PZwiki:Community portal/Things to do

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Things To Do
Assisting the Wiki can be done in many forms.

Create pages for missing content

As the game continues to expand, new features and items will enter into the game which the Wiki will not have catalogued, such as the planned (at time of writing) animations and clothing being introduced into the game.

Please check if the page already exists before creating a new page, for sake of preventing duplication. You can use the navigation table to see if it's been added into the framework or not.

Alternatively, check the missing pages category, which lists pages that are currently noted as missing. However, please note you will need to go a fair bit down the list as all languages are collected in this category, so it lists french, russian, japanese (etc) missing pages together. Please note the /# symbol after a page name relates to the Language, so if you see Lettuce/fr, it means the lettuce article in French.


(Don't know how to edit a page? Don't worry, Spiffo has you covered. Check out the Boilerplates category for current designs of pages in which you need to just fill in the blanks. As for how to edit, we recommend our pages on editing here.)

(Want to know what images have already been uploaded? Don't worry, Spiffo has also got you covered on this. Check out the images category for a list of all the documented images. If you'd like unused images for your page, you can check out the unused images page. Please note there is the potential for duplicated images so please check the article doesn't exist elsewhere.)


Editing existing and/or stub pages

On occasion the Indie Stone, the Wiki Managers, or editors will set up Stub pages to be improved on later by other Wiki editors. These simply need filling out/formatting with the most recent information.

Stub articles

Stub articles are pages that are considered to be severely lacking in information and far too short to be given a dedicated page. All stub articles are categorised by the stub notice, which adds them to a dedicated category for improvement. Some stub articles may not use current boilerplates and should be updated accordingly if required.

Articles in need of Improvement

Some editors who read the wiki find pages that are clearly out of date and require a modernisation to bring them back into a relevant state by adding a notice to the page. These pages can be found under the articles in need of improvement category.

Version pages

Due to how the Boilerplates work and current Wiki policy, all pages are required to have Version NumbđÁrs attached to the page. This helps discern which version the page was edited and brought up to. The version category collects all pages edited in that version. See the Version Categories page for the list of pages potentially needing updating. Once the page is brought up to date, the Version No. must be updated to reflect it has been corrected. If a page is found to not be using a boilerplate, please either add a boilerplate, or add the Version Notice template to the top.

Translation

Translating the English pages (which at this time is currently the most numerous of the Wiki pages into their relevant language is an enormous task which simply requires a bit of time from Wiki editors. Please try to only translate pages which are close to the current working version, as translating a page from several versions ago could potentially be a redundant exercise unless you can confirm the information is current and assign the page to the current version category.

The use of the {{language}} tag on pages allows for a page to be put in a different language by linking to the assigned variant. Help with translating pages is very much appreciated.

Moving pages

Try not to move pages unless necessary, one such change would be to replace capital letters with lower case, also refer to the style guide. A lot of links on various pages have been spelt with capital letters when they are in the middle of a sentence. These need to be changed to lower case where appropriate. Such as "Concrete Bucket" to "concrete bucket".

On the basis of pages on items/events/future planned features which are not part of the game yet such as a feature not implemented, these don't need to be moved but need to be categorised in the "Not yet in game" category.


Reporting spam

When reporting spam the first thing you should do is check to make sure that the article in question is not focused on Project Zomboid. Check the page's title, look to see that there is not an extensive history for the page. If you are not sure that the article is not legitimate leave a note on the article's discussion page.

If you are absolutely positive that the article is spam and does not belong on the wiki, insert the following into the article before any content:

{{Deletion|Spam|speedy=1}}

Preview to make sure a red box has appeared on the page, then save your changes. An admin will delete the article after review. To report someone you believe is a spambot, simply leave a message on an admin's talk page.


Adding pages to categories

When creating a new page or coming across a page that hasn't been added to an appropriate category, edit using this format:

 [[Category:NAME]]

You can find a listing of category names on this page and the navigation page can give the formal layout of the wiki.

HOWEVER, if you convert the page into using a Boilerplate, then the categories would be assigned automatically.


Adding notice boxes to pages

Notice boxes are the boxes added to the top of pages to indicate problems or concerns with the article. One example is the in need of improvement notice box:

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This article or section may be in need of improvement. Editors are encouraged to add any missing information to the article, while verifying that the article's current content is correct.

Adding this notice box to a page is as simple as inserting this line at the top:

 {{Notice|Improve}}

Adding notice boxes will not only display helpful information, but it may also add the article to a special category. For a list of notice boxes, see the notice template.