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The following conventions apply when editing on the Wiki. This page should be added to the watchlist (click the Actions button, then Watch), to receive notifications when it is updated.

Also visit MediaWiki Help for additional tips on editing.

Writing style

The following writing style rules apply:

  • American English proper grammar and spelling is used.
  • Impersonal and formal style is used ("The following Dragon can be obtained" rather than "You can get the following Dragon").
  • Calendar date format in article text is Day-Month-Year (e.g., 8 January 2015).
  • Event page titles use yy/mm/dd (e.g., 15/01/08) date format while event images use the yy.mm.dd (example: 15.01.08) format.
  • Time is written in 24-hour-clock format as hh:mm (e.g., 18:30) while the time zone is UTC.
  • The system of measurement standard is the metric system.
  • Thousands/millions are separated by a comma and not a period (e.g., 1,250 Gold/Hour, not 1250 Gold/Hour; 25,225 Health; and so on). The only exceptions are the positions on event leaderboards that use no separator and names of Base Gold per Hour categories.
  • Increments of time are written as hours and minutes, not as decimals or fractions (example: 2 hours and 30 minutes).
  • Decimals use a period and not a fraction (example: a multiplier of 4.75 is used for Level 45 players).
  • Numbers in articles are written in digits when used alongside currency (and anything that acts like a cost), Food, levels, stats, modifiers, and timers or durations. Otherwise, they are written in letters.
Important Icon.png NEVER add game content not yet released by Gameloft. Doing so without permission from Gameloft may result in a ban from wiki editing, or if repeated, a ban from accessing the wiki. Information released by Gameloft can generally be posted in the form it was released (e.g., if text about something was released by Gameloft, that text can be added; if an image was released by Gameloft, a corresponding image can be added). The wiki Staff may have a bit of added discretion in posting very minor things, when in doubt, please ask a Staff member before posting.

Capitalization

Use the following capitalization guidelines

  • Words referring to names, or particular objects are capitalized (e.g., level when used in general, is not capitalized, but when specifying a particular level it is capitalized. For example: "the player unlocks the Dragon Academy at Level 4" or the word "chest" is when specifying a particular type of chest: "The Epic Chest is the most expensive of all chests").
  • Some words, both the word itself (in both singular and plural forms) and what they refer to, when referring to in-game features or mechanics, are always capitalized (except for prepositions contained within them): Dragon, Element. As such, when referring to in-game Dragons, the word is capitalized, but when referring to dragons outside the game the word is not capitalized. Element is used to refer to one of the twelve attributes of a Dragon (Fire, Wind, Earth, Water, Plant, Metal, Energy, Void, Light, Shadow, Legendary, Divine). Thus, when element is used under the meaning of feature or component, it is not capitalized.
Always capitalized (when referring to game mechanics and features)
The following are words (in both singular and plural forms) that, when referring to game mechanics and features, are always capitalized (except for prepositions contained within them):

Note: Even when not written by its complete name, the feature must still be capitalized (e.g., The [Bottomless] Dungeon is unlocked later in the game).

Terminology

  • Type or classification is used to refer to the rarity of a Dragon (Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary, and Divine, Boss).
  • Archipelago refers to the collective group of islands, while Dragolandia refers to where the entire game takes place; thus it includes the Archipelago, the Campaign Map, and other locations in the game.
  • Main or Side Quests must be written as Quest Number (Full Name), for example: Quest 1 (Port Of Numa). Additionally, it must be specified from which mode it is part of (Normal Mode or Heroic Mode).
  • Most Dragons have two names, their species name and their given name, ensure the species name is used appropriately.

