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Msg-info.png Dear reader! The War Thunder Wiki team thanks you for participating in the project, as well as what you most likely went to this page for - the desire to add, edit and create new articles in our encyclopedia.

This manual will help you to become fully familiar with the rules and features of editing articles in the War Thunder Wiki, even if you have never been familiar with either our wiki or any other online encyclopedias built on the MediaWiki engine.

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General principles of creating and editing articles

  • The purpose of the work in the encyclopedia is to create articles that will be of interest both to beginners and experienced players who know the battles in the sky, on land, and at sea.
  • Pages on a vehicle already available or recently added to the game will appear in the encyclopedia and are filled in with an empty template automatically, so it's forbidden to create your own pages on the vehicles, even if they are missing at the moment!
  • When creating or editing articles, adhere to the design template, this will allow the moderator to approve your edits faster, and it is more convenient for readers to navigate the article.
  • All articles in the War Thunder: Wiki are not written as a subjective "guide", but as a technical article. Adhere to the scientific style of speech and evaluate the technique, relying only on the facts and not on personal preferences. Text written in the first person is also not allowed. It is recommended to use the journalistic style only in the section "Usage in the battles."
  • The articles on the War Thunder: Wiki are to be written with an emphasis on the game play of Realistic battles; however, the description of the features in Arcade and Simulator battles are also welcome. You are not limited in scope, but do not forget that "brevity is the sister of talent."
  • Copying distributed text-based materials is allowed, but discouraged and using them on the WT: Wiki without prior processing is still not recommended. If the volume of the copied text takes up most of the article, moderators have the right to not accept the editing.
  • Usage of illustrations in the form of game screenshots, and at opportunities - archival photos, fan art, as well as video reviews or historical newsreels, is welcomed.
  • The use of copyrighted materials is prohibited; offensive or abusive language; materials that promote discrimination at all levels; referring to psychotropic or narcotic substances and their use; extremist materials; erotic content; materials violating international law, laws of the Russian Federation and the User Agreement War Thunder.
  • Images of the swastika and other signs prohibited by international law, if they are present on the used images and video materials, should be retouched (changed beyond recognition or completely hidden by using the graphic editors available to you).
  • In any other cases, rules applicable to the War Thunder game and website are also applicable to the War Thunder: Wiki.

Creating a page

Msg-important.png Editing articles in the War Thunder Wiki is an ability only available to registered users!

Since all pages on vehicles are created automatically, you just have to find the desired page through an internal search or special navigation pages on aviation, ground, or naval equipment, after which you can immediately start editing. But at the moment, War Thunder Wiki also contains articles on weapons, game mechanics, and historical articles. The pages for these articles are not automatically created, so if you decide to write one of these articles, then first you have to create the corresponding page yourself. To create a new article you need:

  1. Search for a similar page on the WT: Wiki
    Before creating a new page, make sure that no one has created this yet. Use the wiki search, wiki map, and search engines.
  2. Choose a name
    The title of the page should be short enough, but at the same time fully correspond to what the article will be devoted to. You can read more about naming articles in wiki projects in the article: Naming of articles. In addition to the rules mentioned above, the War Thunder Wiki also has additional rules on the classification of titles, for example:
    • The article about the Soviet 76-mm tank gun F-34 will be called "F-34 (76 mm)" (F-34 is the name of the gun itself, and 76 mm is its caliber).
    • The article about the pilot Golovachev will be called "Golovachev Pavel Yakovlevich" (the full name in the nominative case).
    • The article about the general rules of maneuvering on airplanes will be called "Air maneuvers" (a brief description of the content of the article in the nominative case).
  3. Create the New Page
    There are several ways to access a non-existent page on any wiki:
    1. Enter the name in the search box on the wiki and click on the red link:
      CreatingArticles - Page Searchbox.gif
    2. Enter the name in the address bar:
      CreatingArticles - Page AddressName.gif
    3. In the text of any existing article, create a link with the name of your new page and click on it in preview mode. There are instructions for creating these links in this section.

Then you just need to click the button "Create" or "Create source" (if you prefer to work with wiki markup directly), then click the "Save page" button at the bottom - then the page is created.

