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You have done well in understanding the basics of templates, and so I will show you a few more before moving along. Let's get to it!

Introduction to templates: Part two

Today we will learn a few templates surrounding the bugs section of articles, and templates for helping identify if something needs to be clarified, or is missing information. These templates, when used in an article, will automatically add the article to corresponding categories, which help other editors that have an interest in those issues find and take care of them.

Bugs

The first types of templates I want to share with you today are those surrounding the bugs section of an article. Bugs in and of themselves are a nightmare mess without exception, for every game, forever! But for the purposes of this lesson, we will just learn how to properly format the bugs section using the following templates.

The first template goes at the beginning of the sentence, which shows what platform the bug was experienced in. There can be many platforms, or only one. The following two can be used to show that the platform for the bug is needed. When this template is used, the article will automatically be added to the associated category.

Template Result Category
{{Platforms needed}} [platforms tag needed] Category: Platforms needed
{{pn}} [platforms tag needed] Category: Platforms needed

To add the correct platforms, you can use another template and commas between to add one or more, which will remove the article from the "platforms needed" category.

Template Result
{{platforms|pc,ps4,xboxone}} Icon pc.png Icon ps4.png Icon xboxone.png

The second template goes at the end of the sentence, showing that the bug needs to be independently verified by another user. It will automatically add the article to the "verify" category. Once verified, it can be written like the example below, to remove it from the category.

Template Result Category
{{Verify|~~~~~|type=bug}} [verification needed] Category: Verify
{{verify|verified}} [verified] None



Needs work

No This is an example of a bug that needs some work in the formatting department:

A deathclaw will spawn clip through the ground when the Lone Wanderer enters the finger store.

Looks like:
A deathclaw will spawn clip through the ground when the Lone Wanderer enters the finger store.

Getting closer

Neutral This is the same bug, with the correct "needed" templates used:

{{platforms needed}} A deathclaw will spawn clip through the ground when the Lone Wanderer enters the finger store.{{Verify|~~~~~|type=bug}}

Looks like:
[platforms tag needed] A deathclaw will spawn clip through the ground when the Lone Wanderer enters the finger store.[verification needed]

Bingo!

Yes And lastly, the bug, that has been correctly identified and verified, will look like this:

{{platforms|pc|xboxone}} A deathclaw will spawn clip through the ground when the Lone Wanderer enters the finger store.{{verify|verified}}

Looks like:
Icon pc.png A deathclaw will spawn clip through the ground when the Lone Wanderer enters the finger store.[verified]

Clarify

Along the same vein, there are two templates I want to show you that help editors tell one another that information is missing. The templates are "clarify" which means additional information or further explanation is needed about a piece of an article, and "citation needed" which means that a reference was mentioned but none was provided. The citation needed template also has a second variant.

Each one of these templates will add the article to corresponding categories. Unlike the bug templates, once the reference or clarification has been added, the template can be removed completely from the article.

Template Result Category
{{clarify}} [clarification needed] Category:Clarification needed
{{citation needed}} [citation needed] Category:Citation needed
{{cn}} [citation needed] Category:Citation needed

Merge (Lesson 8-3)

The last template I want to show you is the merge template. Sometimes two articles are very close in terms of content, and can be merged to help organize the wiki better. There is a process for merging, explained on the merge project page, but for the purposes of this lesson, the merge template is used at the top of an article.

Adding more information after a vertical bar helps to inform editors which article it would be merged to, and a link to the talk page to discuss the merge. It also helps the leader of the merge project (hint, it's me!) more thoroughly fill out the project's suggested merge table. The vertical line pointing to the other article should always be used, the second vertical line for reasoning is optional.

Template Result Category
{{merge|Kendall Hospital}}
Mbox merge.png
Merge (reason: none given)
It has been suggested that this article or section should be merged with Kendall Hospital. Please help Nukapedia by discussing this issue on the talk page.
Category:Merge
{{merge|Kendall Hospital|Duplicate information}}
Mbox merge.png
Merge (reason: duplicate information)
It has been suggested that this article or section should be merged with Kendall Hospital. Please help Nukapedia by discussing this issue on the talk page.
Category:Merge

Behind the scenes

Many articles have a behind the scenes section, which has cut content, cultural references, or obvious direct visual or textual correlations from something in the real world to the article's content. The behind the scenes template.

It is used whenever it is necessary to make readers aware of the source outside of obvious reference or developer source. When in doubt, adding the template will not hurt. More information on making this determination can be found here. The template can be placed at the beginning and end of the content in question.

{{Behind the scenes}}
* The dog character Kate in ''Fallout 4'' is based on Kate Darrow.
{{Behind the scenes|end}}

Looks like:

FB8 deco 301 color.pngThe following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and is speculative and may not be accurate.
  • The dog character Kate in Fallout 4 is based on Kate Darrow.
FB8 deco 301 color.pngEnd of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.
Linking in BTS section

If a valid connection can be made, it is ok to use Wikipedia links or interwiki links in the BTS section to point readers to the real world or otherwise referenced content. Wikipedia and interwiki (which just means linked to another Fandom wiki) should only be used in the BTS section, though.

The reason for this is that if we add Wikipedia links to our background sections, it will show up as a regular blue link to those who are reading. They may think "oh wow, I never knew Fallout referenced this before!" and then will be taken away from our site when they did not intend to. We want to keep people on our site. Also, for editors, seeing a word that is not linked may allow a light bulb to go off in their head because it shows there is an opportunity to write a new article. We are a Fallout wiki, so what we cover and write about should be Fallout information only, and allowing for a short and concise link to real world information in the BTS section only.

To link to a Wikipedia article, use this format:

[[wikipedia:Ron Perlman|Ron Perlman]]
becomes Ron Perlman

For interwiki links, use this format:Odyssey

[[w:c:fandom site:specific page|words]]
[[w:c:new-california:Odyssey|Odyssey]]
becomes Odyssey

Suggested reading

Quiz 9 (Template part two)

Great! Now that we have covered some more templates, here is a fun quiz for you to show off your skills!

Quiz time!
Click here to be quizzed!
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