Articles (Pages)

Article Models

An article model is a guide to model pages after, used on pages of a similar type to keep them unified in format and appearance. When creating a new Dragon or Event article/page, please follow the pre-defined models:

Creating Articles

Before creating a new page, always search the topic thoroughly to make sure it is not covered on another page. Methods for creating a new page are as follows:

Creating a New Page
Search + "Redlink" (Preferred Method) New Page feature (error-prone)

Preferred method:

  1. Open Special:Search.
  2. Enter and search for the page name, using the appropriate name (the full, official name as found in the game itself), with proper capitalization (what you search for is also used to create the new page, exactly as entered).
    • Example: "Bottomless Dungeon" has proper capitalization where "Bottomless dungeon" does not, and just "Dungeon" would be incorrect as it is not the correct title as it appears in-game).
  3. Check search results, ensure page or page section doesn't already exist. Your search text creates a red link:
"Create the page New Page Name on this wiki! See search results found"
  1. If no existing page/section exists, click the red link to create the page exactly as entered.
  2. Enter page content and always preview for errors and make corrections before saving.
  3. Save the page.

New Page feature (error-prone)

  1. Click New Page in the sidebar Utilities section.
  2. Choose the correct page type.
  3. In the input field, enter the full, official name found in the game itself (with proper capitalization) and press the Add new button.
    • Example: "Bottomless Dungeon" has proper capitalization where "Bottomless dungeon" does not, and just "Dungeon" would be incorrect as it is not the correct title as it appears in-game).
  4. Enter the content you want on the page, then always preview for errors and make necessary corrections before saving.
  5. Click the Save page button.

Editing

See Editing for more information

Existing Pages

Editing can be done by using: Pages can be edited in Edit (Source) mode by visiting the page and pressing Actions (button) > Edit. This allows you to work with wikitext.

Note: Always click the Show preview button before saving changes to check your edits are correct; this prevents staff from having to patrol (mark as reviewed) multiple edits to the same page. Individual page sections can be edited, but if you have to edit multiple sections of the same page, please edit the entire page instead.

Important Icon.png NEVER add game content not yet released by Gameloft. Doing so without permission from Gameloft may result in a ban from wiki editing, or if repeated, a ban from accessing the wiki. Information released by Gameloft can generally be posted in the form it was released (e.g., if text about something was released by Gameloft, that text can be added; if an image was released by Gameloft, a corresponding image can be added). The wiki Staff may have a bit of added discretion in posting very minor things, when in doubt, please ask a Staff member before posting.

Undoing an edit

Undoing an edit can be done via the Actions (button) > History, finding the edit in the History list, then click the Undo link for the edit that needs to be reverted.

Text formatting

See this MediaWiki article for more information

  • Bold text: '''Dragon Mania Legends'''.
  • Italic text: ''Dragon Mania Legends''.
  • Bold and Italic text: '''''Dragon Mania Legends'''''.

Linking

See this MediaWiki article for more information

Whenever referencing another page or its content, link to it at least once.

  • Exact page name link: [[Campaign Map]] results in Campaign Map.
    • Linking is case sensitive after the first word. For example, [[Campaign map]] doesn't match the actual page title because of the lowercase "m", an incorrect red link is shown on the page instead, indicating the page doesn't exist. Incorrect links also cause pages to show up in Wanted Pages erroneously, which must be fixed by staff.
  • Override link text: [[Campaign Map|Campaign Display Text]] becomes: Campaign Display Text.

Use caution linking to categories, since this categorizes pages mistakenly and causes the text itself to disappear! Instead, use the {{ctg}} template (e.g., {{ctg|Dragons|Display Text}} results in Display Text) to create in-text links to categories.

  • External page link: [https://www.gameloft.com/en/ Gameloft] looks like this: Gameloft (Note the space between the URL and the display text at the end).

Feature History

When updates change or introduce new features, each change is entered in the History section at the bottom of the corresponding page, using the {{update}} template (see that template page for documentation on how to use the template).

Categorization

See this MediaWiki article for more information

  • All pages and files/images must be properly categorized depending on the type, the required categories can be found here.
  • Categorize a page by adding [[Category:Name of Category]] at the bottom of the article, while using the Source Editor.
  • All image categories start with the "Images:" prefix (i.e. [[Category:Images:Name of Category]]). The easiest way to categorize an image is during file upload, by adding the categorization in the Summary box, using either the classic uploader or multiple uploader. If already uploaded, image categorization can be added to the bottom of the image page.