Article writing and editing

If the page on which you want to write an article has already been created, or you have created it yourself, you can safely get to work. Also, do not forget that editing articles already written by other users is only necessary if you want to supplement them with more detailed information, or if the written article has obvious errors and inaccuracies. To edit any existing page you need to click the "Edit" or "Edit Source" button (if you prefer to work with wiki markup directly) at the upper right corner of this page. If you want to edit a specific section of the article, then the title of each section also has corresponding buttons. Below is a detailed help on editing articles.

If the page has just been created and is still completely empty, the first thing to do is to copy the appropriate design template into the page if it has not already been done. If the template matching the topic of your article is not in the list provided in the link, you should choose the template that best suits your content and customize it yourself for your article (recommended only for experienced users). If there is already a template on the page that marks its basic topic, you should work with it.

At the beginning and at the end of an existing page, the necessary navigation patterns may be present, for example, "Specs-Card".

Msg-warning.png In order to avoid damage to the content and structure of the article, it is strictly forbidden to delete such templates and any other obscure markup elements!

So no one make changes to the article as long as you write it, put the template code "Writing" with your signature at the very top of the page, for example: {{Writing|~~~~}}. Do note this announcement are for a limited time and may be removed by moderators to show the page is free once more to be edited.

Before collecting material for a new article, you should familiarize yourself with examples of existing high-quality articles in order to better understand the process of writing and designing your future text.

In the empty design template, there are explanations below each section to show how to best sort or describe the edited information. In brief, we can describe the collection of information for an article on the vehicle as follows: you must play this vehicle yourself (preferably in Realistic mode), understand all the main combat characteristics of this machine, and identify its positive and negative qualities directly in combat. You also need to learn about the most common opponents, and at the same time check the effectiveness of the weapons of the surveyed vehicles. Try on different tactics, usage in battles, and describe the most effective employment for this machine. Learn about its real history of creation and use in battle, find historical photos or chronicles and, of course, make or find some good game screenshots on War Thunder LIVE.

The main principles of creating a new article:

  • Write articles from a third-person perspective in a scientific style;
  • Use competent speech, be sure to re-read and check the text for errors;
  • Rely only on the actual characteristics of the equipment; it is not necessary to describe the subjective impressions of any machine;
  • Do not insert a lot of dry technical information and abbreviations, the reader may get confused by the text, oversaturated with insignificant details, and as a result it becomes difficult to perceive such an article. When it is urgent to use complex technical concepts, disclose them in the text using a special Explanation template or footnotes ;
  • Do not completely copy text from third-party sources. If the description of some of the details can not do without copying, at least rewrite the text in your own words, highlighting the most important and interesting points;
  • When specifying the game characteristics of the equipment, use automatically substituted data, this will eliminate the need to edit the text if they are changed in one of the future patches;
  • Do not duplicate links to other articles - for each concept, insert the link only once at the first use.
  • Add images and videos on the subject of the article, but use them in moderation and use only materials in good resolution and quality.
  • A good article can not be less than 15,000 characters.

Editing with the visual editor

The visual editor is the WYSIWYG page editor contained in the VisualEditor extension for MediaWiki. It allows users to make edits without having to learn the wiki markup syntax. To edit the text using the visual editor, you must click the "Edit" button in the upper right corner of the page or the right side of the title of any section, or the "Create" button if you decide to create a page from scratch. The visual editor has a simple and intuitive interface, but its capabilities are limited, so for more detailed page markup you need to use the wiki code editor (read more below).

When you start editing the page using the visual editor, a toolbar will appear at the top of the screen: CreatingArticles - Visual Toolbar.png

This panel contains the following icons:

