets reviewed please and add the code below to the top of that page. Please do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. The discussion about its review should take place on its talk page.

{{requestreview|<!--Insert which areas of the article you are uncertain about or would like to see reviewed.-->}}

512px-Searchtool.png The main contributor(s) of this page determined that this page should be reviewed. Reason: <!--Insert which areas of the article you are uncertain about or would like to see reviewed.-->


You can help D&D Wiki by reviewing this page. When this page has been reviewed so that this template is no longer applicable please remove this template. If you do not understand how to review this page please leave comments on this page's talk page before making any edits.
All pages needing to be reviewed

{{stub}} To request a page gets completed and/or flavor gets added please and add the code below to the top of that page. Please do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. The discussion about it's completeness/flavor should take place on it's talk page.

{{stub|<!--Insert which areas of the article are incomplete, which areas do not meet their respective preload completeness requirements, and/or which areas are lacking in flavor.-->}}

For a list of all base class stubs please see Category:Base Class Stub

Stub Logo.png This page is incomplete and/or lacking flavor. Reason: <!--Insert which areas of the article you feel are incomplete or are lacking in flavor.-->


You can help D&D Wiki by finishing and/or adding flavor to this page. When the flavor has been changed so that this template is no longer applicable please remove this template. If you do not understand the idea behind this page please leave comments on this page's talk page before making any edits.
Edit this Page | All stubs

{{wording}} To request a page gets grammatical help please and add the code below to the top of that page. Please do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. The discussion about its grammar should take place on its talk page.

{{wording|<!--Insert the articles areas which have grammatical issues here. A more detailed list of an articles grammatical mistakes should be presented on the talk page; if desirable.-->}}

Broom Icon.svg.png This page needs grammatical help. Reason: <!--Insert the articles areas which have grammatical issues here. A more detailed list of an articles grammatical mistakes should be presented on the talk page; if desirable.-->


You can help D&D Wiki by improving the grammar on this page. When the grammar has been changed so that this template is no longer applicable please remove this template. If you do not understand the English language please leave comments on this page's talk page before making any edits.
Edit this Page | All pages needing grammatical help

{{needsadmin}} To request an administrator visit a page please add the code below to the top of that page. Please do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. If for whatever reason you cannot place this on the actual page, place it on the associated talk page.

{{needsadmin|Reason for needing an admin}}

Figure Male.png This page requires an Administrator. Reason: <!--Insert the specific issue to be adjudicated here.-->


This template may only be removed when an administrator has dealt with the above problem
Edit this Page | All pages needing an Admin

Disclaimers

These templates are the primary tools the community uses to protect content by communicating something about it. These templates protect pages from misguided, unjustified, or overzealous revision or removal, or are used to prevent users from interfering with each others edits. Where the improving, reviewing, and removing templates can ultimately lead to a page being removed due to a defective state, disclaimers tend to prevent works from being removed by validating them as acceptable on this wiki. The presence of a disclaimer at all generally indicates that there is some portion of the community which would disagree with the content's presence on the wiki, but that they are not a large enough group to form consensus for the community at large.

For example, there is a portion of this community which feels D&D should, in all ways, and at all times, be "PG-13 rated", and that inclusion of "offensive material", (gore, sex, cursing, etc.) indicates that a work is either vandalism or a violation of etiquette. However, this group is a minority. To keep the peace, we have a disclaimer which tells those people, before they read a page in detail, that it contains adult themes, and that they should simply look elsewhere. This is important, because D&D has been around for over 40 years, and many of our users are adults. (The oldest grognards are even actually beginning to die off of old age now.) D&D has the potential to express so much more than a simple children's game, and has been used to do so, so restricting such content from the wiki would actually be a disservice to the community. Much like the comics code had prevented comics from developing into an art form for 30 years, so too would a similar form of censorship over content here prevent us from expressing our true potential.

The other disclaimers cover similar instances where the benefit to the majority outweighs the loud, opinionated values of the minority. The copyright disclaimer protects derivative works from copyright tyrants who view fanart as an affront to originality, and april fools protects works of comedy from overly-serious curmudgeons who would label any hint of sarcasm as vandalism.

Template Usage Example
{{April Fools}} These entries may not actually have been submitted on April 1st, but they certainly fit the spirit of the day! Every year on April Fools Day, we celebrate by releasing a news article highlighting these pages. Pages with this template should not be edited as spam or vandalism, or marked for removal, review, or editing. They are intentionally designed to be comedic and entertaining. To add this template to a page, simply copy this wiki code to the top of the page.