Tables

Tables can be a challenge to understand and create in MediaWiki format. Once familiar with tables, it is easier to work with them in (Source) Edit mode. The following is an example of what table source looks like and each line's function:

{|class="wikitable sortable" <-- This is the start of a table and what type
! <-- This is a header 1
! <-- This is a header 2
! <-- This is a header 3
|- <-- This is the start of a row
| <-- This starts a new cell
| <-- This starts a new cell
| <-- This starts a new cell
|- <-- This is the end of a row
|} <-- This is the end of a table


The output of that is:

<-- This is a header 1 <-- This is a header 2 <-- This is a header 3
<-- This starts a new cell <-- This starts a new cell <-- This starts a new cell
  • For more help editing tables view MediaWiki Table help.
  • Column span: To get a cell to span (stretch through) more than one column use the colspan property.
  • Row span: To get a cell to span (stretch through) more than one row use the rowspan property.
  • For visual help to build wiki tables, try the MediaWiki Table Generator. Do NOT apply custom background colors, outlines, cell color and/or formatting to your table, such styles will be removed by a staff for readability and consistency.

Using Templates

See this MediaWiki article for a larger documentation about templates and their proper use

Templates are indicated by their opening {{ and closing }} curly brackets, as well as the parameters |parametername=and values (text after the equals sign) they contain. The values tell the template what kind of content to generate for you. Templates are used for many purposes, such as to format, shortcut, repeat, calculate, or style content uniformly across pages in a multitude of ways. This wiki makes heavy use of templates, and most templates have template documentation to explain their parameters, potential values, and use. Template documentation is displayed, often with examples, on their template page (in the Template:Template_Name namespace). A full list of templates is located here.

Infobox Templates

Infobox templates are used to generate specific types of pages and create information boxes at the right of a page, commonly seen on Event pages and Dragon pages. Such templates may also generate part of the page body text, automatically link to images, and do automatic calculations to reduce maintenance. Each template has documentation that can be viewed at the bottom of its template page.

The primary Infobox templates used on this wiki are:

Icons & Links

Most icons have default sizes for a reason (to remain consistent and uniform in tables and in-line text) there are few cases where the size should be overridden.

Link template Usage Example
Code Outcome
Text
{{di}} Links to a Dragon page by both its article and icon, with the name being shown second. {{di|Fire|2}} Fire Dragon Icon.png Fire Dragon
Displays the Dragon icon with the name being shown second, but without a link to the page. {{di|Fire|n}} Fire Dragon Icon.png Fire Dragon
Links to a Dragon page by both its article and icon, with the name being shown first.* {{di|Fire}} Fire Dragon Fire Dragon Icon.png
{{ci}} Links to a rarity by its icon. {{ci|Rare}} Rare
{{ei}} Links to an Element by its icon. {{ei|Fire}} Fire
{{i}} Links to an article in the mainspace by its icon.*
{{i|Achievements}}
{{i|Fire Dragon}}
{{i|Experience}}
Achievements Icon.png
Fire Dragon Icon.png
Experience Icon.png
Links to an article in the mainspace by its icon*, and specifies how large the icon should be in px (without adding the px). {{i|Experience||30}} Experience Icon.png
Displays an icon without containing any links, except to the icon itself.
Replacing "i" with "|link|" and then adding the name of an article followed by it will link to that article.
{{i|Achievements|i}}
{{i|Messages|link|Social System#Messages}}
Achievements Icon.png
Messages Icon.png
Displays an icon without containing any links, except for the icon itself, and specifies how large the icon should be in px (without adding the px). {{i|Experience|i|30}} Experience Icon.png
Links to an article in the Category namespace by its icon. {{i|Boss Dragons|1}}
{{i|VIP Dragons|1}}
Boss Dragons Icon.png
VIP Dragons Icon.png
Links to an article in the Category namespace by its icon, and specifies how large the icon should be in px (without adding the px). {{i|Boss Dragons|1|30}} Boss Dragons Icon.png
Links to an article in the mainspace by both its article and icon with the name being shown first. {{i|Achievements|2}}
{{i|Fire Dragon|2}}
{{i|Experience|2}}
Achievements Achievements Icon.png
Fire Dragon Fire Dragon Icon.png
Experience Experience Icon.png
Links to an article in the mainspace by both its article and icon, and specifies how large the icon should be in px (without adding the px). {{i|Experience|2|30}} Experience Experience Icon.png
Links to an article in the Category namespace by both its article and icon, with the name being shown first. {{i|Boss Dragons|c}}
{{i|VIP Dragons|c}}
Boss Dragons Boss Dragons Icon.png
VIP Dragons VIP Dragons Icon.png
Links to an article in the Category namespace by both its article and icon with the name being shown first, and specifies how large the icon should be in px (without adding the px). {{i|Boss Dragons|c|30}} Boss Dragons Boss Dragons Icon.png

