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Msg-info.png Dear reader! The War Thunder Wiki team thanks you for participating in the project, as well as for what you most likely went to this page - 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.

If you are interested in help on a specific section, then use this navigation block:

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 technique already submitted or recently added to the game appear in the encyclopedia and are filled in with an empty template automatically, so it's forbidden to create your own pages on technology, 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 WT: 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 "Use in battle"
  • The main part of the article about the technique on the WT: Wiki is written with an emphasis on the realistic mode of battles, however, the description of the features of the technique in Arcade and Simulator battles is 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 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 not to accept your editing.
  • Use in articles of illustrations in the form of game screenshots, and at opportunity - 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).

Creating a page

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

Since all pages on technology are created automatically, you just have to find the desired page through an internal search or special pages of navigation on aviation or ground 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, in the War Thunder Wiki there are 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 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:
    2. Enter the name in the address bar:
    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. Instructions for creating links in this section.

Then you just need to click the button “Create” or “Create a wiki text” (if you prefer to work with wiki markup directly), then click the “Save page” button - 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 Code" button (if you prefer to work with wiki markup directly) in 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 it . If the template matching the topic of your article is not in the list provided above, 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 "skeleton," 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, "TTX-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!

To no one made changes to the article, as long as you write it, put the code Dice " write" with your signature at the very top of the page, for example: {{Writing|~~~~}}.

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 explanation below each section in an empty design template.articles you can find tips on what exactly should be described in this section. In brief, we can describe the collection of information for an article on technology as follows: you must play this technique yourself (mostly in Realistic mode), understand all the main combat characteristics of this machine, 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 her different tactics of use in battle and describe the most effective 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 theses of creating a new article:

  • Write articles from a third party 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 is 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 (each Cyrillic wiki character counts 2 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 opposite 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: class=dynamic_image

This panel contains the following icons:

Файл:Визуальный редактор - отменить и вернуть.png Undo and Redo the changes you made.
class=dynamic_image Paragraph drop-down menu : 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 - "Subtitle 1", "Subtitle 2", and so on. Normal text formatting - "Paragraph".
class=dynamic_image 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" (A) adds a solid stripe through the selected text (crosses out the selected text).
  • The "Program 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" (A) 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 "Large" item (AA) increases the size of the selected text.
  • Small" (AA) reduces the size of the selected text.
  • The last item is called "Clear Style", removes all formatting from the selected text, including links.

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

Файл:Визуальный редактор - ссылка.png Link Tool: 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):

Файл:Визуальный редактор - вставка ссылки.png

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

class=dynamic_image Menu Sources : 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 (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.

Файл:Визуальный редактор - списки.png Menu Lists and Indents: The first two items allow you to format selected paragraphs as "Bulleted 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.
Файл:Визуальный редактор - вставить.png The menu "Insert" allows you to insert into the text of the article various elements:
  • The "Media File" icon (picture with mountains) opens the image insertion dialog. For more information, see Insert illustrations .
  • The "Template" icon (part of the puzzle) 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 item "Comment" (exclamation mark) allows you to insert a comment invisible to readers, which can only be seen in edit mode.
  • The Gallery icon (set of photos) allows you to put an image gallery on the page. For more information, see Insert illustrations .
  • The "List of Notes" icon (three books) allows you to determine where in the page explanatory texts will be placed for footnotes (recommended before the "See also" section).
Файл:Визуальный редактор - символы.png ИThe icon "Special character" 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 "Write page" button on the toolbar. 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:

Файл:Визуальный редактор - записать страницу.png

In it, you can write a short description of your actions, mark the edit as a small change, and / or add the page to your personal watchlist. You can also view your changes using the “Check Changes” button. The “Continue 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 Code button in the upper right-hand corner of the page, or opposite the section header, or Create Wiki Text 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:


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:

Файл:Редактор кода - жирный курсив.png The "Bold" and "Italic" buttons frame the selected text into ''' or '' characters, respectively (this is how bold and italic wiki-markup text is indicated)
Файл:Редактор кода - ссылка.png The "Link" button opens a window to insert a link:


If you click on the "Link" button, the necessary text was selected in advance, then this text will fill both fields in the default dialog box. 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), as well as the text that will be shown to users instead of the link address.

Файл:Редактор кода - изображение.png The "Image" button allows you to insert an image into the text of the article. For more information, see "Insert illustrations".

Вставка иллюстраций.

Файл:Редактор кода - сноска.png The "Footnote" 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.
Файл:Редактор кода - спецсимволы.png Button "Special characters" opens a menu with special characters. Click on the desired symbol to insert it into the text.
Файл:Редактор кода - справка.png The Help button opens a small wiki reference material.
Файл:Редактор кода - записать страницу.png Button "Save page" 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.

Файл:Редактор кода - предварительный просмотр.png The button "Preview" allows you to view how the page with all current edits will look.
Файл:Редактор кода - отменить.png The "Cancel" button cancels all current edits and returns you to the page being edited.

"Button" , the "changes made," the "Description of Changes" check boxes "small change" and "following pages", similar to the same features in the visual editor.

The Advanced button opens the extended toolbar:

Файл:Редактор кода - панель дополнительно.png

It includes the following items:

Файл:Редактор кода - меню заголовок.png The drop-down menu "Title" allows you to make the selected text section title.
Файл:Редактор кода - список.png The "Bulleted list" and "Numbered list" buttons make paragraphs marked as bullet points or numbered items, respectively.
Файл:Редактор кода - nowiki.png The "Ignore wiki formatting" button frames the selected text with tags, which allow you to ignore the wiki markup in them, displaying it as plain text. |- | [[Файл:Редактор кода - новая строка.png]] || The "'''New Line'''" button inserts the <nowiki><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).
Файл:Редактор кода - размер шрифта.png The "Large", "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.
Файл:Редактор кода - галерея.png The "Gallery of pictures" button inserts a gallery of pictures into the text. For more information, see Insert illustrations.
Файл:Редактор кода - перенаправление.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.
Файл:Редактор кода - таблица.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