{{April_Fools}}

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April Fools!
This content is not designed for use in
regular games, and may affect overall
balance and gameplay. Take caution
when using this material.
{{Adult Theme}} These are adult-oriented pages on D&D Wiki, and there's nothing wrong with that. Many of our users are adults, as D&D has been around for 40 years. The exact definition of what counts as "adult" is left mostly up to the community. While one user may find classical art depicting nude figures to be tasteful and acceptable, another may regard this as pornography. Discussion of this template's use should always be carried out in the format of "Given actual people are likely to be offended by this because of actual reasons". Any usage of this template in the format of "I am offended by this, mark it as adult" or "I have marked this for adult content" is unacceptable, and goes against the collaborative nature of this wiki. This is a tool for the community to protect itself, not for individual members to censor their fellow wikians. IF a reasonable discussion has occurred, and those involved have agreed to the use of this template, it can be added to the top of the page by copying this code there.

{{Adult Theme}}

Attention!
This page contains adult content which some may find offensive.
Do not view this page if you are a minor or are offended by such material.
{{Design Disclaimer}} Category:Design Disclaimer
Design Disclaimer
This content goes beyond the scope of the anticipated subjects and situations the {{{1}}} rules were intended to handle, and may be conceptually problematic for some players. When implementing this content, DMs and Players should consider the following:
{{Copyright Disclaimer}} D&D Wiki is pretty accepting of the fact that everyone here is participating in a fandom. We are a homebrew-focused community, so technically everything we make is a derivative work of Dungeons & Dragons. D&D itself was originally born as a derivative work of the tabletop wargame Chainmail! So, all of that being the case, it is not surprising that this wiki is home to hundreds of fan-works, representing peoples' favorite things in books, television, movies, anime, comics, videogames, and who-knows-what-else! To identify these things as derivative works, and protect them from unjustified copyright infringement claims, we make use of the copyright disclaimer. It can be placed at the top of a page by pasting the following code.

{{Copyright Disclaimer|owner=<!--The name of the corporation which owns the copyrighted work your creation is derived from.-->|franchise=<!--The name of the overall product franchise the original work is a part of.-->}}

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This page may resemble content endorsed, sponsored or affiliated to {{{franchise}}} franchise, and/or include content directly affiliated with and/or owned by {{{owner}}}. D&D Wiki neither claims nor implies any rights to {{{franchise}}} copyrights, trademarks or logos, nor any owned by {{{owner}}}. This site is for non profit use only. Furthermore, the following content is a derivative work that falls under, and the use of which is protected by, the Fair Use designation of US Copyright and Trademark Law. We ask you to please add the {{needsadmin}} template if there is a violation to this disclaimer within this page.
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{{WIP}} WIP stands for Work In Progress. This template indicates the article is undergoing a long edit. It indicates that it is not finished and users should be careful if editing. To use this template, copy the following code to the top of the page.

{{WIP}}

It has become customary among some users to use the WIP template inside the stub template as justification for the incomplete state. This allows the page to undergo significant revision, or exist in an incomplete state, without cluttering the "complete" content DPLs, and also invites other users to get involved with the revision process, and staves off requests for deletion due to an extended state of incompleteness. However, this template is not justification to simply choose not to finish filling out a page or fleshing out an idea completely. This is a tool for the benefit of active contributors and editors, not an excuse to be lazy or sloppy.

Work In Progress
{{inuse}} Pages with this template are currently undergoing a major edit. The function of this template is to prevent users from overlapping posts. (If you've ever gotten the "your edit conflicts" message, you know just how frustrating this can be) This template is generally saved to a page immediately before a user goes through and does a thorough revision, such as when someone decides to do a spell-check of a particularly verbose page. To use this template, simply copy the following code to the top of the page.

{{inuse}}

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As a courtesy, please do not edit this page while this message is displayed. The user who added this notice will be listed in the page history. If this page has not been edited for several hours, please remove this template. This message is intended to help reduce edit conflicts; please remove it between editing sessions to allow others to edit the page.

{{ImageNeeded}} To request a page gets an image please add the code below somewhere on that page. Please do not remove any content from the page when adding this template. The discussion about its image should take place on its talk page.

{{ImageNeeded}}

This page needs an image. If you are an artist, or know of any image that would fit this page, please upload a picture and add it.

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