Link templates

Link template Usage Example
Code Outcome
Text
{{ruin}} Links to a specific Ruin on the article Ruins. {{ruin|Ancient Palace}} Ancient Palace
{{ctg}} Links to categories by their name. {{ctg|Dragons}} Dragons
{{c}} Links to classification categories by their name. {{c|Rare}} Rare
{{e}} Links to Element categories by their name. {{e|Fire}} Fire
{{em}} Links to Element categories by their full name. {{em|Fire}} Fire Element
{{apd}} Links to the Arena Dragons category as "Arena-Prize Dragon". {{apd}} Arena-Prize Dragon
{{ced}} Links to the Clan Dragons category as "Clan-Exclusive Dragon". {{ced}} Clan-Exclusive Dragon
{{csd}} Links to the Card Dragons category as "Card-Segment Dragon". {{csd}} Card-Segment Dragon
{{ded}} Links to the Dungeon Dragons category as "Dungeon-Exclusive Dragon". {{ded}} Dungeon-Exclusive Dragon
{{ebd}} Links to the Enchantment Dragons category as "Enchantment-Breedable Dragon". {{ebd}} Enchantment-Breedable Dragon
{{eld}} Links to the Enchantment Dragons category as "Enchantment-League Dragon". {{eld}} Enchantment-League Dragon
{{eod}} Links to the Event Dragons category as "Event-Only Dragon". {{eod}} Event-Only Dragon
{{ltd}} Links to the Limited-Time Dragons category as "Limited-Time Dragon". {{ltd}} Limited-Time Dragon
{{red}} Links to the Reward Dragons category as "Reward-Exclusive Dragon". {{red}} Reward-Exclusive Dragon
{{ved}} Links to the VIP Dragons category as "VIP-Exclusive Dragon". {{ved}} VIP-Exclusive Dragon
{{bdgd}} Links to the Bottomless Dungeon Guaranteed Dragon category. {{bdgd}} Bottomless Dungeon Guaranteed Dragon
{{dotm}} Links to the Dragon of the Month category. {{dotm}} Dragon of the Month
{{dotw}} Links to the Dragon of the Week category. {{dotw}} Dragon of the Week
{{wdp}} Links to the Weekly Dragon Pieces category. {{wdp}} Weekly Dragon Pieces
{{ba}} Links to Attack base categories by their number. {{ba|56}} 56
{{bh}} Links to Health base categories by their number. {{bh|240}} 240
{{bg}} Links to Gold/Hour base categories by their number. {{bg|370}} 370
{{chr}} Links to a specific character on the article Characters.
If left empty, links to and displays the Trainer.
{{chr|Arya}}
{{chr}}
Arya
Trainer
{{cr}} Links to the Limited Currencies section on the article In-Game Currency while displaying a specific currency. {{cr|Dice}} Dice
{{h}} Links to a specific Habitat on the article Habitats. {{h|Legendary}} Legendary Habitat
{{island}} Links to a specific island on the article islands. {{island|Tranquil Garden}} Tranquil Garden
Other
{{mos}} Links to the Manual of Style. {{mos}} Manual of Style
{{coc}} Links to the Code of Conduct. {{coc}} Code of Conduct
{{ec}} Links to the Editing Central. {{ec}} Editing Central
{{wqrg}} Links to the Wiki Quick Reference Guide. {{wqrg}} Wiki Quick Reference Guide
{{wp}} Links to an article on Wikipedia. {{wp|Dragon}} Dragon
{{u}} Links to a user's page. {{u|DML Wiki}} DML Wiki
{{ut}} Links to a user's talk page. {{ut|DML Wiki}} talk page
{{template}} Links to a template in the Template: namespace with the name of the template displayed over a gray background. {{template|wp}} {{wp}}
{{dmlw}} Links to a page in the Dragon Mania Legends Wiki: namespace. {{dmlw|Staff}} Staff
{{rt}} Used for inserting rollover text.
Any symbol, word or even sentence(s) can be used to indicate that a word/sentence has rollover text information.
{{rt|*|text here}}
{{rt|word|text here}}

