Looking for something simple to write about? The Spell Index needs your help!
As some of you may know, the Monster index is one of the most popular pages on this site. I thought it might be equally useful to create a Spell index, listing all the spells unique to the Pathfinder Campaign Setting. I am almost finished creating separate tables for each of the spellcasting classes, but I need your help.
If you click on the links below (which are part of my "Sandbox", as I don't want the general public to access them in their current state), you'll notice that most of them are populated by red links; that doesn't look good. I would greatly appreciate any help turning these red links blue. All that is required is to use the
- BARD SPELLS
- CLERIC SP…
- BARD SPELLS
This week has been awesome here on PathfinderWiki!
Monday was the project's 2nd anniversary, and we've got lots of great news to celebrate. First, our month-long Anniversary edit giveaway began at the start of the week and will run through the 8th of April. For every ten edits registered users make to the wiki, they receive one chance to win one of several great prizes including a set of custom-painted Pathfinder minis from Reaper and up to $50 in paizo.com credit! Edits can be as simple as adding a category or fixing typos and grammatical errors, or as complex as organizing long articles on detailed subjects throughout the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting; it's up to you how much you can or want to do and all of it is appreciated.
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Some time in the last week or so, it seems that Wikia made a change that I personally find quite annoying. Every time you click a red link, you now get a dialogue box asking if you want to create a blank page or start from a template. Unfortunaltly, there doens't seem to be a way to turn it off in the preferences. Well, thanks to Grunny over on the Wikia help forum we now have a solution. Just paste the following into your monaco.js and you'll creating new pages without interruption in no time flat.Read more >
Making citation templates can be a real pain, especially the more complicated ones that we use for the adventure path books. To that end I've made up a couple of tools to generate them in a more friendly manner.
- For simple templates, go .
- For complex templates, go .
It's a pretty good bet that there are some bugs, especially in the complex one. If you find a problem, please let me know, and I'll try to fix it. Also, with any luck I'll come up with some more do-dads to make our lives easier over time. If you have any suggestions feel free to bring them up. I can't promise anything, but we can certainly talk your ideas over.Read more >
As I've mentioned a few places, last month I had a wonderful conversation with Brandingopportunity over coffee, and one of the topics we discussed were how people use wikis. We determined that there are two methods of utilizing mediawiki tools, and I thought I'd address both of these and how we can work to cover both of these here on PathfinderWiki.
One of the most common uses of Wikipedia, for example, is for random trivia. How many times have you been talking about some obscure song, television character, or ancient philosopher and wanted to look up a specific piece of information about them? In most cases, I'd guess you did a simple google search or even a search from within Wikipedia and found that random fact directly.
The Pathfinder Ch…
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have seen a few different ways to write articles being portrayed by various chroniclers.
1. Take the book, and enter the test in that one book for all possible articles. This allows for someone to write many articles in a sort amount of time. Some of these articles, though, may not have information from all of the available resources, if others are available. On the other hand, this method better allows the chronicler to edit previously made articles with the information held in the book in their hands (or on their screens).
2. Take a list of articles that you would like to write about, and use the search function of Adobe Reader (Edit > Search) to find all of the books that have data on the article at hand. This means that articles may have…Read more >
It's been a long time since I have written one of these, but I guess that's because I haven't felt a terribly pressing need to. All that is really required in order to be a good member of the Pathfinder Wiki community is a willingness to put some regular time into this ever-growing site, pay attention to the work of others and work in concert with them, and police oneself in terms of grammar, punctuation, and all the other small details.
Having said that, I have come across something which I thought I wanted to share. It revolves around the formatting of citations; I know, it's a spellbinding topic. In the past, I have often used the "ref name=" format (e.g. ) that is moved before the reference that it refers to will not work, a…Read more >
Over the weekend, I added two new Utility templates to the project, taken from other wikimedia sites. As with any utility template, these should make it easier for chroniclers to mark articles that need work and place the articles in categories so that other editors can find them.
The first new template is . When placed in an article, it looks like this:
It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with . ([[ talk:|Discuss]])
This alerts editors to the fact that some or all of the page's content might be a better fit on another existing article. It also adds the page to Category:Articles to be merged.
The template should be placed at the top of articles which are out of date. This includes any lists which do not incorporate all…
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Hello fellow Chroniclers!
We hit another major milestone this weekend, as the wiki's article count passed 2,500! Thanks to everyone who's been helping out with that, whether by making typo and grammar fixes or working on the Campaign Setting Inclusion Initiative. We're now listed among Wikia's Big wikis hub and I've requested the wiki be featured in one of the Wikia Spotlight ads that pepper the margins of the site.
