Outward Wiki:External links policy

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See also: Guidelines, administrators

This page is an official policy on Outward Wiki.

The Outward wiki policy is based heavily on Wikipedia policy, Wowpedia Policies and the YPPedia Policies and guidelines.

This policy is considered a standard to be followed by all users.

  • You are free to suggest an adjustment to this policy. Make sure, however, that your proposal meets the requirements set here.
  • Check the Policies page for a complete overview of all the policies for the Outward Wiki.

Outward Wiki recognizes that external links (elinks) are a very useful addition to a page as they allow people to find further information on other websites - however, they can also be abused. This policy aims to loosely regulate the addition and formatting of these elinks.


Where to put elinks

Elinks should be constrained to one section titled "External links" at the end of a page. Elinks within the main content of a page are discouraged, and should be avoided where possible.

However, in some exceptional cases, such as the linking a map of node locations to demonstrate a specific point or to link to fact-specific sources, it is allowed (more below).

Where NOT to put elinks

As mentioned above, most mid-page links will be removed if found. Links to topics not directly related to the pages subject will be moved or removed. For example, a link to a video of a specific boss fight does not belong in a page about the instance the boss is in, but should be located on the boss's page.

Elinks tagged after an internal link to a non-existent page will generally be forgiven if they help users find information that is not yet in the wiki. This should not be used as a replacement for filling in a page with basic information! These inline elinks are temporary and must be removed when the internal page has been created or un-stubbed. These types of links must come after an internal link only and contain no text, for example:

Sample wiki page link [1]

It is preferred that a stub page is created instead, with an external links section added to help users find the data needed to fill in the page.

Note: {{loot}}, {{questlong}}, and {{quest}} will add these links automatically if the target page does not exist; do not add them yourself if these templates are used. The template will remove the links automatically if the page is created, so if you make a stub page be sure to include an external links section.


To ensure consistent formatting, it is asked that all links in the "External links" section of a page use {{elink}}. Websites can provide a 22x22 PNG image to be used as their icon, or the default globe icon will be inserted by the template. The site name passed to the template should be short and concise. An optional detailed description of what is being linked can also be passed. If the site being linked has many sub-pages for the topic (for example, a boss page might have loot, strategy, screenshots, etc.), it is asked that the base page be linked, not a specific sub-page.

Do not use abbreviations. If your guild is named <Knights of the Pink Fuzzy Bunny> don't link as "KotPFB"


Elinks sections are to be alphabetically sorted by second-level domain within priority sections.

The priority sections list is as follows:

  1. Official information links
  2. Wikipedia (using {{wplink}})
  3. Auto-generated elinks (such as templates like {{elinks-item}})
  4. Manually added elinks

In cases where a domain name is not appropriate or substantially different from the site's actual name (e.g., free hosts, video sites), the true reported name should be used as the sorting parameter. In addition, where the site is directly tied to a guild, the guild's name and server will be used as the site name and sorting parameter.

Where appropriate, some links may be grouped together by topic after the more generic links. For example, a boss page might have a number of videos included. These videos should be grouped together at the end of the list, sorted in the same manner within the group.

Embedded videos

Embedded videos should be placed into the video section, using <vplayer/> where the video is to be played, or at the end of the article with the external links.

Where possible, better videos should replace poorer videos; disputes should follow the usual procedures (consult with the other editors, vote if necessary) instead of simply adding a new link.

In closing

Outward Wiki wishes to provide reasonably-equitable external linking to all sites willing to edit wiki pages. In the spirit of Outward Wiki:Neutrality policy, we don't wish to show a preference to any site, regardless of what sites the admins and users prefer. Everyone is welcome to add elinks to their site, but abuse of this free advertising will not be taken lightly by the admin staff. Elinks to sites that do not give information not available on the wiki (like spawn maps or droprates) may be removed to keep pages clean.

Remember, do not abuse the wiki to gain traffic to your site - you will be banned and your elinks removed.