CreatingArticles - Visual UndoRedo.png Undo and Redo the changes you made.
CreatingArticles - Visual Headerformat.png Paragraph drop-down menu: this allows you to change the formatting of the selected paragraph. To change the paragraph style, place the cursor in a paragraph and select an item in this menu (you do not have to select any text). Headings of sections are formed by the item "Heading", subsections - "Sub-heading 2", "Sub-heading 3", and so on. Normal text formatting - "Paragraph".
CreatingArticles - Visual Formatting.gif Pressing «A» will open the Formatting drop-down menu (for the menu commands to work, you must first select the text to which you intend to apply the formatting):
  • "Bold" ( B ) makes the selected text bold.
  • The "Italic" item ( I ) converts the selected text to italic.
  • The "superscript index" (xI) makes the selected text smaller and slightly higher than the surrounding text.
  • The "Subscript Index" (xI) makes the selected text smaller and slightly lower than the surrounding text.
  • The item "Strikethrough" (S) adds a solid stripe through the selected text (crosses out the selected text).
  • The "Computer Code" item (a set of curly brackets: {} ) changes the font of the selected text to monospaced, which makes it different from the surrounding (proportional) text.
  • "Underline" (U) adds a solid line to the selected text.
  • The "Language" item (文A) allows you to mark the language (for example, Japanese) and the direction (for example, from right to left) of the selected text.
  • The "Big" item (AA) increases the size of the selected text.
  • Small" (AA) reduces the size of the selected text.
  • The last item is called "Clear Styling", removes all formatting from the selected text, including links.

If you did not select the text in advance, the choice of the formatting style will apply to the text that you will begin to enter immediately after the selection.

CreatingArticles - Visual Link.png Link Tool: The chain link icon denotes link tool. Clicking it will open the link insertion window (the selected text will be the visible part of the link):

CreatingArticles - Visual LinkSearch.png

The window will prompt you to enter the name of the internal page (in the "Search pages" section) to which the link will link, or the URL of the external page (in the "External link" section).

CreatingArticles - Visual Cite.gif Cite: used to add inline quotes (also called "footnotes"). The place to display text for all footnotes on the page must be selected via the Insert menu "References list" (if this is not done, then by default all footnotes will be displayed at the very bottom of the page).

To reuse an existing footnote in another part of the text, you must click the "Reuse" button.

CreatingArticles - Visual ListsIndents.png Lists and Indents: The first two items allow you to format selected paragraphs as "Bullet List" or "Numbered List". The last two items allow you to reduce or increase the indent from the left edge for elements of the same list.
CreatingArticles - Visual Insert.png Insert allows you to insert into the text of the article various elements:
  • The "Media" icon (picture with mountains) opens the image insertion dialog. For more information, see "Inserting Pictures".
  • The "Template" icon (puzzle piece) allows you to insert and edit templates. Read more in the article "Templates".
  • The "Table" icon inserts a 4x4 table into the text (the number of cells can be increased or decreased using the corresponding buttons).
  • The "Comment" icon (exclamation mark) allows you to insert a comment invisible to readers, which can only be seen in edit mode.
  • The "Your signature" feature is unusable, so ignore.
  • The "Gallery" icon (set of photos) allows you to put an image gallery on the page. For more information, see "Inserting Pictures".
  • The "References list" icon (three books) allows you to determine where in the page explanatory texts will be placed for footnotes (recommended before the "See also" section).
CreatingArticles - Visual SpecialCharacters.png The Ω icon brings up a window with "Special characters". Click on the desired symbol to insert it into the text.

Saving changes: after you finish editing the article, click the blue "Save changes" button on the toolbar right side. If you have not made any changes, the button will remain inactive (gray). To undo all changes made, simply close the browser window or go to the Read tab above the toolbar. Clicking the "Save Page" button will open the following dialog box:

CreatingArticles - Visual Savebox.png

In it, you can write a short description of your actions, mark the edit as a small change with "This is a minor edit", and/or add the page to your personal watch list with "Watch this page". You can also view your changes using the "Review your changes" button. The "Resume editing" button will close the window and return you to the page you edited.

Recorded changes will not be displayed on the page immediately, first they will have to approve the moderator. If the page is not approved for too long (more than a week), you can independently contact one of the active moderators or administrators on his personal wiki page in the Discussions section or on the forum.

Editing with the wiki text editor (for advanced users)

Although the visual editor has an intuitive interface and is very convenient for editing, its capabilities are rather limited. The wiki text (or code) editor in the War Thunder Wiki is the standard MediaWiki engine editor with the WikiEditor editing panel, which provides users with additional features and makes editing easier.

To edit pages using the code editor, you must click the "Edit source" button in the upper right-hand corner of the page, or the right side of the title of any section, or "Create source" if you decide to create a page from scratch. The code editor requires the user to have at least a basic knowledge of wiki markup, the basic principles of which are described in the section below.

