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The following conventions apply when editing on the Wiki. Add this page to your watchlist (click the Actions button, then Watch), for update notifications.

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Writing style

The following writing style rules apply:

  • American English, and proper grammar and spelling is used.
  • Impersonal, neutral perspective, and formal style is used ("The following is obtained" rather than "You can get the following").
  • 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) format
  • Event images use yy.mm.dd ((e.g., 15.01.08) format.
  • Time is written in 24-hour-clock format as hh:mm (e.g., 18:30) while time zone is UTC.
  • system of measurement standard is the metric system.
  • Thousands/millions are separated by a comma not a period (e.g., 1,250 Gold/Hour, not 1250 Gold/Hour; 25,225 Health; and so on). The only exceptions are positions on event leaderboards using 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 not a fraction (e.g., a multiplier of 4.75).
  • Numbers in articles are written in digits when used alongside currency (and anything that acts like a cost), Food, levels, stats, modifiers, quantities, and timers or durations. Otherwise, they are written in letters.
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Capitalization

Use the following capitalization guidelines:

  • Proper names for people, places, or objects are capitalized (e.g., level when used in general, but when specifying a particular level it is capitalized. For example: "the player unlocks the Dragon Academy at Level 4" or the word "chest" when specifying a particular type of chest: "The Epic Chest").
  • Some words, both the word itself (in 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, or 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 an 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

  • Classification refers 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, Heroic Mode, Nightmare Mode).
  • Most Dragons have two names, their species name and their given name, ensure species name is used appropriately.

Lists

Many lists have "stem" statements, an opening statement before the list. The bullet points following the "stem" may or may not form a complete sentence when read together, often depending on if the "stem" introduces the list or is used to combine repeating words for efficiency. It is unnecessary to make readers reread the same text, rather grouping repeat text in a "stem" when appropriate can better respect the reader's time (imagine the "stem" is reread with each bullet point). Complete sentences should always be punctuated correctly.

Users can sort by:

  • Pressing the X button (ascending order).
  • Pressing the Y button (descending order).
  • Pressing the Z button (default order).

Instead of repeating the same text in each point, the above example can be rewritten to reduce word count. When appropriate, placing the subject at the bullet point's beginning can also aid visual scanning or "skimming" which occurs at the left in English writing.

Users can sort by pressing the button:

  • X (ascending order).
  • Y (descending order).
  • Z (default order).

Notes:

  • "By pressing the buttons" (plural) is not used because the stem completes each point as a sentence individually.
  • In the first example, readers must scan to the middle of the sentence to find the buttons and their functions. In the second, they are the first two words for "skimmers".


If a list's opening "stem" statement forms a complete sentence when read with its bullet point text, please end each bullet point with a period.

X may refer to:

When a list's opening "stem" statement does not form a complete sentence when read with its bullet point text, no period is needed.

See Also

Notes:

  • List convention used should be consistent throughout that same list, don't mix the use of ending punctuation (or none) in the same list.
  • The first word of bullet points are capitalized.

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:

  • Dragons: Dragon Pages — Though, copying and editing a Dragon page having the same obtainment method is most helpful.
  • Events: Event Pages — Though, copying and editing an Event page having the same type and configuration is most helpful.

Creating Articles

Before creating a new page, always search the topic thoroughly to ensure it is not already covered. 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 D<ungeon" 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 should be done using:

  • Edit (Source) mode, by visiting the page and pressing Actions (button) > Edit. This allows working with wikitext.
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Note: Always click the Show preview button before saving to check your edits are correct; this prevents staff from having to patrol (mark as reviewed) multiple edits to the same page, the same day. Individual sections can be edited, but if you have to edit multiple sections of the same page, please edit the whole page instead of sections.
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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 is done by pressing Actions (button) > History, finding the edit in the History list, then clicking the Undo link for the edit.

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 on first mention.

  • Exact page name link: [[Campaign Map]] results in Campaign Map.
    • Linking is case-sensitive after the first word (e.g., [[Campaign map]] doesn't match the actual page title because of the lowercase "m", an incorrect red link is shown on the page, indicating it doesn't exist. Incorrect links cause pages to show 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).

  • 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.

Categorization

See this MediaWiki article for more information.