  • word
Adding the letter N (short for Note) on the first position will superscript it. {{rt|N|text here}} N
{{deadlink}} Used to indicate any kind of link that is no longer available. {{deadlink|[[MediaWiki:Smileys]]}} [dead link]
{{q}} Used for adding texts taken verbatim from the game between stylish quotes (not to be used in Infobox templates). {{q|Dragons}}

Dragons

{{q2}} Used for italicizing and adding anything inside a gray-colored box. {{q2|Dragons}} Dragons
{{see}} Used for linking additional information on a subject.
Adding a pipe after the subject and then manually entering text will change the default text.
{{see|[[Main Page]]}} See Main Page for more information
{{see|[[Main Page]]|for news}} See Main Page for news

If one wishes for an image or page to be deleted, then the {{delete|reason for deletion}} template must be added anywhere on a page and an admin will decide whether the page should be deleted, based on the given reason.

Images

Using Images

While most images are embedded by using templates, some must be put in the page body content itself; when this is the case, you can embed an image in a page by:

  • General Syntax: [[File:filename.extension|options|caption]].
  • Example: [[File:Academy Button (Codex).png|70px|Academy Button]] which result in Academy Button.

Uploading Images

Images are used (sparingly) to depict features of the game. Generally, the wiki staff/volunteers resize, crops, assemble or upload images from high-resolution images provided directly by Gameloft, since screenshots typically do not offer a high enough resolution.

  • Use Special:Upload for single files.
  • Use Special:MultiUpload for multiple-file uploads that go in the same category.
  • Text on images must be in American English.
  • Follow the image size restrictions (files sized not much larger than used on page, and most large files should not exceed 800px wide by 800px tall).

Image Sizes

Important:

Image Type Proper Naming Proper Sizing Proper Format Special Information
ALL IMAGES
  • Follow naming conventions in existing category suitable for the image.
  • Backgrounds, shadows, and excess white/blank space must generally be removed and images cropped image edges (except Dragon eggs).
  • Sizes shouldn't be much larger than at which they are displayed on page, to preserve server space (typical max 800px unless unreadable/viewable).
  • Only images requiring transparency should be png format, all others jpg.
  • Use TinyPNG compression on large PNGs, for 70% file size savings (with original images preserved by wiki staff off-site).
Achievements Decoration - Name (Tier).png Max 300 px wide .png Example
Advertisements/Promotions Name Dragon Promotion (Event) Max 600 px width .jpg Example
Decorations/Obstacles Decoration - Name.png
Obstacle - Name.png
Max 400 px width, or 500 px height. .png Example
Dragon Icons Name_Dragon_Icon.png for regular Dragons, Name_Icon.png for Boss Dragons. 156 x 158px .png Kimberly
does these.
Element Icons Name_(Element)_Icon.png 160 x 160px .png
Other images of Dragons in
different situations, locations or events
Name Dragon (Name Situation/Location/Event) Max 1,024 px width Any Example
Dragons in their adult form Name Dragon Max 800 px width or height .png Example
Dragons in baby form Name Dragon Baby Max 600 px width or height Example
Dragon eggs Name Dragon Egg. For temp images, take screenshot of egg in 'Speed Up' view. Image must be in 1:1 width/height ratio. 256 x 256px Example
Maps or backgrounds See relevant category for file naming convention Max 800px width or height unless hard to see/read. Example

More examples of how the images should look can be found here.




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