I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss red links and hyperlinking within the project.
Obviously, red links are going to happen. They're a sign of a growing wiki. It means we're making articles and planting the seeds for new content.
But they're also ugly and can signal a weak or undeveloped project if there are too many of t…Read more >
NaNoWriMo , For those that don't know, is National Novel Writing month. Where in month of November people try to write 50,000 words. It has a page to keep track, and weekly 'pep talk' emails. I am going to keep a copy of my new articles and sections from the wiki in a separate file, and submit them for my Nano word count. I challenge everyone to join my quest and sign up. lets get 50,000 words a piece into the wiki in November! }}Read more >
Note that I wrote this post during scraps of free time while attending to more serous matters. As such it may lack even the minimal coherence of my usual ramblings. That said, I think it covers the main points that I wanted to get across, and I'd like to share my thoughts while the prompting discussions are still fresh in everybody's minds
There has been a bit of talk lately about canon and what should and should not be included in the project. Most of this discussion has revolved around "fluffy bits" found in various creature books (Tome of Horrors, the Bonus Bestiary, and the upcoming Pathfinder Bestiary specifically). In the case of ToH, it's pretty easy to make the case that it isn't canon, and its fluff shouldn't be cited. The BB and PFB…Read more >
Similar to the deluge of content on the Mwangi Expanse and surrounding regions of southern Garund that we saw last month thanks to Amethal2, the last two days have been filled with new content on the nation of Osirion. New Chronicler Goblin Witchlord has really been a source of inspiration to me as I've followed behind tidying things up his work. In under two days he's almost singlehandedly incorporated the whole 32-page Osirion, Land of Pharaohs book onto the wiki. It certainly puts our ongoing work on the CSII to shame. It's reassuring to see how quickly a whole sourcebook can make its way onto the wiki with just the dedicated work of a single Chronicler. It's great to see proof that we aren't quite as far behind as I have occasional…Read more >
Perceptive chroniclers may have noticed a massive clutter in the Recent changes primarily conducted by a new user named YodaBot. These category moves were a test to assess the effectiveness of the wiki's newest assets, a pair of bots (which we're affectionately calling clockworks, the aforementioned YodaBot and Aeakett-bot. Now that these automatons have been correctly flagged as bots by the Wikia staff, their edits should go pretty much unnoticed unless you choose for them to show up in Recent changes, but if you look for them, I think you'll see that they're doing a lot of chugging away in the background to do repetitive and tedious tasks. Whether it's adding a new template to every article in a given category, moving articles from on…Read more >
I attended this workshop at PaizoCon which contained a lot of great tips on editing your own writing for grammar and structure. I thought it might be of use to our community, as we are all doing this in our free time as a labor of love. You can see video of the seminar here. I will try to post the written handouts she gave (and which she gave me permission to share) as an edit or addendum to this blog. }}Read more >
Don't have the patience or time to create a fully realized article? Create a stub.
Something is (generally) better than nothing. There are literally thousands of topics which have not been covered in the Golariopedia (just take a look at Special:WantedPages for starters). It's wonderful when someone creates a complete article on a subject spanning multiple publications and numerous sub-sections, but that's not always the case. Sometimes you only have 20 minutes to spare, or you just want to work on something small.
Why not create a stub? A stub is a smaller article on a subject that gives only basic information. For example, let's say you're writing an article on the Empire State Building in New York City. A stub article might give br…Read more >
Want to work on an article about a country but are overwhelmed by a two- to four-page entry in the Campaign Setting that needs to be synthesized and summarized? Don't know where to start?
Try using the article on the same country from the Gazetteer for starters. They're much shorter and generally the Campaign Setting has the same info; just more of it. With the Gazetteer article as a guide you can create a fully realized Golariopedia article that will serve perfectly well. The additional information from the CS can be added later. Remember, the first step is always the hardest. }}Read more >
I'd like to talk about a little concept in Pathfinderwiki writing I like to call verbosity. I first encountered the term back in the mid-eighties when I was playing games like the Zork series, Planetfall (my fav), and Leather Goddess of Phobos. While swapping 5.25s I discovered that if you typed the command "verbose" it would give you the full description of a room, even if you had already visited it. Without it, the description of an already-explored room would be shortened.
So how does this apply to the wiki? Well, when I'm writing an article I pay attention to make it make sense all on its own. I pay particular attention when writing a whole series of articles on related subjects.
For instance, let's say I am writing an arti…Read more >