  • All pages and images must be properly categorized into an existing category (ask staff for help if needed).
  • Categorize pages by adding [[Category:Name of Category]] at the bottom of the page, while using the Source Editor.
  • Images are categorized on upload in their Summary field (or afterward by editing the page).
    • All image categories start with the "Images:" prefix (i.e., [[Category:Images:Name of Category]]).

Tables

Tables can be challenging to understand and create in MediaWiki format. Once familiar with tables, it is easier to work with them in Edit (Source) mode.

The following is an example of what table source looks like, and each line's function:

{|class="wikitable sortable" <-- Table start and styles
! <-- Header 1
! <-- Header 2
! <-- Header 3
|- <-- Begins a new row
| <-- Cell 1 start
| <-- Cell 2 start
| <-- Cell 3 start
|} <-- Table end


The output of the above is:

<-- Header 1 <-- Header 2 <-- Header 3
<-- Cell 1 start <-- Cell 2 start <-- Cell 3 start

<-- Table end

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 and values (text after the equals sign) they contain. Values tell template what kind of content to generate. Templates are used for many purposes, such as to format, shortcut, repeat, calculate, or style content uniformly across pages. This wiki makes heavy use of templates, and most templates have documentation explaining their parameters, potential values, and use. Template documentation is displayed, often with examples, on their template page (in the Template: namespace, the prefix for all template names). 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 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.

The primary Infobox templates used on this wiki are:

Icons & Links

Most icons have default sizes for a reason (consistency and uniformity in tables and text) there are few cases where size should be overridden.

Image link templates

Note: Clicking a template name opens its documentation page for full use instruction and examples.

Template &
Example
Result Links to
{{achievement|Ultimate Dragon Collector|1}} Achievement - Ultimate Dragon Collector (Tier 1).png Achievement image.
{{b|Quest Master}} Quest Master Badge.png Quest Master Badge image (with name).
Note: Badges page use only to create link anchors.
{{badge|Quest Master}} Quest Master Badge.png Quest Master Badges page section for badge.
{{bci|Atlas|22}} Boss (or Clan) Dragon page. Used in templates only.
{{bi|Atlas|2}} Atlas Icon.png Atlas Boss (or Clan) Dragon page.
{{bt|Winged|20}}
{{bt|Winged|20|y}}
Body Type - Winged.png
Body Type - Winged.png Winged
Page for specified Body Shape.
{{Button|Breeding|link=Breeding}}
{{Button|Breeding}}
Breeding Button.png
Breeding Button.png
Specified button link target.
Button image.
{{card|Ancient}} Ancient Card Back.png Specified card back image.
{{chri|Olaf|px=25}} Specified character page.
{{ci|Common}}

{{ci|Uncommon|15}}
{{ci|Rare|2}}
{{ci|Epic|1}}
{{ci|Ancient|i}}

Common (classification) Icon.png
Uncommon (classification) Icon.png
Rare (classification) Icon.png Rare
Epic Epic (classification) Icon.png
Ancient (classification) Icon.png

Rarity (classification) page by icon or text, or no link i.
{{dci|Fire|40}} Dragon page by short-name. Used for Dragonmaster Pass pages, for full Dragons awarded.
{{deco|Luminous Watcher|Ancient|20}} Decoration - Luminous Watcher.png
Luminous Watcher
Decorations section specified.
{{da|Valentine|40}} Valentine Dragon.png
Valentine
Dragon image and link.
{{di|Fire|2}} Fire Dragon Icon.png Fire Dragon Dragon page.
{{dr|Hay Bale Target}} Dragon Runner - Hay Bale Target.png Image page.
{{ei|Fire}}

{{ei|Earth|15}}
{{ei|Divine|1}}
{{ei|Tyrant|2|25}}
{{ei|EarPrimalth|i}}

Fire (Element) Icon.png
Earth (Element) Icon.png
Divine Divine (Element) Icon.png
Tyrant (Element) Icon.png Tyrant
Primal (Element) Icon.png

Specified Element page by icon or text, or no link i.
{{ElementButtons|all=y}} Fire (Element) Icon.png Wind (Element) Icon.png Earth (Element) Icon.png Water (Element) Icon.png Plant (Element) Icon.png Metal (Element) Icon.png Energy (Element) Icon.png Void (Element) Icon.png Light (Element) Icon.png Shadow (Element) Icon.png Legendary (Element) Icon.png Primal (Element) Icon.png Divine (Element) Icon.png Ancient (Element) Icon.png Tyrant (Element) Icon.png All Icon.png Each Element's page, and Elements for all.
{{Farm|2|50}} Farm - Level 2.png Upgrading section of the Farms page where appearance and level is explained.
{{food|Squarey Berry|20}} Squarey Berry - Level 4 Farm Farm section of the Food page.
{{hi|Festive|40}} Festive Habitat Specified section of the Habitats page.