When you start editing with the code editor, a toolbar and a wiki text entry box appear on the page:

CreatingArticles - Editor Toolbar.png

The items on the code editor panel are very simple and straightforward, and they can often coincide with the items on the visual editor toolbar, but there are some differences:

CreatingArticles - Editor BoldandItalic.png The "Bold" and "Italic" buttons will frame the selected text with ''' or '' character sets, causing the format setting respectively (this is how bold and italic wiki-markup text are indicated)
CreatingArticles - Editor Link.png The "Link" button opens a window to insert a link:

CreatingArticles - Editor Link Window.png

In this window, you can enter the name of the internal page on the wiki where the link will be referred to, or the URL address of the external page (you must change the type of link in the switch from "To a wiki page" to "To an external web page"), as well as the text that will be shown to users instead of the link address. If you select the necessary text before clicking the "Link" button, this selected text will fill both fields in the default dialog box to expedite the process.

CreatingArticles - Editor EmbeddedFile.png The "Embedded File" button allows you to upload a file, such as an image, into the text of the article. For more information, see "Inserting Pictures".
CreatingArticles - Editor Reference.png The "Reference" button allows you to insert a footnote in the article. At the same time, it is necessary to preset the "Notes" section and the </references> tag before the "See also". Otherwise, footnote texts will be displayed at the very bottom of the page.
CreatingArticles - Editor SpecialCharacters.png The "Special characters" drop-down button opens a menu with special characters. Click on the desired symbol to insert it into the text.
CreatingArticles - Editor Help.png The Help button opens a small wiki reference material.
CreatingArticles - Editor SaveChanges.png The "Save Changes" button saves all edits made.

Recorded changes will not be displayed on the page immediately, first they will have to approve the moderator. If the page is not approved for too long (more than a week), you can independently contact one of the active moderators or administrators on his personal wiki page in the Discussions section or on the forum.

CreatingArticles - Editor ShowPreview.png The button "Show Preview" allows you to view how the page with all current edits will look.
CreatingArticles - Editor Cancel.png The "Cancel" button cancels all current edits and returns you to the page being edited.

The other buttons, such as "Show Changes," the "Change summary dialogue box," the check boxes of "This is a minor edit" and "Watch this page" all have similar to same features as described in the visual editor.

The Advanced button opens the extended toolbar:

CreatingArticles - Editor Advanced.png

It includes the following items:

CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedHeaderformat.png The drop-down menu "Title" allows you to make the selected text section title.
CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedLists.png The "Bulleted list" and "Numbered list" buttons make paragraphs marked as bullet points or numbered items, respectively.
CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedNoWiki.png The "No wiki formatting" button frames the selected text with <nowiki> tags, which allow you to ignore the wiki markup in them, displaying it as plain text.
CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedNewLine.png The "New Line" button inserts the <br> tag at the cursor location, which allows you to switch to a new line without creating a new paragraph. This button is not recommended to be used, and it is best to transfer lines simply by leaving one empty line between them (a new paragraph according to the rules of wiki markup).
CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedTextSize.png The "Big", "Small", "Superscript" and "Subscript" buttons change the selected text, making it correspondingly: more main text, less main text, less and above main text, less and less main text.
CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedGallery.png The "Picture gallery" button inserts a gallery of pictures into the text. For more information, see Insert illustrations.
CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedRedirect.png The "Redirect" button inserts a code that redirects the current page to another at the specified address. This feature is recommended for experienced users only.
CreatingArticles - Editor AdvancedTable.png The "Table" button opens a dialog box in which you can adjust the parameters of the table before inserting it into the text.

Wiki markup

The table below shows the main wiki markup tools for text formatting:

Description Code Result
Headings of different levels
== Level 2 ==
=== Level 3 ===
==== Level 4 ====
===== Level 5 =====
====== Level 6 ======
"Magic" words
Hides page contents
__NOTOC__
Text formatting (different types can be combined)
Paragraph (separated by an empty line) =
Paragraph 1. Proposal 1.
Sentence 2.

Paragraph 2. Proposal 3.

Paragraph 1. Proposal 1. Sentence 2.

