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In today's lesson, we will talk about the pieces of articles that hold the information, called infoboxes, and how to keep them tidy and consistent.

Infoboxes[edit | edit source]

An infobox is the tiny area on the upper right hand corner of articles and give an overview based on what kind of article it describes.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Infoboxes are like fact sheets or sidebars in magazine articles; designed to present a summary of the topic of the page. They present important points in an organized and quickly readable format. The templates have the function of presenting basic facts about the article in a consistent way. A character infobox has different fields than a location infobox, for example. It is preferable to have an infobox of some sort on each article in the main space, but not required.

The easiest way of learning about infobox templates, or determining which infobox to use on a new article, is by copy and pasting one from a similar article (that is what I do, anyway). You can also see what impact each change has, and what is required to make it look just right.

Infoboxes themselves have no effect on categories, although data placed within the infobox could impact if categories are added to the article automatically. For example, if one uses {{Infobox location}} on a Fallout: New Vegas location, Category:Fallout: New Vegas locations will still need to be manually added. But if you add "weapons=yes" to the crafting station section of a Fallout 76 location infobox, Category:Fallout 76 locations with weapons workbenches will be added automatically. This may seem like a trial and error sort of thing, and you're not wrong. You can see if the category is to your liking by previewing your changes or looking at the article once published and tweaking from there.

A formatting tip before we move on is that if multiple infobox templates are added to an article they may sometimes sit next to each other rather than one below the other. To fix this, add {{clear}} between the two templates. Note that adding a new field has to be done by editing the template itself, and in that case, come to me or another admin for help and we will fix you right up.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Below are some commonly used templates or the entire list can be found here:

Name Group What it is used for
{{Infobox business}} Organization Businesses (pre or post-War)
{{Infobox character}} Character Characters (NPCs)
{{Infobox consumable}} Item Chems, drugs and food
{{Infobox creature}} Creature Creatures and robots
{{Infobox faction}} Faction Factions
{{Infobox item}} Item Misc items
{{Infobox location}} Location Locations (buildings, districts, settlements, vaults, caves, landmarks etc)
{{Infobox perk}} SPECIAL Perks in general
{{Infobox quest}} Quest Quests
{{Infobox weapon creation}} Weapon Weapons in Creation-engine games (Fallout 4, Fallout 76)

Infobox tidbits[edit | edit source]

Any field without a value will automatically be hidden, but only values that the template is written for will be able to appear. If a field is missing, let an admin know and we can add it to the template for you! When all fields are empty, the infobox itself will not appear.

At the bottom of each infobox, there is a place to add what games the article's topic appears in. It is already built into the template, so don't worry about that. But there is an extra template you can use if the item was cut content, which will not show up automatically. Just add "CC" after the normal game abbreviation. Example:

{{Games|FO3}}{{FO3CC}}

will result in

 
Gametitle-FO3.png
Gametitle-FO3.png
Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.


You can also use this one of unused content (common in Fallout 76)

{{Games|FO76}}{{FO76UN}}

will result in

 
Gametitle-FO76.png
Gametitle-FO76.png
Icon question.pngThe following is based on Fallout 76 unused content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.


Or for information from games that were canceled, like this

{{Games|VB}}{{VB}}

will result in

 
Gametitle-VB.png
Gametitle-VB.png
Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.


Navigation[edit | edit source]

The navigation templates are used to point to articles that are close in name or related. They are used to improve the navigation and structure of Nukapedia.

"For" template[edit | edit source]

These go at the very top of an article. For example, the towns Charleston and Charlestown are very close in name, and people might visit those articles on accident when searching for the other one, so we will add a line to the top to give them easy access to what they may have been looking for.

This is commonly used with character names, as many characters share names across the many games. In cases of character names, they commonly will point to disambiguation pages, that list every character with that name throughout the series. Only use these with characters that have a parenthesis, such as Kate (Fallout: New Vegas). If you look at that article, you will see the line at the top that points you to all the Kates!

Example[edit | edit source]

Looks like:

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For all the characters named Kate, see Kate.
Name When to use it How to insert
For If a term can refer to two articles place this at the very top of both articles to link to the other meaning. {{For|example text|example link}}

You can also link to more than one article by doing this:

{{for|an overview of juice variants|drinks|overview of mutfruit|mutfruit}}
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For an overview of juice variants, see drinks.
For overview of mutfruit, see mutfruit.


"Main", "see", and "see also" templates[edit | edit source]

These templates are used similarly but can be used within articles, usually directly under the subheaders. It will link to other articles that explain the topic in more detail. It will automatically indent a little bit and be in italics.

You can view these templates in action on the Brotherhood of Steel article, where there is too much information for one article, so several more specific articles have been written about various parts. Although a short version of the specific article is included, the link is available for those who want more information about that subtopic. You can see several examples of these templates used there, for an idea of what it looks like in action!

Examples[edit | edit source]

Looks like:

Main article: Kate (dog)
See also: Smiling Kate
Name When to use it How to insert
Main article If something should be briefly mentioned in one article but is explained in more detail in another. {{Main|example link}}
See If something is explained in more detail in another article and does not need to be explained in the current one. {{See|example link}}
See also If something is explained in more detail in another article and does not need to be explained in the current one. {{See also|example link}}

There are a few tricks to linking with these templates, and I will teach you them!

If the link is a subpage, you can write it like this:

{{Main|Atomic Shop/Icons|t1=Atomic Shop Icons}}
Main article: Atomic Shop Icons
{{Main|Fallout Wiki:Templates|t1=template page}}
Main article: template page

For game article templates, or anything where you want to link to many things in a row, you can add it like this:

{{Gamearticle|FO4|FO76|FOS|link1=House cat|link2=Cat (Fallout 76)|link3=Fallout Shelter pets#Cats}}
Gameplay articles: Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Fallout Shelter
{{Gamearticle|type=mentioned|FNV}}
Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas)


Quiz 11 (Infoboxes)[edit | edit source]

Now that you have committed to memory every single detail about infoboxes and navigation, you can take the quiz and pass it with flying colors!

Quiz time!
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