{{i|Important|i}}
{{i|Gems|2}}
{{i|Gems|2|25}}
{{i|Gems|1}}
{{i|Important|i}}

Important Icon.png
Gems Icon.png Gems
Gems Icon.png Gems
Gems Gems Icon.png
Important Icon.png

Specified page specified page by icon or text, or no link i.
{{mat|Fire|3}} Good Materials - Fire.png Image page.
{{pack|Milestone}} Milestone Card Pack.png Image page.
{{RarityButtons|all=y}} Common (classification) Icon.png Uncommon (classification) Icon.png Rare (classification) Icon.png Epic (classification) Icon.png Legendary (classification) Icon.png Primal (classification) Icon.png Divine (classification) Icon.png Ancient (classification) Icon.png Tyrant (classification) Icon.png All Icon.png Each rarity page, and Rarities for all.
{{ri|Ghost Ship|40}} Ghost Ship Unlocking section of the Ruins page.
{{shield|Curved Black}} Curved Black Shield.png Image page.
{{Sigil|Rebirth|R}} Sigil - School of Shelter Rebirth Rare.png Sigils School section.
{{Sticker|laugh}} Sticker - Laugh.png Image page.


Link templates

Almost All link templates accept a second (or third) parameter to override its link text. For example, {{apd|My override text}} gives My override text, or {{ctg|Habitats|several habitats}} gives several habitats. Clicking any template name opens its documentation page.

Template &
Example
Result Links to
{{apd}} Arena-Prize Dragon Arena Dragons category.
{{ba|70}} 70 Base Attack category, by base attack number.
{{bdgd}} Bottomless Dungeon Guaranteed Dragon Bottomless Dungeon Guaranteed Dragon category.
{{bg|300}} 300 Base Gold per Hour category, by base gold number.
{{bh|275}} 275 Base Health category, by base health number.
{{body|Cobby}} Cobby-Style Body Shapes category corresponding to shape specified.
{{bp}} Base Purchase Base Dragons category.
{{c|Common}} Common Classification categories by name.
{{ced}} Clan-Exclusive Dragon Clan Dragons category.
{{chr}}
{{chr|Arya}}
Trainer
Arya
Individual character page specified.
{{codex|First Friends}} First Friends Specified Dragon Codex collection (link anchor).
{{cr|Dorbs}} Dorbs In-Game Currency
{{csd}} Card-Segment Dragon Card Dragons category.
{{ctg|Sigil System}} Sigil System Categories by name.
{{dcl}} Dragon Collector Leaderboard Dragon Collector Leaderboard section of the Social System page.
{{dcm}} Dragon Collector Milestones Dragon Collector Milestones section of the Dragon Collector Leaderboard page.
{{dcp}} Dragon Collector Points Dragon Collector Points page.
{{ded}} Dungeon-Exclusive Dragon Dungeon Dragons category.
{{{dl|Frost Fairy}} Frost Fairy Specified (non-boss, non-Clan) Dragon page without displaying "Dragon".
{{dotm}} Dragon of the Month Dragon of the Month page.
{{dotw}} Dragon of the Week Dragon of the Week page.
{{dsd}} Dungeon Shop Dragon Dungeon Dragons page.
{{e|Fire}} Fire Links to Element categories short by name.
{{ebd}} Enchantment-Breedable Dragon Enchantment Dragons category.
{{em|Fire}} Fire Element Links to Element categories by full name. [1]
{{eod}} Event-Only Dragon Event Dragons category.
{{faq|Can I sell buildings?}} Can I sell buildings? Guide:FAQ header by name.
{{h|Earth}} Earth Habitat Habitats section by name.
{{{hl|Ancient}} Ancient Habitat link, without the word "Habitat".
{{island|Mystic Heights}} Mystic Heights Islands category page, without the word "Island" or "Islands".
{{islands|Ancient}} Ancient Special Event Category link, without "Island".
{{ltd}} Limited-Time Dragon Limited-Time Dragons category.
{{nb}} Normal Breeding Normally-Breedable Dragons category.
{{nbd}} Normally-Breedable Dragon Normally-Breedable Dragons category.
{{r|Wildfire Marsh}} Wildfire Marsh Ruins category section by name.
{{red}} Reward-Exclusive Dragon Reward Dragons category.
{{rotm}} Reward of the Month Reward of the Month page.
{{t|Water}} Water Temple Temples section by name.
{{ved}} VIP-Exclusive Dragon VIP Dragons category.
{{wdp}} Weekly Dragon Pieces Weekly Dragon Pieces category.
{{wp|Pauldron}} Pauldron Wikipedia page for the specified item (must exist as specified).
  1. This template does not allow link-text override, it is intended to always display the same way.