Paragraph 2. Proposal 3.

Horizontal bar
Text before
----
Text after

Text before


Text after

Italic text
''Italics''

Italics

Bold text
'''Bold'''

Bold

Underlined text
<u>Underline</u>

Underline

Strikethrough text
<s>Strikethrough</s>

Strikethrough

Bulleted list
* Section 1
** Subsection 1
* Section 2
* Section 3
  • Section 1
    • Subsection 1
  • Section 2
  • Section 3
Numbered list
# Section 1
## Subsection 1
## Subsection 2
# Section 2
# Section 3
  1. Section 1
    1. Subsection 1
    2. Subsection 2
  2. Section 2
  3. Section 3
Text indent
Text
: Section 1
:: Subsection 1
: Section 2

Text

Section 1
Subsection 1
Section 2
Mix of different types of lists
# one
# two
#* two point one
#* two point two
# three
#; three item one
#: three def one
# four
#: four def one
#: this looks like a continuation
#: and is often used
#: instead <br />of <br />
# five
## five sub 1
### five sub 1 sub 1
## five sub 2
  1. one
  2. two
    • two point one
    • two point two
  3. three
    three item one
    three def one
  4. four
    four def one
    this looks like a continuation
    and is often used
    instead
    of <br />
  5. five
    1. five sub 1
      1. five sub 1 sub 1
    2. five sub 2
Monospace text
<code>Monospace text</ code>

Monospace text

Annotation (Tool tip)
{{Annotation|Text|Hint}}

Text

Quote (More in the link)
Text before
 
{{Quote
|Quote text
|Author
}}
 
Text after

Text before

Quote icon.png

Quote text

— Author

Text after

Disable wiki markup
<nowiki> '''Text''' ''without'' markup </ nowiki>

'''Text''' ''without'' markup

Fully preformatted text
<pre> The text '''preformatted''' and ''markup'' '''''does not apply''''' </ pre>
The text '''preformatted''' and ''markup'' '''''does not apply'''''
Comment
<!-- This is a comment -->
Comments are visible only when editing.

Comments are visible only when editing.

Tables
Standard table
{| class="standard"
|-
! Latin || Cyrillic || Numbers
|-
| D || Г || 3 
|-
| E || Щ || 2
|-
| F || Б || 11
|}
Latin Cyrillic Numbers
D Г 3
E Щ 2
F Б 11
Wikitable
{| class="wikitable"
 |-
 ! Title 1 || Title 2 
 |-
 | Cell 1*1 || Cell 2*1
 |-
 | Cell 1*2 || Cell 2*2
 |-
 | Cell 1*3 || Cell 2*3
|}
Title 1 Title 2
Cell 1*1 Cell 2*1
Cell 1*2 Cell 2*2
Cell 1*3 Cell 2*3
Links
Internal link
[[T-34-85|Displayed text]]

Displayed text

Internal link to subsection
[[Help:Creating articles#Wiki markup|Wiki markup]]

Wiki markup

Wikipedia link
[[wikipedia:Article titles|Displayed text]]

Displayed text

External reference
[https://warthunder.com Displayed text]

Displayed text

Conclusion

Not the main question, but rather important for every novice editor: “Will I get anything for contributing to the War Thunder Wiki?”. Yes, you will! Each month, the War Thunder Wiki team awards Golden Eagles to active participants.

The conditions for obtaining Golden Eagles are simple: only qualitative changes made by a participant for an accounting calendar month and approved by moderators are evaluated. Qualitative edits imply the creation of a solid good article, the addition of sections in already existing articles, multiple minor additions and corrections in already existing articles. In this case, all edits should be relevant and useful, and when making additions or corrections to existing articles, you should always adhere to the style of the text used in them.

FAQ:

  • "How many eagles will I get for this edit?"
The amount of remuneration is calculated individually, based on all edits made during the month.
  • "When does the reward come?"
The reward for the account (the month during which you made edits) calendar month will come at the beginning of the next.
  • "How do I know that I will receive a reward?"
If you have made quality edits within a month, then you will certainly receive a reward. The reward will be credited to your in-game account automatically. If unforeseen difficulties or questions arise, the responsible administrator can contact you on the wiki or on the game forum to clarify details.