To request a page be deleted, the {{delete|reason for deletion}} template must be added anywhere on a page, an admin reviews the request.

Images

Uploading Images

Images are used (sparingly) to depict game features. Generally, wiki staff resizes, crops, assembles or uploads images from high-resolutions provided by Gameloft, since screenshots typically do not offer a high enough resolution. Personal use images are not permitted.

  • Use Special:Upload for uploading.
  • Text on images is usually avoided, if necessary it must be in American English.

All Images Must:

  • Be categorized in an existing image category (staff adds new categories).
  • Follow naming conventions (see images in the most appropriate category for examples).
  • Follow existing maximum sizes (see table).
  • Have the appropriate extension .jpg/.jpeg for all images except those that require transparency (use .png for these).

Image Sizes

Important:

  • Images are obtained by the wiki team direct from Gameloft (or carefully taken at high-res by staff and cropped in Photoshop).
  • Copies of (high-res) originals are saved in the team shared folders, then "for-web" smaller versions saved.
  • All images except Dragon eggs are cropped to the nearest pixels to remove excess transparent space.
Subject Naming Max Size Format *
ALL IMAGES
All Images
  • Replace spaces with _ (underscores) or MediaWiki replaces them with dashes.
  • Sizes uploaded should generally be the maximum size needed to display it (and for readability), to preserve server space.
  • Use TinyPNG compression on large PNGs, for 70% file size savings.
Achievements Decoration_-_Name_(Tier).png 300px w .png Example
Ads or Promotions Event Name_(Event/Date)_Promotion.jpg 600 px w .jpg Example
Decos Decoration_-_Name.png 400, 500, or 600px (best judgement) w/h (whichever is widest) .png Example
Dragon Icons Name_Dragon_Icon.png (regular Dragons)
Name_Icon.png (Boss Dragons).
156 x 158px (exact) .png Kimberly
or LoriN
usually does.
Adult Dragon Name_Dragon.png 800px w/h (whichever is widest) .png Example
Baby Dragon Name_Dragon_Baby.png 600px w/h (whichever is widest) Example
Dragon eggs Name_Dragon_Egg.png 256 x 256px (exact, no cropping) Example
Maps or Backgrounds See relevant category for
file naming convention
800px w/h (whichever is widest) unless difficult to see/read, then large enough to read. Example

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

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]]

Inline Images

To include a non-icon image in text it should have a size specified (e.g., [[File:Fire Dragon.png|40px]].   Fire Dragon.png

  • [[File:File.png|200px|alt text]] to use a 200 pixel wide version with "alt text" as description.
  • [[:File:Name of Image.jpg]] for linking to the page of the file without displaying it.

Floating Images

MediaWiki's default image float of |right or |left is not used, it doesn't work well for mobile. Instead, the {{floatimage}} template is used.

Fire Dragon.png

{{floatimage|[[File:Fire Dragon.png|200px]]|10}} (Column width percent is added after the image, and the image float is added before the block of text it should appear beside).

Buttons with Images

Instead of images for buttons, the {{btn}} template is often used, making its text translatable. Relevant icons are added in the template.

  • Example: {{btn|sm|green|{{i|Academy|i}} Academy}} which results in Academy Icon.png Academy.

If no icon exists for the button image, or the template cannot make the button appear correctly, the button can be uploaded as an image (it may be replaced later).




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